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Esa's SMART-1 testing solar electric propulsion and studying the Moon  (Image: Esa) High expectations In a flat market, where does the global rocket industry go?  - BBC  Left:  Satellite technology is improving quickly. It has been a rocky few years for the companies that launch the world's satellites, and it has been an especially testing time for the dominant commercial player, Arianespace. In January, Arianespace's heavyweight "workhorse" rocket launches in one of two qualifying flights to prove it is back in the game after a disastrous maiden mission. The satellite launch market is just starting to come out of a global slump, according to analysts. On average, there were 26 launches of GEO satellites. Between 1998 and 2003, the "golden age" was ending and launches had tailed off to an average of 20 a year. It is not just market forces that have been to blame, however; better technology has impacted the market, too. "Satellites now are much better than 10 years ago. Transponder capability has increased. There are much more megabits per signal traffic than 10 or 15 years ago." "If you go back in history, there is a cycle," he says. "It is produced by the fact that satellites have a lifetime. In the 80s, it was about seven years; by the 90s, it was 10, and some are now lasting 20 years. However, many satellites are coming up to their replacement age in the next few years.
Screen grab of The Political Machine game, Ubisoft Online games play with politics  - BBC  After bubbling under for some time, online games broke through onto the political arena in 2004. The first official political campaign game was technically launched during the last week of 2003: the Iowa Game, commissioned by the Democrat hopeful Howard Dean. More than 20 followed suit, including Frontrunner, eLections, President Forever and The Political Machine, which allowed players to run an entire presidential campaign, including having to cope with the media. Many artists and designers are experimenting with this form of gaming with an agenda in projects such as newsgaming.com.   

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Broadband soars in 2004  - BBC  If broadband were a jumbo jet, then 2003 would have seen it taxiing down the runway, firing up its engines and preparing for take-off. But this year has seen it soar. When operators such as BT and Telewest offered standard 512K broadband for less than 20 at the beginning of the year, it was as if an invisible barrier had been breached - broadband had truly gone mass market. Broadband for less than 10 was even touted by some firms, although such a low price raised eyebrows among more established companies questioning how they are able to sustain such business models.  
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Alzheimer's Disease:
1/3/2005:Study Finds Lemons, Lilac Among Top 10 Smells That Predict Alzheimer's Disease - Science Daily

Biosciences:
1/3/2005:Dog genome boosts cancer research  - BBC
1/3/2005:It's a 'small world' for a fish
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1/3/2005:Thinking out of the box about Hox  - Nature
1/3/2005:After 30 Years of Animal Research, Bronx Zoo to Close Island Preserve - New Scientist
1/3/2005:Dwarf Mistletoe Reveals Its Sexual Secrets - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Researchers Develop MRI Technique To Study Brain Anatomy In Invertebrates - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Satellite Tags Show How White Sharks Travel - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
1/3/2005:Penguins escape huge earthquake  - BBC
1/3/2005:Q&A: Carbon trade How will Europe's emissions trading scheme work?  - BBC
1/3/2005:Mounting problem We want more gadgets but what happens to the waste?  - BBC
1/3/2005:Crucial days Critical time in bid to stop tsunami claiming more lives  - BBC
1/3/2005:Tsunami kills few animals in Sri Lanka - MSNBC
1/3/2005:How scientists watch for killer waves - MSNBC
1/3/2005:Devastating quake redraws map  - Nature
1/3/2005:Indonesian tsunami-monitoring system lacked basic equipment  - Nature
1/3/2005:Asia grapples with tsunami aftermath  - Nature
1/3/2005:Strange Ocean Wave Patterns Raise Questions About Beach Erosion - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Microbe's Genome Reveals Insights Into Ocean Ecology - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Winds, Ice Motion Root Cause Of Decline In Sea Ice, Not Warmer Temperatures - Science Daily

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Devices
1/3/2005:Jump into the action with 'Call of Duty: Finest Hour'  - CNN

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1/3/2005:Cell Phones Prepare for Takeoff
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1/3/2005:Court puts kibosh on Net phone rules
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1/3/2005:Cabir cell phone threat worsens
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1/3/2005:This Time, AMD May Have Staying Power - Business Week
1/3/2005:TSMC to accelerate 90-nm process ramp  - El. Engr. Times
1/3/2005:Universal Display wins contract to develop infrared OLEDs  - El. Engr. Times
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Internet
1/3/2005:Technology trap: History is making the web hard to use, says Bill Thompson  - BBC
1/3/2005:Cyber crime booms in 2004  - BBC
1/3/2005:First Look: Online Backup for a Penny a Megabyte  - C/Net
1/3/2005:China launches largest IPv6 network  - C/Net
1/3/2005:Googlezon: The future of media  - C/Net
1/3/2005:Trojan horse threatens latest Windows XP  - C/Net
1/3/2005:Porn loses its savor in spam
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1/3/2005:Online Video: The Sequel - Business Week
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Health:
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1/3/2005:Stroke Risk Is Greater For Migraine Sufferers, Especially Those On Oral Contraceptives - Science Daily
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Cancer  
1/3/2005:Cancer: Aurora inhibition  - Nature
1/3/2005:Study Suggests Akt3 Protein Is Key To Melanoma's Resistance To Chemotherapy - Science Daily
1/3/2005:UNC Scientists Develop Promising New Assay For Studying Cancer-causing Breaks In DNA - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Study Provides Clues To Alcohol's Cancer Connection - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Silent Risk Of Osteoporosis In Men With Prostate Cancer - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Very High Prevalence Of Virus Linked To Cervical Cancer Found In Adolescent Women - Science Daily
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Infectious
1/3/2005:Drug development: Infectious success  - Nature
1/3/2005:Infectious disease: The new threats  - Nature
1/3/2005:Risk Of Tuberculosis Doubles In First Year Of HIV Infection - Science Daily
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Non-Infectious
1/3/2005:Free Nicotine Patches Increase Short-Term Smoking Quit Rates - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Few Americans Are Aware They Have Chronic Kidney Disease - Science Daily
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Miscellaneous
1/3/2005:Pill 'fails more in obese women'  - BBC
1/3/2005:2004: The year in biology and medicine - New Scientist
1/3/2005:Cumulative Trauma In Adulthood Can Worsen Health In Later Years - Science Daily
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History, Anthropology:
1/3/2005:Biblical forgery case in court - MSNBC
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Miscellaneous:
1/3/2005:Online games play with politics   - BBC
1/3/2005:Amazon trumpets record Christmas  - BBC
1/3/2005:Family ties: How New Year celebrations can bring you closer together  - BBC
1/3/2005:Net movies on your TV  - C/Net
1/3/2005:Investment folio for Average Joe  - C/Net
1/3/2005:Googlezon: The future of media  - C/Net
1/3/2005:More  - C/Net
1/3/2005:South African crime fighters get inventive  - C/Net
1/3/2005:Unsafe Gun, Poison Chemical Storage In Homes Can Turn Holiday Visits To Grandparents, Other Relatives, Friends Deadly - Science Daily
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Neurosciences:
1/3/2005:Neuroscience: Changing tack  - Nature
1/3/2005:Holidays Heighten Need For Better Measurement, Treatment Of Depression - Science Daily
1/3/2005:New Study Shows Early Ritalin May Cause Long-term Effects On The Brain - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Femtosecond Laser Technique Opens New Opportunities For Research On Neural Regeneration - Science Daily
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1/3/2005:Going To Extremes: Pulsar Gives Insight On Ultra Dense Matter And Magnetic Fields - Science Daily
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Space:
1/3/2005:High expectations In a flat market, where does the global rocket industry go?  - BBC
1/3/2005:Huygens probe sets out for Titan
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Technology:
1/3/2005:JVC previews Blu-ray DVD combo  - C/Net
1/3/2005:Clicker kills TVs  - C/Net
1/3/2005:Cars for geeks  - C/Net
1/3/2005:New Easy-to-read Road Signs Based On Penn State Research - Science Daily
1/3/2005:Scientists 'PAD' Their Way To New Metal-oxide Film Technology - Science Daily
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