[ASC-media] NEWSCIENTIST MEDIA RELEASE 21 AUGUST ISSUE

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 NEWSCIENTIST STORIES FROM 21 AUGUST 2004 ISSUE

INTEMPERATE SOCIETY Most people don't consider themselves binge drinkers.
But if you're knocking back five glasses of wine or beer in two hours, you
are. Binge drinking is on the up, and it is seriously compromising our
health. It is now clear that what is important about alcohol is not just how
much you drink, but how you drink it. Pages 28-33

AN EYE FOR DANGER A hand-held device that paramedics can use to measure the
contraction of the pupils of accident victims in response to bright light
will help to ensure correct treatment. The 'pupilometer'
is capable of producing useful and accurate data to send ahead to the
hospital. Page 21

UNSEEN FAILINGS OF PRIMATE RESEARCH An acute shortage of apes and monkeys
available for scientific research could be slowing advances into HIV and
drug development. The shortage is also forcing researchers to perform
independent studies successively on the same animals. And research papers
often fail to state the conditions animals are kept in and their history,
making it difficult to assess the validity of experiments, according to the
first global audit of non-human primates used in research. Pages 6-7

PLANT MIMIC MAY BE CURE FOR MALARIA Clinical trials have begun in the UK of
a synthetic malaria drug which has similar properties to the expensive plant
extract, artemisinin. Its developers hope it will help counter the
resurgence of drug resistant forms of the disease. Page 15

IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY... The presence of noisy ecotourists could
unexpectedly benefit brown bears in the wild. Researchers found that while
adult male bears avoid tourists, females and their cubs are not deterred.
They can seize the opportunity to feed free from the threat of dangerous
males.
It all helps to boost the population. Page 17

US CAMPAIGN TRAIL TAKES TO THE NET The internet is becoming a potent force
in politics, not only to put across policies to a wider electorate, but also
to raise money. Page 24

KEEP PUSHING FOR A SMOOTH DELIVERY Women are encouraged to exercise their
pelvic floor muscles during and after pregnancy because it reduces
incontinence. But some midwives that the stronger muscles may hinder the
delivery itself. Now, studies have shown this is not so. Page 18 
 
SNAKES IN SUITS Psychologists are now suggesting that psychopathic
tendencies are far more widespread than the prison population or criminal
records suggest. Psychopathy encompasses a wide spectrum of character
traits, and the milder forms could even be useful and adaptive. The
condition could also define a leader or a tycoon. Look out, you might be
sharing your office with one. Pages 40-43

ANTIPODES: THE POWER OF RESTRAINT Ian Lowe looks at Australia's energy
policy in the wake of the White Paper, and at a resurgence of rail. Page 47 

SEWAGE WATERS A TENTH OF THE WORLD'S IRRIGATED CROPS The first global survey
of waste water irrigation has revealed that up to a tenth of the world's
irrigated crops are watered by raw sewage from the developing world's
megacities. See also... Using heat for random numbers; Addicted rats; Phone
game trojan. New Scientist's free public website at
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