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Researchers Identify Key Immune Factors Associated With Sars - SpaceDaily  The Canadian Network for Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics (CANVAC) has announced that a group of its scientists has identified key immune factors associated with the early stages of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). They found that one immune molecule, known as IP-10, was very high in the blood of all SARS patients at the beginning of their illness. During the early stages of SARS, such high levels of IP-10, a key immune factor, suggest that the body is beginning to fight the battle against SARS. Moreover, as patients recover from SARS, the amount of IP-10 in the blood drops. However, in the patients who have a very bad case of SARS, IP-10 levels remain high. Sadly, in patients who die, the levels always remain high. Dr. Kelvin and his team think that the immune system is not working properly in patients who cannot overcome SARS.
DARPA Pursuing A Mobile Energy Recovery System For The Battlefield  - SpaceDaily  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Mobile Integrated Sustainable Energy Recovery (MISER) program has two thrusts. The first will develop technologies to harness the energy content of packaging waste generated during military field operations and convert it to electricity. The second is aimed at developing plastic packaging technologies made from renewable sources using processes that do not require hazardous chemicals or generate toxic waste streams. These capabilities would reduce military logistics burdens by providing fuel for on-site power generation while disposing of waste. Ultimately, MISER technology may be able to replace much of the fuel needs for electrical power in the field, a huge cost savings. Using packaging materials produced with environmentally sustainable methods would provide an additional benefit. Plastic packaging waste has an energy content that approaches that of diesel fuel.

It's Time For Hubble-2 - SpaceDaily  There are a lot of issues to debate right now about the future of space flight, and we Space Cadets are debating them furiously among ourselves. But the only issue that has really fired up the wider public beyond January was the decision to scrap the scheduled Space Shuttle refurbishment mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe has fed this fire of criticism by offering an obviously phony rationale based on safety, and refusing to entertain any dissent or honest debate on the issue. O'Keefe has even told Congress that he would ignore a proposed National Academy of Sciences study on the question if it disagreed with his views! 
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Biosciences:
5/12/2004: Babies Born With a Mission  - Wired News
5/12/2004: GM Crop Trials Underway Throughout Germany...
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5/12/2004: Humpback Whales' Singing More Prevalent - ABC
5/12/2004: Researchers Take Close Look at Moose Nose - ABC
5/12/2004: Professor Studies How Tall Trees Can Grow - ABC
5/12/2004: Center Reports Stem-Cell Breakthrough - ABC
5/12/2004: Ancient arthropod caught moulting  - BBC
5/12/2004: High speed fish align on design  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
5/12/2004: Global Warming... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: Controversial Disaster Film Casts Spotlight on Global Warming... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: Global warming's bottom line: Will it become like the Enron debacle?... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: May 5 - Top U.S. air polluters are closely tied to Bush fundraising, pollution policymaking process... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: Report: One-Third of Wash.'s Birds at Risk - ABC
5/12/2004: Old ELF Turns on Young 'Eco-Terrorists' - ABC
5/12/2004: High fish numbers boost angling  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
5/12/2004: Review: A Color Laser Printer Fit for Home or Office - ABC

Communications
5/12/2004: African Landlines Lose Out to Mobiles  - Wired News
5/12/2004: Wireless and Worry-Free? - ABC
5/12/2004: Broadband 'set for speed boost'  - BBC
5/12/2004: NTT DoCoMo develops world's smallest Internet-capable cellphone - SpaceDaily
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PC's
5/12/2004: Visionary Sound for Tomorrow's PCs - Business Week
5/12/2004: Microsoft plans laptop tune-up with Longhorn  - C/Net
5/12/2004: Sony launches world's smallest Windows XP-operated personal computer - SpaceDaily
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Internet
5/12/2004: Mo' Better Blogging With Newton  - Wired News
5/12/2004: Sasser Plays Havoc Worldwide  - Wired News
5/12/2004: You Surf Just Like a Woman - Salon
5/12/2004: After the Worm Turns
5/12/2004: Commentary: The Phoniness of Online Friends - ABC
5/12/2004: Trench warfare: Behind the scenes in the battle against computer viruses  - BBC
5/12/2004: Sasser net worm set for long life  - BBC
5/12/2004: Web Search for Tomorrow - Business Week
5/12/2004: Security experts warn of nastier worm  - CNN
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Miscellaneous
5/12/2004: Record Industry Wants Still More  - Wired News
5/12/2004: MIT Students Make Computer 'Biking' a Fun Exercise  - Wired News
5/12/2004: Hunt for the Sasser Worm Culprit - ABC
5/12/2004: After the Worm Turns - ABC
5/12/2004: Microsoft offers world of computerized 'experiences'  - CNN
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Energy:
5/12/2004: DARPA Pursuing A Mobile Energy Recovery System For The Battlefield  - SpaceDaily
5/12/2004: Business Buys Into Fuel Cells  - Wired News
5/12/2004: US announces renewable energy grants to SMEs... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: Farmers, Ranchers Can Apply for Renewable Energy Grants... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: Hydrogen-Powered, Gas-Fueled - ABC
5/12/2004: Can Gasoline Jump-Start Hydrogen? - Business Week
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5/12/2004: Patient in Ky. Gets Artificial Heart - ABC
5/12/2004: Gene is linked to heart attacks  - BBC
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Cancer  
5/12/2004: DNA Bots Target Cancer  - Wired News
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Infectious
5/12/2004: Researchers Identify Key Immune Factors Associated With Sars - SpaceDaily
5/12/2004: Speed Limits Could Slow Viruses - Technology Review 
5/12/2004: Scientists cite genetic difference in Canadian avian flu outbreak... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: U.N.: World Must Brace for Diseases - ABC
5/12/2004: 'Flesh-eating bug' hits pygmies  - BBC
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Non-Infectious
5/12/2004: Genetic breakthrough for babies with diabetes... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: Study Examines Insulin-Producing Cells - ABC
5/12/2004: Wheals of Fire - ABC
5/12/2004: Video: Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: What is Anaphylaxis? - ABC
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Miscellaneous
5/12/2004: The 'Ouch' Factor - ABC
5/12/2004: Video: The Impact of Pain on Sleep - ABC
5/12/2004: Focus on Dental Health - ABC
5/12/2004: Focus on Body Aches and Pains - ABC
5/12/2004: Slimming Scents? - ABC
5/12/2004: Firms urged to cut salt in food  - BBC
5/12/2004: Concern over hip replacements  - BBC
5/12/2004: At the doctors: Why you should never be afraid to ask for more information  - BBC
5/12/2004: Drug Prices: A New Covenant? - Business Week
5/12/2004: Reimporting Drugs: No Cheap Fix - Business Week
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History, Anthropology:
5/12/2004: Queen's Tomb Discovered in Mayan Ruins - ABC
5/12/2004: When Ice Cream Cones Were Cutting Edge - ABC
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Miscellaneous:
5/12/2004: Bunker Holds a Mountain of Movies  - Wired News
5/12/2004: Buy Your Way to Legitimacy  - Wired News
5/12/2004: Great Apes Up Against Great Odds  - Wired News
5/12/2004: Frank Gehry's Geek Palace  - Wired News
5/12/2004: Blogs Counter Political Plottings  - Wired News
5/12/2004: U.S. Sets Trial for Security Screening of Rail Passengers  - Wired News
5/12/2004: E-Voting: 1 County Sues State - L. A. Times
5/12/2004: Virtual Schools, Real Concerns  - Wired News
5/12/2004: How the Internet Became a Powerful Voice for Democracy  - Wired News
5/12/2004: Security Architects launch Ozone, an Intrusion Prevention System... - FirstScience
5/12/2004: Alternate Route - ABC
5/12/2004: Report: U.S. Lags in Science Education - ABC
5/12/2004: French farmers threaten action against rural reality TV show  - BBC
5/12/2004: Gurus of Technology - Business Week
5/12/2004: Britain's biometric ID cards postponed  - C/Net
5/12/2004: Intel's next challenge: Mastering physical world  - C/Net
5/12/2004: Briefly: Group wants H-1B visa exemptions  - C/Net
5/12/2004: Outsourcing roundtable  - C/Net
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Neurosciences:
5/12/2004: Love's strange effect on people  - BBC
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Physics and Astronomy:
5/12/2004: It's Time For Hubble-2 - SpaceDaily
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Robotics:
5/12/2004: Robot Sex - Technology Review 
5/12/2004: Humanoids for the Home - Technology Review 
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Space:
5/12/2004: Sea Launch company puts US satellite into orbit - SpaceDaily
5/12/2004: The Spirit Of A Country Mile On Mars

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Technology:
5/12/2004: Wireless Wheels - Tech TV
5/12/2004: Health hazard: Why the humble chair is a threat to good living in the West  - BBC
5/12/2004: CDs, DVDs not so immortal  - CNN
5/12/2004: Bionic running shoe to hit the road  - C/Net
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