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Rocket Science: Reaching for Space with Rubber Fuel - Space.com  The fuel in SpaceShipOne's tank is about as exotic as the spacecraft's design. SpaceShipOne, set to be the first non-governmental crewed vehicle to reach space, uses a combination of rubber and nitrous oxide -- also known as laughing gas -- as the powerhouse for test flights and an anticipated suborbital spaceshot set for June 21. "It's a very stable and non-toxic system." 
Test May Confirm Strings As Basic Constituent Of Matter, Energy - SpaceDaily  In the June on-line Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP), three theoretical physicists propose the most viable test to date for determining whether string theory is on the right track. The effect that they describe and that could be discovered by LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), a facility for detecting gravitational waves that is just becoming operational, could provide support for string theory within two years. "One way to characterize that number," said Polchinski, "involves the gravitational effect of the string. If you look at a string end on while a couple of light rays go past it on either side, the light rays will bend towards the string.

MIT Technology Jump-Starts Human Embryonic Stem Cell Work - SpaceDaily  Left:  The fountain of youth or Pandora's most deadly potion yet.  An MIT team has developed new technology that could jump-start scientists' ability to create specific cell types from human embryonic stem cells, a feat with implications for developing replacement organs and a variety of other tissue engineering applications. The scientists have already identified a simple method for producing substantially pure populations of epithelial-like cells from human embryonic stem cells. Epithelial cells could be useful in making synthetic skin. Seventeen hundred spots of biomaterial are analyzed simultneously. 
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Biosciences:
6/24/2004: MIT Technology Jump-Starts Human Embryonic Stem Cell Work - SpaceDaily
6/24/2004: Monkey Business: Studies Show Tiny Callimicos Have Unusual Characteristics
 - Science Daily
6/24/2004: Researchers Make Promiscuous Animals Monogamous By Manipulating Genes - Science Daily
6/24/2004: Luna Follows Fisheries Boat but No Capture - ABC
6/24/2004: Anthrax Kills Elephant in Bangladesh Forests - ABC
6/24/2004: Six sharks found dead on coast  - BBC
6/24/2004: Patient 'funds stem cell study'  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
6/24/2004: Shell chief 'worried for the planet' over climate change - SpaceDaily
6/24/2004: 50 government-employed air pollution supervisors assume office inChinese capital ... - FirstScience
6/24/2004: Action urged on aircraft emissions ...
6/24/2004: Shell boss says world's future grim unless carbon emissions cut ...
6/24/2004: Environmentalists concerned by activities of whaling nations ... - FirstScience
6/24/2004: Architect of Pollution Program Arrested ... - FirstScience
6/24/2004: Scientists Claim to Discover New Fish - ABC
6/24/2004: Western Drought Now Beats Dust Bowl - ABC
6/24/2004: U.N. Warns Aral Sea Could Dry Up - ABC
6/24/2004: Tucson, Ariz., Chosen Monsoon Study Site - ABC
6/24/2004: Global Warming Raises Stink in Britain - ABC
6/24/2004: Scientists Puzzled by Dead Dolphins in Mauritania - ABC
6/24/2004: Can Less Pollution Lead to More Smog? - ABC
6/24/2004: 'Grouting' Radioactive River Waste - ABC
6/24/2004: Spain ditches Ebro River project  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
6/24/2004: Too Much Fun for Just One Screen  - Wired News
6/24/2004: Web action: Spider-Man game sequel swings its way to success  - BBC
6/24/2004: Saucy new video game tries to spice it up  - CNN

Communications
6/24/2004: Senate Tangles Over VOIP Rules  - Wired News
6/24/2004: Cheap broadband lures surfers  - BBC
6/24/2004: Gaming to go: Nokia learns from its mistakes with revamp of N-Gage mobile  - BBC
6/24/2004: Coffee, tea or broadband  - C/Net
6/24/2004: Texas setting up Wi-Fi at rest stops  - CNN
6/24/2004: Wi-Fi farming expected to catch on  - CNN

Technology
6/24/2004: Samsung applies DDR2 packaging at the wafer level - Silicon Strategies
6/24/2004: Intel's 3D divorce rate  - C/Net
6/24/2004: AMD is betting on low-priced chip  - C/Net

PC's
6/24/2004: Review: HP's Double Duty Flat-Panel Display - ABC
6/24/2004: Study: Notebooks drive sales in Europe  - C/Net
6/24/2004: Supercomputer ranking method faces revision  - C/Net
6/24/2004: What makes consumers buy the latest model?  - C/Net

Internet
6/24/2004: Online banking is clicking with more customers - Seattle Times
6/24/2004: Global Chaos, Just for Fun  - Wired News
6/24/2004: Message Mole - ABC
6/24/2004: Attack of the zombies  - C/Net
6/24/2004: Google to publishers: Some butter for your bread  - C/Net
6/24/2004: Disney talks up expanded Moviebeam  - C/Net
6/24/2004: IBM offers new e-mail defense  - C/Net
6/24/2004: Turning the tables on e-mail swindlers  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
6/24/2004: DMCA Foes Find Allies in House  - Wired News
6/24/2004: US moves to rein in spyware  - BBC
6/24/2004: Irish Windows software developed  - BBC
6/24/2004: The coming consolidation in software  - C/Net

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
6/24/2004: No Medical Benefit From Liposuction- Diabetes And Heart Disease Risk Is Unchanged After Fat Is Removed
6/24/2004: Medical milestoneLooking back at 25 years of heart transplants in the UK  - BBC

Cancer  
6/24/2004: Abnormal Chromosomes Forecast Leukemia Relapse - Science Daily
6/24/2004: Nano silicon boosts tumour fight  - BBC

Infectious
6/24/2004: Va. to Test for TB After Nurse's Death - ABC
6/24/2004: CDC: Screening Reduces Strep B in Infants - ABC
6/24/2004: Superbug deaths 'set to double'  - BBC

Non-Infectious
6/24/2004: Long Term Relief: From Arthritis Could Evolve From B-cell Targeted Treatments - Science Daily
6/24/2004: Drugs cut severe arthritis pain

Miscellaneous
6/24/2004: Medical Implants Work Better When You Rough Them Up, Study Finds - Science Daily
6/24/2004: Largest USDA Study Of Food Antioxidants Reveals Best Sources - Science Daily
6/24/2004: Daily Eye Drops Hold Key To Glaucoma Prevention - Science Daily
6/24/2004: STUDY: DAILY EYE DROPS HOLD KEY TO GLAUCOMA PREVENTION - Science Daily
6/24/2004: Healthy Liposuction? Fat Chance  - Wired News
6/24/2004: Zit Blaster - ABC
6/24/2004: Many Doctors Practice With No Insurance - ABC
6/24/2004: GlaxoSmithKline to Post Trial Results - ABC
6/24/2004: Europe's five worst child killers  - BBC
6/24/2004: Hope for lung transplant patients  - BBC
6/24/2004: Pre-birth problems may be passed down the generations  - BBC
6/24/2004: Living wills to get legal backing  - BBC
6/24/2004: Australians rush to delay births
  - BBC
6/24/2004: Surgeon admits killing a patient
  - BBC
6/24/2004: Child abuse experts facing review
  - BBC
6/24/2004: Medical notes: A comprehensive guide to clinical conditions
  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
6/24/2004: Skull Fragment Suggests Colonial Surgery - ABC
6/24/2004: Who's the Real Mr. Chips?  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
6/24/2004: Team Of ORNL 'Agents' Working To Keep People Safe - Science Daily
6/24/2004: Prosecutor tells how looted cash was spent - Seattle Times
6/24/2004: TechTV Fans Mad as Hell  - Wired News
6/24/2004: RFID: The Good and Odd - ABC
6/24/2004: CORRECTED: El Paso Named Sweatiest U.S. City - ABC
6/24/2004: Rambling on the road to nowhere  - BBC
6/24/2004: Biotech upturn: Is now the time for bruised investors to return to biotech-  - BBC
6/24/2004: Invisible power: How computers are becoming part of the furniture in schools  - BBC
6/24/2004: Japan tech guru predicts slump  - BBC
6/24/2004: Supersize Your Set-Top Box  - BBC
6/24/2004: Senate debates cybercrime treaty  - C/Net
6/24/2004: Too late to rebuild IT?  - C/Net
6/24/2004: Strong growth predicted for chip industry  - C/Net
6/24/2004: AMD's reversal of fortune  - C/Net
6/24/2004: Travel tips from Michael Dell, Warren Buffett and more    - C/Net - C/Net
6/24/2004: The importance of big ideas--revisited

Neurosciences:

Physics and Astronomy:
6/24/2004: Test May Confirm Strings As Basic Constituent Of Matter, Energy - SpaceDaily

Prolongevity

Robotics:

Space:
6/24/2004: Rocket Science: Reaching for Space with Rubber Fuel - Space.com
6/24/2004: University Of Chicago Instrument Ready To Begin Four-year Study Of Saturn's Rings
 - Science Daily
6/24/2004: At One Point, 'I Was Deathly Afraid,' New Space Visitor Admits
  - NY Times
6/24/2004: Cassini Will Remake Image of Saturn
 - Space.com
6/24/2004: Space entrepreneurs taste joy and danger
 - Space.com
6/24/2004: Capps Space Science To Offer July 4 Flight Demonstrations
 - Space.com
6/24/2004: Venus Transit 2004: A Tremendous Success
 - Space.com
6/24/2004: Robertson Among Crowd to Watch Spacecraft ...
 - FirstScience

Technology:
6/24/2004: Spinning a (Silk) Yarn  - Technology Review 
6/24/2004: Silicon Nanowires Grown in Place  - Technology Review 
6/24/2004: Surf the waves and the internet at the same time  - BBC
6/24/2004: Mother-of-three designs a blow-up travel cot  - BBC

  




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