Operation on Fetus’s Heart Valve Called a ‘Science Fiction’ Success

Doctors at Boston’s Children’s Hospital have, for the first time in the United States, corrected a
deadly heart defect in a fetus. The baby, Jack, was born six weeks
early and doctors were expecting to have to widen a narrowed valve in
his heart again after his birth. But Jack did not need their help. His
aortic valve, though a bit narrow, was wide enough to do its job, and
the chambers of his heart looked healthy. Doctors were not sure the
valve would stay open after the in-utero surgery months earlier.

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Search Engine Statistics

Search Engine Watch: How many searches are performed each day? Here’s a look at available figures, gathered from industry press releases or interviews.

Google – 130 million – 10/01 –
(About half of these are at Google.com and the rest generated through partner sites such as Yahoo and Netscape Search)

Inktomi – 80 million – 8/01 –
(as per various public statements)

AltaVista – 50 million – 3/00 –
(as cited by AltaVista in press release)

Direct Hit – 20 million – 4/01 –
(covers searches on DirectHit.com or through distribution partners such as Salon.com)

FAST – 12 million – 10/00 –
(probably for the FAST site itself and doesn’t include partners)

Overture (GoTo) – 5 million – 4/00 –
(as reported by Overture to a reader, who forwarded the information to me. Includes queries through affiliates and partners).

Ask Jeeves – 4 million – 3/00

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Daliworld – The World’s Largest Virtual Fish Network

A virtual fish network known as Daliworld aims to re-create the world’s oceans on thousands of interconnected PCs. Using a file-sharing technology similar to Napster, DALiWorld, lets you spawn digital fish that swim around your computer screen. And when they’ve had enough, the little devils swim right off your PC and onto the screen of another Daliworld user, who may be in Japan, Zaire, Argentina or any of the 47 other countries represented by the more than 30,000 people DALi says have downloaded the software.

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NeoPets

Meet the NeoPet, an addictive Web phenomenon spreading among children from Atlanta to Argentina. NeoPets require frequent attention from their owners, who must feed the critters, educate them, and keep them out of harm’s way.

Raising a NeoPet is a popular project. The 2-year-old, free site, originally created by British college students, has climbed to the top of game site rankings in recent months–with people spending more time on the site than at major competitors such as America Online.

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World’s Largest Geekfest

Even though 2001 was the worst-ever year for the semiconductor industry, Intel Corp.’s Chief Executive Officer on Monday exhorted geeks gathered at the No. 1 chipmaker’s technology conference here to keep investing and churning out new products and applications.

“Collectively we need to invest and bring new technology into the marketplace,” Craig Barrett told about 4,000 engineers and developers attending the Intel Developer Forum, which the company touts as “the world’s largest geekfest.”

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Nobel Prize Winner – Cancer May Never Be Eliminated

Scientists are winning the fight against cancer but it is a long, slow process and the disease that kills about six million people each year may never be eliminated, said Nobel medicine laureate Sir Paul Nurse.

Don’t expect any magic bullets. Forget miracle cures.

Cancer is not one but more than 200 different types of disease and far too complicated for any quick fixes.

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The Science of Love

The BBC reports, “There are three phases to falling in love and different hormones are involved at each stage.

Events occurring in the brain when we are in love have similarities with mental illness.

When we are attracted to somebody, it could be because subconsciously we like their genes.

Smell could be as important as looks when it comes to the fanciability factor. We like the look and smell of people who are most like our parents.”

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Sony Announces New AIBO Robotic Dog

Sony newest AIBO robotic dog has been designed incorporating the latest in robotic technology. It is now even more expressive and interactive and has a slick new futuristic look.

Nicolas Babin, the General Manager of Sony describes the new robotic dog as having “enhanced functionalities” that will “enable customers … to experience deeper emotional ties with the AIBO”.

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Travel Pod Makes Science Fiction a Reality

A shiny white pod that began road tests this month may well be the taxi of the future.

The pod, known as ULTra — Urban Light Transport — could make driver-free transport a reality and not just the stuff of futuristic fantasy.

The pod — which seats up to four passengers — is the brainchild of Bristol University’s Martin Lowson, who is no stranger to making science fiction dreams come true.

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