Archive: 10/10/2005

Brain regulates initial stages of sex change in social fish

New findings about how the brain enzyme aromatase influences sex change in social goby fish could help explain the complex interaction among the brain, physiology, and behavior that forms the biological basis of human sexual ...

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Electronic money making headway in Japan

For Tamayo Mikitani, making sure her Suica card is in her bag has become second nature, just like she wouldn't dream of leaving home without her cell phone or her makeup bag.

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Study: Dinosaurs are not birds' ancestors

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill scientists say no good evidence exists to indicate that dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern birds.

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Nokia boss says mobile-phone demand strong

The growth in global mobile-phone demand should continue into next year despite earlier expert predictions of a downturn, the head of Nokia predicted.

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FEMA computers hampered during Katrina

Faulty federal computer networks may have been partly to blame for the government's lackadaisical response to major storms last summer -- and Hurricane Katrina this year, experts tell UPI's Networking.

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North Sea efficient sink for carbon dioxide

A relatively large number of algae grow in the North Sea. These form the basis for a much richer food chain than that found in the Atlantic Ocean. Dutch-sponsored researcher Yann Bozec calculated that coastal seas such as ...

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Torch-sized devices will detect disease and weapons

Researchers at the University of Essex have been awarded almost £1.2 million as part of a programme to develop a new generation of portable, handheld radiation detectors that could have a range of potential applications ...

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ESA's director comments on the loss of CryoSat

A European satellite that was to have helped understand global warming by scanning the thickness of polar ice sheets crashed into the Artic Ocean after its Russian launcher failed. The 170-million-dollar CryoSat satellite ...

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Bids on massive U.S. telecom pact roll in

Major telecom companies have begun submitting their bids for Networx, a massive communications upgrade planned by the United States government.

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Stanford takes first in off-road robot competition

Stanley, the Stanford Racing Team's entry in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge, has finished first, earning the team a $2 million prize. The Oct. 8 off-road race pitted ...

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Solar activity can be surprisingly good for astronauts

Last month, the sun went haywire. Almost every day for two weeks in early September, solar flares issued from a giant sunspot named "active region 798/808." X-rays ionized Earth’s upper atmosphere. Solar ...

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