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The final unravelling of the universe The final unravelling of the universe - New Scientist  It might collapse in a big crunch, or it could end more violently in a big rip. A drift into darkness is an option, but even that could get pretty exciting. THE future's not what it used to be. The latest research suggests many different possible futures. Cosmic cycles of death and rebirth might be on the cards, or a very peculiar end when the vacuum of space suddenly turns into something altogether different. The universe might collapse back in on itself in a big crunch. Or we could be in for an even more violent end, called the big rip.   
Stained single-celled organisms from Challenger Deep (Science/Todo) Life flourishes at crushing depth  - BBC  Left:  From the deep: The scale bar is 50 microns. Click here to see a map of the deepest places on Earth  Enlarge Map Tiny single-celled creatures, many of them previously unknown to science, have been found at the deepest point in the world's oceans, almost 11km down. The soft-walled foraminifera, a form of plankton, were recovered by the Japanese remote submersible Kaiko. The foraminifera probably ingest particles of organic matter that rain down from higher up in the water column or materials that are dissolved in the seawater. DNA suggests they represent a primitive form of organism dating back to Precambrian times

Underground search for 'God particle'  - BBC  At the foot of the Jura Mountains, where Switzerland meets France, is a laboratory so vast it boggles the mind. One hundred metres below Geneva's western suburbs is a dimly lit tunnel that runs in a circle for 27km (17 miles). The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a powerful and impossibly complicated machine that will smash particles together at super-fast speeds in a bid to unlock the secrets of the Universe. When the LHC is turned on in the latter half of 2007, physicists will scour this crash wreckage for signs of the Higgs boson. The Higgs is nicknamed the God particle because of its importance to the Standard Model.
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Biosciences:
2/14/2005: Circles of DNA might help predict success of stem cell transplantation ... - FirstScience
2/14/2005: Sequencing of marine bacterium will help study of cell communication ...
 - FirstScience
2/14/2005: Call for £100m UK stem cell fund  - BBC
2/14/2005: UK scientists call for stem cell research advancement  - BBC
2/14/2005: Why birds of a feather flock together - MSNBC
2/14/2005: Canadian owls migrate to Minnesota - MSNBC
2/14/2005: ‘Dolly’ scientist gets cloning license - MSNBC
2/14/2005: Stressful divisions for stem cells  - Nature
2/14/2005: Networks off the scale  - Nature
2/14/2005: Microarrays together  - Nature
2/14/2005: Britain Grants 'Dolly' Scientist Cloning License  - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
2/14/2005: Sumatra Earthquake Three Times Larger Than Originally Thought- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Namibia: Getting to Grips With Climate Change ... - FirstScience
2/14/2005: FACTBOX:What Is the Kyoto Protocol- ... - FirstScience
2/14/2005: Bad weather and pollution force airline to alter Macau schedule ... - FirstScience
2/14/2005: Blair Hopeful of U.S. Backing on Climate Change ... - FirstScience
2/14/2005: After Delays, Kyoto Global Warming Pact to Start ... - ABC
2/14/2005: China Under Pressure on Emissions as Kyoto Looms ... - FirstScience
2/14/2005: UK Navy releases tsunami images  - BBC
2/14/2005: Tsunami experts warn of risk to U.S. - MSNBC
2/14/2005: Typhoons have long-distance contact  - Nature
2/14/2005: Power of tsunami earthquake heavily underestimated - New Scientist

Computers:
Devices
2/14/2005: Syntax error: Alastair Campbell's not alone in finding new gadgets confusing  - BBC
2/14/2005: Hands on Developers get to grips with Sony's new PlayStation Portable  - BBC
2/14/2005: LucasArts planning Star Wars RTS [PC]  - C/Net

Communications
2/14/2005: Speed injection: Where to go for fast and furious broadband services
  - BBC
2/14/2005: Will BellSouth Stay on the Sidelines?
 - Business Week
2/14/2005: See Spot talk on a cell phone
  - C/Net
2/14/2005: FCC goes after cell phone spammers
  - CNN

Technology
2/14/2005: Toshiba, in rivalry with Samsung, unveils own next-generation chip- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: IBM, Sony, Toshiba Unveil Supercomputer On A Chip- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Binary signaling boosts backplane horsepower  - El. Engr. Times
2/14/2005: Sparks fly at ISSCC over 'same old' analog technologies  - El. Engr. Times
2/14/2005: Seiko Epson tips flexible processor via TFT technology  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
2/14/2005: HP plugs Linux for 64-processor servers  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Georgia schools say Apple's peachy  - C/Net

Internet
2/14/2005: University offers spam and spyware writing classes  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Bust-hungry Oz beach perv busted  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Legal loopholes protect video voyeurs  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Google's endless oceans  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Blogging 'a paedophile's dream'  - BBC
2/14/2005: Peeping Tom filter lets phones see through bikinis  - C/Net
2/14/2005: 'Spoofing' trick affects many web browsers
 - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
2/14/2005: Microsoft releases bumper patches  - BBC
2/14/2005: Microsoft's Security Portfolio - Business Week
2/14/2005: Microsoft's triple threat  - C/Net
2/14/2005: 64-bit Windows nears release  - C/Net

Energy:
2/14/2005: Ukraine politics: Ghost of Chernobyl continues to haunt Ukraine ... - FirstScience

Health:
Cardiovascular
2/14/2005: The hand that treats hypotension...  - Nature

Cancer  
2/14/2005: A carrot a day may help reduce the odds of developing cancer  - BBC
2/14/2005: Cancer: a world of risk?  - Nature
2/14/2005: New effectors of beta-catenin in tumourigenesis  - Nature
2/14/2005: GO AML therapy!  - Nature

Infectious
2/14/2005: British goat may have harboured BSE - New Scientist
2/14/2005: Leprosy's decline caused by rise of TB - New Scientist

Non-Infectious
2/14/2005: Smoking ban: Cubans treating new regulations with disdain  - BBC

Miscellaneous
2/14/2005: Concerns over lung patient deaths  - BBC
2/14/2005: Device to save premature babies  - BBC
2/14/2005: Double uterus: A woman has given birth to twins two months apart  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
2/14/2005: Bacteria battle Ancient human remains suggest TB killed off leprosy  - BBC
2/14/2005: Menagerie of mummies unwraps ancient Egypt - New Scientist

Miscellaneous:
2/14/2005: US Scientists Designing New Generation Of Nuclear Arms: Report- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Fiorina resigns as chief of HP  - BBC
2/14/2005: Smart scanner helps elderly shop  - BBC
2/14/2005: Sailing sores: How Ellen coped and can recover from her epic voyage  - BBC
2/14/2005: Eating disorders: What help's available for those with anorexia or bulimia?  - BBC
2/14/2005: Fiorina resigns as chief of HP  - BBC
2/14/2005: With Fiorina Out, S&P Keeps HP a Hold - Business Week
2/14/2005: WorldCom's "Hit List" Accounting - Business Week
2/14/2005: Virtual Gambling's Real Challenges - Business Week
2/14/2005: Fiorina steps down at HP  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Twilight of the Jedi  - Wired News
2/14/2005: Star Wars Sequel Lacks Force  - Wired News
2/14/2005: Now is 'Revenge' time for 'Star Wars' fans (USATODAY.com)  - Yahoo
2/14/2005: Anti-Outsourcing Legislation Unlikely as Global Outsourcing of IT Jobs Grows  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Congress Makes Room for More Foreigners for High-Tech Jobs  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Competition is forever  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Tiny school district finds bonanza online  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Hail to the renaissance  - C/Net

Neurosciences:

Physics and Astronomy:
2/14/2005: Underground search for 'God particle'   - BBC
2/14/2005: 
The final unravelling of the universe  - New Scientist
2/14/2005: Light Continues To Echo Three Years After Stellar Outburst
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Intermetallic Mystery Solved With Atomic Resolution Microscope
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Light Continues To Echo Three Years After Stellar Outburst
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Direct Observation Of 3D Magnetic Reconnection
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Physics team puts new twist on spin hall effect ...
 - FirstScience
2/14/2005: Solar birthday
  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Carbon-rich planets may boast diamond interiors
 - New Scientist
2/14/2005: Rogue star shown the galactic door
 - New Scientist

Prolongevity

Robotics:
2/14/2005: Robot wars  - Nature
2/14/2005: Robots Of War  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Battle bot: the future of war?  - C/Net

Space:
2/14/2005: Life flourishes at crushing depth  - BBC
2/14/2005: US denies life-extending funds for 'dying' Hubble telescope
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Satellite industry sees revival hopes in digital broadcasting
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: War-ravaged Sudan to put first satellite in space this year
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: US lawmakers, astronomers mull Hubble telescope's fate
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Nuclear Safety And Space Safety
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Russia Making Satellite For Kazakhstan
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: High Voltage Mars
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Radar Observations Refine The Future Motion Of Asteroid 2004 MN4
- SpaceDaily
2/14/2005: Cosmic Log: Saturn's blue heaven - MSNBC
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Technology:
2/14/2005: Consumer concern over RFID tags  - BBC
2/14/2005: Q&A: What is RFID-hype about?  - BBC
2/14/2005: Big Brother at supermarket tills?  - BBC
2/14/2005: Tesco 'spychips' anger consumers  - BBC
2/14/2005: Vegas casino bets on RFID  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Photos: Chips for cheaters  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Diamonds- Nanotech's best friend-

2/14/2005: Photos: Nanotech work turns on a dime
  - C/Net
2/14/2005: Video: Nanotech under a microscope
  - C/Net
2/14/2005: A virus may be in your car's future
  - C/Net
2/14/2005: European OLED solid-state lighting project gets $12 million
  - El. Engr. Times
2/14/2005: MIT debuts 'bionic ear processor' for hearing impaired
  - El. Engr. Times

  



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