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Going green: Can we really cut our carbon emissions and save the planet?  - BBC  Is it really possible to cut your carbon emissions enough to save the planet? As part of the BBC's Climate Chaos week, The Money Programme conducted a unique experiment. It asked the Hutchinson family from Teesdale - the area in the UK with the highest carbon emissions per household - to try and cut back their energy use. But it was a tough task. The Hutchinsons use a lot of energy. Dad Dave runs a garage and likes to drive rally cars for fun. Mum, Teresa, is a school nurse who drives everywhere. She also has a fondness for big hot baths.  
Chris Huhne: A radical shift in policy is needed if we are to tackle climate change  - BBC  A significant change in behaviour is required if we are to cut our carbon emissions and ensure we reach the target of a 60% reduction by 2050. Emissions from road transport and aviation are growing at an unsustainable rate and it is essential that we tackle the gross inefficiency of electricity generation. The Liberal Democrats would combine cuts in personal taxation with increases in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) so that gas-guzzling vehicles would pay significantly more than smaller vehicles with low emissions.    

Pangea supercontinent (BBC)

Big crater seen beneath ice sheet  - BBC  What appears to be a 480km-wide (300 miles) crater has been detected under the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. The scientists behind the discovery say it could have been made by a massive meteorite strike 250 million years ago. "This Wilkes Land impact is much bigger than the impact that killed the dinosaurs," said Prof Ralph von Frese, from Ohio State University, in the US.  If the crater really was formed at the time von Frese and colleagues believe, it will raise interest as a possible cause of the "great dying" - the biggest of all the Earth's mass extinctions when 95% of all marine life and 70% of all land species disappeared. Some scientists have long suspected that the extinction at the boundary of the Permian and Triassic (PT) Periods could have occurred quite abruptly.
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Biosciences:
6/9/2006:Testing on apes 'might be needed'  - BBC
6/9/2006:Go-ahead for 'pharmed' goat drug
  - BBC
6/9/2006:Watchdog issues IVF clinic guide  - BBC
6/9/2006:Electric Fish on Verge of Evolutionary Split - Live Science

Geosciences, Environment:
6/9/2006:Going green: Can we really cut our carbon emissions and save the planet?   - BBC
6/9/2006:Chris Huhne: A radical shift in policy is needed if we are to tackle climate change   - BBC
6/9/2006:Ready or not... New Orleans waits and hopes as hurricane season begins  - BBC
6/9/2006:Images: It's open season for hurricanes  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Gore film calls for environmental action  - C/Net
6/9/2006:31 comments  - C/Net
6/9/2006:A greener ride home  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Gore film calls for environmental action  - C/Net
6/9/2006:U.S. tops in 2004 greenhouse gas emissions  - C/Net
6/9/2006:U.S. tops in 2004 greenhouse gas emissions  - C/Net

Computers:
Games and Devices
6/9/2006:Making a killing Latest Hitman game rewards patience and dedication
  - BBC
6/9/2006:Microsoft calms Xbox games fears  - BBC
6/9/2006:Video games in Congress' crosshairs  - C/Net

Hardware and Software

6/9/2006:12 long hours in the new Apple store  - C/Net
6/9/2006:AMD sets a course for 2008  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Apple expands Best Buy foothold  - C/Net
6/9/2006:$100 laptop 'will boost desktop Linux'  - C/Net
6/9/2006:31 comments  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Mitsubishi unveils high-tech tabletop  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Dell hooks up PC customers with online support
  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Advanced displays in full view
  - El. Engr. Times
6/9/2006:AMD to rush to 65-nm technology
  - El. Engr. Times

Communications
6/9/2006:Wi-fi woes Why wireless technology is causing confusion for users
  - BBC

Internet
6/9/2006:Hackers hit Swedish police site  - BBC
6/9/2006:Extortion virus code gets cracked  - BBC
6/9/2006:YouTube upgrade turns one-hit wonders into stars  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Images: Searching blogs on Ask.com  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Are Net addictions taking a toll on couples?  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Watch out we don't neuter the Net
6/9/2006:31 comments
  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Web 2.0: SwapTree, a new way to get value from old books and CDs
  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Google: Fun with Google
  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Online throngs impose a stern morality in China
  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Week in review: Keeping watch over Web surfing
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
6/9/2006:Splitting the bits: Why copyright should distinguish between songs and software  - BBC
6/9/2006:Office, Vista changed in wake of Adobe threat  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Microsoft, Adobe squabble over PDF  - C/Net
6/9/2006:34 comments  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Vista plays hide-and-seek with hackers  - C/Net
6/9/2006:29 comments  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Got views on Vista?  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Microsoft and Adobe tussle over PDF  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Windows: Got views on Vista?  - C/Net
6/9/2006:Six things you didn't know about Linux: A beginners' guide  - El. Engr. Times
6/9/2006:Searching for applications  - El. Engr. Times
6/9/2006:Tunes on your desktop  - El. Engr. Times
6/9/2006:Look and feel
  - El. Engr. Times
6/9/2006:Strength on the server
  - El. Engr. Times
6/9/2006:Tips on your install
  - El. Engr. Times

Energy:
6/9/2006: Energy: Wiser on the West Coast - Business Week
6/9/2006:The greening of the city bus  - C/Net

Health:
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Cancer  
6/9/2006:Lung cancer 'genetic factor link'  - BBC
6/9/2006: Big Pharma in the Cancer Spotlight? - Business Week

Infectious
6/9/2006:The first cases: It is 25 years since the initial reports of people with Aids appeared  - BBC
6/9/2006:Hepatitis C calls top 700 in day  - BBC
6/9/2006:UN Aids wording frustrates Annan  - BBC

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
6/9/2006:Beijing children outgrow old Chinese height rules  - BBC
6/9/2006:What we do Dr Katrina Erskine is an obstetrician and gynaecologist  - BBC
6/9/2006:Cannabis 'reduces surgery pain'  - BBC
6/9/2006:Special deliveryTake a 360 degree tour of a high-risk delivery suite  - BBC
6/9/2006:Rules boost child medicine safety  - BBC
6/9/2006:Moderate Exercise Reverses Couch-Potato Effects - Live Science

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History, Anthropology:
6/9/2006:Big crater seen beneath ice sheet   - BBC
6/9/2006:On This Day 1966: Americans land probe on Moon at first attempt  - BBC
6/9/2006:Ancient fig clue to first farming - Live Science
6/9/2006:Try a Fig, Bite into History - Live Science

Miscellaneous:
6/9/2006:Web users to 'patrol' US border  - BBC
6/9/2006:Study: Offshoring impact on U.S. jobs overblown  - El. Engr. Times
6/9/2006:Heard on the beat: AMD fab in New York?  - El. Engr. Times
6/9/2006:Mona Lisa's Voice Simulated - Live Science

Neurosciences:
Alzheimers

Parkinsons

Other
6/9/2006:Fear over health of mentally ill
  - BBC
6/9/2006:Is there a formula? Psychologists offer their equation for happiness  - BBC

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Technology:
6/9/2006:Pressed into action: student designs steam iron 'for men'
  - BBC
6/9/2006:A car that slows you down
  - C/Net
6/9/2006:New biometric ID technology uses body signals
  - El. Engr. Times

  


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