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Brain image Hope for new brain tumour vaccine  - BBC  Left:  One in four brain tumours are glioblastoma multifores  A vaccine has been developed which may be able to fight the most aggressive form of brain tumour, scientists say.  US researchers say their vaccine increased survival times for the 23 glioblastoma multiforme patients they tested it on by at least 18 months. Only four patients went on to die from the cancer, the study to be presented at a meeting of experts in the US said. A larger trial of the jab, which works by targeting a protein thought to drive the tumour's spread, is now planned. It uses an artificial form of the protein, which is found on the outside of 30-50% of tumours.   
Happiness questionnaire Happy measures: Scientists piece together what really makes us happy  - BBC  Find out how happy you are  Neuroscientists are measuring pleasure. They suggest that happiness is more than a vague concept or mood; it is real. Social scientists measure happiness simply by asking people how happy they are. It is argued that what a person says about their own happiness tends to tally with what friends or even strangers might say about them if asked the same question. Most people say they are fairly happy. An adviser to the Prime Minister, David Halpern, told us that within the next 10 years the government would be measured against how happy it made everybody. 

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Battle for certainty What creationism, time and global warming say about us  - BBC  There is something attractive about absolute beliefs, but we cannot afford ourselves the luxury of waiting for evidence on some issues, says Lisa Jardine. This week John Mackay from Queensland Australia, a passionate advocate of Creationism, has been touring halls and chapels in the UK attacking Darwin's theory that the human race has evolved gradually from the apes over millions of years. Mackay maintains that Genesis is literally true, that the earth is only a few thousand years old and that the exquisite organisation of nature is clear proof that God's hand lies behind all of creation.    
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Biosciences:
5/7/2006: Cod In A Sweat: Some Like It Hot! - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Mapping The Foundation Of Human Development
 - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Coding For Arthropods: What's So Special About Insects And Spiders? - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Environmental Triggers May Promote Human Genetic Variation - Science Daily
5/7/2006: New Tool For Studying Hovering Flight Of Insects And Birds - Science Daily
5/7/2006: What Use is Half a Wing in Evolution of Birds? - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Building a More Yummy Pig - Wired News
5/7/2006: X-Men may be closer than you think  - C/Net

Geosciences, Environment:
5/7/2006: Discovery Of Antarctic Subglacial Rivers May Challenge Excavation Plans - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Increased Environmental Carbon Levels -- The Good News! - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Violent storms lash Malaysia as the country becomes warmer: report - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: After a soaring takeoff, the Kyoto carbon market slams into turbulence - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: JAXA Satellite Watching Indonesian Volcano - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: New Properties Of The Very Deep Earth Discovered - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: Pacific Tsunami Alert System Tests To Start Mid-May - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: Lonesome George Warns the World - Wired News

Computers:
Hardware
5/7/2006: New camcorders give consumers more choices - Seattle Times
5/7/2006: Laptop stolen? Here's how to find it - Seattle Times
5/7/2006: Macs, Invulnerable No More - Wired News
5/7/2006: Schools Lure Students With IPods - Wired News
5/7/2006: Photo: Little earphones, big sound  - C/Net
5/7/2006: Prizefight: Apple MacBook Pro vs. Acer TravelMate 8200  - C/Net
5/7/2006: Samsung minitablet debuts in U.S.
  - C/Net
5/7/2006: Say good-bye to Apple security?
  - C/Net
5/7/2006: 39 comments
  - C/Net
5/7/2006: Dell whacks prices on select notebooks, desktops
  - C/Net
5/7/2006: 33 comments
  - C/Net
5/7/2006: Bloody videogame targets immigrants
  - C/Net

Communications
5/7/2006: A Universal Chip for Cell Phones
 - Technology Review
5/7/2006: Vonage includes Europe in unlimited calling plan
  - C/Net
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Internet
5/7/2006: New Weapons Needed For The War On Junk Email - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Internet war plunder: ad riches - Seattle Times
5/7/2006: Ultimate Guide to Online Video - Wired News
5/7/2006: Still looking for blog search utopia  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
5/7/2006: Can Techie Oust Orrin Hatch? - Wired News
5/7/2006: Gartner predicts longer Vista delay  - C/Net
5/7/2006: RSA: Microsoft to shelve token support in Vista  - C/Net

Energy:
5/7/2006: Don't Forget Methanol - Wired News

Health:
Cardiovascular
4/16/2005:New Gene Associated With Abnormal Heart Rhythm - Science Daily

Cancer  
5/7/2006: Hope for new brain tumour vaccine   - BBC
5/7/2006: Non-smokers With Lung Cancer Respond Better To Treatment Than Smokers, Study Says
5/7/2006: Mouse Study Reveals Human X-SCID Gene Therapy Poses Substantial Cancer Risk - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Detecting Bladder Cancer Without Surgery - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Freezing Kidney Tumors Is A Safe Alternative To Surgery - Science Daily

Infectious
5/7/2006: Vulnerability To Measles Among Nursery School Children Risen Sharply - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
5/7/2006: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Linked To Behavior Problems In Children And Pre-teens - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
5/7/2006: Probiotics Ease Gut Problems Caused By Long Term Stress - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Getting Personal about Drugs - Technology Review

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History, Anthropology:
5/7/2006: A Site To Be Seen: Ancient Earthworks Electronically Rebuilt, To Become A Traveling Exhibit - Science Daily

Miscellaneous:
5/7/2006: Senators hear from Enron on PUD issue - Seattle Times
5/7/2006: Bolivian president nationalizes country's natural gas industry - Seattle Times
5/7/2006: China's factories hit by labor shortage - Seattle Times
5/7/2006: Local polls will put embattled Blair to the test - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: Pakistan Test Fires Long-Range Nuke Missile - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: The World's 60 Year Flirtation With Nuclear Arms - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: North Korea's Survival Strategy - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: UN Readies Iran Nuke Resolution - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: Daniel Clowes Talks Confidential - Wired News
5/7/2006: Rants 'n' Raves: Unsmear Gore Now - Wired News
5/7/2006: Movie Mashups Take on Trailers - Wired News
5/7/2006: Crushing Tyranny of 'Geekspeak' - Wired News
5/7/2006: C for Cookie - Wired News
5/7/2006: Flarf: Inappropriate Exploration - Wired News
5/7/2006: Chinese Man Buys EBay Fighter Jet - Wired News
5/7/2006: Senators quiz FBI director on Patriot Act  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
Alzheimers
5/7/2006: Keeping Amyloid -- And Alzheimer's -- In Check - Science Daily

Parkinsons

Other
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Happy measures: Scientists piece together what really makes us happy   - BBC
5/7/2006: Battle for certainty: What creationism, time and global warming say about us   - BBC
5/7/2006: Neurons Find Their Place In The Developing Nervous System With The Help Of A Sticky Molecule - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Watching The Brain Switch Off 'Self' - Science Daily
5/7/2006: High Polyunsaturated Fat And Vitamin E Intake May Halve Motor Neurone Disease Risk
5/7/2006: Gene Variations Linked To Brain Aneurysms - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Onset Of Psychosis May Be Delayed By Medication
 - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Tiny Electrodes for the Brain
 - Technology Review

Physical Sciences:
5/7/2006: Laser Trapping Of Erbium May Lead To Novel Devices - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Researchers Tie Metal's Strength To Three Line Defects
 - Science Daily
5/7/2006: More Evidence For 'Stripes' In High-temperature Superconductors
 - Science Daily
5/7/2006: 'Warping' the fabric of spacetime
 - Popular Science

Space and Astronomy:
5/7/2006: Black Hole Pair Sets Proximity Record - Space.com
5/7/2006: Scientists To Voice Budget Concerns at NASA Advisory Council Meeting
 - Space.com
5/7/2006: NASA Still Aiming For July Flight For Shuttle
 - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: Station Crew Will Try Orbit Boost Again
 - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: Chandrayaan Lunar Mission Will Carry NASA Payload
 - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: Los Alamos To Test Space-Based Supercomputer
 - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: Cassini Conductes 13th Titan Flyby
 - SpaceDaily
5/7/2006: NASA Gets Cloud Satellites Off The Ground
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Technology:
5/7/2006: A Biosensor Layered Like Lasagna
 - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Using 'Minutiae' To Match Fingerprints Can Be Accurate
 - Science Daily
5/7/2006: Ten Sexiest Cars
- Wired News
5/7/2006: Transport Tuesday: U.S. auto stumbles
  - C/Net
5/7/2006: Lego opens up Mindstorms NXT firmware
  - C/Net
5/7/2006: DARPA issues call for street-legal robot racers
  - C/Net

  



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