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Tsunami Satellite Image Analysis Reveals Dramatic Water Quality Changes  Left:  IKONOS image of Porto Novo, India. Water quality results generated by Applied Analysis. Tsunami Water Quality Impact Asessment: Suspended Mineral Concentration. Colour scale: blue areas = low level of suspended minerals / orange- red areas = high level of suspended minerals.  Specialized analysis of recent satellite imagery of a tsunami-ravaged section of Porto Nova, India, near Sri Lanka, has revealed a devastating impact to local water quality. According to Applied Analysis of Billerica, Massachusetts, contaminated sediment has impacted a large number of inland water bodies in the area and is evident more than two kilometers offshore in the Indian Ocean. Additionally, the company processed images for suspended mineral and chlorophyll content, important indicators of fresh water quality. The same process can be used to determine the overall impact on aquaculture zones and offshore.  
Sardines May Prevent Toxic Gas Eruptions Off California And African Coasts  In an article published in the November issue of Ecology Letters, authors Andrew Bakun and Scarla Weeks compare several areas around the world where strong offshore winds cause an upwelling of nutrients in the ocean and thus a population explosion of phytoplankton, the microscopic plant life that drifts through the ocean. Studying the waters off the coast of Namibia, the scientists found the resulting overproduction of phytoplankton died and sank to the bottom, and the decaying organic matter released copious amounts of methane and poisonous "rotten egg" smelling hydrogen sulfide gas.     

The Sun

Dimming Sun Why the scientists fear we are seeing less and less of our Sun  - BBC  We are all seeing rather less of the Sun, according to scientists who have been looking at five decades of sunlight measurements. Paradoxically, the decline in sunlight may mean that global warming is a far greater threat to society than previously thought. "There was a staggering 22% drop in the sunlight, and that really amazed me." Intrigued, he searched records from all around the world, and found the same story almost everywhere he looked. There are suggestions that dimming was behind the droughts in sub-Saharan Africa which claimed hundreds of thousands of livesin the 1970s and 80s.
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Biosciences:
1/22/2005: Open-Source Biology Evolves  - Wired News
1/22/2005: Congo's Rare Rhinos to Be Flown to Safety ...
 - FirstScience
1/22/2005: Notes from Anna- Brazil -- Migration, Nature, and the Documenting Lens ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: Did Enzymes Evolve to Capitalize on Quantum Tunneling- ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: Researchers simulate molecular biological clock ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: DNA study yields surprising results ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: Gene control hits new level  - Nature
1/22/2005: Micromachine grows its own muscles - New Scientist
1/22/2005: Q & A: Rabbit's Winter Quarters  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Homing Pigeons, Close to Home  - NY Times
1/22/2005: On Windy Beach, Scientists Analyze Where Whale Went Wrong  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Some Gene Research Just Isn't Worth the Money  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Study Of Hypoxia And New Gene Reveals Early-stage Action Of P53 Tumor Suppressor Gene - Science Daily
1/22/2005: Rats Can Tell Two Languages Apart From Speech Cues, Sharing An Ability With Humans And Monkeys - Science Daily
1/22/2005: New Technique For Tracking Gene Regulators May Help Decipher Regulator Proteins' Roles In Cell Differentiation, Cancer, And More - Science Daily
1/22/2005: New Technique For Tracking Gene Regulators May Help Decipher Regulator Proteins' Roles In Cell Differentiation, Cancer, And More - Science Daily
1/22/2005: Bound For Destruction: Ubiquitination Protects Against Improper Notch Signaling - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
1/22/2005: Dimming Sun Why the scientists fear we are seeing less and less of our Sun   - BBC
1/22/2005: Tsunami Satellite Image Analysis Reveals Dramatic Water Quality Changes
1/22/2005: Sardines May Prevent Toxic Gas Eruptions Off California And African Coasts
1/22/2005: Malaysian Company that Imported Toxic Waste from Taiwan to Be Charged in Court, Report Says ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: Environmentalists Win Bid to Regulate Taconite Industry Mercury Emissions ...
1/22/2005: Rome, Milan Ban Cars to Lower Pollution Levels ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: 'UK seas are in crisis' says WWF  - BBC
1/22/2005: Dioxin found in German eggs  - BBC
1/22/2005: Turning Tech Green in Europe - Business Week
1/22/2005: Scientists watch for iceberg collision - MSNBC
1/22/2005: Tsunami: The impact will last for decades - New Scientist
1/22/2005: Listening for Atom Blasts, but Hearing Earthquakes  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Graphic: Eavesdropping on the Earth  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Graphic: Earthquake or Bomb-  - NY Times
1/22/2005: A Village Doctor Cares for Those the Sea Spared  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Photographs  - NY Times
1/22/2005: 'Clusters' Of Earthquakes Yield An Ominous Scenario - Science Daily

Computers:
Devices
1/22/2005: A New Kind of Evil  - Wired News
1/22/2005: Handheld battle starts in 2005  - BBC
1/22/2005: Electronic Arts plays hardball  - C/Net

Communications
1/22/2005: Cable firms offer video-on-demand
  - BBC

Technology
1/22/2005: Advance In Transparent Electronics Could Spawn New Industry - Science Daily

PC's
1/22/2005: The Portable Mac OS X Geek  - Wired News
1/22/2005: A Pep Pill for HP's PCs? - Business Week
1/22/2005: European Mac fans call Mac Mini pricing unfair  - C/Net
1/22/2005: HP augments Itanium server line  - C/Net

Internet
1/22/2005: Shaping a Standout Shopping Aid - Business Week
1/22/2005: Google touches up photo service  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
1/22/2005: Gates seeking samba with Brazil's president?  - C/Net
1/22/2005: 'Tasktracer' Could Dramatically Aid Computer Users - Science Daily

Energy:
1/22/2005: Nanotech lighting the way  - C/Net

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/22/2005: Blood Protein Predicts Risk Of Heart Attack - Science Daily

Cancer  
1/22/2005: Vital Signs: Diagnosis: Testing for Cancer's Warnings  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Boning up on prostate cancer treatment  - Nature
1/22/2005: A kinase closer to anticancer drug development  - Nature
1/22/2005: Vital Signs: Diagnosis: Testing for Cancer's Warnings  - NY Times

Infectious
1/22/2005: The genetics of unwanted immunity  - Nature
1/22/2005: Immunology: impressive presentations  - Nature
1/22/2005: SARS: Duration and Destruction  - Nature
1/22/2005: Fighting Epidemics With Clean Water  - NY Times
1/22/2005: AIDS Eliminates Needles And Excessive Toxicity - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
1/22/2005: Cocaine craving clue identified  - BBC
1/22/2005: Direct benefits in ALS  - Nature
1/22/2005: The Claim- Frequent Knuckle Cracking Can Lead to Arthritis  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Sustained Benefits Of Very Early Treatment Of Rheumatoid Arthritis With Anti-TNF-alpha Therapy - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
1/22/2005: FDA Considers Morning-After Pill  - Wired News
1/22/2005: Antisense and Sensibility in RNA Therapeutics ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: RNA Therapeutics Enter Clinical Trials ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: Dieting for the Genome Generation ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: Why being a slob in the bedroom may help ward off bugs  - BBC
1/22/2005: Cutting risk: How a daughter's health scare inspired a diagnostic tool  - BBC
1/22/2005: Woman becomes mother at 66  - Nature
1/22/2005: Genetic shuffle linked to fertility - MSNBC
1/22/2005: Overworked doctors are a danger on the road
 - New Scientist
1/22/2005: Vital Signs: Trauma: Clues in a Bent Steering Wheel
  - NY Times
1/22/2005: For Sale: 'Muscles' in a Bottle
  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Nutrition: Sugar, but Not to the Ceiling
  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Is Fiber the Answer? Researchers Doubt It
  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Nine Servings of Fruit and Vegetables?
  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Graphic: Eat Your Broccoli
  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Exercise Combats Metabolic Syndrome In Older Adults
 - Science Daily
1/22/2005: Doctor Looks For Better Ways To Protect Transplanted Organs
 - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
1/22/2005: Columbus tomb to be opened - MSNBC
1/22/2005: The Goddess and the Bull, Catalhoyuk: An archaeological journey to the dawn of civilization by Michael Balter - New Scientist
1/22/2005: Babylonian treasures damaged by coalition troops - New Scientist
1/22/2005: Visions of Ancient Night Sky Were Hiding in Plain Sight for Centuries  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Holes In Fossil Shells Show Effects Of Competition And Evolution - Science Daily

Miscellaneous:
1/22/2005: Photo Sites Share and Share Alike  - Wired News
1/22/2005: Planners Ferret Out Urban Risks  - Wired News
1/22/2005: When Science Has a Potential Payoff ... - FirstScience
1/22/2005: Letters  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Harvard row over sex and science  - BBC
1/22/2005: Dublin hi-tech labs to shut down  - BBC
1/22/2005: Paul Allen asks 'What do I love?'  - CNN
1/22/2005: Pentagon reveals rejected chemical weapons - New Scientist
1/22/2005: Books on Science: Life on Cannery Row, With Sardines and Metaphors  - NY Times

Neurosciences:
1/22/2005: Vital Signs: Symptoms: Dropped Pounds and Dementia  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Target found for Parkinson's test  - BBC
1/22/2005: First biological test for ADHD unveiled - New Scientist
1/22/2005: A Sharp Brain Scan, Even With a Squirming Youngster  - NY Times
1/22/2005: The Tics of Tourette's Often Go Undiagnosed  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Devices controlled by thought move closer - PhysicsWeb

Physics and Astronomy:
1/22/2005: Spitzer Finds Stellar "Incubators" With Massive Star Embryos - Science Daily
1/22/2005: New Clues Found In Ongoing Mystery Of Giant Galactic Blobs
 - Science Daily

Prolongevity

Robotics:
1/22/2005: 'Living' robots powered by muscle  - BBC
1/22/2005: Tiny robots made of cells and microchips - MSNBC

Space:
1/22/2005: Add to Your Shopping Cart: A Trip to the Edge of Space  - NY Times
1/22/2005: Chip sniffs out the building blocks of life
 - New Scientist
1/22/2005: Add to Your Shopping Cart: A Trip to the Edge of Space
  - NY Times

Technology:
1/22/2005: Putting the Mac Mini in your dashboard  - C/Net
1/22/2005: Timid about tech  - C/Net

  



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