[ASC-media] SPECIAL MEDIA RELEASE - Australian biotech report / Map of the un iverse

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Nov 20 11:23:35 EST 2003


The Insider 
22 November NewScientist incorporates a special report on the current state
of the Australian biotech industry. Written by Emma Young and appearing in
all NewScientist editions worldwide, the 4 page report investigates the
industry's strengths and emerging marketable technologies. 
The creation of the Australian Biotechnology Alliance is clear indication
the state governments have left the competitive approach behind and are now
working together to better promote the industry to overseas interests.
Australia's geographical isolation means that overseas partnerships are
crucial to the future success of biotech companies. However isolation does
have benefits, and some home grown bioprospecting companies have been quick
to exploit the ecological diversity for drug development. Venture
capitalists have also awoken to the potential of Australian biotech, overall
many analysts predict a bright future in a maturing market.
The special feature also incorporates the latest and best biotech jobs on
offer. 

Map of the Universe
Thrilled by recent advances in astronomy, Richard Gott wanted to make a map
showing everything in the observable universe. Even though he had all the
data he needed, it wasn't an easy task. The biggest problem is that the
universe is simply so big. The most distant object we have spotted is a
quasar about 250,000 billion billion kilometres away. Gott realised that if
he shrank such an enormous distance to fit on a single page, the entire
Milky Way would be crammed into a dot smaller than a speck of dust. On the
other hand, if he drew our galaxy to fit on a piece of foolscap, he'd need
another 300 kilometres of paper to show the most distant quasar.
He's now found a solution (see the feature - How to shrink the universe),
and New Scientist is proud to publish the results in a pull-out map at the
centre of this issue. Imagine yourself standing on the equator for 24 hours;
the map shows every significant object that will come into your line of
sight, from horizon to horizon, right out to the distant edge of space and
time. Even though it is only a slice through the universe, it contains an
impressive list of objects: 8420 satellites; 14,183 asteroids; 3386 stars
and 126,625 galaxies. It also shows the largest structure ever found in the
universe: a wall of galaxies a staggering 1.4 billion light years long. It
is a very stunning achievement!

22nd November NewScientist will be on sale at newsstands from tomorrow
(Monday/Tuesday in some areas)

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