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Thursday, July 01, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 1-Jul-2004
6th International Workshop on Information Hiding
Investigating digital images
Dartmouth researchers have developed a mathematical technique to tell the difference between a "real" digital image and one that's been fiddled with, changed somehow by adding or subtracting people or objects.
Sloan Fellowship, National Science Foundation, Department of Justice

Public Release: 1-Jul-2004
Physics World
Physicists reveal flaw in EU Constitution
As Britain prepares to make its mind up over the proposed European Constitution, Physics World reveals new research by physicists in Poland that claims the most controversial aspect of the new constitution, the voting rules at the EU Council of Ministers, are fatally flawed and will give some countries unfair clout in the decision-making process.

Public Release: 1-Jul-2004
Searing heat, little package
Engineers have created a miniature hotplate that can reach temperatures above 1100°C (2012°F), self-contained within a "laboratory" no bigger than a child's shoe.

Public Release: 1-Jul-2004
Physical Review Letters
Dark matter and dark energy may be different aspects of a single unknown force
Vanderbilt physicist Robert J. Scherrer has come up with a model that could cut the mystery of dark matter and dark energy in half by explaining them as two aspects of a single unknown force.

Public Release: 1-Jul-2004
American Journal of Psychiatry
Severe depression associated with greater number of nerve cells in thalamus region of brain
Individuals who suffer from severe depression have more nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls emotion, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have found.
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The speed of light, one of the most sacrosanct of the universal physical constants, may have been lower as recently as two billion years ago - and not in some far corner of the universe, but right here on Earth. The controversial finding is turning up the heat on an already simmering debate, especially since it is based on re-analysis of old data that has long been used to argue for exactly the opposite: the constancy of the speed of light and other constants…MORE
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996092

Bad driving the secret to traffic forecasts
Software that mimics the behaviour of drivers and their cars can predict congestion on the roads up to an hour ahead
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996094

Robotic wheels that just keep rolling
The robots, made from elastic polymer and shape memory alloys, propel themselves along by continuously altering their shape
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996095
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