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Go-ahead for fusion reactor work  - BBC  Seven international parties involved in an experimental nuclear fusion reactor project have initialled a 10bn-euro (£6.8bn) agreement on the plan. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) will be the most expensive joint scientific project after the International Space Station. Wednesday's agreement in Brussels gives the go-ahead for practical work on the project to start. The seven-party consortium, which includes the European Union, the US, Japan, China, Russia and others, agreed last year to build Iter in Cadarache, in the southern French region of Provence.     
'Fifty planets' could have life  - BBC  Astronomers estimate about half the planetary systems so far discovered in our galaxy could contain Earth-like worlds. And they say that space telescopes will be capable of observing these planets and investigating them to see if they support life in about 15 years' time. Scientists have recently discovered more than 100 stars other than our Sun with planets circling about them. Planets more like the Earth should, in theory, exist. But they are too small to be seen using current technology. There are perhaps 50 or so of these small, nearby, rocky bodies on which there is liquid water and possibly life.  

Holiday makers in sea, AP

Smart sites to power semantic web  - BBC  Left: The semantic web may make it easier to find the perfect holiday. Much of the talk at the 2006 World Wide Web conference has been about the technologies behind the so-called "semantic web". Phrases like "increased intelligence", "next generation" and "bringing meaning to the web" are being bandied around by researchers, exhibitors and delegates alike. But like many big ideas behind the hype and evangelising finding a concise definition of what the semantic web is and what it will do is more difficult. According to Professor Wendy Hall, head of a research team at the University of Southampton looking into the semantic web, part of the problem is that the term means so many things to different people. However, she believes it can be summed up as "creating a web that can be interpreted by machines". The idea was articulated in an article in Scientific American five years ago by web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Jim Hendler of the University of Maryland, and Professor Ora Lassila of phone giant Nokia. It was their idea to try to start to make sense of the tangle of data on the World Wide Web. Until now, almost all of the information on webpages is produced by humans for humans.
    The next step is even more intelligent...
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Biosciences:
5/28/2006: Origin of AIDS traced to wild chimps - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Grande dame of gorillas dies in S.F. zoo
 - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Scientists startled by new genetic twist - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Mules face off in race of the clones - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Lobsters follow a quarantine policy - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Smarter than the average bug - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Artificial penis allows rabbits to mate normally - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Rhythm method criticised as a killer of embryos - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Safety scare over 'the new gene therapy' - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Mendel's laws of inheritance challenged - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Lobsters shun their sick buddies - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Spider monkeys go on the warpath - New Scientist

Geosciences, Environment:
5/28/2006: By 2020, kiss the snows of Kilimanjaro goodbye  - C/Net
5/28/2006: 54 comments  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Shifts in jet streams widen hot zone - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Video captures undersea eruptions - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Only 5% of tropical forests managed sustainably  - Nature
5/28/2006: Interview: A gift from the Mayans - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Climate change: Let the Supreme Court decide - New Scientist

Computers:
Games and Devices
5/28/2006: Speaker pillow for $10
  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Nintendo: Wii won't top $250 in U.S. market  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Venezuela lawmakers blast video game  - CNN

Hardware and Software

5/28/2006: Smack that Apple screen for a whole new view  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Mario creator outlines Nintendo strategy  - CNN
5/28/2006: The $100 computer - New Scientist

Communications
5/28/2006: Samsung cell phone's hidden surprise
  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Getting fiber to homes faster
  - Technology Review 

Internet
5/28/2006: Smart sites to power semantic web   - BBC
5/28/2006: Semantic Web ready for mainstream use  - C/Net
5/28/2006: House panel OKs Net gambling ban  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Yahoo: Yahoo says no to Amnesty International on China  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Coming soon: The Web toll - Popular Science
5/28/2006: Company: Hackers can crack top antivirus program  - CNN
5/28/2006: Coming soon: The Web toll
  - CNN

Miscellaneous
5/28/2006: Has Microsoft reached a turning point?  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Microsoft shows off JPEG rival  - C/Net
5/28/2006: 99 comments  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Ballmer: Vista on track for January shipment  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Europe: No patents for software  - C/Net
5/28/2006: 31 comments  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Microsoft: OpenDocument is too slow  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Motion Picture Association America accused of hiring a hacker  - C/Net
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5/28/2006: Will digital music in China upend traditional music publishing biz?  - Technology Review 
5/28/2006: Google: Business software 'bereft of soul'  - Technology Review 
5/28/2006: Report: Piracy down in China and Russia  - CNN

Energy:
5/28/2006: Go-ahead for fusion reactor work   - BBC
5/28/2006: Converting trash gas into energy gold  - CNN
5/28/2006: Powered by trash  - CNN
5/28/2006: Gigantic fusion reactor gets the green light - New Scientist

Health:
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Cancer  

Infectious
5/28/2006: HIV-like virus found in wild chimps  - Nature
5/28/2006: Divers carry pathogens in their wetsuits  - Nature
5/28/2006: Editorial: Enigmatic prion disease continues to baffle - New Scientist

Non-Infectious
5/28/2006: Let a chatbot help you quit - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
5/28/2006: UK drug trial disaster – the official report - New Scientist

Prolongevity
5/28/2006: Would life extension make us less human? - MSNBC

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Miscellaneous:
5/28/2006: Legoland champ triumphs in trial by fire--and ice  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Enron's Lay and Skilling guilty  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Media: Name a rocket Dragon Fire, Flat Out  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Are trading floors a thing of the past? - Popular Science
5/28/2006: Cablevision sued over on-demand plans  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Winning:-and losing--the first wired war - Popular Science
5/28/2006: Scandal spreads: Linear Tech slapped with shareholder suits- El. Engr. Times
5/28/2006: Science test shows 4th, 8th grade bump - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Geography bee crowns 2006 king - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Surprise! - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Rich and poor - the unequal struggle - New Scientist

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Space and Astronomy:
5/28/2006: 'Fifty planets' could have life   - BBC
5/28/2006: Scientists plan to blast ice into the moon
 - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Cosmic Log: A prize for Mr. X Prize
 - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Test your science and space smarts
 - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Earthshine inspires hunt for alien life
 - New Scientist
5/28/2006: The kink at the edge of the solar system
 - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Lava tubes snapped snaking across Mars
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Technology:
5/28/2006: Canon to halt development of film cameras
  - C/Net
5/28/2006: Scientists: Potter invisibility cloak could be real
  - CNN
5/28/2006: Samsung SDI may speed OLED ramp-up
- El. Engr. Times
5/28/2006: Microsoft beats JPEG with new photo format for Vista
- El. Engr. Times
5/28/2006: Here’s how to make an invisibility cloak
 - MSNBC
5/28/2006: Invisibility cloaks are in sight
  - Nature
5/28/2006: Physicists draw up plans for real 'cloaking device'
 - New Scientist
5/28/2006: Interactive display system knows users by touch
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