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The Monster In The Back Yard - SpaceDaily  Left:  Yellowstone (pictured) erupts every 700,000 years or so. When it does, it sends more than 600 cubic miles (1,000 cubic kilometers) of debris into the atmosphere.  By way of comparison, when Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 - the most destructive volcanic event in U.S. recorded history - it killed 57 people, destroyed 200 homes, 157 miles of roadways and 15 miles of railroad track, and wreaked a total of about $1.1 billion in economic damage. That eruption ejected about 1.2 cubic miles (2 cubic kilometers) of debris. Yellowstone's biggest event occurred 2 million years ago, ejecting 1,500 cubic miles (2,500 cubic kilometers) of rock into the air. Waist-high layers of volcanic ash or tuff from that eruption have been found in Iowa, nearly a thousand miles away. It is not unreasonable to think another gigantic eruption may happen within the next 100,000 years, and perhaps sooner, he said. About 70,000 years ago, the Toba eruption on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia ejected about 1,700 cubic miles (2,800 cubic kilometers) of rock and ash into the atmosphere. One estimate is that 70,000 years ago - right after the Toba explosion - the number of female humans on Earth was reduced to between 4,200 and 4,600.
High Risk Of Major Tsunami In North Caribbean - SpaceDaily  The potential for devastating tsunamis in the northern Caribbean is high, say marine scientists, based on their analysis of historical data since the arrival of Columbus. Previous tsunamis destroyed Port Royal, Jamaica, in 1692, killed at least 10 Jamaicans on the island's south coast in 1780, and ravaged the north coast of Hispaniola and the Virgin Islands in 1842. The most recent of the destructive northern Caribbean tsunami occurred in 1946 and was triggered by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in the Dominican Republic. It killed around 1,800 people. In the pre-1492 period, tsunamis greater than any in the past 500 years may have occurred, the scientists say, based on their study of underwater landslides off the north coast of Puerto Rico.   

Large Telescopes On Agenda - SpaceDaily   Left:  A top astronomer says China is to install several large telescopes to help unlock the secrets of the universe.  Ai Guoxiang, head of the National Astronomical Observatories, says China plans to produce a telescope with the world's highest spectrum acquiring rate, for use near its Beijing base. Ai Guoxiang says China also plans to build the world's largest radio telescope to receive electric waves from space, in southwest China's Guizhou Province. China will also install a large astronomical telescope in southwestern Yunnan Province. Additionally, China is planning to launch its first space telescope into orbit to study solar physical frontiers. 
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Alzheimer's Disease:

3/27/2005: House sparrow tops garden count  - BBC
3/27/2005: India in effort to save vultures
  - BBC
3/27/2005: What sticklebacks can tell us about our love lives  - BBC
3/27/2005: Dolphins make surprise visit to Israel - MSNBC
3/27/2005: Decade later, wolves thrive in Yellowstone - MSNBC
3/27/2005: US launches probe into sales of unapproved transgenic corn  - Nature
3/27/2005: Cress overturns textbook genetics  - Nature
3/27/2005: Transgenic crops take another knock  - Nature
3/27/2005: You Can Run, but So Can He
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Video
  - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
3/27/2005: High Risk Of Major Tsunami In North Caribbean - SpaceDaily
3/27/2005: The Monster In The Back Yard - SpaceDaily
3/27/2005: Traffic fumes 'harm human DNA'  - BBC
3/27/2005: Mental emergency: Three months after the tsunami, the scars have yet to heal  - BBC
3/27/2005: UK emissions rise 'within target'  - BBC
3/27/2005: In pictures: A celebration of the natural wonders around Britain's coast  - BBC
3/27/2005: Turtle turnaround Tanzanian islanders make a difference in conservation battle
3/27/2005: Brazilian wetlands 'under threat'  - BBC
3/27/2005: Beach litter 'unacceptably' high  - BBC
3/27/2005: Why the weather flip-flopped out West - MSNBC
3/27/2005: Earth in pictures - MSNBC
3/27/2005: Global warming could trigger ant invasions - New Scientist
3/27/2005: Editorial: Edge of the global warming abyss - New Scientist
3/27/2005: EPA Chided for Disregarding Mercury Study
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Scientists- Brazil's Wetlands Threatened
  - NY Times

3/27/2005: Big push for the PSP  - C/Net
3/27/2005: PlayStation Portable  - CNN
3/27/2005: Bidding war over 'Tomb Raider' developer  - CNN
3/27/2005: An alarm clock that runs and hides - MSNBC

3/27/2005: Phones puzzle Pictures, video calls, games... but what's really the point of 3G?
  - BBC
3/27/2005: Hang-ups for Net calling
  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Japanese reading novels with mobiles
  - CNN

3/27/2005: Intel invests in electronic paper display startup  - El. Engr. Times
3/27/2005: Kopin unveils high-res microdisplay  - El. Engr. Times
3/27/2005: Introducing the glooper computer - New Scientist

3/27/2005: Rise of zombie PCs 'threatens UK'
3/27/2005: Bill Gates - Business Week
3/27/2005: Dell's Less-Than-Inspiring Laptop - Business Week
3/27/2005: Hackers tilt PowerBook for tricks  - C/Net
3/27/2005: First Look: G4 PowerBook Evolves  - C/Net
3/27/2005: For the love of iPod  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Drop sensor provides laptop motion control
 - New Scientist

3/27/2005: Putting Jeeves to Work What does Barry Diller's IAC hope to get for its $1.85 billion: A chance to dominate local Web searches - Business Week
3/27/2005: The Next Generation of Search - Business Week
3/27/2005: Yahoo's game of photo tag  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Marketers Feverish Over Viral Ads  - Wired News
3/27/2005: Fake Commercial Spots Spread Quickly on the Internet  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Home-Brew IPod Ad Opens Eyes  - Wired News
3/27/2005: The problem with viral branding
  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Wanted: Browser specialists?
  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Does IM stand for insecure messaging?
  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Mozilla: We're more secure than Microsoft
  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Microsoft seeks rehearing in Eolas case
  - C/Net
3/27/2005: The end of e-mail
  - C/Net
3/27/2005: IBM launches spam filter
  - CNN
3/27/2005: Hackers hit California State University
  - CNN
3/27/2005: Companies at risk from spyware, phishing
  - CNN
3/27/2005: Automated web-crawler harvests resume info
 - New Scientist

3/27/2005: Gray market in the black?  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Consumer groups challenge Hollywood, labels  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Mac OS X in hackers' crosshairs, report says  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Microsoft lifts lid on Longhorn's networking features  - El. Engr. Times

3/27/2005: First membrane-free alkaline fuel cell built - New Scientist



3/27/2005: Hepatitis C action 'inadequate'  - BBC
3/27/2005: Superbug kills two-day old baby  - BBC
3/27/2005: Mobile units tackle TB in London  - BBC
3/27/2005: Vital Signs: Infections: No Flier Miles for Airborne Germs  - NY Times
3/27/2005: TB Declines, but Not in Immigrants  - NY Times

3/27/2005: Eye infection risk 'may be in the choice of contact lenses'  - BBC
3/27/2005: Early cannabis use may risk mental health - New Scientist
3/27/2005: Editorial: Back-pedalling on cannabis policy? - New Scientist
3/27/2005: Vital Signs: Prevention: When the Smoke Doesn't Clear  - NY Times

3/27/2005: Pushy parents 'harm child health'  - BBC
3/27/2005: Why eating dark chocolate may be good for you  - BBC
3/27/2005: India close to cheap drug ban  - BBC
3/27/2005: Bad handwriting kills thousands -- Monday, Mar 21, 2005  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Micro scalpel offers unprecedented precision - New Scientist
3/27/2005: Oil and water mix for better drugs - New Scientist
3/27/2005: When drugs are too blunt an instrument - New Scientist
3/27/2005: The Claim: Babies Tend to Look Like Their Fathers  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Finding Medical Destiny on the Family Tree
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: A Conversation With Huda Zoghbi: Researchers Toil With Genes on the Fringe of a Cure
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Illness in Childhood
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: You Think Your Elbow Hurts! Well, Let Me Tell You . . .
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: At War With Their Bodies, They Seek to Sever Limbs
  - NY Times

History, Anthropology:
3/27/2005: 'Bronze Age perfume factory' discovered in Cyprus  - BBC

3/27/2005: Workplace bullying: What should you do if you're being hassled by colleagues?  - BBC
3/27/2005: Digital UK driven by net and TV  - BBC
3/27/2005: Young Science Stars: The Engineers - Business Week
3/27/2005: Personal data of 59,000 people stolen - Business Week
3/27/2005: MIT publication retracts two stories  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Think Things Have Been Rough for Journalism- Just Wait ...  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Wikipedia Creators Move Into News  - Wired News
3/27/2005: Those 'Unethical' Bloggers  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Who's Voomin' who?  - C/Net
3/27/2005: A neo-Nazi 'angel of death'  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Life isn't just as you want it? Remix it  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Cosmic Log: Unorthodox Easter - MSNBC
3/27/2005: Heavenly light show caught on film  - Nature
3/27/2005: Interview: Electronic maestros - New Scientist
3/27/2005: Hazards: Play It Safe and Don't Be a Turkey  - NY Times

3/27/2005: Chicks used to create nerve cells  - BBC
3/27/2005: Mother-baby bond: Helping mothers struggling to interact with their children  - BBC
3/27/2005: Right-to-die case highlights brain mysteries  - Nature
3/27/2005: What's Good for the Heart Is Good for the Head  - NY Times
3/27/2005: A Pill That Helps Ease Grip of Irrational Fears  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Religion and Natural History Clash Among the Ultra-Orthodox  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Hypomanic: Absolutely. But Oh So Productive!

3/27/2005: Chart: When Moods Swing

Physics and Astronomy:
3/27/2005: Giant planets may host superionic water  - Nature
3/27/2005: Wrangle over Hubble's future could grow
 - New Scientist
3/27/2005: Glow of alien planets glimpsed at last
 - New Scientist
3/27/2005: Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The letters of Richard P. Feynman
 - New Scientist



3/27/2005: Europe backs Indian Moon probe  - BBC
3/27/2005: Shattered Craft Yields a Few Bits of Data From the Sun
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Light Spotted From Beyond Solar System
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: NASA Instituting Crowd Control on Shuttle
  - NY Times

3/27/2005: Wings of desire: Sluggish, leaky, erratic - yet the DeLorean has lasting appeal. Why-  - BBC
3/27/2005: Bright ideas, big wait on tech payback  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Images: Owners don't always cash in  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Mac Founding Fathers Look Back, Ahead  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Popular Science names top tech innovations of 2004  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Top 100 tech innovations of 2003  - C/Net
3/27/2005: Grocery stores tap into technology
  - CNN
3/27/2005: Space water recycler gets earthly test
3/27/2005: Bacteria act as glue in nanomachines
  - Nature
3/27/2005: Contact lenses react to blood-sugar levels
 - New Scientist
3/27/2005: Meant for Space, but Useful on Earth
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Material as Tough as Steel: The Abalone Fits the Bill
  - NY Times
3/27/2005: Origami May Be an Art, but Nature Got There First
  - NY Times


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