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The New and Improved SETI - Space.com  Despite all the difficulties that beset it (mostly connected with funding), SETI is currently experiencing a paroxysm of creative ferment. The new year is sure to be memorable, as glossy new instruments come on-line. Success in SETI depends on speed: how quickly can you check out large expanses of celestial acreage? Well, SETI is about to seriously crank up its speed, and metaphorically trade in chariots for jets.      

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Protein offers allergy care hope  - BBC  Scientists believe they have identified a protein which could be crucial in creating new treatments for allergies. Researchers told Nature that blocking p110delta in mast cells - which cause allergic reactions - substantially reduced symptoms in tests on mice. Researcher Dr Bart Vanhaesebroeck said: "Our work points towards a promising future for developing inhibitors for allergic conditions." "But a treatment for humans is still some way off. This is just one brick in the wall." And he added it would be another 10 years before a treatment for humans was available.

A solid drive to add more data to devices - Seattle Times  Within five years, the average tech-savvy home will have 10 to 20 hard drives, according to one drive manufacturer, although analysts believe that's optimistic given the competition from other storage devices. Five years ago, IBM helped usher in the iPod craze by developing the Microdrive, a matchbook-size hard drive that can now store up to 4 gigabytes on its 1-inch platter. Yet some analysts say the proliferation of hard drives will slow as cheaper, simpler and more durable storage technologies emerge. With multi-gigabyte flash-memory products appearing and prices falling, it's only a matter of time before they displace the smaller capacity hard drives. Flash memory uses less power, generates less heat and is more durable 
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Biosciences:
1/7/2005: For Crabs, Meals Ready to Eat  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Grip Minus Grime: Consider the Gecko
  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Surprise! Cells Have Second Source Of Phosphate - Science Daily
1/7/2005: Harvard biologists criticize compromise plan for stem cells use ... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
1/7/2005: Tsunami 'wave rat' had best intentions, mother says  - C/Net
1/7/2005: Company offers free tsunami alert system - MSNBC
1/7/2005: Asian Tsunami Is a Repeat Performance  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Q & A: Youthful Peaks  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Record Number of Tornadoes Reported in '04  - NY Times
1/7/2005: After Food and Shelter, Help in Coping With Unbearable Loss  - NY Times
1/7/2005: From a Far Continent, Victims' Needs Beckon. But So Does Her Family.  - NY Times
1/7/2005: In Past Tsunamis, Tantalizing Clues to Future Ones  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Graphic: In 1700, a Tsunami Closer to Home  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Complete Coverage  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Australia, US must join international strategy on emissions: report - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: Analysis: Tsunami Waves' Tragic Turns Of Fate - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: What Lies Beneath  - Technology Review 
1/7/2005: Climate change may lead to tsunamis ... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices
1/7/2005: A solid drive to add more data to devices - Seattle Times

Communications
1/7/2005: Start-up beams TV to your hand
  - C/Net
1/7/2005: Indian State Wants to Move Internet Data 5,000 Times Faster, Clears Ambitious Broadband Plan
  - Technology Review 

Technology

PC's

Internet
1/7/2005: Big boost for blogs  - C/Net
1/7/2005: Exploring Ocean Life And Color On The Internet - Science Daily

Miscellaneous

Energy:
1/7/2005: South Korea and China to Cooperate on Renewable Energy ... - FirstScience

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/7/2005: Prevention: Hypertension Fight Starts Early  - NY Times

Cancer  
1/7/2005: Major Step Forwards For Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer - Science Daily
1/7/2005: Jan. 2, 2004- Gulf War pollution, cancer risk studied ... - FirstScience

Infectious
1/7/2005: HIV can be flushed out of hiding  - BBC

Non-Infectious
1/7/2005: Protein offers allergy care hope   - BBC
1/7/2005: Block on effect of alcohol abuse  - BBC
1/7/2005: Vital Signs: Perceptions: Drunk, and Out of Your Depth  - NY Times
1/7/2005: UT Southwestern Researchers Locate Gene Family Involved In Determining Potential For Acquiring Lupus - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
1/7/2005: Vital Signs: Safety: Young Men With No Attachments  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Longing to Lose, at a Great Cost  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Vital Signs: Hazards: Of Hot Pots and Back Burners  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Device Allows Doctors to Practice Deliveries  - NY Times
1/7/2005: When Your Prunes Have Passed Their Prime  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Sometimes, Your New Smile Will Make You Frown  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Diet and Lose Weight: Scientists Say 'Prove It!'  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Chart: Comparing the Programs  - NY Times
1/7/2005: National Study Finds Second Cesarean Section Safer Than Normal Delivery
 - Science Daily
1/7/2005: Diagnosing Inner Ear Hearing Loss Now Less Invasive With Genetic Testing
 - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
1/7/2005: Could the rain forest have been home to complex societies? ... - FirstScience

Miscellaneous:
1/7/2005: Photojournal Life as a porter on the Machu Picchu tourist trail in Peru  - BBC
1/7/2005: Google readies charitable foundation  - C/Net
1/7/2005: Wikipedia criticized by its co-founder  - C/Net
1/7/2005: Letters  - NY Times
1/7/2005: The Claim- Never Talk on the Telephone During a Thunderstorm  - NY Times
1/7/2005: A Fantasy Field Trip to Jurassic Park  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Study Models Impact Of Anthrax Vaccine - Science Daily
1/7/2005: Mexican border factories stage comeback - Seattle Times
1/7/2005: High marks for safety in U.S. skies since 2001 - Seattle Times
1/7/2005: India And Pakistan Swap List Of Nuclear Facilities - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: New China Defense Policy Focuses Threat On Taiwan - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: MDs sail with Greenpeace aboard Rainbow Warrior ... - FirstScience
1/7/2005: Science for societal transformation- Kalam-- ... - FirstScience

Neurosciences:
1/7/2005: Stem cells reverse Parkinson's in monkeys - MSNBC
1/7/2005: Brain Can Be Trained To Process Sound In Alternate Way - Science Daily
1/7/2005: New Effects Of An Antihistaminic Against Cerebral Injury - Science Daily
1/7/2005: Research Finds Genetic Link To Antidepressants - Science Daily
1/7/2005: Children's Anxiety Prior To Surgery Linked To Behavioral Changes - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
1/7/2005: God (or Not), Physics and, of Course, Love: Scientists Take a Leap  - NY Times
1/7/2005: Crochet Pattern Of Chaos Published In Mathematics Journal
 - Science Daily
1/7/2005: Swift Bursts Into Action On First Light - SpaceDaily

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Space:
1/7/2005: The New and Improved SETI - Space.com
1/7/2005: TV Review | 'Nova: Welcome to Mars': On Mars, When Opportunity and Spirit Knock  - NY Times
1/7/2005: NASA's Rovers Still Exploring Mars  - NY Times
1/7/2005: NASA Selects Investigations For Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: Cassini Back On Track After Course Change
 - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: Cassini Caps Off 2004 With Flyby Of Icy Moon Iapetus
 - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: NASA Rovers' Adventures On Mars Continue ...
 - FirstScience
1/7/2005: Milestone for Mars rover Spirit marked ...
 - FirstScience
1/7/2005: Cosmic Log: Are astronauts obsolete- ...
 - MSNBC
1/7/2005: Rover B Inpects It's Heatshield Up Close
 - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: Spirit And Opportunity Continue Their Quest For Life On Mars
 - SpaceDaily
1/7/2005: MDA Signs Contract Valued At $154M To Provide Hubble Rescue Solution
 - SpaceDaily
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1/7/2005: Round-the-world flight nears ‘go’ time

  



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