[ASC-media] NEWSCIENTIST - EXTRA RADIO STORIES - JULY 5 2003

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RADIO EXTRA STORIES FROM 5 JULY 2003 ISSUE
 
 
SHEER BRILLIANCE OR UTTER MADNESS? A group of British researchers wants to
combine five cheap off-patent drugs and folic acid into a single pill to
prevent heart disease and strokes to be offered to all over 55. Depending on
who you talk to, the idea is either an important advance or a crazy,
dangerous fantasy. Pages 4-5, and editorial.
 
SOLAR SAILING 'BREAKS LAWS OF PHYSICS' Both NASA and the European Space
Agency are developing solar sails-where sunlight is used to blow spacecraft
through the solar system. But an American physicist claims that such solar
sailing is at odds with simple laws of thermodynamics. 
Pages 16-17
 
AMNIOTIC FLUID MAY HOLD 'ETHICAL' STEM CELLS Stem cells may be present in
the amniotic fluid that cushions a baby in its mother's womb, a new Austrian
study suggests. If so, they may provide a solution to the ethical dilemma of
using stem cells from fetuses. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 
 
OPPOSITES DO NOT ATTRACT IN MATING GAME The idea that women are hunting for
rich husbands, while men choose wives for their beauty is a long way from
the truth. An American study has found that most men and women seek a mate
who is similar to them. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 
 
RED ALERT ON THE E-WAR FRONT Does it really only take a keyboard, a mouse
and an internet connection to bring down a superpower? Many corporate and
government bodies in the US are starting to take cyber-terrorism very
seriously. Pages 38-41
 
BALLOON GOES UP FOR JUST ONE MOLECULE US researchers have developed a tiny
biosensor that can detect a single molecule. It can pick up a single copy of
a cancer gene, for instance, or an individual virus particle. Page 18
 
VERDANT BATS (short story) The mystery of New Guinea's olive-green furred
bats has been solved. They have microscopic algae growing on and within
their hair shafts. Page 20
 
FART-FREE BEANS (short story) A Venezuelan researcher has found that
fermenting beans for up to four days in warm, airless, sterile water
destroys the sugars in them that produce those pungent gases when broken
down in our stomach. Page 14
 
SEX BAN FOR WANNABE DADS OVERTURNED Abstaining from sex in order to store up
sperm and maximise the chances of a pregnancy is pointless for men with
normal sperm counts, and detrimental for those with low counts, Israeli
researchers have found. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 
 
MICE SUCCUMB TO HIV AT LAST AIDS research can shift into a higher gear
thanks to an American advance that for the first time allows HIV to
replicate fully inside mouse cells, thus creating a mouse model of the
infection. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 
 
 
 
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