[ASC-media] RADIO EXTRA - 3 APRIL 2004

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Apr 1 12:06:29 EST 2004


RADIO EXTRA: STORIES FROM 3 APRIL 2004 ISSUE

 

 

DRUG MIGHT STOP KIDS GETTING DIABETES It might be possible to block the
development of insulin-dependent diabetes in children, sparing them a
lifetime of injections and health complications.

US researchers have tested a drug that halts the onset of diabetes in mice.
Page 15

 

TOO MANY PHOTOS, TOO LITTLE TIME... Tell your computer about your holiday
and it will label all your digital photos for you. A company in California
has developed software that automatically records your conversations when
you open a digital photo album on your PC. Speech-recognition software
converts the speech into text, identifies keywords, and uses them to index
the pictures. Page 21

 

BLAME THEM ON THE FAIRIES Unlike the crop circles in the 1980s, the "fairy
circles" of the Namib desert in southern Africa seem to be genuine. The
three main explanations for the origins of these discs of totally barren
soil surrounded by lush grass have just been dismissed by a South African
study. So the reason they formed is still a mystery. Page 12

 

INTERVIEW: SWIMMING WITH SHARKS Sean Van Sommeran probably knows more than
any other researcher on the migration patterns of great whites and other
sharks. He tells New Scientist about becoming intimate with sharks, and
explodes the myths that surround them. Pages 44-47

 

SCRAMJET HITS HYPERSONIC HIGH A NASA unmanned supersonic jet has shattered
the speed record for flight by travelling at more than seven times the speed
of sound. It was the first successful test of a winged plane powered by a
scramjet. In 2002, the Hyshot team from the University of Queensland flew a
scramjet even faster, but it was strapped to a rocket, rather than an
airframe. Page 6, and New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 

 

ALLEGED HIGH-TECH ROULETTE SCAM "EASY TO SET UP" An alleged high-tech
roulette scam that saw three people walk out of a London casino with more
than A$3 million recently, would have been fairly easy to carry out with a
little know-how and the right tools, says a physicist who developed a system
that famously beat the wheel in the 1970s. New Scientist's free public
website at http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 

 

NO FORESKIN MEANS LESS RISK OF HIV INFECTION Circumcised men are nearly
seven times less likely to become infected with HIV, according to a study
carried out in India. But circumcision provides no protection against other
sexually transmitted diseases. Page 15

 

LIQUORICE DRUG BOOSTS MEMORY IN THE ELDERLY A compound based on a liquorice
extract improves memory in older men, a new Scottish study shows. The
substance works by blocking the activity of a brain enzyme that boosts
levels of the stress hormone cortisol. New Scientist's free public website
at http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 

 

FLASH MOB TO ATTEMPT SUPERCOMPUTING FEAT One thousand computer owners will
try to transform their motley collection of laptops into the first ad-hoc
supercomputer, thanks to software written at the University of San
Francisco. Page 6, and New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 

 

BAD INFLUENCE (short story) Violent movies and video games really do have a
negative influence on children, a panel of American experts has concluded
after the most comprehensive review ever of past research. Page 7

 

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