[ASC-media] NEWSCIENTIST Media Release - 15 MAY 2004 Issue

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Thu May 13 12:02:19 EST 2004


NEWSCIENTIST STORIES FROM 15 MAY 2004 ISSUE


THE MAKING OF A SUICIDE BOMBER The popular assumption is that suicide
bombers are all maniacs or religious fanatics with little money or
prospects. Yet anthropologists and psychologists who have studied them are
coming to some startling conclusions: they are no more suicidal, irrational,
religious or less educated than the rest of us. Pages 34-37, and Editorial

CLONERS PRESS ON DESPITE AUSTRALIAN AND UK NAY Less than a year after the
birth of the first cloned foal, the battle over whether horses should be
cloned is well under way. Government authorities in the UK and Australia
have rejected plans for cloning horses, but in other countries, such work is
going ahead. Page 9

CELL ALCHEMY TURNS BONE MARROW INTO BRAIN CELLS A method for "priming" bone
marrow cells to become specific kinds of brain cells, might help treat
people with a range of conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The
advantage of using such cells to treat disease is that there would be no
problem with immune rejection. Researchers in Germany have already
transplanted such cells into mice with stroke damage, but the results are
not yet clear. Page 13

SOLAR WIND WILL KEEP EARTH SAFE The Earth will be safe when the magnetic
field drops during the next reversal of magnetic poles. German researchers
have shown that the solar wind will come to the rescue-wrapping itself
around the Earth to act as a replacement field during the switch. Page 14

POWER PLAY The civilian infrastructure that keeps our water and power
flowing is far more vulnerable to cyber attack than military installations.
Most of these networks are controlled by software that involves scant
security and can be accessed remotely. New Scientist looks at the world's
largest experiment designed to test a variety of different hacking attacks.
Pages 24-27

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS: IN MEMORIAM When two graduates came up with the idea
of a permanent genetic memorial to loved ones, they were taken seriously and
awarded funding. The idea was to infuse the "biological essence" of a dead
relative into the genome of an apple tree. The proposal not only raises
questions of scientific credibility, but also of how GM is sold to the
public. Page 17

TOO MUCH TESTOSTERONE BLIGHTS SOCIAL SKILLS Levels of testosterone in the
womb may have profound effects on a person's social development. A British
study has found that children who are exposed to higher levels of
testosterone in the womb are less developed socially, and the interests of
boys are more restricted than girls. Page 11

ABUSE OF IRAQIS 'WELL THOUGHT THROUGH' The type of mistreatment and
humiliation Iraqi prisoners have suffered at the hands of US soldiers
appears to have been "well thought through", and is unlikely to have
occurred without the knowledge of higher authorities, say leading
psychologists. New Scientist's free public website at
http://www.newscientist.com <http://www.newscientist.com/> 

ANTIPODES: WINNERS AND LOSERS Ian Lowe looks at the Australian Budget, and
its impact on research for the public good. Page 45

SMART SPORTS SHOE ADAPTS FOR OPTIMAL CUSHIONING German sportswear company
Adidas has unveiled a smart sports shoe that continuously reconfigures its
sole to provide a constant level of support while its wearer is running. See
also... SARS spread by sweat?; Hot new planets; Micro-plastics plague seas.
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