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Baby Bursts Shed Light on Biggest Blasts in the Sky -  If you had X-ray vision, most of the objects in the sky – besides the Sun – would be too faint for you to see with the naked eye. But every once in a while – in some random corner of the universe – there would be a short burst of X-rays appearing almost as bright as the planet Venus is in visible light. They typically last less than a minute and apparently originate in distant galaxies—traits that also belong to gamma ray bursts (GRBs), the biggest blasts in the sky.    
Does Life Exist On Other Planets? - SpaceDaily  Recent research argues that an atmosphere rich in oxygen is the most likely source of energy for complex life to exist anywhere in the Universe, thereby limiting the number of places life may exist. Professor David Catling at Bristol University, along with colleagues at the University of Washington and NASA, contend that significant oxygen in the air and oceans is essential for the evolution of multicellular organisms, and that on Earth the time required for oxygen levels to reach a point where animals could evolve was almost four billion years. life on other planets orbiting short-lived suns may not have enough time to evolve into complex forms.    

Airline Seat Turned Into In-Flight Office - SpaceDaily   Chatting on a cell phone, surfing the Net from a laptop and watching video-on-demand will soon all become part of the standard flying experience, even in economy class, say exhibitors at the weeklong 46th Paris Air Show, which ends Sunday. Besides using their cell phones, passengers will be able use back-of-the seat screens to surf the Internet, select video and audio programming on demand, read the in-flight magazine or even a book, shop duty-free, and choose their on-board meals. One system on exhibit, Thales's TopSeries, can be installed on any type of aircraft. It is already available on a number of airlines.  
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Alzheimer's Disease:
6/29/2005: New Computer Program Uses Brain Scans To Assess Risk Of Alzheimer's - Science Daily

6/29/2005: When It Comes To Cell Entry, Being Average Has Its Advantages - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Researchers Grow Stem Cells From Human Skin
 - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Ultra-fast Camera Captures How Hummingbirds Hover - Science Daily
6/29/2005: UMass Amherst Researchers Discover That Microbes Can Produce Miniature Electrical Wires - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Master fliers of the bird kingdom  - BBC
6/29/2005: Indian agency to protect tigers  - BBC
6/29/2005: Illegal ivory on sale in Africa  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
6/29/2005: Climate-Friendly Farming Project Underway - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Residents protest dioxin pollution by jumping into river (June 24, 2005 12-17) ... - FirstScience
6/29/2005: Court Upholds EPA Change of Air Pollution Policy ... - L. A. Times
6/29/2005: Pollution Deal With Railroads Criticized ... - L. A. Times
6/29/2005: Court upholds changes to pollution rules for factories ...  - FirstScience
6/29/2005: Southern England warned of coming heatwave smog ... - FirstScience
6/29/2005: Waste mountain 'must be tackled'  - BBC

6/29/2005: Best DSLR camera: One best for you - Seattle Times
6/29/2005: Why Johnny Can't Play - Technology Review 
6/29/2005: Game Devs Plan to Save Japan  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Be a Gaming God for Dollars a Day  - Wired News

6/29/2005: Microsoft aims to lead smartphone market within three years
 - Silicon Strategies
6/29/2005: Handsets: Let These Entertain You
  - Wired News

6/29/2005: Little time, big decisions for 45-nm node - Silicon Strategies

6/29/2005: IBM, HP dominate world's fastest supercomputers - Silicon Strategies

6/29/2005: Online Porn Dodges Major Bullet  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Rethinking the File-Swap Morass  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Yahoo Closes Chat Under Pressure  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Beware the Google Threat  - Wired News
6/29/2005: The Risks of Peer-to-Peer  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Almost All Libraries Offer Free Web Access  - NY Times
6/29/2005: New Law Targets Internet Porn
  - Wired News

6/29/2005: Remote control makes tech support easy - Seattle Times
6/29/2005: From the Lab: Information Technology - Technology Review 
6/29/2005: Keep Your Privates Private  - Wired News
6/29/2005: CardSystems Installs Security Fix  - Wired News
6/29/2005: CardSystems' Data Left Unsecured  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Microsoft Bakes RSS into Longhorn  - Wired News

6/29/2005: Developing countries receive boost for renewable energy under new UN plan ... - FirstScience
6/29/2005: Fusion centre decision 'imminent'  - BBC

6/29/2005: Blood Test Can Accurately Diagnose Heart Failure In Emergency Patients - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Study Shows Statin Use Before Or After Stroke Improves Recovery - Science Daily

6/29/2005: Exposure To Sunlight May Decrease Risk Of Prostate Cancer - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Researchers Improve Lung Cancer Survival Rates - Science Daily

6/29/2005: Scripps Research Scientists Solve Structure Of A Critical Innate Immune System Protein - Science Daily


6/29/2005: 'Motherwell's Babies' Study May Yield Up Clues For Adult Diseases - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Potassium: The Overlooked Crop Nutrient? - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
6/29/2005: Bad News, Christopher Columbus  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Oops! Dinosaur Teeth Sales Are a Croc  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Fossil shows poison-biting small mammal ... - FirstScience
6/29/2005: Fossil discovered of 60 mn-year-old venomous mammal ... - FirstScience
6/29/2005: A question of ports Are you up to our children's Trafalgar quiz challenge?   - BBC

6/29/2005: Airline Seat Turned Into In-Flight Office - SpaceDaily
6/29/2005: Electronic Connectivity Isn't All That Great, Warns Computer Guru At NJIT Talk - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Gunning for the Puzzle Title  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Driving Big Brother  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Looks Like a Sure Thing, But...  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Terror-Proof the Nation's Skyscrapers  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Canada's Rx Chill - Washington Post
6/29/2005: Science, not soldiers, for the DRC ... - FirstScience
6/29/2005: Floating homes: The people who build their own island homes on Lake Titicaca  - BBC

6/29/2005: 'Hollow-face Illusion' Affects Estimates Of Distance And Reaching Tasks - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Decreasing Death Anxiety - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Brain pacemaker lifts depression  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
6/29/2005:  Baby Bursts Shed Light on Biggest Blasts in the Sky - 
6/29/2005: Ripples in the Sands of Time
 - Economist
6/29/2005: Whirling atoms dance into physics textbooks ...
 - FirstScience


6/29/2005: Sims on steroids- researchers to study society of computer-based agents - Silicon Strategies
6/29/2005: Roomba Tweak for Neat Freaks  - Wired News
6/29/2005: HK Science Museum to showcase eight giant robot animals ... - FirstScience

6/29/2005: Does Life Exist On Other Planets: - SpaceDaily
6/29/2005: Reality of Cosmos 1 Loss Sets In
  - Wired News
6/29/2005: Scientists look for clues on solar-sail spacecraft ... - FirstScience
6/29/2005: ISRO meets on planetary exploration, space law ...
 - FirstScience
6/29/2005: NASA Risk from ice impact on shuttle OK ...
 - FirstScience
6/29/2005: GAO Says U.S. Air Force Has More Space Than It Can Handle ...
 - FirstScience
6/29/2005: Consortia combine to run Galileo
  - BBC
6/29/2005: Nasa: 'Ice impact risk acceptable'
  - BBC
6/29/2005: Joint Consortia Win Galileo GPS Deal
 - SpaceDaily
6/29/2005: ISRO And ESA Sign Chandrayaan-1 Instrument Agreement
 - SpaceDaily
6/29/2005: Spirit Eyes Husband Hill Summit
 - SpaceDaily
6/29/2005: NASA Chief: Shuttle to Launch Despite Concerns
6/29/2005: TV Review: 'Seconds from Disaster: Columbia's Last Flight'

6/29/2005: New Material Could Improve Fabrication Of Nanoscale Components - Science Daily
6/29/2005: A Home On The Range For Forage Research - Science Daily
6/29/2005: Faster than ever and now with ears - Japan's new Bullet  - BBC


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