[ASC-media] RADIO EXTRA - 17 JANUARY 2004

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Jan 15 13:37:57 EST 2004


RADIO EXTRA: STORIES FROM 17 JANUARY 2004 ISSUE


INSTANT START-UP FOR PCs Those who use Windows XP Media Center to operate
their home entertainment gear will know you have to wait minutes while your
PC boots up before you can watch TV, or play a video or a CD. Now,
Intervideo of California has launched the InstantOn PC, using an open-source
Linux operating system which loads in less than 10 seconds. Page 21

TRACING EMERALDS' ORIGINS COULD FOIL SMUGGLERS A technique developed by
researchers in France to identify where an emerald was mined could
discourage people from buying smuggled gemstones. The research team is now
discussing the possibility of licensing the technology to Columbia where the
government is struggling to regulate the country's lucrative emerald
industry. Pages 6-7

NATURAL GLASS Many researchers believe the ability of diatoms to create
glass shells has all sorts of applications in nanotechnology-from making
tiny moulds for growing crystals to producing components for micromachines.
And if nanotechnologists ever learn how to reprogram diatoms to make shells
to precise specifications, the array of new devices and materials could be
limitless. Pages 26-29

RED, RED PILLS Various studies have highlighted the health benefits of
drinking red wine-but what if you don't drink alcohol? A company in Italy is
solving the problem by developing tablets with all the goodness of a glass
of wine. Page 23

CURVACEOUS BATTERIES Philips has found a way to produce any shape of
battery, including curved and spherical ones. Page 22

'SAFER' CIGARETTE MYTH GOES UP IN SMOKE If you think smoking low-tar
cigarettes reduces the chances of getting lung cancer, you'd be wrong. They
are just as dangerous as normal cigarettes, according to a massive US study.
Filtered cigarettes, however, are safer than unfiltered ones. Page 9

COSMETIC CHEMICALS FOUND IN BREAST TUMOURS Synthetic chemicals found in
samplesof breast tumours probably come from underarm deodorants. Known as
parabens, these chemicals are used as preservatives in many cosmetics, and
can mimic the sex hormone estrogen. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

FAKE FOG COULD DEFEND NUCLEAR PLANTS Clouds of artificial fog could be used
to defend nuclear power stations against airborne terrorist attacks,
according to a proposal being considered in Germany. New Scientist's free
public website at http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

'INTEL INSIDE' COMES TO FLAT PANEL TVs Computer chip giant Intel is to enter
the consumer electronics market for the first time, with a chip specifically
designed to power cheaper, better, flat-panel TV screens. New Scientist's
free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com> 

HONEY, I'VE UNRAVELLED THE BEE GENOME (short story) The honeybee is the
latest creature to have its genome completely sequenced-and researchers are
already hot on the trail of genes linked to venom and honey production. Page
17

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