[ASC-media] NEWSCIENTIST RADIO EXTRA - 8 MAY 2004 ISSUE

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu May 6 11:27:45 EST 2004


RADIO EXTRA: NEWSCIENTIST STORIES FROM 8 MAY 2004 ISSUE

A SINGLE CLICK GENERATES THE LIST TO END ALL LISTS New search engine
technology, being developed at the University of Washington, could make
compiling lists possible with a single click. The developers hope that
KnowItAll will eventually be able to answer questions such as "list all
Australian scientists born before 1900" by trawling through many web pages
for data. Page 23

STOPPING EPILEPSY AT SOURCE Existing epilepsy drugs are designed to suppress
the seizures, but are often ineffective with nasty side effects. Now, a few
researchers have joined a quest to create a drug that will stop epilepsy
developing in the first place. Pages 36-39

WOMEN MARRY MEN WHO LOOK LIKE DAD Women tend to choose husbands who look
like their fathers-even if they are adopted, Hungarian researchers have
found. New Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com> 

SPLASH LANDING ON AN OILY TITAN The Huygens probe, due to parachute onto
Saturn's moon, Titan early next year, is likely to splash down in an ocean
of oil. A telescope in Chile has for the first time managed to peer through
Titan's thick atmosphere to reveal four oceans of hydrocarbons. Page 18

YAWS ADD TO PLIGHT OF CONGO'S FOREST DWELLERS A flesh-eating disease called
bush yaws is threatening the "forgotten" populations of pygmies in the
Republic of Congo and other areas of Africa. UNICEF says the disease is
having a devastating effect on the poorest areas where people don't have
access to such simple hygiene measures as soap and water, and homes are too
remote for aid workers to reach. Page 15

ALS RISK NOT LIMITED TO GULF WAR VETERANS Those who fought in the first Gulf
War may not be the only military personnel with an increased risk of
developing neurological disease, a US study has found. Veterans of other
conflicts may also have a greater risk of developing amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS), a fatal type of motor neuron disease. Page 7, and New
Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com> 

TRAINING TOMORROW'S SPINNERS (short story) Loughborough University in
Britain has filed a patent on a way to mark balls so their rotation in
flight can be analysed photographically. The aim is to help train players of
ball sports. Page 23

ALZHEIMER'S GENE THERAPY TRIAL SHOWS EARLY PROMISE The first gene therapy
trial for Alzheimer's disease, designed to test the safety of injecting
genetically modified cells directly into the part of the brain most severely
affected by the disease, has delivered promising early results.  New
Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com> 

MICROWAVE OVENS SHOULD WARN OF EXPLODING EGGS Microwave ovens should display
prominent warnings about the dangers of exploding eggs, says a team of UK
opthalmologists. They were responding to the case of small girl who nearly
lost the sight in one eye when the egg she had just heated blew up in her
face.  New Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com> 

ANTI-CENSORSHIP WEB SERVICE CENSORS ITSELF A web service, set up by the US
government's International Broadcasting Bureau to enable websurfers in Iran
to evade censorship, is itself massively censoring what they can see. Page
19, and New Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com> 

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