[ASC-media] Media Release 29 March NewScientist

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Thu Mar 27 13:41:52 EST 2003


CHEMICAL WARFARE'S ENDURING THREAT US marines in Iraq are using pigeons to
warn them of chemical attack. The birds are especially sensitive to nerve
agents. But there is now mounting evidence that about one in 10 humans is
almost as susceptible-and that this may be ultimate cause of Gulf War
syndrome. Pages 6-7

SMOKING COULD SPEED UP LUNG CANCER The nicotine in cigarette smoke may boost
growth of existing tumours in addition to triggering lung cancer, according
to American scientists. Nicotine could be accelerating a feedback loop that
stimulates tumour cells to grow and divide,
they say. Page 25

SOME OF US ARE BORN TO BINGE A faulty circuit in the brain can trigger
binge-eating and lead to severe obesity, British researchers have found. The
malfunction is caused by the mutation of one of the genes coding for a
protein that relays the "I'm full" message to the brain. Page 16

THE BIG BROTHER EFFECT Researchers are still arguing hotly over whether
homosexual men are born or made. New Scientist takes a look at recent
evidence from Europe and North America showing that the more older brothers
you have, the more likely you are to be gay. Pages 44-47

HOW SAFE IS NANOTECH? Amid all the hype, nanotechnology is attracting a
growing band of critics. They fear nano-pollution from small particles could
have a dire impact on health and the environment. Pages 14-15

ANTIQUE CLOCKS GO NUCLEAR As Britain springs forward into daylight saving,
many fragile, antique turret clocks need to be wound on manually. But some
are now fitted with radio receivers and automated regulators to move the
clock forward an hour without damaging their delicate mechanisms. Page 18

WHEN DICYNODONT DIED (short story) A bizarre mammal-like reptile with the
body of a pig, the beak of a turtle and the tusks of a walrus survived in
Australia 100 million years longer than previously thought, according to two
Monash palaeontologists. Page 20

REASONABLE DOUBT The idea that you can extract limitless energy from water
by means of a nuclear reaction has long been discarded as impossible by
mainstream science. But in the US Navy, 
a band of researchers believe they have evidence that cold fusion is real
and worth pursuing. 
Pages 36-43

AUSTRALASIAN: LOSING ITS YOUTH Bob Johnstone explains why Singapore is
losing its young local researchers and at the same time attracting senior
foreign researchers. Page 57

BIO-BATTERY RUNS ON SHOTS OF VODKA American researchers have developed an
enzyme-controlled battery that could one day run mobile phones and laptop
computers on shots of vodka. See also... Marijuana damages the unborn;
Baghdad smokescreen provides little cover; US military hogs commercial
satellites. New Scientist's free public website at

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