[ASC-media] New Scientist Media Release - RADIO EXTRA 11th Jan

McDonald, Chris (RBI - AUS) Chris at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Jan 9 11:06:22 EST 2003


RADIO EXTRA STORIES FROM 11 JANUARY 2003 ISSUE


SPECIAL REPORT: HUMAN CLONING If the first human clone has not been born
yet, it soon will be. New Scientist's investigations suggest all that's
needed is a lot of cash and a little practice. And while the risks to the
child-and mother-are great, there is little prospect of a worldwide ban.
Pages 8-11

THE NET IS CLOSING ON CORAL REEF BOMBERS A new detection system will soon be
able to catch fishermen who illegally blast coral reefs to increase their
catch. The system can distinguish the sound of an underwater explosion from
that of shrimps clicking their claws-something which has hampered previous
detection systems. Page 6

SMUGGLERS FACE NEUTRON TEST To crack down on people trying to smuggle
nuclear material, US scientists have developed a detection system which can
penetrate lead cargo containers. The system can ferret out nuclear materials
such as plutonium or uranium, and is likely to be in widespread use within a
year. Page 17

BUGS THRIVE UNDER SEABED A unique community of bacteria living 300 metres
beneath the floor of the Pacific Ocean has been investigated for the first
time. It is independent of the Sun's energy, and might shed light on the
possibility of life on other planets. Page 13

MOON PHOTO MYSTERY A mysterious flash on the Moon caught on camera 50 years
ago is still provoking disagreement about its origin. Was it caused by an
asteroid hitting the Moon or a small meteor burning up in Earth's
atmosphere? Page 18

TELESCOPE TECHNOLOGY BANISHES WOBBLY KNEES A robotic polisher, designed to
make the mirrors in space telescopes super smooth, could extend the lifetime
of many artificial knee joints. 
Page 19

 HOW CALF SALIVA COULD IMPROVE YOUR TOOTHPASTE Anti-bacterial chemicals
formed by the action of the saliva of suckling calves on their mother's milk
could soon be added to toothpastes and antiseptic creams. The compounds are
part of the antibiotic arsenal that helps protect newborn calves while their
immune systems develop. Page 14

STEM CELLS FIX THE DAMAGE If you suffer a heart attack, a dose of your own
stem cells could help repair the damage. Preliminary studies by at least two
groups suggest that injecting the cells directly into the damaged heart
helps restore its function. Page 14

A LOAD OF BALKA? (short story) According to Hewlett-Packard, computers still
cannot recognise speech properly. So the company suggests users learn a new
lingo that computers can understand. Page 15

TV ADS GET RELEVANT (short story) People in the Outback aren't all that
interested in TV ads that show ritzy cars being driven around Sydney
Harbour. So, an American company has come up with technology which can
electronically place a car into any setting you want without having to shoot
more film. Page 15

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