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SpaceX Achieves Key Milestone of Tenth Launch Agreement  - SpaceDaily  SpaceX announced that the number of launches on manifest has now reached double digits. The ninth launch, already announced, is with MDA Corporation of Canada and will carry the Cassiope satellite on a Falcon 9 in mid 2008. The tenth launch agreement is a second responsive launch demonstration of the Falcon 1 for DARPA / Air Force in late 2006. This follows the first responsive launch demonstration in March 2006, which was also the maiden flight of Falcon 1. - Falcon 1 DARPA - Air Force Demo 1 Q1 2006 (Launched in March 2006) DARPA - Air Force Demo 2 Q4 2006 NRL - OFT TacSat 1 Q4 2006 - Malaysia RazakSat Q3 2007 - SpaceDev Q2 2008 - MDA Corp Q3 2008 - Swedish Space Corp. Q4 2009 - Falcon 9 US Government Q1 2008 - MDA Corp Q2 2008 - Bigelow Aerospace Q4 2008       

An Alternative to your Alternator  - Technology Review  Left: A "thermophotovoltaic" (TPV) generator burns fuel to heat a material that emits light (labeled "radiator"). The light is then filtered and converted into electricity in photovoltaic (PV) cells. (Image courtesy of John Kassakian, MIT.)  Researchers at MIT are developing new technology for converting heat into light and then into electricity that could eventually save fuel in vehicles by replacing less-efficient alternators and allowing electrical systems to run without the engine idling. The technology, called thermophotovoltaics, uses gasoline to heat a light-emitting material, in this case tungsten. A photovoltaic cell then converts the light into electricity. The idea has been around since the 1960s, says John Kassakian, MIT electrical engineering and computer science professor. But until now, the light emitters for the photovoltaics produced inefficient and very costly systems. Improvements in the materials used in these latest devices are now making much more efficient systems.  

Teamwork with elbowroom -- tabletop computing  - CNN  Mitsubishi's DiamondTouch displays a PC screen on a high-tech tabletop. People sitting around it use their fingers to create and manipulate projected virtual objects, with the system knowing whose fingers did what thanks to small currents of electricity that flow through the chairs. Masakazu Furuichi, chief engineer at the Japanese electronics maker, hopes DiamondTouch will become a tool for games, government decision-making, education and other areas in which several people need to interact intuitively and instantly. But first the price will have to drop -- the tables can cost as much as U.S. $10,000 (euro7,700) each.  
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Biosciences:
6/8/2006: Swimming Robot Tests Theories About Locomotion In Existing And Extinct Animals - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Male Plant Species Eradicates Hermaphrodite Relatives
 - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Lobsters Avoid Virus By Detecting Illness In Their Own Kind - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Researchers Uncover Eight Previously Unknown Species In Caves Near Jerusalem - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Taking Evolution's Temperature: Researchers Pinpoint The Energy It Takes To Make A Species - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Bacterial Parasite Strives For Balance In Host Infection - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Alarming Decline In Nepal's Rhinos And Tigers In Former Maoist Stronghold - Science Daily

Geosciences, Environment:
6/8/2006: Is Washington Ignoring Global Warming-...
 - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Greenpeace plans protests at Computex... - FirstScience
6/8/2006: More than 100 new printing and imaging products are intended to create `an ecosystem'... - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Global warming ...... - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Greenpeace to protest at Computex show... - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Iraq's Marshes Show Progress Toward Recovery - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Climate Change Responsible For Increased Hurricanes, Researchers Find - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Extending The Reach Of Disaster Relief From Fire To Flood - Science Daily
6/8/2006: North Pole's Ancient Past Holds Lessons For Future Global Warming - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Sinking Levees: New Report Maps Subsidence, Addresses Flooding In New Orleans - Science Daily

Computers:
Games and Devices

Hardware and Software

6/8/2006: Teamwork with elbowroom -- tabletop computing  - CNN

Communications

Internet

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Energy:
6/8/2006: No link between leukemia risk, nuclear plants... - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Ruling clears way for N.M. nuclear plant...  - Physics Org
6/8/2006: Improved Method To Help Tailor Fuels For High-performance And Low Emissions - Science Daily

Health:
Cardiovascular
6/6/2005: International Study Launched Testing New Drug Combination To Cut Cardiovascular Disease - Science Daily

Cancer  
6/8/2006: A Tumour Suppressor In Mice And Men - Science Daily
6/8/2006: MR Spectroscopy Significantly Reduces Need For Breast Biopsy - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Fatty Diet Does Not Increase Risk Of Skin Cancer - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Loss Of A Protein Favors Lung Tumor Growth - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Dartmouth Researchers Test New Technique To Examine Breast Tissue - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Mayo Clinic Studies Find Association Between Acid Reflux And Esophageal Cancer - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Combination Therapy Shows Promising Results In Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer
 - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Early Estrogen Exposure Leads To Later Prostate Cancer Risk
 - Science Daily

Infectious
6/8/2006: New Potential Drug Target In Tuberculosis - Science Daily
6/8/2006: First Characterization Of Chikungunya Viruses From Indian Ocean Outbreak - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Vaccinate or not? Treat or not- Study looks at tricky health decisions - Science Daily
6/8/2006: New Protein Target May Advance Design Of HIV And Cancer Drugs - Science Daily
6/8/2006: AIDS Research - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
6/8/2006: Researchers Open Door To Potential Treatments For Type 2 Diabetes - Science Daily
6/8/2006: New MRI Technique Shows Emphysema In Asymptomatic Smokers - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Trial Success For Diabetic Nerve Therapy - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Moderate Alcohol Intake Associated With Better Mental Function In Older Women - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
6/8/2006: Hypnotherapy Improves Quality Of Life For People With Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Injecting Stem Cells From A Woman's Own Muscle May Effectively Treat Urinary Incontinence - Science Daily
6/8/2006: New Preservative Increases Shelf Life Of Blood Platelets, Decreases Risk Of Harmful Reactions - Science Daily

Prolongevity
6/8/2006: Calorie Restriction Appears Better Than Exercise At Slowing Primary Aging - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
6/8/2006: Old tools shed light on hobbit origins  - Nature
6/8/2006: Histories: Fruits of the tomb - New Scientist
6/8/2006: Putting a face to a skull
 - New Scientist
6/8/2006: New fossils link Ape-men to more primitive ancestors...
 - FirstScience

Miscellaneous:
6/8/2006: Stock Performance Tied To Ease Of Pronouncing Company's Name - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Mowing The Lawn Is Not Child's Play - Science Daily

Neurosciences:
Alzheimers 

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Other
6/8/2006: Nervous Inhibitions: How Inhibitory Signal Transmission Between Nerve Cells Affects Development
 - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Fear Circuit Flares As Bipolar Youth Misread Faces - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Lifting The Curtain On How Ritalin Packs Its 1-2 Punch - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Research Suggests Cause Of Neurodegeneration In Huntington's Disease - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Tests For 'Face-blindness' Reveal Disorder May Not Be So Rare - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Striking The Right Balance Between Excitation And Inhibition - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Birth Of A Notion- Master Planners In Brain May Coordinate Other Areas' Roles In Cognitive Tasks
 - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Why We Could All Do With A Siesta
 - Science Daily
6/8/2006: Study Shows Autism-related Developmental 'Red Flags' Identifiable At Age Two In Children
 - Science Daily

Physical Sciences:
6/8/2006: Astrophysicists Discover 'Compact Jets' From Neutron Star - Science Daily

Space and Astronomy:
6/8/2006: SpaceX Achieves Key Milestone of Tenth Launch Agreement  - SpaceDaily
6/8/2006: Voyager Data May Reveal Trajectory Of Solar System - SpaceDaily
6/8/2006: Dawn Team Looking Good For Launch Next Year - SpaceDaily
6/8/2006: Kazakh Leader Says First Satellite Means Space-Power Status - SpaceDaily
6/8/2006: Astronomers say Saturn's moon Enceladus rolls over...
 - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Supercomputers Reproduce Fluid Motions of Cosmic Duet...
 - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Mars Rover Opportunity Status 30 May 2006...
 - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Riddle of Saturn`s moon may have been answered... - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Droid Companions on the Space Station...
 - FirstScience
6/8/2006: NASA- No 'show-stoppers' for launch...
 - FirstScience
6/8/2006: NASA says risk from falling foam of shuttle tank acceptable...
 - FirstScience
6/8/2006: Voyager Data May Reveal Trajectory Of Solar System; Possible Presence Of Companion Star
 - Science Daily
6/8/2006: SOHO Spacecraft Will Lead A Fleet Of Solar Observatories
 - Science Daily
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An Alternative to your Alternator   - Technology Review 
6/8/2006: Promising New Metamaterial Could Transform Ultrasound Imaging
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