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'Intelligent design' ruling may have ripples - SpaceDaily  Backers of "intelligent design" have been advising school boards to avoid lawsuits by encouraging criticism of evolution rather than mandating that students learn about intelligent design. But a judge's ruling this week has given ammunition to those fighting challenges to evolution in three states. Intelligent design, or ID, is the idea that some forms of life are so complex, they show the distinct hand of a designer. Federal Judge John Jones ruled this week that intelligent design is creationism with a new label and can't be taught in public school science classes.
The Ice Dwarf Cometh - SpaceDaily  Pluto is one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system. Ten thousand times fainter than the eye can see, and a hundred times smaller than Mars in the night sky, Pluto has never been investigated up-close by a spacecraft. The best image of Pluto, obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope, is just a crude grouping of bright and dark pixels. After launch, the New Horizons spacecraft will speed away from Earth at 8 miles per second, reaching the moon in about 8 hours (the Apollo missions took several days to cover this same distance). In early 2007, a flyby of Jupiter will increase the spacecraft's speed by an additional 2.5 miles per second, and also provide an opportunity to test the spacecraft instruments.     

Sound of star's vibration reveals details of its core - New Scientist  Astronomers have made the most detailed observation yet of the subtle vibrations of a Sun-like star. The technique reveals details of the star's interior that cannot be studied any other way. Stars pulsate slightly as churning gas in their outer layers creates low-frequency sound waves that rebound inside them. The frequency of each wave reveals the speed at which sound travels through a star's inner layers, shedding light on its density, temperature, composition and rotation. These waves have been studied in just a dozen or so stars other than the Sun.    
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Alzheimer's Disease:
1/1/2005: Natural Compound From 'Pond Scum' Shows Potential Activity Against Alzheimer's - Science Daily
1/1/2005: New Study Demonstrates Combined Techniques To Detect, Monitor Alzheimer's Disease
 - Science Daily

Biosciences:
1/1/2005: Elusive woodpecker draws birders to Arkansas - MSNBC
1/1/2005: Researchers Quantify More Noise In Gene Expression
 - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Breaking The Mold- Research Teams Sequence Three Fungus Genomes - Science Daily
1/1/2005: South Korean University approves more DNA tests ... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
1/1/2005: Coral reefs spared worst of tsunami impact - MSNBC
1/1/2005: A year later, tsunami alerts still need work - MSNBC
1/1/2005: Europe’s satellite navigation venture launches - New Scientist
1/1/2005: Grass Fires Bring Ruin to Parts of Oklahoma and North Texas
1/1/2005: In Russia, Pollution Is Good for Business  - NY Times
1/1/2005: Graphic:  The Greenhouse Gas League  - NY Times
1/1/2005: A Year On From The Asian Tsunami, Satellites Are Aiding Regional Rebuilding - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Modern cartographers vital in digital age - Seattle Times
1/1/2005: Poland approves final CO2 emissions plan ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Operation Noah seeks further climate change action ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: 90% of China's cities suffer from groundwater pollution ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Japanese whalers give Greenpeace the slip ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Government's Critics Also Get EPA Grants ... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices
1/1/2005: Photo: Music player on wheels  - C/Net
1/1/2005: And the cutest iPod baby winner is...  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Imation releases 4GB micro drive  - C/Net
1/1/2005: 'Blitz' turns up violence in sports video games  - CNN

Communications
1/1/2005: Satellite Radio: Now It's a Race
 - Business Week
1/1/2005: Love, VoIP-Style
 - Business Week
1/1/2005: Microsoft, Softbank in Japanese VoIP deal
  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Samsung to market new phones with Vodafone
  - C/Net
1/1/2005: China cracking down on cell phone fraud, spam
  - C/Net
1/1/2005: What's next? Cell phone Oscars?
  - C/Net
1/1/2005: U.S. government prices move to new airwaves
  - C/Net

Technology

PC's
1/1/2005: Free security suite after rebates  - C/Net

Internet
1/1/2005: What Google-AOL means to you  - C/Net
1/1/2005: AOL: Trump, 'penis patch' dominate 2005 spam  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Year in review: Search goes mainstream  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Dell creates UK Firefox buzz  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Virus disguises itself as MSN Messenger beta  - C/Net
1/1/2005: A Firefox for music?  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Computer expert details e-mail snoop detector
  - C/Net
1/1/2005: AOL: Trump a top spam subject
  - CNN
1/1/2005: The lingering effects of Internet addiction
  - CNN

Miscellaneous
1/1/2005: • A Watershed for Open Source - Business Week
1/1/2005: No Evidence That Hangover Cures Work - Science Daily

Energy:
1/1/2005: Homegrown fuel: a waste of energy? - Seattle Times
1/1/2005: China to invest $2.5bn on renewable energy ... - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Solar-powered projector to aid learning ... - FirstScience

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/1/2005: Having Sibling With Cardiovascular Disease Associated With Higher CVD Risk - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Medication Reduces Risk Of Heart Irregularities After Cardiac Surgery - Science Daily

Cancer  
1/1/2005: Antibody Therapy Promising For Pediatric Neuroblastoma - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Vitamin D Needed To Cut Cancer Risk, Researchers Say - Science Daily

Infectious
1/1/2005: Studies Show Benefits Of Newborn Screening For 'Bubble Boy Disease' - Science Daily
1/1/2005: The Battle to Stop Bird Flu  - Wired News

Non-Infectious
1/1/2005: Polymorphism And Antibodies Associated With Highly Increased Risk Of Rheumatoid Arthritis - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
1/1/2005: Premature twins' weblog wins fans  - BBC
1/1/2005: Child development: What are the best games to play with your newborn baby?  - BBC
1/1/2005: First Analysis Of FDA's Mifepristone Adverse Event Reports - Science Daily
1/1/2005: 'Smog triggers respiratory problems in kids' ... - FirstScience

History, Anthropology:
1/1/2005: 'Intelligent design' ruling may have ripples - SpaceDaily

Miscellaneous:
1/1/2005: • The Podcast Shaking Up French Politics - Business Week
1/1/2005: Screen test for TV's future  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Alphabetical marching orders  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Photos: Screening for explosives  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Perspective: Free trade for services?-now
1/1/2005: India's science institute attacked by suspected terrorists - El. Engr. Times
1/1/2005: Cosmic Log: Hit parade for 2005 - MSNBC
1/1/2005: Top Enron accountant pleads guilty; trial delayed - Seattle Times
1/1/2005: Spy Kids - Technology Review 
1/1/2005: Best and Worst Punditry of 2005  - Wired News
1/1/2005: Most Predictable Stories of 2005  - Wired News
1/1/2005: Brits Monitor Everything  - Wired News

Neurosciences:
1/1/2005: Language colours vision  - Nature
1/1/2005: New Brain Scan Technology Could Save Babies' Lives - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
1/1/2005: Sound of star's vibration reveals details of its core  - New Scientist
1/1/2005: Math professor solves decades-old problem
 - MSNBC
1/1/2005: Allo, Allo? A Star Is Ringing
 - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Another planet like Earth evolving? ...
 - FirstScience
1/1/2005: Oddball Buffy puzzles astronomers ...
 - FirstScience

Prolongevity
1/1/2005: Americans Live Healthier Lives Much Longer Than Realized - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Modest exercise boosts seniors' physical abilities ...
 - FirstScience

Robotics:
1/1/2005: Say Hello to Stanley  - Wired News

Space:
1/1/2005: The Ice Dwarf Cometh - SpaceDaily
1/1/2005: Streaking home with piece of comet's tail
  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Bezos builds out space venture near Space Needle
  - C/Net
1/1/2005: 2005: The year in human spaceflight
 - New Scientist
1/1/2005: Mission To Mars Via Antarctica
 - Science Daily
1/1/2005: Mars was once a hostile planet! ...
 - FirstScience

Technology:
1/1/2005: Pioneer to sell Blu-ray drive in early '06  - C/Net
1/1/2005: Wee Walker - Technology Review 

  



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