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NOAA, Partners Hail Major Space Communications Breakthrough - SpaceDaily  A new, high-speed data chipset is poised to move communication in space 100 times faster than existing integrated circuits used in space. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials today said the chipset, developed as the first of its kind for space applications, will be used in the future National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System set to launch in 2009. The chipset, working with its software driver, can move data at speeds of 100 million bits per second. The chipset is designed to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE 1394) standard. IEEE 1394 technology is commonly used in the commercial transport of audio-visual data, including digital television, graphics-intensive video games and digital photography. "This chipset permits plug-and-play networking."
Ozone Loss Caused Genetic Mutations At Time Of Mass Extinction - SpaceDaily  Research into the world's worst mass extinction, which led to the loss of 90 per cent of living species 250 million years ago, has found that the historical tragedy also involved some disturbing genetics mutations. "In our work we have found that at the time of the end-Permian extinction increased amounts of ultraviolet light filtered through the Earth's surface and caused damage to the DNA in plant spores. The results were abnormalities that prevented plant life from reproducing and a consequent collapse of terrestrial ecosystems," says Dr Sephton. 

It Isn't A UFO, It's A Space-Age Car - SpaceDaily  The world's fastest solar-powered car is being driven through Sweden and Norway. The car was made with the help of space technology and can reach a top speed of 170 km/h. Nuna 2 is powered by solar energy and is covered entirely by solar cell panels. By travelling 3010 km in 31 hours and five minutes, Nuna 2 won the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October 2003. The car was built and driven by students from Delft University in The Netherlands. In Sweden, students from the Civil Engineering Programme in Space Technology in Kiruna, one of many space programmes in Sweden, are also participating.
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Biosciences:
8/24/2004: Stem cell study's NASA link - BBC
8/24/2004: UK gives go-ahead to therapeutic cloning
  - Nature
8/24/2004: Biology Enters Fourth Dimension  - Wired News
8/24/2004: Dogs & DNA ... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
8/24/2004: NOAA, Partners Hail Major Space Communications Breakthrough - SpaceDaily
8/24/2004: Rare One-Two Tropical Punch Seen from Space - Space.com
8/24/2004: Simultaneous Tropical Storms a Rarity  - NY Times
8/24/2004: Huge Swirls of Hot Gas Found Above Earth - Space.com
8/24/2004: How Topography Affects The Gulf Stream's Path - SpaceDaily
8/24/2004: Future Heat Waves: More severe, More Frequent, Longer lasting - SpaceDaily
8/24/2004: Undersea Habitat Becomes Experimental Hospital for NEEMO 7 - SpaceDaily
8/24/2004: Florida braces for hurricane double whammy ... - New Scientist

Computers:
Devices
8/24/2004: Long-awaited Doom 3 hits the UK - BBC
8/24/2004: Doom evolves into a scary 'interactive horror movie' - BBC
8/24/2004: Doom 3 leaked online - BBC
8/24/2004: PlayStation potential to learning - BBC
8/24/2004: Review: Apple's New, Thinner iPod - ABC

Communications
8/24/2004: Chip makers pitch broadband wireless LAN proposal
  - El. Engr. Times

Technology
8/24/2004: Interview: AMD's Ruiz sees 64-bit surge ahead - Silicon Strategies

PC's

Internet
8/24/2004: Online thrills: Gambling on the net is booming in the UK, but at what cost? - BBC
8/24/2004: Playboy interview with Google founders may cloud IPO - Seattle Times
8/24/2004: An Imperfect Spy Act  - Technology Review 
8/24/2004: Net Publishing Made Profitable  - Wired News
8/24/2004: More Big Boobs in Playboy  - Wired News
8/24/2004: Virus Writer Pleads Guilty  - Wired News

Miscellaneous
8/24/2004: Microsoft takes down SP2 swappers - BBC
8/24/2004: Embedded Linux gains on Microsoft, Wind River  - El. Engr. Times
8/24/2004: Copyright Crusaders Hit Schools  - Wired News

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  
8/24/2004: Clues to beating stomach cancer - BBC
8/24/2004: Method boosts bone-marrow transplants  - Nature

Infectious
8/24/2004: Fifth Californian Dies From West Nile - ABC
8/24/2004: CDC Evaluates Last Year's Flu Shot - ABC
8/24/2004: CDC: Measles Cases Lowest in Since 1912 - ABC
8/24/2004: Gravity equations give rise to measles model  - Nature

Non-Infectious
8/24/2004: Patches help children kick habit - BBC
8/24/2004: Addicted rats signal hope for humans - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
8/24/2004: Building a Better Jock - ABC
8/24/2004: Going Straight - ABC
8/24/2004: Skateboarding Offers a Challenging Workout - ABC
8/24/2004: FDA: Lilly Drug Did Not Lead to Suicide - ABC
8/24/2004: Inquiry call on 'miracle babies' - BBC
8/24/2004: WHO to define ideal for child growth  - Nature

History, Anthropology:
8/24/2004: On This Day 1985: Three-year-old boy is world's youngest heart-lung transplant patient - BBC
8/24/2004: Badgers threaten prehistoric burial sites - MSNBC
8/24/2004: Mystery of Iron Age woman - New Scientist

Miscellaneous:
8/24/2004: In pictures: Winning 'athletes' from BBC's popular TV show Animal Games - BBC
8/24/2004: India expands tech incubator plan, seeks investors  - El. Engr. Times
8/24/2004: Let the web games begin - New Scientist
8/24/2004: China could face sanctions over rising product piracy - Seattle Times
8/24/2004: India To Launch Education Satellite Mid-September - SpaceDaily
8/24/2004: The Olympics On Animal Planet - SpaceDaily
8/24/2004: Biometric Technology Getting More Action in Consumer Applications  - Technology Review 

Neurosciences:

Physics and Astronomy:
8/24/2004: Future looks bleak for powerless Hubble device  - Nature
8/24/2004: Spinning black holes fire off violent jets
 - New Scientist
8/24/2004: Hubble sees a gas cavity in space
 - New Scientist
8/24/2004: Closing in on planet formation
 - PhysicsWeb
8/24/2004: Comets, Asteroids and Planets around a Nearby Star
 - Space.com
8/24/2004: No Green Light for Hubble Rescue
  - Wired News
8/24/2004: How the Solar Wind Gets Past the Earth's Shield ...
 - FirstScience

Prolongevity
8/24/2004: Worms may slow Parkinson's - BBC

Robotics:
8/24/2004: NASA Develops Robust AI For Planetary Rovers ... - FirstScience
8/24/2004: Vision Quest - ABC

Space:
8/24/2004: India Rethinks Manned Lunar Mission - Space.com
8/24/2004: Emails Illustrate Fine Line Between the Brilliant and the Bizarre
 - Space.com
8/24/2004: Trajectory Maneuver Brings Spacecraft Closer To Home
 - SpaceDaily
8/24/2004: NASA plans $1.6 billion robotic repair job for Hubble ...
 - FirstScience
8/24/2004: Cosmos 1 solar sail passes new milestone ...
 - FirstScience
8/24/2004: India to launch first recoverable spacecraft ...
 - FirstScience
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Technology:
8/24/2004: It Isn't A UFO, It's A Space-Age Car - SpaceDaily
8/24/2004: Sound System Lets Listeners Move  - Technology Review 
8/24/2004: Building Blocks for a Tiny World  - Wired News

  



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