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Resisting Radiation  - BBC  Background radiation in space is composed of high-energy X-rays, gamma rays and cosmic rays, which all can play havoc with the cells in our bodies. Since such ionizing radiation easily penetrates spacecraft walls and spacesuits, astronauts today must limit their time in space. But being in outer space for even a short time greatly increases their odds of developing cancer, cataracts, and other radiation-related health problems. The only organisms known to survive space exposure – at least in the short term - are bacteria and lichen. Bacteria need some shielding so they won't get fried by the UV, but lichen have enough biomass to act as a protective spacesuit. The lichen and bacteria hibernate while in space. Upon return to Earth, they exit this dormant state and, if there was damage inflicted, proteins in the cell work to piece together DNA strands that were broken apart by radiation.     
Plastic fantastic: How liquid chemistry could bring better, cheaper gadgets  - BBC  A new plastic that could rival silicon as the material of choice for some electronic devices has been developed. The invention could eventually slash the cost of flat panel screens and bring electronic paper into common use. The working devices are six times faster than any polymer transistors previously reported, and are similar in performance to the silicon used in flat panel screens. However, it is unlikely that the material will ever rival silicon in the manufacture of high-speed computer chips. "We are still orders of magnitude away," Iain McCulloch admits.    

MIT: Detector May Speed Up Interplanetary Communications  - BBC  MIT researchers have developed a tiny light detector that may allow for super-fast broadband communications over interplanetary distances. Currently, even still images from other planets are difficult to retrieve. The new detector improves the detection efficiency to 57 percent at a wavelength of 1,550 nanometers (billionths of a meter), the same wavelength used by optical fibers that carry broadband signals to offices and homes today. That's nearly three times the current detector efficiency of 20 percent. The result will be real-time collection of large amounts of data from space.     
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Alzheimer's Disease:
3/28/2005: Drug 'treats severe Alzheimer's'  - BBC

Biosciences:
3/28/2005: Canada hunters head for seal cull  - BBC
3/28/2005: Fewer birds spotted in UK gardens
  - BBC
3/28/2005: You Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours- Chimps Point To Spot They'd Like Groomed - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Group backs delisting Yellowstone grizzlies ... - MSNBC
3/28/2005: Groups Debate 'Endangered' Whale Status ... - FirstScience
3/28/2005: Scientists create new molecule that holds promise in fighting disease via gene therapy ... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
3/28/2005: Ice cube air conditioners? - C/Net
3/28/2005: And life created continents... - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Where the world got its water - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Australia reels under storm assault - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Amazon being devastated at terrible rate - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Climate Change And The Rise Of Atmospheric Oxygen - Science Daily
3/28/2005: World Water Day: Space Tool Aids Fight For Clean Drinking Water - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Poor, Ethnic Children At Greater Risk For Exposure To Toxic Pollutants - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Soil Erosion Threatens Environment And Human Health, Study Reports - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Amazon could lose 40% of rainforest in 30 years ... - FirstScience
3/28/2005: Global Warming Increasing Incidence of Drought ... - FirstScience
3/28/2005: Alaska spill spotlights pipeline corrosion ... - MSNBC
3/28/2005: Climate Change Programme Review - Labour's Credibility Test ... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices
3/28/2005: Sony gears up PS3 online network  - BBC
3/28/2005: • Gaming- Not Everyone Needs a Goal - Business Week
3/28/2005: Gadgets: Laptop TV tuner - C/Net
3/28/2005: You play World of Warcraft? You're hired! - C/Net
3/28/2005: Apple's iPod speaker box rocks  - CNN
3/28/2005: Live Q&A: Game Developers Conference - Seattle Times
3/28/2005: Sony online gaming to debut with PS3
 - Seattle Times
3/28/2005: Grins From a Gaming Gathering
  - Wired News
3/28/2005: Photo Gallery: Gadget Review
  - Wired News

Communications
3/28/2005: Mobile tool: Use of 3G phones may boost creativity, study suggests
  - BBC
3/28/2005: Microsoft leads German TV offer
  - BBC
3/28/2005: • Verizon Turns to the Umpire
 - Business Week
3/28/2005: • China Puts VoIP Providers on Hold
 - Business Week
3/28/2005: CBS inks supermarket deal
  - CNN

Technology
3/28/2005: Plastic fantastic: How liquid chemistry could bring better, cheaper gadgets   - BBC
3/28/2005: Xbox 360 rides two beefy chips  - El. Engr. Times
3/28/2005: New Ultra-thin Plastic Could Replace Silicon - Live Science

PC's
3/28/2005: Just Say No to Windows - Business Week

Internet
3/28/2005: Film fans get permanent downloads  - BBC
3/28/2005: DVD rental war: Why the surge in online DVD renting threatens Blockbuster  - BBC
3/28/2005: BBC web player to face value test  - BBC
3/28/2005: Adware 'fuelled by big firms'  - BBC
3/28/2005: Blue-chip ads, red-light content - C/Net
3/28/2005: Images: Risque business - C/Net
3/28/2005: Net defamation suit leads to libel award
- C/Net
3/28/2005: Send $$$- PayPal to offer paying by text message
- C/Net
3/28/2005: Coming soon: Download-to-own films
  - CNN

Miscellaneous
3/28/2005: • Microsoft's Slo-Motion Scramble - Business Week
3/28/2005: Just Say No to Windows - Business Week
3/28/2005: Clouds over Redmond - C/Net
3/28/2005: The opportunity for Apple - C/Net
3/28/2005: Microsoft employees in Vista revolt? - C/Net
3/28/2005: Red Hat's Fedora 5 boosts desktop features - C/Net
3/28/2005: Vista delay a potential boon for rivals  - CNN
3/28/2005: Rise in Preterm Births Has Experts Concerned - Live Science

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
3/28/2005:Electrical Stimulation Boosts Stroke Recovery, Study Shows - Science Daily

Cancer  
3/28/2005: Changes To In Utero Environment May Alter Onset Of Cancer - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Imaging Technology Helps Identify Esophageal Cancer Patients Who Respond Well To Treatment - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Missing breast cancer genes may soon be discovered ...  - Physics Org

Infectious
3/28/2005: Warming Trend May Contribute To Malaria's Rise - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Topical Antiseptic Reduces Umbilical Cord Infection And Mortality Risk - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Successful Cell Engineering May Lead To Mad Cow Prevention, Say Researchers - Science Daily

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
3/28/2005: • Anti-Inflammatory Blockbuster? - Business Week
3/28/2005: Ozone spikes hit men where it hurts - New Scientist
3/28/2005: One drug trial, six men, disaster… - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Effects Of Preterm Birth And Early Environmental Risks Continue Into Adolescence - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Keeping Patients From Falling Through The Medical-imaging Cracks - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Dry skin gene discovery leads to new treatments ... - FirstScience

History, Anthropology:
3/28/2005: Fossil of new dinosaur species is found ... - FirstScience

Miscellaneous:
3/28/2005: Online TV How video-sharing sites are leading to the rise of a clip culture  - BBC
3/28/2005: US-run mine warned by Indonesia  - BBC
3/28/2005: Kolkata rising: The winners and losers as the latest Indian IT hub develops  - BBC
3/28/2005: 'Normality is key': Psychologists explain how hostages cope with their experiences  - BBC
3/28/2005: Students ordered to take notes the old-fashioned way - C/Net
3/28/2005: British police get palm print database - C/Net
3/28/2005: Politics: Decision on political bloggers' fate postponed - C/Net
3/28/2005: FDIC to raise insurance limits - Seattle Times
3/28/2005: Map Mashups Get Personal - Live Science
3/28/2005: Finding Humor in Meat Patents  - Wired News
3/28/2005: Networks -- in science and in life ...  - Physics Org

Neurosciences:
3/28/2005: Liars 'too self aware to twitch'  - BBC
3/28/2005: New mental health detention plans  - BBC
3/28/2005: The long road to a law  - BBC
3/28/2005: So-called sick building syndrome 'could be be misnamed'.  - BBC
3/28/2005: Study Challenges Rush To Medicate Schizophrenia - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Infants Begin Learning Language As Early As 10 Months Researchers Find - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Sleep Deprivation: The Great American Myth
 - Live Science

Physics and Astronomy:
3/28/2005: 2006 mathematics prize announced  - BBC
3/28/2005: 'Sterile' neutrinos may solve cosmic conundrums
 - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Clearest view yet of the universe's troubled youth
 - New Scientist
3/28/2005: The word: Loser
 - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Surface plasmons squeeze light
 - PhysicsWeb

Prolongevity
3/28/2005: 250-Year-Old Tortoise Dies  - Wired News

Robotics:

Space:
3/28/2005: MIT: Detector May Speed Up Interplanetary Communications   - BBC
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Resisting Radiation   - BBC
3/28/2005: Ride the celestial subway
 - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Martian gullies 'like lunar landslides'
 - New Scientist
3/28/2005: Carnegie Scientists Fine-tuning Methods For Stardust Analysis
 - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Cold Case: Looking For Life On Mars
 - Science Daily
3/28/2005: NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race ...
  - Physics Org
3/28/2005: Was Einstein Wrong about Space Travel? ...
 - FirstScience
3/28/2005: NASA deploys satellite swarm ...
 - FirstScience
3/28/2005: Korea Sets Out to Groom First Astronaut ...
 - FirstScience
3/28/2005: No spacewalks for ISS ...
 - USA Today

Technology:
3/28/2005: Media revolution: Dan Gillmor on your e-mails about the media and technology  - BBC
3/28/2005: Leading voice: Disabled actress performs star role using synthetic vocals  - BBC
3/28/2005: Chinese micro-artist paints panda onto strand of human hair  - BBC
3/28/2005: Amputee controls new arms with brain  - CNN
3/28/2005: New DNA 'Fingerprinting' Technique Separates Hemp From Marijuana - Science Daily
3/28/2005: Let Computers Screen Air Baggage  - Wired News

  


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