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Not your father's space mission ship  - C/Net   "The tests are the first look we have at the aerodynamics of the next generation of the crew exploration vehicle," said Thomas Edwards, director of aeronautics at NASA Ames. The space shuttle marks the final stages of the first era of space exploration, and the CEV models are kicking off the next stage, according to Edwards. The first two CEV models could easily have been mistaken for gussied-up shower heads. But in fact, one is a 2.77 percent-size scale model of the current design of the CEV that is covered with pink, oxygen-sensitive paint. It is designed to measure how pressure from winds up to Mach 2.6 would affect the capsule. The other is a shiny, metal model of the same size that measures forces like lift and drag in the wind tunnel. The final model is a 7 percent-size scale that is covered with the special paint and is bathed in ultraviolet light and held at the end of a long arm in the wind tunnel. Edwards explained that each of the models is used for testing different elements.   
'No quick fix' from nuclear power  - BBC  Building new nuclear plants is not the answer to tackling climate change or securing Britain's energy supply, a government advisory panel has reported. The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) report says doubling nuclear capacity would make only a small impact on reducing carbon emissions by 2035. As North Sea supplies dwindle, nuclear is seen by some as a more secure source of energy than hydrocarbon supplies from unstable regimes. But the SDC report, compiled in response to the energy review, concluded that the risks of nuclear energy outweighed its advantages.  

One of the largest shockwaves ever seen in the universe - Digg  This photograph, taken by the Spitzer space telescope and a ground-based telescope in Spain, shows the Stephan's Quintet galaxy cluster, with one of the largest shockwaves ever seen in the Universe. Four of the five galaxies in this image are involved in a violent collision, which has already stripped most of the hydrogen gas from the interiors of the galaxies. The green arc in the photograph is the point which two galaxies are colliding. Two galaxiies have been so beaten up, all that's left are their bright centers. The galaxies are located 300 million light-years away in the Pegasus constellation. The titanic shock wave, larger than our own Milky Way galaxy, was detected by the ground-based telescope using visible-light wavelengths. It consists of hot hydrogen gas. As NGC7318b collides with gas spread throughout the cluster, atoms of hydrogen are heated in the shock wave, producing the green glow.
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Alzheimer's Disease:
3/14/2005: Major Biomarker Candidates For Alzheimer's Disease Explored - Science Daily

Biosciences:
3/14/2005: Scientists publish the proof for cloned dog - MSNBC
3/14/2005: Gene expression sets humans apart
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3/14/2005: Frog survival 101: Fake a mean look - MSNBC
3/14/2005: Friends of lost woodpecker hope for cash windfall  - Nature
3/14/2005: Poison mimics go for second best  - Nature
3/14/2005: Why we differ from our primate cousins - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Animal rights and wrongs - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Genes, money and the American quest for identity - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Human evolution - has it stalled? - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Habitat Microstructure Drives Salamander Metamorphosis - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Manchester Scientists Create New Bio-gel For 3D Cell Culture - Science Daily
3/14/2005: More Evidence Mammals, Fruit Flies Share Make-up On Function Of Biological Clocks - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Tissue Engineering Technique Does Not Cause Tumor Growth - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Microchips Boost Monkey Business Behind Bars - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Liquid Crystals Show Promise In Controlling Embryonic Stem Cells - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Scientists: Endangered Species Act Rewrite Must Be Science-Based ... - FirstScience
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Climate, Environment:
3/14/2005: New Study Confirms The Ecological Virtues Of Organic Farming - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Satellite Data Used To Warn Oil Industry Of Potentially Dangerous Eddy - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Budgets Imperil Environmental Satellite - Space.com
3/14/2005: EPA holds hearing on soot regulations in Philadelphia ... - FirstScience
3/14/2005: Shell's plan for greenhouse gases ... - FirstScience
3/14/2005: Volcano in Nicaragua Spews Gas, Ash ... - FirstScience
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Computers:
Devices
3/14/2005: 'Grand Theft' makers try Ping Pong  - CNN
3/14/2005: Online gaming subscriptions rise in 2005 - Seattle Times
3/14/2005: Game teaches journalism students skills - Seattle Times
3/14/2005: Halo's Creator Cooks Up a Game  - Wired News 
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Communications
3/14/2005: Ready, Set, WiMAX
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Technology
3/14/2005: Costs, yields delay SED rollout  - El. Engr. Times
3/14/2005: Flash technology should hold to 2010, says Intel  - El. Engr. Times
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PC's
3/14/2005: 'Origami' hype dominates tech fair  - CNN
3/14/2005: Resting in Peace  - Wired News
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Internet
3/14/2005: Music site to let users swap CDs  - CNN
3/14/2005: AI-based Accoona search engine aims at Google  - El. Engr. Times
3/14/2005: Create your favourite website, automatically - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Google agrees to settle 'click fraud' case - Seattle Times
3/14/2005: Pennies for Web Jobs  - Technology Review 
3/14/2005: Shut Your Mouth, Open Your Eyes  - Wired News
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Miscellaneous
3/14/2005: Microsoft offers more tools for search engine - Seattle Times
3/14/2005: Catching Cyber Criminals  - Technology Review 
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Energy:
3/14/2005: 'No quick fix' from nuclear power   - BBC
3/14/2005: Renewable energy biz to hit $167 billion  - El. Engr. Times
3/14/2005: Complaints cast doubt on ‘bubble fusion’ - MSNBC
3/14/2005: Bubble fusion: silencing the hype  - Nature
3/14/2005: Nuclear waste: Its final resting place - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Chemists Report Progress In Quest To Use Hydrogen As Fuel For Cars And Electronic Devices - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Shanghai Launches Clean Electricity Scheme
 - Live Science
3/14/2005: Hybrids, We Never Knew Ya
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3/14/2005: Duke CEO-Response To Global Warming Key For Energy Future ...
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3/14/2005: FEATURE-Nuclear waste- bury it and forget? ...
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Health:
Cardiovascular
3/14/2005: Genes decide if coffee hurts or helps your heart - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Ironman Study Redefines Fine-tuned- Balance Training Time With Blood Pressure Variability - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Penn Study Finds No Increased Cardiovascular Risk If Mildly Underactive Thyroid Left Untreated - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Procedure For Irregular Heartbeat Gives Long-lasting Relief & Improves Quality Of Life - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Mental Stress Effects On Heart More Common Than Previously Known - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Exposure To Fine Particle Air Pollution Linked With Risk Of Respiratory And Cardiovascular Diseases - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Experience Backs Early Heart Valve Replacement
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3/14/2005: Coffee Consumption Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Attack For Persons With Certain Gene Variation
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Cancer  
3/14/2005: Delayed Prostate Cancer Surgery Poses No Increased Risk For Some Patients - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Studies Report Findings On Colorectal Cancer Screening Methods And Survival Rates - Science Daily
3/14/2005: New Strategy Developed To Study Disease- Reveals Insights Into Cancer And Treatment Leads - Science Daily
3/14/2005: New Cell Imaging Method Identifies Aggressive Cancer Cells Early
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Infectious
3/14/2005: Japanese researcher finds synthetic route to Tamiflu  - Nature
3/14/2005: Parasite less deadly without its whip - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Studies Suggest New Targets For Tuberculosis Treatments - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Study Indicates Dramatic Rise In Antibiotic-resistant Community-acquired Staph Infections - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Finding A Virus Is Not All Bad News - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Virginia Bioinformatics Institutes Launches Microbial Database - Science Daily
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Non-Infectious
3/14/2005: Multiple Sclerosis Research Into Reparative Cells Offers New Avenue For Fighting Disease - Science Daily
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Miscellaneous
3/14/2005: Debut of Windows Live Search  - CNN
3/14/2005: Commentary: The sorry state of U.S. health care IT  - El. Engr. Times
3/14/2005: Two-minute test could prevent needless caesareans - New Scientist
3/14/2005: New Open-source Software To Remove ID From Patient Reports - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Preserving Hearing With Ear Tumor Removal - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Atomic Bomb Survivors Who Had Higher Radiation Exposure Show Increased Incidence Of Thyroid Diseases - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Study Suggests MPA Is Effective Treatment For Hot Flashes - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Prenatal Pesticide Exposure And High Blood Pressure And A Decreased Ability To Copy Shapes - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Taipan Venom No Snake Oil
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3/14/2005: New Target For Obesity And Related Metabolic Disorders
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3/14/2005: Troubling Increase In Repeat Cesarean Delivery, Inadequate Explanations
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History, Anthropology:
3/14/2005: S. Carolina board won't 'analyze' evolution - MSNBC
3/14/2005: Hundreds of human genes still evolving - MSNBC
3/14/2005: Smallest Triceratops Skull Ever Found Provides Clues To Dinosaur's Growth - Science Daily
3/14/2005: 15,000-year-old Early Modern Human Skeleton Has Oldest Recorded Case Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth - Science Daily
3/14/2005: New Wisdom on Ancient Skeleton's Teeth - Live Science
3/14/2005: Poll- Most people reject evolution theory ...  - Physics Org
3/14/2005: Museum official says Bible isn't science ...  - Physics Org
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Miscellaneous:
3/14/2005: Absence makes the glass glow fondly  - CNN
3/14/2005: Micron-Lexar duo poses no threat to SanDisk  - El. Engr. Times
3/14/2005: IBM moves solutions development unit to India  - El. Engr. Times
3/14/2005: House recognizes engineers as agents of innovation  - El. Engr. Times
3/14/2005: Long-distance lovers can still drink together - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Interview: In the disaster zone - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Key player in Enron fraud says CEO backed scheme - Seattle Times
3/14/2005: Defense lawyer attacks greed of ex-Enron CFO - Seattle Times
3/14/2005: Justice Department to pursue fraud claims against money manager Gabelli - Seattle Times
3/14/2005: Porn Billing Leak Exposes Buyers  - Wired News
3/14/2005: Body Artists Customize Your Flesh  - Wired News
3/14/2005: Rants 'n' Raves: Read the Right  - Wired News
3/14/2005: TV's Flat New World  - Wired News
3/14/2005: Anatomy of a She-Nerd  - Wired News
3/14/2005: Kosmix Plays Politics With Search  - Wired News
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Neurosciences:
3/14/2005: Genetic Perversity: Smoking And Gene Avert Parkinson's - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Sex Chromosome Genes Influence Aggression And Maternal Behavior, Say Researchers - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Carnegie Mellon Study Identifies Impact Of Neural Connections In Learning Process - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Confidence In Memory Performance Helps Older Adults Remember - Science Daily
3/14/2005: How To Grow A Bigger Brain - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Key to Strong Memory in Old Age: Just Believe - Live Science
3/14/2005: Simple Trick Makes Fish Brains Grow
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3/14/2005: A Surprising Clue to Parkinson's
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Physics and Astronomy:
3/14/2005: One of the largest shockwaves ever seen in the universe - Digg
3/14/2005: Bumper sunspot crop forecast for next solar cycle
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3/14/2005: Cloudy future for ground-based astronomy
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3/14/2005: Three cosmic enigmas, one audacious answer
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3/14/2005: Antiproton co-discoverer dies
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3/14/2005: The oldest explosion in the universe
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3/14/2005: Scientists Issue Unprecedented Forecast Of Next Sunspot Cycle
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3/14/2005: Research Reveals Hidden Magnetism In Superconductivity
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3/14/2005: Advance Hastens Practicality Of Superconductors
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3/14/2005: Flash from the Beginning of Time Reveals Strange Event
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3/14/2005: The Most Distant Cosmic Explosion
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3/14/2005: Z Machine Exceeds Two Billion Degrees Kelvin
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3/14/2005: Ubiquitous Galaxies Discovered In The Early Universe
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3/14/2005: Growing solar storms threaten communications, astronauts ...
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Prolongevity
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Robotics:
3/14/2005: Tree-climbing robot - New Scientist
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Space:
3/14/2005: Not your father's space mission ship  - C/Net
3/14/2005: Contact with troubled Hayabusa probe restored
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3/14/2005: Wind tunnel tests for space shuttle successor
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3/14/2005: In space no one can hear you scream
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3/14/2005: Turning point: Prepare for lift-off
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3/14/2005: Shuttle Fuel Tank Glitch Prompts Concern for NASA - Space.com
3/14/2005: Japan Contacts Troubled Asteroid Probe
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3/14/2005: Calls For Unified Chinese Space Program
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3/14/2005: Ariane 5 Given Dress Rehearsal For Thursday Launch
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3/14/2005: Kinesix Selected By Bigelow For Launch of First Inflatable Space Module
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3/14/2005: Cassini Images Saturn's Sharp-Edged G Ring
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3/14/2005: Astronomers Find 'Part-Time' Pulsar
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3/14/2005: Cassini Detects 'Backward' Electrons On Saturn
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3/14/2005: JAXA Reconnects With Hayabusa Probe
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3/14/2005: Z Machine Exceeds Two Billion Degrees Kelvin
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3/14/2005: Planets In The Vortex
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3/14/2005: SPACEHAB Joins List of NASA COTS Proposals
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3/14/2005: NASA Craft With UA Camera to Orbit Mars ...
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3/14/2005: NASA Ames helping to design new space vehicle ...
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3/14/2005: US Spacecraft Makes Nail-Biting Approach to Mars ...
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Technology:
3/14/2005: Invention: Snore zapper - New Scientist
3/14/2005: Human Factors Issues In Firearms Design And Training - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Carbon Fiber Cars Could Put US On Highway To Efficiency - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Nanoparticles Create Biocompatible Capsules - Science Daily
3/14/2005: Flexible CRT Displays  - Technology Review 
3/14/2005: Photo Gallery: ETech 2006  - Wired News
3/14/2005: First the UI, Now the Ads
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3/14/2005: Products That Make the Grade
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3/14/2005: Dimming Mirrors a Bright Idea
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3/14/2005: Good Idea- Reinventing Invention
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3/14/2005: Gadget Lab: Movies al Fresco
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