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Hubble pictures comet demise  - BBC  The break-up of a comet has been shown in extraordinary detail by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The images reveal the comet has crumbled into over three dozen fragments; many more than had been shown from ground-based observations. The disintegrating comet will pass Earth on 6 May at a distance of 11.7 million km (7.3 million miles). Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, discovered in 1930 by German astronomers, orbits the Sun every 5.4 years. Its break-up was first spotted in 1995 when observers noticed the comet had split into four chunks.    
Ministers bullish on biomass fuel  - BBC  Click here. The UK government says energy from crops, trees and waste can play a key role in meeting targets on renewable power and cutting CO2 emissions. Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks believes the sector is vital if the goal of renewable power providing 20% of UK electricity by 2020 is to be achieved. Only about 1% of UK electricity currently comes from biomass sources. He said it was likely that established technologies, such as onshore wind, would be the main players in meeting the 2003 Energy White Paper commitment of 10% of UK electricity coming from renewables by 2010. Beyond that, he said there was a range of other technologies - including tidal, wave, solar and biomass - that could play a part in helping reach the 2020 goal of 20% of electricity from renewable sources. Up to 15m is also being made available to help energy suppliers cover the costs of building and operating biomass boilers, with the promise of more money in 2007. Another initiative is the formation of a Biomass Energy Centre, run by the Forestry Commission, that will offer help and advice to people who wanted more information."What I would say is that the UK is going to need a huge, and I mean huge, amount of investment in its energy infrastructure in the coming five to 15 years," Mr Wicks said.

E-paper chase picks up speed  - C/Net  In the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," a subway passenger scans an issue of USA Today that is a plastic video screen, thin, foldable and wireless, with constantly changing text. The scene is no longer science fiction. This month, De Tijd, a Belgian financial newspaper, started testing versions of electronic paper, a device with low-power digital screens embedded with digital ink--millions of microscopic capsules the width of a human hair made with organic material that display light or dark images in response to electrical charges. This is only one test of new e-paper devices competing to become the iPod of the newspaper business. Other e-paper trials are being undertaken by the paper Les Echos, which is based here, by the newspaper trade group IFRA in Germany and, in the United States, by The New York Times. The devices weigh about 13 ounces and can be updated in Wi-Fi hot spots or through Internet connections (although they cannot be used to surf the Web yet). Their touch screens are also capable of doubling as notebooks to jot down information or to download books.   
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Alzheimer's Disease:
5/5/2006:MIT Research Offers New Hope For Alzheimer's Patients - Science Daily

Biosciences:
5/5/2006:Gene Needed For Butterfly Transformation Also Key For Insects Like Grasshoppers - PhysicsWeb
5/5/2006:Hyena Mothers Give Their Cubs A Helpful Dose Of Hormones
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5/5/2006:Computers To Save Unique Type Of American Red Squirrel - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Researchers Study Gene Regulation In Insects - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Coral Reef Resilience: Better Feeders Survive Bleaching - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Wisconsin Scientists Discover A Master Key To Microbes' Pathogenic Lifestyles - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Research Links Water Mold To Lesions, Ulcers In East Coast Estuarine Fish - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Navy Sonar Exercises May Have Played Role In Stranding Of Melon-headed Whales In Hawaii - Science Daily
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Climate, Environment:
5/5/2006:Sludge Recycling Sends Antiseptic Soap Ingredient To Agriculture - PhysicsWeb
5/5/2006:Climate Change: 20th Century The Wettest In Pakistan For 1,000 Years - Science Daily
5/5/2006:NASA Launches Satellites For Weather, Climate, Air Quality Studies - Science Daily
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Technology
5/5/2006:Micro-pump Is Cool Idea For Future Computer Chips - Science Daily
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Internet
5/5/2006:New Software Is Next Wave For Net Surfers - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Software Allows Neighbors To Improve Internet Access At No Extra Cost - Science Daily
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Energy:
5/5/2006:Ministers bullish on biomass fuel   - BBC
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Health:
Cardiovascular
5/5/2005:Study May Explain Why Exercise Helps Heart Failure Patients - PhysicsWeb
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Cancer  
5/5/2006:Stanford Scientists Identify Protein Involved In Fast-spreading Cancers - PhysicsWeb
5/5/2006:Secret Herb In Tests To Stop Breast Cancer Patients' Hot Flushes And Night Sweats - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Arthritis Drug Might Reduce Fatigue In Cancer Patients - Science Daily
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Infectious
5/5/2006:Immune Response To HIV In The Brain: New Study Describes Molecular Basis Of NeuroAIDS - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Experimental Vaccine Protects Nonhuman Primates When Given After Exposure To Marburg Virus - Science Daily
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Non-Infectious
5/5/2006:The Promise Of A B-cell Biologic Therapy For Rheumatoid Arthritis - Science Daily
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Miscellaneous
5/5/2006:Aspirin Shows Promise In Combating A Common, Antibiotic-induced Hearing Loss - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Chamomile Tea And Lotion Causing Internal Bleeding In Patient On Anti-coagulant Medication - Science Daily
5/5/2006:New Insights Into The Impact Of Injury On Cartilage Cells - Science Daily
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History, Anthropology:
5/5/2006:North Sea fossil is deepest dino  - BBC
5/5/2006:'Banana-jawed' Fossil Mammal Linked To Rare Sound-producing Skill - Science Daily
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Miscellaneous:
5/5/2006:How Does Your City Grow? A View Of Urban Sprawl From Outer Space - Science Daily
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Neurosciences:
5/5/2006:Virtual 'Forest' Used To Measure Navigation Skills - PhysicsWeb
5/5/2006:Feinstein Researchers Identify Intelligence Gene - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Technology To Improve Learning For Visually-impaired Children - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Novel Stem Cell Technology Leads To Better Spinal Cord Repair - Science Daily
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Physics and Astronomy:
5/5/2006:Hubble pictures comet demise   - BBC
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Prolongevity
5/5/2006:Scientists Discover Possible Link Between Oxidative Stress And Non-hereditary Degenerative Disease - Science Daily
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Technology:
5/5/2006:T-ray Lab Makes Unexpected Plasmonic Discovery - Science Daily
5/5/2006:Researchers Create A Biologically Inspired Artificial Compound Eye - Science Daily
5/5/2006:E-paper chase picks up speed   - C/Ne
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