[ASC-media] EXTRA NewScientist 8 February Radio Release

Garman, Joanne (RBI - AUS) Joanne at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Feb 6 11:11:06 EST 2003


RADIO EXTRA STORIES FROM 8 FEBRUARY 2003 ISSUE


INTRODUCING DR WEBCAM... You might soon be able to carry out diagnostic
tests in your own home, with the aid of a PC and a webcam. The crisp, bright
colours of today's computer screens emit are pure enough to be used in
interrupting medical tests. Page 20

SETI IS ABOUT TO GET SERIOUS A radical design of telescope is about to
transform the search 
for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) into a full-time effort 100 times
more powerful than before. Astronomers are planning to link 350 small,
off-the-shelf dishes into one huge telescope that will scan the skies 24
hours a day. Page 12

DAD'S COOCHY-COOS LEAVE BABY GUESSING Women are better at baby talk than
men. Researchers in California have found that women use less ambiguous
sounds to convey what they mean to babies. This suggests infants may find
their mothers easier to understand. Page 21

DISEASES ARE RUNNING RIFE IN FOREST REMNANTS Clearing forests to build
houses and plant crops doesn't just damage the environment-it threatens
human health too. Small remnant patches such as those left by housing
developers turn out to be breeding grounds for disease, say American
researchers. Page 15

MINI CRATERS CREATE THE 'BLACKEST EVER BLACK' A new super-black coating has
been produced by Britain's National Physics Laboratory. It will
revolutionise the manufacture of optical instruments. The black reflects 10
to 20 times less light than black paint, will not crack when deep frozen,
and can be used in fine art. Page 17

SINKING SALT HERALDS NEXT EL NIÑO Two US scientists have found that low
salinity levels in the Western Pacific are followed by El Niño conditions
six months later. Page 19

INDOOR GPS TO HELP DROIDS FIND THEIR FEET IN THE HOME Robots need to know
their position accurately to perform household chores, such as pouring
coffee. To help out, two American researchers have invented an indoor
equivalent to the GPS that can be set up in any room. Page 22

AFTER EINSTEIN Einstein's special theory of relativity is still our best
description of space-time, and supported by a wealth of experimental
evidence. But Einstein may only had told half the story. 
A controversial new theory is waiting in the wings. Page 28-32

POWER UP YOUR PONCHO (short story) An intelligent hospital gown designed at
the Georgia Institute of Technology has optical and electrically conductive
fibres woven into it, so that any part of it can be connected to sensors on
the wearer's body. Page 22

LIGHTNING STRIKES RELEASE POWERFUL X-RAY BURSTS A mysterious property of
lightning has been confirmed. Just before a flash lights the sky, a huge
blast of X-rays is released. Physicists may now have to rethink how
lightning is made. Page 18

ADVENTUROUS FISH Researchers in Denmark have come up with an explanation for
why a Patagonian toothfish ended up near the North Pole. They say the fish
was swept there by a deep current of chilly water. Page 24

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