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One-Of-A-Kind Meteorite Unveiled - SpaceDaily  LeftOn January 25 near dusk, a local resident, Jim Brook (below), found meteorites on the snow covered ice of Taku Arm of Tagish Lake while driving home. He returned the next day to collect several dozen meteorites in total. The meteorites represent a particularly fragile variety of carbonaceous chondrites (1, 2). The meteorites were collected without skin contact and have been kept subsequently frozen. During the spring melt, ~500 additional meteorites were recovered from a strew field ~16 km long and ~5 km wide oriented at ~150° The depths of space are much closer to home following the University of Alberta's acquisition of a meteorite that is the only one of its kind known to exist on Earth! What makes it so rare? The meteorite is 'pristine' - that is, still frozen and uncontaminated - and so provides an invaluable preserved record of material from when the solar system formed 4.57 billion years ago. The Tagish Lake Meteorite is carbonaceous chondrite and, as such, represents primitive material from which the solar system formed.     
Life-Marker Chip Planned For ESA Mars Lander - SpaceDaily  Left:  Dr. Lisa Monaco, the project scientist for the Lab-on-a-Chip Applications Development program, examines a lab on a chip. The small dots are actually ports where fluids and chemicals can be mixed or samples can be collected for testing.  A Dutch company said it plans to unveil a lab-on-a-chip system Monday intended to analyze rocky Martian soil for signs of life on a future ESA mission to the red planet. The chip is meant to be an extremely compact, fully-automated instrument - part of the mission’s Pasteur payload - to analyze samples of Martian rocky soil for "extant and extinct" bio-molecules. The company said the chip will enter the nanotechnology realm with its planar waveguide technology, allowing for complex optical functions on a single chip, such as switching and filtering of optically coded datacom signals applied in telecom applications

Deflecting Asteroids Difficult But Possible - SpaceDaily  Left:  Just what can a little spacecraft do to deflect an asteroid - a lot say some scientists.  Col. Gen. Vladimir Popovkin, commander of the Russian Military Space Forces, told a news conference Friday that the national satellite network lacked a spacecraft capable of preventing an asteroid strike. Astronomers have already spotted about 800 asteroids, solid rocky celestial bodies, with a diameter of over 1,000 meters (3,250 feet) moving along circumsolar elliptical orbits. However, there may be as many as 2,000 large asteroids, and some 135,000 rocks with a diameter of 100 meters (325 feet) and more.  
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Alzheimer's Disease:
5/1/2006: Mouse Brains Look Like Alzheimer's, But Mouse Memories Do Just Fine - Science Daily

Biosciences:
5/1/2006: Natural Selection At Single Gene Demonstrated - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Nano Machine Switches Between Biological And Silicon Worlds
 - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Sperm-producing Stem Cells Found In Testicles Could Be Extracted, Grown In The Lab, And Frozen For Future Use - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Weed starves maple forests, biologists find... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: Safer Gene Therapy - Technology Review 
5/1/2006: Salvage prospect for 'junk' DNA  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
5/1/2006: The Next Green Revolution - Wired News
5/1/2006: Power Plants Agree to Cut Emissions... - Washington Post
5/1/2006: Tribute to Chernobyl victims... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: In utero exposure to urban air pollutants can increase risk... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: Woman: Landfill kidnap tale a hoax... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: Alabama Power Company to Spend More Than $200 Million Under Clean Air Act Settlement... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: Graphic: Average new car emissions in UK... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: Cars miss pollution target - and makers blame you... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices
5/1/2006: This Retro CD Player Plays Vinyl - Wired News

Communications

Technology

PC's

Internet
5/1/2006: Committing MySpacecide - Wired News
5/1/2006: Round Three for IE 7 - Wired News

Miscellaneous
5/1/2006: Dvorak on Microsoft: IE Is Worst Mistake Ever - Technology Review 

Energy:
5/1/2006: Prototype For One-metre Wide Vehicle Is Developed - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Haunting vigils mark 20 years since Chernobyl disaster... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: (PRN):- Chicago Ukrainian Community Hosts Two Chornobyl (Chernobyl) Events This Week ... [+]... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: Simpler and Cheaper Clean Coal Technology - Technology Review 
5/1/2006: Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline - Live Science
5/1/2006: Nuclear graveyard Chernobyl's problems will take centuries to lay to rest  - BBC

Health:
Cardiovascular
4/16/2005:Stroke-associated Damage To Brain Structure May Lead To Heart Attack - Science Daily

Cancer  
5/1/2006: Terahertz Imaging May Reduce Breast Cancer Surgeries - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Clues To Breast Cancer Hidden Inside Stem Cells - Science Daily

Infectious
5/1/2006: Boosting Newborns' Immune Responses: Researchers Identify Agents That May Make Vaccines Effective At Birth - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Pandemic flu planning 'too slow'  - BBC
5/1/2006: Bird flu: Country preparations  - BBC
5/1/2006: Q&A: Bird flu  - BBC

Non-Infectious
5/1/2006: Gene Variant Protects Against Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, And Hypertriglyceridemia - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Discoveries Should Aid Research Into Cause Of ALS - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Pitt Study Offers New Hope For People Trying To Quit Smoking - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
5/1/2006: Look Out! Eyeglass Injuries May Lead To Hospital Visit - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Study First To Show Potential Of Light-activated Gene Therapy For Knee Injuries - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
5/1/2006: The World's Deepest Dinosaur Finding -- 2256 Metres Below The Seabed - Science Daily

Miscellaneous:
5/1/2006: DNA Conclusive Yet Still Controversial, Carnegie Mellon Professor Says - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Delft Mathematician Enhances Protectiveness Of Military Uniform - Science Daily
5/1/2006: New Math: Two Plus Two Equals Three - Science Daily
5/1/2006: The Resurrection of Al Gore - Wired News
5/1/2006: Don't Blame Scott - Wired News
5/1/2006: Tribeca Fest Is Sweet on Science - Wired News
5/1/2006: Ye Olde Geek Show Draws Thousands - Wired News
5/1/2006: Gallery: Maker Faire 2006 - Wired News
5/1/2006: A Story of 1,001 Wishes - Wired News
5/1/2006: Gibberish Is Accepted as Science - Wired News
5/1/2006: Rants 'n' Raves: RIP - Wired News
5/1/2006: The Total Information Awareness Project Lives On - Technology Review 
5/1/2006: BLOG- Rush Limbaugh Mixes Science with Comedy - Live Science
5/1/2006: Zacarias Moussaoui: Wicked But Not Schizophrenic - Live Science
5/1/2006: Russia Launches Israeli Satellite To Spy On Iran - SpaceDaily

Neurosciences:
5/1/2006: Girls Have Big Advantage Over Boys On Timed Tests - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Scientists Probe Role of Genes, Environment in Parkinson Disease... - FirstScience
5/1/2006: Zacarias Moussaoui- Wicked But Not Schizophrenic - Live Science
5/1/2006: State Would Outlaw Mandadory Microchip Implants - Live Science

Physics and Astronomy:
5/1/2006: No WIMPS -- only superWIMPS - PhysicsWeb
5/1/2006: NASA's Chandra Finds Black Holes Are 'Green'
 - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Discovery Prospects At The Large Hadron Collider
 - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Happy Sweet Sixteen, Hubble Space Telescope
 - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Our Universe: A Quantum Loop...
  - Physics Org

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Space:
5/1/2006: Deflecting Asteroids Difficult But Possible - SpaceDaily
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One-Of-A-Kind Meteorite Unveiled - SpaceDaily
5/1/2006: Winter May Spell Doom for Aging Mars Rovers...
 - FirstScience
5/1/2006: NASA Chief Eyes 2011 for New Spacecraft...
 - FirstScience
5/1/2006: Mars Rovers Power On
 - SpaceDaily
5/1/2006: Russia Issues Results Of Proton Review
 - SpaceDaily
5/1/2006: Muslim Countries Urged To Reach For The Stars
 - SpaceDaily
5/1/2006: Mini Satellites Rocketing To Space Station
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Technology:
5/1/2006: Electronic Walls And Ceilings: Occupants Can Change The Location Of Light Fixtures On A Whim - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Scientists Devise Means To Test For Phony Technical Papers - Science Daily
5/1/2006: Engineers Develop Road Map For Nano Lithography - SpaceDaily

  



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