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Black Holes Help To Keep Biggest Galaxies Humming Efficiently - SpaceDaily  Left: A supermassive black hole sucks in surrounding interstellar gas, then expels it back out at enormous speed in an incredibly efficient process. Image credit: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics   A class of supermassive black holes once thought to be relatively quiet actually generates high-energy jets of particles powerful enough to put a brake on the formation of new stars, researchers said Monday. It seems the supermassive black holes - which happen to populate the biggest galaxies in the universe - can produce matter-energy conversion levels of 2.5 percent - or 25 times better than the best nuclear powerplants on Earth. The jets - created from the huge infall of gas captured by the black holes' gravity, collide with surrounding clouds of gas in the galaxy that otherwise would have gradually cooled and coalesced into new stars- but the heat of the collisions prevents that process.       
Blair (PA) Small changes 'add years to life'  - BBC  The Cambridge University study looked at over 25,000 people. These latest results from the study showed eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can give you the life expectancy of someone three years younger. Not smoking turned the clock back by four to five years. Even increasing exercise by a moderate amount can take up to three years off. An office worker would need to do one hour of exercise, such as swimming or jogging, every day, while a person with a moderately active job, such as a hairdresser, would need to take 30 minutes exercise a day.  

Coming soon: Cars that get 100 miles per gallon  - C/Net  A few small companies will start to offer services and products for converting hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius that currently get around 50 miles per gallon into plug-in hybrids that rely more heavily on electrical power and can get about 100 miles per gallon. "I get about 99 miles to the gallon," said Felix Kramer, founder of The California Cars Initiative (Calcar)    
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Alzheimer's Disease:
5/3/2006: Brain blood clots dementia clue  - BBC

Biosciences:
5/3/2006: Chomsky Challenge- Bird Said to Grasp Key Aspect of Human Language... - FirstScience
5/3/2006: The Painful Realities of Hyena Sex
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5/3/2006: Captive-bred panda fitted with GPS and released into the wild  - BBC
5/3/2006: Salvage prospect for 'junk' DNA  - BBC
5/3/2006: Warning over 'fertility tourism'  - BBC
5/3/2006: The tomato killer meets her match  - NY Times
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Climate, Environment:
5/3/2006: Rise of the Eco-Aesthetes  - Wired News
5/3/2006: Recycling: Not Apple's Core Value  - Wired News
5/3/2006: Grading Old-Guard Green Groups  - Wired News
5/3/2006: New climate research yields good and bad 2006 - SpaceDaily
5/3/2006: Tories get tough on car emissions... - FirstScience
5/3/2006: South Africa warned of climate change... - FirstScience
5/3/2006: Spacecraft seek climate clarity  - BBC
5/3/2006: The Green Room Does the West have a duty to ease Africa's climate burden?-  - BBC
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Computers:
Devices
5/3/2006: World of Hoaxcraft  - Wired News
5/3/2006: Gadget Lab: Screen Dreams  - Wired News
5/3/2006: Nintendo name swap sparks satire  - BBC
5/3/2006: Net gains & losses Top Spin 2 tennis title toes the line but also has its faults  - BBC
5/3/2006: Warnings over memory sticks  - BBC
5/3/2006: Deal of the day: Sony wireless headphones for $40  - C/Net
5/3/2006: Latest PS3 pricing rumors
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Communications
5/3/2006: New Yahoo Go Serves TV on Your PC
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5/3/2006: Thai Telecom Giant To Launch Broadband Internet Service In China
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5/3/2006: Mobile misuse: Phones prompt 'needless' mountain rescue call-outs
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5/3/2006: Will Uncle Sam slam the door on VoIP?   - C/Net
5/3/2006: Microjets for execs on the move (Video)
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5/3/2006: Broadband: Skype hits 100M subscriber mark
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5/3/2006: Understanding Europe's market for mobile TV
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Technology
5/3/2006: AMD replacing faulty Opteron chips  - BBC
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PC's
5/3/2006: New Yahoo Go Serves TV on Your PC  - Wired New
5/3/2006: Gadgets: Waterproof laptop could make a splash  - C/Net
5/3/2006: Software lets programmers code hands-free - New Scientist
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Internet
5/3/2006: Intel offers support for Net legislation - Seattle Times
5/3/2006: Review: Webaroo service too good to be true - Seattle Times
5/3/2006: Big holes in net's heart revealed  - BBC
5/3/2006: Web 2.0 meetsthe enterprise  - C/Net
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Miscellaneous
5/3/2006: Microsoft 'double locked market'  - BBC
5/3/2006: Judge queries Microsoft decision  - BBC
5/3/2006: Studios, RIAA target student piracy   - C/Net
5/3/2006: Blogger offers Windows antipiracy tool workaround  - C/Net
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Energy:
5/3/2006: Coming soon: Cars that get 100 miles per gallon   - C/Net
5/3/2006: 66 comments  - C/Net
5/3/2006: IAEA pays tribute to victims of Chernobyl... - FirstScience
5/3/2006: Gorbachev urges G8 to back solar power, not oil or nuclear - SpaceDaily
5/3/2006: Belarussians gather to remember Chernobyl disaster... - SpaceDaily
5/3/2006: Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline - Live Science
5/3/2006: Black Gold: Where the Oil Is
 - Live Science
5/3/2006: 'Deep disposal' for nuclear waste
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5/3/2006: Radioactive haste How soon can Britain solve its radioactive waste problem?
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5/3/2006: Plug in your hybrid, pollute less?
  - C/Net
5/3/2006: Photos: A souped-up Prius
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Health:
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Cancer  
5/3/2006: 'Bubble boy' therapy cancer risk  - BBC
5/3/2006: Herceptin given European backing  - BBC
5/3/2006: Financial pressure The drugs cost burden for breast cancer patients like Kim  - BBC
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Infectious
5/3/2006: Bird flu confirmed in farm worker  - BBC
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Non-Infectious
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Miscellaneous
5/3/2006: Glow-in-the-Dark Creature to Provide View Inside Human Body - Live Science
5/3/2006: Care homes fees increase by 50%  - BBC
5/3/2006: Male contraceptive 'reversible'
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History, Anthropology:
5/3/2006: Ancient Patagonian rodent DNA provides clues to the evolution of social behavior...
5/3/2006: Fossil linked to rare sound-making skill... - FirstScience
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Miscellaneous:
5/3/2006: Amazon really wants its toys - Science Daily
5/3/2006: Lay denies witness tampering accusation - Seattle Times
5/3/2006: Lay heaps blame on ex-CFO, media - Seattle Times
5/3/2006: Making a Revolution  - Wired News
5/3/2006: Rodeo Is Bucking for an Upgrade  - Wired News
5/3/2006: Media e-survey: Do you trust the media? Vote now  - BBC
5/3/2006: A new dawn How the NHS is adapting to modern demands  - BBC
5/3/2006: Is Jesus the next killer app?
5/3/2006: Photos: High-tech epiphany for churches
5/3/2006: 007's agency seeks security geeks  - C/Net
5/3/2006: NSA spying comes under legal, political attack  - C/Net
5/3/2006: Quote of the day- Livening up the Sunday morning 'sleeper'  - C/Net
5/3/2006: A Web of 9/11 conspiracies - USA Today
5/3/2006: Gas price dot-coms watch pumps - L. A. Times
5/3/2006: Rise of the participatory media - Economist
5/3/2006: China's pledge of allegiance - Business Week
5/3/2006: Aetna says laptop with member data stolen  - C/Net
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Physics and Astronomy:
5/3/2006: Black Holes Help To Keep Biggest Galaxies Humming Efficiently - SpaceDaily
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Prolongevity
5/3/2006: Small changes 'add years to life'   - BBC
5/3/2006: Older and wiser?Test yourself to see if you're still in your prime
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Robotics:
5/3/2006: It's tipoff time for robo-ball tournament  - C/Net
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Space:
5/3/2006: China To Build A Space Station After Shenzhou 7 - SpaceDaily
5/3/2006: US And China To Discuss Space Cooperation
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5/3/2006: Phoenix Mars Lander Project Progressing Towards August 2007 Launch
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5/3/2006: The DAWN Of A New Mission Marks Log Entry Number One
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5/3/2006: Spitzer Spies Galactic Masquerade Party Of Two
 - SpaceDaily
5/3/2006: Cassini Studies Saturn E Shepherd Moons Caplyso And Helene
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5/3/2006: Earth-Grazing Comet Continues Its Breakup
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5/3/2006: Moon Race: U.S. Not Alone in Future Lunar Exploration
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5/3/2006: NASA Chief Will Go to China to Discuss Space Cooperation
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5/3/2006: Shuttle-to-CEV Shift is NASA’s Greatest Challenge, Space Agency Chief Says
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5/3/2006: Will a flying carpet take us to Pluto?...
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5/3/2006: House Subcommittee Cuts Funding Request for T-Sat, Space Radar...
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5/3/2006: Spanish astronaut shares experience...
 - FirstScience
5/3/2006: Shaggy dog story Cartoonists shed light on the history of Mars exploration
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5/3/2006: Photos: Comet fragments in close encounter with Earth  - C/Net
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Technology:
5/3/2006: Kodak Focuses on Sifting Pix  - Wired News
5/3/2006: Sensors Speed Truck Deliveries  - Wired News
5/3/2006: Insect eye inspires future vision  - BBC
5/3/2006: MEPs back hi-tech car safety kit  - BBC
5/3/2006: A new presidential ride - Popular Science
5/3/2006: RFID and tracking systems:-the high-tech future of old age?  - C/Net
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