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  April 15, 2004

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Monorail Single Ride - ABC  Imagine a tiny red vehicle traveling 50 miles an hour on a guideway 3 feet wide that winds 20 feet above ground. Another vehicle hums quietly in front. A half-mile later, the car exits the guideway, eases into a station, and stops. There's no driver — everything is automated. The hatch opens, and the passenger walks two blocks to the office. This is the vision of inventors of personal rapid transit, or PRT, systems. PRT arrives on demand and isn't tied to a schedule. Like taxis, the cars are private and the trips are nonstop. Two systems are being tested on guideways in Cardiff, Wales, and Fridley, Minn.
Lab work Gene therapy repairs heart cells  - BBC  Scientists have succeeded in using gene therapy to repair damage to human heart cells in the laboratory. The researchers, from Thomas Jefferson University, hope it will not be long before the technique is tested on patients with failing hearts. The journal Circulation reports how they used a virus to insert a gene into cells taken from people with congestive heart failure. After treatment, the cells were able to contract once again at full strength. The Jefferson team are confident that their work represents the first time that gene therapy has been successfully used to repair human heart cells.

Kangaroo, BBC

Kangaroo genes could boost milk  - BBC  Left:  Researchers want to find out why kangaroos are such hardy creatures.  An Australian scientist says studying the kangaroo genome might help scientists modify genes in cows so that they produce highly nutritious milk. "I can see potential applications particularly suitable for very tiny embryos because a kangaroo embryo is about as big as a pea when born," said Prof Graves. "It doesn't even have some of its organs yet so the milk is packed full of growth factors. Such milk might be very useful for very young and premature infants."

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Biosciences:
4/15/2004: Kangaroo genes could boost milk   - BBC
4/15/2004: Scotts Testing Genetically Modified Grass
 - ABC
4/15/2004: Cord Blood Banking Industry Flourishes - ABC
4/15/2004: Researchers Find No Safe Place To Sit In California Tick-infested Forest - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Researchers Make Major Gain In Understanding How Prions Jump Species - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Chinese scientists localise freckle gene... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
4/15/2004: Antarctica Tourists Concern Scientists - ABC
4/15/2004: Livermore Scientists Contribute To New Measurements Of Stratospheric Ozone - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Better Techniques Needed To Predict Earthquake Hazards, UC Study Finds - Science Daily
4/15/2004: What the World Needs Now Is DDT  - NY Times

Computers:
Devices
4/15/2004: A Box That's No 'Joy' to Use - Tech TV
4/15/2004: Camcorder Shopping Tips - Tech TV

Communications
4/15/2004: Verizon tries to halt Nextel spectrum swap  - C/Net
4/15/2004: Here comes Broadband John Kerry  - C/Net

Technology
4/15/2004: A Really Cool and Tiny Breeze - ABC
4/15/2004: Matsushita’s Gamble - Technology Review 
4/15/2004: Sun kills UltraSparc V, Gemini chips  - C/Net

PC's
4/15/2004: High-Tech How-To's and Digital Reviews - Tech TV
4/15/2004: Review: A Hot PC for Video Editing, Gaming
4/15/2004: Canon to give printers $94 million boost  - C/Net

Internet
4/15/2004: File sharing to bypass censorship  - C/Net
4/15/2004: How to write a blog-buster  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
4/15/2004: OS X Trojan Horse Is a Nag  - Wired News
4/15/2004: To Read the Menu, Baby Boomers Turn to Eye Treatments  - NY Times
4/15/2004: Chart: Better Eyesight Through Radio Waves  - NY Times
4/15/2004: Microsoft reins in Longhorn for 2006 launch  - C/Net
4/15/2004: OS X flaw may leave Macs open to virus attacks  - C/Net

Energy:
4/15/2004: Nuke Site Workers Fear Health Problems - ABC

Health:
Cardiovascular
4/15/2004: Gene therapy repairs heart cells   - BBC
4/15/2004: Drug May Help Prevent Irregular Heartbeat - ABC
4/15/2004: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Increases In Children With Extended ICU Stays After Cardiac Surgery - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Increasing The Body's Good Cholesterol May Be A Pill Away - Science Daily

Cancer  

Infectious
4/15/2004: Veterinarians Key to Identifying Diseases - ABC
4/15/2004: Flu Season Turns Out to Be Fairly Typical - ABC
4/15/2004: U.S. Won't Let Company Test All Its Cattle for Mad Cow  - NY Times

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
4/15/2004: That Full Feeling - ABC
4/15/2004: Video- Bloating — Could it Be IBS? - ABC
4/15/2004: HealthyWoman Quiz: Irritable Bowel Syndrome - ABC
4/15/2004: Focus on Gastrointestinal Health - ABC
4/15/2004: U.S. Warns Against Medicare Kickbacks - ABC
4/15/2004: FDA Warns Against 8 Supplements - ABC
4/15/2004: Debate: Public Health vs. Personal Beliefs - ABC
4/15/2004: Study Suggests Insect-derived Antimicrobial Peptides Could Be Used As Drug-delivery Vehicles - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Scientists Devise Method To Study Membrane Proteins, One Key To Drug Discovery - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
4/15/2004: Ancient Friend - ABC
4/15/2004: Chicago Moving WWII German Submarine - ABC
4/15/2004: Scientists Find Oldest Domesticated Cat - ABC
4/15/2004: Oldest Known Evidence Of Cat Taming Found In Cyprus - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Ancient Body's Buddy: An Early House Cat?  - NY Times
4/15/2004: Did Sacagawea have a miscarriage? - MSNBC
4/15/2004: Ancient link for cats and humans
 - MSNBC
4/15/2004: Rome church opens after restoration

Miscellaneous:
4/15/2004: Single Ride  - ABC
4/15/2004: Picking Plasma - Tech TV
4/15/2004: In Poor Shape? - ABC
4/15/2004: American Released Passenger Data  - Wired News
4/15/2004: Tiny Surveillance Aircraft To Fly In Tucson - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Temperamental Cattle Make Tough Steaks, First U.S. Study Shows - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Cosmic Log: Science vs. religion? - MSNBC
4/15/2004: Partying like it's 1999?  - C/Net
4/15/2004: Looking it up, no keyboard required  - C/Net
4/15/2004: Offshore silence  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
4/15/2004: Zinc Supplements Could Help Treat ADHD - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
4/15/2004: Astronomers Take Search For Earth-Threatening Space Rocks To Southern Skies - Science Daily
4/15/2004: Two Storms Caught In The Act On Saturn
 - Science Daily
4/15/2004: New Physics Discovered on the Space Station...
 - FirstScience
4/15/2004: Satellite to test two fundamental Einstein predictions about the universe...
 - FirstScience

Prolongevity
4/15/2004: Methuselah Man - Technology Review 

Robotics:
4/15/2004: Robots Seen As Companions for Elderly  - NY Times

Space:
4/15/2004: Russian Group Plans Men on Mars by 2011 - ABC
4/15/2004: NASA Extends Mars Rovers' Mission
 - Science Daily
4/15/2004: NASA's Mars Rovers Get Green Light for Longer Mission - Space.com
4/15/2004: BREAKING NEWS! Private Spaceship Completes Second Rocket-Powered Test Flight - Space.com
4/15/2004: Twin Mars Exploration Rovers Set For Extended Encore - SpaceDaily
4/15/2004: NASA Weighs Request for Space Visitors  - NY Times
4/15/2004: NASA selects new class of astronauts - MSNBC
4/15/2004: A day in the life of a Mars rover - MSNBC
4/15/2004: Russian Premiere Of Space Station 3d Film... - FirstScience
4/15/2004: NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Marte Valles Crater 'Island'... - FirstScience
4/15/2004: NASA Mars Picture of the Day: South Polar Wind Drifts... - FirstScience
4/15/2004: Mars rovers rev up for five more months
 - New Scientist
4/15/2004: Spirit Reboots With New Software
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Technology:
4/15/2004: Nano Ribbons Coil into Rings - Technology Review 
4/15/2004: GPS finds its way  - C/Net
4/15/2004: Photography's next revolution  - C/Net

  




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