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South Korea Claims World's Smartest Robot - SpaceDaily  Left: This undated handout photo released 06 January 2005 in Seoul shows what a team of South Korean experts claim is the world's first network-based humanoid. The robot is supposed to be highly intelligent and capable of walking, shaking hands and chatting with people.  It can recognize its master, detect and analyze visual and audio signals, and people's movements. When showed a 10,000 won (10 dollars) bank note, it said: "That's a 10,000 bank note that people would like to have." When asked about its name, it said: "I am sorry. I don't have a name yet. Please give me one." Then it waved its hands, saying: "I will see you again next time when I will have become wiser." It can walk to and fro and diagonally at a maximum speed of 0.9 kilometers (0.56 miles) per hour. "This robot could be used in the future as an assistant at home and offices who is highly intelligent and always ready to serve you."
Tsunami-Hit Nations To Get Warning System - SpaceDaily    Left: Illustration of the existing Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis System- which none of the Asian nations in the Indian Ocean are presently equipped with.  Most of the Asian nations battered by the tsunamis were taken by surprise when the waves wrecked havoc following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the tip of Sumatra Island in Indonesia. Despite the time difference between nations and the travel hours taken by the giant waves, there was no communication between the Asian countries over the impending disaster. The Asian nations in Indian Ocean are not equipped with any tsunami warning system like the one based in the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, that was set up in 1949. None of the Dec. 26 tsunami-hit nations are part of the 26-member PTWC group.       

Smart Bombs To Blast Tumours - SpaceDaily  Nanoscale polymer capsules could one day be used to deliver chemotherapy direct to tumours, leaving adjacent tissue unscathed. The capsules would be designed to rupture when heated by a low-energy laser pulse, delivering their payload right where it is needed. Anti-cancer drugs would be more effective, and the side effects less severe, if they could home in on a tumour and be delivered in a single burst. Their trick is to enclose the drug in polymer capsules that are peppered with gold nanoparticles and attached to tumour-seeking antibodies. When injected into the bloodstream, the capsules will concentrate inside tumours.  
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Alzheimer's Disease:

Biosciences:
1/17/2005:†Many Siberian birds had stopped coming to Delhi over the past few years because of pollution. But thanks to th ... - FirstScience
1/17/2005:†France to host major forum on species loss
 - SpaceDaily
1/17/2005:†A DNA Success Raises Bioterror Concern  - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
1/17/2005:†Tsunami-Hit Nations To Get Warning System - SpaceDaily
1/17/2005:†Tsunami Disaster Dominates Small Island States Gathering ... - FirstScience
1/17/2005:†Maldives says nine tsunami-battered islands won't be resettled - SpaceDaily
1/17/2005:†Maldives blames scientists as UN chief begins final leg of tsunami tour - SpaceDaily
1/17/2005:†Controversial dam clears hurdle  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Is something wrong with Mother Earth? - MSNBC
1/17/2005:†Map points to areas at†slide risk - MSNBC

Computers:
Devices
1/17/2005:†Apple debuts new, low-priced iPod -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Carmakers take iPod for a drive -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Doing the iPod shuffle (Video)  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Apple debuts new, low-priced iPod -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Photos: iPod Shuffle -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Device brings your iPod music to any radio  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Photos- XtremeMac's iPod transmitter
  - C/Net

Communications
1/17/2005:†South Korea launches satellite TV service for mobile phones
 - SpaceDaily
1/17/2005:†Have Your Say: Should parents restrict mobile phone use in light of health fears?
  - BBC
1/17/2005:†10 Mbps Down Under, with sticker shock
  - C/Net

Technology
1/17/2005:†Disk drives to stop shrinking  - C/Net

PC's
1/17/2005:†Apple unveils $499 PC -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Photos: Scenes from Macworld -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Apple details Mini release -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†iWork productivity software targets Microsoft's Office -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Mac Mini takes the stage at Macworld Expo (Video)  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†iWork productivity software targets Microsoft's Office -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Apple centers Spotlight on desktop search -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†New iLife offers photo, music improvements -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Photos: Mac Mini -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Photos: Mac Mini -- Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Apple Lowers Pricing Floor with 'Mini' Mac
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Whatever happened to... the Apple Mac?
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Apple unveils low-cost 'Mac mini'
  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Apple Mac mini gets warm welcome
  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Low-hanging fruit: What does Apple's attack on the low-cost market mean?
  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Apple's Down-Market Gamble
 - Business Week
1/17/2005:†Holy Screaming Teraflops
 - Business Week
1/17/2005:†Apple bets big on Mac Mini
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Mac: A Madison Ave. thing
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Photos: Macworld scenes
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Will you buy Apple's new products?
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Mac: A Madison Ave. thing
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†LeapFrog hopes 'pentop computer' will fly
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Photo: LeapFrog's Fly pen
  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Will the new tiny Macs and iPods succeed?
  - CNN

Internet
1/17/2005:†14 years for ID theft mastermind  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Worker fired for blog comments  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Mozilla Is Gaining on Godzilla - Business Week
1/17/2005:†Can Desktop Search Find Profits? - Business Week
1/17/2005:†Belarussian men face child porn charges  - CNN

Miscellaneous
1/17/2005:†Napster offers rented music to go  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Gates' extreme makeover  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Microsoft's anti-spyware pickle  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†MSN tests new blog, search features  - C/Net

Energy:
1/17/2005:†Nissan to produce hybrid cars in US - SpaceDaily
1/17/2005:†British inventor of electric car dubbed 'the bathtub' has no regrets - SpaceDaily

Health:
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Cancer  
1/17/2005:†Smart Bombs To Blast Tumours - SpaceDaily
1/17/2005:†Alarming ignorance of cancer risk  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Cancer risks: Test your knowledge of how best to stay healthy  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Red meat is strongly linked to cancer  - Nature

Infectious
1/17/2005:†'vCJD timebomb' fears discounted  - BBC
1/17/2005:†'Flu-like illnesses set to peak'  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Sudan polio outbreak jeopardises eradication plan - New Scientist
1/17/2005:†Canadians Confirm a New Case of Mad Cow Disease  - NY Times
1/17/2005:†Development Of Portable Infectious Disease Detector - Science Daily

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Miscellaneous
1/17/2005:†Implants rebuild children's faces  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Vitamin warning for liver lovers  - BBC

History, Anthropology:

Miscellaneous:
1/17/2005:†Money isn't everything?  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Tech Stocks' Date with Reality - Business Week
1/17/2005:†Microsoft Research goes to Bangalore  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†The latest offshore frontier: printing  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†Putin promotes technology plan  - CNN
1/17/2005:†Taiwan reaffirms pledge to let some technology go to China  - El. Engr. Times
1/17/2005:†Cosmic Log: Ghostly noises revisited - MSNBC

Neurosciences:
1/17/2005:†'Torture' to uncover brain secret  - BBC
1/17/2005:†Growing pains: How you can help you teens improve their self-esteem  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
1/17/2005:†Quantum Computer Scientist Profiled In Nature In Connection With Einstein Centenary ... - FirstScience
1/17/2005:†Chandra finds evidence for swarm of black holes near the Galactic Center ...
 - FirstScience
1/17/2005:†Scientists Reveal 'Missing Link' of Cosmology ...
 - FirstScience
1/17/2005:†Milky Way's Center Packed with Black Holes
 - Space.com
1/17/2005:†Matter Rides Black Hole's Space-Time Wave
 - Space.com
1/17/2005:†Let's get physical: Einstein fights to revive a flagging science
 - SpaceDaily
1/17/2005:†Light shed on black-hole masses
  - Nature
1/17/2005:†Big bang sound waves explain galaxy clustering
 - New Scientist
1/17/2005:†Vestiges of Big Bang Waves Are Reported
  - NY Times
1/17/2005:†Galaxy surveys put cosmology on sound footing
 - PhysicsWeb

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Robotics:
1/17/2005:†South Korea Claims World's Smartest Robot - SpaceDaily

Space:
1/17/2005:†Cold, smog and tar ... life on Titan could be sticky ... - FirstScience
1/17/2005:†To Strike a Comet- Astronomers Eager for Deep Impactís Cosmic Collision
 - Space.com
1/17/2005:†Russian-US firm plans seven space launches from Baikonur in 2005 - SpaceDaily
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Technology:
1/17/2005:†Seven Tech Trends for 2005 - Business Week
1/17/2005:†Firm to pay ex-employee millions for invention  - C/Net
1/17/2005:†RFID tag market to reach almost $3 billion in 2009, says researcher  - El. Engr. Times

  



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