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Image: Castorcauda lustrasimilis ‘Jurassic beaver’ unearthed - MSNBC  For years, the mammals living in the era of dinosaurs have been thought of as tiny shrewlike creatures scurrying through the underbrush. Now the discovery of a furry aquatic creature with seallike teeth and a flat tail like a beaver has demolished that image. Some 164 million years ago, the newly discovered mammal was swimming in lakes in what is now northern China, eating fish and living with dinosaurs. “Its lifestyle was probably very similar to the modern-day platypus,” Zhe-Xi Luo, curator of vertebrate paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, said in a statement. “It probably lived along river or lake banks. It doggy-paddled around, ate aquatic animals and insects, and burrowed tunnels for its nest.” Thomas Martin of the Research Institute Senckenberg in Frankfurt, Germany, said the discovery pushes back the mammal conquest of the waters by more than 100 million years.    
Light and mirror entanglement Entanglement heats up - PhysicsWeb  "Entanglement" could occur at any temperature and not just in systems cooled to near zero according to new calculations by a team of physicists in the UK, Austria and Portugal. Vlatko Vedral of the University of Leeds and colleagues at the universities of Porto and Vienna have found that the photons in ordinary laser light can be quantum mechanically entangled with the vibrations of a macroscopic mirror, no matter how hot the mirror is. The result is unexpected because hot objects are usually thought of being classical. The finding suggests that macroscopic entanglement is not as difficult to create as previously believed.     

Image: Neanderthal and human

Did Neanderthals make a quicker exit? - MSNBC  Left: The Neanderthal skeleton, at left, is compared with a modern human skeleton.  The ancestors of modern humans moved into and across Europe, ousting the Neanderthals, faster than previously thought, a new analysis of radiocarbon data shows. Rather than taking 7,000 years to colonize Europe from Africa, the reinterpreted data shows the process may have taken only 5,000 years, scientist Paul Mellars from Cambridge University said in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. The reassessment is based on advances in eliminating modern carbon contamination from ancient bone fragments and recalibration of fluctuations in the pattern of the earth’s original carbon-14 content. Populations of anatomically and behaviorally modern humans first appeared in the Near East region about 45,000 years ago and slowly expanded into southeastern Europe. Previously it was thought that this spread took place between 43,000 and 36,000 years ago, but the re-evaluated data suggests that it actually happened between 46,000 and 41,000 years ago — starting earlier and moving faster. He said the invasion could have been helped by a major change in climate that modern man would have been technologically and culturally better equipped to handle than the more primitive Neanderthals. “There are increasing indications that over many areas of Europe, the final demise of the Neanderthal populations may have coincided with the sudden onset of very much colder and drier climatic conditions,” Mellars wrote. “This could have delivered the coup de grace to the Neanderthals."
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3/3/2005: Surprising Genetic Differences Identified In Southern House Mosquito - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Thin Tough Skin, Slow-growing Gills Protect Larval Antarctic Fish
 - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Scottish GM crops plan considered ...  - BBC
3/3/2005: Cancer, brain damage in marine animals due to pollutants ... - FirstScience
3/3/2005: Bangalore scientists find novel method to identify genes ... - FirstScience
3/3/2005: Conflicting laws hinder research  - BBC
3/3/2005: Lab supporters go on march  - BBC
3/3/2005: Under threat: A grim future awaits the rare Olive Ridley turtle in India  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
3/3/2005: Secrets Of The Deep May Hold Clue To Ancient Global Warming - Science Daily
3/3/2005: EAST AFRICA : El Nino factor could endanger continental food security ... - FirstScience
3/3/2005: Bolivia's water wars coming to end under Morales ... - FirstScience
3/3/2005: Environmentalists take action to save Bodrum (545) ... - FirstScience
3/3/2005: Environmental Firm Warns on Peru Pipeline ... - FirstScience

3/3/2005: La Fuga: The Great Escape  - Wired News
3/3/2005: Headlong Into Oblivion  - Wired News

3/3/2005: Cellular and Wi-Fi Converge at Nokia
  - Technology Review 
3/3/2005: Broadband phones: New technology brings high-speed internet access to mobiles
  - BBC
3/3/2005: Mobile downloads pick up speed
  - BBC
3/3/2005: I'm watching you: How your every move can be tracked using your mobile phone
  - BBC


3/3/2005: Review: Two Purse-Sized Laptops  - Technology Review 

3/3/2005: WWII Newsreels, NASA Documentaries at Google Video  - Technology Review 
3/3/2005: Workers of the World, Log On  - Technology Review 
3/3/2005: Building the Internet Toll Road  - Wired News
3/3/2005: Gotta Wait for Google Pages  - Wired News

3/3/2005: Vista Opens for Business  - Technology Review 
3/3/2005: Microsoft unveils Vista editions  - BBC
3/3/2005: iTunes achieves one billion mark  - BBC
3/3/2005: Is the Mac OS as safe as ever?  - C/Net
3/3/2005: 32 comments - C/Net
3/3/2005: Chart: Google's hiring spree  - C/Net
3/3/2005: Mashup artistssound off  - C/Net
3/3/2005: Photo: One 'criminal'  - C/Net

3/3/2005: We Break for Hybrids  - Wired News

3/3/2005: Statins, Beta-blockers Lessen Heart Attack Risk, Says Stanford-Kaiser Study - Science Daily

3/3/2005: 'Virus Chip' Detects New Virus In Prostate Tumors - Science Daily

3/3/2005: Infection 'Alarm' Yields Clues To Immune System Behavior - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Climate Forecasting Systems Help Predict Malaria Risk In Africa - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Site offers alternative to flu information   - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Flu Wiki Posts Alt Disease Info  - Wired News
3/3/2005: Flu fighting plans What will happen in the UK when bird flu strikes?  - BBC
3/3/2005: Mass bird vaccination 'possible'  - BBC
3/3/2005: France vaccinates poultry flocks
  - BBC

3/3/2005: Over-the-counter Decongestant Equals Prescription Drug In Relieving Hay Fever Symptoms - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Study With Smokers Shows Vitamins Combine For Benefits - Science Daily

3/3/2005: Cures and Cons  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: NHS productivity rate 'falling'
3/3/2005: What we do: Dr Tim Clayton talks about what it is like to be a dermatologist
3/3/2005: Fertility fears: 'I thought my fibroids had cost me the chance of children'  - BBC
3/3/2005: You and your baby: How can you make those first few days apart bearable-  - BBC
3/3/2005: Heart of the matter: A new film aims to boost South Asians' health awareness  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
3/3/2005: Jurassic beaver’ unearthed  - MSNBC
3/3/2005: Did Neanderthals make a quicker exit? - MSNBC
3/3/2005: Scientists Discover First Swimming Mammal From The Jurassic - Science Daily

3/3/2005: From Surmise to Sunrise  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants That Purify Your Home or Office  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Annual Rapport  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Con Men in Lab Coats  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Experiments at Work  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Researchers Say Criterion For Diagnosing Child Abuse Not Always Accurate - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Anthrax Spores May Survive Water Treatment - Science Daily
3/3/2005: An office with a view - Seattle Times
3/3/2005: Your best bet? Pay down the mortgage - Seattle Times
3/3/2005: Why would a company give my résumé to a headhunter? - Seattle Times
3/3/2005: Know-it-all driving you up the wall? - Seattle Times
3/3/2005: Outlook for jobs: no big highs or lows - Seattle Times
3/3/2005: High-maintenance workers are OK - Seattle Times
3/3/2005: Antidotes if fund queasiness sets in - Seattle Times
3/3/2005: Tracing Your Ancestry  - Technology Review 
3/3/2005: Ten Best Flickr Mashups  - Wired News
3/3/2005: For Schools, Information and Computer Technology (ICT) spending dwarfs books  - BBC

3/3/2005: By the Numbers: The Honeymoon Is Over  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Engineered Mouse Mimics Cognitive Aspects Of Schizophrenia - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Scientific Study Finds Meetings At Work Decrease Employee Well-being, But Not For Everyone - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Training Benefits Brains In Older People, Counters Aging Factors - Science Daily
3/3/2005: New Study Shows Xenon Gas Safe In Surgery And Could Help Stop Nerve Damaging Illnesses - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Prematurity 'affects personality'  - BBC
3/3/2005: Scientists 'can predict memories'
  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
3/3/2005: Entanglement heats up - PhysicsWeb
3/3/2005: A Matter of Time
  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: The Frontiers of Physics
  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
3/3/2005: Foundations and Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3/3/2005: Ion Power
  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: In the Groove
  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: New Map Of Milky Way Reveals Millions Of Unseen Objects
 - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Space Telescope Gets Swift Fix On Galaxy Blowing Up
 - SpaceDaily

3/3/2005: Calcium Plus Vitamin-D Supplementation Does An Older Body Good - Science Daily

3/3/2005: Mini Robots To Undertake Major Tasks? - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Robots Used To Keep Children Safe In Japan - SpaceDaily

3/3/2005: Shielding Space Travelers  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Crater Jumper
  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Vistors look at the re-entry capsule of the Shenzhou VI spacecraft at an exhibition in Changchun, Jilin Provin ... - FirstScience
3/3/2005: NASA probe to reach Mars next month ...
 - FirstScience
3/3/2005: ESA Mars Express Image: Ausonia Mensa Remnant Massif ...
 - FirstScience
3/3/2005: Space station SuitSat-1 experiment completed ...
 - FirstScience
3/3/2005: German astronaut to join ISS crew in May - ESA ...
 - FirstScience
3/3/2005: NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Gullied Depression ...
 - FirstScience
3/3/2005: German astronaut to join ISS crew in May - ESA ...
 - FirstScience
3/3/2005: Ausonia Mensa Remnant Massif By Mars Express
 - SpaceDaily
3/3/2005: Cassini Attempts 12th Titan Flyby
 - SpaceDaily
3/3/2005: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter On Course For March Arrival
 - SpaceDaily



3/3/2005: The Nanotech Revolution  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: The Elusive Goal of Machine Translation  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Little Green Molecules  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: Spin and Swing  - Scientific American
3/3/2005: World-first Forensic Technique Heralds New Horizon For Mass Fatality Radiology - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Intelligently Designed Molecular Evolution - Science Daily
3/3/2005: NASA Scientist Looks At Olympic Ice In A Frozen Light
 - Science Daily
3/3/2005: Super-Repellent Plastic
  - Technology Review   - Technology Review 
3/3/2005: High-Tech Ideas for Making Mines Safer
3/3/2005: High critical temperature junctions show quantum effects ...
 - FirstScience
3/3/2005: Swiss dreams: Weird and wonderful cars to be unveiled at Geneva motor show
  - BBC
3/3/2005: Ol' Blue Eyes Virtual Frank Sinatra heads back to the West End stage
  - BBC


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