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Recognizing Martians: If We Find ET, Will We Know? - Space.com  "Scientists’ approach to finding life is very Earth-centric," says Kenneth Nealson, a geobiologist at the University of Southern California. The problem is, beyond carbon-based, water-dependent life, there isn't much intelligence to go on when designing a multi-million mission to Mars. "Based on what we know about life on Earth, we set the limits for where we might look on other planets," Nealson said.
Rover Adds Color To Mars View; Full Panorama By Next Week - SpaceDaily  The first full-color snapshots of Mars have surpassed all expectations and shown the so-called the red planet actually boasts subtle shades of blue and ochre, NASA scientists said Tuesday. The image, actually a mosaic of 12 images taken by a high definition camera, is of such high quality that NASA was able to zoom in on details of stones and pebbles in the reddish brown sand in front of the robot. The 12-million-pixel image is "three or four times better than any previous mission," said Jim Bell, who is in charge of the "PanCam."   

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Doom warnings sound more loudly  - BBC  For the doom merchants amongst us, 2004 showed its fearsome teeth in a cracking start before it was even 10 days old. I know there are sincere people who regard both the global extinction rate and the changing climate as entirely natural developments which need not concern us. But I met a man recently who told me how he could see the effects of the warmer climate in his local park in Birkenhead, in the north of England. The record preserved in cores drilled out of the Greenland icecap shows climate change can be very rapid indeed, flipping from one stable state to another in a few decades.

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Biosciences:
1/11/2004: The Promise and Pitfalls of Stem-Cell Research - Economist
1/11/2004: Sweet Bird Home Alabama
 - ABC

Climate, Environment:
1/11/2004: Study: Warming May Spark Mass Extinction - ABC
1/11/2004: Climate risk 'to million species'  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
1/11/2004: The New Cubicle Commandos  - Wired News
1/11/2004: Apple Unveils Fashion IPods  - Wired News
1/11/2004: A Real-Time Game War in U.S. 'Digital Division' in Iraq  - Wired News
1/11/2004: What to Watch - ABC
1/11/2004: Gadget heaven: Hot toys showcased at world electronics fair  - BBC
1/11/2004: Virtual cash exchange goes live   - BBC
1/11/2004: Tiny iPod makes its debut  - BBC

Communications
1/11/2004: ATI samples a 3D graphics chip for cell phones - Silicon Strategies
1/11/2004: Free Downloads? Hold the Phone  - Wired News
1/11/2004: China mobiles outstrip landlines  - BBC

Technology
1/11/2004: AMD debuts a line of 64-bit microprocessors - Silicon Strategies
1/11/2004: Lithography advances on wet, dry, EUV fronts - Silicon Strategies
1/11/2004: Light-Emitting Transistor Could Change Electronics - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: First IC Silicon Chip Built Using Nanotube Transistors - SpaceDaily

PC's

Internet

Miscellaneous
1/11/2004: Legal-fee fight erupts over Microsoft case - Seattle Times
1/11/2004: Microsoft Ads Called Bogus  - Wired News
1/11/2004: Asia Loves Linux -- And Microsoft Scrambles  - Wired News
1/11/2004: Ballmer: No Sleep Lost Over Linux  - Wired News
1/11/2004: Carbohydrate Confusion - ABC
1/11/2004: Quiz: Carbohydrates - ABC
1/11/2004: Is Salt a Health Risk? - ABC

Energy:
1/11/2004: Micro Fuel Cell Runs Cool - Technology Review 

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  

Infectious
1/11/2004: U.S. Mad Cow Hailed From Canada  - Wired News
1/11/2004: Impact of SARS Troubles China Merchants - ABC
1/11/2004: Judge- Kenya Schools Must Admit AIDS Kids - ABC
1/11/2004: CDC: Flu Season Hasn't Reached Its Peak - ABC

Non-Infectious
1/11/2004: Methadone Overdose Deaths on Rise in Md. - ABC
1/11/2004: Quiz: Carbohydrates - ABC
1/11/2004: Is Salt a Health Risk? - ABC
1/11/2004: Video: Popular Diets — What's the Best Approach? - ABC

Miscellaneous
1/11/2004: Diet Consumers Boost Designer Eggs Sales - ABC
1/11/2004: Carbohydrate Confusion

History, Anthropology:
1/11/2004: Study: Mass extinctions via warming - MSNBC

Miscellaneous:
1/11/2004: Mutual funds defend fee system - Seattle Times
1/11/2004: Office, industrial vacancy rates expected to remain high in 2004
1/11/2004: Jobless benefits cut off for many - Seattle Times
1/11/2004: Both Civil and Military Needs Driving European UAV Market
1/11/2004: US Picks 3 Firms To Develop Airline Missile Defense - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: GlobalNet Launches Mobile Phone Service In Iraq - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: Intel Launches Digital Home Fund  - Wired News
1/11/2004: Radio Ready to Go Digital  - Wired News
1/11/2004: Bruce Sterling on Media, Design, Fiction and the Future - Economist
1/11/2004: Why you can't make out what the fat lady sings - MSNBC
1/11/2004: A Faster Home Network for HDTV - ABC
1/11/2004: Should Lovers Sign a Pre-Sex Contract? - ABC
1/11/2004: Relationships Index - ABC
1/11/2004: How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions - ABC
1/11/2004: Whiteboard jungleCan technology improve life in the classroom?  - BBC
1/11/2004: Most popularRevealed - the stories on this site you read most in 2003  - BBC
1/11/2004: £25m for schools technology  - BBC
1/11/2004: On-screen GCSEs 'close to reality'  - BBC
1/11/2004: Sony rapped over car advert  - BBC
1/11/2004: Young clubbers 'fingerprinted'  - BBC
1/11/2004: Satirical view of Northern Ireland's 'virtual' politics

Neurosciences:

Physics and Astronomy:
1/11/2004: Galaxies in Young Cosmos More Massive and Mature than Expected - Space.com
1/11/2004: Black Hole Gives Up Some Secrets
 - Space.com
1/11/2004: Biggest, Brightest Star Puzzles Astronomers - Space.com
1/11/2004: Our Violent Universe: Galaxy Ripped to Shreds - Space.com

Prolongevity
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Robotics:
1/11/2004: Mobile Robots Take Baby Steps  - Wired News
1/11/2004: How Do You Get to Know a Robot? - Economist
1/11/2004: Segway Robots to Team with Humans - Technology Review 

Space:
1/11/2004: Recognizing Martians: If We Find ET, Will We Know? - Space.com
1/11/2004: 
Rover Adds Color To Mars View; Full Panorama By Next Week - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: NASA delighted with MER-A's first take on Mars' true colors - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: Space Shuttle Columbia and Crew Memorialized on Mars - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: ILC Dover Airbags Cushion MER Spirit Landing on Mars - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: NASA Brings Mars Online As 1300 Servers Share The Load - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: Leaving Home To Catch A Comet - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: The Calm After the Cometary Storm - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: SMART-1 Escapes The Radiation Belts  - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: NASA Looks for an Emergency Exit  - Wired News
1/11/2004: Alien Search Boosted - Economist
1/11/2004: Hard-Core Bugs - ABC
1/11/2004: Mars Missions: Full Coverage - ABC
1/11/2004: Controllers Hunt Space Station Air Leak - ABC
1/11/2004: No bark heard from Beagle 2 probe  - BBC
1/11/2004: The aftermath of Beagle  - BBC
1/11/2004: Why did the US succeed?  - BBC
1/11/2004: Command to clear path for rover  - BBC

Technology:
1/11/2004: USAF Awards Development Study For NextGen GPS - SpaceDaily
1/11/2004: Intel Launches Digital Home Fund  - Wired News

  




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