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Missing Black Holes Found - Space.com  European researchers have found 30 previously hidden supermassive black holes anchoring faraway galaxies, which suggests there at least twice as many of the colossal gravity wells as thought. "This discovery means that surveys of powerful supermassive black holes have so far underestimated their numbers by at least a factor of two, and possibly by up to a factor of five," said study leader Paolo Padovani. 
Autistic Savants Tapping Genius - ABC  The experiment actually inhibits some brain activity to afford in its premise, at least heightened access to the parts of our brains that collect raw information before the data is filtered into concepts. "We have these severely brain-impaired people who are performing what seems ostensibly to be a miracle," Synder said, referring to the extraordinary powers displayed by savants who otherwise have difficulting coping with everyday life. "It must be something that's in us all, and we can't access. They can." The question that Snyder studies is: can we unlock that same potential in our own brains without paying the price? 

Dino, BBC

Dino impact gave Earth the chill  - BBC  Left  The impactor theory is the favoured candidate for the demise of the dinosaurs.   Evidence has been found for a global winter following the asteroid impact that is thought to have killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The global winter was probably caused by a pollutant cloud of sulphate particles released when the asteroid vapourised rocks at Chicxulub, Mexico. "It must have been dark long enough to cool the oceans, but not long enough that the whole planet iced over - that's not what we see in the fossil record," said Dr Huber. This impact-induced darkness would have lasted between one and ten years on land, but there is evidence for a cooling of up to 2,000 years at El Kef. Positive feedback mechanisms may have prolonged the cooling effect of the impact winter in waters of intermediate depth - such as those at El Kef - and deeper. The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction was a selective one; entire groups such as dinosaurs and ammonites were killed off, while others were left unaffected.
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Alzheimer's Disease:

Biosciences:
6/8/2004:Silence Of The Genes: Researchers Provide Unique View Of Inherited Disorders And Cancer - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Other states challenging California for biotech jobs
 - Seattle Times
6/8/2004:UK Laws Could Allow Hybrid Human-Animal Experiments - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:"Lab-On-A-Chip" Could Protect Astronauts And Detect New Life - SpaceDaily

Climate, Environment:
6/8/2004:TRASH:TALKING IS OUR BAG How to Cut Your Spending on Plastic Trash Bagsand Keep a Few Out of The Landfills ... - FirstScience
6/8/2004:Bulgaria Suffers from Global Warming ... - FirstScience
6/8/2004:Canada lagging U.S. on pollution cuts: report ... - FirstScience
6/8/2004:Lawmakers ask EPA for time to fix emissions testing problems ... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices
6/8/2004:PDA Pause - ABC
6/8/2004:Virtual real estate draws real dollars  - CNN
6/8/2004:Zire adds GPS navigation  - C/Net
6/8/2004:Revenge of Pac-Man: Vintage games are back  - NY Times
6/8/2004:Microsoft scraps online game for Xbox  - C/Net
6/8/2004:Game lets players stump for Bush, Kerry  - C/Net

Communications
6/8/2004:A Vaccine for Your Phone - Technology Review 
6/8/2004:Wi-Fi TV Not Ready for Prime Time  - Wired News
6/8/2004:Comcast's Cable Game  - Wired News
6/8/2004:Broadband hits four million mark  - BBC
6/8/2004:Is the Shine off Vodafone? - Business Week
6/8/2004:Clearwire to unveil wireless broadband service  - CNN
6/8/2004:Hyatt brings Wi-Fi to hotel rooms, lobbies  - C/Net
6/8/2004:Vonage slashes price of Net telephony kit
  - C/Net

Technology
6/8/2004:The 64-Bit Question - Technology Review 
6/8/2004:The G5: Finally Ready for Prime Time - Business Week

PC's
6/8/2004:A Budget PC Offers Big Bang for the Buck - ABC
6/8/2004:Hefty hard drive means more music  - BBC
6/8/2004:HP makes color printing push  - C/Net
6/8/2004:New Toshiba minidrive to pump up Apple's iPod?  - C/Net

Internet
6/8/2004:Phishers Put Surfers on the Hook  - Wired News
6/8/2004:Potter-mania fuels pesky virus  - BBC

Miscellaneous
6/8/2004:Microsoft offers new media player  - CNN
6/8/2004:A call to arms  - C/Net

Energy:
6/8/2004:Global conference talks renewable energy ... - FirstScience
6/8/2004:Processors paying the price for push to renewable energy ... - FirstScience
6/8/2004:Green groups worried about outcome for renewable energy conference ... - FirstScience

Health:
Cardiovascular
6/8/2004:Something in the Air - ABC

Cancer  
6/8/2004:Variations In DNA Repair Genes May Predict Survival In Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patients - Science Daily
6/8/2004:UNC Scientists Block Cellular Enzyme Activity Involved In Cancer Progression - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Study Finds No Association Between Marijuana Use And Incidence Of Oral Cancer - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Lung Cancer Inches Down in Women - ABC
6/8/2004:Good News About Cancer. Seriously - Business Week

Infectious
6/8/2004:Bill Clinton Using Clout to Fight AIDS - ABC

Non-Infectious
6/8/2004:Fury over 'choc' cigarettes  - BBC
6/8/2004:'It changed his life': One mother tells how an ADHD drug helped her son  - BBC

Miscellaneous
6/8/2004:Umbilical Cord Blood Transplants, Bone Marrow Transplants Save Lives - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Nearly One-third Of The Calories In The US Diet Comprised Of Junk Food, Researcher Finds - Science Daily
6/8/2004:The Frontiers Of Ultrasound Tech Reach Heart And Brain Science - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Fat and Happy
 - ABC
6/8/2004:'Like a Timebomb'
 - ABC
6/8/2004:Study: Obese Kids May Develop Diabetes
 - ABC
6/8/2004:Student invents slimline inhaler
  - BBC
6/8/2004:'Dirty' scope sparks health scare
  - BBC
6/8/2004:Nightmare op: Carol Weihrer woke up during surgery to remove her eye
  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
6/8/2004:Dino impact gave Earth the chill   - BBC

Miscellaneous:
6/8/2004:Ex-HealthSouth exec gets fine, but no jail - Seattle Times
6/8/2004:Manufacturing outlook gets brighter - Seattle Times
6/8/2004:Software exports from India's technology hub surge 46 percent - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Sensors Track Martial Arts Blows - Technology Review 
6/8/2004:Wanted: Drugs to Fight Bioterror  - Wired News
6/8/2004:Taking Stock of a Dot-Com Freebie  - Wired News
6/8/2004:Scientists Try to Trump Politics  - Wired News
6/8/2004:Putting Dollar Signs on Solutions  - Wired News
6/8/2004:Big Bucks for Biometric Screening  - Wired News
6/8/2004:Skewed Sense - ABC
6/8/2004:Many teens 'having underage sex'  - BBC
6/8/2004:Dell adds another layer to DVD burners  - C/Net
6/8/2004:A new strategy for venture investors- hedge  - C/Net
6/8/2004:Helping Britons work smarter  - C/Net
6/8/2004:You're playing with my mind  - C/Net
6/8/2004:The uncertain future of RFID  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
6/8/2004:Tapping Genius - ABC
6/8/2004:Targeting Genes With Viruses To Select Populations Of Nerve Cells - Science Daily
6/8/2004:World Mental Health Surveys Find Mental Disorders Highly Prevalent And Often Untreated - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Down's syndrome: What causes the condition and how does it get its name?  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
6/8/2004:Missing Black Holes Found - Space.com
6/8/2004:Spitzer Spitzer Space Telescope Uncovers Black Holes, Other Hidden Objects In The Distant Universe
 - Science Daily
6/8/2004:New Theory Finds Middle Ground Between Conflicting Evidence For First Stars
 - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Spitzer Leads Great Observatories To Uncover Black Holes And More
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:NCAR Instrument Gets Breakthrough View of Sun's Magnetic Halo
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Spitzer Spies Parallelogram-Shaped Galactic Meal
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Finding A Middle Ground For Early Stellar Formation
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Photos Of Nearby Galaxy Open New Era Of Discovery
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Scientists Measure Sun's Smallest Visible Magnetic Fields
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:New Theory on Evolution of First Stars in our Universe ...
 - FirstScience

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Robotics:

Space:
6/8/2004:Bringing The Martian Landscape To The Silver Screen - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Orbital Assistance: ConeXpress Spacecraft Could Extend Satellite Missions
 - Space.com
6/8/2004:O'Keefe: NASA to Pursue Robotic Mission to Save Hubble - Space.com
6/8/2004:Robot Tracks Rocket In Space - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Robots to Hubble's Rescue?  - Wired News
6/8/2004:NASA Adminstrator Sean O'Keefe's Remarks to the American Astronomical Society Annual Meeting ... - FirstScience
6/8/2004:Gazers Set for Venus' Crossing With Sun
 - ABC
6/8/2004:India Prepares to View Transit of Venus
 - ABC
6/8/2004:Crater risk to rover 'worth it'
  - BBC
6/8/2004:Venus about to make Sun passage
  - BBC
6/8/2004:Mars rover to take the plunge
 - New Scientist
6/8/2004:Many Scrambling for a Spot to Watch Venus Cross the Sun
  - NY Times
6/8/2004:Rosetta's Scientific 'First' - Observation Of Comet Linear
6/8/2004:Opportunity Rover Gets Green Light To Enter Martian Crater
 - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Venus' Atmosphere to be Probed During Rare Solar Transit
 - Space.com
6/8/2004:NASA to Risk Sending One Mars Rover into Deep Crater
 - Space.com
6/8/2004:Aldridge Commission To Release Space Exploration Recommendations June 10
 - Space.com
6/8/2004:Endurance: A Crater Too Close
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:The Transit Of Venus 2004
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Rosetta Studies Comet Linear
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Cassini Will Unlock Saturn's Secrets
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Opportunity Gets OK To Enter Crater
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Setting Twin Sights For Mars Rovers As Mission Finale Approaches
 - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Venus makes pass at the Sun
  - Nature
6/8/2004:Saturn looms in Cassini's sights
  - Nature
6/8/2004:After a 122-year wait, skygazers get ready for Venus to transit the Sun ...
 - FirstScience

Technology:
6/8/2004:Engineers Visualize Electric Memory As It Fades - Science Daily
6/8/2004:Cornell Licenses 3-D Micro-Imaging Technology To Zeiss - SpaceDaily
6/8/2004:Thoughtful pill boxes cut stress  - BBC
6/8/2004:The smoke detector tops a poll of the best innovations  - BBC
6/8/2004:Costly court cases: Tech industry fights to stop 'patent trolls' from taking over  - BBC

  




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