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Get Your Own "Desktop" Synchrotron - SpaceDaily  A new technological development promises to shed light - synchrotron light, that is - on structural genomics. Crystallographers will soon be able to perform state-of-the-art protein structure determination in their own laboratory with a new miniature synchrotron light source capable of producing high-intensity, tunable, near-monochromatic X-rays. This tabletop device, the Compact Light Source, will soon bring high-flux, high-quality X-rays directly to the university or industrial laboratory. - 
DNA Scientists decipher 21,000 genes  - BBC  Left: An international team of 152 scientists has published a detailed map of more than 21,000 human genes. Sequencing of the human genome was officially finished in 2003, but scientists still need to interpret this vast resource of raw information. The team carried out an exhaustive analysis of 41,118 existing sets of complementary DNAs (cDNAs), synthetic molecules derived from RNA, which in turn correspond to genes in the genome. This allowed the team to validate 21,037 functioning genes and identify 5,155 new gene candidates. "The gene is a very nebulous concept," co-investigator Anthony J Brookes, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, told BBC News Online.

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Strict diets 'cut heart disease'  - BBC  Researchers at Washington University examined people who had curbed their calorie intake and avoided processed foods for a number of years. They were found to have the health of people decades younger, the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said. Levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglyceride blood fats were very low in the people studied. And the group, whose average age was 50, had blood pressure readings similar to that of the average 10-year-old. Insulin concentrations - one of the markers of diabetes risk - were also as much as 65% lower than they were for people with a normal diet.

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Biosciences:
4/28/2004: Scientists decipher 21,000 genes   - BBC
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Get Your Own "Desktop" Synchrotron - SpaceDail
4/28/2004: GM bug activates cancer drug  - Nature
4/28/2004: Scientists demand law against animal rights extremism - New Scientist
4/28/2004: Animal tests see steady decline  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
4/28/2004: Now, It Isn't Nice to Foul Mother Nature  - NY Times
4/28/2004: Groups Criticize Bush Earth Day Visit  - NY Times
4/28/2004: W. Va. Report Focuses on Environment  - NY Times
4/28/2004: Beluga Caviar Imports Ban May Take Effect  - NY Times
4/28/2004: New Evidence Supports Three Major Glaciation Events In The Distant Past - Science Daily
4/28/2004: 'Green' Chiller Technology Rolled Out For Earth Day - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Terra Takes Earth's Temperature - SpaceDaily
4/28/2004: Plan Near for Global Climate Monitoring - ABC
4/28/2004: Nearly Half Extinct Species Were in Hawaii - ABC
4/28/2004: Captive-Bred Philippine Eagle Released - ABC
4/28/2004: Bush Defends His Environmental Record - ABC
4/28/2004: Conservationists get behind bugs  - BBC

Computers:
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Communications
4/28/2004: Bell Labs targeting 100Tbit/s optical router  - El. Engr. Times
4/28/2004: Calling for Musical Help - ABC
4/28/2004: Game for Another Try - Tech TV
4/28/2004: Cell Phone Add-Ons - Tech TV
4/28/2004: Transfer Contact Info From PC to Cell Phone - Tech TV

Technology
4/28/2004: Alliance opens 32-nm research fab - Silicon Strategies
4/28/2004: Quantum cooling company acquires secret factory - Silicon Strategies
4/28/2004: A year old, Opteron serves notice  - C/Net

PC's
4/28/2004: Review: A Laptop Suitable for DVD Editing - ABC
4/28/2004: HP goes green with handheld discount  - C/Net

Internet
4/28/2004: Internet dating analysed  - Nature
4/28/2004: E-Mail Maelstrom - ABC
4/28/2004: US leads internet piracy raids  - BBC
4/28/2004: Net threat? No sweat  - C/Net
4/28/2004: Google's chastity belt too tight  - C/Net
4/28/2004: IBM expands search push with Masala  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
4/28/2004: Size is all for digital jukeboxes  - BBC
4/28/2004: Open source on the move  - C/Net
4/28/2004: Linux backers foresee desktop gains  - C/Net

Energy:
4/28/2004: Military Looks To Northeastern Professor For A Future Powered By Fuel Cells - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Hybrid-auto sales catch fire as gas prices burn up drivers - Seattle Times
4/28/2004: Blue sky thinking: When oil runs scarce we shall need many fuels, new and old  - BBC

Health:
Cardiovascular
4/28/2004: Strict diets 'cut heart disease'   - BBC

Cancer  
4/28/2004: A surprising result in lung cancer fight  - NY Times

Infectious
4/28/2004: SARS returns to China - New Scientist
4/28/2004: Study says SARS virus can spread through air - Washington Post
4/28/2004: Researchers Report Definitive Evidence That HIV-AIDS Is Not From Oral Polio Vaccine - Science Daily
4/28/2004: China Reports First SARS Death Since July - ABC

Non-Infectious
4/28/2004: Sick Kids Researchers Look At Viral Triggers For Multiple Sclerosis In Children - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Pa. AG Worries of Generic OxyContin Abuse - ABC 

Miscellaneous
4/28/2004: Curry spice could alleviate cystic fibrosis - New Scientist
4/28/2004: Newborn Testing For Immune Disorders Could Save Lives - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Temperature And Humidity Can Affect LASIK Surgery Results - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Bone Bonder  - Technology Review 
4/28/2004: Viva Viagra - ABC
4/28/2004: Video: Why Erectile Dysfunction? - ABC
4/28/2004: Viagra Alternative Works Via the Brain - ABC
4/28/2004: HealthyWoman Quiz: STDs - ABC
4/28/2004: Focus on Sexual Health - ABC
4/28/2004: Va. Cities to Join Blood Substitute Study
4/28/2004: Study: Schools Cutting Soda Lower Obesity - ABC
4/28/2004: Negative drug research 'withheld'  - BBC
4/28/2004: Twin 'donates an ovary' to sister  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
4/28/2004: Did dinosaurs lack daughters?  - Nature
4/28/2004: Researchers Fined Important Mayan Remains - ABC
4/28/2004: Experts Study Ancient Boat Found in Idaho - ABC
4/28/2004: Early life thrived in lava flows  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
4/28/2004: Malaysia bouyed by electronics manufacturing  - El. Engr. Times
4/28/2004: Cosmic Log: Your turn on Earth Day - MSNBC
4/28/2004: Establishment Candidates Defeat Challengers in Sierra Club Voting  - NY Times
4/28/2004: Not Guilty! Evidence Exonerates 328, But Many Still Falsely Imprisoned - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Greenspan: Interest rates 'must rise at some point' - Seattle Times
4/28/2004: IMF predicts rosier economic growth - Seattle Times
4/28/2004: Venture capitalists bouncing back after 3-year slump - Seattle Times
4/28/2004: Chairman quits amid inquiry into Computer Associates - Seattle Times
4/28/2004: Time Warner CEO: Why companies must go global  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
4/28/2004: Brain Signal Predicts Working Memory Prowess - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Unraveling The Secrets Of The Brain's Smallest Cells - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Study- Exercise Helps Out Older People - ABC

Physics and Astronomy:
4/28/2004: Arecibo Radiotelescope Made Incredibly More Sensitive - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Happy 14th Birthday, Hubble!
 - Space.com

Prolongevity
4/28/2004: Strict diets 'cut heart disease'   - BBC

Robotics:
4/28/2004: This robot collects fingerprints - New Scientist

Space:
4/28/2004: 'Weird' meteorite may be from Mars moon - New Scientist
4/28/2004: Satellites Act As Thermometers In Space
 - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Researcher Predicts Global Climate Change On Jupiter As Planet's Spots Disappear - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Venus Revisited: Modern Technology Sharpens Images from Soviet Missions - Space.com
4/28/2004: 2nd Mars Rover Completes Primary Mission - ABC
4/28/2004: Martian Water Science Early 2004
 - SpaceDaily
4/28/2004: Expedition 9 On Station At ISS
 - SpaceDaily
4/28/2004: International Experts On Legislation To Regulate Human Space Activities
 - SpaceDaily
4/28/2004: NASA’s 2005 Budget Request in Trouble with Congress
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Technology:
4/28/2004: Entangled photons secure money transfer - New Scientist
4/28/2004: Ultra-fast Laser Allows Efficient, Accessible Nanoscale Machining - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Airplane Wings That Change Shape Like A Bird's Have Scales Like A Fish - Science Daily
4/28/2004: Making Pills the Smart Way - Business Week
4/28/2004: Getting Molecules to Do the Work - Business Week




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