Cell Phone Device Allows Talk Through Car Stereo

The hands-free Cellular Phone Cassette Adapter works through your vehicle’s stereo system to amplify your caller’s voice loud and clear, easily overcoming road and wind noise. Simply insert the cassette adapter into the cassette well of your sound system, insert the universal 2.5 mm plug into the jack on your cellular phone and attach the highly sensitive collar-clip omni-directional microphone.
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Stolen Car Tracking Through GPS – 125 Miles Up

By using GPS, SecuraTrak Pro provides real-time location of a vehicle for theft recovery, verification of location or information on the route followed by the vehicle. GPS uses 24 satellites that constantly orbit around the earth to pinpoint a location on an electronic map. The SecuraTrak Pro can locate upon lock of four satellites, and its accuracy is up to 60 inches of the actual location. SecuraTrak Pro users can track the location of any connected device via their phone, web browser, or web/WAP phone. The subscriber can also query the SecuraTrak database and request to see a “bread crumb trail,” or history of locations, over a specified period of time.
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World’s First Womb Transplant

Saudi doctors reported the world’s first human womb transplant on Thursday but leading fertility experts were quick to question the ethics and success of the operation.

Dr. Wafa Fageeh, who led the surgical team at the King Fahad Hospital in Jeddah, reported the research in the International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

He said the technique could be a useful treatment in the future for infertile women without a womb whose only other chance of having children was through surrogacy.

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New Rules for Operating a Segway

Wired reports – Lawmakers in a Minnesota House transportation committee took a step toward that goal Thursday, passing to the floor a bill that crafts the rules of the road and the bike paths and sidewalks for the battery-powered scooters. Though the scooter travels up to 15 miles per hour, backers don’t want the Segway regulated as a motor vehicle. They want it to be allowed anywhere people walk.

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Robo-Therapist Helps Ailing Limbs

Wired Magazine reports, “One of the newest robots to debut on the medical market is designed to aid physical therapists who work with stroke patients.

InMotion2 is a 30-inch-tall robo-therapist that its inventors believe can help patients regain the use of limbs incapacitated by a stroke. They think it can ultimately be a less-expensive proposition than physical therapy, too.”

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Global Net Population At Half-Billion

A half-billion people worldwide have Internet access at home, with North America showing the greatest number of Net surfers but the slowest growth rate of all, Nielsen//NetRatings reported today.

Twenty-four million people joined the world Internet community during the fourth quarter of 2001, boosting the global count by 5 percent to 498 million, according to NetRatings’ quarterly report on Net access and penetration. The gains are nearly double the 15 million added in the third quarter.

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Cataloging Every Species On Earth

National Geographic News claims that scientists to date have identified less than 2 million distinct species with from 10 million to more than 100 million still undiscovered. Likening this dearth of information to doing chemistry knowing only one third of the periodic table, biologist Terry Gosliner is involved in the All Species Foundation. The foundation is attempting to discover, identify and classify every living species and place the catalogue online over the next 25 years. It is hoped new technology and new recruits to the field of taxonomy will make the timetable viable.
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Town Hosts ‘Frozen Dead Guy’ Festival

The people of Nederland, CO, about 40 miles northwest of Denver, are holding a festival this weekend to honor the town’s most famous dead resident — Bredo Morstoel, who died in his native Norway in 1989.

His devoted grandson Trygve Bauge shipped the body to Colorado and preserved it in a makeshift cryogenics laboratory in a shed in his backyard for a day in the future when granddad could be thawed and brought back to life.
More about the Frozen Dead Guy Festival Here

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Transgenic Goats Produce Spider Silk

Recently, the modern tools of biotechnology have offered, for the first time, the possibility of mass producing man-made spider dragline silk. This process has two parts, first isolate the gene from the spider that codes for the silk protein, then introduce the spider silk gene into a system that can read the genetic instructions and produce authentic silk proteins. The resulting product, BioSteel®, is the first man-made spider silk. More here.
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NASA May Use Nuclear Rockets to Reach Deep Space

Earlier this month, the NASA announced that its budget proposal includes $125.5 million to explore the use of low-power reactors as part of the propulsion systems in new spacecraft. One prototype reactor already has been built by researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The proposed nuclear program also aims to develop a new series of generators that converts decay heat from small amounts of plutonium into electricity.
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Scientists Create ‘Starlight in a Jar’

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee claim that, for an instant, they created a star in a jar. Unlike today’s nuclear reactors, which take heavy, rare elements such as uranium and split them in a process called fission, the fusion at work in stars “fuses” hydrogen together under immense pressure – releasing far more energy than fission.

Researchers in Tennessee filled a small tube with a specially prepared fluid then shot neutrons through the liquid to generate bubbles. The final ingredient added to the mix were high frequency sound waves. They moved through the fluid, oscillating its pressure between high and low some 20,000 times a second. This, in turn, put pressure on the bubbles.

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