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Moon Viewed as Policy Battleground - Space.com  Left solely in NASA’s hands the forecast is cloudy for realizing a 21st century where the Earth's moon is a bastion of creativity, economic growth, as well as a foothold for humanity’s greater leaps into deep space. For attendees of the 5th annual Return to the Moon conference being held here from July 16-18, it is up to the private sector to help realize President Bush's new vision for space exploration and to revitalize humanity's forays to the Moon and beyond. 
Dark Energy, Inflation, & Neutrino Mass - SpaceDaily  Left:  This image schematically shows a simulation 30 million light years across of the distribution of gas in the early universe. The clumpiness of the gas is determined by, among other things, the constituents of the universe, including dark matter, dark energy, and massive neutrinos. Renyue Cen of Princeton University carried out the simulation.  "This is the most rigorous test to date of the predictions of the cosmological model of inflation; inflation passes with flying colors," added Seljak. Inflationary theory states that right after the Big Bang the universe underwent a period of extremely rapid acceleration, during which tiny fluctuations were transformed into astronomical-sized wrinkles in space-time, ultimately observable in the clumping of astronomical objects. The theory of inflation predicts a very specific dependence of the degree of clustering with scale, which the current analysis strongly supports.

Space Race Heats Up - SpaceDaily  Mike Melvill's exo-atmospheric excursion aboard a privately developed rocket already may have accomplished the primary goal of a new-age space race by showing that governments are not the only entities that can transport people off the planet. There is still the matter of the $10 million cash prize and trophy, however, which are to be awarded to the first team that reaches the edge of space with a three person-craft, then repeats the voyage within two weeks. Also, the problems Melvill experienced during his test-run last month open a window of opportunity for the other contestants in the Ansari X Prize competition. 
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Biosciences:
7/30/2004: Genetic differences among people revealed - MSNBC
7/30/2004: Monkey walks like a human
 - MSNBC
7/30/2004: Anthrax kills wild apes in Ivory Coast - MSNBC
7/30/2004: Fiddler crabs help weaker neighbours  - Nature
7/30/2004: Anthrax outbreak kills wild chimps  - Nature
7/30/2004: Handedness develops in the womb - New Scientist
7/30/2004: 'Saviour sibling' babies get green light - New Scientist
7/30/2004: Bid to lift whaling ban blocked - New Scientist

Climate, Environment:
7/30/2004: Military and industrial sonar harms whales - MSNBC
7/30/2004: Scientists find that shorelines ‘breathe’ - MSNBC
7/30/2004: Climate change affects deep sea life  - Nature
7/30/2004: Earthquake-proof housing gets shake-up  - Nature
7/30/2004: Greenhouse 'polluters' taken to court  - Nature
7/30/2004: A tragedy withmany players  - Nature
7/30/2004: US states sue over global warming - New Scientist
7/30/2004: New York City and 8 States Plan to Sue Power Plants  - NY Times
7/30/2004: City Joins Suit Against 5 Power Companies  - NY Times

Computers:
Devices
7/30/2004: In this corner, the iPod  - C/Net

Communications
7/30/2004: Wireless carriers make consumer rights deal
  - CNN
7/30/2004: Gadgets and gizmos getting cheaper
  - CNN
7/30/2004: Cell service may be next wave in cruising
  - CNN

Technology
7/30/2004: Taiwan's sway over China's IC industry seen growing  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
7/30/2004: Microsoft delays Virtual PC for Macs  - C/Net

Internet
7/30/2004: Trillions more internet addresses may emerge - New Scientist
7/30/2004: Russian internet extortion gang cracked - New Scientist
7/30/2004: Spammer charged in huge personal data theft  - BBC

Miscellaneous
7/30/2004: Report: Plasma TV, notebook prices drop  - C/Net

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
7/30/2004: University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center Discharges Its First Patient With Permanent Artificial Heart - Science Daily

Cancer  

Infectious
7/30/2004: Second CJD case from transfusion - New Scientist
7/30/2004: Bird Flu: Current Evaluation Of Risks To Humans From Avian Influenza Virus Following Recent Reports - Science Daily
7/30/2004: Mapping The Evolution Of A Virus - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
7/30/2004: A Pathway To Blocking Autoimmunity - Science Daily
7/30/2004: Mild Cigarettes Offer 'No Advantage' To Heavy Smokers, According To Japanese Study - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
7/30/2004: A question of balance  - Nature
7/30/2004: Heat And Exercise Alone May Not Determine How Much We Sweat - Science Daily
7/30/2004: Aging Population, Longer Survival With Disease Magnify Heart Failure 'Epidemic' - Science Daily
7/30/2004: Scientists Fear New Drugs And Genetic Doping Lie Ahead For Olympic Athletes: Can Cheating Be Stopped? - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
7/30/2004: Rivers worked overtime to cut gorges - MSNBC
7/30/2004: Native Americans voice fears for relics in land-transfer deal  - Nature
7/30/2004: Doctors may have killed Napoleon - New Scientist

Miscellaneous:
7/30/2004: Microsoft earnings paint mixed picture  - C/Net
7/30/2004: Commerce chief defends economy  - C/Net
7/30/2004: Report on Sept. 11 finds home on Net  - C/Net
7/30/2004: Bill Gates is a genius and you're not  - C/Net
7/30/2004: The dark side of goal-setting  - C/Net
7/30/2004: New take on the talking heads  - C/Net
7/30/2004: A guide to doing business in China  - C/Net
7/30/2004: Duke passes 'educational' iPods  - C/Net
7/30/2004: Your customers? Use them or lose them  - C/Net
7/30/2004: 19 Los Alamos employees put on leave - MSNBC
7/30/2004: WP: Criteria for appointing scientists debated - MSNBC
7/30/2004: Just add swamp water — then eat - MSNBC
7/30/2004: New biowarfare list in the works  - Nature
7/30/2004: Los Alamos grinds to a halt  - Nature
7/30/2004: Britain decides 'open access' is still an open issue  - Nature
7/30/2004: Los Alamos Chief Suspends 19 Workers With Warning  - NY Times

Neurosciences:
7/30/2004: Grey matter matters for intellect  - Nature

Physics and Astronomy:
7/30/2004: Dark Energy, Inflation, & Neutrino Mass - SpaceDaily
7/30/2004: Gold charges up electron by electron
  - Nature
7/30/2004: Hawking concedes black hole bet
 - New Scientist
7/30/2004: Evidence revealed for creation of elusive matter
 - New Scientist
7/30/2004: Quantum computing using traditional transistors
 - New Scientist
7/30/2004: About Those Fearsome Black Holes- Never Mind
  - NY Times
7/30/2004: Hawking loses black hole bet
 - PhysicsWeb
7/30/2004: Fermi gas goes superfluid
 - PhysicsWeb
7/30/2004: ESA's High-energy Observatories Spot Doughnut-shaped Cloud With A Black-hole Filling
 - Science Daily

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Technology:
7/30/2004: Too young for technology:  - CNN
7/30/2004: HDTV reception  - El. Engr. Times
7/30/2004: Army rations rehydrated by urine - New Scientist

  




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