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DARPA's Robot Challenge Goes Urban - Live Science  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) yesterday announced plans to hold the Urban Challenge competition on Nov. 3, 2007. The goal is to spur advances in robotics that will aid military supply missions. Another $2 million prize awaits the team whose robot can successfully maneuver a mock 60-mile urban course in under six hours. The robot will have to obey traffic laws, merge into traffic, and navigate traffic circles and busy intersections.     
         British Healthier than Americans - Live Science  Despite the fact that the United States spends more on medical care per capita than the United Kingdom—$5,274 compared to $2,164—Americans ages 55 to 64 suffer from higher rates of many life-threatening diseases and conditions than their counterparts across the Atlantic. At 12.5 percent, diabetes prevalence was twice as high in the United States and hypertension was about 10 percentage points higher. 

Straw of life: The straw that stops water-borne disease as you drink  - BBC  Inside are filters and a chamber impregnated with iodine. These remove the bacteria from the water as it is drunk. In the developing world, one person in six does not have access to drinking water, and 6,000 people a day die from water-borne diseases. The LifeStraw, however, is designed to filter these out - it includes a disinfectant filter which kills bacteria, and active carbon which removes parasites and gives the water a better taste. It is priced at around $3.50 (£1.85) a straw. Each one will last for around 700 litres, around six months to a year.   
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Biosciences:
5/11/2006: Deep ocean trawl nets new 'bugs'  - BBC
5/11/2006: Paradise lost: The farm that grows wildlife as well as crops
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5/11/2006: Doctor defends IVF for woman, 63
5/11/2006: 'Designer baby' bid gets go-ahead  - BBC
5/11/2006: Eight new frog species discovered - MSNBC
5/11/2006: Zooplankton survey plumb - Live Sciences the depths - New Scientist
5/11/2006: How Bats Track Bugs - Live Science
5/11/2006: Rich Gallery of Deep-Sea Life Discovered in Bermuda Triangle - Live Science
5/11/2006: New Method Confirms Importance Of Fungi In Arctic Nitrogen Cycle - Science Daily
5/11/2006: Bats Use Guided Missile Strategy To Capture Prey - Science Daily
5/11/2006: Greenbeards Have Blue Throats In Breakthrough Study Of Evolution Of Altruistic Behavior - Science Daily
5/11/2006: Dems Press Debate on Stem Cells  - Wired News
5/11/2006: How Much Should Human Eggs Cost?  - Wired News
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5/11/2006: Gallery: Monster Waves - Live Science
5/11/2006: Mobile-phone signals reveal rainfall  - Nature
5/11/2006: Cellphone masts can measure rainfall - New Scientist
5/11/2006: BLOG: The Greatest Science Experiment Ever - Live Science
5/11/2006: The Ten Deadliest Tornadoes on Record. - Live Science
5/11/2006: Ozone Recovering, But Unlikely To Stabilize At Pre-1980 Levels, Says Study - Science Daily
5/11/2006: Huge Pacific Earthquake Sparks Tsunami Panic - SpaceDaily
5/11/2006: New Lava Dome On Mount Merapi Expanding - SpaceDaily
5/11/2006: Worries About The Ozone Layer Are Not Yet Over - SpaceDaily
5/11/2006: Japan to capture CO2 at Australian power plant in world first: report - SpaceDaily
5/11/2006: Warming Portends Pacific Havoc  - Wired News
5/11/2006: Ecology and evolution... - Economist
5/11/2006: Bush's climate change view challenged... - FirstScience
5/11/2006: Greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2005 - study... - FirstScience
5/11/2006: Giant ozone hole 'forming over Tibet'... - FirstScience
5/11/2006: China to address urgent environmental issues... - FirstScience
5/11/2006: Push to let military hunt in park | Vote... - FirstScience
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Games and Devices
5/11/2006: DS Lite Is on the Way
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Communications
5/11/2006: 802.11n: Buy Now, or Wait?
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Internet
5/11/2006: Net censorship spreads worldwide  - BBC
5/11/2006: Making news: Korean OhmyNews website pioneers citizen journalism  - BBC
5/11/2006: Spam or ham? - New Scientist
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Miscellaneous
5/11/2006: Microsoft's adCenter is Google, Yahoo! rival - Seattle Times
5/11/2006: Everyone Wants to 'Own' Your PC
5/11/2006: Test Driving the Flex-Ajax Bridge  - Wired News
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Energy:
5/11/2006: End the 'Flat' Gas Tax  - Wired News
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Health:
Cardiovascular
4/16/2005:Heart Risks From Vioxx Happen Much Earlier Than Believed - Science Daily
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Cancer  
5/11/2006: A step closer to solving therapy's cancer riddle - New Scientist
5/11/2006: High-tech Shaped-beam Radiosurgery System Preserves More Healthy Tissue - Science Daily
5/11/2006: Vitamin A-like Drug Cuts The Risk Of Second Breast Cancers In Young Women - Science Daily
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Infectious
5/11/2006: Beware Europe's unknown viral nasties - New Scientist
5/11/2006: Way to mass produce key bird flu drug revealed - New Scientist
5/11/2006: Flu pandemic could cost billions - New Scientist
5/11/2006: Computer Grid Helps Fight Avian Flu - Science Daily
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Miscellaneous
5/11/2006: British Healthier than Americans - Live Science
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Prolongevity
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History, Anthropology:
5/11/2006: Battling the Closet Bible Bashers  - Wired News
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Miscellaneous:
5/11/2006: Bee farmer's stinging rebuke to Japan over disputed islands  - BBC
5/11/2006: Ad breakdown :As papers lose ad revenue is journalism threatened?  - BBC
5/11/2006: Free will - you only think you have it - New Scientist
5/11/2006: Boeing suit to enrich lawyers - Seattle Times
5/11/2006: Rates on 30-year mortgages climb - Seattle Times
5/11/2006: Productivity rebounds; jobless claims rise - Seattle Times
5/11/2006: Russian Military Launches New Spy Satellite - Space.com
5/11/2006: AVID Developing New Homeland Security UAV - SpaceDaily
5/11/2006: US "Rayguns" To Disable Enemy Satellites - SpaceDaily
5/11/2006: Feds' Watch List Eats Its Own  - Wired News
5/11/2006: The Big Pineapple gets some science spice... - FirstScience
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Other
5/11/2006: Dread prompts pain in the brain
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5/11/2006: Do drug firm links sway psychiatry? - New Scientist
5/11/2006: Dreadful Experiment Yields Shocking Results - Live Science
5/11/2006: The Brain's Motivation Station - Science Daily
5/11/2006: PMS -- A Fact Of Life Or All In The Mind? - Science Daily
5/11/2006: Does IQ Drop With Age, Or Does Something Else Impact Intelligence? - Science Daily
5/11/2006: Human Intelligence Determined By Volume And Location Of Gray Matter Tissue In Brain
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5/11/2006: VCU Study Shows Big-brained People Are Smarter
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Physical Sciences:
5/11/2006: Popular physics myth is all at sea  - Nature
5/11/2006: Ice freezes at room temperature
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5/11/2006: Popular physics myth is all at sea...
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Space and Astronomy:
5/11/2006: Colossal dunes swathe Saturn's giant moon - New Scientist
5/11/2006: Criticism of NASA science budget grows
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5/11/2006: Hubble watches Jupiter's 'red spot races'
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5/11/2006: Cassini Flies By Saturn's Moon Titan, Sees More Craters
5/11/2006: NASA Lacks Funds for Science Research, Report Says
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5/11/2006: Japan Plays Down Human Spaceflight Plans
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5/11/2006: China welcomes NASA chief, but calls on US to be more open
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Technology:
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DARPA's Robot Challenge Goes Urban - Live Science
5/11/2006: Toxic warning for nano industry
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Straw of life: The straw that stops water-borne disease as you drink   - BBC
5/11/2006: Cosmic Log: Inside the rocket shop
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5/11/2006: Open the pod bay doors, HAL
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5/11/2006: Taming the Sea Monster
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