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Swirling Dust Near Black Hole Too Thick for Theory - Space.com  A close-up view of a donut-shaped disk of dust around a black hole confirms several expectations about the massive structure but has astronomers wondering how the disk could be so thick. The black hole packs a mass equal to about 10 million Suns. That's more than twice the mass of the black hole in our Milky Way but many times less than others in the more distant universe. It anchors a nearby galaxy called NGC 1068.
Stanford Engineers Create GPS Steering - SpaceDaily  Stanford Center for Design Research engineers have created a car steering mechanism that uses the global positioning system. Chris Gerdes, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and co-director of the Stanford Center for Design Research, demonstrated how the mechanism worked by driving a Corvette through a series of cones without touching the steering wheel. Three GPS antennas on the car's roof identified the direction the car was traveling and its exact location within a few centimeters. Whenever the car started to drift, an onboard computer nudged it back toward the center of the lane.

Refining Diamondoids From Crude Oil - SpaceDaily  Left: Diamondoid was first discovered and isolated from a Czechoslovakian petroleum in 1933. The isolated substance was named adamantane, from the Greek for diamond. This name was chosen because it has the same structure as the diamond lattice, highly symmetrical and strain free. It is generally accompanied by small amounts of alkylated adamantanes: 2-methyl-; 1-ethyl-; and probably 1-methyl-; 1,3-dimethyl; and others.   Oil giant ChevronTexaco has announced it can now refine from crude oil sizable quantities of diamond-like molecules that hold great potential for science and health researchers. Chemists say the diamondoids, as they are called could find their way into everything from advanced materials and microscopic devices to pharmaceuticals and jet fuel. 

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5/16/2004: Monsanto Backs Off Bio-Wheat  - Wired News
5/16/2004: GM maize growing 'needs review'
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5/16/2004: WashPost: Cicadas come of age - MSNBC
5/16/2004: Corn cuts the carbs  - Nature
5/16/2004: Monsanto scrubs transgenic wheat  - Nature
5/16/2004: GM wheat put on hold - New Scientist
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Climate, Environment:
5/16/2004: Climate Change Out of the Blue  - Wired News
5/16/2004: EPA issues rules cutting pollution in construction, farming vehicles and equipment... - FirstScience
5/16/2004: EPA announces new diesel pollution rules... - MSNBC
5/16/2004: Utah's Precedent-Setting Public Land Takeover Attempt Tainted by Shoddy Supporting Evidence... - FirstScience
5/16/2004: US struggles with climate change... - FirstScience
5/16/2004: Greenpeace paralyzes Italian ports to protest genetically-modified soya... - FirstScience
5/16/2004: Scientists say El Nino worsening... - ABC
5/16/2004: Bad Air - ABC
5/16/2004: 500 Rare Butterflies Discovered in Ore. - ABC
5/16/2004: Bamboo under extinction threat  - Nature
5/16/2004: Essay: Let the Lion Lie Down With Tulips  - NY Times
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Devices
5/16/2004: Manhattan Gets Pac-Man Fever  - Wired News
5/16/2004: On-Demand Games a Phantom No More  - Wired News
5/16/2004: E3, the Sequel: Video-Game Expo  - Wired News
5/16/2004: Xbox Live signs up games giant  - BBC
5/16/2004: Study: Portable gamers to nearly double by 2009  - C/Net
5/16/2004: Sony to Nintendo: Two can play handhelds  - C/Net
5/16/2004: Keeping You Glued to the Couch

5/16/2004: Sony takes aim at iPod with 'Vaio pocket'
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Communications
5/16/2004: Microsoft says bye-bye to Wi-Fi  - C/Net
5/16/2004: Congress targets cell phone camera peeping Toms  - CNN
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Technology
5/16/2004: Intel launches Dothan, new naming scheme  - C/Net
5/16/2004: Intel releases new mobile processors  - El. Engr. Times
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PC's
5/16/2004: Upbeat Computers Boost Users - Technology Review 
5/16/2004: Color Display Blocks Prying Eyes - Technology Review 
5/16/2004: Review: A Hard Drive With Removable Disks - ABC
5/16/2004: Sony makes over Vaio line  - C/Net
5/16/2004: Minidrives to make big splash  - C/Net
5/16/2004: A Big Blue Gauntlet for Microsoft - Business Week
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Internet
5/16/2004: A Poke at E-Peeping Toms - ABC
5/16/2004: Under Fire - ABC
5/16/2004: US criticised over web controls  - BBC
5/16/2004: Cyber cowboys: How the Wild West of virus writing is being tamed  - BBC
5/16/2004: Web worm tests network security  - BBC
5/16/2004: Web Search: On to "Sense-Making" - Business Week
5/16/2004: Google auction: Revolution or disaster?  - CNN
5/16/2004: Anonymous file-swapping programmer arrested - New Scientist
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Miscellaneous
5/16/2004: Copyright Arrest in Japan  - Wired News
5/16/2004: Music to go: How you can mix your own CD while you sip your cappuccino  - BBC
5/16/2004: Holy security wars
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5/16/2004: Microsoft readies XP update giveaway   - C/Net
5/16/2004: Can Microsoft, Sun coexist?  - C/Net
5/16/2004: Congressional panel to weigh digital copyright  - C/Net
5/16/2004: Pets in wards would speed recovery of patients - New Scientist
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Energy:
5/16/2004: UK 'lagging on biomass potential'  - BBC
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Health:
Cardiovascular
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Cancer  
5/16/2004: Chest Pains - ABC
5/16/2004: Video: The Stages of Breast Cancer - ABC
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Infectious
5/16/2004: WHO Recommends Providing More AIDS Clinics - ABC
5/16/2004: Chlamydia Cases on the Rise in Washington - ABC
5/16/2004: China announces plan to curb rapid spread of AIDS  - NY Times
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Miscellaneous
5/16/2004: Blood Feud Kills Off Fat Cells  - Wired News
5/16/2004: Study: American Pesticide Levels Are High - ABC
5/16/2004: Wis. Promotes Morning-After Pill Hotline - ABC
5/16/2004: Dole Touts Medicare Drug Benefits in Pa. - ABC
5/16/2004: Fears for homeopathic hospital  - BBC
5/16/2004: Why doctors are up in arms over plastic surgery programmes  - BBC
5/16/2004: Magnetic therapy for spine injury  - BBC
5/16/2004: Diagnosing WebMD  - C/Net
5/16/2004: New cancer technique useful against fat? - MSNBC
5/16/2004: Books on Health: The Riddle of Obesity  - NY Times
5/16/2004: When Coffee Doesn't Do It, Turning to Canned Energy
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5/16/2004: The Consumer: How Patients Can Use the New Access to Their Medical Records
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5/16/2004: On the Trail of Diseases, Years Before They Strike
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History, Anthropology:
5/16/2004: Project promises new glory for Waterloo battlefield  - BBC
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Miscellaneous:
5/16/2004: When Old Convictions Won't Die  - Wired News
5/16/2004: EBay's Growth Just Beginning  - Wired News
5/16/2004: Endless Summer, on Demand  - Wired News
5/16/2004: Cost of Airport Security Tech  - Wired News
5/16/2004: Net Gains - ABC
5/16/2004: Six of the best: Popular science books go head to head for the Aventis Prize  - BBC
5/16/2004: Under the skin of digital crime  - BBC
5/16/2004: Go DigitalAs India's e-election ends, a special report on using technology to support democracy  - BBC
5/16/2004: India: Now It's Hardware's Turn - Business Week
5/16/2004: Airship glides inside UK cathedral  - CNN
5/16/2004: Computer chip noise may betray code - New Scientist
5/16/2004: Ban genetic bias, says Nobel scientist... - FirstScience
5/16/2004: Science Safari: Chem Demos... - FirstScience
5/16/2004: TimeLine: 70 Years Ago in Science News... - FirstScience
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Physics and Astronomy:
5/16/2004: Swirling Dust Near Black Hole Too Thick for Theory - Space.com
5/16/2004: NASA Chandra Observatory Sees Giant Galaxy's Violent Past...
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Prolongevity
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Robotics:
5/16/2004: Patients give robot thumbs-up - MSNBC
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Space:
5/16/2004: Unmanned European Shuttle Phoenix Lands Safely - Space.com
5/16/2004: Space Advocacy Groups Unite to Back Moon, Mars and Beyond Vision
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5/16/2004: New Mexico to Host Spaceflight Contest - ABC
5/16/2004: X-Prize 'will be won this year'  - BBC
5/16/2004: Rover starts crater science tasks...  - BBC
5/16/2004: Audit reveals black hole in NASA's books... - ABC
5/16/2004: NASA Spitzer Shares The Wealth - Spitzer Space Telescope Image... - ABC
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Technology:
5/16/2004: Five Killer Patents  - Technology Review 
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