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Microscope Hope for Huntington's Treatment  - BBC  A compound that interferes with the progress of Huntington's disease has been discovered by US researchers. Clumping of proteins is thought to cause the disease, but a compound called B2 was found to promote large clumps which could be protective. There are drugs that can help with the symptoms - but none that can stop the onset or the course of the disease. The researchers hope their new compound might lead to a drug that can stop the deadly sequence of cellular events that Huntington's unleashes. The condition is caused by misfolded proteins - called huntingtin proteins - that clump together.   
Joggers Solo running 'few brain benefits'  - BBC  Running is known to increase levels of stress hormone corticosterone, which can reduce the creation of new brain cells - a process known as neurogenesis. But the activity has also been found to increase spatial awareness and to boost communication between neurons. Running was found to increase neuron generation only when rats were housed in groups. Running caused similar elevations of the stress hormone corticosterone - which can impair neuron generation - in both groups. But only animals that ran alone were vulnerable to its negative influence.  

The British Rail flying saucer plan that failed to take off  - BBC  Recently uncovered plans show bosses filed for a patent in 1970 for a spacecraft powered by "controlled thermonuclear fusion reaction". With a passenger compartment upstairs, it would have been cheap to run and super-fast, according to its inventor. The proposals were recently found on the European Patent Office website. The original patent application said the reaction would be "ignited by one or more pulsed laser beams". The application was made on behalf of the British Railways Board and the patent was granted in March 1973. But, it seems, the patent later lapsed because of non-payment of renewal fees  
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Alzheimer's Disease:
3/20/2005:Seed of Alzheimer's spotted  - Nature

Biosciences:
3/20/2005:Fish like offshore oil rigs, but is it habitat? - MSNBC
3/20/2005:Ultrasonic frogs croak in secret
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3/20/2005:DNA origami yields micro map  - Nature
3/20/2005:'DNA origami' creates map of the Americas - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Shark oil keeps seabirds alive - New Scientist
3/20/2005:EU's butterfly havens are vanishing - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Frog joins the ultrasonic league - New Scientist
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Climate, Environment:
3/20/2005:Are computers mucking up climate studies?  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Smog chemical tied to Arctic warming - MSNBC
3/20/2005:Scientists worry about hurricane trailers - MSNBC
3/20/2005:Atmospheric CO2 accumulating faster than ever - New Scientist
3/20/2005:NASA Finds Stronger Storms Change Heat And Rainfall Worldwide - Science Daily
3/20/2005:USGS Assessment Significantly Increases Afghanistan Petroleum Resource Base - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Study Offers Preview Of Ice Sheet Melting, Rapid Climate Changes - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Biscuit Fire Tests Effectiveness Of Forest Thinning And Prescribed Burning Practices - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Metabolites Of Pharmaceuticals Identified In Wastewater - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Grappling With Climate Change  - Wired News
3/20/2005:Asia Pacific Partnership Gets Industry on Board to Help Solve Climate Change ... - FirstScience
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Computers:
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3/20/2005:When Roomba met Frogger  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Photos: Frogger rumba  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Samsung 42-inch plasma monitor for $1,600  - C/Net
3/20/2005: Untold Legends: Way of the Warrior's Code
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3/20/2005: Examining Game-Marketing Faux Pas  - Business Week
3/20/2005:Sony postpones PlayStation 3 release  - Business Week
3/20/2005:46 comments  - C/Net
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Communications
3/20/2005:Qwest chief: Pay up for faster service
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3/20/2005:Movie theaters may ask to jam cell phones
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3/20/2005:Cell phones killing theater attendance?
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3/20/2005:76 comments
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3/20/2005:Samsung demos new tech for wireless connectivity
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Technology
3/20/2005:Why the Web is hitting a wall - Business Week
3/20/2005:Intel Powers Up  - Wired News
3/20/2005:Beyond Silicon  - Technology Review 
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PC's
3/20/2005: Apple's French Dis-Connection? - Business Week
3/20/2005:Gates mocks MIT's $100 laptop effort  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Tribble on Apple's security troubles
3/20/2005:Video: Dell's first Viiv PC  - C/Net
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Internet
3/20/2005: Why the Web Is Hitting a Wall - Business Week
3/20/2005:Video: Google, ACLU respond as judge backs feds  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Net neutrality debate heats up  - C/Net
3/20/2005:U.S. says worldwide child porn ring used Web  - C/Net
3/20/2005:House panel clears anti-Internet gambling bill- C/Net
3/20/2005:27 charged in online child porn sting  - CNN
3/20/2005:Judge to order Google to relinquish some data
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3/20/2005:Follow That E-Mail!
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Miscellaneous
3/20/2005:Will your PC keep pace with Vista?  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Images: Vista's rating scheme  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Windows Live offers Microsoft a quicker turnaround  - C/Net
3/20/2005:42 comments  - C/Net
3/20/2005:IBM: The 'next big thing' no longer exists  - C/Net
3/20/2005:RFID worm created in the lab - New Scientist
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Energy:
3/20/2005:Are days numbered for 'bubble fusion'? - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Hybrids Save Money -- Sorta  - Wired News
3/20/2005:A Supergrid for Europe  - Technology Review 
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Health:
Cardiovascular
3/17/2005:Heart of the matter - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Technologies Diagnose Coronary Disease In One Heartbeat - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Salt Substitute Significantly Reduces Hypertension Amongst Rural Chinese - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Coronary Heart Disease Deaths In Ireland Have Halved In 15 Years - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Anti-thrombotic Medication Significantly Reduces Risk Of Death For Heart Attack Patients - Science Daily
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Cancer  
3/20/2005:Chillies turn up the heat on tumours - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Researchers Link Human Papillomavirus (HPV) To Common Skin Cancer - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Gold Nanorods May Make Safer Cancer Treatment - Science Daily
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Infectious
3/20/2005:Human deaths from bird flu to pass 100 - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Vaccinated Adults Less Likely To Die From Pneumonia - Science Daily
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Non-Infectious
3/20/2005:Asthma Risk Increased In Women With High Levels Of Fat Tissue Inflammatory Protein - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Researchers Test New Way To Quit Smoking - Science Daily
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Miscellaneous
3/20/2005:New drug trial puts six men in intensive care - New Scientist
3/20/2005:For a healthier workout, run with the pack - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Small Birthweight And Premature Births Associated With Higher Risk Of Child Abuse - Science Daily
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History, Anthropology:
3/20/2005:Humans evolved color vision to see emotion  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Fossil prompts rethink on dinosaur feathers - MSNBC
3/20/2005:Turning point: Prepare for lift-off - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Bosons form quantum threesome - PhysicsWeb
3/20/2005:Animations Reveal How Dinosaurs Might Have Walked - Live Science
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Miscellaneous:
3/20/2005: Background Checks That Never End - Business Week
3/20/2005:Web luminaries head SXSW  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Ex-Apple execs get a 'blank check'  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Meet the new science whiz kids  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Sci-fi author laments state of world  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Perspective: Another year of vote-counting anxiety?  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Craig Newmark tackles issues of trust  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Free software 'not anti-capitalist'  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Utah girl wins top science prize - MSNBC
3/20/2005:Scientist wins $1.4 million religion prize - MSNBC
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Neurosciences:
3/20/2005:Solo running 'few brain benefits'   - BBC
3/20/2005:Hope for Huntington's Treatment   - BBC
3/20/2005:Gene Influences Antidepressant Response - Science Daily
3/20/2005:Controlling Your (Nerve) Impulses- Ion Channel Interaction Sheds Light On Epilepsy, Other Neurological Disorders - Science Daily
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Physics and Astronomy:
3/20/2005:Cosmic Log: Starry river discovered - MSNBC
3/20/2005:Brown dwarfs weighed directly for first time
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3/20/2005:Double helix nebula revealed near Milky Way's heart
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3/20/2005:The unbearable elusiveness of gravitons
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Prolongevity
3/20/2005:Old Man, Look at Your Life  - Wired News
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Space:
3/20/2005:The British Rail flying saucer plan that failed to take off   - BBC
3/20/2005:Crashed probe yields first results
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3/20/2005:Crashed Genesis probe delivers solar wind
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3/20/2005:Super-Earths May Be Three Times More Common Than Jupiters
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3/20/2005:NASA Reviews Canceled Asteroid Mission ... - Washington Post
3/20/2005:NASA Scrubs Microsatellites Launch ...
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3/20/2005:The End of NASA Science
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Technology:
3/20/2005:Bacteria could power tiny robots  - C/Net
3/20/2005:Biometrics unreliable, says EU privacy head- C/Net
3/20/2005:New HDTV architectures needed, says display exec  - El. Engr. Times
3/20/2005:DNA molecules folded into a world of patterns - MSNBC
3/20/2005:Consumer products leap aboard the nano bandwagon  - Nature
3/20/2005:The word: Mesoscopic - New Scientist
3/20/2005:Pressable Photonic Crystals Produce Full-colour Fingerprints And Promise Enhanced Security
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3/20/2005:Rice University Researchers Create 'Nanorice' -- Could Improve Chemical Sensing, Biological Imaging
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3/20/2005:The Lie Behind Lie Detectors
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3/20/2005:Best Accidental Discoveries
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3/20/2005:Rants 'n' Raves: Turbo Tension
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3/20/2005:Do-It-Yourself Nanotech
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