[ASC-media] EXTRA Radio Release NewScientist March 29

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RADIO EXTRA STORIES FROM 29 MARCH 2003 ISSUE


EMAIL GIVES THE GAME AWAY Terrorists or criminal gangs can give themselves
away via email-even if they're only discussing the weather. Researchers in
California are able to look at email patterns using a computer algorithm to
identify different "communities" of groups who are emailing each other, and
their ringleaders. Page 19

PROGRESS IN HUNT FOR VIRUS Two candidates have emerged in the hunt for the
identity of the virus responsible for the "super-pneumonia" cases around the
world. But that has not prevented a basic test for the disease being
developed. Page 10, and New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

COULD WATER REPLACE HEAT SHIELD TILES? Space-flight engineers from the
Netherlands are looking at the idea of using water to cool spacecraft on
re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. A water cooler placed in the nose of
the craft would boil and slowly disperse the heat away from the craft's
surface. Page 21

EARTH WAS A FREAK The cosy, rocky planets essential for supporting life
might be rare cosmological freaks, according to an applied mathematician in
the US. The only reason we are here 
is because a nearby star happened to explode next to our young Sun just as
the solar system was forming, he says. Page 24

PHONE THAT KNOWS YOUR TOUCH (short story) An American company has invented a
mobile phone screen that checks your fingerprint before it will operate.
Page 15

CURRY SPICE COMBATS ALCOHOL RELATED LIVER DISEASE A vital ingredient of
curry prevents alcohol-related liver disease, a study of rats by a joint
Finnish-American team has found. Curcumin, the substance that gives turmeric
its yellow colour, can stop the changes caused by excessive alcohol
consumption. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

ANTI-BACTERIAL POWDER COULD DISINFECT FOOD A tasteless powder of antibodies
can be sprinkled on suspect food to destroy any dangerous bacteria, says its
Canadian developer. It can 
also be used to disinfect meat carcasses in abattoirs. New Scientist's free
public website at http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

ADD-ON ADS (short story) A US company has devised a system to add product
logos to objects in films and TV shows even after they are 'in the can'.
Page 21

OUT ON A LIMB Every textbook in embryology will give you a description of
the "progress zone" model, which describes how four-limbed creatures develop
wings, arms or legs in a simple sequence. But new findings suggest that this
entrenched model is wrong, and that an alternative theory is much-needed.
Pages 32-35

SMELLS LIKE EVOLUTION (short story) The sweet scent of at least one American
flower had its evolutionary origins in the plant's ability to make wood.
Page 27


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