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Make your own energy at home, Britons urged  - Nature  British politicians are urging people to turn their homes into power plants, by embracing 'microgeneration'. The scheme could see more homeowners installing solar panels, rooftop wind turbines and a range of other measures to cut their power bills and ultimately reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The drive was launched by UK Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks on 29 March at a meeting of microgeneration businesses in London. The strategy will take advantage of 50 million (US$87 million) earmarked for developing low-carbon buildings in the UK budget announced last week by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown. A recent report to the government predicted that, with enough investment, 30-40% of Britain's household energy from microgeneration by 2050, up from today's tiny contribution. The government hasn't yet decided how the available cash should best be spent to make this happen; tax breaks and subsidies may be part of the answer.
The State of Virtual Reality The state of virtual reality  - C/Net  "What consumers really want are full VR immersion, big screens, and high video-headset resolutions, all of which are still too expensive to produce for the mass market," said Steve Glaser, vice president at Icuiti, a company that manufactures eyeware that doubles as a portable display. "Right now you only find these features in select medical applications or in military training and simulations where the VR displays cost between $50,000 and $70,000 each."  Eventually...    

Renewable model: The house that could answer Europe's energy questions  - BBC  What's in the house:  Sawdust-pellet heating system; Solar heating/cooling; Geothermal Heating/cooling; Photo-voltaic electricity; Insulated facade and roof; Low emission glazing; highy efficient lighting;  Ventilation with heat recovery. Surely some of the electricity is drawn from the national grid? Yes, they admit, at present it is, but wind turbines will soon change that. But new technology doesn't come cheap       
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Biosciences:
4/2/2006:Lack of yak: Concern over dwindling wild yak population  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
4/2/2006:UK to miss CO2 emissions target  - BBC
4/2/2006:Archbishop urges emissions cuts  - BBC
4/2/2006:Britain misses the climate bus  - BBC
4/2/2006:Viewpoints on climate policy  - BBC
4/2/2006:Scientists recreate the '06 quake  - C/Net

Computers:
Devices
4/2/2006:Video: Gadgets to go with you  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Sony PSP for $200  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Gadgets: Papa's got a brand-new soundbag  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Video games to unrot your mind - Washington Post
4/2/2006:Game gives 'The Godfather' respect  - CNN

Communications
4/2/2006:EU cracks down on mobile charges
  - BBC
4/2/2006:AT&T cries foul over ads
  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Start-up promises cheaper wireless VoIP
  - C/Net
4/2/2006:House lawmakers offer bill to aid telecom video
  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Google patents free wi-fi
  - CNN

Technology
4/2/2006:Processors: Flash prices declining, but units are way up  - C/Net

PC's
4/2/2006:Keeping Free Software Free - Business Week
4/2/2006:Dell to unveil new widescreen notebooks  - C/Net

Internet
4/2/2006:BitTorrent search site hits back  - BBC
4/2/2006:Virtual community: How a local website brought neighbours closer together  - BBC
4/2/2006:US tops worldwide net league  - BBC
4/2/2006:Microsoft warns on browser bugs  - BBC
4/2/2006:Iran hard-line regime cracks down on blogs - Business Week
4/2/2006:Second unofficial fix plugs IE hole  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Google's market gap widens
  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Why is anyone still using Internet Explorer:
  - C/Net
4/2/2006:The new wisdom of the Web
  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Sue Google, not us, Torrentspy tells Hollywood
  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Married man sues dating site
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
4/2/2006:Microsoft's next bankroll?  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Gates: Ready for business  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Pink Hat vs. Red Hat  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Microsoft held mock EU trial, source says  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Apple vs. Apple in music battle  - CNN

Energy:
4/2/2006:Renewable model: The house that could answer Europe's energy questions   - BBC 
4/2/2006:Energy calculator Should the UK choose nuclear, fossil or renewable: You decide  - BBC
4/2/2006:Debate the issues  - BBC
4/2/2006:Your view of the calculator  - BBC
4/2/2006:Cosmic Log: Hydrogen pros and cons - MSNBC
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Make your own energy at home, Britons urged  - Nature

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4/2/2006: An Alternative for Cancer Patients - Business Week

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4/2/2006:Diabetes driving rules reassessed  - BBC

Miscellaneous
4/2/2006:Video games tackle 'lazy eye'  - BBC
4/2/2006:Drugs trial pair out of hospital  - BBC
4/2/2006:Junk food child ad rules unveiled  - BBC
4/2/2006:Why dealing with that spider in the bath might be a lot easier  - BBC
4/2/2006:Gates scopes out business landscape  - C/Net
4/2/2006:'Sandal and ponytail set' cramping Linux adoption?  - C/Net

History, Anthropology:
4/2/2006:Last-minute deal sends lost journal home - MSNBC

Miscellaneous:
4/2/2006:Hi-tech success: China's boldest firms belie the country's sweatshop image  - BBC
4/2/2006:Is sex back on the menu for a record-holding abstainer?  - BBC
4/2/2006:The Chinese computer firm facing a possible spying probe in the US  - BBC
4/2/2006: Sony's Renaissance Geek - Business Week
4/2/2006:Alcatel bid may put Bell Labs overseas - Business Week
4/2/2006:Video: The paradox of choice  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Start-ups vie for best 'elevator pitch'  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Iraqi documents are put on Web, and search is on  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Cancer cure company wins business plan challenge  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Jury still out on Federal Election Committee decision  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Intel defends position in EU antitrust probe  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Tevanian to leave Apple  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Microsoft, Yahoo eying potato country  - CNN
4/2/2006:India develops as hotbed for semiconductors  - El. Engr. Times

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Prolongevity
4/2/2006:Modern elixir Scientists are in dispute over claims of a 1,000-year lifespan  - BBC

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Technology:
4/2/2006:The state of virtual reality   - C/Net
4/2/2006:The e-book saga: Developing ways to make digital books a better read  - BBC
4/2/2006: Biometrics: Payments at Your Fingertips - Business Week
4/2/2006:Nonprofits are true powerbrokers  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Tax-exempt tech influence  - C/Net
4/2/2006:New tech think tank  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Photos: 3-2-1 blast off for scramjet
  - C/Net
4/2/2006:Sam Palmisano's technology forecast
  - C/Net

  



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