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Smog-busting paint to be introduced in Europe

via NewScientist.com | Thu February 19, 2004
A paint that soaks up some of the most noxious gases from vehicle exhausts will goes on sale in Europe in March. Its makers hope it will give architects and town planners a new weapon in the fight against pollution.

Neurologists Create A Font of Human Nerve Cells

via Rochester University | Mon February 16, 2004
Scientists have created an unlimited supply of a type of nerve cell found in the spinal cord - a self-renewing cell line that offers a limitless supply of human nerve cells in the laboratory. Such a supply has long been one goal of neurologists anxious to replace dead or dying cells with healthy ones in a host of neurological diseases.

US scientists discover most distant galaxy from Earth

via China View | Mon February 16, 2004
image Scientists said Sunday that they have detected a tiny galaxy that they believe is the farthest known object from Earth, according to local media reports Monday.

Moons of Jupiter may be studied

via Charlotte Observer | Sun February 15, 2004
The skills and technology used to explore the extreme depths of the Earth's oceans will soon find work in space. Scientists are making plans to probe the icy seas of Jupiter's moons and drop a lander to the bizarre, gasoline-like lakes of Titan, a moon of Saturn.

Tiny Fossil Could Be Oldest Known Insect

via CNN | Sat February 14, 2004
A tiny fossil discovered in the 1920s and then largely ignored has been identified as the oldest known insect, scientists report. The discovery pushes back the origins of Earth's most prolific life form some 20 million years.

Scientists Develop New Hydrogen Reactor

via ABC News | Thu February 12, 2004
Researchers said Thursday that for the first time, they have produced hydrogen from ethanol in a prototype reactor small enough and efficient enough to heat small homes and power cars.

Fuel-eating bacteria

via Innovations Report | Wed February 11, 2004
The sinking of the Prestige and the resulting leakage of petroleum oil, just over a year ago, provoked a real catastrophe. A significant number of research groups were prompted to set to work to clean up the remains of this oil slick. One year after, the first results of those researches are being known. They want to use bacteria that eat petroleum oil, extracted from the proper petroleum oil.

Ozone-Eater Molecule Caught in Action

via Discovery Channel | Mon February 09, 2004
The nasty little molecule that has long been suspected of assassinating ozone in the stratosphere has finally been caught red-handed, a collar that could lead to more accurate predictions of future ozone losses.

“Hot Tub Monkeys” Offer Eye on Nonhuman “Culture”

via National Geographic | Mon February 09, 2004
When Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) began receiving food handouts more than 50 years ago- freeing them from the daily grind of foraging for food-they invented "cultural activities" to fill their newly acquired leisure time, researchers say.

Archaeologists shed new light on African rock art

via The Guardian | Sun February 08, 2004
Delicate rock paintings in South Africa, once dismissed as primitive scribblings, have turned out to be 2,000 years older than previously thought.

Mbari Announces Jellyfish Discovery

via Monterey Herald | Sun February 08, 2004
image After studying the creature for several years, biologists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have announced the discovery of a unusual, deep-sea jelly with wart-like bumps of stinging cells covering its feeding arms and bell.

Plants give up their secret of splitting water

via HindustanTimes.com | Fri February 06, 2004
Researchers said on Thursday they had taken another step toward understanding how plants split water into hydrogen and oxygen atoms which may provide a cheap way to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel.

Archaeologists find 1,400-year-old tomb of Anglo-Saxon king

via Guardian | Fri February 06, 2004
A tiny piece of bronze poking out of the mud was the first clue that something extraordinary lay beneath the surface in Prittlewell.

NASA declares Mars Spirit rover ‘healed’ after memory repairs

via SFGate.com | Fri February 06, 2004
NASA declared its Spirit rover cured Friday of the computer problems that had stalled it on Mars for more than two weeks, ending a crisis that had threatened its half of a double mission to seek evidence the planet once was wetter and hospitable to life.

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