[ASC-media] NEWSCIENTIST RADIO EXTRA - 5 FEBRUARY 2005

Sapier, Jeff (RBI - AUS) Jeff.Sapier at ReedBusiness.com.au
Thu Feb 3 11:25:19 EST 2005


RADIO EXTRA NEWSCIENTIST STORIES FROM 5 FEBRUARY 2005 ISSUE
 
 
PROJECT HONEYPOT TO TRAP SPAMMERS Project Honeypot is a new and effective
line of defence against spammers. Using Project Honeypot software, websites
can trap spammers by luring them to a fake email address. The software is
able to detect when a spammer "crawling" for email addresses grabs the fake
address. It then fingers the computer, and spammer, responsible. Page 26
 
BONOBOS DYING AS THEY FLEE HUNTERS A new survey has found more bonobos than
expected. But with fewer nest sites, the endangered apes were much harder to
find. The study suggests that hunting may be forcing them to move around
more, making it harder to study and protect them. Page 16

THE BETTING'S ON THE AMBIDEXTROUS ONE (short story) Knowing whether a horse
is right or left "handed" could be useful information for trainers and
punters. Researchers in Ireland have found that most fillies preferred their
right side while performing a series of tests, while colts preferred their
left. Page 19
 
POLLUTION FIGHTER TURNS CLOT BUSTER A material normally used for cleaning up
car exhaust fumes could one day be used as an anti-bacterial agent in
dressings and to prevent blood clots. Both these medical problems can be
treated with nitric oxide (NO), but the gas is hard to deliver to a specific
site. Now British researchers have found a zeolite which can store NO and
release it where it's needed. Page 25 
 
JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF A QUAKE Researchers drilling into the heart of the
San Andreas fault will be able to observe what happens before, during and
after an earthquake. The work should also reveal what causes quakes, keeps
them going, and maybe predict where and when 'the big one' will strike.
Pages 42-45
 
SEX HORMONES PLUNGE IN DOWNTRODDEN FEMALES The first ever study of
depression in female monkeys has shown that they appear to suffer in the
same way as humans, with high rates of coronary heart disease and premature
deaths. The US researchers who did the work think that the vital link is
plummeting sex hormone levels. Page 23
 
BIODIVERSITY'S GOLDEN RULES DON'T WORK Some of the cherished principles of
conservation simply do not work, a review of projects in 11 countries
suggests. The US study found, for instance, that educating local communities
and encouraging sustainable development do not help conserve species. Page
19
 
DOESN'T SOUND 3D TO ME (short story) The realistic nature of "virtual
surround sound"  through stereo headphones varies from person to person,
because we all have differently shaped ears and heads. Joint
British-Australian research, however, has provided a solution.  Page 24 
 
SPHERICAL ROBOT PROVIDES ROLLLING SECURITY COVER A spherical roving robot
designed to detect and report intruders has been developed by a Swedish
start-up company. It can travel over most surfaces, even mud and snow. New
Scientist's free public website at http://www.newscientist.com
 
TOP OF THE GREENS Finland is the world's most environmentally friendly
country, and North Korea is its least. Australia placed 13th, the US 45th
and the UK 66th. But critics say the notion of such a country-by-country
green list is meaningless. Page 6
 
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