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Whales Found to Speak in Dialects - Live Science  Some whale species sing in different dialects depending on where they're from, a new study shows. Blue whales off the Pacific Northwest sound different than blue whales in the western Pacific Ocean, and these sound different than those living off Antarctica. And they all sound different than the blue whales living near Chile. "The difference is really striking, but we don't know if it is tied to genetics, or some other reason," Mellinger said.   
Getting it right The winners and losers in the world of technology in 2005  - BBC  That I'm slightly disappointed because I can't get online from the skies over France shows just how much the network has penetrated into our daily lives, at least here in the developed western world, and how we now notice the places where we can't get access instead of those where we can. More often than not, I am using wi-fi to get online, and I was clearly wrong a couple of years ago when I argued that wireless was not going to be a disruptive technology. I had ignored the network effects that happen when a significant proportion of devices get wireless capability.    

Top Science Stories of 2005: A Year of Incredible Impact - Live Science  
The Hurricane Nightmare Comes True:
The busiest hurricane season on record brought the most intense Atlantic storm ever recorded and ran several days beyond its official Nov. 30 end, while scientists provided the first solid evidence that global warming might be fueling more powerful storms. These were all big stories in and of themselves, yet none will stick with us like the memory of Katrina, the most destructive storm ever to strike the United States and a long-predicted nightmare for resident of New Orleans. Nature's wrath forced scientists and officials to assess preparedness for other dramatic natural threats the country could face
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Biosciences:
1/8/2005:†Whales Found to Speak in Dialects - Live Science
1/8/2005:†Stem cells grown in a happier medium
 - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Elephantís tail tells a complex tale - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Journal gets set to retract stem cell paper - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Deep-sea fish in deep trouble, study finds - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Deep-sea fish species decimated in a generation - New Scientist
1/8/2005:†Plant Defenses Prompt Bacterial Countermeasure In The Form Of 'Island' DNA Excision - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†An Elephant Tail: New Tracking Method May Help Endangered Pachyderms - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Modified Microscope Proves Critical To Uncovering Cell-growth Secret - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†New Technique Helps Researchers Determine Amino-acid Charge - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Nurse Delivers World's First Baby From Frozen Donor Egg - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
1/8/2005:†Dirty water plagues Chinese  - Nature
1/8/2005:†MSG-2 Will Advance Long-term Monitoring Of Earth's Energy Balance - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Sahara's Edge Studied From Ground, Air And Space To Improve Water Management - Science Daily

Computers:
Devices
1/8/2005:†Nintendo sells 10M handheld game systems - Seattle Times
1/8/2005:†Analyst: Xbox sales miss estimates - Seattle Times

Communications

Technology

PC's
1/8/2005:†The Steve Jobs Show  - Technology Review 
1/8/2005:†Apple -- A Tragic Love Story  - Technology Review 
1/8/2005:†[46 Comments]  - Technology Review 

Internet
1/8/2005:†China launches site to report corruption - Seattle Times
1/8/2005:†In '06, Google plays villain for media industry - Seattle Times

Miscellaneous

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/8/2005:†A Few Squares Of Dark Chocolate A Day May Stave Off Artery Hardening In Smokers - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Walking Three Times Weekly Slows Decline From Peripheral Artery Disease - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Stroke Risk Returns When Children With Sickle Cell Disease Stop Transfusions - Science Daily

Cancer  
1/8/2005:†Promising Target For Cancer Therapies Validated In New Study - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Drinking Tea Associated With Lower Risk Of Ovarian Cancer - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Little Known DNA Repair Enzyme May Be A Tumor Suppressor Gene - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†One Day Radiation May Become An Option For Breast Cancer Patients - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Link Between Esophageal Cancer And Soft Drinks Debunked By Researchers At Yale - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Mayo Clinic Reports New Option For Patients With Metastatic Melanoma - Science Daily

Infectious
1/8/2005:†Scientists reveal how viruses snag your cells - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Whooping Cough Persistence Traced To Key Toxin - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Ancient Jawless Vertebrates Used Novel Immune Responses - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†HIV Vaccine Takes Different Tack To Boosting Immune Response - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Teens Unaware Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Until They Catch One, Carnegie Mellon Study Finds - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
1/8/2005:†Neighborhoods May Affect Asthma, UCSF Study Finds - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†The Impact Of Smoking And Genes On Rheumatoid Arthritis - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
1/8/2005:†Yoga Is More Effective Than Conventional Exercise For Back Pain, Group Health Study Finds - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Passive Smoking Almost Doubles Risk Of Degenerative Eye Disease - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†People With Dizziness, Motor And Movement Disorders Find Their Balance Again Thanks To NASA-Developed Technology - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Ninety-six Percent Of Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Patients Leave Same Day, No Complication - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Carbon Monoxide Soothes Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†New Weapon In Battle Against Osteoporosis -- Active Substance Reduces Bone Loss In Mice - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Perinatal Complications Linked To Eating Disorders - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
1/8/2005:†DNA may end debate over Mozartís skull - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Intelligent-design policy rescinded - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Cosmic Log: Mummy mystery tour - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Canals hint at Peruviansí ancient roots - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†The First Baby Boom: Skeletal Evidence Shows Abrupt Worldwide Increase In Birth Rate During Neolithic Period - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†History Of Human Cannibalism Eats Away At Researchers - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Ben Franklin Turns 300: Twice
 - Live Science
1/8/2005:†School Board Rescinds 'Intelligent Design' Policy
 - Live Science

Miscellaneous:
1/8/2005:†Top Science Stories of 2005: A Year of Incredible Impact - Live Science
1/8/2005:†Walkers literally have to watch their step - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Activists hijack public CCTV signal - New Scientist
1/8/2005:†SEC unveils new guidelines on punishing companies with fines - Seattle Times
1/8/2005:†Judge orders Scrushy to repay $47.8 million in HealthSouth bonuses - Seattle Times
1/8/2005:†Changeable Fingerprint  - Technology Review 

Neurosciences:
1/8/2005:†How brands get wired into the brain - New Scientist
1/8/2005:†Reduced Brain Volume May Predict Dementia In Healthy Elderly People - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Psychotropic Drug Prescriptions For Teens Surge 250% Over 7 Year Period - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Old Brains Learn New Tricks  - Technology Review 

Physics and Astronomy:
1/8/2005:†Researchers set prime-number record - MSNBC
1/8/2005:†Closing in on Charon
 - PhysicsWeb
1/8/2005:†'Armored' Bubbles Can Exist In Stable Non-spherical Shapes
 - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Astronomers Link Old Stars And Mysterious Cosmic Explosions
 - Science Daily

Prolongevity

Robotics:

Space:
1/8/2005:† 2006: A busy year in space - New Scientist
1/8/2005:†Stardust Nears End Of Epic Journey; Researchers Await Its Treasure
 - Science Daily
1/8/2005:Size of Plutoís Moon Charon Pinned Down
 - Space.com
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Technology:
1/8/2005:†Getting it right The winners and losers in the world of technology in 2005   - BBC
1/8/2005:†New 'Self-exploding' Microcapsules Could Take Sting Out Of Drug Delivery - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Evaluation Metrics Proposed For Firefighter Thermal Imagers - Science Daily
1/8/2005:†Carbon-rich Molecules 'Supersized' For The First Time - Science Daily

  



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