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Wind power 'ahead of predictions'  - BBC  Onshore wind farms will provide about 5% of Britain's electricity by 2010, according to the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). In a new report, it says turbines are being installed faster than predicted. If this is correct, onshore wind farms will take the government halfway to its target of generating 10% of electricity from renewable sources by 2010. The BWEA says that projects already constructed and those already approved will give a capacity of 3,000 megawatts (MW) by 2010. It identifies a further 3,000MW capacity which it says is "forecast to be consented and built" by the decade's end.   
Stem cells found in adult mouse testes  - Nature  Researchers in Germany have identified a potential source of reprogrammable cells in adults that could be used for regenerative therapy. The cells would be taken directly from the testis and cultured. No cloning or destruction of embryos would be necessary. The discovery opens up the possibility, at least for men, of having an endless source of fresh stem cells tailored to one's genetic makeup, which could be turned into any kind of body tissue and used for treatment. This has been the promise of stem cells taken from cloned embryos, but the use of cloned embryos has run into considerable ethical and technical problems (see 'Where now for stem-cell cloners?').

Roof top turbines

Sail of the century  - BBC  "In five years, the skylines of cities across the country are going to change. Micro wind turbines are going to be as common a sight as satellite dishes." The Co-operative Insurance Services building has 19 turbines, standing three metres tall, with each expected to save about a tonne of carbon dioxide a year. When the turbines are turned on later this month, Mr Monaghan expects the energy generated to pay back the installation costs in five years - and unlike "grandiose" environmental schemes, he says this has been relatively quick and cheap. Micro generation, with sufficient support, could provide 30% to 40% of the UK's electricity by the middle of the century.  
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Alzheimer's Disease:

Biosciences:
4/4/2006:Stem cells found in adult mouse testes  - Nature
4/4/2006:Virtual version of real-life virus built
 - MSNBC
4/4/2006:Half virus, half beast it's a 20-sided freak - New Scientist
4/4/2006:The seal killing has to stop - New Scientist

Climate, Environment:
4/4/2006:Geologists build model for next big Bay Area quake  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Re-creation of 1906 quake unveiled - MSNBC

Computers:
Devices
4/4/2006:Apple puts limits on iPod levels  - BBC
4/4/2006: A Virtual World's Real Dollars - Business Week
4/4/2006: Ads Help Nintendo's Metroid Go 3D - Business Week
4/4/2006:Neglected solo gamers, now heroes once again  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Apple lets parents 'turn that garbage down'  - CNN
4/4/2006:Nintendo boss: Super Mario works cheap  - CNN
4/4/2006:Violent video games can dull pain
 - New Scientist

Communications
4/4/2006:Mobile downloads hit the charts
  - BBC
4/4/2006:Call from the crypt: Worldwide surge in people taking their mobile to the grave
  - BBC
4/4/2006:In pictures Ringing the changes for green mobiles
  - BBC
4/4/2006:Giants 'opt for Bluetooth video'
  - BBC
4/4/2006:Comcast matches Verizon Fios speeds
  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Garmin StreetPilot for $306
  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Australia forces ISPs to attack spam
  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Microsoft dials back dial-up prices
  - C/Net

Technology
4/4/2006:AMD lures high-ranking Itanium designer  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Sematech sees path to high-k gate stacks  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
4/4/2006:Photos: The birth of the Lisa and Mac interface  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Video: Following the Apple saga over decades  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Perspective: Apple's resurgence and the element of style  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Photos: Apple of my eye  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Do you use a Mac? How about an iPod?  - C/Net
4/4/2006:44 comments  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Will Microsoft's new 'ultra-mobile' computer fly or flop?
  - C/Net

Internet
4/4/2006:eBay fights shutdown court threat  - BBC
4/4/2006:BBC plans global website with ads  - BBC
4/4/2006:Perspective: It's my Internet--I can do what I want  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Alert sounds alarm on phishing imposters  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Web developers get a respite on IE changes  - C/Net
4/4/2006:The new wisdom of the Web  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
4/4/2006:Challengers forge into open-source integration  - C/Net
4/4/2006:EU voices concerns over Microsoft's Vista  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Suffering in silence with data leaks  - C/Net

Energy:
4/4/2006:Sail of the century   - BBC
4/4/2006:Wind power 'ahead of predictions'  - BBC
4/4/2006:Chernobyl diary: BBC News website visits Ukraine 20 years after nuclear disaster  - BBC

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  

Infectious
4/4/2006:Bird flu vaccine trial gives disappointing results - New Scientist

Non-Infectious
4/4/2006:Diabetes limb loss 'unnecessary'  - BBC

Miscellaneous
4/4/2006:Jog for prosperity - how exercise could be profitable  - BBC
4/4/2006:Early warning devised for rare disorders  - Nature
4/4/2006:Editorial: Drug trial disaster offers a warning - New Scientist

History, Anthropology:

Miscellaneous:
4/4/2006:Basic social care 'must be free'  - BBC
4/4/2006:Q&A: Social care  - BBC
4/4/2006:Health system 'neglects elderly'  - BBC
4/4/2006:Free elderly care bill tops 200m  - BBC
4/4/2006:Family freeze: Fast-changing social conditions slow Poland's birth rates  - BBC
4/4/2006:Industry follows junket path  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Travel paid by companies  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Drones prowl the skies  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Photos: Patrolling U.S. skies  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Video: The paradox of choice  - C/Net
4/4/2006:News Corp. (hearts) MySpace  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Terror-proofing jets - Popular Science
4/4/2006:U.S. arrests 7 on charges of credit data trading  - NY Times
4/4/2006:Drone demand surges on the front lines  - CNN
4/4/2006:Kodak accused of degrading digital photo quality  - El. Engr. Times
4/4/2006:Survey-:U.S., Europe losing manufacturing edge  - El. Engr. Times
4/4/2006:Intel launches Indian 'community PC' design  - El. Engr. Times
4/4/2006:Can science prove the benefits of gum? - MSNBC
4/4/2006:Stealth sub - New Scientist

Neurosciences:
4/4/2006:Why British girls have lower self-esteem than Americans  - BBC
4/4/2006:Scans suggest IQ scores reflect brain structure  - Nature
4/4/2006:Device warns you if you're boring or irritating - New Scientist
4/4/2006:When it comes to intelligence, size isn't everything - New Scientist

Physics and Astronomy:

Prolongevity

Robotics:
4/4/2006:Artificial Intelligence: Virtual sea slugs and beyond  - C/Net

Space:
4/4/2006:Rocket science on a budget  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Panasonic reaffirms faith in Blu-ray technology
  - C/Net
4/4/2006:Moonlets hint at Saturn's violent past
 - New Scientist
4/4/2006:For an out-of-this-world experience, just lie down
 - New Scientist
4/4/2006:Soyuz Docks With Space Station In Perfect Maneuver
4/4/2006:Spirit Team Gives Up On Front Wheel
 - SpaceDaily
4/4/2006:Venus Express On Final Approach
 - SpaceDaily
4/4/2006:MRO Begins Adjusting Orbit And Collecting Data
 - SpaceDaily
4/4/2006:Astronauts to camp out in space station airlock ...
 - SpaceDaily

Technology:
4/4/2006:High-tech ideas drive NFL's new deal - USA Today
4/4/2006:U.S. retakes lead in ranking of tech readiness - MSNBC
4/4/2006:Scientists make water run uphill - MSNBC
4/4/2006:Your secrets are safe with quasar encryption - New Scientist

  



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