[ASC-media] RADIO EXTRA STORIES FROM 2 AUGUST 2003 ISSUE

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Jul 31 11:52:13 EST 2003


NEW SCIENTIST 2 AUGUST 2003 ISSUE RADIO EXTRA 

 

HACKERS TURN TO GOOGLE Computer hackers have a startling new strategy for
invading secure parts of websites. And they don't even need to visit the
site to launch an attack. They can get all the information they need from
Google's cached versions of web pages, say experts in the US. Page 5 

 

NOT ALL MOTHERS CHOOSE "THE DADDY" Females aren't always impressed by big,
macho males. Contrary to popular wisdom the females of some species prefer
the weedier, nicer guys. An American animal behaviourist who studied salmon
and quails, says this could be because females learn that aggressive males
can be hurtful. Page 16 

 

ANIMATION LETS MURDER VICTIMS HAVE FINAL SAY Until now, police have turned
to traditional artists using clay models to reconstruct a person's face from
skeletal remains. Now, scientists in Germany have created a novel 3D
graphics program that can rapidly recreate a face from a skull-and even give
it personality by allowing the dead to frown or smile. Page 18 

 

'SAFE' ALTERNATIVE TO URANIUM SHELLS Campaigners against the use of depleted
uranium in anti-tank shells will be pleased to learn the US Army is awarding
a contract this week for the manufacture of a 'safer' alternative
ammunition. A company in Florida is about to test an exotic alloy of
tungsten which, it says, provides comparable performance. Page 6 

 

CAN A LITTLE LIGHT DUSTING KEEP DIRT AT BAY? A laser cleaning technique more
commonly used to clean works of art has produced impressive results when
applied to fragile biological specimens in museums. Page 15 

 

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT... Mimicking the taste of a mouthful of food is
hugely complicated. But Japanese researchers have developed a food simulator
by measuring the feel of the food with sensors, motors and microphones
placed in a subject's mouth while eating. The team says its device is
perfect for people designing new foods, or to find out how elderly people
fare in chewing food. Page 19 


 


TIGHT TIES MAY BE BAD FOR EYES Men who tie their neckties too tightly could
be increasing their risk of a sight destroying disease, new British research
suggests. A tight tie raises pressure in the eye, one of the leading risk
factors for glaucoma. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com

 

LIFE'S A BLEACH (short story) Blondes stop having more fun when their hair
becomes brittle and falls out after too many peroxide bleaches. So an
American company has devised a hairbrush to bleach, brush and protect hair
all at once. Page 16

 

'CRACK' NICOTINE VARIES WIDELY IN CIGARETTES Some brands of cigarettes
contain 35 times more "freebase" nicotine-the most addictive form-than
others, US researchers have found. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 

 

GO WITH THE FLOW Researchers have been trying to find out why blockages
suddenly form in grainy materials like wheat in silo tanks and cornflakes in
cereal boxes. They say electrical resistance measurements through grainy
materials could warn factory workers and farmers when a jam is about to
occur. Pages 38-39 

 

 

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