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Key to healthy old age explored  - BBC  Hundreds of people are being recruited for a major study into how people stay healthy into old age. The Newcastle 85+ research will try to identify the relevant biological, social and medical factors. It aims to recruit 800 people who celebrate their 85th birthday this year to take part in the study. Researchers will look at the biological process of ageing and the impact of factors like nutrition and lifestyle. Senior clinical research fellow Dr Joanna Collerton said: "A striking feature of biological ageing is its marked variability between individuals and the first step in this study will be to determine what is a healthy 85-year-old."     
Leukaemia drug 'boosts survival'  - BBC  The National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) initially only wanted Glivec to be given to patients with advanced disease. However, latest results show around 90% of patients who take the drug survive for at least five years. Glivec also appears to benefit people with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours. Around 600 cases a year are diagnosed in the UK. Glivec works by precisely targeting the molecules thought to cause the cancer, and leaves healthy cells unaffected. As a result it has none of the severe side effects associated with current chemotherapy drugs used to treat the condition. 

Image: Escaping our brane

Physicists probe the fifth dimension - MSNBC  Left: An animated image shows a collision between two subatomic particles embedded in our 3-D universe (or "brane"). The collision produces other particles, including a graviton that escapes from our brane into the extradimensional "bulk" that lies beyond.   The cosmos would make perfect sense if it turns out we're living in a 10- or 11-dimensional realm where gravity is bubbling off a different plane entirely. At least that's what's emerging as the hottest concept on the frontier of physics. String theory might provide a "theory of everything". The theories work even better if you can think of our four-dimensional space-time continuum as a type of membrane, or "brane," embedded in a "bulk" that takes in even more dimensions. 
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Biosciences:
6/14/2006:Of Lice and Men  - Technology Review 
6/14/2006:Nearly extinct frogs found in Colombia
 - MSNBC
6/14/2006:Harvard scientists join human cloning race - MSNBC
6/14/2006:Human stem cell research begins at Harvard  - C/Net

Geosciences, Environment:
6/14/2006:Clean Air Products Debuts Wet Process Stations... - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Nation Confers Green Awards On Environmental Protection Activists... - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Syncrude awards $44M engineering contract for emissions reduction retrofit... - FirstScience
6/14/2006:UK executives press PM Blair for tough CO2 emissions targets... - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Insurers ignoring climate change risks... - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Villagers Evacuated From Indonesia Volcano... - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Satellite images reveal storm secrets - MSNBC
6/14/2006:Microsoft vs. Google: Who's greener?  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Photos: Green companies  - C/Net

Computers:
Games and Devices
6/14/2006:Animals Have Instincts, Too
  - Wired News
6/14/2006:Gadget Lab: Geared for Summer  - Wired News
6/14/2006:Chip: Bone-Crunching Game Realism  - Wired News
6/14/2006:Dead in Iraq::It's No Game   - Wired News 
6/14/2006:'Grand Theft Auto' publisher plays it safe  - CNN
6/14/2006: China's Online Games to Beat Korea - Business Week
6/14/2006:'Second Life'? Don't worry, we can scale
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Gadgets: Open a can, without any hands
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Apple debuts new U2 iPod
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Photos: iPod rocks on with U2
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Crushing the juicy AppleBerry rumor
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:'Second Life' near maximum density?
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Photos: SLR cameras for the digital age
  - C/Net

Hardware and Software

6/14/2006:Blu-ray or HD-DVD- Ask Your PC  - Wired News
6/14/2006:PCs' key role in HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray war  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Apple: Apple explains MacBook heating issues  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Toshiba touts data density record with new drive  - C/Net

Communications
6/14/2006:Gigabyte Phone Is a Crowd Pleaser
  - Wired News
6/14/2006: Skype Under Attack
 - Business Week
6/14/2006:3G phone masts safe, Dutch health ministry says
  - C/Net

Internet
6/14/2006:Your Money or Your Site  - Wired News
6/14/2006:Google Spreadsheets Truly Excels  - Wired News 
6/14/2006:Chatting With Your Search Engine  - Wired News 
6/14/2006:The Kinsey of Clicking  - Wired News
6/14/2006:China Tightens Grip on Web  - Wired News
6/14/2006:Pirate Bay Bloodied but Unbowed  - Wired News
6/14/2006:Dancin fool becomes Internet 'It Boy'
  - CNN
6/14/2006:Teen charged with threatening official on blog
  - CNN
6/14/2006:Google Spreadsheets turns up heat on Excel
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Images: Google's Excel challenge
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Microsoft puts its stamp on e-mail security
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Google's out for Microsoft's crown jewels
  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Spreadsheets a la Google
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
6/14/2006:The 21st-century comic book  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Images: Colorful comics  - C/Net

Energy:
6/14/2006:BMW Plans Hydrogen Car by 2008   - Wired News 
6/14/2006:Minister Says Policy Encourges Renewable Energy Use... - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Construction on world's largest solar power plant starts in southern Portugal...  - Physics Org
6/14/2006:Nuclear is just part of the mix... - FirstScience

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Cancer  
6/14/2006:Leukaemia drug 'boosts survival'   - BBC
6/14/2006:Gates funds cervical cancer shots for poor  - C/Net

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6/14/2006:In Fish Fight, Science Loses  - Wired News
6/14/2006:RNA therapy tackles eye disease  - Nature
6/14/2006:Intel-led group to forge medical device standards  - El. Engr. Times

Prolongevity
6/14/2006:Key to healthy old age explored   - BBC
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History, Anthropology:
6/14/2006:Researchers find hidden Greek text on 'world's oldest astronomy computer'... - FirstScience 

Miscellaneous:
6/14/2006:Rants 'n' Raves: Shady Protectors  - Wired News 
6/14/2006:Now That's a Soda Fountain   - Wired News
6/14/2006:The Hottest New Camera  - Wired News 
6/14/2006:A Boom Beyond Burials  - Wired News
6/14/2006:RFID: Sign of the (End) Times?  - Wired News
6/14/2006:Be There and Be Square  - Wired News
6/14/2006:IBM to invest $6 billion in India
6/14/2006:Motorola plans manufacturing plant in India
6/14/2006:Meet the engineers and designers that saved Motorola  - CNN
6/14/2006:Watchingthe Snoops - Business Week
6/14/2006: Apple Follows Its Instincts out of India - Business Week
6/14/2006:IBM to triple investment in India to $6B - Business Week
6/14/2006:'I just bought your hard drive'  - C/Net
6/14/2006:'666' devil theories spread across Net  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Big Blue moves to 'off the rack' services  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Why 'unconferences' are fun conferences  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Transport Tuesday: Can a Mustang be worth this much?  - C/Net
6/14/2006:Senate won't quiz telecoms about NSA spying  - C/Net

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6/14/2006:
Anger syndrome 'under-diagnosed'   - BBC

Physical Sciences:
6/14/2006:Physicists probe the fifth dimension  - MSNBC

Space and Astronomy:
6/14/2006:US Prepares Manned Spaceflights to Mars... - FirstScience
6/14/2006:LEADING ROLE: NASA developing space vehicle to carry people back to the moon...
 - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Spitzer View of Andromeda...
 - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Two Stellar Futures...
 - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Faulty box won't delay shuttle launch...
 - USA Today
6/14/2006:Photo in the News: Mini Solar Systems Could Form Around Planetary Objects...
 - Nat'l. Geo. News
6/14/2006:Mars Picture of the Day: Diced Remnant...
 - FirstScience
6/14/2006:Magnetic Nature of a Mysterious Cosmic X-ray Emitter...
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6/14/2006:Cosmic Log: The galaxy next door
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Technology:
6/14/2006:A Top-Down Transformation
  - Wired News 
6/14/2006:GNU Radio Opens an Unseen World
  - Wired News 
6/14/2006:Lasers Project the Big Picture
  - Wired News
6/14/2006:Fungus eats enduring plastic
  - Nature
6/14/2006:How to create your own "SmackBook"
  - C/Net

  


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