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Robotic footballers have a ball  - BBC  The machine shoot-out was held over two days at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London. The box-like robots are modelled around the same body but can be adapted by a team, to make it smaller or lower. The wheeled machines have scoops to push an orange golf ball, used as the football, around the pitch. They also have vision systems to spot their team-mates, opponents and ball. Once in the stadium, the miniature Maradonas show off the work put in by the teams over the last year. "They are completely autonomous," said Aris Karcanias, one of the Warwick team members. "Once they are on the pitch, they are thinking using the computer."     
M-way jam (BBC) Stark warning over climate change  - BBC  The Earth is likely to experience a temperature rise of at least 3C, the UK government's chief scientist says. Professor Sir David King warned this would happen because world governments were failing to agree on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases. He told the BBC that nations had to act now to tackle the warming expected to happen over the next 100 years. The UK government and the EU want to try to stabilise the climate at an increase of no more than 2C, but the US refuses to cut emissions and those of India and China are rising quickly. The situation could wreck half the world's wildlife reserves, destroy major forest systems, and put 400 million more people at risk of hunger.

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Fat cells link to heart disease  - BBC  Fat cells around coronary arteries may play a key role in heart disease, research suggests. University of Iowa researchers found the cells release chemicals which can trigger inflammation. Under certain circumstances, they might also stimulate potentially damaging growth of new blood vessels. The findings, presented to the Experimental Biology 2006 conference in San Francisco, may help explain why obesity increases heart disease risk.Fat cells - adipocytes - were once thought to do nothing other than simply store excess fat tissue. However, they are now known to be highly active, releasing many chemicals that influence biological processes within the body.However, they are now known to be highly active, releasing many chemicals that influence biological processes within the body. The Iowa team suspected that the chemicals pumped out by the fat cells surrounding the coronary arteries might play a role in triggering heart disease.  
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Alzheimer's Disease:

Biosciences:
4/23/2006:Animal research petition launched  - BBC
4/23/2006:Ear to the ground: Wondered what otters sound like- Listen to UK's rarest species
  - BBC
4/23/2006:Flying Tip Of Bees- Leave Your Legs Dangling! - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
4/23/2006:Stark warning over climate change   - BBC
4/23/2006:Secret rivers found in Antarctic  - BBC
4/23/2006:Warming Alaska reshaped by wildfires - MSNBC
4/23/2006:Computer glitch hits climate prediction project  - Nature
4/23/2006:Dam puts Shanghai wetlands at sea's mercy - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Carbon Cycle Was Already Disrupted Millions Of Years Ago - Science Daily

Computers:
Devices
4/23/2006:iPods carry Apple  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Reports of counterfeit iPod Shuffles and Nanos  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Dell's gaming power now in red or black  - C/Net

Communications

Technology
4/23/2006:Seagate releases perpendicular storage drives  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Computing companies ally for low power  - C/Net 

PC's
4/23/2006:Lenovo's Foreign Affairs - Business Week
4/23/2006:Apple's Switch-Hit Homer - Business Week
4/23/2006:Mac users still waiting for Intel systems  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Behold the big screen laptop  - C/Net
4/23/2006:PC shipments up, but Dell loses ground  - C/Net

Internet
4/23/2006:Spam cure could cause side effects  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Mozilla users urged to upgrade  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Yahoo accused of helping jail Internet writer  - CNN
4/23/2006:Poll: Web plays bigger role in life decisions  - CNN
4/23/2006:Mesh nets to become "mainstream" says Motorola  - El. Engr. Times

Miscellaneous
4/23/2006:New Linux look fuels old debate  - C/Net
4/23/2006:36 comments  - C/Net

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
4/16/2005:Fat cells link to heart disease   - BBC

Cancer  

Infectious
4/23/2006:EU 'must cooperate on bird flu'  - BBC

Non-Infectious
4/23/2006:Analysis Highlights Areas For Research Into Genetic Causes Of Alcoholism - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
4/23/2006:Hypnotherapy 'helps chest pain'  - BBC
4/23/2006:Drug trial victims offered 5,000  - BBC
4/23/2006:Middle-aged 'still enjoying sex'  - BBC
4/23/2006:Saturated fatsHow much do you know about your humble Easter egg?  - BBC
4/23/2006:Urine test predicts drug response  - Nature
4/23/2006:Close pregnancies linked to premature births - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Urine test may help provide personalised medicine - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Organ grinding - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Acrylamide: The food scare the world forgot

4/23/2006:Editorial: How to deal with a food scare
 - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Solar-powered implant could restore vision
 - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Studies Evaluate Health Effects Of Dental Amalgam In Children
 - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
4/23/2006:Fossil found of earliest known snake - MSNBC
4/23/2006:Polynesian odyssey ready for a remake - MSNBC
4/23/2006:Oldest snake fossil shows a bit of leg - New Scientist

Miscellaneous:
4/23/2006:Keeping tabs on citizens  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Introducing Bill Gates, statesman  - C/Net
4/23/2006:China's courtesy call on Redmond  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Cisco looks to university students for ideas  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Media: Save a tree, ditch the phone book  - C/Net
4/23/2006:IT industry eyes Vietnam  - CNN
4/23/2006:France begins distribution of e-passports  - El. Engr. Times
4/23/2006:What's your .tel? - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Weapons Technology - New Scientist

Neurosciences:
4/23/2006:Watching the brain 'switch off' self-awareness - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Brain training can change autistic behaviour - New Scientist

Physics and Astronomy:
4/23/2006:Photos: When black holes collide  - C/Net
4/23/2006:General relativity reveals its secrets
 - PhysicsWeb

Prolongevity

Robotics:
4/23/2006:Robotic footballers have a ball   - BBC
4/23/2006:Cosmic Log: Five robots for the ages - MSNBC

Space:
4/23/2006:Record test firing for futuristic rocket engine - New Scientist

Technology:
4/23/2006:The evolution of spy tools  - C/Net
4/23/2006:HD DVD debut ups ante in high-stakes game  - C/Net
4/23/2006:58 comments  - C/Net
4/23/2006:The Real ID rebellion  - C/Net
4/23/2006:52 comments  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Philips spinoff to make screens with oil, water  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Philips device could force TV viewers to watch ads
  - C/Net
4/23/2006:Faces in a crowd offer alternative to passwords
 - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Shape-shifting bath
 - New Scientist
4/23/2006:Binghamton University Research Links Digital Images And Cameras
 - Science Daily

  



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