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Image of the brain  Cells repair Parkinson's damage  - BBC  Monkey stem cells can repair the brain damage caused by Parkinson's disease, Japanese researchers have shown. The researchers said: "These results suggest that transplantation using embryonic stem cells as a clinical therapy for Parkinson's disease is approaching the point of technical feasibility." The researchers said: "These results suggest that transplantation using embryonic stem cells as a clinical therapy for Parkinson's disease is approaching the point of technical feasibility." But they said a number of safety and efficacy concerns still needed addressing.  
Haast's eagle hunted moa, the herbivorous, flightless birds of New Zealand [now also extinct], which weighed up to 200kgs (31st 7lb) Huge eagles 'dominated NZ skies'  - BBC  the Haast's eagle weighed between 10kgs (22 pounds) and 14kgs (31 pounds) - between 30% and 40% heavier than the largest living bird of prey alive today, the harpy eagle of Latin America, and was approaching the upper weight limit for powered flight. "With a truncated wingspan of around three metres, for flying under the forest canopy, the eagles struck their prey from the side, tearing into the pelvic flesh and gripping the bone with claws the size of a tiger's paw. "They hunted moa, the herbivorous, flightless birds of New Zealand [now also extinct], which weighed up to 200kgs (440 lb)."   

Image: Virgin GlobalFlyer

Round-the-world flight nears ‘go’ time - MSNBC   If all goes according to flight plan, an exotic-looking aircraft will be piloted into the history books this month. Rolling down one of the longest runways in North America, GlobalFlyer’s itinerary is nothing short of nonstop. That is, stay airborne using onboard fuel and circumnavigate the world. Winging through the skies at speeds of more than 285 mph (250 knots, or 456 kilometers per hour), the craft’s flight should be completed inside 80 hours. GlobalFlyer is powered by a single turbofan jet engine, fed by 13 separate fuel tanks on the aircraft. 
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Alzheimer's Disease:
1/8/2005: Gene Vaccine For Alzheimer's Disease Shows Promising Results - Science Daily

Biosciences:
1/8/2005: Huge eagles 'dominated NZ skies'   - BBC
1/8/2005: FDA Clears First Of Kind Genetic Lab Test
 - Science Daily
1/8/2005: NOAA Team Plans Whale Disentanglement Attempt - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
1/8/2005: In pictures Aerial images of the tsunami devastation in the Indian Ocean  - BBC
1/8/2005: Tsunami change to coastlines likely temporary - MSNBC
1/8/2005: Scientists weigh West Coast wave threat - MSNBC
1/8/2005: Stone Age cultures survive tsunami waves - MSNBC
1/8/2005: Tsunami alert plans accelerate  - Nature
1/8/2005: Aerial shots reveal extent of devastation  - Nature
1/8/2005: 500,000 people injured by Asian tsunami - New Scientist
1/8/2005: Tsunami warning system is not simply sensors - New Scientist
1/8/2005: CALIPSO Monitors Pulse Of Soufriere Hills Volcano - Science Daily
1/8/2005: Portable Sampling Cart Monitors Emissions From Wood-burning Cookstoves - Science Daily
1/8/2005: Satellite Images Of Asian Disaster - Science Daily
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1/8/2005: UN Promotes Efforts To Set Up Tsunami Early Warning System For Indian Ocean - Science Daily
1/8/2005: UN to monitor global warming in Antarctica - SpaceDaily
1/8/2005: Tsunami creates desert islands in the Maldives, toll hits 82 - SpaceDaily

Computers:
Devices
1/8/2005: Future tech on front burner  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Finding the right balance between power and weight  - C/Net

Communications
1/8/2005: TiVo goes mobile
  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Broadband boondoggle
  - C/Net

Technology
1/8/2005: Lucent spin-off claims holographic storage breakthrough - Silicon Strategies

PC's
1/8/2005: Hitachi plays dumb in shunning notebooks  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Photos: Laptops weigh in  - NY Times

Internet
1/8/2005: Blog reading explodes in America  - BBC
1/8/2005: Holiday E-Tailing's Year of the Woman - Business Week
1/8/2005: GuruNet launches new search service  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
1/8/2005: Commodore finds new lease of life  - BBC
1/8/2005: Piracy hits Hollywood in the wallet  - C/Net

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/8/2005: 'Heavier drinkers risk strokes'  - BBC
1/8/2005: Heart Disease, Work Performance, Mental Health All Connected - Science Daily

Cancer  
1/8/2005: Cervix Inspection Catches More Lesions Than Pap Smear Alone - Science Daily

Infectious 

Non-Infectious
1/8/2005: Tobacco smoke dulls child brains  - BBC
1/8/2005: Desires For Fatty Foods And Alcohol Share A Chemical Trigger - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
1/8/2005: Painkiller risk to gut revealed  - BBC
1/8/2005: Easy diets work best  - Nature
1/8/2005: Risks From Labor After Prior Cesarean Delivery Low, Study Reports - Science Daily
1/8/2005: Chamomile Tea: New Evidence Supports Health Benefits - Science Daily
1/8/2005: Inadequate Sleep In Late Pregnancy May Influence Labor And Delivery - Science Daily
1/8/2005: Eating At Fast-food Restaurants More Than Twice Per Week Is Associated With More Weight Gain And Insulin Resistance In Otherwise Healthy Young Adults - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
1/8/2005: Archaeologists Shed New Light On Americas’ Earliest Known Civilization - Science Daily 

Miscellaneous:
1/8/2005: No end in sight to supply of cheap TVs  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Ford to round up 1 million new Sirius users  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Disruptive management practices from Asia  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Where to outsource now  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Commodore finds new lease of life  - BBC
1/8/2005: Samsung develops 21-inch OLED display for TVs  - El. Engr. Times
1/8/2005: Biosphere 2 goes up for sale - MSNBC
1/8/2005: Call Centers Ride Out Disaster  - Wired News
1/8/2005: Laser Wielder Faces Big Penalties  - Wired News
1/8/2005: Golden State of Privacy  - Wired News
1/8/2005: British ID Card Gains Ground  - Wired News
1/8/2005: Delayed Flights Known By All  - Wired News
1/8/2005: U.S. Meets Biometric Border Deadline  - Wired News
1/8/2005: Army Solicits Network Ideas  - Wired News

Neurosciences:
1/8/2005: Cells repair Parkinson's damage   - BBC
1/8/2005: Drivers With Epilepsy Are On The Road Again - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
1/8/2005: Rings Around The Planets: Recycling Of Material May Extend Ring Lifetimes - Science Daily
1/8/2005: The BlackBerry Brain Trust
  - Wired News
1/8/2005: Astronomers Try to Make Comet Sense of Festive Apparition
  - Wired News

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Space:
1/8/2005: Martian explorer marks first year  - BBC
1/8/2005: Probe passes 'moon of two halves'
  - BBC
1/8/2005: SpaceShipTwo designs:-a first class ticket  - BBC
1/8/2005: NASA Rovers' Adventures On Mars Continue - Science Daily
1/8/2005: That's the Spirit! One Year of Science on Mars - Space.com
1/8/2005: TV Review: NOVA - Welcome to Mars - Space.com
1/8/2005: Scientists Prepare For Huygens Descent On Titan - SpaceDaily
1/8/2005: Nasa delivers shuttle fuel tank
  - BBC

Technology:
1/8/2005: Round-the-world flight nears ‘go’ time  - MSNBC 
1/8/2005: Jets of air planned to protect Michelangelo's David  - BBC
1/8/2005: Tech workers' mixed bag  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Motorola to pump music into outerwear
1/8/2005: Gap's gadget garment blasts your favorite tunes  - C/Net
1/8/2005: Excuse me, your ski jacket is ringing  - CNN
1/8/2005: Sat Radio Recording Moves Ahead
  - Wired News

  



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