Thursday, August 03, 2006

July in Science




The Senate passes 3 stem cell bills. WP, Al Jazeera, Reuters, AP, AP, BBC, ScienceNOW

President Bush vetoes stem cell bill. Reuters, NYT, WP, BBC, Guardian, ScienceNOW, AP, ROBBLOG

House vote to override Bush’s veto falls short. AP, AP

Governor Schwarzenegger authorizes $150 million loan to California’s stem cell institute to circumvent anti-stem cell lawsuits. Reuters, AP, AP

Researchers have grown sperm from mouse embryonic stem cells. BBC

Stem cells from human fat have been turned into muscle cells in the lab. Reuters

Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist says he tried to clone mammoths. Reuters

Singapore develops the first stem cell lines suitable for use in human beings. Nature (In the “I told you so” department, see here.) [Actually, it wasn’t me but you get the point.]


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Once daily HIV pill containing 3 drugs approved. WP, CBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, AP, AP, NYT, BBC, LAT

The Gates Foundation donates $287 million to development of an AIDS vaccine. NYT, BBC, AL Jazeera, AP, AP, LAT, Guardian




The space shuttle finally launched… CBC, BBC, WP, NYT, LAT, Reuters, CSM, CNN, AP

…and returned safely to Earth. Al Jazeera, CBC, BBC, WP, AP,AP, NYT, Reuters, CSM, Nature, NG, LAT

Space shuttle Atlantis to launch in late August. Reuters

Saturn’s moon Titan may have lakes filled with liquid hydrocarbons. BBC, ScienceNOW, AP, AP

Methane rain falls on Titan. Reuters, Nature




Tiger habitat has been reduced by 40% in the last decade. Reuters, BBC, NG, AP, Guardian

Western Africa’s Black Rhino’s may be extinct. Reuters, BBC, Guardian, NG

People are fighting over the remains of Bruno the German bear. Nature

Not to be outdone by the Germans, Italy may kill Bruno’s mother. Der Spiegel




Darwin’s finches have evolved with scientists watching. LiveScience.com, Nature, AP, AP




Holy crap! Many Americans are too fat to be X-rayed. Reuters




Mass produced bird flu vaccine for humans may be ready by next year. Reuters, CBC, WP, AP, AP, NYT, BBC, DPA, Guardian




New sensor allows paralyzed man to move computer cursor with his mind. Reuters, NYT, ScienceNOW, NG, BBC, CBC, LAT

Microsoft’s version of the iPod, called Zune (Better than Origami), to be in stores by the Holidays. NYT, Reuters, WP, BBC

Report: Much of the US is not prepared to use electronic voting machines. WP

Pakistan is developing more plutonium. Nature, AP, WP, AP


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Toyota to sell plug-in hybrids. CSM

Nobel laureate’s paper to suggest introducing sulfur into the stratosphere to fight climate change. Nature

New study shows that biofuels made from corn and soybeans will not solve our energy crisis. Nature, AP, AP

Use of corn as a fuel source may significantly impact corn as a food source. CSM




Another poor funding year anticipated for NIH in 2007. ScienceNOW




Methamphetamine remains the biggest drug problem in the US. AP, AP




An earthquake in Indonesian spawned a tsunami that claimed at least 547 lives. AP, AP

New rift in Africa/Arabia tectonic plates may eventually form a new ocean. BBC, LiveScience.com, NG




North Korean missile may have been aimed at waters near Hawaii. Der Spiegel


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