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RHIC Scientists Serve Up Perfect Liquid - SpaceDaily   Left: These images contrast the degree of interaction and collective motion, or "flow," among quarks in the predicted gaseous quark-gluon plasma state (Figure A, see mpeg animation) vs. the liquid state that has been observed in gold-gold collisions at RHIC (Figure B, see mpeg animation). The green "force lines" and collective motion (visible on the animated version only) show the much higher degree of interaction and flow among the quarks in what is now being described as a nearly "perfect" liquid. See larger image.  The four detector groups conducting research at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) - a giant atom "smasher" located at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory - say they've created a new state of hot, dense matter out of the quarks and gluons that are the basic particles of atomic nuclei, but it is a state quite different and even more remarkable than had been predicted. "The truly stunning finding at RHIC that the new state of matter created in the collisions of gold ions is more like a liquid than a gas gives us a profound insight into the earliest moments of the universe. The possibility of a connection between string theory and RHIC collisions is unexpected and exhilarating," Dr. Orbach said.
New Particle Detector Helps Probe The First Matter In The Primordial Universe - SpaceDaily   In this stage, the jets of blazing matter that dispersed in all directions in the first few fractions of a second in the existence of the universe contained a mixture of free quarks and gluons. Later on, when the universe cooled down a bit and became less dense, the quarks and gluons got "organized" into various combinations that created more complex particles called hadrons, a group that includes protons and neutrons. Since then, in fact, quarks or gluons have not existed as free particles in the universe. While many particles have behaved as expected, the behavior of others has been a complete surprise. 

Space Race 2: The X Prize Revisited - SpaceDaily  Left:  New Mexico is spending $9 million to develop space-launch and landing facilities, as well as related support installations at the proposed Southwest Regional Spaceport in Upham, located near Las Cruces. The spaceport is expected to begin operations in 2007 or 2008.  Organizers anticipate the X Prize Cup will stimulate creativity in space transportation by offering cash prizes in about a dozen competitions. Proposed contests include: - Quickest turnaround, - Limitations on thrust-to-total-weight ratios, - Highest altitude,  - Most passengers to space in a single flight, and - Greatest cross-range. The foundation also is considering awarding trophies for various attributes.
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Alzheimer's Disease:

5/1/2005: $10 million for new biotech firm with "hibernation" research at core - Seattle Times
5/1/2005: Frankenfish Rears Its Ugly Head, Again
  - Wired News
5/1/2005: MacArthur gives albatross support  - BBC
5/1/2005: NZ parrot receives special care  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
5/1/2005: World threatened by increasing damage to coral reefs: experts - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Sky-High Gamers Go to Extremes  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Prescott fury at Greenpeace roof protest ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: Environmental groups undertake clean-up ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: Critics say new law may not be enough to control Manitoba hog farm pollution ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: NEWS: JPMorgan Chase Launches Major Environmental Policy ... - FirstScience

5/1/2005: Fast and furious: China's craze for online gaming shows no sign of slowing  - BBC
5/1/2005: RealNetworks rekindles iPod tech tussle  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Turner unveils on-demand video game service  - CNN

5/1/2005: The WiMax Difference
  - Technology Review 
5/1/2005: Broadband reveals digital divide
  - BBC
5/1/2005: Trading Stocks Without a Wire
 - Business Week
5/1/2005: Talk Gets Cheaper
 - Business Week
5/1/2005: The Showdown Over VoIP
 - Business Week
5/1/2005: Nokia offers new range of phones
  - BBC
5/1/2005: Online radio -- it's deja vu all over again
  - CNN

5/1/2005: Intel's WiMAX designs include fixed, mobile boards  - El. Engr. Times
5/1/2005: Consumer chip market to double by 2009, says report
5/1/2005: TSMC pushes out SOI until '07 due to poor demand   - El. Engr. Times
5/1/2005: TSMC's 45-nm process due in '08; high-k not ready for prime time   - El. Engr. Times

5/1/2005: Why $100 Computers Are on the Way  - Wired News

5/1/2005: Thalys Train To Pilot High-Speed Internet Access To Passengers - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: The Browser Wars Aquatic  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Hackers Unite at a Conference - Popular Science
5/1/2005: Yahoo search tools get personal  - BBC
5/1/2005: Scheme preys on people who mistype ''  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Yahoo debuts personalized search  - C/Net
5/1/2005: 'Highly critical' flaw reported for Netscape software
  - C/Net

5/1/2005: Gates betting on "Longhorn" software - Seattle Times
5/1/2005: Microsoft may rethink position on gay-rights bill - Seattle Times
5/1/2005: A Sneak Peek at Beefed-Up Windows  - Wired News
5/1/2005: ITunes Faces New Subscription Rival  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Gates demos 'more secure' Windows  - BBC
5/1/2005: EU warns Microsoft of extra fines  - BBC
5/1/2005: Nurses warn over teen group sex  - BBC
5/1/2005: Laptops to get Longhorn lift  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Complete WinHEC coverage  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Giving grids the business  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Apple strikes back at 'iCon Jobs' publisher  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Photo: Jobs biography said to rankle Apple  - C/Net
5/1/2005: EU warns Microsoft to follow '04 order
  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Open wallets for open-source software
  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Microsoft draws new fire for lobbyist ties
  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Apple allegedly angered by CEO biography
  - CNN

5/1/2005: Injecting CO2 into oil fields to boost production is too pricey: report - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Chernobyl 19th anniversary commemorated ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: Belarus president says West stingy with Chernobyl aid ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: NEWS- HSBC Bank Ups Renewable Energy Commitment to 30% ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: UN says Chernobyl needs new help ... - ABC




5/1/2005: Brain Power Creates Insulin  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Hypnosis could banish hay-fever  - BBC

5/1/2005: Concern over food child marketing  - BBC
5/1/2005: Healthy eating advice 'overload'  - BBC
5/1/2005: Staying healthyHow does smoking and drinking affect women in particular?  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
5/1/2005: Jawbone hints at earliest Britons  - BBC

5/1/2005: Orders fly in for Boeing 787 - Seattle Times
5/1/2005: Hot financial markets giving rise to talk of collapsible mega-bubble - Seattle Times
5/1/2005: A bitter accounting lingers for Arthur Andersen - Seattle Times
5/1/2005: South Korea Warns North Korea Not To Carry Out Nuclear Tests - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Kazakhstan: The Next Domino? - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Feds Rethinking RFID Passport  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Your Money Under More Scrutiny  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Looking at Titan's Atmosphere  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Life After Darth  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Hot Jobs In Civil, Commercial And National Security Space Programs To Be Featured At Shomex Career Expo; Aeros ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: Anthrax testing: look to NASA? ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: Amazon: Revenue River, Profit Trickle: The e-tailer's muted first-quarter results did little to soothe investor concerns that growing sales aren't translating into earnings - Business Week
5/1/2005: Light years: The quest to make Hitchhiker's movie effects "imperfect"  - BBC
5/1/2005: Airbus v Boeing: The next battle of the clashing titans will make global waves  - BBC
5/1/2005: Airbus A380 completes test flight  - BBC
5/1/2005: Extermination time Dalek terror returns in the new series of Doctor Who  - BBC
5/1/2005: U.S. to alter design of e-passports  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Personalized stamps make a comeback  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Security guru slams misuse of 'cyberterrorism'  - C/Net
5/1/2005: World's largest passenger plane lands safely  - CNN
5/1/2005: Bush signs DVD filtering measure
  - CNN
5/1/2005: Bangalore remains the outsourcing capital of the world
  - El. Engr. Times
5/1/2005: Motorola opens 3G development center in China
  - El. Engr. Times

5/1/2005: The Economics of Brains  - Technology Review 

Physics and Astronomy:
5/1/2005: RHIC Scientists Serve Up Perfect Liquid - SpaceDaily
New Particle Detector Helps Probe The First Matter In The Primordial Universe - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Collapse or Collision? The Big Question in Star Formation
5/1/2005: SDSS Uses 200,000 Quasars To Confirm Cosmic Magnification Prediction
 - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Astronomers See Neutron Stars' Hot Spots
  - Scientific American
5/1/2005: Future clouds 15th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope ...
 - FirstScience
5/1/2005: Hubble struts deep-space stuff ...
 - FirstScience
5/1/2005: Supercomputer eavesdrops on universe
  - CNN


5/1/2005: Gentlemen, Start Your Droids  - Wired News

5/1/2005: Space Race 2: The X Prize Revisited - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Veteran Space Journalist Howard Benedict Dead at 77
5/1/2005: Space Tourism: Next Steps Taking Shape
5/1/2005: ESA Gearing Up For Longer Duration Space Missions
 - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: DART Hits Target, Misses Goal
  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Stargazers join forces in quest to unearth ET on new planets ... - FirstScience
5/1/2005: Safety Concerns Again Postpone Shuttle Mission
  - NY Times
5/1/2005: Video: NASA Announcement
  - NY Times
5/1/2005: NASA Prepares for Possible Shuttle Mission to Save Hubble
5/1/2005: Opportunity Rover Stuck In Sand Dune
 - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: NASA pushes back shuttle launch to July ...
 - FirstScience
5/1/2005: NASA delays shuttle launch until July ...
 - FirstScience
5/1/2005: NASA Scrubs Shuttle Launch
  - Wired News

5/1/2005: Space Technology On Winners' Podium - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Is Technology Boon Or Bane For Media? - SpaceDaily
5/1/2005: Boston Gets High on Art  - Wired News
5/1/2005: High-Tech Industry's Job Loss  - Wired News
5/1/2005: Lecture sings praises of nanotech  - BBC
5/1/2005: Smart move Where will Europe's innovators take satellite navigation?  - BBC
5/1/2005: World's biggest airliner completes first flight
  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Photos: The double-decker A380
  - C/Net
5/1/2005: Tech for mere mortals
  - CNN


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