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Report: China to Launch Moon Rover in 2012 - Space.com  The vehicle's main purpose would be to provide information on where to set up a base on the moon, the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper said Sunday, citing Ouyang Ziyuan, lead scientist of the country's lunar probe program. The rover is part of the three-phase lunar probe program, also called "Chang'e," after a fairy in Chinese folklore who flies to the moon. The first phase is under way, with Chinese scientists building a two-ton lunar probe that is to be launched by 2007.
Jaw-dropping theory of human evolution  - Nature  A mutation 2.4 million years ago could have left us unable to produce one of the main proteins in primate jaw muscles, the team reports in this week's Nature1. Lacking the constraints of a bulky chewing apparatus, the human skull may have been free to grow, the researchers say. The timing of the mutation is consistent with rampant brain growth seen in human fossils from around 2 million years ago, says Nancy Minugh-Purvis of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, who helped with the study. "Right at the point you lose power in these muscles, brain size evolution accelerates," she says. The story hinges on a protein called MYH16, a chief component of the powerful jaw muscles of many non-human primates such as chimpanzees and gorillas. When the researchers examined human DNA samples from across the world, they discovered that we all share a defect in the gene that creates this protein.

Bacteria 'may cause cancers'  - BBC   Alistair Lax, professor of cellular microbiology at King's College London, said bacteria may be involved in stomach, renal and bowel cancers. He is scheduled to tell scientists that there is now evidence to suspect bacteria in a range of cancers. He will highlight recent studies into Helicobacter pylori. Many scientists now believe it may also play a role in stomach cancer. "It is not every bacteria and it is not every cancer but in some cancers there is growing evidence to suggest some bacterial toxins could have a role." A growing number of scientists are carrying out research in this area.

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3/31/2004: GM salmon: How would aquaculture and consumers take to novel fish?  - BBC
3/31/2004: Good vibrations for lab-on-a-chip
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3/31/2004: Human Genome Sciences Faces Shift in Leadership and Focus  - NY Times
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3/31/2004: Collared doves' relentless march  - BBC
3/31/2004: UK fishing 'needs major reform'  - BBC
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3/31/2004: Microsofts hints about Xbox 2 features  - CNN
3/31/2004: Microsoft looks to unite PC, Xbox games  - C/Net
3/31/2004: Xbox and PC to share gaming tools  - BBC
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3/31/2004: Schumpeter's trumpet  - C/Net
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3/31/2004: Intel shows handheld chip, Microsoft unveils PC-console  - El. Engr. Times
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PC's
3/31/2004: Gateway adds fingerprint sensor to notebook  - C/Net
3/31/2004: Business as usual for PC makers  - C/Net
3/31/2004: 'FlashMob Supercomputer' readied for mass supercomputing - Silicon Strategies
3/31/2004: Big Bucks Boxes, Redux - ABC
3/31/2004: Review- A Lifeline for Fujitsu's Lifebook PCs- - ABC
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Internet
3/31/2004: Online shoplifting: Is filesharing bad?0- and can consumers be persuaded to go legal?  - BBC
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Miscellaneous
3/31/2004: Microsoft hit by record EU fine  - CNN
3/31/2004: Appeal  - CNN
3/31/2004: Fallout  - CNN
3/31/2004: Key dates  - CNN
3/31/2004: Microsoft won't be squeezed by record fine  - CNN
3/31/2004: A New World for Microsoft? - Business Week
3/31/2004: House letter- Windows issue 'not a concern' for EU - Business Week
3/31/2004: U.S. politicos fire at EU's Microsoft ruling - Business Week
3/31/2004: Monitoring the monitors - Business Week
3/31/2004: EU hits Microsoft  - C/Net
3/31/2004: Impact on PC makers  - C/Net
3/31/2004: Ballmer vows to fight  - C/Net
3/31/2004: Still unanswered questions in EU decision  - C/Net
3/31/2004: 'To heck with Mario Monti'
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3/31/2004: Microsoft legal maneuvers could offset EU sanctions
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3/31/2004: Q & A- What the ruling means for Windows users
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3/31/2004: Benefit to RealNetworks from ruling seen as small
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3/31/2004: Microsoft vs. European Union: a history
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3/31/2004: Lindows wants judge to block Microsoft from European courts
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3/31/2004: What a windfallWhat will Microsoft's huge euro-fine be spent on?
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3/31/2004: Open source everywhere
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3/31/2004: EC's Microsoft ruling sets precedent for others
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Energy:
3/31/2004: U.S. Will Give Cold Fusion Second Look, After 15 Years  - NY Times
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Health:
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Cancer  
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Infectious
3/31/2004: Warning on avian flu vaccination  - BBC
3/31/2004: WHO hails TB treatment a success  - BBC
3/31/2004: HIV Rates Rising Among the Elderly - ABC
3/31/2004: Canada to Kill More Foul to Halt Avian Flu - ABC
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Non-Infectious
3/31/2004: Spring Pollen Can Herald Misery Season - ABC
3/31/2004: Citizens: Ban Butts on Beach - ABC
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Miscellaneous
3/31/2004: Bunless Burgers Old News to Calif. Chain - ABC
3/31/2004: House OKs Funding to Spur Organ Donations - ABC
3/31/2004: Sporadic exercise 'can harm'  - BBC
3/31/2004: Wrestling bouts may be good for children's health  - BBC
3/31/2004: The Obesity Marker - ABC
3/31/2004: Obesity Threatening Child Health Gains - ABC
3/31/2004: Obesity among Kids: A Media Problem? - ABC
3/31/2004: The Obesity Epidemic - ABC
3/31/2004: Fructose Sweetener Linked to Obesity Rise - ABC
3/31/2004: Caterers say more people are ordering super-size meals  - BBC
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History, Anthropology:
3/31/2004: Experts Link Gene Mutation to Evolution - ABC
3/31/2004: Missing link found in gene mutation? - MSNBC
3/31/2004: Less Jaw, Big Brain- Evolution Milestone Laid to Gene Flaw  - NY Times
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Miscellaneous:
3/31/2004: U.S. Eyed Use of Drones to Nab Bin Laden - ABC
3/31/2004: U.N.: Lack of Vitamins Eroding Brainpower - ABC
3/31/2004: Safety Warning Issued for Paintball Guns - ABC
3/31/2004: Survey: Iraqi Doctors May Have Tortured - ABC
3/31/2004: Official Considered Leaving Over Medicare - ABC
3/31/2004: Oxford University staff taught how to ride bicycles  - BBC
3/31/2004: Click the Vote - Business Week
3/31/2004: "A Major Change in the Political Equation" - Business Week
3/31/2004: The Business of Online Campaigns - Business Week
3/31/2004: Tracking tags may get congressional scrutiny - Business Week
3/31/2004: Buoy sounds out smugglers  - Nature
3/31/2004: How to avoid a tumble in the Grand National  - Nature
3/31/2004: Putnam wrangles with SEC over fine - Seattle Times
3/31/2004: Dirty Work - ABC
3/31/2004: China Mutes Online News - ABC
3/31/2004: Culture clash: Robot wars reveal cultural gaps between US, Europe and Japan  - BBC
3/31/2004: New tech pinpoints gunfire in Iraq  - CNN
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Space:
3/31/2004: Report: China to Launch Moon Rover in 2012 - Space.com
3/31/2004: Mars Panel Sees Affordable Space Travel
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3/31/2004: Radio search for ET draws a blank  - BBC
3/31/2004: New Phase Of Exploration Beginning For Mars Rovers - Science Daily
3/31/2004: Mars Express Confirms Methane In The Martian Atmosphere - Science Daily
3/31/2004: Space Transport Corporation Fires 12,000 Pound Rocket Engine - SpaceDaily
3/31/2004: Mars Express Sends Back First Mega Strip - SpaceDaily
3/31/2004: Boeing Expertise Fuels X-43A Hypersonic Research Flights - SpaceDaily
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Technology:
3/31/2004: NASA Again Plans to Fly Jet 5,000 Mph - ABC
3/31/2004: Sony e-book to be written in electronic ink  - C/Net
3/31/2004: Wire-growth process leads to flexible nanosystems  - El. Engr. Times
3/31/2004: Deep impact: How cracking whales' hunting secrets could help cancer fight  - BBC
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