[ASC-media] NEWSCIENTIST MEDIA RELEASE - 24 JAN ISSUE

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Jan 22 12:36:36 EST 2004


STORIES FROM 24 JANUARY 2004 ISSUE

VIETNAM LAST ON VACCINE LIST A flu vaccine will soon become available that
might help prevent bird flu in Vietnam from becoming a human pandemic. But
the manufacturer must first supply it to contracted customers in rich
countries, such as Australia, leaving little left for Vietnam. Researchers
are unsure of how to proceed without falling foul of patent rights. Page 8 

ARE DEODORANTS SAFE? American researchers claim that frequent underarm
shaving combined with deodorant use could increase a woman's chances of
getting breast cancer. While the US study is small and far from conclusive,
it comes hard on heels of recent British research which found chemicals from
antiperspirants and deodorants in breast tumours. Page 11 

BIG CHILL KILLED OFF NEANDERTHALS According to a vast new set of biological,
environmental and social data on life 20,000 to 40,000 years ago,
Neanderthal people died out because they did not have the clothing or
technological know-how to deal with the cold. And early modern humans nearly
suffered the same fate. Pages 10-11 

THE YUCK FACTOR Disgust evolved to protect people from disease or harm, not
simply from what was socially unacceptable, according to new British
research. Page 14, and New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

ENDOSCOPE GOES WHERE NONE HAVE GONE BEFORE A new endoscope, made of a single
optical fibre just half a millimetre wide, could help surgeons peer inside
narrow structures such as the inner ear and blood vessels. The Australian
team which developed the technology says it will be particularly useful for
fitting cochlear implants. Page 21

POISONOUS TRUTH OF THE SERPENT'S TALE (short story) Venomous snakes evolved
only once, 60 million years ago, from primitive python-like snakes that
crushed their prey. That's the conclusion of a Melbourne researcher who has
studied the toxins of more than 100 snake species. Page 15

SHATTERED ROCKS SUGGEST ICE AGE STARTED IN NORTH The dating of
frost-shattered rocks in eastern Australian by a group from ANU has
pinpointed the peak of the last ice age at 22,000 years ago. The findings
confirm that the ice age began in the Northern Hemisphere and spread to the
south, in contradiction to earlier evidence from ice cores. Page 12

OUT WITH THE LADS Groups of blokes down the pub and girls gossiping round
the photocopier may seem like sexual stereotypes, but it looks like humans
are not the only ones who choose to hang out with friends of the same sex.
The bigger picture shows that single-sex groups are common throughout the
animal kingdom, from chimps to dogfish. Pages 35-37 

ANTIPODES: SCIENTIFIC JUSTICE Ian Lowe considers how to deal with research
fraud, and the regulation of therapeutic products. Page 45

WIRELESS E-VOTING MACHINES RAISE CONCERN Computer scientists are concerned
that new electronic voting machines, already purchased by several US states,
will be easy to hack. See also...  Hubble condemned to a slow death; SARS in
restaurant animal cages; Online games lead to riches. New Scientist's free
public website at http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

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