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Conflicting Views: Embryonic And Adult Stem Cell Research - SpaceDaily  Left:  Given how many children starve to death each year, so called moral concern for day-old embryos does leave one wondering.  Though there has been considerable biological and political debate over the use of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) vs. adult stem cells (ASCs) as therapies for tissue engineering and organ transplants, inherent benefits and drawbacks in both techniques compel them to coexist and complement each other. "On the one hand, it's been very difficult to grow sufficient numbers of ASCs to regenerate tissues or create replacement organs," explains Technical Insights Research Analyst Katherine Austin.
Giving Mars Back its Heartbeat. Great Terraforming Debate: Part I - SpaceDaily  Terraforming was once solely the province of science fiction. In the 1930s, Olaf Stapledon wrote of electrolyzing a global sea on Venus in order to prepare it for human habitation in "Last and First Men." Jack Williamson coined the term "terraforming" in the 1940s in a series of short stories. And in 1951, Arthur C. Clarke gave the concept wide exposure with his novel, "The Sands of Mars." Kim Stanley Robinson picked up the terraforming torch in the 1990s with his epic trilogy - "Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars." So the question is, can we terraform Mars? How would we do it, why would do it, when we do it, and should we do it? Chris McKay: I don't think we can terraform Mars, if terraforming is, as it was originally defined, making Mars suitable for human beings. But what we could do is make Mars suitable for life. 

The Red Planet Dead Or Alive? - SpaceDaily  Is there or has there ever been life on Mars? A UK project could help provide the answer to this fascinating question. The team are working to improve the equipment on space probes which is used to try and identify evidence of life on other planets. Current methods of detecting biomarkers are of limited effectiveness because they use biological receptors which can be fragile when facing the extreme environmental conditions involved in exploration work. This EPSRC-funded project sets out to demonstrate alternative approaches that offer greater flexibility for the detection of different biomarker molecules. 
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Alzheimer's Disease:
6/28/2004:Estrogen Pills May Raise Alzheimer's Risk - ABC

Biosciences:
6/28/2004:Conflicting Views: Embryonic And Adult Stem Cell Research - SpaceDaily
6/28/2004:Stem Cells Commit To A Future Of Fat With One Signal

6/28/2004:Genes Automate DNA Machines - Technology Review 
6/28/2004:Concerns spark tissue bill change  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
6/28/2004:Pacific Nations Formulate Disaster Plan  - NY Times
6/28/2004:Expedition Will Establish Seafloor Observatories For Studying Water Flow In Ocean Crust - Science Daily
6/28/2004:NASA Research Helps Highlight Lightning Safety Awareness Week - Science Daily
6/28/2004:Ecology Drives The Worldwide Distribution Of Human Diseases - SpaceDaily
6/28/2004:Spanish government to finalize Kyoto compliance plan by July 1 - SpaceDaily
6/28/2004:Greenpeace MV Esperanza arrived in Icelandic whaling center, Isafjordur ... - FirstScience
6/28/2004:Keystone Species are Essential to Ecosystems and Biodiversity ... - FirstScience
6/28/2004:Greenpeace activists arrested after storming GM ship ... - FirstScience
6/28/2004:Global climate change study launched ... - FirstScience
6/28/2004:Nader's choice may earn support from Green Party ... - Seattle Times
6/28/2004:Russia Addresses Environmental Protection Of Gulf Of Finland ... - FirstScience
6/28/2004:Toxic Pollution Rose 5 Percent in 2002 - ABC
6/28/2004:Frog-Watch Program Tracks Species - ABC
6/28/2004:U.S. Raps Iceland and Japan on Whaling - ABC
6/28/2004:Environmentalists Lose Missouri River Case - ABC
6/28/2004:Scientists to Study New Fault in Colorado - ABC
6/28/2004:Air-Dropped Fish Affecting Amphibians - ABC
6/28/2004:Invasive Catfish Threaten Florida Lake - ABC
6/28/2004:Global sewage torrent harms young  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
6/28/2004:Critical flaw found in game software  - C/Net
6/28/2004:Cingular moves ahead with high-speed plans  - C/Net

Communications
6/28/2004:Texas using Wi-Fi to encourage motorists - Seattle Times
6/28/2004:New generation embraces mobiles  - BBC
6/28/2004:Telecom: The Day After - Business Week
6/28/2004:How to reform the FCC  - C/Net

Technology
6/28/2004:Infineon launches prototype 16-Mbit magnetic RAM - Silicon Strategies
6/28/2004:Photronics outlines plans for 65-nm photomasks - Silicon Strategies

PC's
6/28/2004:Samsung crafts Linux file system for NAND flash - Silicon Strategies
6/28/2004:Review: A Photo Printer That Delivers Quickly - ABC
6/28/2004:The quest for the four-minute disc burn  - C/Net

Internet
6/28/2004:Yahoo! launches Chinese-language site - Seattle Times
6/28/2004:Pioneer ending free blogger service - Seattle Times
6/28/2004:Blind Get Earful of Spam Daily  - Wired News
6/28/2004:Study: Quitting Smoking Adds Years to Life - ABC
6/28/2004:Spam is making computers sick  - BBC
6/28/2004:How not to win a million  - BBC
6/28/2004:Clinton book mania explodes on the Web  - C/Net
6/28/2004:Spam-sending PCs may get unplugged  - CNN
6/28/2004:Spyware tips  - CNN
6/28/2004:Bloggers seek access to conventions  - CNN

Miscellaneous
6/28/2004:Open (Source) Revolution - ABC
6/28/2004:Strong sales for iTunes in Europe  - BBC
6/28/2004:Oracle moves to blunt Microsoft testimony  - C/Net
6/28/2004:Utah judge freezes anti-spyware law  - C/Net
6/28/2004:RIAA takes hundreds more 'John Does' to court  - C/Net
6/28/2004:Turn in film pirate, get $500  - CNN
6/28/2004:Claim of spyware on Beastie Boys CD denied - New Scientist

Energy:
6/28/2004:NASA Spaces on Energy Solution  - Wired News

Health:
Cardiovascular
6/28/2004:Erectile Dysfunction In Diabetic Men May Predict Silent Heart Disease - Science Daily

Cancer  
6/28/2004:Nanoshells Cancer Treatment Proves Effective In First Animal Test - Science Daily
6/28/2004:Nano Killers Aim at Mini Tumors  - Wired News
6/28/2004:Not-So-Silent Killer - ABC
6/28/2004:Video: Unusual Tumors in the Ovary - ABC
6/28/2004:Many Women Get Needless Pap Tests - ABC
6/28/2004:Children's sun creams fail tests  - BBC

Infectious
6/28/2004:Florida woman with human form of mad cow disease dies - New Scientist
6/28/2004:Health Officials Fear New Mosquito Disease - ABC
6/28/2004:Warning of polio epidemic in Africa - New Scientist

Non-Infectious
6/28/2004:Smoking wipes 10 years off a life - New Scientist
6/28/2004:Snorted virus dampens rats' cocaine high - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
6/28/2004:Stanford Researchers Eye New Chip's Potential As An Artificial Retina - Science Daily
6/28/2004:Newly Grown Kidneys Can Sustain Life In Rats - Science Daily
6/28/2004:Rx for Sex - ABC
6/28/2004:Muscular Dystrophy Advocate Dies at 13 - ABC
6/28/2004:Too Thin? - ABC
6/28/2004:Signs of Eating Disorders - ABC
6/28/2004:Potato Growers Pitching 'Low-Carb' Spud - ABC
6/28/2004:Poor air 'harms lungs of unborn'  - BBC
6/28/2004:Warning on alternative medicine  - BBC
6/28/2004:WHO warns on unsafe use of alternative medicines - New Scientist

History, Anthropology:
6/28/2004:Early hominid ears primed for speech - New Scientist
6/28/2004:Groups fight to preserve American Indian sites - MSNBC

Miscellaneous:
6/28/2004:Mission Linguistic: Interactive Technologies To Teach GIs Arabic Language And Culture - Science Daily
6/28/2004:Independent voices poised for power on fund boards - Seattle Times
6/28/2004:Despite China's recent boom, many job seekers remain - Seattle Times
6/28/2004:Boeing Signs Agreement With India To Make Satellites - SpaceDaily
6/28/2004:Battle Over Big Wheels - ABC
6/28/2004:Vote: Should the vehicles be restricted? - ABC
6/28/2004:U.S. Tech Glow Dims in Asia But Taiwan Up - ABC
6/28/2004:Faulty Devices - ABC
6/28/2004:Fake ID cards 'openly available'  - BBC
6/28/2004:South Korea Launches Techno-Revolution  - C/Net
6/28/2004:eBay bids on India  - C/Net
6/28/2004:Virtual dollars trading for U.S. currency  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
6/28/2004:Dementia risk 'increased by HRT'  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
6/28/2004:Extraterrestrial impact created in the lab - PhysicsWeb

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6/28/2004:Rise of the Machines  - Wired News

Space:
6/28/2004:Giving Mars Back its Heartbeat. Great Terraforming Debate: Part I - SpaceDaily
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The Red Planet Dead Or Alive? - SpaceDaily
6/28/2004:Cassini Set for 4-Year Orbit of Saturn - ABC
6/28/2004:Strange Rock
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6/28/2004:Terrain, Age Challenge NASA's Mars Rovers
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Technology:
6/28/2004:Science cultivates 'nano-flowers'  - BBC
6/28/2004:Gold-tipped Nanocrystals Developed By Hebrew University - Science Daily
6/28/2004:Weaving High-Tech Fabrics - Technology Review 
6/28/2004:Microsoft patents body power  - C/Net

  




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