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Hitachi's humanoid robots can chat, zip around  - C/Net  Pal and Chum look a little bit like first-graders on wheels, chatting up a storm and racing around the room. For Hitachi, Japan's biggest electronics conglomerate, they are the next generation of humanoid robots. Emiew, which stands for "excellent mobility and interactive existence as workmate," can run as fast as 3.7 mph, compared with Honda Motor's celebrated Asimo, whose top speed is a pokey 1.86 mph. Hitachi said the Emiews, which currently have a vocabulary of about 100 words, still need to be trained before they are fit for practical office and factory use in five to six years.    
Robot Finds Life in Desert, Mimicking Skills Needed on Mars - Space.com  A robot laden with sensor equipment has detected life on the arid terrain of the Chilean desert, a first for rover-based systems. ZoŽ, a four-wheeled automaton built to scan for living organisms, found evidence of bacterial colonies and lichens living among the rocks of Chileís Atacama Desert. The instrument can pick up signals from fluorescent dyes that light up when they connect with nucleic acids, proteins and other life-relevant molecules.    

Shanghai To Be "Spaceflight Kingdom" - SpaceDaily  A "spaceflight kingdom," covering about 1,200 mu (80 hectares), will begin construction in southwest Shanghai. The Spaceflight New Area, located in the Minxing District, will integrate scientific research and production as well as logistics; it will become the new development cradle of Shanghai-made rockets, satellites and airships. The first phase of the project is predicted to be completed in 2007 and the second phase in 2010.      
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Biosciences:
3/24/2005:†X chromosome activity different in every woman - New Scientist
3/24/2005:†Protein Delivers Selenium For Normal Sperm Development
 - Science Daily
3/24/2005:†Geography Predicts Human Genetic Diversity - Science Daily
3/24/2005:†Conserved Amino Acids Play Both Structural And Mechanistic Roles In Sandwich-like Protein - Science Daily
3/24/2005:†Why X Marks the Gender  - Wired News
3/24/2005:†DN-New - Economist
3/24/2005:†Asia 'wakes up' to animal welfare  - BBC
3/24/2005:†Navy: Sonar probably affected whales - MSNBC
3/24/2005:†Weizmann Institute Scientists Discover How Substitutions Are Made For Injured Genes - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
3/24/2005:†Ocean heat store makes climate change inevitable - New Scientist
3/24/2005:†Photo finish  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†No stopping rising sea levels, study says - MSNBC
3/24/2005:†Tsunami gives a little back to one Indian town - MSNBC
3/24/2005:†Oceans extend effects of climate change  - Nature
3/24/2005:†Seabed Shifts Pose New Perils in Tsunami Region  - NY Times
3/24/2005:†Fine-tuning Calf Nutrition Could Reduce Nitrogen Pollution - Science Daily
3/24/2005:†Earth From Space- Image Of The Week - SpaceDaily

Computers:
Devices
3/24/2005:†Samsung seeks slice of Apple iPod pie  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Study: Gamers Are Gluttons for Music  - C/Net

Communications
3/24/2005:†Stakes raised in fast net race
  - BBC
3/24/2005:†Wireless show highlights mobile phone tech
 - Business Week
3/24/2005:†Tech & You
 - Business Week
3/24/2005:†Cell phone porn set for sales spike
  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Skype seeks its payday
  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Lawsuits against cell phone industry reinstated
  - CNN

Technology
3/24/2005:†Plasmonic computer chips move closer - New Scientist
3/24/2005:†Hey, Don't Toss Those Fishy Chips  - Wired News
3/24/2005:†Intel to demo power-saving tech  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Mission: impossible?  - C/Net

PC's
3/24/2005:†Have hackers recruited your PC?  - BBC
3/24/2005:†Key contacts A look at how keyloggers capture data from victims  - BBC
3/24/2005:†Dell snuffs 'white box' sales  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Acer flashes new LCD monitors  - C/Net

Internet
3/24/2005:†Child porn site blocks supported  - BBC
3/24/2005:†Can Google mop up with Ajax?  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Spammer greets antispammer with suit and spam.  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Study: 'Texting' on the rise in U.S.  - CNN
3/24/2005:†Search Rank Easy to Manipulate  - Wired News
3/24/2005:†Google leaders selling shares  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Search engine to step into blogosphere
  - CNN

Miscellaneous
3/24/2005:†Memo to Apple: Lay Off Your Fans - Business Week
3/24/2005:†As file sharing nears high court, techies worry  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Microsoft touts ad-selling system as step ahead of its competitors - Seattle Times
3/24/2005:†Yahoo pledges full Firefox compatibility  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Anti-P2P lawmaker gets top Senate spot  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Another antivirus software flaw detected  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†MIT backs Brazil's choice of Linux over Microsoft  - C/Net
3/24/2005:†Slow start for budget XP