News | Published:

Sidelines

Nature volume 440, page 133 (09 March 2006) | Download Citation

Subjects

On the record

“Mars is hard, and Mars is unpredictable. Mars doesn't treat you very well.”

NASA's Jim Graf crosses his fingers for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, due to arrive at the red planet on 10 March.

“Libertines, both male and female, have always been around in math and physics.”

Science writer Jennifer Ouellette ponders whether physicists are really having more sex these days.

Sources: Washington Post, Seed

Scorecard

Science and kung fu

Movie star Jackie Chan has just secured himself a very different type of billing. The Australian National University is naming a new science centre after the action hero as a vote of thanks for his recent donation.

Waterfowl

Researchers in Canada have come up with a way to stop wading birds landing on oil fields in Alberta. As the birds fly in, radar picks them up and triggers a deterrent noise.

Perfume

Japanese scientists have found an unusual source of vanillin, the aromatic component of vanilla used as a fragrance. The sweet smell can, apparently, be extracted from cow dung.

Number Crunch

A study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that moving to the United States, especially if you are hispanic, might be bad for your health.

16% of Hispanic immigrants living in the United States for five years or less are obese.

13% of the same group have high blood pressure.

22% of Hispanic immigrants living in the United States for more than five years are obese.

20% of the same group have high blood pressure.

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/440133a

Authors

    Comments

    By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.

    Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing