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Catching Cosmic Bangs: NASA’s Swift Observatory to Hunt for Gamma-Ray Bursts -  Just eight days away from launch, NASA’s Swift spacecraft is being readied for a mission to scan the sky for gamma-ray bursts, cosmic explosions that can burn with the intensity of billions of suns in less than a second. Researchers hope the mission will identify the trigger that sets off the bursts.  “We think these bursts are the birth cries of black holes,” GRBs could also be triggered through more exotic means.   
Glacial lake, Navin Singh Khadka Himalaya glaciers melt unnoticed  - BBC  Left:  No one is keeping an eye on the glacial lakes.  Environmentalists are warning that the melting of glaciers in the Himalayas could spell disaster for millions of people living in the region. They claim the situation is not being adequately monitored; the last major studies having been done in the 1990s. Swelling glacial lakes would increase the risk of catastrophic flooding. In the long term, the glaciers could disappear altogether, causing several rivers to shrink and threatening the survival of those who depend on them. "It is high time we did field studies to assess the situation or else a big natural catastrophe could hit us anytime," said Arun Bhakta Shrestha, from Nepal's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. There are 3,300 glaciers in the Nepalese Himalayas and 2,300 of them contain glacial lakes. These lakes are quietly growing because of rising temperatures, but a sufficiently close eye is not being kept on them, campaigners say. A burst lake would cause flash floods which could sweep away people, houses, roads and bridges in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and India. A glacial lake burst in Khumbu, Nepal, in 1985, killing at least 20 people. It also washed away a hydropower station, a trekking trail and numerous bridges.

Petrol prices in China, AP

Soaring demand: Can we meet global energy needs without destroying the planet?  - BBC  The International Energy Agency says the world will need almost 60% more energy in 2030 than in 2002, and fossil fuels will still meet most of its needs. We depend on oil for 90% of our transport, and for food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and the entire bedrock of modern life. But oil industry experts estimate that current reserves will only last for about 40 years. Pessimists predict production will start declining within 15 years, while optimists say we won't have to worry for a century - though rising prices are likely to push us towards alternative energy sources anyway. Gas, often a suitable replacement for oil, won't last indefinitely either. Not everyone depends on the fossil trio, though. Nearly a third of today's world population (6.1bn people) have no electricity or other modern energy supplies, and another third have only limited access. But if everyone in developing countries used the same amount of energy as the average consumer in high income countries does, the developing world's energy use would increase more than eightfold between 2000 and 2050. The signs are already there. In the first half of 2003 China's car sales rose by 82% compared with the same period in 2002.
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Alzheimer's Disease:
11/19/2004: University Of Kentucky Researcher Uncovers Clues To Alzheimer's Disease - Science Daily
11/19/2004: New Study Reveals Locations Of Possible Alzheimer’s Genes
 - Science Daily

11/19/2004: Sexual Competition Drives Evolution Of A Sex-related Gene - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Crucial Evolutionary Link Points To Origins Of Modern Cells
 - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Doctors Transplant Ovary To Woman's Arm To Preserve Fertility - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Researchers Find Color Sensitive Atomic Switch In Bacteria - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Molecular Clock Genes Influence Metabolism Of Sugar And Dietary Fats - Science Daily
11/19/2004: US maize 'threat' to Mexico farms  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
11/19/2004: Himalaya glaciers melt unnoticed   - BBC
11/19/2004: Sea Change: Skeletons Of Ancient Corals Different From Today's - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Unseen Colorado Mountain Aquifers Throw Water On 'Teflon Basin' Myth - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Showing Florida How To Oust An Invasive Pest - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Scientists Hunt For Acid Rain And Methane In Wetlands - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Hurricane Ivan Helps Virginia Tech Student Study Sinkholes - Science Daily
11/19/2004: TRMM Satellite Proves El Niño Holds The Reins On Global Rains - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Solar Disturbances Spike Aurora Activity Across The Globe - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Mexico to preserve thousands of hectares of rainforest in land expropriation ... - FirstScience
11/19/2004: India, France to Develop Climate Satellite ... - FirstScience
11/19/2004: Climate Change Disaster Looms in the Arctic ... - FirstScience
11/19/2004: GHACEM is environment friendly, says manager ... - FirstScience
11/19/2004: US urged to help slow Arctic thaw  - BBC

11/19/2004: Gaming gold: Christmas has come early for fans of computer games  - BBC
11/19/2004: Capital crimes Getaway sequel Black Monday almost steals the show  - BBC

11/19/2004: Is It Time to Ditch Desk Phones?
  - Wired News
11/19/2004: Cell Phones Take i-Pod Challenge
  - Wired News
11/19/2004: News on the move: How to get BBC headlines on your mobile phone or PDA
  - BBC
11/19/2004: Bidders to snap up mobile photos
  - BBC
11/19/2004: Phone-loving Italians upset by text message tax plan
  - BBC
11/19/2004: A pocket full of picture power
  - BBC


11/19/2004: Report: US Supercomputing Lead Erodes - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: These Speakers Go to 11  - Wired News
11/19/2004: How to smash a home computer  - BBC

11/19/2004: E-tail Fraud Remains a Threat  - Wired News
11/19/2004: Longing for a Blogging Candidate  - Wired News
11/19/2004: Row brewing over peer-to-peer ads  - BBC

11/19/2004: An Eye on Movie Theater Pirates  - Wired News
11/19/2004: Go Digital: Living Lego, Iranian net censorship and the success of the Firefox web browser  - BBC

11/19/2004: Soaring demand: Can we meet global energy needs without destroying the planet?   - BBC
11/19/2004: Sandia, Stirling To Build Solar Dish Engine Power Plant - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Energy quiz: Diesel from chip fat? Power from pig poo? Test your knowledge  - BBC

11/19/2004: Fat Buildup Found In Hearts Of Obese Or Diabetic Heart Failure Patients - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Maintaining Stable Weight, Even In The Obese, Reduces Heart Risks - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Genetic Link Suggested In Deaths From Cardiac Valve Diseases - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Overweight And Obesity Linked To Heart Muscle Abnormalities, Even Without Heart Disease - Science Daily

11/19/2004: Cell Enzyme May Help Suppress Cancer Development - Science Daily
11/19/2004: X-rays Reveal Details Of Cancer Protein - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Improved Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment Offers Hope For Eliminating Irradiation - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Blood Transplants May Be More Harmful Than Bone Marrow Transplants In Pediatric Leukemia Patients - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Obesity Linked To Another Cancer - Leukemia In Older Women - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Smoking Triggers Early Onset Of Pancreatic Cancer - Science Daily

11/19/2004: Longterm Immune Memory Cells Cells Do Not Develop During Chronic Viral Infections - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Marine sponge leads researchers to immune system regulator ... - FirstScience

11/19/2004: Gene Found To Defend Against Environmental Pollutants And Pulmonary Emphysema - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Monitoring Life, One Breath At A Time- Respiratory Sensor May Provide New Tool For Emergency Responders - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Smoking ban proposed for England  - BBC

11/19/2004: Scientific Paper Submitted From Space Focuses On Ultrasound Tests - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Bladder "Pacemaker" To Improve Quality Of Life For Incontinence Patients - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Space Science And Medical Technology: To See Or Not To See - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Low carbohydrate diets 'work better on men than women'  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
11/19/2004: Honeybees Defy Dino-killing 'Nuclear Winter' - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Titanic Disaster: New Theory Fingers Coal Fire - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Plentiful Fossils Of Dinosaur Contemporary Allow Population Study - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Earliest Tracks Of 4-Legged Stroll - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Seismosaur Cut Down To Size - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Extinction In Ocean's Mud Presages Key Ecological Changes - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Judge to Rule on Georgia Evolution Disclaimers ...
 - FirstScience
11/19/2004: Ancient bear made early move
  - BBC
11/19/2004: Tests for Tutankhamen mummy
  - BBC

11/19/2004: Microsoft to double size of India facilities - Science Daily
11/19/2004: The force of habits: Motivator Stephen Covey adds an eighth - Seattle Times
11/19/2004: GPS Gives Howitzers A New Lease On Life - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Navicom GPS Offers New Fight Back Anti-Theft Program For Cadillacs - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Airlines Ordered to Expose Data  - Wired News
11/19/2004: Kinsey: Sexologist, Hero  - Wired News
11/19/2004: Curbing Your Enthusiasm  - Wired News
11/19/2004: End of the Road Is Nowhere  - Wired News
11/19/2004: A Visionary Moved by Earth’s Plight  - Wired News
11/19/2004: Computing Africa’s Needs  - Wired News
11/19/2004: 'First Light' for airborne laser weapon ... - MSNBC
11/19/2004: ID undone: Firms must keep our data safe and secure says Bill Thompson  - BBC
11/19/2004: Election apology starts net feud  - BBC
11/19/2004: Computer use link to eye disease  - BBC

11/19/2004: Images Of Desire: Brain Regions Activated By Food Craving Overlap With Areas Implicated In Drug Craving - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Tuberculosis Drug Combined With Virtual Reality Therapy Is Effective In Treating Fear - Science Daily
11/19/2004: New Brain Cells Develop During Alcohol Abstinence, UNC Study Shows - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
11/19/2004: Catching Cosmic Bangs: NASA’s Swift Observatory to Hunt for Gamma-Ray Bursts -
11/19/2004: 33-Year Hunt For Proof Of Spin Current Now Over: Spin Hall Effect Observed
 - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Experiment Confirms Existence Of New Electronic State In Superconductors
 - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Nature-Of-Water Makes For A Mighty Splash As Debate Continues
 - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: The Physics of Gluttony
  - Technology Review

11/19/2004: UNC Lineberger Researchers Identify Molecular Markers Of Aging - Science Daily


11/19/2004: Mars Gullies Likely Formed By Underground Aquifers -
11/19/2004: NASA Facing Few Choices To Build CEV
 - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Speed demon What's the point of a plane that can fly at Mach 10?
  - BBC
11/19/2004: Coprates Catena's 'Collapsed' Structures
 - SpaceDaily

11/19/2004: UCSD Chemists Use Tiny 'Chaperones' To Direct Molecules And Nanoparticles In Drop Of Liquid - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Scientists Pioneer Biotech Techniques To Halt Infestation Of History, Art Treasures In Tropics - Science Daily
11/19/2004: Researchers Develop Breakthrough Silicon Measurement Technique - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: NanoDoping Helps Nanocrystals Find The Short Route To Fundenmental Change - SpaceDaily
11/19/2004: Taxi talking: The hi-tech threat to cab drivers chatting about the weather  - BBC


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