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Possible Answer To Earth's Magnetic Field Reversal Cycle - Silicon Strategies  Left: Our planet's magnetic field varies with time, indicating it is not a static or fixed feature. Instead, some active process works to maintain the field. That process is most likely a kind of dynamic action in which the flowing and convecting liquid iron in Earth's outer core generates the magnetic field, geologists believe.  Earth's magnetic field reverses every few thousand years at low latitudes and every 10,000 years at high latitudes, a geologist funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has concluded. Brad Clement of Florida International University published his findings in this week's issue of the journal Nature. The results are a major step forward in scientists' understanding of how Earth's magnetic field works.
Clever car 'Clever' car to solve congestion  - BBC  A three-wheeled car that measures just one metre across and carries two people could be the answer to our growing traffic crisis, its developers say. The Clever (Compact Low Emission Vehicle for Urban Transport) car has been developed by nine European countries and is funded by the EU. The novel tilting vehicle aims to combine the safety of a traditional car with the flexibility of a motorbike. If produced, the 50mph car could sell for 6,500 after December 2005. It has a metal frame with a roof at about the same height as a normal car and seats one passenger behind the driver.  

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Attempt to crack the ageing code  - BBC  Scientists are trying to find out which genes govern whether or not people live long lives. A study will take DNA samples from 3,000 90-year-old brothers and sisters. Once they have found the genes which govern ageing, they hope to develop medicines which allow people to stay healthy for longer. The Genetics of Healthy Ageing study is taking place across Europe at a cost of 7million euros and the plans have been presented to the Human Genome Meeting in Berlin. Professor Franceschi hopes to have identified the relevant genes within five years. "There is no upper limit fpr human life.": Professor Claudio Francheschi.

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Alzheimer's Disease:
4/16/2004:A Glimmer of Hope for Fading Minds
4/16/2004:Nominal Benefits Seen in Drugs for Alzheimer's

4/16/2004:Chart: Drugs and Alzheimer's

Biosciences:
4/16/2004:Secrets of how cells die revealed - BBC
4/16/2004:No Time for Bullies: Baboons Retool Their Culture
  - NY Times
4/16/2004:Behavior: A Warm Welcome to the World  - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
4/16/2004:Possible Answer To Earth's Magnetic Field Reversal Cycle  - Silicon Strategies
4/16/2004:Worms at work: A firm gets 18 billion worms to turn waste into compost - BBC
4/16/2004:A road to the bottom of the world - MSNBC
4/16/2004:Bold tourists cause an Antarctic headache - MSNBC
4/16/2004:Arctic melt may dry out US west coast - New Scientist
4/16/2004:Despite Cleanup at Mine, Dust and Fear Linger  - NY Times

Computers:
Devices
4/16/2004:UK gamers stumble during top match - BBC
4/16/2004:Striking shooter: Far Cry impresses with gorgeous graphics and fluid action - BBC
4/16/2004:Point and Shoot - ABC
4/16/2004:Sneak peek at Xbox 2 and PlayStation 3  - CNN

Communications
4/16/2004:Sales soar for Blackberry maker - BBC
4/16/2004:Review: Polywell Poly 875P-3200 - ABC
4/16/2004:Satellites extend broadband's reach  - El. Engr. Times
4/16/2004:Intel puts PC spin on wireless CPU  - El. Engr. Times
4/16/2004:Cellphones may boost forces on biological tissue - New Scientist

Technology

PC's
4/16/2004:Turn your PC into an arcade machine  - CNN
4/16/2004:Energy Dept. to unveil details on supercomputer effort  - C/Net
4/16/2004:E-Book album works on TVs, PCs  - C/Net

Internet
4/16/2004:Workers find voice on the net - BBC
4/16/2004:Phishing con hijacks browser bar - BBC
4/16/2004:The return of the e-mail-stock scam  - CNN
4/16/2004:10 candles on spam's cake  - C/Net
4/16/2004:Witty worm sets a dangerous precedent - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
4/16/2004:The Real fight: Can Real's media service face down both Microsoft and Apple? - BBC
4/16/2004:Experts talk up text security - BBC
4/16/2004:Music sales good despite digital piracy  - CNN
4/16/2004:Microsoft's Midlife Crisis - Business Week
4/16/2004:A Sitdown with Gates and Ballmer - Business Week
4/16/2004:How Microsoft Is Clipping Longhorn - Business Week
4/16/2004:Why Microsoft settled  - C/Net

Energy:
4/16/2004:The mini-car that runs on natural gas - New Scientist

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  
4/16/2004:Stem cells 'fail in cancer care' - BBC

Infectious
4/16/2004:Breathalyser detects tuberculosis - BBC
4/16/2004:Are Antibiotics for Kids' Ears a No-No? - ABC

Non-Infectious
4/16/2004:Scientists develop a treatment to transform the lives of diabetics - BBC
4/16/2004:Health Pros Warn Against Chewing Tobacco - ABC

Miscellaneous
4/16/2004:Scientists identify Crohn's gene - BBC
4/16/2004:Ditch the diet: Find out what food groups you really should be eating - BBC
4/16/2004:Fighting the flab: MPs getting to grips with personal fitness regimes - BBC
4/16/2004:Healthy food a hope, not an order - BBC
4/16/2004:Java Juice - ABC
4/16/2004:Video: Approaches to Treating Type 2 Diabetes - ABC
4/16/2004:Americans Over 40 Warned Over Vision Loss - ABC
4/16/2004:Judge Allows Nationwide Ephedra Ban - ABC
4/16/2004:Commercial Jets Must Have Defibrillators - ABC
4/16/2004:N.Y. Getting CPR Kits in Public Places - ABC
4/16/2004:Bacteria banish fowl bugs  - Nature
4/16/2004:Special report: A health fad that's hard to swallow - New Scientist
4/16/2004:Vermont Seafood Lovers Warned on Mercury
  - NY Times
4/16/2004:They Call It Meditation in Motion, but Does Tai Chi Heal Ills?
  - NY Times
4/16/2004:Cases: Ordering Treatments la Carte
  - NY Times
4/16/2004:So Others Might Survive
  - NY Times

History, Anthropology:
4/16/2004:Dig discovery is oldest 'pet cat' - BBC

Miscellaneous:
4/16/2004:Monkey business: What happens when you act like a chimp? We try it - BBC
4/16/2004:Online jobs boost: Plans to license online gambling 'will benefit Britain' supporters say - BBC
4/16/2004:No **** - the DVD player that skips the naughty bits - BBC
4/16/2004:Medics fears over science basics - BBC
4/16/2004:Putin Calls for Demilitarization of Space - ABC
4/16/2004:Americans Carving Road to the South Pole - ABC
4/16/2004:Web Site Digs for Truth in Campaign Ads - ABC
4/16/2004:In Poor Shape? - ABC
4/16/2004:A Call to Nonlethal Arms in Iraq - Business Week
4/16/2004:Job Exports: Europe's Turn - Business Week
4/16/2004:John Kerry the Techie - Business Week
4/16/2004:Bright picture for digital TV sales, study says  - C/Net
4/16/2004:Quake epic on shaky ground - MSNBC

Neurosciences:
4/16/2004:Mind Control - ABC
4/16/2004:Advanced Scanning Being Used for Autism - ABC
4/16/2004:Journey to the Center of the Mind - Business Week
4/16/2004:After the Double Helix- Unraveling the Mysteries of the State of Being  - NY Times
4/16/2004:Following a Bright Light to a Calmer Tomorrow  - NY Times

Physics and Astronomy:
4/16/2004:Dark matter 'found within decade' - BBC
4/16/2004:Search to find dangerous asteroids nearly complete
 - New Scientist
4/16/2004:After 45 Years (and $700 Million), a Gravity Experiment Takes Flight
  - NY Times
4/16/2004:Crew Prepares for Six Months at Space Station
  - NY Times
4/16/2004:Graphic: A Wrinkle in Space-Time
  - NY Times
4/16/2004:'The Fabric of the Cosmos': Weird Science
  - NY Times

Prolongevity
4/16/2004:Attempt to crack the ageing code   - BBC
4/16/2004:Altered Mouse Turns 136 in Human Years
 - ABC
4/16/2004:In Michigan, a Milestone for a Mouse Methuselah  - NY Times

Robotics:
4/16/2004:In Japan, robots give hugs, therapy  - CNN
4/16/2004:Firm cheers loss of robot in Iraq  - CNN
4/16/2004:A 'perfect storm' brewing in robotics - MSNBC

Space:
4/16/2004:Bound for Mars: What's the point of sending people to the Red Planet? - BBC
4/16/2004:Russian scientists plan cut-price private mission to Mars
- BBC
4/16/2004:Cosmic Log: A global space party - MSNBC
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Technology:
4/16/2004:'Clever' car to solve congestion   - BBC 
4/16/2004:Clear Channel billboards go digital  - CNN
4/16/2004:Image processing: More than passing interest to carmakers  - El. Engr. Times
4/16/2004:Levitating trains make a racket  - Nature
4/16/2004:Photo recognition software gives location - New Scientist

  




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