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  April 19, 2004

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With Tiny Brain Implants, Just Thinking May Make It So  - NY Times  Can a machine read a person's mind? A medical device company is about to find out. The company, Cyberkinetics Inc., plans to implant a tiny chip in the brains of five paralyzed people in an effort to enable them to operate a computer by thought alone. The implants, part of what Cyberkinetics calls its BrainGate system, could eventually help people with spinal cord injuries, strokes, Lou Gehrig's disease or other ailments to communicate better or even to operate lights and other devices through a kind of neural remote control. Systems like BrainGate listen to the electrical signals produced by the brain's neurons as they work.
conductive keratoplasty Goodbye Glasses - ABC  New, five-minute procedure could make reading glasses obsolete. Conductive keratoplasty, or "CK," was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in February, 2004, to correct the most common eye problem affecting Americans: the blurred reading vision that begins when most people hit baby boomer age.  During the five-minute CK procedure, doctors insert a metal fiber, the width of a hair, along the edge of the cornea. Radio waves then heat the cornea, which shrinks and reshapes the tissue, correcting the patient's vision. "They end up with great vision, not needing glasses, not needing contact lenses with a relatively low risk, minimally invasive procedure."

No Time for Bullies: Baboons Retool Their Culture  - NY Times  Among a troop of savanna baboons in Kenya, a terrible outbreak of tuberculosis 20 years ago selectively killed off the biggest, nastiest and most despotic males, setting the stage for a social and behavioral transformation unlike any seen in this notoriously truculent primate. With that change in demographics came a cultural swing toward pacifism, a relaxing of the usually parlous baboon hierarchy, and a willingness to use affection and mutual grooming rather than threats, swipes and bites to foster a patriotic spirit. Remarkably, the Forest Troop has maintained its genial style over two decades, even though the male survivors of the epidemic have since died or disappeared and been replaced by males from the outside.

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Biosciences:
4/19/2004: No Time for Bullies: Baboons Retool Their Culture  - NY Times
4/19/2004: Decoding A Sulfate-breathing Bug
 - Science Daily
4/19/2004: After six gruelling years, this was our very last chance... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Going batty in the rainforest... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
4/19/2004: Better Techniques Needed To Predict Earthquake Hazards - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Rare South Atlantic Tropical Cyclone - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Green Party urges voters to reject citizenship referendum... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Ozone depleting gases find way from US markets... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: NEWS: Clif Bar Expands Fight Against Global Warming... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: NEWS: New Report on Top 100 Electric Companies Shows CO2 Pollution Increasing... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Japan tightens marine pollution insurance law... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: EPA Wants Smog Reductions in 31 States... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices

Communications

Technology
4/19/2004: Angle Speeds Plastic Transistor - Technology Review 

PC's
4/19/2004: Intel pushing pricing down with new Itanium - Seattle Times

Internet
4/19/2004: Amazon launches its own Internet search service - Seattle Times
4/19/2004: FTC to Require Label on Sex Spam  - Wired News
4/19/2004: Google to Consider Gmail Changes  - Wired News
4/19/2004: Survey- 17 Percent of Americans Are Wireless  - Wired News
4/19/2004: Pop-Up Company Fights Utah's Spyware Law  - Wired News
4/19/2004: The Best of the Baseball Blogosphere- Wired News

Miscellaneous
4/19/2004: Patches to fix Window flaws released in Microsoft update - Seattle Times

Energy:
4/19/2004: Diesels Rolling Back Into U.S.  - Wired News

Health:
Cardiovascular
4/19/2004: 'Super Glue' Seals Bypass Grafts - Science Daily
4/19/2004: Study Finds No Heart Disease Benefit, Increased Stroke Risk With Estrogen Alone - Science Daily

Cancer  
4/19/2004: Lung Cancer Now Leading Cause Of Cancer Death In Women - Science Daily
4/19/2004: Lung Cancer Affects Sexes Differently  - NY Times

Infectious
4/19/2004: Avian Influenza Outbreaks Create Concern About Human Infection Mayo Clinic Researchers Warn - Science Daily
4/19/2004: Fish No Exception To Trend In Marine-organism Disease - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
4/19/2004: Cinnamon May Help To Alleviate Diabetes - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
4/19/2004: Goodbye Glasses  - ABC
4/19/2004: Computerized Prescriber Order Entry Systems May Have Limited Impact On Patient Harm - Science Daily
4/19/2004: Patients Who Receive Kidneys From Older Donors Do Well - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
4/19/2004: Old Mound May Lead To New Ideas About People 5,000 Years Ago - Science Daily
4/19/2004: New Method To Date Ancient Artifacts - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Old Stones Reveal Their Age  - Wired News

Miscellaneous:
4/19/2004: California governor, Costco join forces to push for workers' comp changes - Seattle Times
4/19/2004: SEC adopts disclosure rule for mutual-fund firms - Seattle Times
4/19/2004: Former banker back in court on obstruction charge
4/19/2004: Qwest jury to keep working after reaching partial verdict - Seattle Times
4/19/2004: Interest-rate fears spark big Wall Street sell-off - Seattle Times
4/19/2004: Using Telltale Toolmarks To Fight Crime - Science Daily
4/19/2004: X-45A UACV Demonstrator Drops Inert Bomb - S  - Wired NewspaceDaily
4/19/2004: Onion Taken Seriously, Film at 11
4/19/2004: Feds Seek Privacy Experts  - Wired News
4/19/2004: Porno Hen Hawks for Burger King  - Wired News
4/19/2004: No Chip in Arm, No Shot From Gun  - Wired News
4/19/2004: RFID Pressed Into Service for Roadway Safety  - CNN
4/19/2004: Dancers X-Rayed at Clubs- Wired News
4/19/2004: Will computers run your world?... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Undetectable Asteroids Could Destroy Cities, Experts Say... - Nat'l. Geo. News

Neurosciences:
4/19/2004: With Tiny Brain Implants, Just Thinking May Make It So  - NY Times
4/19/2004: Concussion Causes Emotional Disturbances, Say Researchers - Science Daily
4/19/2004: Your Wish Is Its Command  - Wired News

Physics and Astronomy:
4/19/2004: New Comet Set for Live Internet Show - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Invisible Giants Exposed In New Spitzer Image
 - Science Daily
4/19/2004: Supercold, Wiggling 'Jelly' Presents Evidence Of New Kind Of Superfluidity - Science Daily
4/19/2004: Carbon Found To Be Older Than The Solar System - Science Daily
4/19/2004: China To Launch Space Solar Telescope - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: A Messenger To The Sun
 - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Hubble Looks at Sedna...
 - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Sednas rotation baffles astronomers...
 - Astronomy
4/19/2004: Christian Huygen's 375th Birthday...
 - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Hubble Observes Planetoid Sedna, Mystery Deepens...
 - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Our universe may be horn-shaped...
 - New Scientist

Prolongevity
4/19/2004: Oldest mouse may give clue to youth... - FirstScience

Robotics:
4/19/2004: Wireless Watchdogs- Intelligent Software for Astronauts and their Robots - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Robo Rehab - Technology Review 

Space:
4/19/2004: Data Released On Second SpaceshipOne Rocket Test Flight - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: NASA Chief Seeks Fundamental Change in Internal Culture and Behavior
 - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Survey: NASA Workers Afraid to Speak Up - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Cash Prize Fuels Private Space Race - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: A second Space Age dawns - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Mars, King Of The Hill - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: CNES Going Forward With Microsats - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Can SETI Probe for Probes? - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: China Selects Long March 3AFor First Lunar Probe - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: NASA Considers Yearlong Space Missions  - CNN
4/19/2004: Magnesium Could Be a Source of Fuel on Mars... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Russian plan to put men on Mars 'by 2009'... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Best Image Ever Taken of Titan's Surface... - FirstScience
4/19/2004: Reactor debris threat to spacecraft... - New Scientist

Technology:
4/19/2004: Singapore Center Sets Ambitious Goals - Technology Review 
4/19/2004: Silky Knee - Technology Review 
4/19/2004: Simulation Maps Nano Patterns - Technology Review 
4/19/2004: New Molecule Heralds Breakthrough in Electronic Plastics - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: A Black Box for People - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Glenn's Inerting Technology Aids Aviation Safety - SpaceDaily
4/19/2004: Winemakers Get Juiced About Tech
  - Wired News

  




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