[ASC-media] NewScientist Media Release 1 February

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ECOTERRORISTS TARGET RAREST OF BIRDS New Zealand conservation authorities
are on the alert after threats to release disruptive, non-native animals
into sensitive wildlife sanctuaries. The letters containing the threats
appear to have come from hunters disgruntled with the policy of removing
introduced game species that are destroying native vegetation. At risk is
one of the world's rarest birds, the kakapo, a large flightless parrot. Page

DOUBLE WHAMMY DESTROYS MOUSE TUMOURS An experimental technique that destroys
cancer cells without drugs, surgery or radiation is showing promise in the
lab. A British company says that 
it has used blasts of ultrasound to destroy tumour cells in mice. If human
trials are successful then 
the technology may lead to a non-invasive therapy for tackling tumours that
are hard to treat conventionally. Page 17 

STEAM FIRES UNDERWATER JET ENGINE A revolutionary new steam engine-invented
an Australian, developed in Britain, and described as an "underwater jet
engine"-may soon be powering small boats more efficiently, cleanly and
safely than the conventional outboard motor. The engine should be cheap to
manufacture and less damaging to the environment than a regular outboard.
Page 19

GENE ENGINEERS MOVE INTO THE DAIRY Agricultural scientists in New Zealand
have genetically engineered cows to produce a protein milk which allows
cheese-makers to make more of their product more quickly from the same
volume of liquid. It is the first time that cow's milk has been engineered
to improve its quality, rather than to contain profitable drugs and other
products. Page 6

INTERVIEW: EYES WIDE OPEN Meet Brien Holden, the Sydney entrepreneurial
optometrist with a humanitarian bent. The inventor of state-of-the-art
contact lenses, Holden now helps run an organisation aiming to wipe out
blindness in poor countries that results from not having glasses, and 
to improve eye care among Aboriginals. Pages 40-43

FRAGILE MINDS Protein clumps are a characteristic marker of Alzheimer's
disease, but there is no hard evidence they actually cause the condition.
Are efforts to find the real cause blinkered by the protein's presence?
Could proposed treatments for Alzheimer's make this debilitating disease
even worse? Australian researchers are in the front lines. Page 34-37

researchers are using bone marrow cells to treat mice with a condition
resembling multiple sclerosis. Page 18

BURGERS ON THE BRAIN Eating yourself into obesity may not simply be a lack
of self control. Some scientists are starting to believe foods that are
excessively high in fat and sugar can cause changes
to your brain and body that are similar to addiction. Pages 26-29

ANTIPODES: HOW RESEARCH MEASURES UP Ian Lowe comments on the latest figures
on science and innovation from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Page 47

immunologists, a man in Sydney, who received a liver from a teenager
allergic to nuts, has gone on to develop the life-threatening condition
himself See also... Highway to the Pole; Arctic whales dive for science;
Risk of childhood leukaemia rises with parents' age. New Scientist's free
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