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Minority Report-Style 'Data CAVE' Created By Purdue Researchers - Space.com  In Minority Report, Tom Cruise plays a detective who uses an immersive computer environment to solve crimes. The 'data CAVE' (Configurable Automatic Virtual Environment) brings together information from disparate souces, making it easier for detectives to see patterns and perpetrators. The film is based on Philip K. Dick's remarkable 1956 short story of the same name; in the story, the Precrime analytical wing stands by to interpret the fevered words of the three precogs.      
Fuel Cells: The Next Generation - SpaceDaily  Sossina Haile, an associate professor of materials science and chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, is an expert in fuel cells, and she has been whittling away at the heat problem for years. Now she and her colleagues have not only solved the problem, they've smashed it. They've brought the temperature down to about 600 degrees Celsius (1100 degrees Fahrenheit), while achieving more power output than others are achieving at the higher temperatures - about 1 watt per square centimeter of fuel cell area. They accomplished this by changing the cathode.     

Measuring Cosmic Distances With Stellar Heart Beats - SpaceDaily  Left: The two observation techniques used for the interferometric version of the Baade-Wesselink method are high-resolution spectroscopy (left) and interferometry (right). The former provides the radial velocity curve over the pulsation cycle of the star. When integrated, this in turn provides the linear radius variation of the star (in metres). The interferometric observations document variation of the star's angular radius. The ratio of these two quantities gives the distance of the Cepheid. Credit: ESO.  Taking advantage of the very high spatial resolution provided by the Very Large Telescope Interferometer, a team of French and Swiss astronomers* has measured directly the change in angular diameter of four southern Cepheid variable stars over their pulsation cycle. 
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Biosciences:
11/6/2004: View from the lab: Great Britons rule the snails ... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
11/6/2004: Japanese quake took seismologists by surprise  - Nature
11/6/2004: Deluge of typhoons may aid forecast models  - Nature
11/6/2004: Earthquake prediction: A seismic shift in thinking  - Nature
11/6/2004: Nasa scientist attacks Bush on global warming ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Blair under fire as rules on pollution emissions are eased ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: China to expand int'l cooperation on environment protection ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: - Pollution control calls for advanced techniques ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Go-ahead on pollution ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Industries seek more clarity on EU emissions trade ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Pollution-choked Beijing races to clean up act ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: NEWS: New Report Documents Profitable Corporate Actions To Slow Global Warming ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Earthquakes: Reading the runes ...  - Nature
11/6/2004: Earthquake prediction: A seismic shift in thinking  - Nature
11/6/2004: Missouri Home to Seismic Hot Spot  - Wired News
11/6/2004: Carbon market: Britain to request higher emissions trading allowance - SpaceDaily
11/6/2004: Poor countries gather in Tanzania to prepare for climate conference - SpaceDaily
11/6/2004: Domination by fossil fuels will cause carbon pollution to surge: IEA - SpaceDaily

Computers:
Devices
11/6/2004: IPod Bloody IPod - Wired News
11/6/2004: Games Deserve a Place in Class  - BBC

Communications
11/6/2004: US scientists enjoy big bandwidth boost - New Scientist

Technology
11/6/2004: First silicon laser pulses with life  - Nature

PC's
11/6/2004: NASA steals the supercomputing crown - New Scientist
11/6/2004: NASA Ames machine sets new speed record ... - FirstScience

Internet
11/6/2004: Sex Is Out, Consuming Is In - Wired News
11/6/2004: Indymedia Deals With Web Server Takedown - Wired News

Miscellaneous
11/6/2004: Worm targets Mac's latest operating system - New Scientist
11/6/2004: Lexmark Loss Good for Consumers - Wired News

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  

Infectious
11/6/2004: Generic drugs allowed in global trial of AIDS therapy  - Nature
11/6/2004: Europe has close call with deadly bird flu - New Scientist - Wired News
11/6/2004: Science, ideology clash on AIDS prevention ... - Wired News

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
11/6/2004: Lungs lose power at lunch time - New Scientist

History, Anthropology:
11/6/2004: Comet impact theory faces repeat analysis  - Nature
11/6/2004: Tiny new species of human unearthed - New Scientist
11/6/2004: Tiny hominid is big news in tale of human evolution ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Ancient stardust hints at human origins ... - MSNBC
11/6/2004: Lost Tribe of Little People - Wired News
11/6/2004: Forget The Big Foot, It's The Little Foot - SpaceDaily

Miscellaneous:
11/6/2004: Compounded errors caused New York crash - New Scientist
11/6/2004: E-Vote Vendors Hand Over Software - Wired News
11/6/2004: Phone Choices May Affect Polls - Wired News
11/6/2004: Pandas Don't Need Internet - Wired News
11/6/2004: No Paper Trail, No Problem - Wired News
11/6/2004: Early Voting in Florida Gives Cause for Concern - Wired News
11/6/2004: Compulsory ID Card On the Way? - Wired News
11/6/2004: Iran-EU Still Short Of Agreement On Tehran's Nuclear Program - SpaceDaily
11/6/2004: US To Acclerate Aegis Deployment For Missile Defense - SpaceDaily
11/6/2004: MP's Aim To Force Iran To Resume Uranium Enrichment - SpaceDaily

Neurosciences:
11/6/2004: Electric currents boost brain power  - Nature
11/6/2004: Newborn mice given Prozac grow up depressed - New Scientist
11/6/2004: High-fat diet could harm the brain - New Scientist
11/6/2004: 'Derek tastes of ear wax, Russell Square of celery' ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Why Miles Davis saw the blues ... - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Voter Polls Don't Count for Much - Wired News
11/6/2004: Advent of the Robotic Monkeys - Wired News

11/6/2004: Franken-Rodent- Rat Neurons in a Dish Play Flight Simulator - Space.com

Physics and Astronomy:
11/6/2004: Astronomy: Bagging bursts, swiftly  - Nature
11/6/2004: Sunspots more active than for 8000 years - New Scientist

11/6/2004: Stargazers Enjoy Total Lunar Eclipse ...
 - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Stellar survivor from 1572 A.D. supports theory ...
 - FirstScience
11/6/2004: Was the Big Bang no big deal? ... - MSNBC
11/6/2004: Brahe supernova: Drag and drop ... - Nature
11/6/2004: Rebel Stars Cross Paths with Sun
 - Space.com
11/6/2004: Stellar Survivor From 1572 A.D. Explosion Supports Supernova Theory
 - SpaceDaily
11/6/2004: Europe's GRID To Sift Solar Data
 - SpaceDaily
11/6/2004: 
Measuring Cosmic Distances With Stellar Heart Beats - SpaceDaily 

Prolongevity

Robotics:
11/6/2004: Mixing Biology And Electronics To Create Robotic Vision ...  Science Daily

Space:
11/6/2004: Cassini takes first close-ups of Titan - New Scientist
11/6/2004: Spacecraft Cassini beams images of Titan to Earth ... - FirstScience

11/6/2004: Titan Surface Still a Mystery - Wired News

Technology:
11/6/2004: Minority Report-Style 'Data CAVE' Created By Purdue Researchers - Space.com
11/6/2004: Boomboxes Are Hip Again - Wired News
11/6/2004: Biochip Spots Single Viruses - Space.com

  




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