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Northrop Grumman Outlines Test Program For Military Space Plane - SpaceDaily  LeftAn early graphic depicting common aero vehicle design concepts that could be delivered using new reusuable military space vehicles under study by the US Air Force. Northrop Grumman's RAST concept is a rocket-propelled, two-stage-to-orbit space vehicle comprising a reusable, winged plane-like booster stage and a smaller, reusable winged orbiter. The RAST booster stage flies back to the launch site using an integrated air-breathing jet engine. The orbiter stage can either place small payloads in low-earth orbit, or deploy a common aero vehicle (CAV) that can deliver conventional munitions to global targets within a few hours.
Looking For Martian Life. Great Terraforming Debate: Part II - SpaceDaily  If we do find life on Mars, it will be very interesting to try to discover whether it is indigenous, which is to say a second start, and truly alien to us, a second genesis. In that case, I think we'll have to go and try to kill all the bacteria that are already there, inside the boxes that we've left, and try to clean up and really study it from a distance. That will be a really remarkable discovery, perhaps the major discovery in human history. But if we find that the life there has the same DNA, the same patterns, and is clearly bacteria that got bounced up there from Earth, or vice versa, and that we're all martian bacteria that got bounced down here and then evolved - if they're cousins, in a sense, then I think you could go on for a few centuries and begin to feel that we could move to Mars and live on Mars.  

Photo of GEM car with doors off

Top green car motors into the UK  - BBC  The Gem comes in either a two or four-seater version and has a range of about 40 miles between charges. "You're talking about 0.25p a mile to run it, while a petrol vehicle costs around 30p a mile." The two seater version will retail for just under £7000 while the four seater will cost £1000 more. With a top speed of about 30mph and a charge time of seven hours, it lacks the flexibility of a fuel-burning vehicle. There are also short and long pick-ups available at a similar cost to the saloon. The UK importer, ZEV Ltd, is confident of selling about 350 Gems in the next 18 months.
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Biosciences:
6/30/2004: Stinky plant ready for rare bloom - MSNBC
6/30/2004: Primates found hibernating in the heat
 - MSNBC
6/30/2004: Genetic mutation turns tot into superboy - MSNBC
6/30/2004: Grow a decaffeinated cuppa  - Nature
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6/30/2004: Naturally decaffeinated coffee plant discovered - New Scientist
6/30/2004: Languorous lemur hibernates through tropical winter - New Scientist
6/30/2004: "Mighty mouse" gene found in humans - New Scientist
6/30/2004: Japan okays limited human cloning - Discover
6/30/2004: Japanese Researchers Develop Novel Method Of Introducing Transgenes Into Animals - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Mother Lode Of Mutations: Zebrafish Early Development Survey Sheds Light On Human Infertility And Birth Defects - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
6/30/2004: EU, U.S. clinch satellite navigation deal - MSNBC
6/30/2004: US and Europe to combine satellite navigation - New Scientist
6/30/2004: Wyoming Wants Gray Wolves Delisted - New Scientist
6/30/2004: Brick Chimneys Can Double As Strong-motion Sensors In Earthquakes  - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Rapid Urbanization In China Warming Regional Climate Faster Than Other Urban Areas - Science Daily
6/30/2004: New Version Of Premier Global Climate Model Released - Science Daily
6/30/2004: NSF's North Pole Researchers Study Climate Change In The Arctic - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: CO2 Fertilization Of Soil Could Be Slowing Global Warming - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: US experts say global warming faster than thought - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: France, Britain in joint warning on danger of climate change - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: Common Chemicals Morphing Into Potential Toxins In Arctic - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: Conferences Tackle Key Issues In Air Conditioning And Refrigeration - SpaceDaily

Computers:
Devices
6/30/2004: Newest iPod accessory: BMW  - CNN

Communications
6/30/2004: SBC: Tying Up Rivals with More Cable? - Business Week
6/30/2004: New security spec could shore up Wi-Fi  - C/Net
6/30/2004: Wi-Fi's wobbly future - Business Week
6/30/2004: Uncertain path for cell phone directory  - CNN
6/30/2004: Spokane claims wireless 'hot zone'  - CNN
6/30/2004: Toshiba develops matchbox-sized fuel cells for mobile phones  - El. Engr. Times
6/30/2004: Better Videoconferencing Requires Less Computer Network Jitter, New Software Tools - Science Daily

Technology
6/30/2004: OLEDs placed on metal backplanes  - El. Engr. Times
6/30/2004: Chip demand exceeding supply through 2005, says analyst - Silicon Strategies

PC's
6/30/2004: Biggest computer fair cancelled  - BBC
6/30/2004: Want a Flat Panel Display? - Business Week
6/30/2004: Microsoft confirms supercomputing plans  - C/Net

Internet
6/30/2004: Net pioneer predicts web future  - BBC
6/30/2004: AOL worker held over mail scam  - BBC
6/30/2004: Guess What -- You Asked for Those Pop-Up Ads - Business Week
6/30/2004: Avi Naider, Adware Crusader - Business Week
6/30/2004: Ben Edelman, Adware Scourge - Business Week
6/30/2004: AOL snaps up interactive ad firm  - C/Net
6/30/2004: Hotmail to offer 250MB of free storage  - C/Net
6/30/2004: Search engines rethink paid inclusion  - C/Net
6/30/2004: Senate bill bans P2P networks  - C/Net
6/30/2004: Tangled in the phishing lines - Business Week
6/30/2004: Hotmail boosts storage capacity  - CNN
6/30/2004: Microsoft counters the Gmail buzz with more Hotmail space - Seattle Times

Miscellaneous
6/30/2004: Networking Titans Buy the Future - Business Week
6/30/2004: Thailand to get slimmed-down Windows  - C/Net
6/30/2004: IBM to help better manage computing resources  - C/Net
6/30/2004: Briefly: Teen guilty of mobile spamming; etc.   - C/Net
6/30/2004: Senate bill targets Internet song-swapping  - CNN

Energy:
6/30/2004: Top green car motors into the UK   - BBC
6/30/2004: Start-up promises bendy solar cells  - C/Net

Health:
Cardiovascular
6/30/2004: Britain: Static for a Statin - Business Week

Cancer  
6/30/2004: Targeted Therapy For Lung Cancer Patients Shows Promise In Extending Lives - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Common 'Signature' Found For Different Cancers; Discovery Yields Hope For Universal Treatment - Science Daily

Infectious
6/30/2004: Inadequate Vaccines Can Help Breed More Vicious Malaria Strains - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Polio Experts Warn Of Largest Epidemic In Recent Years, As Polio Hits Darfur - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
6/30/2004: Scientists Discover Genetic Marker Responsible For Two-fold Increase In Risk Of Rheumatoid Arthritis  - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
6/30/2004: Guidance on oily fish consumption  - BBC
6/30/2004: Bad teeth not just from childhood  - BBC
6/30/2004: When Medicine and Money Don't Mix - Business Week
6/30/2004: Computer-Assisted Navigation Positioning Systems Help Orthopedic Surgeons Perfect Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Newborns Are More Susceptible To DNA Damage From Pollution Than Their Mothers - Science Daily
6/30/2004: UCSD Chemists Bring Use Of Designer Molecules To Treat Common Diseases Closer To Reality - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Stat3 Controls Inflammation, Reducing Tissue Damage In Rats After Acute Lung Injury - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Sonicare inventor tackles skin care - Seattle Times

History, Anthropology:
6/30/2004: Fossils back up theory on dinosaurs’ doom - MSNBC
6/30/2004: Cosmic Log: Space history for sale - MSNBC

Miscellaneous:
6/30/2004: Northrop Grumman Outlines Test Program For Military Space Plane - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: Tech's Best Option: Drop the Fight - Business Week
6/30/2004: The Quest to Click in China - Business Week
6/30/2004: Best Buys in Net Stocks - Business Week
6/30/2004: Top Picks of a Tech Survivor - Business Week
6/30/2004: South Korea: Digital Dynasty  - C/Net
6/30/2004: I want my LCD  - C/Net
6/30/2004: These coffee beans are decaf, naturally - MSNBC
6/30/2004: Split SEC declares independence for heads of mutual-fund boards - Seattle Times
6/30/2004: The Future of Travel: Aquatic to Cosmic Destinations - Space.com
6/30/2004: Dealing With Nuclear Gate-Crashers - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: Russia promises to step up dialogue with Japan ahead of Putin visit - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: Japan FM to hold talks in Moscow on oil pipeline, Kurils - SpaceDaily

Neurosciences:
6/30/2004: Noisy secret of Mona Lisa's smile - New Scientist
6/30/2004: Rush Neurosurgeons Testing Cooling Method To Treat Brain Aneurysms - PhysicsWeb
6/30/2004: Anorexia Nervosa Often Chronic, Study Finds - PhysicsWeb

Physics and Astronomy:
6/30/2004: Craft Confirms a Comet Link for Peculiar Moon of Saturn  - NY Times
6/30/2004: New light on dark energy
 - PhysicsWeb
6/30/2004: The Space Simulator –– Modeling The Universe On A Budget
 - PhysicsWeb
6/30/2004: A Cool Study, Lots of Hot Air, No Answers
 - Space.com

Prolongevity
6/30/2004: Tooth growing experiments bring smiles - New Scientist

Robotics:

Space:
6/30/2004: Looking For Martian Life. Great Terraforming Debate: Part II - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: Russia turns down US businessman's candidacy for space tour
 - New Scientist
6/30/2004: Ticketed Space Tourist Greg Olson Said Rejected by Russians - Space.com
6/30/2004: NASA Mulls Cash Prizes in Wake of SpaceShipOne Success - Space.com
6/30/2004: Star Chaser To Open New Mexico Office - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: Third hopeful space tourist, US businessman, barred after health problems - SpaceDaily
6/30/2004: Saturn's Radio Emissions Raise Questions
 - ABC
6/30/2004: Strange Rock
 - ABC
6/30/2004: Space probe set for Saturn orbit
  - BBC
6/30/2004: Crucial moment approaches for Saturn probe
 - New Scientist
6/30/2004: Scientists Find That Saturn's Rotation Is A Puzzle
 - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Space Station EVA Scheduled for Wednesday
 - Space.com
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Technology:
6/30/2004: A Telemarketer You Can Talk To - Business Week
6/30/2004: A Flip Of A Switch May One Day Quiet Jet Engines - Science Daily
6/30/2004: Spire wins funds to develop terahertz laser - Silicon Strategies

  




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