[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 5 MARCH 2011

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NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 

NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 5 MARCH 2011 (No. 2801)

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VENUS AND MARS COLLIDE
The difference between men and women are widely documented, but are they actually accurate? What is the science behind gender differences and are men and women really that dissimilar? Feature Pages 42 - 45 

DID ANTARCTIC ICE DEFY WARMER WORLD?
A great puzzle of climate change is whether or not the Antarctic ice sheets will survive in a warmer world. A new study suggests the ice sheets may be more stable than initially thought. However, the researchers believe even though the ice sheets are more stable, the extremities are still likely to melt with warmer temperatures and increase sea levels. Tim Naish of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand agrees. Page 11 

THE HAG WITH IMPECCABLE TABLE MANNERS
The Pacific hagfish is one of the few vertebrate that manages to eat without its mouth open. Chris Glover at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and colleagues believe the animal may have a permeable skin, which could allow it to absorb nutrients from surrounding seawater. Page 14 

CAVE CRICKET'S TRICK KEEP ROBOT CHATTER CONFIDENTIAL
The African cave cricket's peculiar mating signal consists of high-pressured vortex rings fired at a would-be mate. These vortex rings are the inspiration for a new method of clandestine robot communication devised by Andy Russell, an engineer at Monash University in Victoria. Page 28 

SMART-GRID 'STOCKBROKERS' TO MANAGE YOUR POWER
Clever energy management by software-agents systems could store energy drawn at cheaper off-peak times, reducing our electricity bills and carbon footprints. Feature Pages 26 - 27 

BACK TO THE MOON
$20 million in prize money is up for grabs as part of the Google Lunar X Prize. The prize aims to stimulate an entrepreneurial space race and it is working. So far it's been enough to entice 29 entrants, with the prize money awarded to the first team to land a rover on the moon, drive or fly it at least 500 metres from its landing point and send video, still images and data to Google computers back on Earth. Feature Pages 46 - 49 

INSTANT EXPERT: MASS EXTINCTIONS
At least five times in the past 540 million years, life on Earth has faced mass extinctions with around half of all species dying out in a short period of time. What triggers these drastic changes and how does life recover? Feature Pages i - viii 

COSMIC SHOW-STOPPERS
New Scientist explores the extreme performers in the universe; discovering the biggest, brightest, hottest, coldest, heaviest and fastest players around. Feature Pages 36 - 41 


DOOR CLOSES ON HIV
A pioneering treatment to thwart HIV has shown promise in the first nine people to receive it. The treatment genetically alters blood cells so the virus can't invade them. Page 6 

HOW TO PREDICT WHEN A DICTATORSHIP IS READY TO FALL
The US military has admittedly had poor results when trying to predict political instability. Scientists who study mathematically complex systems claim they can do better and while it may not be possible to predict the spark that will start a revolution; scientists feel they can detect the complex symptoms of instability before a regime shift. Page 10 

FOLLOWING THE HERD CAN SHIFT YOUR OPINION
Does conforming to others' views represent a true shift in your opinion or just a white lie? Brain scans of people who modify their beliefs for the sake of appearances show a little white lie may genuinely alter a person's opinion. Page 16 

EUROPE'S FIRST DRUG USERS WERE ARTISTS
A cave mural in Spain which depicts magic mushrooms indicates that Europeans may have been spicing up religious ceremonies with the hallucinogenic fungi 6000 years ago. Page 23 

MOVIE NIGHT, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE 3D PIRATES
Can the 3D movie experience keep punters flocking to the cinema in the face of increasing piracy? Experts discuss how piracy among 3D films will soon be as common as its 2D counterpart. Page 28 

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BALLOON LAUNCHES BREACH NORTH KOREA'S BUBBLE
South Korea will float thousands of helium balloons into North Korea in a bid to circumvent the nation's censorship. The balloons will contain information on the uprisings that have occurred in Africa and the Middle East. A similar communication effort was also made in November last year. Hyunga Kim, a specialist on Korea at the Australian National University in Canberra does not think the balloons will incite uprisings. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20180-balloon-launches-breach-north-koreas-bubble.html 

AUSTRALIA'S TRULY GLORIOUS CAMPER
Spotted - baby Australian leafhoppers pitching protective silk tents. The discovery, made in Orange NSW, smashes the misconception that 'true bugs' of the Hemiptera order cannot spin silk. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20171-zoologger-australias-truly-glamorous-camper.html 

PORN FILTER FOR KIDS' MOBILES SENDS IMAGES TO PARENTS
Parents worrying about content their children can view online tend to consider installing filters only on PCs, but what about mobile phones? Samsung has recently patented a system allowing parents to monitor images children view on their mobile handsets.
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/02/parents-who-want-to-prevent.html

NEWBORN MICE CAN MEND A BROKEN HEART
Newborn mice may hold the key for a breakthrough in treatments for heart disease. Research by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has showed that 1-day-old mice can regenerate damaged heart tissue. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20168-newborn-mice-can-mend-a-broken-heart.html

MOST LOCKED-IN PEOPLE ARE HAPPY, SURVEY FINDS
In the largest survey ever of the feelings and emotions of people with locked-in-syndrome, happiness appears to be the overriding feeling. These results highlight the enormous ability to adapt to new conditions. Of the people who were unhappy, most tended to be relatively new to the condition, leading to calls for a moratorium on patient requests for euthanasia in countries where it is allowed. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20162-most-lockedin-people-are-happy-survey-finds.html 

CROWDSOURCED TRANSLATIONS GET THE WORD OUT FROM LIBYA
Crowdsourced translation techniques are enhancing the effectiveness of translation software as recent applications in troubled Libya and Haiti have demonstrated. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20174-crowdsourced-translations-get-the-word-out-from-libya.html

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