[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 14 NOVEMBER 2009

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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 14 NOVEMBER 2009 (Vol. 202 No. 2733)

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TIGERS OF THE SEA
Beautiful, predatory and endangered, tuna are being rapidly hunted into
extinction. With as many tuna caught illegally as legally each year, the
WWF estimates that tuna will be commercially extinct within three years.
New Scientist investigates the work of scientists who are working to
track Mediterranean tuna breeding and migration patterns and reports on
efforts by the Monaco Royal Family to make the international trade in
tuna illegal. Feature Pages 44-47 

LOOK! NO PARACHUTE
Is it really possible to land from a skydive without a parachute? Some
wingsuit enthusiasts think so. With full body suits of tough nylon sewn
between the arms and the torso, and between the legs, attempts are being
made to conduct the first parachute-free skydive. The theoretical
physics says it's doable, so now it's up to the jumpers to control their
speed and trajectory in an environment with no room for error. Feature
Pages 41-43 

LARGE HADRON COLLIDER SEEKS MORE THAN GOD PARTICLE
The next steps for particle physics depends a lot on what the LHC finds
in its first few years. With the machine to be restarted any day now,
some scientists are hoping that the Higgs boson will not be found. If it
is found, then the flawed standard model will be sewn up, with no clues
of where to turn next. Instead, they are hoping for evidence of super
symmetry (SUSY), a theory that if correct, would solve the problems with
the standard model, help to unify nature's forces and explain the origin
of dark matter. Feature Page 38-40 

THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES- REVISITED 
This month marks the 150th anniversary of the most influential piece of
popular science ever published. New Scientist asked evolutionary thinker
and author, Steve Jones, what Charles Darwin would have written if he
was alive today. This is a 14-chapter summary of life and evolution in
the 21st century. Feature Special 8-page pull-out 


WHICH WAY NOW FOR DIGITAL CAMERAS?
A new era of computational photography could enable even the humblest
camera user to create professional-quality pictures. Increasingly
low-cost processing and memory combined with new digital sensors will
deliver richer images created by fusing elements from multiple shots and
even video. Page 24-25

SONY DEMOS GAME CONTROLLER TO TRACK MOTION AND EMOTION
Last week, Sony released its answer to Microsoft's Project Nadal,
bringing closer the day when gamers can drop their controllers
altogether. It tracks a person's movements without them having to wear
body markers and can even detect emotion, age and gender. Page 25 

SUITE OF CHATTERBOX GENES DISCOVERED
The suite of genes that gave us our gift of the gab has now been
uncovered by researchers and it appears that these genes are all
controlled by a single master-switch gene called Foxp2. A team of
neuroscientists at the University of California in Los Angeles are now
studying what makes this gene different to the one in chimpanzees. Page
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