[ASC-media] 13 MARCH 2004 - RADIO EXTRA

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu Mar 11 16:36:30 EST 2004


RADIO EXTRA: STORIES FROM 13 MARCH 2004 ISSUE


INTERNET FUELS BOOM IN ID THEFT The wealth of personal information available
online is stoking an alarming rise in identity fraud. ID fraud has doubled
in the past two years, and now accounts for 42 per cent of scams in the US.
Page 24

CASE CLINCHED FOR WET MARS NASA's Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, just
halfway through their 90-day missions, have both found what they were sent
to look for: hard evidence of liquid water. We now know that Mars was once
habitable, at least by the kind of simple microbe that dominated the first
three billion years of life on Earth. Page 13, and New Scientist's free
public website at http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

THE WACKY RACES This weekend, a bunch of 20 selected self-guiding vehicles
will race across the Mojave desert from LA to Las Vegas to win the title of
fastest autonomous vehicle in the world. The vehicles will receive no human
intervention and the route is being kept strictly secret until two hours
before start of the race. The motivation is for the US military to find
ideas on which to base military models. Page 26-29 

BISON FACE GRIDLOCK America's great mammals are being hemmed in by the
building of houses, farms, energy plants and pipelines. Bison, elk and
antelope are being cut off from traditional migratory routes used for the
past 5,800 years. Pages 4-5

CLICK ON THE LEFT TO IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE (short story) Controlling a
computer mouse with your left hand is better for your posture, say
researchers in Canada. Page 17

MYSTERY VIRUS HOLDS OFF AIDS (short story) People with HIV who are also
infected by the common virus GBV-C are less likely to develop AIDS and die,
an American study suggests. Page 17, and New Scientist's free public website
at http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com> 

A TRAP FOR TOXIC METAL A US researcher may have cracked the problem of
stopping coal-fired power stations from belching toxic mercury vapour into
the environment. He believes mercury might react with other products of
burning coal and condense, if provided with the right surfaces. Page 9 

OVARIAN TRANSPLANT PRODUCES FIRST HUMAN EMBRYO The first human embryo to be
produced using an egg from an ovarian tissue transplant may signal hope for
hundreds of thousands of women made infertile by cancer treatment. New
Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com>  

EXOSKELETON LIGHTENS LOADS A human exoskeleton, to allow soldiers, fire
fighters and medical personnel to carry heavy loads over long distances, is
about to take its first public steps. It consists of a pack connected
through a frame to robotic supports which strap on to the carrier's legs.
Page 22, and New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com>  

WHY CHAMELEON'S LICK IS SO SPEEDY (short story) After a century of debate,
biologists have finally figured how a chameleon shoots out its tongue at
lightning speed to snare its prey. The secret is a biological spring-loading
mechanism that stores energy prior to release. Page 16



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