[ASC-media] Media Release - 17 JANUARY 2004

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Jan 15 13:36:07 EST 2004


STORIES FROM 17 JANUARY 2004 ISSUE

HELP! MY OWNER JUST CRASHED... Tests have already begun in Europe on an
in-car system to alert emergency services in their local language after a
crash. The system, called E-merge, is activated by the sensor that triggers
the airbag. It uses GPS information to work out where the car is, and
automatically calls the local emergency services operator, giving the
vehicle's make, model, colour and license number. Page 22

THE BESST WAY TO JUDGE THE SUCCESS OF IVF CLINICS Melbourne fertility
specialists have proposed a radical new way of measuring the success of IVF
clinics: by the percentage of single babies born live at full term for every
IVF cycle begun. The system would exclude twins, triplets and even premature
singleton births, as these are considered a risk for both mothers and
babies. This should favour superior clinics, say the specialists, over those
which try to boost birth rates simply by transferring more embryos. Page 7

THE IN-CROWD Homosexuality exposes a fatal flaw in Darwin's theory of sexual
selection, according to evolutionary ecologist Joan Roughgarden. Same-sex
relationships are too common to be a genetic defect. Instead, she argues,
they cement bonds crucial to holding many animal societies together. Pages
36-39

THE SWEATY SCENT THAT MOZZIES CAN'T RESIST (short story) Mosquitoes may home
in on a particular component of sweat, genetic studies have revealed. The
finding could lead to new ways of killing or evading the pests, and thus
help combat malaria. Page 17

COLD VIRUS FIGHTS SKIN CANCER CELLS (short story) One of the viruses
responsible for common colds might be capable of destroying the deadly skin
tumours known as melanomas, according to a research team at the University
of Newcastle. Page 17

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS: DON'T MENTION THE GUN In the debate about sky
marshals, no-one is talking about how they are to be armed. Is it with
conventional guns or something else? Page 19

THE BEST SKIN CREAM YOU EVER WORE When newborn babies enter the world they
are coated in a white goo called vernix. Due to its unique properties,
Vernix is the best skin cream they will ever have. Now, researchers are
trying to make a synthetic version of vernix which could end up becoming a
winning new cream for nappy rash, a lotion for psoriasis, or the ultimate
moisturiser. Pages 40-41

KNOW THY NEIGHBOUR The same "small worlds" theory that gave us "six degrees
of separation" can be used to navigate a host of networks in the real world.
It can help us to seek a social contact, search the internet or manage
traffic flows. Pages 32-35

ANTIPODES: A CLIMATE OF EXTINCTION Ian Lowe looks at the impact of global
warming on biodiversity, and of funding on New Zealand research. Page 45

ROBOTS WHICH PLAY SOCCER WITH HUMANS American researchers are using mixed
teams of robots and humans to play an unconventional version of soccer in a
bid to develop better cooperation between the two. See also...  Civilian
aircraft missile defence; Choking on spam; UK to grow GM. New Scientist's
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