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Black hole mergers modelled in 3D   - BBC   Simulations on a supercomputer have allowed Nasa scientists to understand finally the pattern of gravitational waves produced by merging black holes. The work should help the worldwide effort that is currently underway to make the first detection of these "ripples" in the fabric of space-time. Ultra-sensitive equipment set up in the US and Europe is expected to achieve the breakthrough observation very soon. "With these calculations, we are now able to know what will be the distinctive gravitational wave signature that comes out from just outside merging black holes," commented Professor Peter Saulson.   
Globe showing different temperature bands.  Image: BBC Error strikes 'BBC climate model   - BBC'  A "major error" has been discovered in the world's biggest online climate prediction project, backed by the BBC. The fault in a Climateprediction.net model launched in February causes temperatures in past climates to rise quicker than seen in real observations. The program, which runs on users' computers when they are idle, aims to generate forecasts of climate change. Climateprediction.net was established more than two years ago, but a new computer model was launched in February this year in collaboration with BBC Four TV. The simulation is more sophisticated than previous versions and provides the scientists, they say, with a more accurate representation of the real world, including an ocean that interacts with the atmosphere.   

Test your metal: How difficult would it be to survive in an Iron Age village?  What's it like living in an Iron Age village? How did they keep warm and make tools? Did they live more rewarding lives? A re-created Iron Age village allows visitors to stay and find out. Woodpeckers drumming in the copse beyond the village and the melody of a song thrush wake me out of sleep, my eyes straining through the pungent, hazy smoke to see the reed thatch high above. An animal skin mattress, clay oven at my feet and a decorative shield propped up against the mud wall behind me confirm that this is not my bedroom and not my century.    
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Alzheimer's Disease:
4/26/2006: Death of Alzheimer victim linked to aluminium pollution  - Nature

Biosciences:
4/26/2006: Whaling fleet for sale - New Scientist
4/26/2006: - Scientists Warn of Threat to Coral Reefs...
 - FirstScience
4/26/2006: DNA to go: Texas A&M chemical engineer aims for DNA lab-on-a-chip...  - Physics Org
4/26/2006: Egg donors sue S. Korean hospitals ... - Seattle Times

Climate, Environment:
4/26/2006: Error strikes 'BBC climate model   - BBC'
4/26/2006: 10 Ways You Can Improve Earth's Health - Live Science
4/26/2006: US reveals sins of emission  - Nature
4/26/2006: Waste policy needs a little recycling... - FirstScience
4/26/2006: Brown rules out higher fuel tax to tackle climate change... - FirstScience
4/26/2006: A Dim View of Global Warming... - FirstScience
4/26/2006: Study warns of heavy casualties if another big earthquake strikes Bay Area... - FirstScience
4/26/2006: Satellite Helps Detect Massive Rivers Under Antarctica - Seattle Times

Computers:
Devices
4/26/2006: Welcome to total immersion gaming - New Scientist

Communications
4/26/2006: Motorola Patents Therapy Patch
  - Wired News

Technology

PC's
4/26/2006: Laps Are the New Desks  - Wired News
4/26/2006: For Mac users, installing Windows is now a snap - Seattle Times

Internet
4/26/2006: 'Perfectly proportioned' websites may be the worst - New Scientist
4/26/2006: The Web Is a Horrible Place  - Wired News
4/26/2006: Digging Deep for Exploitation  - Wired News
4/26/2006: Broadcasters focus on challenge from Web - Seattle Times
4/26/2006: E-mail ties author to his readers - Seattle Times

Miscellaneous

Energy:
4/26/2006: Bio fuel cells could power portable gadgets - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Accord Hybrid on Endangered List?  - Wired News
4/26/2006: Chernobyl- Ukraine's Soviet-Era Nightmare... - FirstScience
4/26/2006: - Scientists Study Japan for Chernobyl Clues... - FirstScience

Health:
Cardiovascular
4/16/2005:Jefferson Scientists Uncover Lethal Gene Mutation Key To Blocking Cholesterol Processing... - FirstScience

Cancer  
4/26/2006: Hiccups may signal underlying gullet cancer - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Scientists say Chernobyl will cause 66,000 cancer deaths... - FirstScience
4/26/2006: A Broken Stress Response System Can Contribute To Gleevec Resistance - Seattle Times

Infectious
4/26/2006: Viral Protein Helps Infected T Cells Stick To Uninfected Cells - Seattle Times

Non-Infectious
4/26/2006: Combination treatment reverses diabetes in mice - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Combination treatment may reverse diabetes ... - Seattle Times

Miscellaneous
4/26/2006: Chronic fatigue has genetic roots  - Nature

History, Anthropology:
4/26/2006: Test your metal: How difficult would it be to survive in an Iron Age village?  
4/26/2006: Nile releases city's deep history - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Largest-known meat-eating dinosaur discovered by Canadian paleontologist... - FirstScience
4/26/2006: Fossil found in Argentina suggests snakes evolved on land, not in the sea... - FirstScience
4/26/2006: Preterm birth increase worries physicians ... - Seattle Times
4/26/2006: Ancient DNA Provides Clues To The Evolution Of Social Behavior - Seattle Times

Miscellaneous:
4/26/2006: Watch Your Front Door From Anywhere - Live Science
4/26/2006: Nessie on the Sun - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Eminent physicists warn US against nuclear option - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Attack of the Viral Campaign Ads  - Wired News
4/26/2006: Air Force One Graffiti Hoax  - Wired News
4/26/2006: Driving While Stupid Ups Risk  - Wired News
4/26/2006: Whose Rights Are More Important?  - Wired News
4/26/2006: Lawmakers want to know: Are oil companies gouging? - Seattle Times
4/26/2006: Chinese leader, Saudis talk oil, trade - Seattle Times
4/26/2006: Iraqi bloggers weigh in on changing nation - Seattle Times
4/26/2006: Newly Discovered Protein Kills Anthrax Bacteria By Exploding Their Cell Walls - Seattle Times

Neurosciences:
4/26/2006: Brain training can change autistic behaviour - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Ped Med- ADHD drug remedies hit and miss ... - Seattle Times
4/26/2006: The Age of Autism: Pox -- Part 2 ... - Seattle Times

Physics and Astronomy:
4/26/2006: Black hole mergers modelled in 3D   - BBC
4/26/2006: Metals protect Milky Way from gamma-ray bursts
 - PhysicsWeb
4/26/2006: Google unearths physics gems
 - PhysicsWeb
4/26/2006: A universal constant on the move
  - Nature
4/26/2006: Colossal black holes seen in closest clinch yet
 - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Another fundamental constant accused of changing
 - New Scientist
4/26/2006: In Chemical Genetics, A New Strategy Could Speed Drug Discovery
 - Seattle Times

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Space:
4/26/2006: When you're in orbit, which way is Mecca? - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Mineral maps re-draft Martian history
 - New Scientist
4/26/2006: When you're in orbit, which way is Mecca?
 - New Scientist
4/26/2006: Mars dried out more than 3 billion years ago- geologists...
 - FirstScience
4/26/2006: Mars spacecraft begins adjusting orbit for science mission...
 - FirstScience
4/26/2006: On Mars, life was short...
 - USA Today
4/26/2006: Scientists say Mars had 3 distinct eras...
 - FirstScience
4/26/2006: NASA Announces Results from Exploration Strategy Workshop...
 - FirstScience
4/26/2006: China to make breakthroughs in space technology in next five years...
 - FirstScience
4/26/2006: Young Mars Most Likely To Support Life, New Mineral History Shows
 - Seattle Times
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Technology:
4/26/2006: Anti-fire paint - New Scientist

  



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