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Better than Hybrids    - Technology Review   A new type of ethanol-boosted, turbocharged gasoline engine could be the answer. The engine would be almost as efficient as gas-electric hybrids, but cost much less, according to its MIT inventors -- Leslie Bromberg and Daniel Cohn, plasma science and fusion center researchers, and John Heywood, professor of mechanical engineering. The new engine would improve efficiency iby reducing the engine size and adding a supercharger, and increasing its compression ratio.     
Low Cost Internet Access At Sea - Science Daily  Through a project supported by the European Space Agency, the UK-based company Wired Ocean Ltd can now provide enhanced Internet access for ships at sea at a much lower cost than was previously possible. The Wired Ocean approach uses a hybrid solution, combining Ku-band satellites for the downlink and narrow L-band satellites for the return channel. While at sea, the downlink (forward) channel offers a speed of 512 kbps and the uplink (return) channel speed is 9.6 kbps for Globalstar and up to 64 kbps for Inmarsat. This configuration promises to be more economical than purely narrowband satellite systems, with cost savings of as much as 70% over current systems.    

Fruitfly Study Shows How Evolution Wings It - Science Daily  Left: The courtship rituals of some species of fruitfly depend much on the attractive powers of the wing spots sported by males. The spots on fruitfly wings, according to a new study by HHMI investigator Sean Carroll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have been gained and lost multiple times in different species of fruitfly. The work shows evolution and sexual selection, one of Darwin's great ideas, at work.  The experiments are among the first to root out "the deep mechanics of evolution" that underpin complex traits, according to the study's senior author Sean Carroll, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the frantic world of fruitfly courtship, the difference between attracting a mate and going home alone may depend on having the right wing spots   
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Biosciences:
4/29/2006: Fruitfly Study Shows How Evolution Wings It - Science Daily
4/29/2006: How to Stalk Wild Animals
 - Live Science
4/29/2006: Global Warming: Tropical Frogs Vanishing... - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Researchers discover Algae genes that boost plants' omega-3 levels... - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Video: Galapagos Volcanoes Keep Tortoises on Their Toes... - Nat'l. Geo. News

Climate, Environment:
4/29/2006: NASA Data Combined To Improve Hurricane Landfall Forecasts - Science Daily
4/29/2006: 'Perfect Cyclone' Slams Australia - Live Science
4/29/2006: Global warming behind record 2005 storms-US expert... - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Finding the best way to tackle aviation pollution continues to tax the Government... - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Britain 'behind target' on plants  - BBC
4/29/2006: Report charts changing UK plants  - BBC
4/29/2006: Car makers 'failing' on climate  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
4/29/2006: How Lara Croft Steals Hearts  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Rants 'n' Raves:- Sex Appeal  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Cutting-Edge Gaming From the '80s  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Game pins hopes on consoles  - BBC

Communications
4/29/2006: Country's first free citywide Wi-Fi has a bumpy beginning
 - Seattle Times

Technology

PC's
4/29/2006: Apple's Flawed Stance on Information  - Technology Review 

Internet
4/29/2006: Low Cost Internet Access At Sea - Science Daily
4/29/2006: Internet Mapping Portal Competition Benefits Satellite Imagery Businesses - Space.com
4/29/2006: Surf to Your Heart's Delight  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Internet TV Coming Of Age - SpaceDaily
4/29/2006: Bloggers' war With children at war, US mothers go online to stay in touch  - BBC

Miscellaneous
4/29/2006: Microsoft: 'We're the Victim'  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Microsoft offers phone support to Internet Explorer testers  - BBC
4/29/2006: EU sees big shift, Microsoft says  - BBC

Energy:
4/29/2006: Better than Hybrids    - Technology Review 
4/29/2006: Buyers Open to Alt Vehicles  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Up to 8,000 Russians died from Chernobyl accident: Official... - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Specters of Chernobyl Disaster Linger in Ukraine... - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Chernobyl radioactive waste returned... - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Ireland ignores need for renewable energy at its peril... - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Holographic Solar
  - Technology Review 
4/29/2006: Chernobyl's story From the explosion to the environmental aftermath
  - BBC

Health:
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Cancer  

Infectious
4/29/2006: World Bank accused on malaria  - BBC

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
4/29/2006: Medicine: Microsoft taking a measured approach - Seattle Times
4/29/2006: Microsoft says EU forced it to make product no one wanted - Seattle Times
4/29/2006: Implantable Lazy Susans Could Deliver Drug Cocktails - Live Science
4/29/2006: Bloodless Surgery Takes Off - Live Science
4/29/2006: Paralysis Cure Worth Waiting For  - Wired News

History, Anthropology:
4/29/2006: Norway's First Dinosaur Sets Depth Record - Live Science

Miscellaneous:
4/29/2006: Scientists Design Potent Anthrax Toxin Inhibitor - Science Daily
4/29/2006: Former Computer Associates CEO pleads guilty in business fraud - Seattle Times
4/29/2006: Amazon starts offering on-demand DVD service - Seattle Times
4/29/2006: Wal-Mart battle takes cue from politics - Seattle Times
4/29/2006: Lay takes stand, denies breaking law - Seattle Times
4/29/2006: Investor, CEO tension aids firms, report says - Seattle Times
4/29/2006: HP to focus on printing, mobility, corporate world - Seattle Times
4/29/2006: BLOG- Hope for U.S. Competitiveness - Live Science
4/29/2006: Pick the biggest brain of the past 500 years! - Live Science
4/29/2006: Vote Now: The Greatest Modern Minds - Live Science
4/29/2006: Click to View - Live Science
4/29/2006: 'Star Trek' to Return with 'Mission Impossible- 3' Director at Helm - Space.com
4/29/2006: Ye Olde Geek Show Draws Thousands  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Gallery: Maker Faire 2006  - Wired News

Neurosciences:
4/29/2006: Thoughts of Mortality Turn Pacifists into Killers - Live Science

Physics and Astronomy:
4/29/2006: Interstellar Deathray Not Likely to Hit Earth - Space.com
4/29/2006: Gallery: Hubble's Sweet 16
  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Astronomers Discover a Distant, Icy, Earth-like Planet...
 - FirstScience
4/29/2006: Chandra finds black holes are 'green'...
  - Physics Org
4/29/2006: Photo in the News- Hubble Marks Sweet 16 With Starburst...
 - Nat'l. Geo. News
4/29/2006: Hubble Captures Cigar At Sweet Sixteen
 - SpaceDaily

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Robotics:
4/29/2006: The Geek Mind Behind Dorkbot  - Wired News

Space:
4/29/2006: NASA Tweaks Flight Plan for Next Shuttle Launch - Space.com
4/29/2006: California Lawmakers Back Mojave Spaceport Growth
 - Space.com
4/29/2006: Progress spacecraft reaches orbit...
 - FirstScience
4/29/2006: NASA To Test Prototypes For Future Space Trips
 - SpaceDaily
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Technology:
4/29/2006: New Truck Stop Electrification Station Maps Help Truckers Reduce Idling - Science Daily
4/29/2006: Nanotechnology May Find Disease Before It Starts - Science Daily
4/29/2006: University Of Utah To Help Build Realistic Bionic Arm - Science Daily
4/29/2006: Why Rice Krispies Go Snap, Crackle, Pop! - Live Science
4/29/2006: RFID 'Til the Cows Come Home  - Wired News
4/29/2006: The Evolution of Spy Tools  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Tank Chair Battles Disability
  - Wired News
4/29/2006: Your World on a Flash Drive
  - Technology Review 
4/29/2006: French look to technology boost
  - BBC

  



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