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Voting with a fork: The politics of food  - C/Net  From California, where it's grown, to a destination like Manhattan, prepackaged spinach can stew for 10 to 14 days before it hits grocery store aisles. "It took quite a long time to find anyone who would divulge that piece of information. And I could see why," said Marion Nestle, scientist, New York University professor and author of "Food Politics" and the new tome, "What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating," which is due to come out May 2. Nestle spoke here this week about food politics in the United States, as part of San Francisco's City Arts and Lectures series. So who benefits from this confusion about nutrition and health? Nestle argues in her book "What to Eat" that the food, restaurant, fast-food, diet, health-club, drug and health-care industries all benefit most. For the health-care industry, for example, it would cost more to provide preventive services for an entire population than to pay for treatment for a smaller population that becomes ill, according to her book, which cites economic studies.     
story.shanghai.maglev.gi.af.jpg China tests new maglev train  - CNN  China has successfully tested a locally made maglev train, the first time the country has achieved this feat without using foreign technology. The test train can hold 60 people and travel up to 100 miles per hour, Xinhua reported, citing Zhang Kunlun, deputy director of the School of Electrical Engineering at the Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu. China is home to the world's first commercially operating maglev train. The Chinese government said earlier that work will begin this year on a second maglev line linking Shanghai and the resort city of Hangzhou, a $4.4-billion, high-speed line that can run trains at up to 280 mph.        

Space Advocate Reviews The Vision For Space - SpaceDaily  After President Bush announced the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) in 2004, NASA went to work to develop plans for the long-overdue return to exploration. For the last decade and more, it has been "Correct" to base support for the program on Science only. Dr. John Marburger (the Presidents Science Advisor) underscored the current Administration's fundamental shift in space goals in his major speech of March 15, where he pointed out that "The ultimate goal is not to impress others, or merely to explore our planetary system, but to use accessible space for the benefit of mankind."     
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Biosciences:
5/8/2006:In pictures Animals and plants on the brink of extinction  - BBC
5/8/2006:More species slide to extinction
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5/8/2006:Life's diversity 'being depleted'  - BBC
5/8/2006:Return of the wild dog - New Scientist
5/8/2006:New Red List paints bleak picture of extinction - New Scientist
5/8/2006:How Low Can You Go? Ants Learn To Limbo - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Scientists Solve 30-year-old Mystery Of Mutant Mouse's Kidney Woes - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Biotech Cotton Provides Same Yield With Fewer Pesticides - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Red List Of Threatened Species Reveals Ongoing Decline Of The Status Of Plants And Animals - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Nice Guys Do Finish First In Lizards' Evolutionary Race - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Kentucky Derby- Race Horse Physiology Is Model For Speed - Science Daily
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5/8/2006:New Orleans disaster plan update  - BBC
5/8/2006:Plants' Role In Global Warming Re-examined In Science Paper - Science Daily
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5/8/2006:Virtual riches to be dispensed at real world cashpoints  - BBC
5/8/2006: Taxing Virtual Earnings -- Seriously - Business Week
5/8/2006:'Doom' creators to unleash new mobile game  - C/Net
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5/8/2006:Net obsession South Koreans tune in to the future of communications  - BBC
5/8/2006:Pupils to sit first online exams  - BBC
5/8/2006:Google looks for best coders  - BBC
5/8/2006:Ask.com hopes to become the Fox of search engines  - C/Net
5/8/2006:In Internet Age, writers face frontier justice  - NY Times
5/8/2006:Kung-fu computer game delivers real kicks - New Scientist
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Cancer  
5/8/2006:Women 'anxious over smears'  - BBC
5/8/2006:Immune Systems In Breast Cancer Survivors Who Suffer From Fatigue Fail To Shut Off After Therapy - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Nanoparticles May Help Detect, Treat Tumors - Science Daily
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Non-Infectious
5/8/2006:Diabetes raises early death risk  - BBC
5/8/2006:Cystic Fibrosis Research Could Benefit From Multi-functional Sensing Tool - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Successful Treatment Of Alcoholism Found In The Doctor's Office - Science Daily
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5/8/2006:Malt, hops, chemist: Do brewers fear plans for tighter EU rules on listing ingredients-  - BBC
5/8/2006:America's middle-aged are less fit than the English. But why?  - BBC
5/8/2006:Children 'failed' over nutrition  - BBC
5/8/2006:Britons 'put fun before babies'  - BBC
5/8/2006:Spring babies 'face suicide risk'  - BBC
5/8/2006:Gold Beads Show Previously Unseen Parts Of The Eye - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Obesity Levels In United States Are Grossly Underestimated - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Eat Less, Weigh More? Enzyme Makes Lean Mice 'Susceptible' To Dietary Fat - Science Daily
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History, Anthropology:
5/8/2006:Ancient heritage: 'Dream' discovery delays Turkey's bid to link two continents  - BBC
5/8/2006:Humans back in frame for ancient horse extinction - New Scientist
5/8/2006:UCLA Egyptologists To Launch New E-encyclopedia - Science Daily
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Miscellaneous:
5/8/2006:Voting with a fork: The politics of food   - C/Net
5/8/2006:We Media blog: Global forum debates the changing face of the media  - BBC
5/8/2006:Have Your Say Is having a career more important than starting a family?  - BBC
5/8/2006:Intel to spend $1B in developing markets - Business Week
5/8/2006:Beyond Call Centers - Business Week
5/8/2006:Building an army of robots  - C/Net
5/8/2006:Video: Crusher for combat  - C/Net
5/8/2006:DARPA goes downtown  - C/Net
5/8/2006:Invention: The riot slimer - New Scientist
5/8/2006:Condoms condoned? - New Scientist
5/8/2006:Vaccine Combined With Short-term Postexposure Antibiotics Protects Monkeys From Inhalational Anthrax - Science Daily
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Neurosciences:
5/8/2006:Britain's happiness in decline  - BBC
5/8/2006:Happiness sought: Neuroscientists' search for the brain's pleasure centre  - BBC
5/8/2006:Boys 'hit by body image pressure'  - BBC
5/8/2006:Melatonin Most Effective For Sleep When Taken For Off-hour Sleeping - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Perfectionist Fathers Can Reinforce Tendencies - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Melatonin Improves Mood In Winter Depression - Science Daily
5/8/2006:Protein's Potential As A Regulator Of Brain Activity Discovered
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5/8/2006:Spallation Neutron Source Could Lead To Countless Innovations - Science Daily
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Space and Astronomy:
5/8/2006:Space Advocate Reviews The Vision For Space - SpaceDaily
5/8/2006:Send-off for Europe's space lab
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5/8/2006:Big new asteroid has slim chance of hitting Earth
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Technology:
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China tests new maglev train  - CNN
5/8/2006:South Korea plans robots in every house by 2010
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5/8/2006:What Is The Sound Of One Person Talking? New Speech Collection Tells All, Syllable By Syllable
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5/8/2006:Researchers Discover New Biotechnology For Crafting Pharmaceuticals To Outsmart Disease
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5/8/2006:Intelligent Scarecrow Can Save Aquaculture From Financial Losses
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5/8/2006:New Software Protects Confidentiality Of Data While Enabling Access And Sharing
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5/8/2006:Nanotubes Act As 'Thermal Velcro' To Reduce Computer-chip Heating
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5/8/2006:BabyBot -- Robot Modelled On Two Year-old Child -- Takes First Steps
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