[ASC-media] NEWSCIENTIST MEDIA RELEASE - STORIES FROM 5 JULY 03

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STORIES FROM 5 JULY 2003 ISSUE
 
EMBRYONIC HOPE Nerve cells derived from human embryonic stem cells and
transplanted into paralysed rats have enabled the animals to walk again.
Trials on people with damaged spines could start in just two years, say
American researchers who hope the results will persuade policy makers
not to ban therapeutic cloning in the US. Page 19
 
SPECIAL REPORT: SARS-TOO SOON TO CELEBRATE No new cases of SARS have been
reported in the past two weeks. But experts still don't know where the virus
came from or if it's still
out there. Could it stage a comeback this winter? Pages 10-11
 
TOUGH CASE? GET A SECOND OPINION British software engineers have programmed
a computer to help detectives solve complex crimes. An investigator keys in
the case evidence and the computer sorts through a huge database of the
different ways death can be caused-and then speculates
on what could have happened. Page 14
 
ENDGAME For thousands of years the malaria parasite has played a game of
hide-and-seek inside our bodies, outwitting our immune system. New
Australian research is beginning to reveal why previous attempts at
developing a malaria vaccine have failed, and why new lines of attack are
looking hopeful. Pages 34-37... see also, DRUG SYNERGY BOOSTS MALARIA
TREATMENT A commonly prescribed antibiotic could dramatically boost the
effect of a popular malaria drug for which widespread resistance has
developed. New Scientist's free public website at
<http://www.newscientist.com/> http://www.newscientist.com
 
HUNT FOR WMDs GOES BALLISTIC The US military is considering a new way of
demonstrating the existence of weapons of mass destruction-using a
high-energy projectile which can penetrate reinforced concrete. The idea is
to fire the round at a potential site of biological or chemical weapons.
Sensors in the projectile will then detect if weapons are there. But critics
say firing such a weapon could itself be seen as an act of war. Page 7
 
SPORES MADE TO ORDER Artificial spores-replicas of one of nature's most
resilient structures-have been built in the lab using an ingenious technique
in which the porous hollow particles assemble themselves. The developers
suggest the spores could be used to deliver measured drug doses or 
to make drugs inhalable. Page 13
 
WHY MALE ORB SPIDERS SACRIFICE ALL FOR LOVE For male orb-weaving spiders,
the act of copulation leads to an immediate, certain death. A Canadian
researcher suspects this sexual suicide may be a way to prevent other males
from fertilising the same female. Page 18
 
WALLS IN THE SKY KEEP HIJACKED PLANES AT BAY "Soft walls" around city
centres and likely terrorist targets could make it impossible for hijacked
planes to get anywhere near them. Researchers at the University of
California propose equipping aircraft with the ability to resist any efforts
made by the pilot to fly into restricted airspace. Page 15
 
ANTIPODES: A FLOOD OF INFORMATION Ian Lowe considers how best to cope with
the risks of flooding. Page 53
 
ABORTED FETUSES COULD BECOME "UNBORN MOTHERS" Ovarian tissue from aborted
human fetuses has been kept alive in an Israeli lab. If the eggs were to
mature and were used to create a successful pregnancy, the child would have
a mother that had never been born. See also...Mystery net traffic; Eat like
a Greek; Dwindling Amazon forests. New Scientist's free public website at
<http://www.newscientist.com/> http://www.newscientist.com
 
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