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  February 1, 2004

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Implant 'could cut stroke deaths'  - BBC  Left:  Many strokes are caused by blood clots traveling to the brain.  Scientists in Israel have developed a device which they believe could prevent thousands of strokes a year. The simple mesh cylinder is implanted into the two main arteries in the neck and is designed to divert blood clots away from the brain.  MindGuard, the manufacturers are now planning clinical trials to test the implant further. The most common cause of stroke is a blood clot elsewhere in the body breaking off and travelling to the brain, where it blocks one of the small blood vessels.
website, Ribeiro 'Save the Hubble' campaign soars  - BBC  A petition website calling for the Hubble Space Telescope to be saved is attracting a growing number of hits. www.SaveTheHubble.com was established by University of Brasilia lecturer Fernando Ribeiro following the US space agency's decision to abandon the scope. Left alone, Hubble, called the most important scientific instrument ever, could only survive another three years. Astronomers were stunned when Nasa's chief, Sean O'Keefe, decided on 16 January to cancel the fifth, and final, visit of the space shuttle to service the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

A woodcut of a witch feeding her familiars

Lost your bottle?The relic which shows the lingering fear of witchcraft  - BBC  A chilling reminder of our superstitious past has been unearthed from a rural farmhouse. The "witch bottle" was discovered buried in old foundations in the Lincolnshire village of Navenby. Containing bent pins, human hair and perhaps urine, the bottles were supposed to protect a household against evil spells. Dated to about 1830, it is evidence the fear of dark forces persisted far longer than previously thought. It was only recognised when taken to a open evening held by the archaeology department of Lincolnshire County Council. Finds Liaison Officer Adam Daubney first identified the artefact.

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Biosciences:
2/1/2004:Commission pushes for authorisation of GM corn... - FirstScience
2/1/2004:Poor farmers rapidly adopting GM crops...
 - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
2/1/2004:New EU action plan to boost Environmental Technologies for innovation, growth and sustainable development... - FirstScience
2/1/2004:Exxon to pay Alaskans $6.75bn for oil spill... - FirstScience
2/1/2004:Social and environmental issues matter to pension fund trustees... - FirstScience
2/1/2004:Messing up a planet is easy, fixing it takes time... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices
2/1/2004:Gadgets in the Superchip Age  - Technology Review 

Communications
2/1/2004:A New Walkie-Talkie Cell Phone From Sprint - ABC

Technology
2/1/2004:Nanorings Promise Big Memory  - Technology Review 

PC's
2/1/2004:Cleaning Your Windows  - Technology Review 

Internet
2/1/2004:Google to expand research and development into Europe: VP - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:MyDoom Spawns More Potent Variant  - Wired News 
2/1/2004:Virus Alert Program Debuts  - Wired News
2/1/2004:Social Nets Not Making Friends  - Wired News
2/1/2004:How Journalists Report Errors on the Web  - Wired News
2/1/2004:San Francisco Record Label Presses Online Music  - Wired News
2/1/2004:In Online Auctions, Misspelling in Ads Often Spells Cash  - NY Times

Miscellaneous
2/1/2004:Brussels 'not against' compromise with Microsoft: Monti - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:Is Big Blue Blowing It? - ABC

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
2/1/2004:Robotic Surgery For Young Heart Patients Shortens Hospital Stay And Speeds Recovery, Study Indicates - Science Daily

Cancer  

Infectious
2/1/2004:Thailand Admits Mistakes in Handling of Bird Flu Outbreak - Washington Post
2/1/2004:WHO: Unsafe Handling Raises Bird Flu Risk - ABC
2/1/2004:Scientists Track SARS Genetic Adaptations - ABC

Non-Infectious
2/1/2004:Researchers Discover New Activity In Cystic Fibrosis Protein - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
2/1/2004:Focus on Women's Health - ABC
2/1/2004:Face Time Acne Isn't Just for Adolescents - ABC
2/1/2004:Video: Healthy Skin Every Day - ABC
2/1/2004:Study: Sedentary Life Starts in Toddlers - ABC
2/1/2004:Growing Interest Seen in Bison Meat - ABC

History, Anthropology:
2/1/2004:Earliest Evidence Of Humans Affecting Aquatic Ecology In Canada, United States - Science Daily
2/1/2004:Mexico Scientists Find Ancient Settlement - ABC
2/1/2004:Lost your bottle?The relic which shows the lingering fear of witchcraft  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
2/1/2004:Nigeria Seeks North Korean Missile Technology: Official - Science Daily
2/1/2004:The Voice of Osama bin Laden  - Technology Review 
2/1/2004:Wearable Devices Add Strength  - Technology Review 
2/1/2004:Visualize: High-Definition Television  - Technology Review 
2/1/2004:All the News That's Fit to Skewer  - Wired News
2/1/2004:Mudslinging Exploits High Tech  - Wired News
2/1/2004:Hands Off Intellectual Property  - Wired News
2/1/2004:Goo the Screen Alternative  - Wired News
2/1/2004:Vital Connections - ABC
2/1/2004:The Net Parodies of Dean's Iowa Speech - ABC

Neurosciences:
2/1/2004:Study: Muscles Respond To Getting On Your Feet After Spinal Cord Injury - Science Daily
2/1/2004:Yale Researchers Identify Gene And Protein That Stops Spinal Cord And Brain Regrowth After Nervous System Injury - Science Daily
2/1/2004:New Technique Induces Growth Across Spinal Cord Injury - Science Daily
2/1/2004:Female Trouble - ABC
2/1/2004:Neb. Gov. Defends Mental Health Reform - ABC
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Physics and Astronomy:
2/1/2004:Technique Detects Quantum State  - Technology Review 
2/1/2004:Quantum Dice Debut
  - Technology Review 
2/1/2004:Man Discovers Asteroid in Internet Photo - ABC
2/1/2004:Colo. Scientists Make New Form of Matter - ABC
2/1/2004:'Save the Hubble' campaign soars...  - BBC

Prolongevity
2/1/2004:Lifespan- 'Link to mother's diet'  - BBC
2/1/2004:Maternal diet linked to offspring's longevity - New Scientis

Robotics:
2/1/2004:Smart Robot Automates Science  - Technology Review 

Space:
2/1/2004:Swiss scientists bid to fly plane on Mars - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:Mars rover shows near-total panoramic view of its surroundings
 - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:New Zealand space expert asks NASA for lift to Mars - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:Mars Scientists Blown Away As Opportunity Shows Its Colors - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:Martian Robots Take To The Land And Orbit - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:No Hostage To Earth's Geology - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:Comms Reestablished With Spirit But Still Critical - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:Double Star Instrument Commissioning Started - SpaceDaily
2/1/2004:NASA Reflects on Space Program Casualties - ABC
2/1/2004:Mars Rover Gets Ready to Roll, Twin Stuck - ABC
2/1/2004:Russia Spacecraft Ferries Supplies to ISS - ABC
2/1/2004:Scientists See New Opportunity From Mars - ABC
2/1/2004:Rover Mars Photos Provide Geologic Clues... - Washington Post
2/1/2004:The latest news from Mars... - Economist
2/1/2004:Seeing the Invisible Colors of Mars... - Space.com
2/1/2004:European Space Policy - Over the Moon and on to the Space Station... - Space.com

Technology:
2/1/2004:New Type Of Nanotube Made Of Gold Or Silver Created At The Weizmann Institute - Science Daily

  




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