Compiled by Remy Chevalier
Once every two or three months I spend time at my local University annex reading through the back issues of New Scientist, the popular science magazine from Britain. Because it is a weekly, at $180 a year subscription, itís a luxury the Environmental Library Fund hasnít been able to afford yet.
Since Iím now online and have replaced personal letters to hundreds of environmental activists around the world with emails, I can now take time out to write a short run down of what I felt was most interesting to planet savers. New Scientist has a website of course at but only a fraction of the information published in the magazine makes it on the web. So Iím giving you the date and page number of each piece so, if need be, you care to research the item further at one of your own public libraries.
Shot-Stopper; 3 October 1998; Page 14:
Cheap, fluffy blend of Kevlar and Spectra similar to felt could stop high-velocity rounds because of different unwoven structure says creator Howard Thomas of Auburn University in Alabama.
Green Streets; 3 October 1998; Page 15:
Mitsubishi has developed a paving slab called the Noxer for roads impregnated with titanium oxide which in sunlight converts oxides into nitric acid and washes away in the rain. They estimate 80% NOx gases are removed from the air. Trials have begun in Chiba and Osaka, Japan.
Thrashing The Planet; 3 October 1998, Page 12:
World Wide Fund study reports Norwegians are the most environmentally destructive people on Earth. Taiwan comes in second, then Chile, Singapore, Denmark, US and Kuwait. These results are based on exploitation impact on grain, marine fish, wood and freshwater. Norwayís 10 times world average fish consumption is blamed for their topping the list.
Green Power; 3 October 1998; Page 21:
UK Prime Minister John Battle and the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO) announced 261 projects aimed at generating 1177 megawatts of electricity from wind, water and waste.
Fusion Catches a Cold; 17 October 1998; Page 4:
US Congress fails to sign a three-year extension on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.
Stirred And Shaken; 14 November 1998; Page 4:
Kazunani Domen at Tokyo Institute of Technology reports powdered cuprous oxide catalyst could split water at room temperature. This reaction usually takes place at 3000 įC.
Wind-Powered Car; 21 November 1998; Page 11:
Hikoshichi Takahashi patented a wind-powered generator, which sits on top of a car. The device channels fast-moving air producing electricity at the expense of aerodynamic drag.
Battery Boost Makes Greener Car; 28 November 1998; Page 7:
Tripling car battery voltage could benefit environment. 12 volt can no longer handle todayís array of car gadgets. MIT consortium is working on new generation 36-volt battery. Program manager is Gary DesGroseilliers.
Closing In On Cancer; 16 January 1999; Page 9:
Work with Hall Effect Imaging (HEI) at Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario in Canada has discovered breast tumors give a different electrical signal to healthy cells.
Transmutation Of Nuclear Waste; 16 January 1999; Page 31:
Three page article on potential and future of transmutation technologies. Two websites are suggested for further reading: and
Super Science; 16 January 1999; Page 47:
Book ad for Super Science by the author of Science of the X-Files
Sun Traps; 23 January 1999; Page38:
Four page article by Philip Ball, associate editor of Nature on designing photosynthesis mimic solar cells
The Heaviest Element Of Them All; 30 January 1999; Page 14:
Chemists in Russia and the US may have create element 114 by bombarding neutron-enriched isotope of plutonium with an isotope of calcium at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, near Moscow.
Jam Packed; 30 January 1999; Page 7:
Bernardo Huberman of the Xerox Palo Alto Lab claims adding more cars on the road might help clear congestion by keeping speed constant.
Bamboo Battery; 13 February 1999; Page 13:
Sony is developing a lithium-ion battery with negative electrodes made from carbonized bamboo, which will almost double the storage capacity.
Dark Cloud Over Asia; 13 February 1999; Page 25:
Acid rain will devastate the ecology of Asia within 20 years unless China invests in air pollution controls.