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Remembering the Real Space Cowboys - Space.com  We have been very lucky of late to have a great many books being written about the early days of the space program, often with direct input from those who took part. One of the latest offerings is "The Real Space Cowboys" (Apogee, $29.95), by Ed Buckbee and astronaut Wally Schirra. Ed Buckbee was a close colleague of Wernher von Braun for many years, serving as a NASA Public Affairs Officer at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.     
Intelligent Workplace: The Office of the Future - Live Science  Workers in a heavily windowed living laboratory have a "right to daylight"—each desk is within 25 yards of natural light. Ceiling panels reflect warm daylight to work areas. Studies show that access to daylight improves worker productivity by 5 percent to 25 percent. Consoles at each station allow workers to control the flow of hot and cool air at their desk area. At the Intelligent Workplace, Hartkopf is collaborating with Bosch Siemens, Somfy and Cisco Systems on a fully automated building façade that will allow for control of daylight and glare so the building sheds heat in the summer when unoccupied to eliminate the need for spending electricity on cooling. In the winter, the system will allow the building to become its own heat collector and source. Hartkopf told LiveScience that his next large-scale office project at Carnegie Mellon is the Building as Power Plant. A project that will produce energy, not consume it, thanks to the combination of a biodiesel fuel cell along with recapture of shed heat from the generation of electricity, and collecting and redirecting heat from the soil and sun.

Q&A: Europe's Galileo project  - BBC  Europe is building its own satellite-navigation system called Galileo. BBC News looks at why such a network is deemed necessary when we already have the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The new Galileo system will offer five service levels (see below) and bring a step-change in performance. Since the first GPS satellite was launched in the late 1970s, sat-nav technology has evolved enormously. Galileo should offer greater accuracy - down to a metre and less; greater penetration - in urban centres, inside buildings, and under trees; and a faster fix. The Galileo system will also come with an "integrity" component - it will be able to tell users if there are major errors that could compromise performance. And when the US introduces the next generation of GPS, users will see a further jump in performance.  
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1/2/2005: No backing for stem cell work, panel finds - MSNBC
1/2/2005: Korean sleuths bring bad news for Hwang  - Nature
1/2/2005: Panel Further Discredits Stem Cell Work of South Korean Scientist  - NY Times
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1/2/2005: Comfortable future: What does climate change mean for our consumption society?  - BBC
1/2/2005: 2005: The year in environment  - Nature
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1/2/2005: Gadget quiz: How much do you know about the gizmos Santa has brought?  - BBC
1/2/2005: Nissan plays with Xbox 360 urge  - BBC
1/2/2005: The iPod ofE-Readers? - Business Week
1/2/2005: Grandma, let me play that video game!  - CNN
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Technology
1/2/2005: Japan giants eye chip teamwork  - BBC
1/2/2005: Chipmakers look to the future  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Spintronics generating excitement  - El. Engr. Times
1/2/2005: Chip Industry Sets a Plan for Life After Silicon  - NY Times
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Internet
1/2/2005: Gender gap alive and well online  - BBC
1/2/2005: Blogs offer taste of war in Iraq  - BBC
1/2/2005: The Internet reborn  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Men want facts, women seek relations on Web  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Man pleads guilty to eBay Internet attack  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Blogs of their own  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Future bright for online search
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Miscellaneous
1/2/2005: Sites exploit Windows image flaw  - BBC
1/2/2005: US CD album sales show 7% slide  - BBC
1/2/2005: Sites exploit Windows image flaw  - BBC
1/2/2005: Sony settles 'rootkit' class action lawsuit  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Trojan delivers unwanted gift to Windows PCs  - C/Net
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Energy:
1/2/2005: Mo. gov. orders turkey oil plant to close - Business Week
1/2/2005: China firm to spend billions on renewable power  - C/Net
1/2/2005: GE, Xcel propel wind power market  - El. Engr. Times
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Health:
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1/2/2005: Poor Fitness Common In Teens And Adults, With Associated Rise In Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors - Science Daily
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Cancer  
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Infectious
1/2/2005: How malaria dupes the body  - BBC
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Non-Infectious
1/2/2005: Nicotine therapy for teen smokers  - BBC
1/2/2005: Fatty diet link to diabetes  - BBC
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Miscellaneous
1/2/2005: Growing problem Iran's rise in obesity prompts a city-wide health drive  - BBC
1/2/2005: 'Home alone' deaths for many  - BBC
1/2/2005: Club 'horse' drug to be outlawed
1/2/2005: A new start: Sign up for our online health club and get fit for 2006  - BBC
1/2/2005: Dietary Intake Of Antioxidants Associated With Reduced Risk Of Age-related Macular Degeneration - Science Daily
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History, Anthropology:
1/2/2005: Dwarves had high role in ancient Egypt - MSNBC
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Miscellaneous:
1/2/2005: Q&A: Europe's Galileo project   - BBC
1/2/2005: Galileo puts UK on space map  - BBC
1/2/2005: Europe launches Galileo satellite  - BBC
1/2/2005: Watch the launch  - BBC
1/2/2005: Galileo satellite phones home  - BBC
1/2/2005: Road pricing: How the new Galileo system will transform the way we drive  - BBC
1/2/2005: • The Airlines' $5 Billion Showdown - Business Week
1/2/2005: Rejoice, Mac Heads,and Stay Tuned - Business Week
1/2/2005: Surveillance takes center stage  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Big ad campaign to usher in new AT&T  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Hackers rebel against spy cams  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Massachusetts CIO quits amid OpenDocument debate  - C/Net
1/2/2005: NSA catches heat over cookies  - C/Net
1/2/2005: European satellite launch challenges GPS  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Student cashes in with $million Web idea  - CNN
1/2/2005: India's science institute attacked by suspected terrorists  - El. Engr. Times
1/2/2005: Terror attack wake-up call for India  - El. Engr. Times
1/2/2005: Whatever happened to...  - Nature
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Robotics:
1/2/2005: Robot receptionist dishes directions and attitude  - C/Net
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Space:
1/2/2005: Remembering the Real Space Cowboys - Space.com
1/2/2005: • For Europe, a GPS of Its Own
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Technology:
1/2/2005: Intelligent Workplace: The Office of the Future - Live Science
1/2/2005: Voice control coming to XM radio  - C/Net
1/2/2005: Record bad year for tech security  - CNN
1/2/2005: Connoisseur computer tests wine  - CNN
1/2/2005: Can science uncork a better wine? - MSNBC
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