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      NEWS BYTES INDEX:

      1. Irish Nessie 'Detected'
      2. Inventor Claims His Device Gives Women Multiple Orgasms
      3. Student Scoops Design Award For Twist On Female Urinal
      4. Sanyo Unveils World's First No-Detergent Washing Machine
      5. Hi-Tech Windows Go Dark At The Touch Of A Button
      6. British Inventor Creates Painless Needle
      7. Chocolate Of 2025 May Make Soldiers Invisible
      8. Hormones Make Fathers Motherly After Birth
      9. Astronaut Calls For Space Lottery Prize

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      IRISH NESSIE 'DETECTED'
      Ananova
      Friday 29th June 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_340744.html?menu=news.scienceanddiscove
      ry

      A team searching for Ireland's 'Lough Ree Monster' claim to have detected a
      large, mysterious animal moving in the water. They used technology invented
      to track Soviet submarines during the Cold War.

      The creature was famously witnessed by three priests in 1960, who said a
      large snake-like creature swam close to their boat. It was then described as
      having an 18-inch-long long head with eyes, nose and ears rising out of the
      water.

      Jan Sundberg, from Sweden, is a member of the research team and caused
      controversy at Loch Ness earlier this year when he tried to catch Scotland's
      mystery beast in a net. He told The Irish Times: "We thought it was the same
      sound we have recorded in Norway when we were looking for horse-eels there.
      It was very faint, but it was an animal sound, not a boat, and it was not in
      our library of known creatures."

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      INVENTOR CLAIMS HIS DEVICE GIVES WOMEN MULTIPLE ORGASMS
      Ananova
      Thursday 28th June 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_339989.html?menu=news.scienceanddiscove
      ry

      A Romanian doctor claims he has invented a device that can give a woman 16
      orgasms in a minute. He says the machine has been tested on 16 women whose
      only complaint is that the thrill was too strong.

      It is said to run on rechargeable batteries and uses electrodes placed on
      the backside and the spine to give off weak electrical pulses. Its inventor
      claims that, unlike vibrators, even virgins can use it without losing their
      physical virginity. Dr Nicolae Adrian Gheorghiu, from the town of
      Voluntari, near Bucharest, boasted: "Its more effective for a woman than
      having 30 men."

      In February, North Carolina surgeon Stuart Meloy unveiled his own
      orgasm-producing implant for women. He described how he stumbled across the
      find while placing pain-relieving electrodes in a woman's spine.

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      STUDENT SCOOPS DESIGN AWARD FOR TWIST ON FEMALE URINAL
      Ananova
      Thursday, June 28, 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_339771.html

      A student has been awarded the Royal College of Art's prestigious annual
      design award by coming up with a new twist on the ill-fated female urinal.
      Although female versions of the common stand-up porcelain bowl have been
      around for 70 years, none has captured the public imagination.

      Cajsa Flensburg, 25, has won the prize after completing a masters degree in
      industrial design engineering at the college. She said her unique design --
      codenamed Ona -- could "revolutionise" the female bathroom experience. She
      said it was inspired by her own misery as a woman using public lavatories.

      Her research found most women admitted to "hovering" above traditional
      sit-down communal toilets because of concerns over hygiene. Her new toilet,
      which comes with supporting "handlebars", promises to allow women to "hover
      in comfort".

      At 17 inches high, 13 inches wide and 15 inches deep (45cm x 33cm x 40cm),
      it could also do away with traditional queues in busy public places such as
      clubs and bars as rest rooms could be fitted with at least twice the number
      of cubicles.

      Ms Flensburg said her "scientifically designed" white porcelain bowl is also
      more environmentally friendly than traditional toilets, using just three
      litres of water per flush instead of the usual seven. She added: "We
      basically do not use the toilet in the way it was designed to be used. My
      design combines the best of both worlds with the handles also taking the
      strain off leg muscles."

      She has been rewarded for her efforts with a £2,000 travel bursary from the
      British Standards Institute which rewards winners who come up with an idea
      which is "commercially applicable, patented and environmentally
      sustainable".

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      SANYO UNVEILS WORLD'S FIRST NO-DETERGENT WASHING MACHINE
      Ananova
      June 22, 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/business/story/sm_335465.html

      Sanyo has unveiled the world's first washing machine that doesn't need
      detergent has been unveiled. The Japanese company's Denkaisui model range
      uses ultrasonic waves and electrolysis instead of liquids or powders. The
      ultrasonic waves produce bubbles that batter dirt particles. They are then
      dissolved by a combination of activated oxygen and hypochlorous acid
      generated by electrolysing the water.

      Sanyo is billing the Denkaisui as an environmentally friendly washing
      machine. However for the toughest stains, the company still recommends using
      detergent.

      The top-of-the-line Denkaisui will retail for 128,000 yen (£730) and is
      scheduled to arrive in Japanese stores in August.

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      HI-TECH WINDOWS GO DARK AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON
      Ananova
      June 22, 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_335033.html

      Windows that darken at the touch of a button have been unveiled in Germany
      where they are being used to stop offices over-heating or staff from being
      dazzled by the sun.

      German scientists have developed the window which becomes tinted when needed
      -- two thin pieces of glass sandwich a see-through hydrogen film which
      reacts with a layer of tungsten to go dark.

      The team at the Freiburg Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems say
      their development is a world-first and will make mechanical blinds
      unnecessary.

      The windows are perfect for big spaces as the shading can be effective
      against the greenhouse effect, which warms up buildings as well as
      preventing bright light hitting computer screens.

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      BRITISH INVENTOR CREATES PAINLESS NEEDLE
      Ananova
      Saturday 30th June 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_341215.html?menu=news.scienceanddiscove
      ry

      A British inventor has devised a needle which doesn't cause pain when it is
      shot into the skin. Peter Crocker has already won the Inventor of the Year
      title from the BBC's Tomorrow's World and sponsor Hewlett-Packard. His
      needle is smoother, blunter and more tapered than the conventional
      hypodermic needle and moves so fast through the skin it doesn't leave a
      mark.

      Although the exact method of propulsion remains a secret, it works on
      compressed air launched at the press of a button. It cuts through tissue
      without causing damage or breaking blood vessels. The injection accelerates
      from 0 to 60mph in a 20,000th of a second, reports The Guardian.

      Along with business partner Kevin Maynard, Mr Crocker could change the way
      many drugs are delivered and many medical conditions treated.

      A pharmaceutical company is in talks with the pair over using their device.
      Their prototype is shaped like a mobile phone. The injector, which has
      already undergone trials at the pain research unit attached to the Churchill
      Hospital, Oxford, could help treat cancers, diabetes, ulcers, nail fungal
      infections and baldness. Development so far has taken about three years. It
      started by accident when Mr Crocker and Mr Maynard were trying to build
      their own prototype tattooing machine to see if it could treat skin cancers.

      Mr Crocker said: "They are a bit bigger than a mobile phone ... We are
      trying to raise £5 million over the next two years to turn it from a clumsy
      great thing that works into something a doctor would be pleased to use in
      their clinic."

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      CHOCOLATE OF 2025 MAY MAKE SOLDIERS INVISIBLE
      Ananova
      June 22, 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_334792.html

      Chocolate bars which make soldiers 'invisible' on the battlefield could be
      available by 2025. Their ingredients would reduce the body's chances of
      detection by thermal imaging sensors.

      A report says many foods will change dramatically over the next 25 years --
      some giving soldiers more energy or protection against illness.

      Even 'friendly fire' incidents, where soldiers are accidentally killed or
      injured by their comrades during battlefield confusion, could be prevented.

      Troops would be fed rations containing chemical tags that allows their
      whereabouts to be tracked by 'friendly' satellites.

      The report, called Opportunities in biotechnology for future army
      applications, was drawn up by Purdue University, Indiana, for the US
      National Research Council.

      It says seeds from fast-growing plants being developed for Mars missions
      would also be supplied to troops deep behind enemy lines so they could feed
      themselves.

      Robert Love, director of the NRC, said: "A lot of advances in biotechnology
      are going to have the effect of making things smaller and lighter, and that
      includes the food that a soldier eats.

      "There is a great deal that can be done with foods through biotechnology to
      enhance a soldier's performance in the field."

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      HORMONES MAKE FATHERS MOTHERLY AFTER BIRTH
      Ananova
      Thursday, June 28, 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/News/story/sm_339860.html

      A Canadian study has shown that when men become fathers their testosterone
      levels drop while levels of estradiol, the 'motherly hormone', often
      increase.

      First-time dads agreed to have their saliva samples compared with
      non-fathers over a period of three months after their child had been born.

      Doctors don't yet know why estradiol was detected in a larger proportion of
      dads' samples in but say it may be linked to their partners.

      Women's levels of the hormone, which is known to influence maternal
      behaviour, rise after a birth.

      The fathers' lower levels of testosterone were also accompanied by a drop in
      levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

      The study, by a team from Queen's University, Ontario, was published in the
      Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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      ASTRONAUT CALLS FOR SPACE LOTTERY PRIZE
      Ananova
      Wednesday, June 27, 2001

      http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_338661.html

      Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, the second man on the moon, has called for a lottery
      competition with a ride on the space shuttle as top prize.

      He told the US Congress that spare seats on routine missions could be sold
      to the highest bidder or offered in a public draw.

      Mr Aldrin, a member of historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969, said Nasa is
      hostile to the idea.

      It could help fund its work and called on politicians to intervene.

      He told Congress the lottery is necessary "so that every American could have
      a small chance of flying to space".

      The idea is backed by Dennis Tito the California businessman who paid $20
      million, which is around £14 million, to fly on a Russian spacecraft to the
      International Space Station.

      Mr Aldrin said the space shuttle often flies with only five or six people
      when it could hold seven or eight.

      He added: "We Americans have spare seats for rich tourists. I know of two
      individuals, a well-known Hollywood producer and a well-known television
      correspondent, who are ready to go right now."

      Its estimated tourist flights could pay for around 35% of space station's
      budget overrun.

      But a Nasa official told Congress shuttle missions currently run at maximum
      load and said if a tourist was to come on board: "We'd have to throw
      something out."

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