[ASC-media] RADIO EXTRA: 1 MAY 2004 ISSUE

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Fri Apr 30 14:26:59 EST 2004


RADIO EXTRA: STORIES FROM 1 MAY 2004 ISSUE


SUPERGLUE FINGERS BOMB SUSPECTS When a bomb disposal unit destroys a suspect
package, crucial fingerprints are lost forever. Now, Canadian engineers have
developed a device that lets a robot test for fingerprints without touching
the package. The robot can then photograph any fingerprints that show up
from a safe distance before the suspicious package is exploded. Page 24

SCHIZOPHRENIA HITS MIGRANTS (short story) Migrants are five times as likely
to develop schizophrenia as locals, and men are 40 per cent more susceptible
than women, an Australian review of more than 150 studies has shown. The
results contradict the conventional view that the risk of schizophrenia is
similar in different groups. Page 18

INSIDE THE NEANDERTHAL MIND Two American researchers say our Neanderthal
cousins were slow to be inventive with their tools, indicating that they
could not process a large number of ideas simultaneously. The researchers
believe this could have contributed to their downfall. Page 16

ARE CLOUDS OF VENUS A REFUGE FOR LIFE? Some scientists are convinced that
microbes can live in the clouds of Venus. Unlike Earth, Venus does not have
a protective shield of ozone. But an American team say they have found a
solution to how Venusian bugs could shelter from UV rays-by using molecular
rings of sulphur in the planet's atmosphere as a sunscreen. Pages 14-15

CORPORATE COMPUTER SECURITY MENACE RISING FAST A British study of computer
security breaches has shown a dramatic rise in serious attacks against
companies in the UK over the past year . The study found that more than
two-thirds of companies had been menaced in some way. New Scientist's free
public website at http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

PHEROMONES SOOTHE STRESSED DOGS Misbehaving dogs are soothed by a chemical
scent that evokes their puppyhood, according to new research in Scotland.
The chemicals could help relax dogs living in stressful environments, such
as animal shelters or army barracks. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

SHAPE-SHIFT SWIMMER DISCOVERS MASTER STROKE The perfect swimming stroke in a
viscous fluid involves changing your shape dramatically to haul yourself
along, according to Israeli researchers. Their work could one day help
microscopic robots swim efficiently through the human body. Page 17

HARDWARE HACKERS BACK IN BUSINESS The powerful computers inside games
consoles are spawning creations their makers never intended, such as robots.
Pages 26

UNPUBLISHED DATA REVERSES RISK-BENEFIT OF DRUGS Unpublished studies of the
effects of anti-depressant drugs on children suggest some are ineffective
and potentially harmful, according to a new review of research. The
unpublished data contradicts published results, fuelling a debate on how
drug companies reveal trial data. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> , and Editorial

CURRY SPICE COULD ALLEVIATE CYSTIC FIBROSIS A spice used in curry could help
alleviate cystic fibrosis, new American research suggests. The tests in mice
show that low doses of a component of turmeric can make most of the symptoms
disappear. Page 19, and New Scientist's free public website at
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