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New Horizons II: Doubling UP in the Outer Solar System -  Scientists are exploring the idea of a robotic spacecraft that would visit Uranus around 2014 and continue on to the Kuiper Belt . The project would be patterned after NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which is scheduled to begin a mission to Pluto and its moon, Charon, in early 2006. "We have an opportunity to study building a New Horizons II. The science looks very good. 
Cheaper Wastewater-Fueled Device Produces More Electricity - SpaceDaily  Penn State environmental engineers have removed and replaced one of the most expensive parts of their prototype microbial fuel cell and the device now costs two-thirds less and produces nearly six times more electricity from domestic wastewater. Earlier this year, the Penn State team was the first to develop a microbial fuel cell (MFC) that can generate electricity while simultaneously cleaning domestic wastewater skimmed from the settling pond of a sewage treatment plant. Now, they've shown that by modifying their original MFC to make it cheaper, they can also boost electricity production from about 26 milliwatts per square meter to about 146 milliwatts per square meter. Dr. Bruce Logan, the Kappe professor of environmental engineering, directs the project. He says, "The new design has moved the technology closer to our goal of 1000 milliwatts per square meter."

Stun Weapons To Target Crowds - SpaceDaily  Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe reports New Scientist. At present, commercial stun guns target one person at a time, and work only at close quarters. The new breed of non-lethal weapons can be used on many people at once and operate over far greater distances. One approach involves squirting a stream of conducting fibers at the target. Instead of using fibres, the $9000 Close Quarters Shock Rifle projects an ionised gas, or plasma, towards the target, producing a conducting channel. 
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Alzheimer's Disease:

6/26/2004: Hybrid Owl Species Complicates Bird Future - ABC
6/26/2004: Cambridge Opens Embryo Stem Cell Center
 - ABC
6/26/2004: Push to spread GM crops in Africa  - BBC
6/26/2004: Stem cell centre to lead research  - BBC
6/26/2004: Sperm donors courted for big cats  - Nature

Climate, Environment:
6/26/2004: Leatherback Sea Turtles Scarce in Mexico - ABC
6/26/2004: Skyscraper Windows Cause Bird Deaths - ABC
6/26/2004: Global Warming Skeptic Says Kyoto Money a Waste - ABC
6/26/2004: Fake Sharks Could Save Turtles from Fish Hooks - ABC
6/26/2004: 'Wireless pebbles' track glaciers  - BBC
6/26/2004: Cities will swelter on summer nights - New Scientist

6/26/2004: Galleon sails into high seas action  - BBC

6/26/2004: Customers clamor for Net telephony extras  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Faster Ethernet for the masses  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Keep telling yourself: Above all, it's a phone  - NY Times
6/26/2004: NTT Docomo puts wallet's contents in phone  - El. Engr. Times

6/26/2004: Motorola spinoff introduces new chip  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Freescale Semiconductor Unveils Industry's First Broadband Passive Optical Networking System-on-Chip  - El. Engr. Times

6/26/2004: IBM seizes supercomputing crown  - BBC
6/26/2004: Apple sells supercomputer sequel  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Big iron heats up  - C/Net
6/26/2004: HP's new hard drive to go  - C/Net
6/26/2004: InfiniBand could boost Linux supercomputing  - C/Net
6/26/2004: There once was a woman who lived in her PC...  - CNN
6/26/2004: IBM edges toward top of supercomputer list  - El. Engr. Times
6/26/2004: Thumb drives are hitching a ride to a speedy ramp-up  - El. Engr. Times
6/26/2004: Broadcom First in Industry to Enable Bluetooth(R) Keyboard and Mouse as Standard Peripherals Package for Desktop PCs  - El. Engr. Times
6/26/2004: Earth Simulator still supercomputer champion - New Scientist

6/26/2004: Web draws in Euro football fans  - BBC
6/26/2004: Syrian jailed for internet usage  - BBC
6/26/2004: Blogging with the Boss's Blessing - Business Week
6/26/2004: Viruses Can Run, but They Can't Hide - Business Week
6/26/2004: Hotel Chains: Sleeping Well Online - Business Week
6/26/2004: Geek Squad muscles into new turf  - C/Net
6/26/2004: New search engine  - CNN
6/26/2004: Buying Tiffany on eBay? Beware  - CNN

6/26/2004: Top Court Deals Blow to Intel in EU Probe - ABC
6/26/2004: Refurbished OpenOffice gets release  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Microsoft: Buyback or the Bahamas?  - CNN  
6/26/2004: Still in the Dark Ages?  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Intel may have to give EU documents  - CNN

6/26/2004: Cheaper Wastewater-Fueled Device Produces More Electricity - SpaceDaily
6/26/2004: Yucca Nuclear Dump Funding Plan Draws Industry Ire - ABC
6/26/2004: Setback for test wind farm plan  - BBC
6/26/2004: Fuel cell firm's neat solution for batteries  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Simpler fuel cell architecture being readied for portables  - El. Engr. Times


6/26/2004: Study: Few Women Get Annual Mammograms
6/26/2004: Cancer May Be Responsible for 'Chemobrain' - ABC
6/26/2004: Nano silicon boosts tumour fight  - BBC
6/26/2004: Key protein clue to breast cancer  - BBC
6/26/2004: X-rays boost cancer therapy  - BBC

6/26/2004: Doctors Find SARS Virus in Tears of Patients - ABC
6/26/2004: Aids 'killing Africa's soldiers'  - BBC
6/26/2004: Candles 'can smoke out bacteria'  - BBC
6/26/2004: Superbug deaths 'set to double'  - BBC

6/26/2004: Virus robs addicts of their high  - Nature

6/26/2004: Gravy Train? - ABC
6/26/2004: Doctors Must Double-Check Before Surgery - ABC
6/26/2004: HMOs Win Supreme Court Malpractice Case - ABC
6/26/2004: New Home Exercise Rooms Focusing on Yoga - ABC
6/26/2004: Arkansas Seeks Vending Machine-Fat Link - ABC
6/26/2004: Feds, Arkansas Tackle Obesity Epidemic - ABC
6/26/2004: Prof. Invents High Tech Pill Dispenser - ABC
6/26/2004: Children 'can open pill bottles'  - BBC
6/26/2004: Ukrainians tuck into chocolate-covered pork fat  - BBC
6/26/2004: Cot deaths 'peak at the weekend'  - BBC
6/26/2004: Adding a chromosome may treat disease - New Scientist

History, Anthropology:
6/26/2004: Antarctic hero 'reunited' with cat  - BBC
6/26/2004: Stone Age elephant bones found  - BBC
6/26/2004: Columbus' bell returned to Spanish auctioneers - MSNBC
6/26/2004: Plant remains discovered in early humans - MSNBC

6/26/2004: Stun Weapons To Target Crowds - SpaceDaily
6/26/2004: DJ helps scientists rap out Einstein's theory of relativity  - BBC
6/26/2004: Fear and Fascination in Cyber China - Business Week
6/26/2004: Curtain call in Tinseltown  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Military technology to foil 'texting' test cheaters  - CNN
6/26/2004: Hitachi to invest $500 million in China disk drives  - El. Engr. Times
6/26/2004: HD DVD spec advances, products expected in 2005  - El. Engr. Times
6/26/2004: Statue stirs up saintly buzz in Italy - MSNBC
6/26/2004: Israel sees 'remote control' border - MSNBC
6/26/2004: Iran satellite images raise nuclear questions - New Scientist

6/26/2004: Mouth on Fire - ABC
6/26/2004: Artistic strokeHow a haemorrhage unlocked one man's creative side  - BBC
6/26/2004: Drink boosts schizophrenia drugs  - BBC
6/26/2004: Perfect is stressful: Why setting unrealistic goals can be bad for your health  - BBC
6/26/2004: Dogs can predict epileptic seizures - New Scientist

Physics and Astronomy:
6/26/2004: Richard Feynman: The Comic Physicist - Business Week


6/26/2004: Top honour for robot heroes  - BBC
6/26/2004: DARPA's debacle in the desert - Popular Science
6/26/2004: Student team's robot safely detects land mines  - El. Engr. Times

6/26/2004: New Horizons II: Doubling UP in the Outer Solar System -
6/26/2004: NASA May Offer Million-Dollar Private Space Prizes
 - ABC
6/26/2004: Private craft soars into space, history  - CNN
6/26/2004: Faulty Tank Scrubs Spacewalk - ABC
6/26/2004: Spacewalk Not a Cakewalk
 - ABC
6/26/2004: Apparent Oxygen Leak Ends Spacewalk
 - ABC
6/26/2004: NASA Announces Organizational Changes
 - ABC
6/26/2004: Saturn's moon mystery solved
  - Nature
6/26/2004: Spacewalk aborted after oxygen leak
 - New Scientist
6/26/2004: New Look for NASA for the Next Space Age
  - NY Times
6/26/2004: Cassini Opens A Cosmic Time Capsule
 - Science Daily
6/26/2004: Cassini VIMS Team Finds That Phoebe May Be Kin To Comets
 - Science Daily
6/26/2004: SpaceShipOne Data Shows Vessel Took a 'Trajectory Excursion'
6/26/2004: Official Denies Space Tourist Was Rejected by Russians
6/26/2004: Oxygen Leak Scrubs Spacewalk for ISS Crew
6/26/2004: Administrator Unveils Next Steps Of NASA Transformation
 - SpaceDaily
6/26/2004: Leaving Home
 - SpaceDaily
6/26/2004: China To Launch Probe No 2
 - SpaceDaily
6/26/2004: NASA Shakes Itself Up
  - Wired News
6/26/2004: Huygens nears insertion into Saturn's orbit ...
 - FirstScience

6/26/2004: Your Lapel Is Ringing - Business Week
6/26/2004: Chipmaker brings pro sensors to consumer cameras  - C/Net
6/26/2004: Slipping disc quality a pain in the neck - Seattle Times
6/26/2004: Music labels spin hopes on pocket CD  - CNN
6/26/2004: FTC: No love for baby bug device  - CNN


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