[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST MEDIA RELEASE - 29 MAY 2004

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff at NewScientist.com.au
Wed May 26 18:41:20 EST 2004


NEW SCIENTIST STORIES FROM 29 MAY 2004 ISSUE

ISRAEL LAYS CLAIM TO PALESTINE'S WATER Israel has drawn up a secret plan for
a desalination plant to supply water to the Palestinian territory on the
West Bank. Under the scheme, the Israelis hope to provide badly-needed water
to the Palestinians while retaining control of the region's scarce supply of
fresh water from underground aquifers. Pages 6-7, and Editorial

JET CRASH 'COULD KILL MILLIONS' Reports are emerging that no-fly zones
around Britain's nuclear sites are regularly breached by military and
civilian aircraft. New Scientist has also seen a copy of a study requested
by the UK government which says that a large plane crashing into a reactor
could cause "at worst, several million fatalities". Page 8

PAINKILLERS MAY POSE RISK TO MALE SEX DRIVE If you are pregnant or
breastfeeding, think twice before reaching for aspirin or paracetamol. A
study has shown that male rats exposed to such drugs just before or just
after birth have little interest in sex as adults, raising the question as
to whether  these painkillers also affect human sexual development. Page 9,
and New Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com> 

WHY YOUR LUNGS MIGHT NOT COPE WITH HIGH ALTITUDES Swiss doctors have found
the causes of altitude sickness, and why some people are genetically
susceptible. They hope their work will make it possible to identify those at
risk, and improve prevention and treatment. Page 10 ...see also THE DAY THE
SKY FELL ON EVEREST Eight climbers lost their lives on Mount Everest in 1996
because the sky fell down, say Canadian researchers. Their work suggests the
stratosphere sank down onto the mountain's summit, causing the pressure and
oxygen level to drop dramatically. Page 15

MORE ENERGY FROM HOT STACKS Two inventors have come up with a simple idea to
harvest waste heat from industrial smokestacks, and turn it into
electricity. The pair calculate that their system would dramatically boost
the efficiency of power stations, cutting CO2 emissions and reducing the
amount of toxic pollution released into the atmosphere. Page 21

THE WORD: ITJARITJARI Put an itjaritjari down on the sand and it will vanish
"like a man diving into water", say Aboriginal people who know the tiny
marsupial mole well. The first ever study of the animal's ecology and
behaviour is under way in the Great Victoria Desert. Page 53

HIGHWAYS SPREAD SOUTHERN SEEDS (short story) Wind superhighways helped carry
plants thousands of kilometres across the southern hemisphere, seeding new
communities on the islands and continents of South America, southern Africa
and Australasia, say Spanish researchers. Page 16

TIMELY TV TEXTING (short story) The Nine Television Network in Australia has
devised a simple way to ensure viewers never miss a programme they want to
watch. The idea is to send them a text message reminder five minutes before
the programme starts. Page 23

AUSTRALASIAN: ASSAULTING HEART DISEASE Bob Johnstone looks at how
researchers are planning to reduce the salt intake of the northern Chinese.
Page 49

CLUBBERS CHOOSE CHIP IMPLANTS TO JUMP QUEUES Clubbers in Spain are choosing
to receive a microchip implanted under the skin instead of carrying a
membership card. Those with the implant can jump queues and even leave their
wallets at home, because it can be used as an in-house debit card. See
also... Canada on the up; Tags hinder penguins; Hot new asteroid. New
Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
<http://www.newscientist.com> 


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