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The Rovers That Just Won't Stop - Space.com  Each spacecraft was originally expected to last 90 days. On Nov. 21, Spirit completed one martian year—some two Earth years—on Mars. Opportunity, reached that same milestone Dec. 12. Both rovers found what they were sent to probe: signs of past water on Mars. Spirit, which is about the size of a golf cart has now wheeled itself over three miles since landing in Gusev Crater. Opportunity’s odometer reads over 4 miles on the opposite side of the planet.     
Environment and Cancer: The Links Are Elusive  - NY Times  While most scientists think that only a tiny fraction of cancers might be caused by low levels of environmental poisons, these are cancers that could, in theory, be avoided. They include, for example, a slightly higher rate of lung cancer and leukemia in farmers who used the insecticide diazinon and a possible increase in prostate cancer among farmers who used methylbromide to fumigate the soil. The investigators looked for an association between pesticides and herbicides and breast cancer, but they did not find one  Dr. Wogan studied men in Shanghai who were eating foods with high doses of aflatoxin. They ended up with four times the risk of liver cancer. Another cause of liver cancer, hepatitis B infections of the liver, increases the risk by a factor of seven. Then Dr. Wogan noticed something that astonished him. The risk of liver cancer was increased 70 times in people who met both criteria; they ate contaminated foods and they were infected with hepatitis B. 

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Vitamin D 'can lower cancer risk'  - BBC  High doses of vitamin D can reduce the risk of developing some common cancers by as much as 50%, US scientists claim. Researchers reviewed 63 old studies and found that the vitamin could reduce the chances of developing breast, ovarian and colon cancer, and others. Taking 1,000 international units (IU) - or 25 micrograms - of the vitamin daily could lower an individual's cancer risk by 50% in colon cancer, and by 30% in breast and ovarian cancer, they said. More than 2,000 IU - 50 micrograms - a day can lead to the body absorbing too much calcium, possibly damaging the liver and kidneys.   
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Biosciences:
1/3/2005: Tiny Pikas Seem To Be On March Toward Extinction In Great Basin; Climate Change, Human Factors Likely Culprits - Science Daily
1/3/2005: Hunan province takes pains to plant trees to prevent deforestation ...
 - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Bellwether Calif. delta fish hit record lows ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Caviar Smugglers Seen Foiling 2006 Export Rules ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Smithsonian guide to the biodiverse marine environment of Panama's Bocas del Toro ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Tackling smelly sea lion problem  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
1/3/2005: Environmentally friendly facilities to be honored by NAPA ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Global warming may be O.K. - but not for humans ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: UN approves Rhodia's Brazil gas emissions project ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Mexico Wins Approval of Farm Communities for Disputed Dam Project ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: On Truth, Fact, Values, Climate Change, and Doughnuts -- A Guest Commentary ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Appalachian Town Looks to Mountaintop Mining for Flat Land ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Scientists Say Coral Reefs Spared in Tsunami ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Volcano rains debris on villages ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Guatemalan volcano rumbling after eruption ... - FirstScience
1/3/2005: 2005: The year in environment ... - New Scientist
1/3/2005: Top green schemes named  - BBC
1/3/2005: • Israel: Waterworks for the World? - Business Week

Computers:
Devices
1/3/2005: Xbox urge moves Nissan - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: PlayStation graffiti ads spark controversy - Seattle Times

Communications

Technology
1/3/2005: Sony: Shooting from the Chip? - Business Week

PC's

Internet

Miscellaneous

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/3/2005: Successful Treatment For Acute Heart Failure Remains Elusive - Science Daily

Cancer  
1/3/2005: Vitamin D 'can lower cancer risk'  - BBC
1/3/2005: Daily dose: Vitamin D3 could reduce risk of cancer say scientists (video)  - BBC
1/3/2005: Revealed: The pill that prevents cancer  - C/Net
1/3/2005: Environment and Cancer: The Links Are Elusive  - NY Times
1/3/2005: Slowly, Cancer Genes Tender Their Secrets  - NY Times
1/3/2005: Tiny biosensor to detect cancer  - BBC
1/3/2005: Battling on: The woman who fought for cancer drug has hope for the future
  - BBC

Infectious
1/3/2005: Study Suggests Way To Re-energize Immune Response To Chronic Viral Infection - Science Daily
1/3/2005: The Battle to Stop Bird Flu  - Wired News

Non-Infectious
1/3/2005: Researchers Discover How A High-fat Diet Causes Type 2 Diabetes - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
1/3/2005: Ceasing Amniocentesis  - Technology Review 
1/3/2005: High protein diet 'under attack'  - BBC
1/3/2005: Britons shunning New Year dieting  - BBC
1/3/2005: First aid quiz: Know the best way to treat festive injuries? Test yourself  - BBC
1/3/2005: Fit for life: How to keep going once you've started to exercise regularly  - BBC
1/3/2005: Calls to push: 'do not cut labour'
1/3/2005: Anti-junk food push 'a success'  - BBC

History, Anthropology:

Miscellaneous:
1/3/2005: Guilty plea to aid case against top Enron execs - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: NSA Web site places 'cookies' on computers - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: Bond-market flip may not throw economy curveball - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: Scrushy plundered firm, HealthSouth says in filing - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: Stock market enthralls Saudis - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: Former Qwest exec pleads guilty - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: Delta's pilots approve pay cuts - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: Minimum wage will go up Monday - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: Biggest Discoveries of 2005  - Wired News
1/3/2005: Hackers Rebel Against Spy Cams  - Wired News
1/3/2005: NSA's Lamest Spy Tool- Cookies  - Wired News
1/3/2005: Explorers Map World's Offramps
1/3/2005: Best and Worst Punditry of 2005  - Wired News
1/3/2005: Most Predictable Stories of 2005  - Wired News
1/3/2005: Web Word Whacking Gets Easier  - Wired News
1/3/2005: Modern warfare The new generation of US soldiers turned bloggers  - BBC
1/3/2005: Inside Intel - Business Week
1/3/2005: • At Intel, "M" Means Modification - Business Week
1/3/2005: • Big Plastic's Online Challenger - Business Week
1/3/2005: Dieting in the digital age
  - C/Net

Neurosciences:

Physics and Astronomy:
1/3/2005: Quantum Teleportation - The Fabricated Mystery ... - FirstScience

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Space:
1/3/2005: The Rovers That Just Won't Stop - Space.com
1/3/2005: University Of Colorado Student-built Instrument Set To Launch On Pluto Mission
 - Science Daily
1/3/2005: First Galileo Demonstrator Reaches Orbit, Paving Way For Europe's New Global Navigation Satellite System
 - Science Daily
1/3/2005: First Galileo Demonstrator Reaches Orbit, Paving Way For Europe's New Global Navigation Satellite System
 - Science Daily
1/3/2005: China's Moon Orbiting Mission Takes Step Forward ...
 - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Stellar Year ...
 - FirstScience
1/3/2005: Space slumber: The woman who spent 60 days in bed, in the name of space science
  - BBC
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Technology:
1/3/2005: Digital maps going beyond the roads - Seattle Times
1/3/2005: The Neatest Nanotech of 2005  - Technology Review 
1/3/2005: Traffic Avoidance  - Technology Review 

  



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