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Gene therapy treats brain wasting disease  - Nature    The approach involves trying to correct genetic abnormalities by injecting an animal or person with corrective sequences of DNA or RNA. The therapy eliminated pockets of damaged brain tissue from the mice and corrected the physical symptoms of the disease. Davidson says she hopes that her technique will move quickly into clinical trials. “The data are very promising; we hope we will be able to use RNA interference as a therapy for dominant neurodegenerative diseases.”

Tiny Bubbles Could Hold Clues To Martian Volcanos History - SpaceDaily  Left: The photo shows a fluid inclusion containing liquid water and a vapor bubble. The inclusion, contained in the mineral quartz, is about 25 micrometers in length.  By summer 2005, researchers in the Fluids Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech will be able to look for evidence of water on Mars by examining submicroscopic bubbles in martian meteorites, determine whether fluids and silicate melts trapped in volcanic rock can help predict future eruptions, and locate buried mineral deposits using data from surface rocks. "It uses a UV laser and will help us understand whether a given basin or rock might host oil deposits based on analysis of fluid inclusions in surface rocks, which could save millions of dollars in fruitless drilling, or at least help identify the most promising sites," said Bodnar. 

Travel To Mars Could Be Harmful - SpaceDaily  Left: Once there, the atmosphere of Mars is just enough to give a working level of protection on normal days when out and about on the surface.  A Russian scientist says manned Martian flights could render a male astronaut sterile, shrink his musculature and weaken his bones.  "A flight to the Red Planet and back will certainly destroy the reproductive function, what with long exposure to hard radiation. Weightlessness, too, will have its effect causing muscular atrophy and excreting calcium from the bones," Polyakov said. A male astronaut headed for Mars ought to be no younger than sixty, he said.
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Biosciences:
6/18/2004: BioBricks to help reverse-engineer life  - El. Engr. Times
6/18/2004: Women 'face IVF struggle in NHS'
  - BBC
6/18/2004: Crunch time for Korea's cloners  - Nature
6/18/2004: Old dog learns new tricks  - Nature
6/18/2004: Genome of Sudden Oak Death bug cracked - New Scientist
6/18/2004: Mutant human stem cell lines created - New Scientist
6/18/2004: Finally, an Old Dog That Can Learn New Tricks  - NY Times
6/18/2004: Smart Dogs: Canine Word-learning Research Yields Surprising Findings About Human Speech Comprehension - Science Daily
6/18/2004: Fly Ear Is Bioinspiration For Human Hearing Aid - Science Daily
6/18/2004: NIH Launches Nationwide Chemical Genomics Network - SpaceDaily
6/18/2004: Scientists say new stem cell lines could help genetic disease research ... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
6/18/2004: Eagle Population Up in Yellowstone - ABC
6/18/2004: Last Summer's Blackout Made Cleaner Skies - ABC
6/18/2004: Chemists Retrieve Clues To Ancient Ocean Chemistry And Global Greenhouse From Cretaceous Sediments - Science Daily
6/18/2004: Oldest Antarctic ice formation reveals climate history ...
6/18/2004: Global warming threathens Namibia ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: FBI warns police of possible demonstrations by radical environmentalists ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: Global warming threatens Skeleton Coast ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: FDA seeks public comment on albuterol metered dose inhalers containing ozone-depleting propellants ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: Scientists get a surprise look at underwater volcano in mid-eruption ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: Two Billion People Vulnerable To Floods By 2050 - SpaceDaily - ABC
6/18/2004: Experts Say New Whale Species Found - ABC
6/18/2004: Debate Rages Over Mich. Wilderness Plan - ABC
6/18/2004: Weather Forecast Warm for the Next 15,000 Years - ABC
6/18/2004: Lights-Out Policies in Cities Save Migrating Birds
6/18/2004: Study: Sea Protection Costs Less Than Fish Subsidies - ABC

Computers:
Devices
6/18/2004: Join 'Van Helsing,' 'Shrek 2' in games  - CNN
6/18/2004: Lara Croft creator speaks out  - BBC
6/18/2004: BlackBerry handheld has ripened quite nicely - Seattle Times
6/18/2004: Education Arcade  - Technology Review

Communications
6/18/2004: Cutting the Line in Telecom - Business Week

Technology
6/18/2004: Tactile engineering ramps for consumer apps  - El. Engr. Times
6/18/2004: Super-thin crystals promise fast memory - New Scientist
6/18/2004: Bacterial Integrated Circuits - SpaceDaily

PC's
6/18/2004: Review: Ulead VideoStation 8 Editing Software - ABC
6/18/2004: Recognition Replaces Passwords  - Technology Review

Internet
6/18/2004: Google: What Lies Beyond Search? - Business Week
6/18/2004: Putting a Value on Google - Business Week
6/18/2004: Pop-up toolbar spreads via IE flaws  - C/Net
6/18/2004: Tightening up McAfee defenses  - C/Net
6/18/2004: Lawsuits Weigh on Google Debut  - Wired News
6/18/2004: Google: What Lies Beyond Search? - Business Week

Miscellaneous
6/18/2004: Chinese railway to ride on Turbolinux  - C/Net
6/18/2004: Try repackaging some files to transfer them via Outlook - Seattle Times

Energy:
6/18/2004: Is Diesel Back? - Business Week
6/18/2004: American community works with solar power but it's not perfect ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: Nuclear River Run-Off - ABC

Health:
Cardiovascular
6/18/2004: Stroke death rate slashed by 40%  - BBC

Cancer  
6/18/2004: Lung cancer 'carries stigma'  - BBC
6/18/2004: 'It's good to talk' about bowel cancer  - BBC

Infectious
6/18/2004: U.S. AIDS Patients Donate Drugs to World - ABC
6/18/2004: HIV Spending - ABC
6/18/2004: Experts Urge Integrated AIDS Strategy - ABC
6/18/2004: UCSD Partners With Peru In NIH Grant To Battle Malaria, World’s Number 2 Killer - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
6/18/2004: Antioxidant Enzyme Containing Selenium, A Major Dietary Supplement, Could Promote Type 2 Diabetes - Science Daily

Miscellaneous

History, Anthropology:
6/18/2004: Clues To Ancient Earth Chemistry From Cretaceous Sediments - SpaceDaily
6/18/2004: Necropolis Unearthed Outside Cairo - ABC
6/18/2004: Israel Seeks to Preserve Masada - ABC

Miscellaneous:
6/18/2004: Pressure to succeed: How exam stress can make some students feel suicidal
6/18/2004: Reagan's Economic Legacy - Business Week
6/18/2004: Homeland Security - Business Week
6/18/2004: India's Outsourcers Turn West - Business Week
6/18/2004: Lessons from a Dizzying Tech Decade - Business Week
6/18/2004: Electronic voting riles League of Women Voters  - CNN
6/18/2004: Father's Day a dream for high-tech stores  - CNN
6/18/2004: 'Republican Survivor' spoofs party  - CNN
6/18/2004: Privacy and search wars  - C/Net
6/18/2004: Offshoring: Choose your country--and partner  - C/Net
6/18/2004: Suffering offers prison horrors  - BBC
6/18/2004: German Researcher Stripped of Doctoral  - NY Times
6/18/2004: Conditions ripe for trade, opportunities in Russia - Seattle Times
6/18/2004: Creating an album that will impress - Seattle Times
6/18/2004: Science Safari: Light Projects ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: Personals beamed out into the universe ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: Protection Perk - ABC
6/18/2004: Review: An All-in-One Online Defense System - ABC
6/18/2004: Sci-Fi Museum Is About More Than Ray Guns - ABC
6/18/2004: Sleepy Iranian Town Blooms for Rosewater Season - ABC

Neurosciences:
6/18/2004: Gene therapy treats brain wasting disease  - Nature
6/18/2004: Need Sex? It's Probably Something About Stress - Science Daily
6/18/2004: Human Subjects Play Mind Games - SpaceDaily

Physics and Astronomy:
6/18/2004: In pursuit of the perfect kilogram - MSNBC
6/18/2004: Universe started with hiss, not bang
 - New Scientist
6/18/2004: Mathematicians sceptical over claimed breakthrough - New Scientist
6/18/2004: Newly Discovered Baby Planet Confounds Expectations: Raw Materials For Habitable Planets Around Surprisingly Young Stars - Science Daily
6/18/2004: X-ray Method Images Ions at Interface ...
 - FirstScience

Prolongevity
6/18/2004: Fat Cells Could Provide The Key To A Longer Life - Science Daily

Robotics:

Space:
6/18/2004: Tiny Bubbles Could Hold Clues To Martian Volcanos History - SpaceDaily
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Travel To Mars Could Be Harmful - SpaceDaily
6/18/2004: Changing Mars ...  - Astronomy
6/18/2004: Kazakhstan is planning space exploration missions and more research ...  - FirstScience
6/18/2004: NASA Cassini Saturn Image- Phoebe Looms in View ... - FirstScience
6/18/2004: Phoebe probably distant traveller
  - BBC
6/18/2004: Tourists in Space?
 - Business Week
6/18/2004: Space Planes photo essay
 - Business Week
6/18/2004: Regular Folks to Kiss the Sky
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Technology:
6/18/2004: Japan draws up next R&D plan  - El. Engr. Times
6/18/2004: Self-assembly made easy - PhysicsWeb
6/18/2004: Pumping Energy To Nanocrystals From A Quantum Well - Science Daily
6/18/2004: Los Alamos Helps Industry By Simulating Circuit Failures From Cosmic Rays - Science Daily
6/18/2004: UO Researchers Learn To Precisely Control Nanoparticle Spacing - SpaceDaily

  




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