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Worrisome Asteroid Underscores Planetary Defense Mission - Space.com  A cautionary yellow-flag has been raised on a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) that is calculated to pass near the Earth in April 2029. The flyby distance is uncertain and an Earth impact cannot yet be ruled out. The objectís brightness suggests that it measures over 1,300 feet (400-meters) in diameter. If indeed the asteroid -- tagged as 2004 MN4 -- does have Earthís name on it, this errant space rock, given its apparent size, is capable of causing regional devastation.     
Asteroid With Chance of Hitting Earth in 2029 Now Being Watched 'Very Carefully' - Space.com  Update, Dec. 25, 9:47 p.m. ET: The risk of an impact by asteroid 2004 MN4 went up slightly on Saturday, Dec. 25. It is now pegged at having a 1-in -45 chance of striking the planet on April 13, 2029. That's up from 1-in-63 late on Dec. 24, and 1-in-300 early on Dec. 24. Astronomers still stress that it is very likely the risk will be reduced to zero with further observations.     

Duchess of York

Obesity 'could delete generation'  - BBC  Left:  The duchess of York is one of five guest editors of Today. Britain faces 'losing a generation' of children to obesity-related disease, the Duchess of York has warned. She said her own problems with food helped her understand the difficulties faced by "compulsive eaters". The 45-year-old divorcee is spokeswoman for WeightWatchers in the US. "The government is going to have major healthcare problems if they don't realise they could even have a lost generation because of the different diseases stemming from overweight leading to obesity." The 45-year-old divorcee is spokeswoman for WeightWatchers in the US.
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Biosciences:
1/4/2005:†New discovery may unlock human genome ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Plan to control UK deer population
  - BBC
1/4/2005:†'Plea for egg and sperm donors'  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Alaska Oil Spill Takes Toll on Animals and Fisheries  - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
1/4/2005:†Taiwan's space programme offers tsunami satellite images to aid relief - SpaceDaily
1/4/2005:†Cosmic Log: Tsunami seen from space ... - MSNBC
1/4/2005:†NASA's Aura Satellite provides daily measurements of low-level ozone and other air pollutants ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†EU- Environmentalists Criticize New Fishing Rules ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Pollution angers clan ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Eco-friendly thermal plant ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Law on solid waste pollution control amended ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Oil spill in Alaska wildlife sanctuary worse than feared ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Toxic waste concerns ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†A review of the Clean Air Act or how the air was not cleaned ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Uzbeks say enough water for all
1/4/2005:†Wiped out: Mystery over fate of tribes in the tsunami hit Andaman islands  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Struck by the wave: Sri Lanka's doctors work around the clock to treat injured  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Scientists: Quake shifts islands  - CNN
1/4/2005:†Sumatran quake sped up Earth's rotation  - Nature
1/4/2005:†U.N. Urges Expansion of Tsunami Warning System to Indian Ocean  - NY Times
1/4/2005:†Hobbyists Fill Out the Weather Map  - NY Times

Computers:
Devices
1/4/2005:†The Best Games You Haven't Played  - Wired News
1/4/2005:†Bumper year It was a huge year for games - but which one was best:  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Battle of game handhelds  - C/Net
1/4/2005:†Jump into the action with 'Call of Duty: Finest Hour'  - CNN

Communications
1/4/2005:†Fast moving phone viruses appear
  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Coming in '05: AT&T Mobile (via Sprint)
  - C/Net
1/4/2005:†China launches largest IPv6 network
  - C/Net
1/4/2005:†FCC plans auction of 3G spectrum
  - El. Engr. Times
1/4/2005:†Samsung starts shipping 3G phones to Verizon
  - El. Engr. Times

Technology
1/4/2005:†The New Driver in Chipland - Business Week

PC's

Internet
1/4/2005:†The BitTorrent Effect  - Wired News
1/4/2005:†Web logs aid disaster recovery  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Podcasts bring DIY radio to the web  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Blog breakthrough Did weblogs come of age in 2004? or lose their way?  - BBC
1/4/2005:†eBay brings down the hammer on Microsoft Passport  - C/Net
1/4/2005:†Internet use cutting into TV viewing and socializing  - C/Net
1/4/2005:†Netcraft goes fishing for phishers
  - C/Net
1/4/2005:†Can-Spam didn't, survey says
  - C/Net
1/4/2005:†Web offers relatives helping hand
  - CNN
1/4/2005:†Online shopping traffic jumps
  - CNN
1/4/2005:†Vioxx topples porn as spam king
  - CNN

Miscellaneous
1/4/2005:†Clock's ticking on Windows payout  - C/Net
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Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/4/2005:†Exercise 'cuts older heart risks'  - BBC

Cancer  

Infectious

Non-Infectious
1/4/2005:†Bee stings 'help' mother with MS  - BBC

Miscellaneous
1/4/2005:†Obesity 'could delete generation'   - BBC
1/4/2005:†£3m boost to aid fight on obesity  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Low iron linked to restless legs  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
1/4/2005:†Museums warned about Bible-era fakes - MSNBC

Miscellaneous:
1/4/2005:†Worrisome Asteroid Underscores Planetary Defense Mission - Space.com
1/4/2005:†Asteroid With Chance of Hitting Earth in 2029 Now Being Watched 'Very Carefully' - Space.com
1/4/2005:†Vienna not swamping Starbucks - Seattle Times
1/4/2005:†Toyota likely to inch past DaimlerChrysler - Seattle Times
1/4/2005:†Chinese TV maker expects big 2004 loss - Seattle Times
1/4/2005:†Agencies Clash on Fingerprint DB  - Wired News
1/4/2005:†Coast Guard to use buoys to boost security  - CNN

Neurosciences:
1/4/2005:†Surgery 'helps combat migraines'  - BBC
1/4/2005:†Early sleep marks the end of adolescence  - Nature

Physics and Astronomy:
1/4/2005:†Giant telescope will keep an eye on planets in other solar systems ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Telescopes for Sale
 - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†12.16.04 - New Galaxies Media Briefing Scheduled Astronomers will announce their discovery of unexpected galax ...
 - NASA
1/4/2005:†Briefing About New Look at Planet Astronomers will present findings from Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Sp ...
 - NASA

Prolongevity

Robotics:
1/4/2005:†Robots and Emotion- Tetchy the Turtle Meets Sonny and HAL- Space.com
1/4/2005:†Fly-eating robot powers itself  - CNN

Space:
1/4/2005:†Mars Opportunity Rover To Examine Heat Shield ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005:†Science News Conference Fall Meeting Researchers will present findings on Earth and Space science topics at th ...
 - NASA
1/4/2005:†12.29.04 - Media Event to Mark Shuttle Tank Arrival NASA is offering media two days of photo and news opportun ... - NASA
1/4/2005:†Flying high: A glimpse at the first class style awaiting space tourists  - BBC
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Technology:
1/4/2005:†A Year of Innovations - Business Week
1/4/2005:†Cool cruisin'  - C/Net
1/4/2005:†Computers help farmers  - CNN

  



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