Archive: 10/26/2005

Production begins for Xbox 360 chips

The IBM chip that will power Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is in production and on target for the device's pre-Christmas launch next month.

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Tropical cloud 'dust' could hold the key to climate change

Scientists at the University of Manchester will set off for Australia this week to undertake an in-depth study of tropical clouds and the particles sucked up into them to gain further insight into climate change and the depletion ...

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Sex selection clinical trial is launched

U.S. physicians have reportedly started a clinical trial to assess the effects of allowing couples to choose the gender of unborn children.

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Genetic map may help find disease causes

Scientists announced in Salt Lake City the mapping of the most common genetic differences across the entire genome for 269 different humans.

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Nanomolecular motor spins on a surface

Netherlands scientists say they've developed the first molecular motor that rotates in just one direction while attached to a solid surface.

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Rocket-fueled bacteria clean up waste

Bacteria that make rocket fuel as part of their metabolism are making sewage treatment less expensive and kinder to the environment, British researchers say.

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Study: Chimps don't care about friends

University of California-Los Angeles scientists say helping others is apparently a uniquely human habit -- or, at least, not a habit shared by chimpanzees.

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Survey: Cell-phone appearance matters

Cell-phone appearance is as an important a factor in customer satisfaction as are features and capabilities, a new consumer survey said Wednesday.

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Study: Sharks have mammal-like muscles

University of British Columbia scientists say some sharks have swimming muscles that only work at relatively high temperatures -- much as do mammals' muscles.

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