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Antarctic oddity: Strange signs of heat-loving life under the Antarctic ice  - BBC  Lake Vostok is covered by more than 3km of ice and must have been isolated from our planet's atmosphere for millions of years. Because Vostok sees no sunlight and has not been in contact with the atmosphere since it was covered with ice around 15 million years ago, scientists hope it might reveal the kind of life that could exist on other planets, or on Europa, the ice-covered moon of Jupiter. They now believe that Lake Vostok may have some kind of hydrothermal heating system at its base, making it more active than anyone had realised.     
Students Win Robotics Basketball Tournament - SpaceDaily  The students and their customized robots, with precision parts and shooting capabilities, defeated 47 other teams during the regional competition held this past weekend at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. About 20 engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., helped students in building the robots and provided technical advice during the competition. "These students built some amazing robots that could compete in a game that combines the elements of basketball, soccer and rugby," said Brian Muirhead, JPL's chief engineer and a judge at the competition.     

Close-up of computer hard drive

Holographic advance aids storage  - BBC  A US firm says it has set a commercial data storage record by achieving 515 gigabits (Gb) per square inch. By comparison, magnetic disks, such as those used in the hard drives, can manage a storage density of about 37.5Gb per square inch. InPhase expects to unveil its first holographic drive later this year, with products of up to 1.6 terabyte coming. The first generation of InPhase drives will have a capacity of 300Gb on a single disk. Chief technology officer Kevin Curtis said previous tests carried out in April 2005 had only achieved 200Gb per square inch. It said the technology could eventually lead to a holographic disc that could hold more than 100 DVD-quality movies. 
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Biosciences:
4/7/2006: Antarctic oddity: Strange signs of heat-loving life under the Antarctic ice   - BBC
4/7/2006: Seagrass Is In Decline Worldwide
 - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Student Creates Material With Multi-patterned Surface To Study Tissue Growth - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Stem Cell Treatment Succeeds In Spinal Cord-injured Rats - Science Daily
4/7/2006: DNA tests you do at home - Seattle Times
4/7/2006: Nanobiomechanics  - Technology Review 
4/7/2006: Singapore Underwater Federation to build coral reef at Pulau Hantu ... - FirstScience
4/7/2006: Galapagos and Arthrogen Pen Rheumatoid Arthritis Gene Therapy Target-Discovery Deal ... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
4/7/2006: Global Warming Signs Stronger in Antarctica - Live Science
4/7/2006: Government softens climate change goals ... - FirstScience
4/7/2006: Power sector to bear brunt of carbon emissions cuts ... - FirstScience
4/7/2006: Scotland sets its own emissions targets ... - FirstScience
4/7/2006: Passenger and environment-friendly helicopters ... - FirstScience
4/7/2006: Scots urged to play their part to tackle global warming ... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices
4/7/2006: Battle of the Games Concerts  - Wired News
4/7/2006: Gallery: 30 Years of Apple Gear  - Wired News
4/7/2006: Marvel at the IGoatse IPod Case  - Wired News
4/7/2006: Edgar Allen Po-Mo  - Wired News
4/7/2006: Hollywood Execs Pan UMD  - Wired News
4/7/2006: Join the family Godfather game falls short of legendary reputation of the film  - BBC

Communications

Technology
4/7/2006: Holographic advance aids storage   - BBC

PC's
4/7/2006: The Best of Wired on Apple  - Wired News
4/7/2006: Test yourself As Apple hits 30, how much do you know about its history?  - BBC
4/7/2006: Hardware punks Why Apple has changed the world more than punk  - BBC

Internet
4/7/2006: Microsoft updates e-mail protection - Seattle Times
4/7/2006: The Photo-Sharing Bubble  - Technology Review 
4/7/2006: Webmonkey Q&A: Imeem  - Wired News
4/7/2006: Is Google Gunning for EBay?  - Wired News
4/7/2006: BBC used to entice cyber victims  - BBC
4/7/2006: China slams online counterfeits  - BBC

Miscellaneous
4/7/2006: Origami, up close - Seattle Times
4/7/2006: Origami as a navigational device - Seattle Times
4/7/2006: Multimedia and Windows Media player on Origami - Seattle Times
4/7/2006: Different ways to use Microsoft's Origami - Seattle Times
4/7/2006: Spring Forward and Miss a Meeting  - Wired News

Energy:
4/7/2006: Light-truck mileage goals hit big SUVs hard - Seattle Times
4/7/2006: Prying Open the Prius  - Technology Review 
4/7/2006: Plug-In Hybrids Take It to Fleets  - Wired News
4/7/2006: Candidate Spitzer: Close N.Y. nuke plant ... - FirstScience

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  
4/7/2006: Light Activated Anticancer Drug Targeted To DNA Using Cisplatin Like Sub-units - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Evolutionary Biology Research Techniques Predict Cancer - Science Daily

Infectious
4/7/2006: Horse Antibodies Against The Bird Flu Virus H5N1 Are Effective As Treatment In Mice - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
4/7/2006: New Hope For Arthritis Patients: Fighting Inflammation With Targeted Liposomal Therapy - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Combining Alcohol And Popular Energy Drink Reduces The 'Perception' Of Impairment - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
4/7/2006: Children Who Sleep Less Are Three Times More Likely To Be Overweight - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Getting Knee Injury Tears To Heal Themselves - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Prenatal Genistein In Soy Reduces Obesity In Offspring - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Panel Finds Insufficient Evidence To Recommend For Or Against Maternal-Request Caesarean Delivery - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
4/7/2006: Scientists Debate Dinosaur Demise - Live Science
4/7/2006: Palace of Greek Warrior Ajax Said Found - Live Science

Miscellaneous:
4/7/2006: Rants 'n' Raves: More Lore  - Wired News

Neurosciences:
4/7/2006: Older People With Stronger Cognitive Skills Walk At A Safer Pace - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Cortex Matures Faster In Youth With Highest IQ - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Why Some Kids Are Smarter  - Technology Review 

Physics and Astronomy:
4/7/2006: Light-sensitive Particles Change Chemistry At The Flick Of A Switch - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Polar Neutrino Observatory Takes A Big Step Forward
 - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Atom Breaks Rules, Beats Friction
 - Live Science

Prolongevity

Robotics:
4/7/2006: Students Win Robotics Basketball Tournament - SpaceDaily

Space:
4/7/2006: Cassini Detects Four Tiny Saturn Moonlets Among The Rings - SpaceDaily
4/7/2006: Cassini Captures Persistent Southern Saturnian Storm
 - SpaceDaily
4/7/2006: NASA Studies Spaceflight From Under The Sea
 - SpaceDaily
4/7/2006: Prometheus Pulls On The Passing Particles Of Saturn's F Ring
 - SpaceDaily
4/7/2006: SpaceDev To Design Complex Nanosatellite For USAF Research Lab
 - SpaceDaily
4/7/2006: ESA Invites Designs For Mars UAV
 - SpaceDaily
4/7/2006: ESA Student Competition: Design an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Mars ...
 - FirstScience
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Technology:
4/7/2006: Cool Nanotechnology - SpaceDaily
4/7/2006: Cerium Oxide Nanotubes Get Noticed - Science Daily
4/7/2006: Technology's Just a .240 Hitter  - Wired News - FirstScience
4/7/2006: Nanotech Now: Tiny Technology All Around You ... - Live Science

  



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