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Strong Tides Can Trigger Earthquakes - SpaceDaily  "The earthquakes would have happened anyway, but they can be pushed sooner or later by the stress fluctuations of the tides. "Scientists have long suspected the tides played a role, but no one has been able to prove that for earthquakes worldwide until now." Cochran and Vidale analyzed more than 2,000 earthquakes worldwide, magnitude 5.5 and higher, which struck from 1977 to 2000. "These earthquakes show a correlation with tides because along continent edges ocean tides are strong," Vidale said, "and the orientation of the fault plane is better known than for faults elsewhere."    
"Brain" In A Dish Could Fly A Plane - SpaceDaily  Left:  "If we can extract the rules of how these neural networks are doing computations like pattern recognition, we can apply that to create novel computing systems."  A University of Florida scientist has grown a living "brain" that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network. The "brain" - a collection of 25,000 living neurons, or nerve cells, taken from a rat's brain and cultured inside a glass dish - gives scientists a unique real-time window into the brain at the cellular level. As living computers, they may someday be used to fly small unmanned airplanes.

Contraceptive pill

Pill 'may cut heart disease risk'  - BBC The oral contraceptive pill may protect women from heart disease and some cancers, scientists suggest. The research, presented to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Philadelphia, involved more than 160,000 women. The Wayne State University, Detroit, study contradicts previous research which suggested the Pill increased the risk of those conditions. The Detroit study - one of the largest ever done into the Pill's long term effects - shows the overall risk of developing heart disease was about 10% lower in women who've taken the pill for at least a year.  
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Biosciences:
11/3/2004:†Duck-billed platypus boasts ten sex chromosomes  - Nature
11/3/2004:†UN human cloning vote stalls yet again
 - New Scientist
11/3/2004:†California puts stem cells to a popular test - Washington Post
11/3/2004:†NASA Helps Find Lifelong Gene Activity In Live Organisms - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†New Technique Explores The 'Black Holes' Of Chromosomes - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†OHSU Scientists Identify Key Gene That Delays Female Puberty - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
11/3/2004:†Strong Tides Can Trigger Earthquakes - SpaceDaily
11/3/2004:†Europe's black market for toxic trash  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Iraqi fire pollution rivalled volcano  - Nature
11/3/2004:†Japan quake survivors face rain and aftershocks - New Scientist
11/3/2004:†Japan Digs Out Amid Big Quake's Aftershocks
11/3/2004:†Schwarzenegger Shows Eco - Friendly Hummer
11/3/2004:†No Fast Answers in Probe of Seal Deaths  - NY Times
11/3/2004:†Antibiotics Used For Growth In Food Animals Making Their Way Into Waterways - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Kyoto and CO2: The world's strangest market takes shape - SpaceDaily

Computers:
Devices

Communications
11/3/2004:†Verizon Wireless pulls phone from shelves
  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Airgo next-generation Wi-Fi gets global approval
  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Phone giants renew push for fiber optics
 - Seattle Times

Technology
11/3/2004:†New display 'as clear as a glossy magazine' - New Scientist
11/3/2004:†Intel goes 'exotic' in pursuit of scaling - Silicon Strategies

PC's
11/3/2004:†Mac users face rare threat  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†AMD offering blueprint for $185 PC  - C/Net

Internet
11/3/2004:†'Rolex' spam taps into bling-bling culture  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Clash over Internet sports photos  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Home Internet users think all's safe, but think again - Seattle Times

Miscellaneous
11/3/2004:†Plague carriers: Most users unaware of PC infections  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Chasing digital music's 'codec killers'  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Windows vs. Linux security: the real facts  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Using Windows on Macs - Seattle Times

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
11/3/2004:†Pill 'may cut heart disease risk'   - BBC
11/3/2004:†Mitochondrial Mutation Linked To Blood Pressure And Cholesterol Problems - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Single Genetic Defect Links Many Risk Factors For Heart Disease And Stroke - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Accelerated Heartbeart Mystery: Is Odd Electrical Wave The Key? - Science Daily

Cancer  
11/3/2004:†Stem cells home in on brain cancer  - Nature
11/3/2004:†Newly Discovered Protein Suggests Novel Tumorigenic Pathway - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Molecule That Helps DNA Replicate May Make Good Target For Cancer Therapy - Science Daily

Infectious
11/3/2004:†Insects Implicated In The Evolution Of New Human Infectious Diseases - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Genetically Modified Parasite Lets Researchers Probe Immune System's Memory - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
11/3/2004:†Human Spinal Cord Cells Help Rats With Lou Gehrig's Disease - Science Daily

Miscellaneous

History, Anthropology:
11/3/2004:†Ancient Sea Spider Fossils Discovered In Volcanic Ash - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Tracking Ancient Earth's Oxygen Levels Provides Backdrop For Evolution - Science Daily

Miscellaneous:
11/3/2004:†RFID cell phones take shape at Nokia  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†DirecTV to write-off Net-via-satellite effort  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Firefox smashes funding target  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Adapt your supply chain:-or die  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†A double bind for e-tailers - Business Week
11/3/2004:†Going beyond Sarbanes-Oxley  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Huge cache of explosives vanished from Iraq site  - NY Times
11/3/2004:†Latin America Shows Rapid Rise In Published Science And Engineering Articles - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Neutron Activation Analyses Proves Oswald Acted Alone In JFK Assassination - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Netflix girds for expected price war with Amazon - Seattle Times
11/3/2004:†Social-network sites scramble for prosperity - Seattle Times
11/3/2004:†Cautionary tale: rags to riches and back again - Seattle Times

Neurosciences:
11/3/2004:†Brain cells in a dish fly fighter plane - New Scientist
11/3/2004:†Brain prosthesis passes live tissue test - New Scientist
11/3/2004:†Testosterone Deprivation Makes Men Forget - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Researcher Show How False Memories Are Formed - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†'Brain' In A Dish Acts As Autopilot, Living Computer - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Mouse Study: 'Critical' Down Syndrome Region Isn't - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Researchers Discover Gene Mutations For Parkinson's Disease
 - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
11/3/2004:†As The World Turns, It Drags Space And Time - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Physicists Transfer Information Between Matter And Light; Advancing Quantum Communications
 - Science Daily
11/3/2004:†Martian Meteorite Measurements Give Information On Planet Evolution
 - Science Daily

Prolongevity

Robotics:
11/3/2004:†Robot promoters look to Social Security set  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†iRobot readies for war:-and the household  - C/Net
11/3/2004:†Health benefits linked to robotic cat - ABC

Space:
11/3/2004:†FCC Investigating TVís Trigger of Satellite Search System - Space.com
11/3/2004:†Launch Deadlines Wonít Cancel Private Spaceflight, Canadian Says
 - Space.com
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Technology:
11/3/2004:†"Brain" In A Dish Could Fly A Plane - SpaceDaily
11/3/2004:†Nanotech's tiny ideas coming of age  - C/Net

  




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