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Origins Revealed: Sun and Earth Born amid Chaos - Space.com  A new twist on an emerging theory says the Sun was born amid massive, short-lived stars that sculpted our solar system with intense radiation and violent explosions that may have affected the origin of life. The fresh analysis pulls together several lines of evidence suggesting that the Sun did not form in isolation, as astronomers once thought. Instead, it emerged from the edge of a cloud of chaos not unlike three strikingly photogenic nebulas known as Eagle, Trifid and Orion.
Terra Bird Tracks Global Pollution - SpaceDaily  Left:  These composite images depict carbon monoxide (CO) measurements at an altitude of 850 hPa (hecto pascals, a unit for atmospheric pressure). The measurements were made by the Mopitt instrument on the Terra satellite. The plots show the CO observations (high values are in red) averaged over 4 years (March 2000-February 2004) of operation, for each season. High levels of pollution are found in both hemispheres, essentially above urban areas due to industry, motor vehicle traffic and domestic heating, and over areas where biomass fires occur. These fires are a result of wildfires, agricultural and deforestation burning. Pollution plumes are transported trans-boundary, affecting air quality in regions far from industrial and vegetation burning activity. Credit: Cathy Clerbaux, NCAR  The growing data record shows seasonal and annual variations, clues about how our planet may be changing.

When Bosons become Fermions - SpaceDaily  Left:  Three dimensional plot of the measured momentum distribution of an array of Tonks-Girardeau gases.  In what represents an unprecedented manipulation of matter, researchers at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching and the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz now report in Nature (Nature, 20 May 2004) that they have been able to fermionize a gas of bosonic atoms. Under special conditions at ultracold temperatures, they have made sociable bosons act like solitary fermions. Such a gas of fermionized bosons constitutes a novel quantum state of matter called a Tonks-Girardeau gas.
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Biosciences:
5/31/2004: Golden eagle 'cryo-chick' hatches  - BBC
5/31/2004: Flower Show: Which way to the water feature?
- BBC
5/31/2004: Lone leopard spotted in Georgia  - BBC
5/31/2004: IVF birth hailed as record  - BBC
5/31/2004: DNA differences mapped in humans and chimps - MSNBC
5/31/2004: Chimp chromosome creates puzzles  - Nature
5/31/2004: Hippos beat the burn  - Nature
5/31/2004: Baby breaks sperm-storage record  - Nature
5/31/2004: Hippo's sweaty slime doubles as sunblock - New Scientist
5/31/2004: Chromosomes reveal surprise human-chimp differences - New Scientist
5/31/2004: Baby Born From Sperm Frozen For Record 21 Years - Science Daily
5/31/2004: Evidence Of Nanobacterial-like Structures Found In Human Calcified Arteries And Cardiac Valves - Science Daily
5/31/2004: Biologists Uncover New Genus Of Bacteria In Washington Lake - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
5/31/2004: Terra Bird Tracks Global Pollution - SpaceDaily
5/31/2004: Bacteria thrive in radioactive soil - MSNBC
5/31/2004: U.S. ship rules planned to aid right whales - MSNBC

Computers:
Devices
5/31/2004: A PC for your pocket - Business Week
5/31/2004: Is That a Computer in Your Pocket? - Business Week
5/31/2004: 'Custom Robo'  - CNN

Communications
5/31/2004: Comcast to offer phone service in 2006  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Nokia ships revamped game phone  - C/Net

Technology
5/31/2004: Single-electron transistor goes mechanical - PhysicsWeb

PC's
5/31/2004: Toshiba Debuts First Full-Color 'System On Glass' (SOG) Input Display With Image Capture Technology  - El. Engr. Times

Internet
5/31/2004: Doubts cloud e-government sites  - BBC
5/31/2004: Spam messages on the increase  - BBC
5/31/2004: Bitter pill: A growing breed of 'cyberchondriacs' rely on the web for advice  - BBC
5/31/2004: Online government gets new chief  - BBC
5/31/2004: No worms -- guaranteed?  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Porn spammers ignore new rule  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Lawmaker tones down anti-Gmail bill  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Fully Arabized Internet has some way to go  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Study questions Google's long-term dominance  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Forget Google redux  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Survey: Google's power overstated  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Cyber-sleuthing to catch Internet crooks  - CNN
5/31/2004: Why you can't sue search sites  - CNN
5/31/2004: Biology sheds light on computer viruses
 - MSNBC
5/31/2004: Net traffic shows file-sharing undented
 - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
5/31/2004: Microsoft creating Windows for supercomputers  - C/Net
5/31/2004: IBM uses Linux to undermine Microsoft  - C/Net

Energy:
5/31/2004: Japan ups bid for fusion reactor site  - CNN
5/31/2004: Energy Department Plans a Push to Retrieve Nuclear Materials  - NY Times

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  
5/31/2004: Aspirin Is Seen as Preventing Breast Tumors  - NY Times

Infectious
5/31/2004: N.M. Diagnoses Man With West Nile Virus - ABC
5/31/2004: UK malaria deaths nearly double  - BBC
5/31/2004: Mold report tries to settle health debate - MSNBC
5/31/2004: Friendly mouth bacteria could block HIV - New Scientist
5/31/2004: Panel Finds Mold in Buildings Is No Threat to Most People  - NY Times
5/31/2004: Doctor's Neckties: A Reservoir For Bacteria? - Science Daily
5/31/2004: Vaccines Against Foodborne Disease On Horizon
 - Science Daily
5/31/2004: Researchers Explore Gene Treatment To Obliterate HIV Before It Does Damage
 - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
5/31/2004: Girls worsen pregnancy asthma  - BBC
5/31/2004: Innovative 'Self Healing' Bandage To Help Diabetics - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
5/31/2004: Ala. Locals Face Chronic Disease Threat - ABC
5/31/2004: Face transplants in the offing  - BBC
5/31/2004: Q&A: Face transplants  - BBC
5/31/2004: 'Too little done to cut obesity'  - BBC
5/31/2004: Tackling obesity: Who should make sure children eat healthily?-  - BBC
5/31/2004: Study Finds Lung Transplants Increase Survival Of Cystic Fibrosis Patients By More Than Four Years - Science Daily
5/31/2004: Insight Into Transplant Rejection Might Lead To Novel Prevention Therapies
5/31/2004: Air Pollution Especially Harmful To Lungs Of Obese Children - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:

Miscellaneous:
5/31/2004: Court Backs Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law - ABC
5/31/2004: Rafah zoo levelled in Israel raid  - BBC
5/31/2004: 'Pirate Act' raises alarms  - C/Net
5/31/2004: 50 small-cap stocks to watch in 2004  - C/Net
5/31/2004: Spooks, Sleuths, and Data Sharing - Business Week
5/31/2004: Communicating Through a Crisis - Business Week
5/31/2004: Corporate Control Freaks - Business Week
5/31/2004: A Hiccup in the Tech Revival - Business Week
5/31/2004: Blockbuster expands Netflix-like service  - CNN
5/31/2004: Road trip 101: Map out detours before departing  - CNN
5/31/2004: Cadence to open R&D center in Moscow  - El. Engr. Times
5/31/2004: Nuclear jet crash 'could kill millions' - New Scientist
5/31/2004: European voting rules flawed  - Nature
5/31/2004: Vest And Harness May Protect 'Fragile' Adults In Car Crashes - Science Daily
5/31/2004: Study Shows That Genes Can Protect Kids Against Poverty - Science Daily

Neurosciences:
5/31/2004: Father contact 'helps behaviour'  - BBC
5/31/2004: Small world networks key to memory - New Scientist

Physics and Astronomy:
5/31/2004: When Bosons become Fermions - SpaceDaily
5/31/2004: Giant UK telescope gets upgrade
  - BBC
5/31/2004: Quasars' humble galactic homes revealed - New Scientist
5/31/2004: Gravity Probe B Reaches One-month Milestone
 - Science Daily

Prolongevity
5/31/2004: Swedes Examine Cells for Key to Aging  - NY Times

Robotics:

Space:
5/31/2004: Venus clouds 'might harbour life'  - BBC
5/31/2004: Space suit switch complicates spacewalk
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Technology:
5/31/2004: CeBIT on the Hudson - Business Week
5/31/2004: Nanomagnets tapped to generate microwave fields  - El. Engr. Times
5/31/2004: 3M unveils vibration touch technology  - El. Engr. Times
5/31/2004: Triple-contrast CT Depicts Internal Injury From Gunshot And Stab Wounds - Science Daily

  




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