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Developing Robots With Human Traits  - BBC  "Our goal is not for robots to have the same 'thought process' as humans, but rather for them to act, respond and interact more 'naturally' in ways that humans do with other humans. This requires that robots possess traits such as self-awareness (recognition of their limits and when they need to ask for help), and human-awareness (knowing to whom they are talking, and when it is an appropriate time to ask a question)." Though remotely-controlled machines and robots that work entirely on their own are valid goals, the NASA-Ames team plans to focus on robots that are partly controlled by people and operate independently the rest of the time, Nourbakhsh said.    
Woman with a laptop Come and play: BBC invites people to 'create new cool things' with its content  - BBC  The BBC is giving web developers and designers outside of the organisation access to its content so that they can "create cool new things". Called backstage.bbc.co.uk, it gives people who create computer programs, applications or graphics the chance to put their stamp on BBC digital content. "We want to promote innovation and creativity on the net by opening access to some of BBC's content and services." Examples might eventually include new ways of presenting BBC weather information that makes it more personal, or different and fun ways to search entertainment material.   

Goddard Technologist Proposes Sensitive Skin Covering For Robots  - BBC  The ballerina gracefully dances on a small stage. She is followed not by a male partner, but by a robotic arm manipulator that seems to sense her every move. The idea is to develop a "sensitive skin" that technicians could use to cover a robot. This skin will include more than 1,000 infrared sensors that would detect an object, and send the information to the robot's "brain." Future skin prototypes likely will have a higher density of sensors on the skin, which will provide the robots with even greater dexterity. The flexible plastic modules that will house the skin's electronics will have to undergo a lot of testing.
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Biosciences:
5/21/2005: Plastic guitars may help rare trees out of the woods - New Scientist
5/21/2005: Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry edited by W Lennarz and M D Lane
 - New Scientist
5/21/2005: Forest's Colorful Jewels in a Fight for Their Lives  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Aviary to Send Rare Bird Eggs to Russia  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Join a Discussion on Wildlife  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Nature's Own Power Launcher  - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
5/21/2005: Hurricane forecasts get better - MSNBC
5/21/2005: ISRO Scientists Present First Images Of Cartosat-1 - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Plunge Into Warmer Waters This Summer With ESA's Mediterranean Heat Map - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: More hurricanes, storms to batter US: officials - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Climate change 'harsh' reality as UN talks begin:\ Germany - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: U.S. Mayors Support Global Warming Treaty  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano a Big Polluter  - NY Times

Computers:
Devices
5/21/2005: Big dollars in small devices  - C/Net

Communications

Technology

PC's

Internet

Miscellaneous

Energy:
5/21/2005: World's most powerful battery created - New Scientist
5/21/2005: Editorial: Global warming versus nuclear power - New Scientist

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  
5/21/2005: Heart ‘wonder drugs’ slash cancer risk - New Scientist

Infectious
5/21/2005: Monkeys infect bushmeat hunters  - Nature
5/21/2005: More Diseases Pinned on Old Culprit: Germs  - NY Times

Non-Infectious
5/21/2005: Beer drinking curbed by prodigious weed - New Scientist
5/21/2005: New Theory Places Origin of Diabetes in an Age of Icy Hardships  - NY Times

Miscellaneous
5/21/2005: A healthy trend  - C/Net
5/21/2005: Call to treat patients against their will - New Scientist
5/21/2005: Vital Signs: Patterns: Predicting Menopause by Month  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Vital Signs: Treatment:- Remedy Is Fake but Relief Is Real  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Vital Signs: Nutrition: Good Grades for Breakfast  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Nursing in America: A Portrait of a Profession in Critical Condition  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Exercise: Staying Active May Reduce Risk  - NY Times
5/21/2005: The Claim: Repeated Dieting Slows Your Metabolism  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Q & A: Sunshine Vitamin D
  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Add Depth to Life, With Early Eye Exam
  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Heartburn in the Night Tied to Soda in the Day
  - NY Times
5/21/2005: How Much for an Hour of Schmoozing, Doc?
  - NY Times

History, Anthropology:
5/21/2005: Kansas debate focuses on defining science - MSNBC
5/21/2005: Kansas Debate Challenges Science Itself  - NY Times
5/21/2005: The think drink: How some of the great inventions were stimulated by coffee  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
5/21/2005: Come and play: BBC invites people to 'create new cool things' with its content  - BBC
5/21/2005: Social insecurity  - C/Net
5/21/2005: Software apprentice  - C/Net
5/21/2005: Science facts catch up with ‘Star Wars’ sci-fi - MSNBC
5/21/2005: Walker's World: Voting For Nukes In Iran - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: France's Alstom Wins China Nuclear Power Deal - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Cross Country And Orbcomm To Offer New Telematics Service - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Letters  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Heartburn in the Night Tied to Soda in the Day  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Commentary- School Boards Want to 'Teach the Controversy.' What Controversy?  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Small family farms 'may vanish'  - BBC
5/21/2005: Harvard boosts women scientists  - BBC

Neurosciences:
5/21/2005: Alcohol may hit women's brains harder  - Nature
5/21/2005: Language learning declines after second year of life  - Nature
5/21/2005: Digital music-sharing stirs social tensions - New Scientist

Physics and Astronomy:
5/21/2005: Superconductors have no need to be negative - New Scientist
5/21/2005: MOST Space Telescope Plays 'Hide & Seek' With An Exoplanet
 - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: When You Wish Upon an Atom: The Songs of Science
  - NY Times
5/21/2005: Anxiously, Los Alamos Awaits a New Era
5/21/2005: Graphic
  - NY Times

Prolongevity

Robotics:
5/21/2005: Goddard Technologist Proposes Sensitive Skin Covering For Robots   - BBC
5/21/2005: Developing Robots With Human Traits   - BBC
5/21/2005: Self-cloning robots are a chip off the old block - New Scientist
5/21/2005: Walking Tall Like A Human
 - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Now There Are Many: Robots That Reproduce
  - NY Times

Space:
5/21/2005: Replacement shuttle: Astronauts not included - New Scientist
5/21/2005: Space Launch Scraps Providing Sustenance For Russian Villagers
 - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Discovery's Next Steps
 - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Jumping Genes And The Red Planet
 - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Rhea's Great White Splat
 - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: China's astronauts in zero-gravity tests to prepare for autumn mission
 - SpaceDaily
5/21/2005: Mars Rover Makes Progress on Sand Dune
  - NY Times
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Technology:
5/21/2005: Next-gen meetings  - C/Net
5/21/2005: Densest materials known made to float on air - New Scientist
5/21/2005: Aircraft surfaces may need improved checks - New Scientist
5/21/2005: TransCore Develops New Satellite-based Trailer Tracking Sensors - SpaceDaily

  



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