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A Sleepy Science: Will Humans Hibernate Their Way Through Space? - Space.com  Biggiogera and his colleagues were able to create a hibernation-like state in cell cultures using a substance called DADLE, which has opium-like properties and is similar to a family of molecules produced in the human brain. In cells, DADLE reduced proliferation and the transcription of genetic material, effectively putting the cells to sleep. Biggiogera and his colleagues are now studying the effects of DADLE in laboratory rats, with results anticipated by the end of 2004.
Dr Mike Stroud (left) and Sir Ranulph Fiennes Extreme nutrition: How Blaine and Fiennes could help hospital patients  - BBC  Living in a box for 44 days and running seven marathons in a week may, at first sight, have little to do with ensuring more ordinary mortals eat and exercise properly. But experts who were involved in the high-profile projects say they also offered clues as to how diet and exercise should be managed for everyone. "David Blaine had lost 25% of his bodyweight, but he still had a healthy body mass index". Blaine's BMI was 21.6 when he emerged from the box - which would normally be classed as healthy - but it had fallen from 29. 

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Gene switch can 'turn off cancer'  - BBC  Myc controls cell division. Unlike the normal version of the gene, the modified version stayed permanently switched on, meaning cells were constantly dividing and some became cancerous. The researchers engineered mice so that the Myc gene could be switched off by a common antibiotic called doxycycline. Feeding the mice doxycyline turned the faulty Myc gene off so cancer growth was blocked. When the researchers stopped the doxycycline the mice developed aggressive liver cancer. Reintroducing doxycycline into their feed not only turned Myc back off, blocking further cancer growth, but it also turned the cancer cells back to normal.
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Alzheimer's Disease:
10/19/2004: Common Heart Drugs May Slow Alzheimer's - ABC

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Climate, Environment:
10/19/2004: Fla. to Begin Everglades Overhaul Project - ABC
10/19/2004: Swarms of Locusts Devastating Crops Moving - ABC
10/19/2004: Great Lakes to Get Asian Carp Barrier - ABC
10/19/2004: Japan Fumes Over Whales as U.N. Meeting Winds Up - ABC

Computers:
Devices
10/19/2004: iPod Mini gets new challenge from Dell  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Gizmo shopping in Japan  - C/Net
10/19/2004: With gadgets, smaller is good (except when it's not)  - C/Net
10/19/2004: What do women game designers want-  - C/Net

Communications
10/19/2004: Mobile Phones Increase Tumor Risk, Study Says
 - ABC
10/19/2004: Study links cell phones, tumors
  - C/Net
10/19/2004: AT&T creates local Net telephony plan
  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Meeting the no-frills mobile challenge
  - C/Net

Technology

PC's
10/19/2004: Review: Hi-Def TV May Be PCs' Killer App - ABC

Internet
10/19/2004: Revenge of the pop-ups  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Mozilla does e-mail  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Blogging beyond the spin cycle  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
10/19/2004: Microsoft Takes Aim at Everything - Business Week
10/19/2004: Google joins desktop search  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Free Rhapsody at Adelphi University  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Fewer women in computer jobs these days  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Sun releases Solaris-based desktop software  - C/Net

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
10/19/2004: Heart Failure Makes Surgery Risky for Elderly - ABC
10/19/2004: Growth Hormone May Help Children with Heart Failure - ABC

Cancer  
10/19/2004: Gene switch can 'turn off cancer'  - BBC
10/19/2004: Study- Adolescence Affects Breast Cancer - ABC
10/19/2004: Body Image Matters to Older Breast Cancer Patients - ABC

Infectious
10/19/2004: Prices Skyrocket on Scarce Flu Shots - ABC
10/19/2004: U.S. Making Flu Shots Priority for Elderly - ABC
10/19/2004: Hospital superbug treatment hope  - BBC

Non-Infectious
10/19/2004: Program Links Diabetic Kids With Doctors - ABC
10/19/2004: Anti-inflammatory Creams Ease Arthritis in Knee - ABC
10/19/2004: Infections rise in drug misusers  - BBC

Miscellaneous
10/19/2004: Extreme nutrition: How Blaine and Fiennes could help hospital patients   - BBC
10/19/2004: FDA Approves Use of Chip in Patients - ABC
10/19/2004: Half of Americans Could Get Osteoporosis - ABC
10/19/2004: Survey: U.S. Finally Holds Line on Weight - ABC
10/19/2004: USDA Gets Creative With School Lunches - ABC
10/19/2004: Health Tip: Prevent Osteoporosis - ABC
10/19/2004: Health Tip: Does Your Newborn Have Kernicterus? - ABC
10/19/2004: Health Tip: Walking Machines - ABC
10/19/2004: Despite U.S. Ban, Drug Import Programs Proliferate
 - ABC
10/19/2004: Increase Seen in Number of Low Birth Weight Babies
 - ABC
10/19/2004: Find Out More About Polymorphous Light Eruption (PMLE)
 - ABC
10/19/2004: Healthy Woman: A focus on the issues that matter most to women.
 - ABC
10/19/2004: Scientists 'find key to hearing'
  - BBC
10/19/2004: 'Society must act to cut obesity'
  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
10/19/2004: Ancient Fossil Is Found on Danish Island - ABC
10/19/2004: 'Sleeping dragon' had bird repose  - BBC
10/19/2004: High-tech security for ancient books  - CNN

Miscellaneous:
10/19/2004: E-Voting Machine Crash Deepens Concerns - ABC
10/19/2004: Group Posts Surveillance Camera Locations - ABC
10/19/2004: Google Founders on Hiring Trip to India - ABC
10/19/2004: Bush: Star Wars in His Eyes - Business Week
10/19/2004: Can Ruckus Become a Campus Craze? - Business Week
10/19/2004: How Sharp Hones Its Edge - Business Week
10/19/2004: Debate referee calls Bush-Kerry III  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Oft-scorned Segway finds friends among the disabled  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Political punch lines  - C/Net
10/19/2004: When to play hardball  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Good-bye to stock options?  - C/Net
10/19/2004: Apple's mid-life crisis  - CNN
10/19/2004: Bill Gates on a model for the future  - CNN
10/19/2004: Can you prove you're not a machine?  - CNN

Neurosciences:
10/19/2004: Quiz: Are You a Hoarder? - ABC
10/19/2004: Laughter Breaks Ice During Psychotherapy - ABC
10/19/2004: Differences in Autism Detailed - ABC
10/19/2004: Epilepsy drug 'lowers baby IQs'  - BBC
10/19/2004: How knowing a drink's brand can alter how it tastes to us  - BBC

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Robotics:
10/19/2004: Help wanted: A robolawyer for user agreements  - C/Net

Space:
10/19/2004: Flawed drawings caused spacecraft crash  - Nature
10/19/2004: NASA Reviews Mix-Up That Doomed Capsule
  - NY Times
10/19/2004: A New Crew Arrives at the Space Station
  - NY Times
10/19/2004: Soyuz Capsule Docks in Tricky Maneuver
  - NY Times
10/19/2004: Unlikely Visionary Behind Race to Space
  - NY Times
10/19/2004: NASA Remembers Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper
 - Space.com
10/19/2004: Expedition 10 Crew Receives Warm Welcome Aboard ISS
 - Space.com
10/19/2004: New Crew Arrives At Space Station
 - SpaceDaily
10/19/2004: Russian Craft Docks To ISS After Near Mishap
 - SpaceDaily
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