[ASC-media] NewScientist media release

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Oct 16 17:15:59 EST 2003


STORIES FROM 18 OCTOBER 2003 ISSUE

BANNING GM CROPS IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAVE WILDLIFE Banning GM crops is unlikely
to make much difference to the environment in the UK. That's because
herbicide use is soaring, and farmers may now turn to sowing non-GM crops
bred to be resistant to such herbicides. This combination could have a worse
impact on farmland wildlife than weedkiller-resistant GM crops. Pages 8-9

PASSING STOP SIGN CURES GENE DISEASE Simply popping a pill may overcome
genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. American
researchers have designed a drug that (in pre-clinical tests) can restore
the production of a working protein by reading through inappropriate
stop-signals in the defective gene. Page 16

DID WARMING SEAS SUCK AFRICA DRY? Warmer oceans, not deforestation or
industrial pollution from Europe, may be responsible for triggering droughts
in the Sahel region of Africa for much of the past 30 years, American
researchers say. Page 15

FAME OF WORLD WAR "ACE" PILOTS A theory of fame developed by American
statisticians suggests that most people remain unrecognised and a few become
more famous than they actually deserve. Their analysis of WW1 fighter pilots
showed that fame is not directly proportional to achievement but increases
exponentially, and is thus unfairly distributed. Page 17

SUPER-EFFICIENT FUEL HITS THE ROAD A British firm claims to have found an
additive that makes diesel fuel burn more efficiently, resulting in cleaner
running engines and less pollution. The UK's largest bus operator is putting
it to the test in 1000 buses. Page 24

LOST WITHOUT A MOBILE PHONE A positioning system for mobile phones, to be
enforced across Europe and the US, could save lives. The networks will soon
be required to provide location information for any emergency call made from
a mobile phone, even if the caller can't speak. Page 26

THE WHOLE SHOOTING MATCH New software developed in Canada, can now hunt
through a collection of photos, recognise similar images, and match and
stitch the pictures together for you. Page 25

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT How close is too close? A British zoologist has been
using genetic markers to work out how serious inbreeding is. If it's as
worrying as he thinks, the implications are far-reaching. We should change
the way we protect endangered species, he says, and stop rehabilitating sick
animals if they are genetically weak. Pages 38-41

ANTIPODES: SOCIAL BUSINESS Ian Lowe talks about socially responsible
companies in Australia, and how adding alcohol to fuel can improve your
health. Page 49

REJECTION REALLY HURTS, FINDS BRAIN STUDY Artistic lonely hearts have spent
millennia trying to capture the pain of rejection. Now neuroscientists have
seen it flickering in the brains of students who suffer a social snub. See
also...  Coffee and sperm; Making file-sharing pay; Martial arts bots. New
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