[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 23 JANUARY 2010

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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 23 JANUARY 2010 (Vol. 202 No. 2744)

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FAT BUSTERS
Zap your fat away with low-level laser therapy (LLLT). No, it's not just
another unfounded, quick fix to get rid of those extra love handles.
Getting rid of fat by zapping it with lasers is actually based on a
scientifically plausible idea. These treatments are already underway in
the UK and the results aren't disputed; however, questions remain over
the safety and longevity of the procedure. Pages 42-45 

ANOTHER KIND OF EVOLUTION
What if Darwin only had half the story of evolution? Microbiologist Carl
Woese and physicist Nigel Goldenfield, both at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, believe a series of evolutionary stages
existed before the Darwinian form emerged. They are questioning the
nature of evolution; how evolution could have produced the genetic code
and basic genetic machinery used by all organisms. Pages 34-37 

WE'RE OVER HERE!
With nothing but silence in response to the search for extraterrestrial
intelligence (SETI), the SETI community want to take a more active
approach. So what do you say to an extraterrestrial life form when you
have no idea how they communicate, where they exist or even whether
they'll respond? Pages 28-31 

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS
At this stage it's only our imaginations that dictate what alien life
forms may be like, but a blend of astronomy and earthly biology can
offer a more educated guess. If ET comes from our solar system then at
least we have some knowledge about their environment. However, they may
come from much further a field which would have considerably different
implications. Pages 31-33 

HINTS OF INTELLIGENCE IN A DROP OF OIL
How does a drop of oil measure up to human intelligence? Recent research
by chemists at the Northwestern University in Illinois have shown that a
droplet of oil can navigate its way through a complex maze as a result
of internal and external structures working together. The research
supports the extended mind theory proposed by scientists at the
Australian National University in Canberra, which says that the level of
human intelligence is determined by the canny connections between the
mind and environment. Pages 8-9 

INSECURE ABOUT SEX? TRY GOD
There are many reasons to why people are religious - habit, fear of
death... Is sex one of them? Psychologists at Arizona State University
in Tempe have found that people tend to ramp up their belief system when
confronted with fierce sexual competition. Page 15 

LIGHT SWITCH
One of the great scientific disappointments of recent decades could
finally be turned around. The promise of optical computing is still
within reach thanks to the development of a "spaser". This is the latest
by-product of the field of nanoplasmonics and could potentially be used
to create a super-fast computer. Pages 39-41 

INTERNET UPGRADE AHEAD AS CONGESTION LOOMS
The internet has stagnated and it's time to update. With the explosion
of social media, video downloads, streaming audio and video and file
sharing, the current fibre-optic backbone of the internet is starting to
get clogged. Take a glimpse at what the internet upgrade could look
like. Pages 18-19 

CHEAP EXPLOSIVES DETECTION BECKONS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT
A cheap artificial nose can detect triacetone triperoxide (TATP), the
explosive used in the 2005 London tube bombings. Developed by Siegfried
Waldvogel, of the University of Bonn Germany, the device could be fitted
in doorways of buses, trains and airports to sound an alarm if anyone
passes through carrying the explosive. Best of all, Waldvogel believes
the device can be manufactured for less than $100 each. Page 19 

BRAIN 'ASYMMETRY' UNDERLIES HYPNOSIS
The Open University in Milton Keynes in the U.K have found that
successful hypnosis requires temporary domination by the brain's right
side. People who have an imbalance in the efficiency of their brain's
two hemispheres are more susceptible. Page 12 

INVASION OF THE MIND-SNATCHERS
Mental illnesses are not evenly distributed around the world and take
different forms from place to place. Yet Western notions of mental
illness are spreading like a contagion, with little regard to cultural
diversity. Opinion Pages 26-27 

The following articles are for IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Please click on the
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INTERACTIVE PAPER CREATES THE GREETINGS CARD 2.0 
Graphic designers and engineers have created a new generation of
greeting cards that will light up your day. The ''intelligent'' greeting
cards are created by electrical circuits made by printed ink. A new
generation of interactive books and other paper-based products are also
well on their way. Video available
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18407-interactive-paper-creates-th
e-greetings-card-20.html

DEEP-SEA SNAIL SHELL COULD INSPIRE NEXT-GEN ARMOUR
A new breed of body-armour could be developed based on the shell of a
deep-sea snail. The snail's shell can withstand heavy blows thanks to a
three-layer protection mechanism. This could improve body armour without
the need for additional weight.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18404-deepsea-snail-shell-could-in
spire-nextgen-armour.html

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