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U.S. Flu Plan: Expect Chaos - Live Science  A flu pandemic would cause massive disruptions lasting for months, and cities, states and businesses must make plans now to keep functioning—and not count on a federal rescue, the Bush administration said Wednesday. Bush last fall proposed a $7.1 billion plan to prepare for the next worldwide outbreak of a super-strain of influenza. Wednesday's report updates that plan, an incremental step that basically outlines exactly which government agency is responsible for some 300 tasks.
EU takes aim at sun cream labels  - BBC  Left:  No product provides full protection against ultra-violet radiation.  Current "sun protection factor" labels indicate protection from UVB radiation, which causes sunburn, but not from UVA, which also contributes to skin cancer. It also wants to ban the phrase "sun blocker" and to ensure people know how much cream to put on, and how often. An average-sized sunbather has to use 35g to protect the whole body - equivalent to six filled teaspoons, or one-third of a small bottle. It underlines that 90% of ultraviolet radiation can penetrate clouds, and that half a metre under water it will still be 40% as intense as at the surface. 

Cyclic universe could explain cosmic balancing act  - Nature  A bouncing universe that expands and then shrinks every trillion years or so could explain one of the most puzzling problems in cosmology: how we can exist at all. In Steinhardt and Turok's cyclic model of the Universe, it expands and contracts repeatedly over timescales that make the 13.7 billion years that have passed since the Big Bang seem a mere blink. This makes the Universe vastly old. And that in turn means that the mysterious 'cosmological constant', which describes how empty space appears to repel itself, has had time to shrink into the strangely small number that we observe today. Subatomic particles that constantly pop in and out of existence produce a 'vacuum energy', which makes space repel itself.
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Biosciences:
5/14/2006: Learning The Language Of DNA - Science Daily
5/14/2006: Key Root-development Pathway Mapped Using Advanced Genomic Technique - Science Daily
5/14/2006: Beach Patrols Help Sea Turtles Rebound - Live Science
5/14/2006: California Sees Worst Butterflies Season in 35 Years - Live Science
5/14/2006: Boats and Whales Collide in Hawaii - Live Science
5/14/2006: New Genus of Cricket Found in Arizona Cave - Live Science
5/14/2006: Non-Native Fish Invade Western Streams - Live Science

Geosciences, Environment:
5/14/2006: Huge rock slab growing in St. Helens crater - MSNBC
5/14/2006: U.S. acts to protect warming coral - MSNBC
5/14/2006: Dry run for tsunami warning system  - Nature
5/14/2006: Photo: Hi-Res Earth  - Wired News

Computers:
Games and Devices
5/14/2006: Digital SLRs bring lens quandary
  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Photos: High-end cameras  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Images: Digital difference  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Microsoft scientists pushing keyboard into the past  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Take-Two game rating toughened on topless feature  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Final Fantasy's Glitzy Fight Club  - Wired News
5/14/2006: Titans Slug It Out at E3
  - Wired News
5/14/2006: Live From E3: Gaming With Gusto
  - Wired News
5/14/2006: Zombie Seeks Brain: His Own
  - Wired News
5/14/2006: PlayStation 3 Gets $500 Price Tag
  - Wired News

Hardware and Software

5/14/2006: Apple's Good Fight on Malware - Business Week
5/14/2006: Microsoft pictures a 10-gigapixel photo  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Israeli start up creates wearable display  - El. Engr. Times
5/14/2006: AMD mulls design beyond 45 nm  - El. Engr. Times
5/14/2006: Gadget Lab: Fleet of Foot  - Wired News

Communications
5/14/2006: EarthLink, GE fund broadband over power line provider
  - C/Net

Internet
5/14/2006: House panel approves cybergambling ban  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Social networking sites: Hot today, gone tomorrow?  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Usual Suspects Dominate Webbys  - Wired News
5/14/2006: BitTorrent Gets a Seller's Permit  - Wired News

Miscellaneous
5/14/2006: Ballmer details MSN spending plans  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Microsoft ready to spend: but on what?  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Report: Microsoft feeling heat from Google  - CNN
5/14/2006: Chili Peppers Fans Hot Over Apple  - Wired News

Energy:
5/14/2006: Applied Materials warms up to solar equipment market  - El. Engr. Times
5/14/2006: Bio-diesel firm snags top prize from Intel-UCB event  - El. Engr. Times
5/14/2006: Solar Energy Becoming More Pervasive  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Dodge Shoots Itself With Caliber  - Wired News

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5/14/2006: U.S. Flu Plan: Expect Chaos - Live Science

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5/14/2006: EU takes aim at sun cream labels   - BBC 

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Miscellaneous:
5/14/2006: • The Ails of AOL - Business Week
5/14/2006: • A Better Prognosis for Big Pharma - Business Week
5/14/2006: How can IT save the world?  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Photo: A sub-$400 laptop  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Feds' watch list eats its own
5/14/2006: Hollywood may get it, but will they kill it?  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Michael Dell pushes governments to invest in IT  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Photo: Michael Dell at WCIT  - C/Net
5/14/2006: FCC approves Net-wiretapping taxes  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Presidential roast video attracts big Web audience  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Don't pirate MS-Office: Use ours, says OpenOffice.org  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Thieves use laptops to steal cars  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Online video brings the gym home  - CNN
5/14/2006: Airlines Try Smarter Boarding  - Wired News
5/14/2006: Fastest Feet in the West  - Wired News
5/14/2006: 1,300 Get the Chop at AOL  - Wired News

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5/14/2006: Cyclic universe could explain cosmic balancing act  - Nature
5/14/2006: 'Cyclic universe' can explain cosmological constant
 - New Scientist

Space and Astronomy:
5/14/2006: Recycled Radio Array Examines Interstellar Gas With Sharpened Eyes - SpaceDaily
5/14/2006: Milky Way A Field Of Streams
 - SpaceDaily
5/14/2006: Hidden Companion Star Explains Chameleon Supernova
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Technology:
5/14/2006: Lost in adverts
 - New Scientist
5/14/2006: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop New Method To Monitor Aircraft Lifespan
 - Science Daily
5/14/2006: Tepid interest seen for next-gen DVDs in 2006  - C/Net
5/14/2006: Short film delivers nanotech for the masses
  - CNN
5/14/2006: U.S. auto slump slams robotics orders
  - El. Engr. Times
5/14/2006: South Korea unveils female android
  - El. Engr. Times
5/14/2006: DARPA's latest challenge raises the bar
  - El. Engr. Times
5/14/2006: Drop a Bomb on Keyboard Culture

  



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