[ASC-media] 29 NOVEMBER 2003 ISSUE - Radio Extra

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Wed Nov 26 17:37:07 EST 2003


RADIO EXTRA: STORIES FROM 29 NOVEMBER 2003 ISSUE

WANTED: PEOPLE TO TEST ORGASMATRON In February 2001, New Scientist  broke
the news of an electronic spinal implant that can trigger the same effect
for women who have an inability to achieve an orgasm naturally. We can now
report that clinical trials of the "orgasmatron" have begun in the US. The
surgeon who invented the device says one woman has successfully completed
the first stage of the trial, in which wires were connected through the skin
and into the woman's spinal cord. The married woman who responded to his
call for volunteers was said to have been "instantly aroused" when the
device was switched on. Page 11

BEAR BONES HINT AT OSTEOPOROSIS TREATMENT Bears are able to stop their bones
from degenerating during hibernation and wake with bones as strong as ever.
It seems they recycle waste calcium by putting it back on their bones during
their three to five-month hibernation. The finding, by American researchers,
could lead to new therapies for human bone loss (osteoporosis) which is
often caused by a lack of physical activity or enforced rest. Page 13

THERE'S LIFE IN THE OLD MARTIAN VOLCANOES YET It has been assumed that the
volcanoes on Mars were long dead. But new analysis of pictures suggests that
the Martian volcano Olympus Mons erupted less than 10 million years ago, and
that any one of the volcanoes littering the surface of Mars could erupt
again sometime in the distant future. Page 12

BOOBY-TRAP PATENT THWARTS SPAMMERS The US Patent office last week granted
telecoms firm AT&T a patent which means spammers can now be sued if they try
to fool anti-spam filters running on mail servers. The firm have been
criticised for giving away too much information on how spam filters work,
but AT&T says that its move will benefit Internet users in the long run by
stopping spammers coming their way. Page 20

END OF THE SQUEEZE TEST A label that changes colour as fruit ripens is
allowing shoppers to see whether pears are ready to eat - without having to
squeeze, and possibly damage them. The colour of the label responds to
changing concentrations of volatile compounds that fruit emit as they ripen.
Page 20

MAKING WAVES One researcher believes that his experiments with a bucket full
of spinning water can convince weather forecasters to change the way they
calculate values of temperature and pressure. There is initial evidence to
prove that by introducing random numbers to stand in for randomly varying
physical events you can improve long-term forecasting. Pages 30-33

TAMING THE BEAST Try and kill bugs with antibiotics and they are likely to
evolve resistance to the treatment. But by saying to the bug "No, you can't
stay here", you could sidestep the development of bacterial resistance. The
hope is that this new kinder treatment, called anti-adhesion therapy, will
prevent bacteria from clinging to the cells of the body - and stop
infection. Pages 34-37

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