[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 13 MARCH 2010

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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 13 MARCH 2010 (Vol. 202 No. 2751)

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NEW SCIENTIST TO LAUNCH LATITUDE E-NEWSLETTER
New Scientist is excited to announce the launch of their newest
e-newsletter, Latitude. The monthly e-newsletter will bring together
some of the most exciting and interesting science, technology and
cultural events across Australia and New Zealand. Events featured in
Latitude will range from art exhibitions to performances to public
forums. Conveniently divided by country as well as state and territory,
Latitude aims to act as a quick and easy-to-read guide for readers to
access information about events in their area.

The first issue (April issue) of New Scientist Latitude will launch on
Friday, 26 March. Event organisers can list their event for free in the
newsletter by sending details to events at newscientist.com.au

The first issue will be sent exclusively to New Scientist Australia and
New Zealand subscribers. 

THE LUCK OF THE DEVILS IS IN THEIR GENES
Save the Tasmanian devil! These animals are on the brink of extinction
thanks to the highly infectious devil facial tumour, but Kathy Belov's
team at the University of Sydney could help save the species by shedding
light on differences between the immune systems of infected and unharmed
devils. Page 17 

EMPATHY OVERKILL
What if you could actually feel the pain of others? Cases of extreme
empathy exist, where one person can feel the physical sensations of
another, whether it be pleasure or pain. Bernadette Fitzgibbon from
Monash University in Melbourne thinks we can explore the underlying
neural mechanisms of these occurrences and perhaps find ways to improve
pain-management strategies, trauma counselling and even understand
empathy in autism. Feature pages 42 - 45

PARASITE LOST
If you get a bit queasy at times, then this article might not be for
you. Can you imagine a creature growing up to a metre long inside you
before you even realise it's there? The guinea worm is one of the most
gruesome afflictions you can imagine. But thankfully it might soon be
eradicated, which would make it only the second human disease to be
completely wiped out. Feature pages 39 - 40 

ACCIDENTAL ORIGINS
Speciation - one of the biggest mysteries in evolutionary biology is
under question again, but this time the mystery could be unravelled.
Mark Pagel from the University of Reading in the UK has research
indicating speciation may not be a result of adaptation and natural
selection; instead it could simply be a happy accident. Feature pages 30
- 33 

COLOUR ME GREEN
>From pharmaceuticals to food, cosmetics to clothing, the chemical
industry is cleaning up its act. With sound economic reasoning and
growing consumer pressure, green chemistry is the way of the future. So
what is it and how does it affect us? Feature pages 34 - 28 

STOP STIFLING ME, IT'S DAMAGING MY BRAIN
How much damage can overprotective or neglectful parents really cause?
Research conducted by Kosuke Narita of Gunma University, Japan has shown
parents with these traits may actually slow their children's brain
growth in an area linked to mental illness, making their kids more
susceptible to psychiatric disorders. Page 16 

FOOD, NOT FLAB, IS THE REAL KILLER
There is no denying that obesity is linked with disease. But lately
scientists have begun looking at fatness in a different way. What if
getting fatter is a part of your body's defence against the worst
effects of unhealthy eating rather than their direct cause? Pages 8-9 

BECOME A DATA NETWORK
Data has successfully been transmitted through a person's arm, which
could have significant implications for monitoring a person's vital
signs, such as blood sugar and electrical activity of the heart, during
their every day lives. Page 19 

ELECTRIC CARS JOCKEY FOR POSITION ON THE GRID
We know electric and hybrid cars have distinct benefits, but can our
electricity grids handle charging a lot of them? With increases in the
number of plug-in cars, electricity providers need to have a serious
look at how our electricity demands could change and ways to monitor and
influence our usage. Pages 20 - 21 

HERPES VACCINE
Researchers at BioVex in Woburn, Massachusetts, have a new approach to a
herpes vaccine. The vaccine, an altered form of the virus neither causes
the disease nor suppresses the immune system - a problem once
encountered by previous vaccines. Trials of the vaccine are now being
conducted in London. Page 7 

PRIMITIVE CREATURE SHEDS LIGHT ON THE ORIGIN OF EYES
A tiny creature related to the jellyfish has been found to provide
evidence of the evolution of the eye. Although lacking eyes itself, the
creature contracts into a ball when exposed to bright light. How does it
do this? Researchers at the University of California found that the
creature has similar proteins to our own eyes which allow it to respond
to light. Page 10 

IF MUM IS HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, WAVE YOUR ARMS
A mother's stress or depression is known to affect her foetus, but we
know little about how transient emotions such as sadness or happiness
can affect an unborn baby - until now. Studies by Kazuyuki Shinohara and
colleagues at Nagasaki University in Japan found that foetuses with
unhappy mothers move their limbs significantly less than those of happy
mothers. Page 11 

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