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The President's New Helicopter - Popular Science  After decades of upgrades to a fleet of notoriously cramped Sikorsky VH-3 Sea Kings, the White House has tasked Lockheed Martin with a dramatic, $6.1-billion makeover of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, starting this summer. The goal: to fit a mobile Oval Office into the tight quarters of a chopper. The new fleet will consist of 23 VH-71 aircraft, each of which will have 200 square feet of cabin space, nearly double the Sea Kingís 116.       
Android Has Human-Like Skin and Expressions - Live Science  EveR-1, a Korean android capable of realistic facial expressions to express happiness, anger, sadness and pleasure was introduced to the public last week. EveR-1's android skin is made from a silicon jelly that feels similar to human skin. Resembling a woman in her 20s, EveR-1 is 5-foot-3. The android has fifteen sensors in its robotic face to allow it to interpret the face of a person before it, and 35 miniature motors to create expression and properly look back at a person talking to it. The EveR-1 has a basic vocabulary of 400 words, and can have simple verbal exchanges with humans. According to KITECH scientist Baeg Moon-hong, "The robot can serve to provide information in department stores and museums or read stories to children; it?s capable of both education and entertainment functions." Science fiction writers have gone a bit further in their thinking about female robots and androids. In his chilling 1954 work The Mechanical Bride, author Fritz Leiber wrote about a similar robotic creation. (Read more about Fritz Leiber's mechanical bride) The EveR-1 android facial features were created by combining those of two well-known Korean actresses; the body shape is that of a third actress. Read more about Korea unveils EveR-1 robot with human proportions, expressions. Also, take a look at the extremely realistic Philip K. Dick Robot and Robot Repliee Q1, another very life-like robot.

Neanderthals and Humans: Perhaps They Never Met - Live Science  There is much debate on exactly how Neanderthals went extinct. Theories include climate change and inferior tools compared to those made by modern humans. Neanderthals lived in Europe and western Asia from 230,000 to 29,000 years ago. Anthropologists also disagree on whether modern humans and Neanderthals are the same species and interbred. And now, some scientists dispute whether they lived side-by-side at all in Europe.     
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Biosciences:
5/16/2006:†Horse science: What makes a winner - MSNBC
5/16/2006:†Hawaiian waters dangerous to whales
 - MSNBC
5/16/2006:†Dolphins play name game  - Nature
5/16/2006:†Deafness gene has health benefit
5/16/2006:†Dolphins play the name game, too - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Explosive sting of jellyfish captured on film - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Researchers Find Protein That Silences Genes - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Research Shows How Visual Stimulation Turns Up Genes To Shape The Brain - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Molecular Security Mechanism For Keeping Mutations In Check - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Diverse Sea 'Bugs' Revealed On Landmark Atlantic Cruise To Census Zooplankton - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Study Provides First Look At The 'Birth' Of A Retina Cell - Science Daily

Geosciences, Environment:
5/16/2006:†Sri Lanka's water still plagued by tsunami  - Nature
5/16/2006:†La Nina Will Have No Effect On 2006 Atlantic Hurricanes - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Polar Explorers Use Satellite Broadband To Stay In Touch - Science Daily

Computers:
Games and Devices
5/16/2006:†PS3 controller gets moving  - C/Net
5/16/2006:†Sony unveils PS3 pricing, release dates
  - C/Net
5/16/2006:†123 comments
  - C/Net
5/16/2006:†Microsoft wants you to feel young again
  - C/Net
5/16/2006:†Nintendo continues to play coy  - CNN
5/16/2006:†Consoles going online at E3  - CNN

Hardware and Software

5/16/2006:†For Nintendo, MEMS the word  - El. Engr. Times

Communications
5/16/2006:†Smaller cable firms take aim at Net neutrality fans
  - C/Net
5/16/2006:†36 comments
  - C/Net
5/16/2006:†EarthLink: Bells must share broadband networks
  - C/Net

Internet
5/16/2006:†Windows Live Messenger launches public beta  - C/Net
5/16/2006:†Report: Internet gamblers can afford it  - CNN

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Energy:
5/16/2006:†Carnegie Mellon Researchers Say Use Of Switchgrass Could Solve Energy Woes - Science Daily

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  
5/16/2006:†Cells from mutant mice kill cancers - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†New Technique Offers Relief For Patients With Spinal Tumors - Science Daily

Infectious
5/16/2006:†How not to banish HIV - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Shape changer helps HIV play havoc - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†New Treatment Against Persistent Ulcer-inducing Bacteria Successful - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†The Next Flu Pandemic: When It Happens, Restricting Air Travel Won't Help - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Stomach Receptor For H. Pylori Discovered - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
5/16/2006:†Skin faults linked to allergic disorders - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
5/16/2006:†Aspartame: The healthy option? - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Good News For Athletes: Stem Cells Can Repair Torn Tendons Or Ligaments - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Novel Enzyme Offers New Look At Male Hormone Regulation - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Some Ethnic Groups More Susceptible To Adverse Drug Reactions - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Expanding Waistlines Triggered By Your Genes - Science Daily

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History, Anthropology:
5/16/2006:†Neanderthals and Humans: Perhaps They Never Met - Live Science
5/16/2006:†Mexican monolith could change history - MSNBC
5/16/2006:†Letter says Yale club has Geronimo skull - MSNBC
5/16/2006:†Olympic construction finds imperial tombs - MSNBC
5/16/2006:†Archaeologists excavate ancient road - MSNBC

Miscellaneous:
5/16/2006:†'Botmaster' gets 57 months in prison  - CNN
5/16/2006:†Surreality TV - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†US 'botmaster' jailed for hijacking 400,000 PCs - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Six-billion-dollar Human Is Becoming Reality, As Bionics Restores Or Expands Humans' Abilities - Science Daily

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5/16/2006:†Clue to sexual attraction found in lesbian brain
 - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Menís friendliness to children shows in their faces - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Change the way you see the world - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Robot love - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Tapping into vision, thoughts and dreams - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Lying Is Exposed By Micro-expressions We Can't Control - Science Daily
5/16/2006:†Neurobiology Of Dread Gives Scientists Clues About Human Decision Making
 - Science Daily

Physical Sciences:
5/16/2006:†Our galaxy's halo is round not squashed - New Scientist

Space and Astronomy:
5/16/2006:†Cosmic Log: Risking it all on Mars - MSNBC
5/16/2006:†Girl guides go for launch
  - Nature
5/16/2006:†NASA gives Discovery go-ahead for assembly
 - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Titan in pictures
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Technology:
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Android Has Human-Like Skin and Expressions - Live Science
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The President's New Helicopter - Popular Science
5/16/2006:†Lab probes ease of everyday items
  - CNN
5/16/2006:†Invention: Bomb jammer
 - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Beetle's wings inspire water-moving materials
 - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Did carob seeds allow shady diamond deals?
 - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Robo-roach could betray real cockroaches
 - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Gesture control
 - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Virtual slicing gives faster testing
 - New Scientist
5/16/2006:†Blood-compatible Nanoscale Materials Possible Using Heparin
 - Science Daily

  



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