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Stardust Captures the Best Comet Image Ever  - Space.com  NASA yesterday released a second close-up image of a comet taken Jan. 2 by the Stardust spacecraft. Astronomers said the dozens of photographs beamed back are the best ever made of a comet. The observations promise to help scientists unravel many remaining mysteries about the makeup and history of comets. The images of Wild 2 (pronounced "Vilt") were made during a high-speed flyby in which the robotic probe's primary mission was to capture dust. 
Astronomers Find Sun's Twin - Space.com  The Sun has a twin, astronomers announced Tuesday. The solar doppelganger hits nearly identical marks in temperature, rotation and age. Planet hunters have it on their lists, but thereís no word yet whether carbon-based folks are looking back at their starís twin, our own Sun. The star, 18 Scorpii, sits about 47.5 light-years away in the constellation Scorpio, and has long-been suspected of being Sun-like. 

Staying Warm with 'Frozen Smoke' of Aerogel - Space.com  Left: Aerogel is the lightest solid on Earth. Often called a solid smoke because of its transparent, hazy blue appearance, the silica substance is used for insulation aboard space craft and as a collection device for interstellar and cometary dust. Click to enlarge.   Famous for being the world's lightest solid, Aerogel also is proving to be a winning material with which to fashion super insulating blankets for various applications, including the space program. Aerogel is made from the same material as glass -- only 1,000 times less dense.

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Alzheimer's Disease:
1/12/2004:†Alzheimer's disease cause identified?  - Nature

Biosciences:
1/12/2004:†Scientists Discover Luminous Squid - ABC
1/12/2004:†New giant squid predator found
  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
1/12/2004:†Denmark Backs Maverick Environmentalist - ABC

Computers:
Devices
1/12/2004:†Gadgets have Macworld spotlight  - C/Net
1/12/2004:†A maxiPrice for Apple's miniPod - Business Week
1/12/2004:†Sony downplays PS2 launch in China  - C/Net
1/12/2004:†What to Watch - ABC
1/12/2004:†Xbox heads for a million gamers  - BBC

Communications
1/12/2004:†For Whom the VoIP Bell Tolls - Business Wee
1/12/2004:†Peering into visual future with OLEDs  - CNN
1/12/2004:†BT lures consumers with free Wi-Fi  - C/Net
1/12/2004:†Study: Wi-Fi weaving its way into homes  - C/Net

Technology
1/12/2004:†Peering into visual future with OLEDs  - CNN
1/12/2004:†Chipping away  - C/Net
1/12/2004:†Spam keeps coming, but its senders are wary  - C/Net

PC's

Internet
1/12/2004:†Why Spammers Laugh at CAN-SPAM - Business Wee
1/12/2004:†Microsoft publishes program to blast MSBlast  - C/Net
1/12/2004:†Messaging programs bring instant risk  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Drive to warn of net paedophiles  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Iran restricts reformist website  - BBC

Miscellaneous
1/12/2004:†Real's new pitch  - C/Net
1/12/2004:†Napster fills in the blanks with CD deals  - C/Net
1/12/2004:†Mini-Music - Tech TV

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/12/2004:†Scans predict baby stroke damage  - BBC

Cancer  
1/12/2004:†Cancer cases 'at all-time high'  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Hope for leukaemia vaccine  - BBC

Infectious
1/12/2004:†Fears of the return of SARS  - Nature
1/12/2004:†CDC Says Flu Appears to Be Declining - ABC
1/12/2004:†SARS-Wary China Fights Rats and Roaches - ABC
1/12/2004:†China confines new Sars suspect  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Aids riddle?  - BBC

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
1/12/2004:†I was 33 stone (462 pounds): Colin Ord blames the food industry for piling on the pounds  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Frost Nip or Killer Cold? - ABC
1/12/2004:†Tips for Layer Up Against the Chill - ABC
1/12/2004:†Which Products Beat Winter Cold the Best? - ABC
1/12/2004:†Tips to Keep Your Skin Soft in the Cold - ABC
1/12/2004:†U.S. Health Care Spending Surges Again - ABC
1/12/2004:†Healthy Snacks Keep Binges at Bay - ABC
1/12/2004:†Feds to Keep Silicone Breast Implant Ban - ABC
1/12/2004:†Study: Obesity Raising Disability Rate - ABC
1/12/2004:†For-Profit Insurers' Performance Assessed - ABC
1/12/2004:†Aggressive e-mails from bosses send blood pressure soaring  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Off skiing this winter:How to stay safe on the slopes  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
1/12/2004:†When archaeology gets bent  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Warhol, Darwin and Yeats may have had a form of autism  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
1/12/2004:†Most popular: Revealed - the stories on this site you read most in 2003  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Shifting Work Offshore? Outsourcer Beware - Business Wee
1/12/2004:†Tech firms defend moving jobs overseas  - CNN
1/12/2004:†Tech bubble about to blow?  - CNN
1/12/2004:†Toshiba spotlights high-definition DVD player  - C/Net
1/12/2004:†Stepping Up High-Tech Security - ABC
1/12/2004:†Speed-Dialing for a Date - ABC
1/12/2004:†A Faster Home Network for HDTV - ABC
1/12/2004:†Sony packs more into mini-discs  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Microsoft's software targets TVs  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Computer predicts facial future  - BBC

Neurosciences:
1/12/2004:†Tiny particles 'threaten brain'  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
1/12/2004:†Stardust Captures the Best Comet Image Ever  - Space.com
1/12/2004:†
Astronomers Find Sun's Twin - Space.com
1/12/2004:†Broken Satellite Used to Study the Stars - ABC
1/12/2004:†Comet dust packed up for Earth  - BBC
1/12/2004:†Moon call goes out to scientists
  - BBC

Prolongevity

Robotics:

Space:
1/12/2004:†Efforts to Clear Mars Rover's Path Fail - ABC
1/12/2004:†Video: Could Salt Be Key to Life on Mars?
 - ABC
1/12/2004:†Have Your Say: Are Mars Missions worth the money?  - BBC
1/12/2004: Rover to Take Extra Day to Roll Onto Mars
 - ABC

Technology:
1/12/2004:†Staying Warm with 'Frozen Smoke' of Aerogel - Space.com
1/12/2004:†Intel Bets Big on the Digital Home - Business Wee
1/12/2004:†Digital radio makes debut with CD-quality sound  - CNN
1/12/2004:†Wraps come off solo record plane  - BBC

  




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