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  January 31, 2004

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X-ray Echo: Astronomers Catch Remnants of Cosmic Shout - Space.com   British astronomers have detected the remains of such an event, a distant powerful gamma ray burst that sent out a booming X-ray echo in the form of two concentric radiation rings propagating through space. It's the first time astronomers have seen an X-ray echo from a gamma ray burst. Gamma ray bursts, or GRBs, are the most powerful explosions in the universe. 
New NASA Data Release Invites You To Explore Two Vast Continents - SpaceDaily  Left:  This perspective view shows the major volcanic group of Bali, one 13,000 islands comprising the nation of Indonesia. The conical mountain to the left is Gunung Agung, at 3,148 meters (10,308 feet) the highest point on Bali and an object of great significance in Balinese religion and culture. Agung underwent a major eruption in 1963 after more than 100 years of dormancy, resulting in the loss of over 1,000 lives. Full view.  Eurasia, Index Map and Colored Height  Mount Ararat, Turkey, With Landsat Overlay  Mts. Agung and Batur, Bali, Relief and Height Coded   Marco Polo. Alexander the Great. They were some of history's most prolific explorers, each trekking across sweeping stretches of Europe and Asia in their lifetimes. But these greats of world history have nothing on you, thanks to a new topographic data set from NASA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. You now can explore the vast reaches of most of Europe, Asia and numerous islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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Weighty thoughts: Scientists examine if obesity is all in the mind  - BBC  As the global obesity epidemic spreads, and the UK's Food Standards Agency prepares to debate the increasing number of overweight children, all eyes are fixed firmly on expanding waistlines. But should we be looking elsewhere in the body for the real secrets behind this considerable health threat? Scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Newcastle-upon-Tyne are about to embark on one of the biggest studies of its kind into the role the brain plays in making people fat. The theory behind it is that many people fail to lose weight, not because they cannot stop eating, but because the brain will not let them do so.

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Alzheimer's Disease:
1/31/2004: Parkinson's misdiagnosed  - Nature
1/31/2004: New brain disease could be affecting many thousands
 - New Scientist

Biosciences:
1/31/2004: HP storage packs a protein punch  - C/Net
1/31/2004: 'Test-tube' mice become bold adults
  - Nature
1/31/2004: Butterflies boast ultrablack wings  - Nature
1/31/2004: Cambridge's primate research centre axed - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Test-tube sperm get new genes - New Scientist

Climate, Environment:
1/31/2004: New NASA Data Release Invites You To Explore Two Vast Continents - SpaceDaily
1/31/2004: Depleted oil wells a global warming tool? - MSNBC
1/31/2004: Pollution hits clouds on high  - Nature
1/31/2004: Climate test sets sail  - Nature
1/31/2004: Mysterious mass die-off of vultures solved - New Scientist

Computers:
Devices
1/31/2004: New Tom Clancy game hits stores  - CNN
1/31/2004: Handheld games take you outdoors  - CNN

Communications

Technology
1/31/2004: 'Doped water' could extend 193-nm immersion litho  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
1/31/2004: Everyman's supercomputer  - C/Net
1/31/2004: Consumer devices boost hard-drive sales  - C/Net

Internet
1/31/2004: At last, junk e-mail good for something  - CNN
1/31/2004: MyDoom's day  - C/Net
1/31/2004: Google's Orkut gets back online  - C/Net
1/31/2004: Tricky computer virus causes global epidemic - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Mutating software could predict hacker attacks - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Device 'quarantines' infected network computers - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
1/31/2004: Microsoft to take over MikeRoweSoft.com  - CNN
1/31/2004: Arrest in movie bootlegging scheme  - CNN
1/31/2004: Briefly: 'DVD Jon' to seek compensation  - C/Net

Energy: 

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/31/2004: Tea strainer in the neck 'stops strokes' - New Scientist

Cancer  
1/31/2004: Deodorants plus shaving linked to breast cancer - New Scientist

Infectious
1/31/2004: Avian flu raises vaccine questions  - Nature
1/31/2004: Bird flu spreads to China  - Nature
1/31/2004: New rules to stop spread of BSE  - Nature
1/31/2004: Bird flu outbreak started a year ago - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Bird flu epidemic is 'worst in history' - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Thailand and Cambodia admit bird flu - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Vietnam last on flu vaccine list
 - New Scientist

Non-Infectious
1/31/2004: Cannabis downgraded  - Nature

Miscellaneous
1/31/2004: Weighty thoughts: Scientists examine if obesity is all in the mind  - BBC
1/31/2004: Do women clasp infants to their left to boost bonding-  - Nature
1/31/2004: Prenatal genetic screening urged for all mums-to-be - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Skinny endoscope squeezes into new niches - New Scientist

History, Anthropology:
1/31/2004: Pollen traces shipwrecks' roots  - Nature
1/31/2004: Fossil find breaks age record  - Nature
1/31/2004: Big chill killed off the Neanderthals - New Scientist

Miscellaneous:
1/31/2004: Go shopping for a president on Amazon  - CNN
1/31/2004: New fixture on campaign trail  - CNN
1/31/2004: Bill Gates, a knight?  - CNN
1/31/2004: Feds to warn of Net threats  - C/Net
1/31/2004: Alpha Java geek returns  - C/Net
1/31/2004: U.S. creates cyberalert system  - C/Net
1/31/2004: U.S. awards contract for face-recognition technology  - El. Engr. Times
1/31/2004: Plants to dig out landmines  - Nature
1/31/2004: Doubt cast on North Korea's nuclear weapons - New Scientist

Neurosciences:
1/31/2004: Self-assembling scaffold for spinal-cord repair  - Nature
1/31/2004: Injectable scaffold aids rebuilding of nerves - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Panic attack patients lack key brain receptors - New Scientist

Physics and Astronomy:
1/31/2004: X-ray Echo: Astronomers Catch Remnants of Cosmic Shout - Space.com
1/31/2004: Fermions chill out  - Nature
1/31/2004: Save Hubble campaign gaining momentum
 - New Scientist
1/31/2004: New data clouds cosmic distance measurements - New Scientist

Prolongevity
1/31/2004: Maternal diet linked to offspring's longevity - New Scientist

Robotics:

Space:
1/31/2004: NASA 'brain drain' bill approved  - El. Engr. Times
1/31/2004: NASA chief grilled over cost of new plans
 - MSNBC
1/31/2004: NASA remembers its losses and lessons - MSNBC
1/31/2004: Shuttle manager reflects on mistakes - MSNBC
1/31/2004: Missions to Mars  - Nature
1/31/2004: Mars rover recovering from memory problems - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Layered rocks tantalise Mars scientists - New Scientist
1/31/2004: Second Mars rover lands on geologist's dream - New Scientist
1/31/2004: First data from Mars Express confirms ice water - New Scientist
1/31/2004: NASA races to repair wayward rover - New Scientist

Technology:
1/31/2004: GPS tech helps in ice rescue  - CNN
1/31/2004: Electronic paper goes organic  - Nature
1/31/2004: Push for next generation of contraceptives  - Nature
1/31/2004: Most flexible electronic paper yet revealed - New Scientist

  




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