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New Method May Help Find Black Hole Middleweights - Space.com  A combination of temperature studies and X-ray observations led a team of researchers to a number of X-ray objects from four different, and distant, galaxies that could be intermediate black holes. The objects are apparently too cool to be neutron stars or stellar black holes, but emit X-rays with more vigor than those objects. "There's no direct evidence for intermediate black holes," said study leader Rosanne Di Stefano. 
View of Scout Moor Bee In Your Bonnet: The battle against plans for England's largest wind farm  - BBC  Iím Ann Metcalfe, one of those rare breeds of fortunate people who can honestly say Iíve enjoyed life to the full. I may be approaching the age of wearing purple - "When I grow old, I will wear purple and run my stick along the railings, spit on the pavement and eat sausages by the dozen..." - but I am not ready for that for a long time yet boyo!! And in the meantime I've started campaigning to save Scout Moor. 'There's going to be 26 turbines, each one two thirds the size of Blackpool Tower stretching across the skyline from Rossendale to Rochdale.'"   

Papero helped developed the technology

Friendly robots help to develop handheld translators  - BBC  Left:  Papiero has lent its translation ability to tourists.  Visitors landing at Tokyo's Narita Airport will be able to hire a device which can translate the local lingo. The speech-to-speech technology was developed by NEC, tested in Papero robots and then put in PDAs. The PDA hire scheme is part of a wider project, e-Airport, to make Japan's main international airport the most hi-tech in the world. As well as being able to understand and imitate human behaviour, Papero (Partner-Type Personal Robot), is the first robot to translate verbally between two languages in colloquial tongue. It can cope, in other words, with slang and local chatter, and has a vocabulary of 50,000 Japanese and 25,000 English travel and tourism related words. After Papero demonstrated its translation ability, the PDAs borrowed its brain and tongue. Users can talk into the device and it will talk back in almost-perfect Japanese in a second. It has voice recognition, digital voice translation and a voice synthesiser to talk to users, explained Chris Shimizu, NEC's corporate relations manager, and the quality of the voice spoken back to users is much more human than robotic. The devices also serve as mobile phones, and have airport and local guides.

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Biosciences:
3/12/2004:†DNA card takes the mystery out of meat  - C/Net
3/12/2004:†GM under fire again
  - Nature
3/12/2004:†Groundbreaking Gene Scientist Is Taking His Craft to the Oceans  - NY Times
3/12/2004:†DNA Spirals Into Artists' Medium  - Wired News

Climate, Environment:
3/12/2004:†How Industry Won the Battle of Pollution Control at E.P.A.  - NY Times
3/12/2004:†Environment-friendly industrial complex comes to life... - FirstScience
3/12/2004:†Glacier melt indicates global warming changes... - FirstScience
3/12/2004:†Global Warming Could Be Affecting Wolf-Moose Balance... - FirstScience
3/12/2004:†Got a Candidate? Inside the Green Party... - FirstScience
3/12/2004:†Many threatened birds 'need help'  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Computers 'must be greener'  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Ask the experts: Problems created by hi-tech waste LIVE  - BBC
3/12/2004:†EU transport plan 'risk to birds'  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Hi-tech crime mapping helps police fight crimes like arson  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Revive technologyHelp the environment by finding a new use for your old computer  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
3/12/2004:†Take control of your games  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Microsoft partner confirms Xbox hard drive fate  - C/Net
3/12/2004:†Cheap 3D scanner nearing the desktop - New Scientist
3/12/2004:†Is TV losing out to video games?  - CNN
3/12/2004:†Games make kids fat, violent?  - CNN
3/12/2004:†The amazing Sony-man  - CNN

Communications
3/12/2004:†Riding China's broadband wave  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Cell phone software creates bogus backgrounds - New Scientist
3/12/2004:†MyWireless gets environmentally friendly... - FirstScience
3/12/2004:†How Telcos Can Fight the Cable Invasion - Business Week
3/12/2004:†China Leads in Worldwide DSL Race - Business Week

Technology

PC's
3/12/2004:†LCD panel shortage easing up  - C/Net
3/12/2004:†A Notebook PC With a Hot Rod Look - ABC
3/12/2004:†Are Laptops the Next Desktops? - Business Week

Internet
3/12/2004:†New search engine calls up resentment at Yahoo  - C/Net
3/12/2004:†Audio stream can be recorded off the Web - Seattle Times
3/12/2004:†Spamfire works well, helps you get revenge - Seattle Times
3/12/2004: ISP Files First Can-Spam Lawsuit  - Wired News

3/12/2004:†Gates: Buy stamps to send e-mail  - CNN
3/12/2004:†China.Net - Business Week
3/12/2004:†an open society online - Business Week
3/12/2004:†eBay's Patient Bid on China - Business Week
3/12/2004:†An E-Tailer with a Lot Riding on Bicycles - Business Week
3/12/2004:†Worm disguises self as Microsoft patch - Business Week
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Miscellaneous
3/12/2004:†Old Microsoft DNA still at work?  - C/Net
3/12/2004:†Upgrades make Linux so easy to use - Seattle Times
3/12/2004:†Rights groups target antipiracy directive - Business Week

Energy:
3/12/2004:†Bee In Your Bonnet: The battle against plans for England's largest wind farm  - BBC

Health:
Cardiovascular
3/12/2004:†Heart therapy raises hopes and concerns  - Nature
3/12/2004:†Drug-Coated Stents Aid Angioplasties - ABC
3/12/2004:†New Children's Heart Pump May Save Lives - ABC

Cancer  
3/12/2004:†Ovarian Cancer: Early diagnosis is vital, but what symptoms should you look for?  - BBC

Infectious
3/12/2004: Md. Orders Poultry Killed Due to Bird Flu - ABC
3/12/2004:†Western Montana Braces for West Nile - ABC

Non-Infectious
3/12/2004:†Have an allergy-free garden  - BBC

Miscellaneous
3/12/2004:†Angry teenagers 'risking health'  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Ding ding !How to balance British heritage icons with disabled access  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Could a bowl of muesli really boost your sexual appetite?  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Into Thin Air - ABC
3/12/2004:†Playing It Unsafe - ABC
3/12/2004:†Morality in America - ABC
3/12/2004:†Video: What's Your Risk of STDs? - ABC
3/12/2004:†Don't Get Careless About Condoms - ABC
3/12/2004:†Leaders Challenge Constituents to Get Fit - ABC
3/12/2004:†Action urged on junk food adverts  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Doctors 'fear child abuse cases'  - BBC
3/12/2004:†New fertility clinic for lesbians  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Fuelling the fire: Which foods and fluids does your body need to exercise effectively?
3/12/2004:†Want to stay healthy? Drink strong coffee, says Italian dietician
  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Poorer Scottish men 'die younger'
  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Healthy eating in parents' hands
  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
3/12/2004:†Dozens of mummies found - MSNBC
3/12/2004:†Pre-human lacked sharp canines  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
3/12/2004:†Feds reject Eolas browser patent  - C/Net
3/12/2004:†GOP clerks nabbed Democratic data, says probe  - C/Net
3/12/2004:†Digital images allow for easy sharing of family reunion - Seattle Times
3/12/2004:†U.S. jobs growth still weaker than expected, report shows - Seattle Times
3/12/2004:†Report Slams Senate Snoopers  - Wired News
3/12/2004:†Separated at Birth? - ABC
3/12/2004:†Iraq War Amputees Get New Limbs, New Life - ABC
3/12/2004:†Living the Family Life - ABC
3/12/2004:†Resolving conflict without a war  - BBC
3/12/2004:†UK viewers are 'biggest DVD fans'  - BBC
3/12/2004:†Buses warn about big 'back ends'  - BBC
3/12/2004:†IBM faces outsourcing scrutiny  - CNN
3/12/2004:†High-tech snooping for bin Laden  - CNN
3/12/2004:†Truck lovers want more custom features  - CNN

Neurosciences:
3/12/2004:†She Harms: A Distinction With Real Difference  - NY Times
3/12/2004:†In your ear: How earphones are changing the way people behave  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
3/12/2004:†New Method May Help Find Black Hole Middleweights - Space.com
3/12/2004:†Planet panorama on tap
 - MSNBC
3/12/2004:†Stellar outburst continues to puzzle... - Astronomy

Prolongevity

Robotics:
3/12/2004:†Friendly robots help to develop handheld translators   - BBC
3/12/2004:†Robotic vehicles vie for $1 million purse in Darpa race  - El. Engr. Times
3/12/2004:†DSPs drive team to win Darpa race  - El. Engr. Times
3/12/2004:†Cosmic Log: Robots on a roll - MSNBC

Space:
3/12/2004:†Mars Critics Say Billions Are Ill-Spent - ABC
3/12/2004:†Report: China to Recruit Women for Space
 - ABC
3/12/2004:†Slip Sliding Away On The Red Planet
 - SpaceDaily
3/12/2004:†Phoenix Final Rehearsal Goes Well
 - SpaceDaily
3/12/2004:†More signs of water on ancient Mars...
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Technology:
3/12/2004:†Fighting fire with a steam machine - New Scientist
3/12/2004:†Artificial exoskeleton takes the strain - New Scientist
3/12/2004:†Philips' new camera lens works like eye  - CNN
3/12/2004:†EU chips in for nanotech project - Business Week

  




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