[ASC-media] NEWSCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 14 AUGUST ISSUE

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RADIO EXTRA NEWSCIENTIST STORIES FROM 14 AUGUST 2004 ISSUE


I MISSED THAT, COULD YOU REWIND Ever been listening to a programme on radio
and wished you could hear some of it again? Thanks to the falling price of
high capacity memory chips, you now can. A new breed of digital radios will
let you rewind to the start of a programme or instantly replay a short
segment. Television is also moving in the same direction to give you back
that missed goal or try. Page 20

ARE YOU TOO SEXY FOR YOUR NAME? Your attractiveness to the opposite sex
could depend partly 
on your name. Linguists in the US have found that the sound produced by
vowels in a name can affect your appeal. Men with a short vowel sound in
their names-such as the "a" in Matt-were rated sexier than those with a
longer vowel, like the "aw" sound in Paul. For women, it's just the
opposite. Page 16

DO COSMIC RAYS HOLD SWAY OVER CLIMATE? The argument that cosmic rays could
be driving global warming by influencing cloud cover will receive a boost at
a conference next week. But some scientists dismiss the idea and worry that
it will detract from efforts to curb rising levels of greenhouse gases. Page
10

GENE OFF-SWITCH PUTS US IN CHARGE The discovery that genes can be "silenced"
is creating a stir in medicine. It could open new avenues for fighting
disease. One team, for instance, is already planning to try and shut down a
gene that the HIV virus needs to enter cells. Page 12

CANCER UNPLUGGED Recent evidence which points to links between cancer and
cell metabolism and growth is transforming our view of the condition. It
suggests a new way of tackling cancers of all kinds-using existing drugs to
slow cancerous growth. Pages 34-37

SMART GLASS BLOCKS INFRARED WHEN HEAT IS ON UK scientists have developed a
type of glass that continues to let through light but blocks heat when a
room starts getting too warm. Above about
29 *C, a coating on the glass undergoes a chemical change which causes it to
become opaque to infrared radiation. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

TAGS TO BANISH FORGETFULNESS Soon, your wristwatch will be able to remind
you not to leave your keys at work, or your mobile phone in a café. American
engineers have developed a tracking system based on electronic ID tags. The
idea is that you tag all the items you would normally carry about. Then, if
you leave any of them behind, your watch notices, beeps and displays a
message. Page 19

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS: NOTHING LIKE THE TRUTH In the US, the polygraph or lie
detector is still the most popular tool for ferreting out the guilty.
Strange, says psychologist David Lykken. Not only is it easy to beat, there
is no evidence that it works. Page 17

IT'S CURTAINS FOR VIDEO PIRATES Movie moguls are pulling out all stops to
put an end to the bootleggers who are draining their profits. Page 22

FLYING BLANKETS THREATEN SATELLITES Faint mysterious objects, which NASA
believes are thin sheets of insulation torn from old satellites, are
becoming a danger to those satellites still at work. Page 4

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