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2006-03-05

Technology_20

Entry: Healthcare
Focus: RadiologyInfo


RadiologyInfo™ is the public information Web site developed and funded by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). It was established to inform and educate the public about radiological procedures and the role of radiologists in healthcare, and to improve communications between physicians and their patients.
Each section of the site has been created with the guidance of a physician with expertise in the topic presented. All information contained in the Web site is further reviewed by an ACR-RSNA committee, comprising physicians with expertise in several radiologic areas.

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http://www.radiologyinfo.org/

Science_43

Entry: Politics
Focus: Urban Warfare



Wars tend to draw troops into urban areas. Cities have historically played an important role in military campaigns because roads and rail lines usually intersect in cities, and ports and airfields are frequently located near major metropolitan centers. Movement into a theater through ports and airfields, or within a theater on roads or rail, requires the control of major cities.
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http://web.mit.edu/ssp/Publications/confseries/urbanwarfare/urbanwarfare.html

Design_14

Entry: Systems
Focus: United Authority for National Flag Registration



Graduation project of the Gerrit Rietveld academy of arts. Established the Universal Authority for National Flag Registration: an organization that systematizes the design of national flags. Publication of the 'UNFR Index': a catalogue with 177,489 flag designs.
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http://www.nultwintig.com/groot/0005unfr.html

Technology_19

Entry: Optical Instruments
Focus: Fun Science Gallery



The distance between objective and eyepiece lenses must be equal to the sum of their focal lengths. The eyepiece tube must stick out a few centimetres so you can move it to focus the telescope. Make the length of the principal tube short enough to allow you to grip the protruding part of the eyepiece tube with your fingers as you adjust the focus.The eyepiece tube must slide smoothly in its channel, but it should not be loose enough to fall out if you hold the telescope vertically. Paint the inside of the tubes with black opaque paint (matte finish) or India ink. Secure the cap of the main tube to keep it from pulling away from the tube.
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http://www.funsci.com/texts/index_en.htm

Architecture_28

Entry: Black and White
Focus: Giuseppe Terragni



Giuseppe Terragni was born in Meda, Italy in 1904. He attended the Technical College in Como then studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. In 1927 he and his brother Atiilia opened an office in Como. They remained in practice until Giuseppe's death during the war. In a career that lasted only 13 years, Terragni created a small but remarkable group of designs; nearly all of them are in Como which was then the center of modern Italian architecture. These works form the nucleus of the language of Italian rationalist or modernistic architecture. In his last designs, Terragni achieved a more distinctive Mediterranean character through the fusion of modern theory and tradition.
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http://www.gt04.org/

Science_42

Entry: Biophotonics
Focus: European Centre for Validation of Alternative Methods



ECVAM was created by a Communication from the Commission to the Council and the Parliament in October 1991, pointing to the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes, which requires that the Commission and the Member States should actively support the development, validation and acceptance of methods which could reduce, refine or replace the use of laboratory animals:
An experiment shall not be performed if another scientifically satisfactory method of obtaining the result sought, not entailing the use of an animal, is reasonably and practicably available.
The Commission and Member States should encourage research into the development and validation of alternative techniques which could provide the same level of information as that obtained in experiments using animals, but which involve fewer animals or which entail less painful procedures, and shall take such other steps as they consider appropriate to encourage research in this field.
ECVAM has been established in 1992 as a unit of the Environment Institute, part of the Joint Research Centre, and has been transferred to, at that time, newly formed Institute for Health and Consumer Protection in Ispra, Italy in 1998 of which ECVAM is still part of.
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http://ecvam.jrc.cec.eu.int/index.htm

Science_41

Entry: Tsunami
Focus: Tsunami and Earthquake Research at the USGS



Here you will find general information on how local tsunamis are generated by earthquakes as well as animations, virtual reality models of tsunamis, and summaries of past research studies. The scope of tsunami research within the USGS, however, is broader than the topics covered here. USGS researchers have also provided critical research toward understanding how sediments are transported during tsunami run-up and deciphering the geologic record of prehistoric tsunamis.
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http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/tsunami/

Design_13

Entry: Fabrics
Focus: Musee de la Mode et du Textile



Fruit du regroupement des fonds de l’Union centrale des arts décoratifs (Ucad) et de l’Union française des arts du costume (Ufac), le musée de la Mode et du Textile est l’héritier d’une tradition forgée par la dynamique des initiatives privées. Ses collections réunissent actuellement quelque 16.000 costumes, 35.000 accessoires de mode, 30.000 pièces de textile. Au total plus de 81.000 œuvres qui retracent d’une part l’évolution du costume, de la Régence à nos jours, et d’autre part celle de l’innovation textile depuis le VIIe siècle. Ces collections s’enrichissent régulièrement des dons généreux faits par des particuliers, des créateurs ou des fabricants. Elles comptent parmi les plus importantes au monde avec celles du musée Galliera à Paris, du musée des Tissus de Lyon, du Victoria & Albert Museum de Londres, et celles du Metropolitan Museum de New York.
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http://www.ucad.fr/fr/02museemode/index.html

Science_40

Entry: Medicine
Focus: World Muscle Society



The activities of WMS shall be open to all professionals working in the neuromuscular field, irrespective of nationality, race and political opinion. It shall be a multidisciplinary Society, reflecting in particular the different disciplines involved in the study of neuromuscular disorders and the management of patients with these disorders.
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www.worldmusclesociety.org/

Music_12

Entry: Improv
Focus: Improvised Music form Japan



The albums, span a wide range of styles--improv, onkyo, noise, electronics, contemporary classical, free jazz, avant-rock, and more.
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http://www.japanimprov.com/

Book_9

Entry: Automotive
Focus: BOSCH Automotive Handbook



"BOSCH Automotive Handbook, Sixth Edition" - the latest update to the world's definitive automotive technology reference, is expanded by twenty-five percent and covers the entire range of modern passenger car and commercial vehicle systems. Detailed enough to address complex technical issues yet small enough to take everywhere, it is the reference of choice for designers, engineers, mechanics, students and enthusiasts. New topics include: Analog and digital signal transmission; Coating systems; Development methods and application tools for electronic systems; Diagnosis; Emission reduction systems; Engine lubrication; Environmental management; Fleet management; Fluid mechanics; Frictional joints; Hydrostatics; Mechantronics; Mobile information systems; Multimedia systems; Positive or form-closed joints; Sound design; Truck brake management as a platform for truck driver assistance systems; Vehicle wind tunnels; and Workshop technology.
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http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1860584748.html

Technology_18

Entry: Systems
Focus: Robotic Proceedings



When interacting with a new environment, a robot can improve its online performance by efficiently exploring the effects of its actions. The efficiency of exploration can be expanded significantly by modelling and using latent structure to generalize experiences. We provide a theoretical development of the problem of exploration with latent structure, analyze several algorithms and prove matching lower bounds. We demonstrate our algorithmic ideas on a simple robot car repeatedly traversing a path with two different surface properties.
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http://www.roboticsproceedings.org/