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Solar Cells Improved by Nanotechnology

BLACKSBURG, Virginia, April 10, 2002 (ENS) - Flexible solar cells are one step closer to reality with the advent of one nanometer thick films developed by researchers at Virginia Tech.

The thin films can be changed from transparent to deep violet and back as fast as 20 times per second. By building up layers of the films, selected for their ability to self assemble and to convert light to electricity, the researchers are creating flexible photovoltaic devices, or solar cells.

Hunters Driving Asian Species to Extinction

KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK, Thailand, April 10, 2002 (ENS) -

Uncontrolled hunting and trade form the greatest threats to wildlife and wild lands in Asia, charges a group of experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society. The group, which held a workshop in Thailand's Khao Yai National Park last week, said long term studies show that current patterns of hunting and wildlife trade are not sustainable, and could drive wildlife to extinction.


Are the Earth's poles on the move?

New Scientist

April 10, 2002

The Earth's magnetic poles might be starting to flip say researchers who have seen strange anomalies in our planet's magnetic field.

The magnetic field is created by the flow of molten iron inside the Earth's core. These circulation patterns are affected by the planet's rotation, so the field normally aligns with the Earth's axis - forming the north and south poles.


Comparison of St John's wort and imipramine for treating depression:

randomised controlled trial

Helmut Woelk, medical director,

Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus der Universität Giessen, Licher Strasse 106, D-35394 Giessen, Germany

Objectives: To compare the efficacy and tolerability of Hypericum perforatum (St John's wort extract) with imipramine in patients with mild to moderate depression.

Design: Randomised, multicentre, double blind, parallel group trial.

Setting: 40 outpatient clinics in Germany.

Curry Spice May Help Tackle Cancer

Tue Apr 9, 2002

By Jacqueline Stenson

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The substance that gives the spice turmeric its yellow color may help fight cancer, preliminary evidence suggests.

Researchers have found in the lab that the active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, can enhance the cancer-fighting power of treatment with TRAIL, a naturally occurring molecule that helps kill cancer cells. TRAIL stands for tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand.

Antioxidants in Tea, Curry, Wine May Stem Cancer

Wed Apr 10, 2002

By Deena Beasley

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Final proof that dietary components like green tea, curry spice or wine can fight cancer in humans and not just laboratory test tubes remains elusive, but researchers are full of hope for the unconventional treatments.

"I believe that 50 years from now there will be a sub-specialty of medicine called cancer prevention doctors," Dr. Allan Conney, professor of cancer and leukemia at New Jersey's Rutgers University, said on Wednesday.


Virgin Olive Oil May Reduce Cholesterol Damage

Apr 12, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Just a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil helps the cholesterol go down, results of a small study indicate.

According to the report, adults who consumed 25 milliliters (mL) or nearly 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil daily for one week showed less oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and higher levels of antioxidant compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood.

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence [Adopted in Congress 4 July 1776]
The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of n


Bush, Ashcroft & Friends do even more to crush freedom in the United States

From San Francisco Chronicle EDITORIALS

On the Public's Right to Know

The day Ashcroft censored Freedom of Information

Sunday, January 6, 2002

THE PRESIDENT Didn't ask the networks for television time. The attorney general didn't hold a press conference. The media didn't report any dramatic change in governmental policy. As a result, most Americans had no idea that one of their most precious freedoms disappeared on Oct. 12.