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NSF Builds 21 Tesla Superconducting Magnet - SpaceDaily  Left: The magnet is a concentric assembly of ten superconducting coils connected in series and operated at 1.7 K (-456.6 Fahrenheit). Each coil is wound with a monolithic superconductor, composed of either niobium-tin or niobium-titanium filaments in a copper matrix.  The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida, has achieved another world record in magnet development with the successful testing of its 21.1 Tesla, superconducting, ultra-wide bore, NMR magnet. The magnet reached full field on July 21, 2004, and will remain at field for years - and even decades - to come. The product of this 13-year effort stands 16 feet tall, weighs over 30,000 pounds, and has a stored energy of 40 megajoules. No other magnet in the world can produce 21.1 Tesla for NMR and MRI science in a 105 mm warm bore.
Sending A Messenger To Mercury - SpaceDaily  Left: Messenger will enter Mercury's orbit in March 2011. Messenger (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) carries seven scientific instruments that will provide images of the entire planet, as well as information on the composition of Mercury's crust, core, and polar materials, its geologic history, and the nature of its thin atmosphere and active magnetosphere. The sun is 11 times hotter at Mercury than it is at Earth. "The outside of the sunshade will get as hot as a pizza oven, while the rest of the spacecraft will remain at nearly room temperature," says James Leary, mission systems engineer.   

Bush Stands By Space Plan - SpaceDaily  President George W. Bush's new space exploration plan has received a burst of hard-core support in Congress, aimed at blocking any attempt to cut its funding, and backed up by a rare veto threat from the president himself. Bush had sought an FY 2005 NASA budget of $16.2 billion, a $866 million increase over the current year. The subcommittee, however, approved a NASA budget of $15.149 billion. That amount would not only slash the entire increase the administration had requested, but also would cut NASA to $229 million below the FY 2004 amount. Every element of the new space exploration plan was cut, as were all other programs related to it. 
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Biosciences:
8/7/2004: When Mom Gets Mean - ABC
8/7/2004: Study Says Birds Feed Other Birds' Young
 - ABC
8/7/2004: Marine Expedition Finds New Species - ABC
8/7/2004: Freeloading Cowbird Prospers by Live and Let Live - ABC
8/7/2004: A Retirement Home for Famous Apes - ABC
8/7/2004: Fertility Fight - ABC
8/7/2004: Postponing Pregnancy - ABC
8/7/2004: The Male Factor - ABC
8/7/2004: Big Business, Big Risks? - ABC
8/7/2004: Cell swap could help conservation  - BBC
8/7/2004: Water pistol plan to save bustard  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
8/7/2004: Pacific May Be Seeing New El Nino - ABC
8/7/2004: Annual Study Finds Rise in Beach Closures - ABC
8/7/2004: Experts Downplay Texas Shark Attacks - ABC
8/7/2004: Locusts Swarm Over Africa's Mauritania - ABC
8/7/2004: New Method May Predict Quakes Weeks Ahead - ABC
8/7/2004: Dead zone may boost shark bites  - BBC
8/7/2004: Storm sewage kills fish in Thames  - BBC

Computers:
Devices

Communications
8/7/2004: High-Speed Hotel Hiccup
 - ABC
8/7/2004: Review: T-Mobile's Sequel to the Sidekick  - ABC

Technology

PC's
8/7/2004: Loser Laptops - ABC
8/7/2004: Review: A PC for Gamers With Deep Pockets - ABC
8/7/2004: 'Tiger' Watch - ABC
8/7/2004: Review: - ABC Sony's Media PC Needs Fine-Tuning - ABC

Internet
8/7/2004: Google May Have Issued Shares Illegally - ABC
8/7/2004: Can You Spot the 'Phish?' - ABC
8/7/2004: Virtual objectors: The cyberspace campaigners running virtual protest sites  - BBC

Miscellaneous
8/7/2004: Major Microsoft Windows Update to Debut After Delay - ABC
8/7/2004: Curb Your Herb - ABC
8/7/2004: Healthy Woman Quiz: Dietary Supplements - ABC
8/7/2004: Focus on Alternative Medicine - ABC

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
8/7/2004: Antioxidants No Panacea - ABC
8/7/2004: Boston Scientific Expands Stent Recall - ABC
8/7/2004: Study: Heart Drug Use Resulted in Deaths - ABC

Cancer  
8/7/2004: Counting Sheep - ABC
8/7/2004: Video: Cancer and Cancer Treatment: Can it Affect Sleep? - ABC
8/7/2004: Eating Well During Cancer Treatment - ABC
8/7/2004: Managing Cancer-Related Stress - ABC

Infectious
8/7/2004: Human Mad Cow May Be More Widespread - ABC
8/7/2004: Certain Genes Fight Hepatitis C Better - ABC
8/7/2004: Rwanda to Offer Free Generic AIDS Drugs - ABC
8/7/2004: Potato disease found in packing  - BBC

Non-Infectious
8/7/2004: Multiple Sclerosis: The Intimate Facts - ABC
8/7/2004: When Are Smokers Too Old to Quit? - ABC

Miscellaneous
8/7/2004: Children Added to Insurance Rolls - ABC
8/7/2004: Study: Children Without Insurance Miss Doctor Visits - ABC
8/7/2004: Pregnant Victims - ABC
8/7/2004: Husband Charged in Wife's Murder - ABC
8/7/2004: Making Weight Loss Surgery Safer Explored - ABC
8/7/2004: How Safe Is Tylenol? - ABC
8/7/2004: Are the days of spam e-mails offering Viagra pills numbered?  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
8/7/2004: Dingo's origins tracked by DNA  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
8/7/2004: Sight Unseen - ABC
8/7/2004: Phony Plastic - ABC
8/7/2004: Your Financial Security - ABC
8/7/2004: Why People Vote Like Their Neighbors - ABC
8/7/2004: Too Old to Drive? - ABC
8/7/2004: NTSB Rules on Deadly Calif. Market Crash - ABC
8/7/2004: Anthrax: Time of the Essence - ABC
8/7/2004: Animals Blamed for 26,000 Crashes Yearly - ABC
8/7/2004: World Wide Wonderland: Explore some of the highlights of bbc.co.uk  - BBC
8/7/2004: Arctic team begins epic journey  - BBC

Neurosciences:
8/7/2004: The Daily Blues - ABC
8/7/2004: Video: What is Depression and How is it Treated- - ABC
8/7/2004: Movie Taps Real Science of Mind Control - ABC

Physics and Astronomy:
8/7/2004: Universities to Build Largest Telescope - ABC
8/7/2004: Astronomers oppose 'light relay'
  - BBC

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Space:
8/7/2004: Bush Stands By Space Plan - SpaceDaily
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Sending A Messenger To Mercury - SpaceDaily
8/7/2004: Mars rovers show signs of wear - New Scientist
8/7/2004: Commercial space race hots up
 - New Scientist
8/7/2004: Erratic 'superbolts' of lightning seen on Saturn
 - New Scientist
8/7/2004: Wild Fire joins private space race
  - Nature
8/7/2004: Casino bets on Canadian space racers
 - MSNBC
8/7/2004: Glitches Dog Both Mars Rovers
 - Space.com
8/7/2004: Third Spacewalk a Breeze for Space Station Crew
 - Space.com
8/7/2004: Rover reveals magnetic Mars
 - PhysicsWeb
8/7/2004: One Mars Rover Climbs Hills, Other Descends Into Crater
 - Science Daily
8/7/2004: Rocks Tell Stories In Reports Of Spirit's First 90 Martian Days
 - Science Daily
8/7/2004: Cassini Spacecraft Sees Saturn Lightning
 - ABC
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Technology:
8/7/2004: NSF Builds 21 Tesla Superconducting Magnet - SpaceDaily
8/7/2004: Foam homeHow polystyrene could help to rebuild homes in Afghanistan  - BBC
8/7/2004: Sound concernAre compact discs tough enough to protect our music?  - BBC

  




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