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What Really Makes Us Tick - SpaceDaily  From sleep patterns to health conditions, biological clocks get down to what makes us tick. The University of Houston is home to one of the world's leading centers for biological rhythms research. With five laboratories and a team of more than 30 scholars led by five tenured faculty members, the UH Biological Clocks Program studies an array of issues with far-reaching human implications.  
Martian canyon, European Space Agency Methane on Mars could signal life  - BBC  Left:  Is there life beneath the soil?  Methane is not a stable molecule in the Martian atmosphere. If it was not replenished in some way, it would only last a few hundred years before it vanished.There are two possible sources: either active volcanoes, or microbes. So far, no active volcanic hotspots have been detected on the planet by the many spacecraft currently in orbit. On Earth, there are organisms called methanogens - microbes that produce methane from hydrogen and carbon dioxide. These organisms do not need oxygen to thrive, and they are thought to be the type of microbes that could possibly live on Mars.

Transforming Other Planets for Humanity - SpaceDaily    A group of students at the Laboratory on Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder has been engaged in a broad-based and high quality program to investigate problems of terraforming Mars and Venus. Terraforming other worlds may take decades to accomplish, and the go-ahead may still be centuries away. We now know just enough hard facts about other planets so that our speculations can be grounded in practicality and reality. Enough hard data is right now becoming available to allow us to construct the first tentative scenarios of planetary engi- neering.

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Alzheimer's Disease:
4/7/2004: Study Identifies Predictors Of Alzheimer's Disease Longevity - Science Daily

4/7/2004: Let Us Praise the Lowly Rat  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Bioethics Group Speaks Out
  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Blow to GM crops... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: House version of climate bill readied... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: Discovery Of Mosquito Genes Opens New Research Avenues... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: Shared Gene Switch For All Plants Found - Science Daily
4/7/2004: Deleting Neural STAT3 Protein In Mice Causes Extreme Obesity, Diabetes And Infertility - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
4/7/2004: Urban Runoff Poses Increased Health Threat For Surfers, Other Beach Users - Science Daily
4/7/2004: ConocoPhillips to pay $70 million to settle Florida pollution suits... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: MEPs call for strict recycling scheme for batteries EU-wide... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: Demand for Brazilian Beef Blamed for Amazon Deforestation... - FirstScience

4/7/2004: Microsoft Benches Sports Games  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Kurosawa Classic Rehashed as Game  - Wired News

4/7/2004: FCC Policy-Maker Lays Out VOIP Problem  - Wired News

4/7/2004: IBM Bets Chips on Open Source  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Toshiba, SanDisk debut 90-nm 4-Gbit NAND flash device - Silicon Strategies
4/7/2004: Analysts clash over timing of NAND flash-memory glut - Silicon Strategies

4/7/2004: Curve Widens 3D Display  - Technology Review 

4/7/2004: Net Hoaxes Snare Fools All Year  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Homeless Hacker Meets The Times  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Virus Spitfires  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Traveling Down the Memory Hole  - Wired News

4/7/2004: Find the Download in a Haystack  - Wired News
4/7/2004: May Offering for Mac Office  - Wired News
4/7/2004: The Case in Favor of Steroids  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Man Pleads Innocent to Tracking Co-worker's Keystrokes - USA Toda

4/7/2004: Activists Seek to Thwart Nuclear Waste Reclassification Legislation... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: Endesa to invest 1.3 bln euros in renewable energy... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: UK Given 60 Days to Expedite Nuclear Waste Inspection... - FirstScience

4/7/2004: Novel MRI Technique Provides Clear Images Of Blood Flow - Science Daily
4/7/2004: Scientists use gene therapy to restore function of damaged heart cells in lab... - FirstScience

4/7/2004: Researchers Discover Gene That Causes Liver Cancer In Animals - Science Daily
4/7/2004: New Calculator Provides More Accurate Estimates Of Colon Cancer Survival - Science Daily

4/7/2004: Newer Drugs More Effective At Curing Strep Throat Than Penicillin - Science Daily


4/7/2004: What Really Makes Us Tick - SpaceDaily
4/7/2004: Technology's Elder Boom  - Technology Review 
4/7/2004: Fake Blood, Real Controversy  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Hospitals Resist Computerized Patient Care  - NY Times
4/7/2004: Are tiny man-made particles a health threat?... - FirstScience

History, Anthropology:

4/7/2004: Boeing snags 189 million Pentagon space contract - SpaceDaily
4/7/2004: "Reality Mining" the Organization  - Technology Review 
4/7/2004: Where’s My Job?  - Technology Review 
4/7/2004: Passport Safety, Privacy Face Off  - Wired News 
4/7/2004: Europe Balks at U.S. Data Demands  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Paying Homage to Science Fiction  - Wired News
4/7/2004: How E-Voting Threatens Democracy  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Official's Gift From E-Vote System Maker Questioned - L. A. Times
4/7/2004: Toronto Airport Reveals Shared Networking System  - Wired News
4/7/2004: State Department Questions EU's Microsoft Ruling  - Wired News
4/7/2004: LCD Lovers Bemoan TV's Going Down the Tubes  - Wired News
4/7/2004: How To Rise and Shine When You're Naturally Nocturnal - Seattle Times
4/7/2004: The Making of a Pop Star  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Productivity gains help companies, not always employees - Seattle Times
4/7/2004: ACLU Says No Go to No-Fly List  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Arrests Key Win for NSA hackers  - Wired News

4/7/2004: First Flavors Form A Lasting Impression - Science Daily
4/7/2004: Biology Of Fear:1 UCLA Study Finds Properties Of Yohimbe Tree Bark Hold Promise For Revolutionizing Treatment Of Anxiety Disorders
4/7/2004: Study Finds Link Between Television Viewing And Attention Problems In Children - Science Daily
4/7/2004: Scientists find clue to autism in a gene... - FirstScience

Physics and Astronomy:
4/7/2004: Chandra X-ray Observatory Images Of N49B, The Remains Of An Exploded Star... - Science Daily
4/7/2004: Gravitational-wave detector goes underground
 - PhysicsWeb


4/7/2004: Robot Guided by its Voice  - Technology Review 

4/7/2004: Methane on Mars could signal life   - BBC
Transforming Other Planets for Humanity - SpaceDaily
4/7/2004: NASA Engineer Serves As Inspiration - SpaceDaily
4/7/2004: U.S. Parts Delay Japanese Launch  - Wired News
4/7/2004: Changes in tilt of Mars' axis may have dried oceans... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: Searching for life on icy worlds of outer solar system... - FirstScience
4/7/2004: Tidal waves may rock Saturn moon...  - CNN
4/7/2004: U.S. Astronaut Plays Down Russian Money Troubles...   - ABC
4/7/2004: NASA phone farce... - New Scientist
4/7/2004: Mars rover Spirit wraps up primary mission - New Scientist
4/7/2004: European Space Agency's 'Shipping Forecast' - From Titan! - Science Daily
4/7/2004: The Crazy Cosmos- Stars Near Sun are Wild & Wayward - Space.com
4/7/2004: 90 Days and Counting- Mars Spirit Rover Ends Primary Mission - Space.com
4/7/2004: After Hubble- Global Push for a World Space Observatory - Space.com
4/7/2004: Rare X-ray Shadow of Saturn's Moon Made - Space.com
4/7/2004: Worcester Art Museum to Exhibit Hubble Photograph - Space.com

4/7/2004: Fabricating Polymer 'Nanobrushes' And Other 'Smart' Structures - SpaceDaily
4/7/2004: Building A Scale Sensitive Enough To Weigh A Virus - Science Daily


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