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Gina Miller (nanogirl@halcyon.com)
Wed, 7 Jul 1999 00:34:14 -0700

*Study shows cognitive decline is not normal in aging
http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/ucdmc-ssc070299.html

*July 2 Hackers have targeted Network Solutions Inc. the keeper of
Internet address suffixes such as .com and .org - redirecting its traffic to some of the companies that will soon compete. http://www.msnbc.com/news/286409.asp

*SETI's been cracked (July 4th)

See the original page
http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/
or
See what the crackers left behind:(this is kind of funny) http://www.hackernews.com/archive/1999/seti/index.html

*Stem cells grown outside the body

July 6 An extra hormone can help elusive blood stem cells multiply and thrive outside the body, offering cancer patients and others a ready supply of the life-giving cells, scientists said Tuesday. http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/wash-sgb070199.html Or from the BBC with audio
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_386000/386431.stm

*Study Looks To Nuclear Energy As Micro-Scale Fuel
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/07/990706070354.htm

*TOKYO (July 5, 1999 12:06 p.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com) - The world's
first clones of an adult cow turned 1 year old on Monday, and Japanese officials said they are growing strong and healthy. The twins, named Noto and Kaga, were the second adult-animal clones after Dolly, the British sheep that made history by becoming the first clone of an adult animal.
Despite being slightly smaller than most cows their age, Noto and Kaga are quite healthy, said Tatsuhiko Matsuda, an official of the Ishikawa Prefectural Livestock Research Center, 190 miles northwest of Tokyo. "They are full of energy, they have had no unusual illnesses and they are growing vigorously," he said.
The pair was born about 40 days prematurely and at 440 pounds now, they are still slightly below average size, he said. The cows should soon reach sexual maturity and the next step for the researchers is to determine if they are capable of giving birth, Matsuda said. If all is normal, the cows will be artificially inseminated in an attempt to produce a second generation of cloned animals. Noto and Kaga were born after researchers took cells from an adult cow and placed them in unfertilized eggs whose own nuclei had been removed. The artificially cultivated embryos were then placed into the wombs of cows. Their births were significant primarily because they showed that other animals, not just sheep, could be cloned. Cloning an adult, rather than a fetus, means scientists could reproduce animals with chosen characteristics. For example, adult cows that produce more milk could be targeted for cloning. Scientists have cloned several kinds of animals since Dolly's arrival three years ago.
In April, geneticists at Tufts University in Massachusetts cloned three goats.

*Earth may have 'twin' in space

Somewhere out there in deep space, Earth may have a lost ''twin'' capable of supporting life, an astronomer says. In a theory outlined in the July 1 issue of the journal Nature, David Stevenson of the California Institute of Technology says Earth may have had one or more siblings when the solar system was born, but they were jettisoned by gravity when they got too close to Jupiter or other large planets. The idea has been around for a while. But Stevenson goes a step further, drawing on planetary theory and his own calculations to argue that these Earth-like planets may be capable of supporting life, despite their wanderings through the cold, dark void, far from the sun. ''Life would have to be simple,'' he said. ''Certainly you wouldn't have much of it.'' Stevenson said these so-called rogue planets may be heated by a dense hydrogen atmosphere and volcanoes, instead of sunlight.

*Neuroscience has been described as the last great frontier of human
biology - in fact NASA's most recent mission, Neurolab, was devoted to investigations involving the nervous system. Australian neuroscientists are among the leaders in brain research.
http://www.science.org.au/nova/040/040key.htm

Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
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