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Satellite Launch To Boost Direct-To-Home TV In India - SpaceDaily  The successful launch Thursday of India's heaviest satellite from spaceport of Kourou in French Guyana may have boosted the country's space research efforts to yet another level, but it has also lifted the spirits of at least three Direct-To-Home televisions broadcasters, one of which has been waiting for years to launch its services in India. "Insat-4A is the most advanced, heaviest and powerful satellite and it's a very important milestone in the history of India's space program" said Madhavan Iyer, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization. "This is going to revolutionize TV broadcasting directly to the homes and improve the entertainment scenario in India." DTH services were first proposed in India in 1996, but due to concerns of national security and a cultural invasion -- from mainly the Western countries -- it did not pass approval of the Indian government.   
Ultracold Test Produces Long-Sought Quantum Mix - SpaceDaily  Left:  This is a 3-dimensional projection of an image of a phase separated atomic cloud. The tall central (semi-transparent) region consists of paired fermionic 6 Li atoms, and is believed to be a superfluid. The shorter (opaque) peaks on either side, as well as the faint ring around the bottom, are unpaired atoms which have been expelled from the paired central region. The light in the background is a representation of the probe laser beam used to image this cloud.  For the first time, researchers at Rice University have succeeded in creating and observing an elusive and long-sought quantum state - a superfluid of fermions with mismatched numbers of dance partners. Despite more than 40 years of theoretical musings about what would occur in such a case, the result - a cluster of matched pairs surrounded by a cloud of would-be dance partners - was largely unexpected.    

SMART 1 Uses New Imaging Technique In Lunar Orbit - SpaceDaily  Left:  The AMIE camera on board SMART-1 has three fixed-mounted filters which see the Moon in different colour bands. The figure shows four consecutive images taken by AMIE from left to right. The fixed filters are indicated by coloured frames. The images, taken only a few seconds apart, show how the surface is moving through the different filters. Credits: AMIE Team.  In this mode, AMIE takes images along a line on the Moon's surface perpendicular to the ground track of the spacecraft. It relies on the orbital motion of the spacecraft to reposition it as it records a sequence of images known as an "image swath". By combining images showing the same feature on the Moon as seen through different filters, colour information can be obtained. 
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1/5/2005:Elephant tail reveals diet clues  - BBC  - BBC
1/5/2005:International caviar trade banned
  - BBC
1/5/2005:Two-headed albino snake for sale - asking price: $150,000  - BBC
1/5/2005:Bird ringing reaches record level  - BBC
1/5/2005:IVF sperm 'contamination' fears  - BBC
1/5/2005:Stranded whales shot dead in NZ  - BBC
1/5/2005:Big Easy aquarium restocking after Katrina - MSNBC
1/5/2005:China says 21 rare pandas born in '05 - MSNBC
1/5/2005:Animals and their amazing superpowers - New Scientist
1/5/2005:Scientists Report a Crucial Gain in Growing Stem Cells  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Scientists Document Menopause in Captive Gorillas  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Lax Oversight Found in Tests of Gene-Altered Crops  - NY Times
1/5/2005:From Bacteria to Us: What Went Right When Humans Started to Evolve?  - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
1/5/2005:The African sun: Your pictures of sunrises and sunsets from the continent  - BBC
1/5/2005:Tropical storm Zeta stretches record - New Scientist
1/5/2005:The Cost of Gold | Water Worries: Drier, Tainted Nevada May Be Legacy of Gold Rush  - NY Times

1/5/2005:Las Vegas hosts digital nirvana  - BBC
1/5/2005:The wow factor: Why the new game consoles could herald a golden age  - BBC
1/5/2005:Fantasy fuels games with cash  - BBC
1/5/2005:Annual gadget show is biggest ever - Business Week
1/5/2005: TV Madness at CES 2006 - Business Week
1/5/2005:Annual gadget show is biggest ever - Business Week
1/5/2005:CES: This year's word is 'video'
  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Gearing up for CES
  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Kodak packs two lenses in latest camera
  - C/Net
1/5/2005:10 greatest gadget ideas of the year
  - C/Net

1/5/2005:Motorola unveils iRadio, new home products
  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Slingbox takes the shows on the road
  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Starz looks to expand to PCs, video players
  - C/Net

1/5/2005:Cornice launches smaller drive with more memory  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Cornice drives get smaller, beefier  - C/Net


1/5/2005:Gold Rush - Business Week
1/5/2005: Dr. Jackson's E-Golden Vision - Business Week
1/5/2005:Big business' eye on blogs  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Spending spare change on the Net  - CNN
1/5/2005:Online shoppers put their 2 cents in  - CNN
1/5/2005:Best of the Web in 2005  - CNN

1/5/2005:Legal fallout from Sony's CD woes  - BBC
1/5/2005:Birth problems link to anorexia  - BBC
1/5/2005:Sony lawsuit may yield free music  - CNN


1/5/2005:Walking aid for stroke patients  - BBC

1/5/2005:Skin cancer: 'I hope my blog will warn others to check their moles'  - BBC
1/5/2005:Black-White Differences Found in Cancer Care  - NY Times


1/5/2005:Adverts 'increase youth drinking'  - BBC
1/5/2005:Drugs and Alcohol - New Scientist

1/5/2005:Scientists dismiss detox schemes  - BBC
1/5/2005:Hope for pre-symptom diagnosis  - BBC
1/5/2005:A fresh start: What are detoxification diets and do they really work?  - BBC
1/5/2005:Children in unsafe areas 'fatter'  - BBC
1/5/2005:Support sought for benefit reform  - BBC
1/5/2005:Vital Signs: Childbirth: Rethinking the Big Push During Contractions  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Patterns: Home Remedies: A Matter of Culture, Not Money  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Vital Signs: Vision: There's Hope for Lazy Eye, Even After Age 8  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Q & A: In a Sweat
  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Safety: With Harry Potter, Injuries Dip Like Magic
  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Shot in the Gut, and She Didn't Even Know It
  - NY Times

History, Anthropology:
1/5/2005:Evidence Found for Canals That Watered Ancient Peru  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Archaeologist in New Orleans Finds a Way to Help the Living  - NY Times

1/5/2005:Satellite Launch To Boost Direct-To-Home TV In India - SpaceDaily
1/5/2005:People power: How the public and their digital technology are shaping the world  - BBC
1/5/2005:Honour goes to Apple gadget guru  - BBC
1/5/2005:Time Warner: No Disassembly Required - Business Week
1/5/2005:Dieting in the digital age  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Lesson for Murdoch: Keep the bloggers happy  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Marriott loses data on 200,000 customers  - C/Net
1/5/2005:ACLU will provide cameras to tape police  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Curling up with a good e-book - Business Week
1/5/2005:Terror shadow stalks 'India's Silicon Valley'  - CNN
1/5/2005:VC investment in startups was strong in Q4  - El. Engr. Times
1/5/2005:Federal research budget sparks worries - MSNBC
1/5/2005:Letters  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Europeans Find Extra Options for Staying Slim  - NY Times
1/5/2005:The Nitpicking of the Masses vs. the Authority of the Experts  - NY Times

1/5/2005:Mental health overhaul demanded  - BBC
1/5/2005:Feeling down after Christmas? The secret to happiness is...  - BBC
1/5/2005:Really?: The Claim: Fish Is Brain Food  - NY Times
1/5/2005:The Cute Factor  - NY Times

Physics and Astronomy:
1/5/2005:Ultracold Test Produces Long-Sought Quantum Mix - SpaceDaily
1/5/2005:Oxford mathematician knighted
  - BBC
1/5/2005:2005: The year in astronomy
 - New Scientist



1/5/2005:SMART 1 Uses New Imaging Technique In Lunar Orbit - SpaceDaily
1/5/2005:Nasa team sees explosion on Moon

1/5/2005:Going strong: Nasa marks second year on Mars for its twin robotic rovers
  - BBC
1/5/2005:Nasa scientists pay tribute to Mars rovers, two years on (video)
  - BBC
1/5/2005:The rules for space tourism
  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Space tourists better know the rules
  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Rovers star in Mars movie
1/5/2005:Rovers Still Exploring Mars After 2 Years
  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Beyond Their Martian Dreams: Two Rovers Are Still Informing Experts Two Years Later
  - NY Times
1/5/2005:Day of reckoning for comet catcher ...
 - New Scientist
1/5/2005:Apollo Chronicles: Strange Shadows on the Moon ...
 - FirstScience
1/5/2005:NASA Mars Picture of the Day: 2 Years on Mars! MOC View of Spirit Rover on Husband Hill ...
 - FirstScience
1/5/2005:NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status 29 December 2005 ...
 - FirstScience
1/5/2005:Spacecraft bringing comet dust home ...
 - FirstScience
1/5/2005:Galileo finds a place in space ...
 - New Scientist

1/5/2005:Getting it right: The winners and losers in the world of technology in 2005  - BBC
1/5/2005:Fiddling with format while DVDs burn  - C/Net
1/5/2005:Control-by-thought firm updates results  - El. Engr. Times
1/5/2005:Invention: Preventing in-flight interference - New Scientist
1/5/2005:Technology: Holiday round-up - New Scientist


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