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Light Echoes Reveal Exploded Stars - Space.com  The explosions occurred centuries ago, the astronomers said, with the oldest having erupted about 600 years ago in Earth-time. All three occurred in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. The LMC is about 160,000 light-years away. In images taken years apart, researchers found concentric, circular-shaped arcs best explained as light moving outward over time and being scattered as it encounters dense pockets of interstellar dust    
ZeroG Launches Space Tourism For The Masses - Seattle Times  Starting at $49, anyone can enter the space frontier by sending a small item into orbit. Items suggested include business cards, small boxes filled with keepsakes, or even ashes. Following each trip, items are returned with detailed flight information and an official ZeroG Certified Space Seal to authenticate their space travel. In addition, people who send items into space will become a part of history as names are entered in the International Space Registry. ZGS-1 will blast into space at 4,000 MPH on a high performance sub-orbital rocket developed by UP Aerospace, Inc.    

Galaxy's Neighboring Spiral Arm Is Closer Than Thought - SpaceDaily  The Perseus spiral arm - the nearest spiral arm in the Milky Way outside the Sun's orbit - lies only half as far from Earth as some previous studies had suggested. An international team of astronomers measured a highly accurate distance to the Perseus arm for the first time using a globe-spanning system of radio dishes known as the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), which offers the sharpest vision of any telescope  in existence. Additional VLBA measurements will help astronomers to determine the true structure of the Milky Way. The Perseus spiral arm is located about 6,400 light-years from the Earth.     
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Alzheimer's Disease:
1/4/2005: Brain Activity, Drugs Could Affect Alzheimer's Progression - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Scientists Discover Mechanism Tying Obesity To Alzheimer's Disease
 - Science Daily

1/4/2005: Biotech crops mark first decade with wins, losses  - C/Net
1/4/2005: ‘King Kong’ tale holds bits of scientific truth
1/4/2005: Guppies have menopause, too - MSNBC
1/4/2005: A decade of debate over biotech foods - MSNBC
1/4/2005: A New Wariness as the Risks Shift in Biotech Investing  - NY Times
1/4/2005: Study Finds Genes That 'Fine-tune' Muscle Development Process - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Unified Physics Theory Explains Animals' Running, Flying And Swimming - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Researchers Find Every Body is Doing the Locomotion - Space.com
1/4/2005: Probe Shows Stem-Cell Lines Faked  - Wired News

Climate, Environment:
1/4/2005: Mount St. Helens still baffles scientists - MSNBC
1/4/2005: A Drier and Tainted Nevada May Be Legacy of a Gold Rush
1/4/2005: Behind Gold's Glitter: Torn Lands and Pointed Questions  - NY Times
1/4/2005: Tangled Strands in Fight Over Peru Gold Mine  - NY Times
1/4/2005: Below a Mountain of Wealth, a River of Waste  - NY Times
1/4/2005: Questions on the Cost of Gold  - NY Times
1/4/2005: Authorities face multimillion-euro bills over landfills ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005: EROCIPS projects: Eleven regions gather to fight against shipping pollutions ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005: Technical Research Centre of Finland Develops High-Technology Ecological Paper ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005: Energy standards 'will reduce carbon emissions' ... - FirstScience
1/4/2005: Uganda- Use DDT to Fight Malaria, Say Experts ... - FirstScience

1/4/2005: Games accelerating for faster-paced lives  - C/Net
1/4/2005: Researcher: iPod earbuds could damage hearing  - CNN
1/4/2005: Best (and Worst) Gadgets of 2005  - Wired News

1/4/2005: Cell phone concierge, now at your service
  - C/Net

1/4/2005: UMass to open nano-imprint litho lab  - El. Engr. Times


1/4/2005: Web services thrive, but failures outrage users  - C/Net
1/4/2005: Internet porn- China says it's winning war  - C/Net
1/4/2005: This year, Santa went cybershopping  - C/Net
1/4/2005: Google founders fund movie  - C/Net
1/4/2005: White House says Web site counts visitors - Seattle Times
1/4/2005: Net Fuels Grassroots Music Boom  - Wired News
1/4/2005: Click Fraud May Swallow the Net
  - Wired News

1/4/2005: Business as usual? Not quite  - C/Net
1/4/2005: Sun offers peek at Java SE 6 details  - C/Net
1/4/2005: Report: Microsoft offers cash incentives for HD-DVD  - C/Net
1/4/2005: The Future of Personal Media - Technology Review 
1/4/2005: Revenge of the Dot-Com Poster Boy  - Wired News

1/4/2005: Dim outlook seen for solar energy sector in 2006  - El. Engr. Times
1/4/2005: IdaTech debuts power backup fuel cell  - El. Engr. Times
1/4/2005: His Car Smelling Like French Fries, Willie Nelson Sells Biodiesel
1/4/2005: Discussing (or Not) Our Nuclear Future ... - FirstScience

1/4/2005: Blocking The Nerve Receptor EP1 In Mouse Models Reduces Brain Damage Caused By Stroke - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Researchers Show How Air Pollution Can Cause Heart Disease - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Drug-eluting Stents May Cause Allergic Reactions - Science Daily
1/4/2005: New Approach For Genetic Screening For Syndrome Linked To Cardiac Irregularities And Sudden Death - Science Daily

1/4/2005: Ultraviolet B Light Exposure Associated With Increased Risk Of Skin Cancer - Science Daily

1/4/2005: Bacterial Protein Mimics Host To Cripple Defenses - Science Daily
1/4/2005: New Technique Points To Safer, More Efficient Vaccination - Science Daily

1/4/2005: Bullying In Middle School May Lead To Increased Substance Abuse In High School - Science Daily

1/4/2005: Heart Burn Medication A Risk Factor For Community-acquired C. Difficile - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Vertebroplasty Improves Back Pain, Activity Level, Mayo Clinic Study Reports - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Improved Speech Without Vocal Cords - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
1/4/2005: Revising Earth's Early History - Science Daily

1/4/2005: New generation-The 'millennials'  - C/Net
1/4/2005: For a buck a pixel, Brit kid nets nearly $1 million  - C/Net
1/4/2005: Jingle bells, cookies smell, Washington laid an egg  - C/Net
1/4/2005: NSA inadvertently uses banned 'cookies'  - CNN
1/4/2005: NewScientist.com's top 10 news stories of 2005 - New Scientist
1/4/2005: Enron judge refuses to dismiss charges - Seattle Times
1/4/2005: HealthSouth lean after Scrushy - Seattle Times
1/4/2005: New Year's ad blitz to uncork new AT&T - Seattle Times
1/4/2005: Most Important Infotech Stories of '05 - Technology Review 
1/4/2005: WhiteHouse.gov Uses Cookies, Bugs  - Wired News
1/4/2005: Biggest Discoveries of 2005  - Wired News
1/4/2005: 'Giant asteroid to hit earth in 2006' ... - FirstScience

1/4/2005: If You Flaunt It, You've Got It: How Red-heads Top The Pecking Order - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
1/4/2005: Light Echoes Reveal Exploded Stars - Space.com
Galaxy's Neighboring Spiral Arm Is Closer Than Thought - SpaceDaily
1/4/2005: Partial Ingredients For DNA And Protein Found Around Star
 - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Flashes From The Past- Echoes From Ancient Supernovae
 - Science Daily
1/4/2005: Chandra looks back at the Earth ...
 - FirstScience



1/4/2005: ZeroG Launches Space Tourism For The Masses - Seattle Times 
1/4/2005: 1,000-day ‘space mission’ will sail the sea
1/4/2005: 2005: The year in the solar system
 - New Scientist
1/4/2005: Mars Region Probably Less Watery Than Thought, Says New Study
 - Science Daily
1/4/2005: First Air-breathing, Liquid Fuel-powered Scramjet Takes Flight
 - Science Daily
1/4/2005: NASA Prepares For Return Of Interstellar Cargo
 - Science Daily
1/4/2005: FAA Ready to Regulate Space
  - Wired News
1/4/2005: Student-built instrument set to launch on Pluto mission ...
 - FirstScience
1/4/2005: Space tourists better know the rules ...
 - FirstScience
1/4/2005: Indias space science ...
 - FirstScience
1/4/2005: Soon, scientists can spot a beach ball on Mars from space ...
 - FirstScience

1/4/2005: Year in review: R&D hits the road  - C/Net
1/4/2005: Professor trying to build computer tools to make better wine  - CNN


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