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Keep your head down on July 3

An asteroid possibly as large as a half-mile or more in diameter is rapidly approaching the Earth. There is no need for concern, for no collision is in the offing, but the space rock will make an exceptionally close approach to our planet early on Monday, July 3, passing just beyond the Moon’s average distance from Earth.

Astronomers will attempt to get a more accurate assessment of the asteroid’s size by “pinging” it with radar.

And skywatchers with good telescopes and some experience just might be able to get a glimpse of this cosmic rock as it streaks rapidly past our planet in the wee hours Monday. The closest approach occurs late Sunday for U.S. West Coast skywatchers.

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June 26, 2006 Posted by | Astronomy, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep your head down on July 3

Need a little scratch?

Scientists are offering parents £20 for their children’s head lice.

Researchers are trying to find new ways to treat new super-lice, which are becoming resistant to conventional cures.

Now a team at Bristol University want to collect as many parasites as possible in order to find new treatments.

Some will be studied at the university’s veterinary department in Langford, Somerset, while the rest will be sent to researchers in the US.

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June 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need a little scratch?

Technology Review: Emerging Technologies and their Impact

An Internet company is adding U.S. Census records to boost its archive of searchable names to 5 billion, which it says is the most comprehensive genealogical database ever compiled.

Ancestry.com planned to announce Thursday that it has copied complete census records from 1790 to 1930, making it the only searchable, online repository of the documents.

The U.S. government waits 72 years before releasing original census documents. Copying the material took a team of experts and workers a combined 6.6 million hours of labor, Ancenstry.com said.

Workers deciphered the handwriting on millions of census forms, then indexed and cataloged every name, and scanned images of the census documents.

The material, which will be shown on the Web site starting Thursday, includes 13 million original census images scanned and transcribed from 15,000 rolls of microfilm.

The project added 540 million names, increasing the company's genealogical database to 600 terabytes of data.  

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June 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Technology Review: Emerging Technologies and their Impact