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Genes determine coffee heart risk  - BBC  Left:  'Heavy' coffee drinkers are those who drink around four cups a day  Drinking large amounts of coffee each day could increase the risk of heart attack for people with a particular genetic profile, a study has suggested. Four thousand people in Costa Rica were monitored in the Journal of the American Medical Association study. Those who were slow at breaking down caffeine were 64% more likely to suffer a heart attack. Carriers of the 'slow' form of the gene who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had a 36% increased risk of heart attack, compared to those who drank less than one cup a day. 
Image: Taleyarkhan Complaints cast doubt on ‘bubble fusion’ - MSNBC  Left:  Rusi Taleyarkhan, a professor of nuclear engineering at Purdue University, has led research purporting to show evidence of nuclear fusion reactions in a tabletop experiment. Taleyarkhan is shown here with his experiment in a U.S. Department of Energy facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he conducted the research before coming to Purdue.  Purdue University is investigating allegations that a scientist thwarted his colleagues’ efforts to test his claims of producing nuclear fusion in tabletop experiments, even going so far as to remove high-tech equipment from a shared lab In March 2002, a team at Oak Ridge led by Taleyarkhan published findings in the journal Science that excited researchers who dream of harnessing controllable nuclear fusion — the process that lights the stars — as an unlimited energy source. But the findings were controversial at the outset. Two Oak Ridge researchers took the unusual step of publishing dissenting research saying that Taleyarkhan’s work was inaccurate. In his paper, Taleyarkhan reported producing what he said appeared to be nuclear fusion by bombarding tiny dissolved bubbles in an acetone-based solution with high-intensity sound waves. He claimed that the bubbles rapidly expanded and then collapsed, producing a brief flash of light and superhigh temperatures — a phenomenon called sonoluminescence. He also made the controversial claim that his team detected atomic particles and isotopes, suggesting that nuclear fusion may have occurred. In the Nature article, Jevremovic and Lefteri Tsoukalas, who heads Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering, said Taleyarkhan has refused to provide raw data he claims to have obtained in repeated experiments confirming signs of fusion.   

Record set for hottest temperature on Earth - MSNBC  Left:  Because of the high voltage involved, the Z machine is submerged in oil and water. This image shows lightning arcs beneath the liquid surface.    One thing that puzzles scientists is that the high temperature was achieved after the plasma’s ions should have been losing energy and cooling. Also, when the high temperature was achieved, the Z machine was releasing more energy than was originally put in, something that usually occurs only in nuclear reactions. Sandia consultant Malcolm Haines theorizes that some unknown energy source is involved, which is providing the machine with an extra jolt of energy just as the plasma ions are beginning to slow down..
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Biosciences:
3/17/2005: Canada's lonely killer whale dies  - BBC
3/17/2005: US zoos want to pay China less for loan of cute but costly pandas
  - BBC
3/17/2005: Stem cells: Miracle postponed? - New Scientist
3/17/2005: The word: Velcro - New Scientist
3/17/2005: Scripps Does Embryonic Stem Cells  - Wired News

Climate, Environment:
3/17/2005: Alaska hit by 'massive' oil spill  - BBC
3/17/2005: Science: A closer look at a San Francisco earthquake zone  - C/Net
3/17/2005: China warns of disaster if pollution not curbed ... - FirstScience
3/17/2005: Regulator: China must step up environmental protection or face disaster ... - FirstScience
3/17/2005: Rain in Phoenix Ends Record Dry Spell at 143 Days ... - FirstScience
3/17/2005: Laboratory closures to go ahead  - BBC
3/17/2005: Airports fail air pollution test  - BBC
3/17/2005: Cloud seeders say- Let it snow  - C/Net

Computers:
Devices
3/17/2005: Techfest: Some of the gadgets grabbing the headlines at Cebit  - BBC
3/17/2005: Real racing: Latest Toca game impresses with detail and polish  - BBC
3/17/2005: Plextor DVD writer for $50  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Moog Promises Hip New Product  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Mio DigiStruts Its Stuff  - Wired News
3/17/2005: In pictures Gadget fans get their fix at the Cebit trade fair in Germany  - BBC
3/17/2005: Real racing Latest Toca game impresses with detail and polish
  - BBC
3/17/2005: Mobiles star at Cebit hi-tech fair
  - BBC
3/17/2005: Screening the options at CeBit
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Communications
3/17/2005: Cebit rings mobile phone changes
  - BBC
3/17/2005: Mobile operators halt sale of Razr phones
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Photos: Motorola Razr
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Calling bug halts US Razr sales
  - BBC
3/17/2005: • A Fresh Squeeze on BlackBerry
 - Business Week
3/17/2005: • Verizon: Battling for the Eyes of Texas
 - Business Week

Technology
3/17/2005: Fuel cells to change laptop use  - BBC
3/17/2005: Black holes: The ultimate quantum computers? - New Scientist

PC's
3/17/2005: Fuel cells to change laptop use  - BBC
3/17/2005: Mac's first Intel-driven laptop- A taste of speed - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Breaking a Supercomputing Speed Record - Technology Review 

Internet
3/17/2005: Some finding perils in online real estate  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Video: Google can't stay out of the news  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Some finding perils in online real estate  - C/Net
3/17/2005: PIN scandal 'worst hack ever'  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Feds suggest 21-day deadline for Google subpoena - Business Week
3/17/2005: Data — and e-mail — loss happens to the best of us - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Better class of spam is still spam
 - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Kids Learn About Cyber Security
  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Can Microsoft Save the Net?
  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Webmonkey Q&A: SXSW Interactive
  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Internet Suicides Alarm Japan
  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Web wars Search sites get serious as they try to boost user numbers
  - BBC
3/17/2005: New Faces forthe Net's New Age
 - Business Week
3/17/2005: Web 2.0 shifts balance of power
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Photos- Bigwigs and more
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: New life for e-publishing
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Online video-makers hardly need be famous
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Compaq founder pushes for academic library online
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Google to broker online book sales
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Media- Porn-:The next not-so-big thing on the Net?
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
3/17/2005: Microsoft faces new fines threat  - BBC
3/17/2005: Memo outlines Microsoft's plans - Business Week
3/17/2005: Open-source bugs undermine digital signatures - Business Week
3/17/2005: Windows Defender surprise: This beta a good bet - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Rants 'n' Raves- Odd Jobs  - Wired News
3/17/2005: • Memo Outlines Microsoft's Plans - Business Week
3/17/2005: • Going After Microsoft -- for Decades - Business Week
3/17/2005: French look to open iTunes to other music players  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Is video headed for a Napster problem?  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Potential Sun Grid customer: No thanks  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Video: Wyse CEO proclaims 'perfect storm' for thin clients  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Ubuntu Linux leader proposes six-week delay  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Microsoft pauses work on Adobe rival
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Microsoft: Gates: Ozzie was best guy not working for us
  - C/Net

Energy:
3/17/2005: Complaints cast doubt on ‘bubble fusion’  - MSNBC
3/17/2005: Snap up wave power with a magnetic trick - New Scientist
3/17/2005: Japanese government keen on funding Republic of the Phillipines  renewable energy ...
3/17/2005: It Comes From Space to Solve our Energy Problems ...  - Physics Org

Health:
Cardiovascular
3/17/2005: Genes determine coffee heart risk   - BBC
3/17/2005: Hypertension Drug May Restore Cardiovascular Function In African Americans - Science Daily
3/17/2005: Pacemaker woman 'wanted to die'  - BBC
3/17/2005: Call to tackle Asian heart risk  - BBC

Cancer  
3/17/2005: Vaccines 'may block cancers'  - BBC

Infectious

Non-Infectious
3/17/2005: Transplants of two kidneys 'effective'  - BBC
3/17/2005: Vaccine could stop MS in its tracks - New Scientist
3/17/2005: Diabetics Who Control Blood Sugar Today Are More Likely To Have Healthy Feet And Nerves Tomorrow - Science Daily
3/17/2005: 'Gene cause' of cocaine addiction  - BBC

Miscellaneous
3/17/2005: Studying science: An artist's impression of the workings of a medical laboratory  - BBC
3/17/2005: NHS '£750m in the red' this year  - BBC
3/17/2005: Wine 'can help treat gum disease'  - BBC
3/17/2005: Kava controversy: Root-based drink stirs health concerns in Australia  - BBC
3/17/2005: Euro-MPs debate mercury curbs  - BBC
3/17/2005: What we do: A plastic surgeon describes work that can transform lives  - BBC
3/17/2005: Sexual health: Why the diaphragm may not be the best choice for everyone
3/17/2005: Confidence booster: 'I lost my breast - but my prosthesis restored my confidence'
3/17/2005: Doctors training in sign language
  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
3/17/2005: Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, images, secrecy by Mario Biagioli - New Scientist

Miscellaneous:
3/17/2005: Terrorist activity on Google-owned service  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Photos: Store of the future  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Business leaders decry Dubai decision - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Study warns of lapses by port operators - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Boost in jobs sign of healthy economic pace - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Money flowing like wine - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Google's new digs - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Origami buzz dissection - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: Fighting Terror, Vegas Style  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Your Rights in the Mashosphere  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Sexy Hoax Turns Into Dating Fad  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Secrets to Cybersex Success  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Laboratory closures to go ahead  - BBC
3/17/2005: Weird science: Locusts watching Star Wars, birds fancying humans & other tales  - BBC
3/17/2005: Hacking the law: Why politicians need a better understanding of technology  - BBC
3/17/2005: Economic boom time leads to a record number of billionaires  - BBC
3/17/2005: Internet blows CIA agents' cover  - BBC
3/17/2005: Can really short films make it big?  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Feds oppose eBay in Supreme Court case  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Companies cultivate ideas at 'Greenhouse' forum
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Security: Start-ups angling to change how credit scores are used
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: IBM turns inside out for partners
  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
3/17/2005: Researchers To Study Effectiveness Of Stem Cell Transplant In Human Brain - Science Daily
3/17/2005: Hole-in-heart linked to migraine  - BBC
3/17/2005: What is migraine?  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
3/17/2005: Record set for hottest temperature on Earth  - MSNBC
3/17/2005: Star shade will let alien planets shine
 - New Scientist
3/17/2005: Researchers couple chemistry, large-scale computing for combustion calculations in a flash ...
 - FirstScience

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Robotics:

Space:
3/17/2005: Mars orbiter reaches Red Planet  - BBC
3/17/2005: NASA probe 'dodges bullet' to achieve Mars orbit
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Photos: Mars or bust
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: New Tool To Help Keep U.S. Roads Ice- And Snow-Free
 - Science Daily
3/17/2005: Robotic NASA Craft Begins Orbiting Mars For Most-Detailed Exam
 - Science Daily
3/17/2005: Probe Will Pry Secrets From Mars
  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Photo Gallery: Cassini Sees H20
  - Wired News
3/17/2005: Liquid on Saturn moon may be water: NASA ...
 - FirstScience
3/17/2005: Mars explorer hits 'perfect' orbit in search of water, life ...
  - Physics Org
3/17/2005: Images: Google searches for life on Mars  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Google: Boarding now for Mars
  - C/Net
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Technology:
3/17/2005: Try on clothes without undressing  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Media: How can tagging be more useful?  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Research On The Road To Intelligent Cars - Science Daily
3/17/2005: No time for tanning bed- No problem, get a spray-on - Seattle Times
3/17/2005: A Fast and Simple Cocaine Detector - Technology Review 
3/17/2005: Wanna Be a Rodedawg?  - Wired News
3/17/2005: • Academia's Brightest Tech Stars
 - Business Week
3/17/2005: • How the Masses Will Innovate
 - Business Week
3/17/2005: Perspective: This is my brain on TiVo
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: Movie theaters meet to save themselves
  - C/Net
3/17/2005: How can tagging be more useful-
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3/17/2005: Digital tops bill at theater owners' confab
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