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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Robot - SpaceDaily  Will robots one day rule the world? For decades this notion has both fascinated and terrified humans, our hungry imagination fed by Hollywood blockbusters and sci-fi novels. Now a new generation of robots promises a breakthrough in the world of Artificial Intelligence as they become capable of cognitive thought processes. The 2005 Fourth British Computer Society's Annual Prize for Progress towards Machine Intelligence sponsored by Electrolux has been won by IFOMIND, a mobile robot system that demonstrates intelligence as it meets a new object in its world. IFOMIND reacts initially in an 'instinctive' way to its first perception of an unknown object that it encounters; at first it is generally fearful. So, the robot observes the object from a distance and takes note of how it behaves and how it reacts to different approaches; the robot is then able to decide on the best approach or whether to avoid it.   
Nano World: Magnet Nanostructure For Chips - SpaceDaily  Left:  This diagram depicts a magnetic logic element from a magnetic random access memory chip. The three red rectangles represent input lines and the orange rectangle an output line. The three input lines, two more than an ordinary magnetic random access memory element, make it possible for the cell to perform the four basic logic operations of computing. Credits: Paul Drude Institute.   Alexandra Imre and their colleagues at Notre Dame and the Technical University of Munich have developed a magnetic equivalent of a transistor. This universal logic gate is made from nickel-iron magnetic "islands" only 70 nanometers wide. Imre, Porod and their colleagues developed more complicated networks of nanomagnets that can, like transistors, perform logic computations when correctly arranged.  

Did German Spies Help Bomb Iraq? - SpaceDaily  German spies helped target Saddam Hussein for American bombers to launch the Iraq War, according to German media reports timed to appear on the day that Germany's new Chancellor arrives in Washington. The reports of close U.S.-German intelligence cooperation in Iraq, even as the then German government was denouncing the war, should help buttress Merkel's insistence that Germany and the United State remain firm friends, even if they sometimes differ. All along, behind the scenes, Germany's intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) was highly active inside Iraq, and their reports were forwarded directly to their American counterparts.    
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1/25/2005: Drought Puts Kenya's Wildlife at Risk ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Judge Rules Alaskan Wolf-Killing Program Illegal ...
 - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Scientists find genes to make fish fatter ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Soybean DNA to be sequenced ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Water flea genome is sequenced ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Evolutionary Shifts In Olfactory Sensitivities In Fruit Flies - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Around The World In 800 Billion Bases: Sanger Institute Genetic Records Are World's Biggest - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Absence Of Critical Protein Linked To Infertility - Science Daily
1/25/2005: S. Korea widens stem cell probe - MSNBC
1/25/2005: Why bacteria quickly develops resistance - MSNBC
1/25/2005: Can satellites, tourists save leopards? - MSNBC
1/25/2005: One million people, one medical gamble - New Scientist

Climate, Environment:
1/25/2005: Ignoring climate change, a human folly beyond imagining ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Former Republican EPA Chiefs Accuse Bush of Neglecting Global Warming ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Computer glitch hits Greenpeace donors ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Sea-level rise is quickening pace  - Nature

1/25/2005: Nissan thinks outside the Xbox  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Photos: A look inside Nissan's Xbox car  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Larry Lessig visits 'Second Life'  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Photos: Lessig gets real in a virtual world  - C/Net
1/25/2005: • Top Ten Game Picks for 2006 - Business Week
1/25/2005: iPods, Xboxes aren't the only smash targets  - C/Net

1/25/2005: Faster Wi-Fi standard gets draft approval
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Study: No raised cancer risk from cell phones
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Lawmaker vows to protect cellular data
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Protecting cell users' privacy
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Wireless service growth to slow, report says
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: New Yorkers to get subway cell service
  - CNN
1/25/2005: IEEE confirms next-gen Wi-Fi standard
  - El. Engr. Time  

1/25/2005: Nano World: Magnet Nanostructure For Chips - SpaceDaily
1/25/2005: Itanium catches up to reality  - C/Net
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1/25/2005: IDC to Lenovo: 'Whoops'  - C/Net

1/25/2005: Feds seek millions of search records  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Senators threaten new Net porn crackdown  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Document: Google subpoena  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Breaking news:The seismic impact of the internet on the nature of news  - BBC
1/25/2005: • Korea's Answer to Google - Business Week
1/25/2005: Google rebuffs feds on search requests - Business Week
1/25/2005: What does Google subpoena mean?
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: New Net porn crackdown-
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Feds go after Google
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Feds take porn fight to Google
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: 83 comments
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: How to foil search engine snoops
  - Wired News
1/25/2005: Lawsuit targets Million Dollar Homepage
  - C/Net
1/25/2005: FBI: Online attacks common for businesses
  - CNN


1/25/2005: Engineers Dream of Über-Hybrid  - Wired News
1/25/2005: BRAZIL: An Energy Source Both Cheap and Eco-Friendly ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Road to ruin: Is it OK to use wheat to fuel cars in a world where people starve?  - BBC
1/25/2005: The rooftop power revolution - New Scientist
1/25/2005: Editorial: A generator in every home - New Scientist

1/25/2005: Higher Intake Of Vegetable Protein Associated With Lower Blood Pressure Levels - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Work stress 'heart disease link'  - BBC

1/25/2005: Older Women Have Worse Survival From Breast Cancer - Science Daily
1/25/2005: 'No link' between cellphones and brain tumours - New Scientist

1/25/2005: Avian Flu Transmission To Humans May Be Higher Than Thought - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Superbugs abound in soil  - Nature

1/25/2005: 'Vioxx Like' Drugs May Still Be Best Option For Arthritis, Write Scientists - Science Daily
1/25/2005: My fading son: 'I was proud of him, he had a bright future - then came cannabis'  - BBC

1/25/2005: Study Finds That Nutritionally Enhanced Rice Reduces Iron Deficiency - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Face Perception Is Modulated By Sexual Orientation - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Delaying Surgery For Hernia Repair A Safe Option - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Mayo Collaboration Identifies Gene In Childhood Kidney Disease - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Researchers Resolve 40-year Eye Movement, Visibility Controversy - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Parents sue over 'junk food' ads  - BBC
1/25/2005: Beer drinkers 'eating more junk'  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
1/25/2005: Utah may OK evolution, but with a footnote ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: New Study Reveals Neanderthals Were As Good At Hunting As Early Modern Humans - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Happy birthday, Brain.A  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Ancient skeletons reveal first baby boom - MSNBC
1/25/2005: Vatican paper raps ‘intelligent design’ - MSNBC

1/25/2005: Did German Spies Help Bomb Iraq? - SpaceDaily
1/25/2005: Challenges Ahead In Iraq - SpaceDaily
1/25/2005: It's Caveat Vendor at EBay France  - Wired News
1/25/2005: Computer crime costs $67 billion, FBI says  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Science 'not for normal people'  - BBC
1/25/2005: Google defies US over search data  - BBC
1/25/2005: Google data request fuels fears  - BBC
1/25/2005: Is Google right to defy the US?  - BBC
1/25/2005: The world according to Google  - BBC
1/25/2005: Jobs's Magic Kingdom? - Business Week
1/25/2005: Japan to levy import duties on Hynix chips - Business Week
1/25/2005: Washington Post decides to close blog, citing vitriol  - C/Net
1/25/2005: Quote of the day: Databases reach most intimate parts of one's life  - C/Net
1/25/2005: High-tech treasure hunt puts authorities on edge  - CNN
1/25/2005: Dutch open 'Big Brother' prison  - CNN
1/25/2005: Is there trouble ahead for the High Definition Disc?  - El. Engr. Time

1/25/2005: Studying Brain Activity Could Aid Diagnosis Of Social Phobia - Science Daily
1/25/2005: How Nerve Cells Stay In Shape - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Gene Therapy 'Turns Off' Mutation Linked To Parkinson's Disease - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Humans hard-wired for geometry - MSNBC
1/25/2005: Test your innate geometrical sense - MSNBC
1/25/2005: 'Suicidal' rats may offer schizophrenia insights - New Scientist

Physics and Astronomy:
1/25/2005: Large Survey Of Galaxies Yields New Findings On Star Formation - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Astronomer Hits Cosmic Paydirt With Stardust
 - Science Daily
1/25/2005: Rocky rings around Sun-like stars revealed
 - New Scientist


1/25/2005: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Robot - SpaceDaily

1/25/2005: Jeb seeks $55M for space ... - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Stardust loaded with comet samples ...
 - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Pluto scientists elated for opportunity ...
 - FirstScience
1/25/2005: Bold vision Nasa's chief talks to the BBC about the agency's challenges
  - BBC
1/25/2005: Space in urgent need of cleaning  - Nature
1/25/2005: Stardust delivers a mother lode of comet dust
 - New Scientist
1/25/2005: Critical space junk threshold approaching
 - New Scientist

1/25/2005: Vote-PAD Rocks the Disabled Vote  - Wired News
1/25/2005: Free-electron lasers: the next generation - New Scientist



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