[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE - 2 DECEMBER 2006

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NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE - 2 DECEMBER 2006


THIS WEEK'S MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE:  2 DECEMBER 2006 (Vol. 192 No. 2580)


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IN THE MAGAZINE THIS WEEK:

 
WOULD-BE ROOKIES FACE VIDEO GAUNTLET

Concerned that their soldiers are not being assessed on real-life
situations, the US army is developing a virtual-reality aptitude test
for recruits. Rather than using pen and paper in an exam, the recruits
are placed in a virtual world where they are tested on their ability to
solve tasks whilst navigating through different environments. Page 28

 
WHY FRENCH RED IS BEST FOR THE HEART

If you want to toast yourself to a long life, choose a red wine from
south-west France.

Scientists in London have identified a compound called procyanidin as
the component in red wine responsible for making it good for your heart.
The team also found that wines from south-west France and Sardinia
contain more procyanidins than other red wines. Page 17

 
QUANTUM COMPUTERS? DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH

Large-scale quantum computing will never work. At least that's the view
of a French physicist, Michael Dyakonov, who thinks that unavoidable
noise will always get in the way. Disrupting noise from the outside
world could introduce errors to the quantum particles doing the
calculations. According to Dyakonov, the errors would grow far too
quickly to enable any correction. Page 17

 
COTTON PEST BEATEN BY SMART SPRAYING

Through the 1980s and 90s, the bollworm caterpillar was destroying the
crops of millions of India's cotton farmers as the bollworms became
increasingly resistant to insecticides. Now, thanks to a relatively
low-tech approach to managing insecticide across the nation, the
bollworm is in retreat and cotton is once again profitable. Page 8 

 
NO PILOT, NO PROBLEM

Using pilotless remote-controlled planes for civilian tasks such as
search-and-rescue missions, or the surveillance of fires or criminals,
sounds promising. But surprisingly, given the commercial hopes of
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), their future looks bleak. The aviation
industry has failed to obtain the radio frequencies it needs to control
them - and it will be 2011 before the opportunity arises again. And even
then, the collision-avoidance technology needed for UAV safety may not
be ready. Pages 26-27

 

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