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'Satan' to Test New Mini-Cosmodrome in Russia - SpaceDaily  The Ukrainian-built missile, dubbed "Satan" by NATO durig the height of the Cold War, is the SS-18 and referred to as an RS-18 or a “Voyevoda ” (Russian for ‘warrior chief’) by the Russian press. It is the world’s biggest military rocket. It can throw a nine-ton warhead, comprised of up to ten thermonuclear warheads, halfway across the planet in 30-minutes. It uses storable self-igniting propellants much like those of the now-discarded ‘Titan’ missile.  The launch is being billed by Russian space officials as the first step in establishing a ‘mini-cosmodrome’ at the Dombarovskiy military base to hoist satellites into low earth orbit. Within three years, an improved upper stage will be able to send half-ton payloads to the moon and planets.     
Small Asteroid Passes Between Satellites and Earth - Space.com  Astronomers spotted an asteroid this week after it had flown past Earth on a course that took it so close to the planet it was below the orbits of some satellites. The object, named 2004 YD5, was about 16 feet (5 meters) wide. Had it entered the atmosphere, it would have exploded high up, experts figure. 2004 YD5 is the second closest pass of an asteroid ever observed by telescope.   

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Plane-saving chutes  - CNN  Left:  Ballistic Recovery Systems is working with NASA to design a parachute for small commercial jets.   Canadian rancher Albert Kolk's small plane banked uncontrollably in darkness over the Monashee mountains, then began spiraling toward earth. "Seat belts!" he barked to his young teenage grandson and two young friends. Then he reached for a red lever in the cockpit. Suddenly, an orange-and-white parachute as big as a house opened above the plane and gently landed his stricken aircraft in a rocky clearing. If the Minnesota-based maker of the parachute that saved Kolk's life this past spring, which sold about 500 of its $16,000 parachute systems this year for use by small private planes and pilots like Kolk, succeeds, one day commercial aircraft like regional commuter jets may have similar safety systems. The company's most advanced parachute right now can accommodate nearly 4,000 pounds. Regional jets weigh 80,000 pounds and fly at more than 600 miles per hour.
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Biosciences:
1/1/2005: Observatory: Lg 2BR, Many Amenities, Heated Maze  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Where Are Icelanders From? The Answer Is in the Genes  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Graphic: Staying Close to Home  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Saving a Species: Can Profit Make the Caged Bird Sing?  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Endangered Ferrets Make Comeback in Ariz.  - NY Times
1/1/2005: NYU Chemists Create DNA Translation Machine - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Discovery Of First Demethylase Molecule, A Long-sought Gene Regulator - Science Daily
1/1/2005: New Monkey Discovered In Northeastern India - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
1/1/2005: Quake's power = million atomic bombs-  - CNN
1/1/2005: Watching for killer waves - MSNBC
1/1/2005: Can earthquakes be tamed? - MSNBC
1/1/2005: Scientists fault wave warning efforts - MSNBC
1/1/2005: No Warning- At Warning Center, Alert for the Quake, None for a Tsunami  - NY Times
1/1/2005: The Overview: Toll in Undersea Earthquake Passes 25,000; A Third of the Dead Are Said to Be Children  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Join a Discussion on Asian Politics  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Method Removes MTBE From Water; Pollutant Thought To Be A Carcinogen - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Nevada Seismology Researchers Develop Model That Estimates Impact Of Large Earthquake In Los Angeles - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Contractor Ignorance Kills Earthquake Victims In Sesmic Zones, Says U. Of Colorado Professor - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Tsunamis: early warning and infrastructure changes vital, ecologists say - Space.com
1/1/2005: Tsunami forces Maldives election delay, set to hit economy hard
1/1/2005: Global Warming Activists Call for Sierra Club Official in Maryland to Step Down ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Lt-Gen Khin Maung Than inspects DaikU-Nyaungkhashe Road, Yenwe Multipurpose Dam, Shwekyin hydel power project ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Environmentalists hit Florida 'sky glow' ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Government, Missouri environmental group reach settlement on clean water standards for lakes and streams ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Frayed Nerves and Aftershocks Create Panic in Southern Asia
  - NY Times
1/1/2005: How Scientists and Victims Watched Helplessly
  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Interactive Graphic: A Disaster Unfolds
  - NY Times
1/1/2005: How to Donate Online
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1/1/2005: Complete Coverage
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Internet
1/1/2005: Will Google stay as hot as its lava lamps-
1/1/2005: Photos: A Google of ways to work  - C/Net
1/1/2005: AOL says you've got less spam  - CNN
1/1/2005: Man admits Christmas lights Web site scam  - CNN
1/1/2005: Home Depot to sell appliances online  - CNN
1/1/2005: Dutch Telecom Watchdog Issues First Fines Against E-mail Spammers  - Technology Review 

Miscellaneous
1/1/2005: Linux Sneaks into the Small Business Marketplace  - Technology Review 

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/1/2005: Symptoms: Half Headache, Half Heartache  - NY Times

Cancer  
1/1/2005: Discovery Of Compound Could Enhance Cancer Treatments With Fewer Side Effects - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Medication May Reduce Incidence, Severity Of Mouth Sores In Some Cancer Patients: Study - Science Daily

Infectious
1/1/2005: Typhoid Fever Genomes To Help Scientists Seek Better Vaccines - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Permanent Resistance To Antibiotics Cannot Be Prevented, According To Dutch Research - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Study By US, Hebrew University Scientists Sheds Light On How Bacteria Persist Despite Antibiotics - Science Daily
1/1/2005: New Antibiotic Target Could Mean The End Of Pneumonia - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
1/1/2005: Vioxx. Celebrex. Now Aleve. What's a Patient to Think?  - NY Times

Miscellaneous
1/1/2005: Vital Signs: Hazards- Knock Yourself Out (on Dry Ice)  - NY Times
1/1/2005: The Claim: Tight Braids and Ponytails Can Cause Your Hair to Fall Out  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Vital Signs: Side Effects: High Sugar Can Go to Your Head  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Vital Signs: Aging- How Gray Hair May Save Skin  - NY Times
1/1/2005: An Earlier Transplant That Eluded a Registry  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Q & A: Tangled Toes  - NY Times
1/1/2005: A Young Doctor's Hardest Lesson- Keep Your Mouth Shut  - NY Times
1/1/2005: The Paths They Took: Five Gambles, Five Altered Lives  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Treating Varicose Veins With Radiofrequency Or Laser Heat
 - Science Daily
1/1/2005: O Christmas Tree: Your Bark May Fight Arthritis
 - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Gastrointestinal Disorders Are Associated Significantly With Sleepless Nights
 - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Timing Scavenging To Prevent Age-related Blindness
 - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
1/1/2005: 'Bigger Is Better' View of Evolution Gains Credence  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Cosmic Log: How your brain evolved - MSNBC
1/1/2005: Human Brain Evolution Was a 'Special Event' - MSNBC
1/1/2005: Evidence of Ancient Civilization Is Found in Peruvian Countryside  - NY Times
1/1/2005: 8 Prehistoric Granaries Found in Egypt  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Historic Himalayan Ice Dams Created Huge Lakes, Mammoth Floods
 - Science Daily

Miscellaneous:
1/1/2005: Small Asteroid Passes Between Satellites and Earth - SpaceDaily
1/1/2005: Plane-saving chutes  - CNN
1/1/2005: Company Offers Softer Landing for Smaller Aircraft in Distress  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Go ahead, just try to disappear - L. A. Times
1/1/2005: Airlines' computer systems questioned  - CNN
1/1/2005: Letters  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Flour, Eggs, Sugar, Chocolate . . . Just Add Chemistry  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Graphic: How a Cake Bakes  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Chart: Calling Betty Crocker  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Forum: Share Your Baking Tips  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Shots Fired At Bayonne Range Prove Smart Gun Technology Works - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Balancing 'Hysteria And Suspicion'- Doctors Face New Responsibilities In 'Bioterrorism Era' - Science Daily
1/1/2005: International Study Shows Select Improvements In US Math And Science - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Postal Service faces first-class woes - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Six guilty of tax fraud, conspiracy - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Insurers to escape major tsunami blow - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Tsunami drowns good holiday-sales news - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Asian death wave tops a year of big disasters - Space.com
1/1/2005: Russia, China To Stage First Ever Joint Military Exercises: Interfax - Space.com
1/1/2005: Yushchenko Has Big Dreams, Bigger Enemies

1/1/2005: Wireless World: The 'Orange Revolution'
 - Space.com
1/1/2005: Hong Kong Tech Part More Than Half Empty, Posts $11.6 Million Loss
  - Technology Review 
1/1/2005: Holiday Foul-Up Renews Questions about Airlines' Computer Systems
  - Technology Review 
1/1/2005: Investment Folio for Average Joe
  - Wired News
1/1/2005: A Billionaire With a Mission
  - Wired News

Neurosciences:
1/1/2005: Research Aims To Restore Amputee Limb Function - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Twitching Synapses Provide New Insight Into Brain Development - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Increased Suicide Rate Is Possibly Linked To Chemicals Released From Nearby Asphalt Plants, Study Suggests - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Brain Imaging Reveals New Language Circuits - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Experiences Make People Happier Than Material Goods, Says University Of Colorado Prof - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Toxic Proteins Affect Memory - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
1/1/2005: Natural selection acts on the quantum world  - Nature
1/1/2005: World's Most Powerful Infrared Camera Opens Its Eyes On The Heavens
 - Science Daily

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Space:
1/1/2005: 'Satan' to Test New Mini-Cosmodrome in Russia - SpaceDaily
1/1/2005: Cosmic Log: Glad tidings from space
 - MSNBC
1/1/2005: NASA Unveils Changes to Prevent Another Shuttle Disaster  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Cassini Shows Before And After Look At Saturn's Moon Titan
 - Science Daily
1/1/2005: SPACE.com Quiz: Top Astronomy Stories of 2004
 - Space.com
1/1/2005: Arthur C. Clarke, in Sri Lanka, Calls Tsunami 'Disaster of Unprecedented Magnitude'
 - Space.com
1/1/2005: Earth Impact In 2029 Ruled Out For Asteroid MN4
 - Space.com
1/1/2005: China sets up weather station to prepare for next manned space launch
 - Space.com
1/1/2005: Russia launches three navigation satellites
 - Space.com
1/1/2005: Russian-launched satellite fails to reach correct orbit
 - Space.com
1/1/2005: NASA Builds Success Based On The Vision For Space Exploration
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Technology:
1/1/2005: LCD As A Molecular Magnifying Glass - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Ice Study Could Stop People Slip-sliding Away - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Nano World- Nanosensors Full Of Surprises - Space.com

  



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