[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 24 OCTOBER 2009

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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 24 OCTOBER 2009 (Vol. 202 No. 2731)

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HOW GREEN IS YOUR PET
If you've never considered the ecological pawprint of your furry friend,
it's time to face the facts. Two architects specialising in sustainable
living at Victoria University, New Zealand have calculated that the
eco-footprint of a medium sized dog is double that of a Land Cruiser
driven 10,000 kilometres a year. Feature. Pages 46-47 

SUNSHINE SUPERPOWER
If a consortium of German companies has its way, construction of the
biggest solar project ever devised could soon begin in the Sahara
Desert. Prospects for the Desertec project have blossomed over the past
year and will work in much the same way as the project planned for
Australia (http://www.desertec-australia.org), requiring millions of
litres of water to run. So is it really the best solution to Europe's
long term energy problems? New Scientist investigates the practical,
environmental and ethical implications of this amazing project. Feature.
Pages 38-41 

JUSTICE YOU CAN COUNT ON
With more and more trials relying on scientific evidence, DNA and
probability, we owe it to ourselves (and the defendants) to get the
maths right. Researchers argue that this should involve judges and
jurors being made aware of conditional probability - the chance of
something being true if its truth depends on other things being true
too. A concept that although sounds simple, can radically change the
perception of whether someone is guilty or not. Feature. Pages 42-45 


GREEN DEADLINE
There are many green technologies out there- however according to a
recent report published by the environment group, WWF, these
technologies will have to grow by 22 per cent for the next four decades
in order to prevent catastrophic climate change. Karl Mallon and
colleagues at the Australian insurance industry consultant, Climate Risk
have warned we'll have to get our act together soon as there are
currently only 3 out of 20 assessed green technologies that are growing
fast enough; wind, solar photovoltaic and biodiesel. Page 7

SUBTERRANEAN MICROBES TO REVIVE OLD GAS FIELDS
The extraction of natural gas present in coalfields has been limited for
some time, however, biogenic methane companies are now proposing a
simple method that could allow us to extract every last bit. The method
involves pumping water and nutrients down wells to feed the microbes
living in the coal, triggering the microbes' methane-producing
metabolism. The US Geological Survey and CSIRO have been trialling the
idea for a number of years and are now looking to make it work on an
industrial scale. Page 11

TABLE-TOP 'BLACK HOLE' MADE ON EARTH
Scientists at the Southeast University in Nanjing, China have built the
first "black-hole" for microwave frequencies. The device, built in a
laboratory, traps microwaves and is now being developed to catch visible
light. It could lead to a new and more efficient way to gather sunlight
to generate solar electricity. Page 15

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