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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Wednesday May 5, 2004. An elm tree has been planted in the boulevard (the strip between street and sidewalk) in front of my building. The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board left instructions on caring for the tree, and a video.

I'm in favor of tree-lined streets. But I'm not in favor of governments giving things unasked and then requiring private citizens to care for them.

To Pillsbury House, where I did data entry for the Community Barter Network and Pillsbury House's volunteer program. There wasn't that much to enter, which I don't think is a good sign.

Time for me to use more of my Time Dollars for CBN transactions.

***Writing: I now know enough about three of the characters in "Well Met..." One more major (though not central) character to work out.
Public Release: 5-May-2004
Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research
Gene therapy reduces drinking in rats with genetic predisposition to 'alcoholism'
As a follow up to previous work showing that gene therapy can reduce drinking in rats trained to prefer alcohol, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have used the same technique to cut drinking in rats with a genetic predisposition for heavy alcohol consumption.
US Department of Energy Office of Science, NIH/National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Public Release: 5-May-2004
Single click generates lists to end all lists
The next step in search engine technology could make compiling lists possible with a single click. KnowItAll is a search engine under development at the University of Washington, which could eventually answer questions such as "list all British scientists born before 1900." Its approach is unique - trawling through many web pages for data. At the moment, KnowItAll can create lists of nouns such as: scientists, musicians and actors.

Public Release: 5-May-2004
DNA robot takes its first steps
A microscopic biped with legs constructed with DNA strands has taken its first steps. The New York team who built the nanowalker say theirs is the first nanoscale device to "walk" with bipedal motion. The DNA legs travel on a DNA track. Each foot is able to anchor to strands of DNA on the track that pair up with the sequence on the foot.
'Vanity logging': Breaking laws in search of a view
As more Americans move to the woods, they cut down neighbors' trees to
widen the vistas. By Patrik Jonsson and Todd Wilkinson

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