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Samsung's flexible LCD Samsung unveils largest flexible LCD  - C/Net   Samsung Electronics has created a flexible LCD screen that measures 7 inches diagonally, another technology that may one day be used in products such as e-books. The display is functionally similar to the LCD (liquid crystal display) panels used inside TVs and notebooks, but with a crucial difference. Instead of containing glass substrates, the screen features a substrate of flexible plastic, allowing the display to bend. The new screen, which sports a resolution of 640 pixels by 480 pixels, has twice the surface area of another prototype shown off in January. Philips and start-up E Ink are promoting a display in which black-and-white microcapsules embedded in a screen flip to create words. Other companies, meanwhile, tout organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), which also consume less energy than LCDs. OLED, though, remains a relatively new technology, and questions about brightness, durability and functionality remain.
Maxell drive Maxell focuses on holographic storage  - C/Net  Information storage media company Maxell has said it will launch its first holographic storage products in September 2006. The first removable drive will have a capacity of 300GB and a throughput of 160mbps. With a single holographic removable drive, or disk, able to store 1.6 million high-resolution color photos or more than 240 hours of TV broadcast, holographic storage is starting to draw the attention of many in the IT industry.     Earlier this month, Turner Entertainment's vice president of broadcast technology, Ron Tarasoff, said his company is planning to sell holographic disks that will retail for $100 and which, in five years, will have a capacity of 1.6 terabytes each. "Even the first versions can store 300GB per disk, and it has 160mbps data throughput rates. That's burning. Then combine it with random access, and it's the best of all worlds."

Political science: Dinosaurs enter US Republicans' hot debate about creation  - BBC  Millions of Americans, most of them supporters of the Republican party, believe that the world was created only a few thousand years ago as per the account in Genesis and the dinosaurs can only date from then, so the Tyrannosaurus Rex romped around with Adam and Eve. In other words these Americans, heirs to every scientific advance in history, deny rational accounts of how the world came to exist. I put the question to Meade: "When did the dinosaurs live?" The dinosaurs, he informs me with great authority and aplomb, are millions and millions and millions of years old. 
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Alzheimer's Disease:
12/7/2005: Beat Alzheimer's with exercise  - Nature
12/7/2005: Insulin Levels Drop With Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease, Linked To Tangles In Brain
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Biosciences:
12/7/2005: Bird Song Changes Sound Alarm Over Habitat Fragmentation - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Scientists Develop Protein-sequence Analysis Tool
 - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Engineers Discover Why Toucan Beaks Are Models Of Lightweight Strength - Science Daily
12/7/2005: University of Florida Study First To Quantify Validity Of DNA I.D. Tool Using Marine Snails - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Slight Increased Risk Of Major Birth Defects Associated With IVF - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
12/7/2005: Lava puts on a show in Hawaii - MSNBC
12/7/2005: US pushes limits on ozone destroyer  - Nature
12/7/2005: Hurricane record broken again by Epsilon - New Scientist
12/7/2005: Is global warming making hurricanes stronger? - New Scientist
12/7/2005: Faltering currents trigger freeze fear - New Scientist
12/7/2005: Scientists Say Slower Atlantic Currents Could Mean a Colder Europe  - NY Times

Computers:
Devices
12/7/2005: Xbox 360 sells out within hours  - BBC
12/7/2005: X-appeal turns on UK gamers  - BBC
12/7/2005: Do you have an Xbox 360?  - BBC
12/7/2005: Xbox 360 games reviewed  - BBC
12/7/2005: Bye Bye BlackBerry?  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Deal of the day- Free upgrades on Dell notebooks  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Harass co-workers with USB missiles
  - C/Net
12/7/2005: EA sued over feature in 'Madden NFL'
  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Commentary: BlackBerry may soon come a cropper
  - C/Net
12/7/2005: 'Kameo' for Xbox 360 a visual masterpiece
  - CNN
12/7/2005: Web sites feature hot holiday gifts for kids
  - CNN
12/7/2005: Judge: Game over for Illinois ban
  - CNN
12/7/2005: Philips targets new technology toward gaming
  - El. Engr. Times

Communications
12/7/2005: Skype adds in video to net calls
  - BBC
12/7/2005: Cingular debuts push-to-talk feature
  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Advertisers see static in radio's future
  - C/Net

Technology
12/7/2005: Chatting with Intel CEO Paul Otellini  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Intel tips 'intelligent fab automation' strategy  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
12/7/2005: Week in pictures: Laptops get blue-suede hues  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Review: New iMac G5  - CNN
12/7/2005: Commentary: No laptop under the tree this Christmas?  - El. Engr. Times
12/7/2005: Holiday PC sales booming  - El. Engr. Times

Internet
12/7/2005: Porn domain faces further delays  - BBC
12/7/2005: BBC News Interactive new editor  - BBC
12/7/2005: Share your files in a few clicks  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Microsoft tweaks browser to avoid liability  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Net addicts turn to professionals  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Video: Reality of the geek  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Video: Reality of the geek, Part Two
  - C/Net
12/7/2005: AJAX spurs Web rebirth for desktop apps
  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Podcast hijacked, held for ransom
  - C/Net
12/7/2005: IE flaw lets intruders into Google Desktop search   - C/Net
12/7/2005: North Carolina defends e-voting certifications
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
12/7/2005: Lights, cameras--debugging?  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Perspective: Wikipedia and the nature of truth  - C/Net
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12/7/2005: MySpace generation gains power  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Wikipedia slander?
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12/7/2005: Apple releases OS X security patches  - C/Net
12/7/2005: 105 comments  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Wikipedia entry turns into a nightmare - USA Today
12/7/2005: IDC: Tech to see 'Google effect' next year  - C/Net

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
12/7/2005: Less-invasive Ultrafiltration Device May Be Practical Alternative To Diuretics - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Genetic Key To Growth Of New Arteries Is Identified - Science Daily

Cancer  
12/7/2005: Study Hints At Role Of Stem Cell Genes In Testicular, Breast Cancers - Science Daily
12/7/2005: University of Florida, Columbia Scientists Closer To New Cancer Detection Method - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Young Women Who Smoke Prior To Their First Pregnancy Have A Higher Risk Of Breast Cancer In Their Later Years - Science Daily

Infectious
12/7/2005: X-rays predict bird flu 'toll'  - BBC
12/7/2005: World Aids Day Bill Clinton answered your questions  - BBC
12/7/2005: New Peptide Antibiotic Isolated From American Oyster - Science Daily

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
12/7/2005: Launch of child disability guide  - BBC
12/7/2005: Transplant hope: Ben, three, needs his third liver operation in as many years  - BBC
12/7/2005: Myth busting: Why do some people still get acne into middle age?  - BBC
12/7/2005: Alcohol's health benefits doubted  - BBC
12/7/2005: Plans to boost medical research  - BBC
12/7/2005: Pregnancy drug can affect grandkids too - New Scientist
12/7/2005: Creativity Determines Sexual Success, Research Suggests - Science Daily
12/7/2005: 'No Sweat' CT-guided Injection Treats Embarrassing Hand Condition - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Young Children Getting Fewer Hours Of Sleep
 - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Findings Contradict Longstanding Bias Against The Use Of Morphine At The End Of Life
 - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Scientists Identify Gene For Debilitating Vitamin B12 Disease
 - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
12/7/2005: Political science: Dinosaurs enter US Republicans' hot debate about creation  - BBC
12/7/2005: King David dig stirs fierce debate in Jerusalem - MSNBC
12/7/2005: Academics weigh in on evolution debate - MSNBC

Miscellaneous:
12/7/2005: Taipei building too much for earth to bear?  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Google billionaires  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Wanted: Some hope for newspapers  - CNN
12/7/2005: ORNL Scientists Looking At Nature In A New Way - Science Daily

Neurosciences:
12/7/2005: How the brain tunes out background noise - MSNBC
12/7/2005: Robotic Treadmill Training Helps Retrain Brain, Improves Walking - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
12/7/2005: Exotic materials and pulsars win European prize - PhysicsWeb

Prolongevity

Robotics:
12/7/2005: Robots aim to explore and build on other worlds - New Scientist

Space:
12/7/2005: Probes Reveal Methane Haze on a Dynamic Saturn Moon  - NY Times
12/7/2005: Scientists Find Possible Birth Of Tiniest Known Solar System
 - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Buried Craters And Underground Ice: Mars Express Uncovers Depths Of Mars
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Technology:
12/7/2005: Samsung unveils largest flexible LCD   - C/Net
12/7/2005: Maxell focuses on holographic storage   - C/Net
12/7/2005: Matsushita bets big on plasma  - C/Net
12/7/2005: Left-handed Metamaterials- Cheaper Mobile Phones Or GPS And With Enhanced Performance - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Penn Researchers Warn Against Potential Flaws In Wiretapping Technology - Science Daily
12/7/2005: Purdue 'Metamaterial' Could Lead To Better Optics, Communications - Science Daily

  



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