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Gemini Mirror Is First With Silver Lining - SpaceDaily  The new coating- the first of its kind ever to line the surface of a very large astronomical mirror- is among the final steps in making Gemini the most powerful infrared telescope on our planet. Covering the Gemini mirror with silver utilizes a process developed over several years of testing and experimentation to produce a coating that meets the stringent requirements of astronomical research. Most astronomical mirrors are coated with aluminum using an evaporation process, and require recoating every 12-18 months. Since the twin Gemini mirrors are optimized for viewing objects in both optical and infrared wavelengths, a different coating was specified. Each coating plant (originally built by the Royal Greenwich Observatory in the UK) incorporates devices called magnetrons to "sputter" a coating on the mirror.
Fermilab Results Change Estimated Mass Of Postulated Higgs Boson - SpaceDaily  Scientists at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory today (June 9) announced new results that change the best estimate of the mass of the postulated Higgs boson from approximately 96 GeV/c2 to 117 GeV/c2. Compared to the previous value, the new value is in better agreement with direct searches - such as those conducted by CERN experiments - that excluded a mass below 114 GeV/c2. While scientists have never observed the Higgs itself, they can predict its mass and other characteristics by making precise observations of known particles with which it presumably interacts. 

Low-Cost Robot Could Locate Land Mines In Rugged Terrain - SpaceDaily  Four Johns Hopkins undergraduate engineering students have designed and built a remote-controlled robotic vehicle to find deadly land mines in rugged terrain and mark their location with a spray of paint. The prototype has been given to professional explosive detection researchers as a model for a low-cost robot that humanitarian groups and military troops could use to prevent mine-related deaths and injuries. To carry Nelson's sensors through rough terrain, the Johns Hopkins undergraduates designed a two-piece vehicle that rolls on tank-type treads. 
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Alzheimer's Disease:

Biosciences:
6/20/2004: Species watchdog mulls new rules
  - BBC
6/20/2004: Bulldog breeding ban urged   - BBC
6/20/2004: UK 'to approve human cell clones'   - BBC
6/20/2004: Octopuses have a preferred arm  - Nature
6/20/2004: Fertility clinics turn to embryo gene testing  - New Scientist
6/20/2004: Weighing the Risks of New Plumage  - NY Times
6/20/2004: Fertility: When Biology Is a 'Silent Partner'  - NY Times
6/20/2004: Observatory: When Coral Turns White  - NY Times
6/20/2004: Vital Signs: Prevention: Jellyfish Stings for a Good Cause  - NY Times
6/20/2004: In Case of the Dead Otters, Evidence Points to Opossums  - NY Times
6/20/2004: MIT Technology Jump-Starts Human Embryonic Stem Cell Work
 - Science Daily
6/20/2004: The Organic Shrimp - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: Rico, the collie that can understand 200 words ... - FirstScience
6/20/2004: Gorilla Leapt Over Wall, Officials Say - ABC
6/20/2004: Bush Defends Limits on Stem Cell Research - ABC

Climate, Environment:
6/20/2004: Trapping Carbon In Soil Key For Protecting Global Food Security, Dealing With Climate Change - Science Daily
6/20/2004: Taiwan Planning To Sell Rocsat-2 Satellite Imagery - Space.com
6/20/2004: Business, Environmental Groups Urge Bipartisan Support ... - FirstScience
6/20/2004: Scientists Sound Warning on Climate Change ... - FirstScience
6/20/2004: Calif. on road to lower warming emissions ... - MSNBC
6/20/2004: Climate Change Experts Despair Over U.S. Attitude ... - FirstScience
6/20/2004: Scientists urge action on climate change ... - FirstScience
6/20/2004: Urgent action call on US climate ...  - BBC
6/20/2004: Combating Climate Change ...  - CNN
6/20/2004: U.N. Says Globe Drying Up at Fast Pace - ABC
6/20/2004: Scientists Sound Warning on Climate Change - ABC
6/20/2004: Smoggy Debate - ABC

Computers:
Devices

Communications
6/20/2004: Justices stay out of phone dispute - Seattle Times
6/20/2004: The first cell phone worm emerges ... - New Scientist
6/20/2004: Moves Movies More Rapidly - ABC

Technology
6/20/2004: Scientists Provide New Understanding Of Manganites - Science Daily
6/20/2004: TI discloses new ways to lower power consumption - Silicon Strategies
6/20/2004: Chip Miniaturizes Holography  - Technology Review

PC's
6/20/2004: Studies On Electric Polarization Open Potential For Tinier Devices - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: A Deeper View - ABC

Internet
6/20/2004: Legal Threats Stalk Adult Sites  - Wired News
6/20/2004: FTC Says No to Antispam Registry  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Yahoo Bolsters E-Mail Service  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Thousands of Blogs Fall Silent  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Virtual City of Smut Now Online  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Is a Google Backlash Building? - Business Week
6/20/2004: Who's Seeding the Internet With Spyware?  - Wired News
6/20/2004: You Are Who You Know - Salon
6/20/2004: No-Spam List Canned - ABC
6/20/2004: Canadian Man Vows to Spam No More - ABC
6/20/2004: Software to Manage Projects Through E-mail - ABC

Miscellaneous
6/20/2004: Munich may slam the door on Windows - Seattle Times
6/20/2004: Apple Makes Its Case for Security  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Firms Vie to Help You Find Your PC Files  - Wired News

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
6/20/2004: Born-Again Heart  - Technology Review
6/20/2004: Statins are not 'wonder drugs' for all ... - New Scientist
6/20/2004: Questions About Crestor - ABC

Cancer  

Infectious

Non-Infectious
6/20/2004: Iowa Officials: Farm Additive Stops Meth - ABC

Miscellaneous
6/20/2004: With New Science, Hair Restoration Improves ...  - NY Times
6/20/2004: Giving Better 'Bed' - ABC
6/20/2004: Feds Find No Decline in Obesity Rates - ABC
6/20/2004: Madison's Lessons - ABC
6/20/2004: Malpractice Debate Takes Ugly Turn - ABC
6/20/2004: How to Keep Kids Safe from Sports Injuries - ABC
6/20/2004: Sport Safety Quiz - ABC

History, Anthropology:

Miscellaneous:
6/20/2004: Enron gouged $1.1 billion, utility says - Seattle Times
6/20/2004: Three counts dropped for Tyco retrial - Seattle Times
6/20/2004: Adelphia defendant still receiving pay - Seattle Times
6/20/2004: French President To Visit China - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: China, France Sign Documents On Economic Cooperation - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: Lockheed Martin To Retrofit Predator With New Warhead - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: Aerojet Demonstrates VFDR Ramjet In Flight Test - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: Prepared Minds Favor Chance  - Technology Review
6/20/2004: Internet Traders Favor Edwards  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Demo: Wearable Robots  - Technology Review
6/20/2004: Calls for Leash on Voter Data  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Senate Votes for More Nukes  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Divorce These Stepford Wives  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Space, Incorporated  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Women Vote for Paper Trail  - Wired News
6/20/2004: New 'Hiccup' for Florida Voters  - Wired News
6/20/2004: The Son of Patriot Act Also Rises  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Florida Faces Election Fracas  - Wired News
6/20/2004: U.S. Lab Is Sent Live Anthrax  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Inside Our Smartest Buildings  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Video Games, Art and Architecture Collide  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Burning Man Gets Zoned  - Wired News
6/20/2004: Slate: Abu Ghraib is a moral Chernobyl ... - MSNBC
6/20/2004: Bioterror grand jury trial begins for professor ... - New Scientist
6/20/2004: Natural History Museum Turns 100
 - ABC

Neurosciences:
6/20/2004: Synapse Size And Shape Key In Storing Long-term Memories - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
6/20/2004: Fermilab Results Change Estimated Mass Of Postulated Higgs Boson - SpaceDaily
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Gemini Mirror Is First With Silver Lining - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: Speed Limit Found For Solar Storms - Space.com
6/20/2004: New black hole found ... - FirstScience

Prolongevity

Robotics:
6/20/2004: Low-Cost Robot Could Locate Land Mines In Rugged Terrain - SpaceDaily

Space:
6/20/2004: Canadian Firm to Grapple With Hubble Robotic Servicing - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: New Astronaut Candidates to Start Training
 - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: X-Prize Contenders Get Ready For Lift-Off - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: The Red Planet -- Dead Or Alive? ... - FirstScience
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Technology:
6/20/2004: Self-assembly made easy - PhysicsWeb
6/20/2004: Pumping Energy To Nanocrystals From A Quantum Well - SpaceDaily
6/20/2004: Laser Tweezer Grabs Varied Specks  - Technology Review
6/20/2004: Video-Game Graphics Hit the Road  - Wired News

  




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