[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 2 FEBRUARY 2008

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NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 2 FEBRUARY 2008
 

MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE:  2FEB 2008 (Vol. 197 No. 2641)

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BORN THAT WAY
As the race to become the next president heats up and the US is gripped
by election fever, liberals and conservative will be slugging it out,
trying to convince each other that their way of thinking is right.  They
may be wasting their breath.  According to an emerging idea, political
positions are substantially determined by biology and can be stubbornly
resistant to reason. Feature, Page 28-31
http://media.newscientist.com/data/pdf/press/2641/264128.pdf (Graphics
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MALE EGGS AND FEMALE SPERM
A reproductive revolution is in progress. In a handful of labs across
the world, biologists are trying to make genetically male cells develop
into eggs, and female cells into sperm.  If successful, their efforts
might one day allow lesbian and gay couples to have children that are
genetically their own.  Page 6-7
http://media.newscientist.com/data/pdf/press/2641/264106.pdf

INCOMING!
A mysterious object fell to earth last year in a remote corner of Peru.
It is now thought that the object was a meteorite measuring less than
two metres in diameter.  According to conventional models this should
have been too small to survive passage through the atmosphere. This new
evidence is prompting a rethink about what kind of objects from space
could make it through the atmosphere and wreak havoc on the ground.
Feature, Page 40-43
http://media.newscientist.com/data/pdf/press/2641/264140.pdf (Graphics
available)

LESS IS MORE
Is it the end of the road for the gas guzzler?  New Scientist reports on
the battle to clean up the highways and an innovation prize that
challenges the car industry to produce an affordable, desirable,
high-performance vehicle that can drive at least 100 miles on a US
gallon of fuel. Feature, Page 32-36
http://media.newscientist.com/data/pdf/press/2641/264132.pdf (Graphics
available)

FINDING THE DOOR TO A PARALLEL UNIVERSE
If there were a wormhole linking us to a parallel universe, how would we
spot it?  One suggestion is that it will give itself away by the curious
way it bends light. This idea assumes the existence of so called
"phantom matter" which has been proposed to explain how a wormhole might
stay open. The phantom matter would cause light from another universe,
passing through the wormhole, to diverge and emerge as a bright ring.
Page 13
http://media.newscientist.com/data/pdf/press/2641/264113.pdf
 
WHOSE IS THE TRUE VOICE OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM?
A bitter dispute has broken out between people with autism and a charity
that aims to help them.  At its heart is a disagreement about how people
with autism are perceived by the general public.  Page 9
http://media.newscientist.com/data/pdf/press/2641/264109.pdf

WORD NERDS CAPTURE FLEETING ONLINE ENGLISH
As conventional dictionaries struggle to keep up, a different kind of
dictionary is recording a rich new vocabulary.  Online dictionaries,
which record new words and emerging slang terms such as "Anti-Fonzie",
meaning not cool, are proving to be a valuable resource for professional
lexicographers and self styled "word nuts".  Page 22-23
http://media.newscientist.com/data/pdf/press/2641/264122.pdf

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