[ASC-media] Media Release 1 March NewScientist

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Thu Feb 27 14:05:19 EST 2003


THE ONLY ADDITIVE YOU'LL EVER NEED Compounds that block bitter flavours
could be used by food manufacturers as a healthy alternative to the vast
amounts of sugar, fat and salt they add to mask unpleasant tastes in
processed foods. The bitter blockers, developed by a New York company, could
also make medicines more palatable. Pages 14-15
NOT ALL CANCER CELLS ARE EQUAL American researchers have confirmed the
theory that only a minority of cancer cells can seed new tumours. The
discovery promises to open new avenues for developing more effective cancer
therapies. Page 16

a Hong Kong family which visited Fujian province in southern China is
fuelling fears that China is where the next global flu pandemic will emerge.
Page 5

CONFLICT LOOMS OVER INDIA'S RIVER PLAN A plan to build the world's largest
water network in order to relieve drought in India could bring disaster
elsewhere. The idea is to link India's largest rivers. It would involve
flooding about 8000 square kilometres of land, leaving up to three million
people homeless. The project could spark a major confrontation with
neighbouring Bangladesh, which gets much of its water from rivers leaving
India. Pages 4-5
FISH GOT TWO BITES AT TEETH Teeth evolved independently on at least two
occasions, researchers have concluded after examining fossils of an extinct
class of fish found in western Australia. But whether the genes responsible
for teeth evolved more than once is debatable. Page 18
BACK FROM THE DEAD In 1996, astronomers were amazed to witness a star that,
after first dying and shrinking to a glowing ember, suddenly sprang back to
life and ballooned into a monster. It now appears that as many as 20 per
cent of stars come back from the dead in this way. Pages 28-31
HAS TB MET ITS MATCH? (short story) A team of chemists in New Zealand claims
to have created a compound capable of killing every strain of tuberculosis
known from humans, including the drug-resistant forms. Page 24

NATURE'S BEST BUYS What's the best way to save the environment if you've got
big bucks to throw at it? You'd be better off spending your cash on paying
people directly as a reward for protecting biodiversity. Some researchers
believe that treating conservation as a market commodity is a much cheaper
way to save the planet. Pages 32-35

ANTIPODES: UNHEALTHY INEQUITY A comprehensive 25-year study of people in
Sydney shows that policies to reduce inequality with respect to health are
clearly failing, says Ian Lowe. Page 51
ECSTASY TESTING KITS PROVE UNRELIABLE Ecstasy testing kits, used by clubbers
to screen out dud pills, are unreliable, according to a "blind" test of
pills with known ingredients. See also... Female hormone makes bad dads;
Pain genes; Word bursts. New Scientist's free public website at
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