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    2 October 2003 Welcome to the New Scientist newsletter, which this week reveals that the identity of dark matter may have finally been discovered, that an
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2003
      2 October 2003

      Welcome to the New Scientist newsletter, which this week reveals that the identity of dark matter may have finally been discovered, that an advanced computer chip could break Microsoft's stranglehold on PC software and that oil and gas may run out too fast for doomsday global warming scenarios to materialise...


      Joanna Marchant,
      Physical Sciences News Editor, Print Edition Light shed on dark matter
      The outstanding mystery of modern astronomy may finally have been solved. Researchers believe they may have discovered the identity of the Universe's mysterious dark matter - the matter which cannot be seen as it emits no electromagnetic radiation but must outweigh visible matter by at least a factor of seven. The researchers believe that gamma rays coming from the centre of our galaxy carry the hall marks of these ghostly particles ... MORE


      Advanced chip opens door to software choice
      A computer chip designed to run more than one operating system at a time could break Microsoft's stranglehold on PC software

      'Too little' oil for global warming
      Oil and gas will run out too fast for doomsday global warming scenarios to materialise, according to a controversial new analysis

      Drug produces faster healing and fewer scars
      If clinical trials are successful, the drug could routinely be used to prevent scarring after surgery or following serious accidents

      Iraqis reclaim their ancient wetlands
      The Marsh Arabs are trying to restore wetlands drained by Saddam Hussein's regime for themselves - but experts warn this could backfire

      Protein locks out prion diseases
      A chance discovery could lead to the development of a drug that blocks deadly prion diseases such as variant CJD

      Wide-roaming carnivores suffer most in zoos
      Researchers conclude animals such as polar bears should not be caged - zoos argue they simply present more of a welfare challenge

      Reader Karl Reeves hired a DVD the other week, sat down and watched it, then took it out of the drive to put back in the case ­ only to find a sticker there reading, "Please rewind" MORE
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      Innocent file-sharers could appear guilty
      Security weaknesses in file-sharing networks could lead to false accusations of illegal music sharing, according to a new analysis

      Cattle ownership makes it a man's world
      Early female-dominated societies lost their power to men when they started herding cattle, a new study demonstrates

      Hybrid transistor to speed wireless computing
      The new design could also mean that wireless computer devices use 80 per cent less power, say IBM researchers

      Baby study links antibiotics to asthma
      Being given the drugs in their first six months means babies are far more likely to develop the allergy, suggests a new study

      Supercomputer climate model whips up a storm
      The initial modelling results from the world's fastest supercomputer reveal virtual hurricanes for the first time

      AND FINALLY...
      What is the secret to sparkling white teeth? What food should be avoided? Do whitening toothpastes really work? Find out in this week's Last Word... MORE



      Relativity implies the passage of time is just an illusion, but apparently there's a way to save the future...

      Deciding how to live a happy life is no longer just the province of lifestyle gurus - it's a fully-fledged science

      How well do you rate on 10 of the key factors that have been shown to make for a happier existence?


      Reckon your mobile phone is safe from attack? Think again. Today's smart, connected phones are sitting ducks


      Protecting lungs from cigarettes
      Eels slither towards extinction
      Smartest route to the moon


      TV DEBUT!
      The NEW weekly science bulletin is now showing as part of Science Night on Discovery Channel UK. Top stories this week include:
      - How lasers can keep trains running
      - Subatomic particles for safer planes

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