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First Critical Parts Of Giant Neutrino Telescope In Place - SpaceDaily  Left: Pictured in the UW-Madison Physical Sciences Laboratory before being vacuum-sealed, each IceCube digital optical module or DOM is very much like a small computer. A total of 4,200 DOMs, designed to sample high-energy neutrino particles from deep space, are being deployed in 70 deep holes in the Antarctic ice. Photo by Jeff Miller.  Working under harsh Antarctic conditions, an international team of scientists, engineers and technicians has set in place the first critical elements of a massive neutrino telescope at the South Pole. The successful deployment - in a 1.5 mile-deep hole drilled into the Antarctic ice - of a string of 60 optical detectors designed to sample phantom-like high-energy particles from deep space represents a key first step in the construction of the $272 million telescope known as IceCube. "IceCube could take over next year as the world's largest neutrino telescope."   
X-Rays Have Become Laser-Like - SpaceDaily   Radiologists and biologists have been dreaming - ever since the discovery of lasers - of a compact laboratory source emitting X-rays in one direction in a laser-like beam. Such a source would permit X-ray images to be recorded with far higher resolution at vastly reduced dose levels, allowing early-stage cancer diagnosis at dramatically reduced risk. Microscopes furnished with this source would make nanometer-sized biomolecules perceivable in their natural surrounding (in vivo). Researchers at Vienna University of Technology, the University of Würzburg, the University of Munich and Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics demonstrated the first source of laser-like X-rays at a wavelength of 1 nanometer with a compact laboratory apparatus. The research team are confident that technical improvements will boost the X-ray power by several orders of magnitude. 

Russia Confirms Plan To Arm Syria Over Israeli, US Objections - SpaceDaily   Russia confirmed Wednesday that it intended to sell a new air defense missile system to Syria despite Israeli and US opposition, but insisted the weaponry was only of short-range capability and would not upset the balance of military power in the Middle East. The Russian defense official also reiterated Moscow's previous denials of rumors that it planned to sell Syria its longer-range tactical "Iskander" missile, a highly-accurate warhead delivery vehicle capable of hitting a target virtually anywhere in Israel from Syrian territory. "Negotiations are now taking place on delivery to this country of the 'Strelets' close-range anti-air system," 
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Alzheimer's Disease:

Biosciences:
2/27/2005: Test for canine personalities  - BBC
2/27/2005: Crows and jays top bird IQ scale
  - BBC
2/27/2005: On This Day 1997: Dolly the sheep cloned by Scottish scientists  - BBC
2/27/2005: Termites tune in to food frequencies  - Nature
2/27/2005: Good vibrations rule the termite's world - New Scientist
2/27/2005: Observatory: Hey, You, Get Off My Block  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Tsunami - Hit Beach May Become Turtle Haven  - NY Times
2/27/2005: U.N. Panel Backs Anti - Cloning Resolution  - NY Times
2/27/2005: For Crickets, It's Wise to Blend In  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Decline of Hardy Alaskan Fur Seals Baffles Experts  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Separating Chromosomes Improves Genetic Test Results - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Wnt Signalling Protein Dishevelled Acts In The Nucleus, Not Just In The Cytoplasm
 - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
2/27/2005: Wooden debate: Kenya struggles to preserve both forests and logging jobs  - BBC
2/27/2005: Health warning issued for global warming - MSNBC
2/27/2005: Experts aim for better quake predictions - MSNBC
2/27/2005: Great Salt Lake mercury worries scientists - MSNBC
2/27/2005: E.P.A. Agrees to Deadline in Emissions Case  - NY Times
2/27/2005: In California, a Season of Mud, and Death, Continues  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Great Salt Lake Mercury Worries Scientists  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Scientists Discover How Climate Change Causes Simultaneous Boom, Bust Of Multiple Populations - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Assumptions Of Effects Of Rising Carbon Dioxide Probed - Science Daily

Computers:
Devices
2/27/2005: Apple laptop is 'greatest gadget'  - BBC
2/27/2005: Sumner Redstone, Video-Game Whiz - Business Week
2/27/2005: Play Ball, Video-Game Buffs - Business Week
2/27/2005: When games get gory  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Photos: Hot-button games  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Fashion and gadgetry say, 'I do'  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Photos: Gadget cases don't have to be ugly
  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Photos: Nokia's take on '20s glamour
  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Camera phones aid MDs
  - CNN

Communications
2/27/2005: Mobile goliath Nokia remains top dog for phones - but its rivals are catching up
  - BBC
2/27/2005: The Shifting Telecom Landscape
 - Business Week
2/27/2005: Camera-mounted spectacles may restore sight
 - MSNBC

Technology
2/27/2005: Feathers in PCs no birdbrain idea  - C/Net
2/27/2005: IBM to use X factor to sell servers  - C/Net

PC's
2/27/2005: Help Desk - Business Week

Internet
2/27/2005: Are pop-up ads staging a comeback against the odds?  - BBC
2/27/2005: U.S. makes first arrest for spim  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Google book plan sparks French war of words  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Paris Hilton's mobile address book posted online  - CNN
2/27/2005: U.N. panel aims to end Web tug of war  - CNN
2/27/2005: Web Searching Made More Successful With Automated, Personalized Assistance System - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
2/27/2005: Deciding On A DVD Burner  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Apple resellers, consumers sue Mac maker  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Security products put Microsoft in quandary  - CNN

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
2/27/2005: Cool Heads and Cold Hearts in the Days of Pioneers  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Stimuli And Desire Linked To Help Stroke Patients - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Clot-busting Drugs May Help Detect Potentially - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Wine Keeps Women's Hearts Beating Healthily - Science Daily

Cancer  
2/27/2005: Cancer dye: Will eating Sudan 1 contaminated food put your health at risk?  - BBC
2/27/2005: A Breast Cancer With a Built-In Quandary  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Mayo Clinic Identifies Key Cellular Process In Prostate And Other Cancers - Science Daily

Infectious
2/27/2005: Children should be targeted with flu vaccinations - New Scientist
2/27/2005: Scientists Explore Meth's Role in Immune System  - NY Times
2/27/2005: The Claim: Stepping on a Rusty Nail Can Cause Tetanus  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Bacteria Collection Sheds Light On Urinary Tract Infections - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Study Links Ebola Outbreaks To Animal Carcasses - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Computers To Be Used To Find Blueprint For New Influenza Drug - Science Daily
2/27/2005: New Highly Active Agents Against Sandfly Fever
 - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
2/27/2005: Q & A: Allergy and Flu Shots  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Herb Used To Treat Diabetes Works Like Modern-day Prescription Drugs, Study Suggests - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
2/27/2005: Warning over 'feeding tube risk'  - BBC
2/27/2005: Clampdown on misleading drug ads  - BBC
2/27/2005: Transplant holiday: How one girl swapped heart surgery for skiing  - BBC
2/27/2005: Surgical aid sees into the future  - BBC
2/27/2005: Restricted growth bias study  - BBC
2/27/2005: Research: Camera specs might help sight  - CNN
2/27/2005: Meat diet boosts kids' growth  - Nature
2/27/2005: Vital Signs: Technology: Skin Sores? Dial D for Diagnosis  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Vital Signs: Regimens: Better Health, Just 2 Blocks Away
  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Enduring and Painful, Pertussis Leaps Back
  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Longtime Expert on A.L.S. Now Knows It All Too Well
  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Audio & Photos: Living With A.L.S.
  - NY Times
2/27/2005: 3-D Ultrasound Reveals Effects Of Tongue Surgery On Speech
 - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Striking A Chord With Concertgoers To Reduce Hearing Loss; Risk Of Damage From Loud Music
 - Science Daily
2/27/2005: University Of Cincinnati Researchers Discover Gene That Causes Heavy Metal Poisoning
 - Science Daily
2/27/2005: NHLBI Study Shows Smoking Cessation Programs Improve Survival
 - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Weight-loss And Exercise Study Compares Center- And Home-based Programs  - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
2/27/2005: Computer history on auction block  - CNN
2/27/2005: Venice Turns to Future to Rescue Its Past  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Graphic: Shielding Venice  - NY Times

Miscellaneous:
2/27/2005: Euro science looks to new council  - BBC
2/27/2005: Dear Carly: Cook Up a Comeback - Business Week
2/27/2005: Making HP "Old Reliable" Again - Business Week
2/27/2005: Three Simple Rules Carly Ignored - Business Week
2/27/2005: Tech & You - Business Week
2/27/2005: Post-CES spotlight on start-ups  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Voodoo PC and more gadget glitz  - C/Net
2/27/2005: Divers embrace anti-shark device  - CNN
2/27/2005: Scientists take aim at White House - MSNBC
2/27/2005: Delaying tactic improves online security  - Nature
2/27/2005: Letters  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Side Effects: A Theory to Chew On, but Not Too Heartily  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Future Shock Concept Gets a Personal Twist  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies  - NY Times

Neurosciences:
2/27/2005: Activity 'cuts Parkinson's risk'  - BBC
2/27/2005: Vital Signs: Patterns: Women's Brains on Nicotine  - NY Times
2/27/2005: A Host of Anxiety Drugs, Begat by Valium  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Brain Activity Of Men And Women Can Differ Greatly During Hostile Or Impulsive Acts, But Less So On Nicotine - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Murder, Eyewitness Identification And The Limits Of Human Vision - Science Daily
2/27/2005: Promising Treatments For Huntington's Disease Identified In UCI Study - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
2/27/2005: First Critical Parts Of Giant Neutrino Telescope In Place - SpaceDaily
2/27/2005: Fast-spinning star could test gravitational waves
 - New Scientist
2/27/2005: 'Big Bang': The Real Creation Science
  - NY Times
2/27/2005: Women in Physics Match Men in Success
  - NY Times
2/27/2005: A Star Leaves the Galaxy
  - NY Times
2/27/2005: The biggest bang
 - PhysicsWeb

Prolongevity

Robotics:
2/27/2005: Robots That Act Like Rats - Science Daily

Space:
2/27/2005: Nasa sets May shuttle launch date  - BBC
2/27/2005: Cosmic Log: Frozen sea reported on Mars
 - MSNBC
2/27/2005: Titanic complexity pleases planet scientists
  - Nature
2/27/2005: Huygens detects geological activity on Titan
 - New Scientist
2/27/2005: New Satellite Observations Of Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes Reveal Surprising Features Of Mysterious Blasts From Earth - Science Daily
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Technology:
2/27/2005: X-Rays Have Become Laser-Like - SpaceDaily
2/27/2005: Tiny Is Beautiful- Translating 'Nano' Into Practical
2/27/2005: The First Nanotechnologists  - NY Times
2/27/2005: A Modern Use  - NY Times

  




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