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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Thanks to http://www.livejournal.com/users/sclerotic_rings/ for the Time Travel Fund link:

A: We establish a fund in current time. You make a small contribution to the fund, and in a few hundred years that small amount grows to a very large amount. From that fund, moneys will be taken and used to retrieve you, perhaps seconds after you join, perhaps even moments before your recorded death, perhaps some other point in your lifetime. Further, the fund may even pay to have you "rejuvenated" medically (assuming this is scientifically possible at that time,) and support you financially for a number of years. (Note: Retrieving you just before the moment of death is just one possible scenario, but one that would avoid any Star Trek(TM) type paradoxes. There are an unlimited number of other possibilities, and we do not know what they will do, we can only make reasonably informed guesses.)
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 24-Aug-2004
Psychology Today, APA Monitor
UVM psychologists to follow up study of first civil union couples
University of Vermont psychologists Sondra Solomon and Esther Rothblum, who three years ago conducted the first-ever demographic study of gay and lesbian couples joined in civil unions in Vermont, are launching a follow-up study to discover what has changed among study participants since they exchanged vows.
American Psychological Foundation

Public Release: 24-Aug-2004
Space houses on Earth
An ESA-designed house that uses technology designed for space could become the basis of the new German Antarctic station, Neumayer-III. The new station has to meet stringent laws set up to protect the Antarctic environment, which is where the use of space technology comes in.

Public Release: 24-Aug-2004
International Conference on Materials for Hydrogen Energy
Vast new energy source almost here
Australian researchers will tell an international conference on solar hydrogen this week that the means to extract hydrogen fuel from water, using solar energy should be ready within about seven years. Vast supplies of clean, pollution-free energy would then become available.

Public Release: 24-Aug-2004
Inorganic Chemistry
Bright idea could doom cancer and viruses, say Purdue scientists
A team of scientists has developed a group of rhodium-based compounds that, when exposed to light, can kill tumor cells and deactivate a virus closely related to the West Nile. Unlike the ordinary substances used for chemotherapy, these chemicals are not harmful to the body in general - they only become lethal to DNA when activated by light.
National Institutes of Health
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