[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 25 JULY 2009

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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 25 JULY 2009 (Vol. 202 No. 2717)

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HUMAN GUINEA PIGS
Discover the realities of the underground occupation of being a human
guinea pig. Healthy individuals are donating their bodies to science and
gruelling clinical trials and are earning big bucks for it. However, how
are they risking our health as well as their own? (Feature) Pages 40-43 

PLUTO TO BECOME A PLANET AGAIN?
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) are meeting next week to
review their decision on axing Pluto from the list of planets. The
review has come about after Pluto lovers, astronomers and state
governors voiced concerns about the definition of a 'planet' and that
only 4 per cent of the IAU's 10,000 members were involved in the vote.
(Feature) Pages 44-45 

SAVE THE GORILLAS
This year was declared the Year of the Gorilla by the United Nations.
Despite the efforts of park rangers, field work and animal conservation
groups, today, almost half of all primate species are at risk of
extinction. The International Union for Conservation has announced each
of the four subspecies of gorilla to be endangered. New Scientist looks
at some of the
plans that scientists and the U.N have for saving one of earth's most
iconic creatures. 
(Feature) Pages 35-39 


FLU VACCINE WORRIES
The World Health Organisation's estimate that global production of the
swine flu vaccination will reach 94.5 million by August this year now
seems unlikely as the U.S has announced that tests and approval of the
potent additives to be used in the vaccine will not occur in time. Page
6

FATHERS AREN'T DISPENSABLE JUST YET
Optional extra in the mating game or biologically necessary for child
rearing?
New studies by McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada have
revealed evidence suggesting that fathers are actually "biologically
programmed" to help raise children. Page 12

ECLIPSE SPARKS HUNT FOR GRAVITY ODDITY
This week, Chinese geophysicists are beginning a once-in-a-century study
that will look at whether or not gravity drops by a minute amount during
a solar eclipse. The results will be analysed in the coming months and
are hoped to confirm for once and for all that gravitational
fluctuations recorded during past eclipses are a real phenomenon rather
than simply speculation and experimental theory. Page 10

LAZY GENE FAVOURS ADVENTUROUS CHOICES
Michael Frank and colleagues at Brown University in Providence, Rhode
Island have found that the gene involved in breaking down the reward
chemical dopamine, COMT, can help explain why some people are more
adventurous than others. People with the less efficient version of COMT
have higher levels of dopamine and more likely to be adventurous than
those with the active version. Page 16

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