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X Prize Teams Ready for $10 Million

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

"Eight years ago, under the Arch in St. Louis, we kicked off the X PRIZE competition. I'm pleased to announce that the first team is ready to make an attempt to claim the $10 million, with other teams close behind," said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and Founder of the X PRIZE Foundation. "The American Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team and the Canadian

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Mysterious Plasma Jets on the Sun Explained

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Solar physicists from Lockheed Martin and the Solar Physics and upper-Atmosphere Research Group at the Department of Applied Mathematics of the University of Sheffield, UK have used computer modeling and some of the highest resolution images ever taken of the solar atmosphere to explain the cause of supersonic jets

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Spinning Black Holes Fire off Violent Jets

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Violent jets of matter and energy that shoot out from some black holes originate in their spin, suggest the most realistic simulations of these torrents yet. Thousands of jets — which radiate at radio wavelengths — have been observed spewing from active galaxies. These galaxies are believed

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RTV Makes Hikers Easier to Find

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Getting lost in the mountains can be a scary experience; it is easy to wonder off a trail or get confused about which direction you are going. New technology from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories is now being used by the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council (AMRC) to help find and rescue lost hikers in the

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Earth-Like Planet Discovered 50 Light-Years Away

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A European team of astronomers has discovered the lightest known planet orbiting a star other than the sun (an "exoplanet"). The new exoplanet orbits the bright star mu Arae located in the southern constellation of the Altar. It is the second planet discovered around this star and completes a full revolution in 9.5 days

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Scientists Discover Two Interstellar Molecules: Pathways for Chemical Evolution in Space

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A team of scientists using the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) has discovered two new molecules in an interstellar cloud near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. This discovery is the GBT's first detection of new molecules, and is already helping astronomers better understand the complex processes by which large molecules form in space

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Co-Discoverer of DNA Structure Dies at 88

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Francis Harry Compton Crick, co-discoverer of the double helical genetic blueprint of life known commonly as DNA, died. He was 88 years old and a resident of La Jolla, Calif. For his work, Crick — a distinguished research professor and former president of the Salk Institute for Biological studies — was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962, along with

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Hospitals Move Toward Paperless Age

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

What would a hospital be without the paperwork? The answer, says the government, is: more efficient, with fewer medical errors and lower costs. The government is setting technology standards and providing financial incentives for doctors and hospitals to invest in the transition to paperless systems

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RNA to Form Building Blocks for Nanomachines

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Microscopic scaffolding to house the tiny components of nanotech devices could be built from RNA, the same substance that shuttles messages around a cell's nucleus, reports a Purdue University research group. By encouraging ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules to self-assemble into 3-D

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NEEMO begins a New Adventure

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) next project is to practice conducting long-distance health care from the National Oceanic Administration's (NOAA) Aquarius Underwater Laboratory which is located off the coast of Key Largo, Fla

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Pancakes: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Pancakes seem like an unlikely part of a medical procedure, but three students, Micah Grant, Woldeab Medhin, and Aaron Scott, at the Medical College of Georgia School of Allied Health Sciences recently found a way to replace chicken liver in a procedure for treating gastrointestinal disorders

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DNA Technique Protects Against 'Evil' Emails

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A technique originally designed to analyze DNA sequences is the latest weapon in the war against spam. An algorithm named Chung-Kwei (after a feng-shui talisman that protects the home against evil spirits) can catch nearly 97 per cent of spam

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Scientists Vote Blade Runner Best Sci-Fi Film of All Time

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A newspaper survey of top scientists has chosen "Blade Runner" as the world's best science fiction. The 1982 movie was the favorite when 60 scientists were questioned by The Guardian, including evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, the newspaper said

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Sun Moving to Underscore New Strategy

June 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Sun Microsystems opened its JavaOne software conference in San Francisco by announcing several partnerships intended to strengthen the company's position in the rapidly growing mobile Internet business. This year's event will also underscore Sun's shift to a lower-cost, industry standard chip strategy for corporate server markets.

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IBM Scientists Make Breakthrough in Nanoscale Imaging

June 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

IBM scientists have achieved a breakthrough in nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by directly detecting the faint magnetic signal from a single electron buried inside a solid sample. This achievement is a major milestone toward creating a microscope that can make three-dimensional

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