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Statins Pharmacists to sell heart drugs  - BBC  Left:  "There have been no specific clinical trials to prove that over-the-counter use of Zocor is effective in the target population of people at moderate risk of heart disease."  Patients will soon be able to buy heart drugs in chemists, the government has announced.  The drugs will be available in chemists from July. But doctors are concerned about the plans, saying the dose may be too low to have any effect and that it may be difficult to monitor patients buying statins. "It's a decision that may be being made for expediency, rather than clinical reasons." It has been suggested the drug will cost around £5 a week, compared to £6.40 for a month's prescription.
Virtual church Virtual vicar: We put the new 3D computer church to the test  - BBC  Churches are having to use their imagination to attract new members. The 3D virtual-reality Church of Fools is just one idea, but does it have any chance of building a congregation? Going into this online chapel is a little like playing a computer game - you use your mouse to indicate where you want to walk, you right-click for options such as kneeling, and your typed words appear in speech bubbles on the screen. Unless methods can be found of reaching out to new people, the fear for churches is that one day they will simply cease to exist. 

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Library of Alexandria discovered  - BBC  Left:   A reconstruction of the library from Carl Sagan's Cosmos (1980).   Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the site of the Library of Alexandria, often described as the world's first major seat of learning. A Polish-Egyptian team has excavated parts of the Bruchion region of the Mediterranean city and discovered what look like lecture halls or auditoria. Two thousand years ago, the library housed works by the greatest thinkers and writers of the ancient world. Works by Plato and Socrates and many others were later destroyed in a fire. "It is perhaps the oldest university in the world."

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Biosciences:
5/20/2004: EU to Approve Genetically Modified Corn - ABC
5/20/2004: Air Pollution Linked to Genetic Mutations
 - ABC
5/20/2004: Europe to back GM corn for humans  - BBC
5/20/2004: Aging octopus finds love at last - MSNBC
5/20/2004: An army in its prime  - Nature
5/20/2004: Japan sets sail on 'scientific' whale hunt - New Scientist
5/20/2004: A way with whales - New Scientist
5/20/2004: Tufts University Groundbreaking Research On Caterpillar Locomotion - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Frozen, Fresh Sperm Both Effective For In Vitro Fertilization - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Protein Keeps Cold Fish From Becoming Frozen Flounder, New Study Shows - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Following Earth's Magnetic Field: Chemical Reaction In Birds Provides Sense Of Direction During Migratory Flights - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
5/20/2004: Researchers Study Undersea Volcanoes - ABC
5/20/2004: Second Snakehead Found in Potomac River - ABC
5/20/2004: US takes Greenpeace to court in unusual trial  - Yahoo
5/20/2004: Sediments In Many Central Valley Streams Contain Toxic Levels Of Pyrethroid Pesticides - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Satellites See Shadows Of Ancient Glaciers - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Computer Recycling Law Likely to be Delayed  - Wired News

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Devices
5/20/2004: Fun and games: Inside the largest video game arcade in the world  - BBC
5/20/2004: Halo sequel shows potential  - BBC
5/20/2004: In pictures: Take a trip into the history of video gaming  - BBC
5/20/2004: Play-by-play at E3 games expo  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Online-game developers eye China market  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Game specialists make moves for handheld niches  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Game companies tweak online plans
  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Which video games will be on wish lists?
  - CNN  
5/20/2004: Sony shows off portable PlayStation platform
 - Silicon Strategies
5/20/2004: E3- Loud and Garish as Ever
  - Wired News
5/20/2004: Gamers Spurning TV, Movies
  - Wired News
5/20/2004: Big Games Ready for 2004
  - Wired News

Communications
5/20/2004: 3Com aims for the 10-Gigabit future  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Over 2 million consumers switch numbers  - C/Net
5/20/2004: PalmOne updates software for Treo 600 smart phone  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Verizon: Take That, Cable - Business Week
5/20/2004: Cellphone customers defy forecasts - Seattle Times
5/20/2004: Phone Becomes Alibi for Liars  - Wired News

Technology
5/20/2004: Intel shoots for dual cores, wireless profits  - C/Net
5/20/2004: FEI: A Chip Inspector's Gadget - Business Week
5/20/2004: Nanotube Sparks Could Cool Chips  - Technology Review 

PC's
5/20/2004: Stay safe: People need to make sure they protect their PCs against viruses  - BBC

Internet
5/20/2004: Google, Yahoo trade salvos  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Yahoo boosts free e-mail storage to 100MB  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Yahoo prepares for Google  - CNN  
5/20/2004: A Tightwad's Guide to Ad Blockers  - Wired News

Miscellaneous
5/20/2004: Longhorn goes to pieces  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Microsoft's moves paint picture of future  - C/Net
5/20/2004: Congress Mulls Revisions to DMCA  - Wired News

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
5/20/2004: Pharmacists to sell heart drugs   - BBC
5/20/2004: Study: Breast-Feeding Helps Cholesterol - ABC
5/20/2004: Drug Makers Propose OTC Cholesterol Drugs - ABC
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Cancer  
5/20/2004: 'Nanobodies' Herald A New Era In Cancer Therapy - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Novel Vitamin Discovery Offers Clues For Cancer Chemotherapy And Lipid Disorders - Science Daily

Infectious
5/20/2004: Official: Thailand Likely Free of Bird Flu - ABC
5/20/2004: Plant-like Enzyme Acts As Key Life Cycle Switch In Malaria Parasite - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
5/20/2004: Ear infections 'linked to asthma'  - BBC
5/20/2004: Mechanism Found That May Protect Kidneys In Early Stages Of Diabetes - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
5/20/2004: Uninsured Cost Billions - ABC
5/20/2004: Woman Without Part of Skull for Months - ABC
5/20/2004: Fat Fighting Undermined By Over Active Eating Pacemaker - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
5/20/2004: Library of Alexandria discovered   - BBC
5/20/2004: Scientists Find Signs of Ancient Crater - ABC
5/20/2004: Boost to asteroid wipe-out theory  - BBC
5/20/2004: Scientists find suspect in ‘Great Dying’ impact - MSNBC
5/20/2004: Inside Lewis and Clark's shopping list - MSNBC
5/20/2004: Carnegie museum unveils T. rex skull - MSNBC
5/20/2004: Impact site identified for biggest extinction
 - New Scientist
5/20/2004: Scientists Say Crater Is Result of a Killer Meteor
  - NY Times
5/20/2004: Impact At Bedout- 'Smoking Gun' Of Giant Collision That Nearly Ended Life On Earth Is Identified
 - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Crater Linked to Mass Extinction
  - Wired News

Miscellaneous:
5/20/2004: Virtual vicar: We put the new 3D computer church to the test   - BBC
5/20/2004: Science Fair Attracts Top Students - ABC
5/20/2004: After School Assist - ABC
5/20/2004: 'Big improvement' in ICT teaching  - BBC
5/20/2004: Birth rise 'highest for 20 years'  - BBC
5/20/2004: Fighting fit: How much do you really know about healthy eating?  - BBC
5/20/2004: Army gunning for game players  - C/Net
5/20/2004: The ultimate thrill ride could be closer to reality  - CNN  
5/20/2004: Malaysia PM: Terror sites unacceptable  - CNN  
5/20/2004: Cyber church: Now God goes online  - CNN  
5/20/2004: Academics warn of crisis over visa policies - MSNBC
5/20/2004: Are lottery winners really less happy? - MSNBC
5/20/2004: Why Some Prison Guards Have Refused to Join in the Abuse: Psychology Offers Clues  - NY Times
5/20/2004: Blackout Baby Boom A Myth, Duke Professor Says - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Study: We'd rather earn it than win it - Seattle Times
5/20/2004: Pfizer fined $430 million in fraud case - Seattle Times
5/20/2004: Less Lethal Weapons  - Technology Review 
5/20/2004: Why Big Companies Can’t Invent  - Technology Review 
5/20/2004: Polygraphs Don't Give True Story  - Wired News
5/20/2004: Economy Doesn't Need Protection  - Wired News

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Physics and Astronomy:
5/20/2004: Hubble snaps new world  - Nature
5/20/2004: Yale Scientist Says Clues To String Theory May Be Visible In Big Bang Aftermath
 - Science Daily
5/20/2004: XMM-Newton Detects X-ray 'Solar Cycle' In Distant Star
 - Science Daily
5/20/2004: Obscure Constellations: Camel, Clock, Compass and More
 - Space.com

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Robotics:
5/20/2004: Robots may safeguard drinking water  - CNN  

Space:
5/20/2004: Probe reveals Saturn's stripes  - BBC
5/20/2004: Public Attitudes Towards Space Exploration Surveyed
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Technology:
5/20/2004: A Coke and a Spy - ABC
5/20/2004: The Test of Time - ABC
5/20/2004: Converting Videotapes to DVDs — Via Mail - ABC
5/20/2004: Digital TV goes mobile in Japan  - El. Engr. Times
5/20/2004: European Union to triple nanotechnology research - Silicon Strategies

  




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