[ASC-media] Stories from NewScientist 22 March 2003 issue

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NewScientist 22 March 2003

US GAMBLES ON A 'SMART WAR' The outcome of the Gulf conflict will depend to
an unprecedented degree on the success of 'smart' bombs that can be guided
to their intended targets. Preventing bombs from killing civilians will be
of utmost importance to the "coalition of the willing" to win public support
for their attempt to rebuild the nation. Pages 4-5

is firmly focused on Iraq, Iran and North Korea are quietly expanding their
nuclear programmes. They are far closer to nuclear weapons than Iraq is.
Pages 6-8

animals to humans is likely to be the cause of the deadly pneumonia
spreading rapidly round the globe, including Australia. That is the
conclusion of international scientists who have tested for virtually every
known human pathogen without success. Page 13, and New Scientist's free
public website at http://www.newscientist.com

UNDERCOVER GENES SLIP INTO BRAIN American researchers have found an
effective way to smuggle genes and drugs past the formidable blood-brain
barrier in primates. The method shows promise for treating brain disorders
such as Parkinson's. Page 16

FLESH-EATING PESTS UNLEASHED An accident in a lab that sterilises screw-worm
flies has led to an outbreak of the flesh-eating larvae in cattle. It will
cost at least US$2 million to clean up. Page 12

EVERY SPECIES HAS A 'BARCODE' A Canadian scientist says that a particular
DNA sequence is unique to every animal, and would be as good as a barcode
for taxonomists to use in identifying a species. A quick scan would tell you
exactly what creepy-crawly you'd found. Page 14

SPIDERS WEAVE A WEB OF LIGHT Silk from a Madagascan spider could produce the
finest, hollow optical fibres ever-just 2 nanometres wide. Engineers at the
University of California say they will soon be able to make these fibres
carry light beams around nanoscale optical circuits. Page 20

SPLAT! We now have gene technology which can wipe out malaria-carrying
insects forever. But there are ethical questions to be asked about
extinguishing a species-even though it would save the lives of millions of
people. Pages 30-33

ANTIPODES: PARLIAMENTARY SCIENCE Ian Lowe considers a US-derived scheme to
provide scientific advice to MPs by seconding scientists to parliament for a
year. Page 55

DENGUE FEVER CONTINUES RELENTLESS CLIMB Outbreaks of dengue fever have risen
dramatically around the world this year. The once rare tropical disease is
continuing to spread relentlessly-even to Cairns. See also... Searching for
Ebola's source; Stem cells may cure diabetes; A blood test for pregnancy
disorders. New Scientist's free public website at

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