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Analysis: The Triumph Of The Robots - SpaceDaily  Left: File image of Spirit's shadow on Mars.   The human side of the U.S. space program remains problem-plagued, with the shuttle fleet still grounded and the International Space Station hanging in limbo. NASA's robotic craft exploring Mars and the Saturnian system in 2004, however, have carried off feats that are unparalleled in human history -- and they promise to deliver more wonders in the new year. For this reason, 2004 in space could be called the triumph of the robots. For the past year, at JPL, scientists generally have been programming Spirit and Opportunity once a day. Cassini and Huygens, like the twin Mars rovers, represent perhaps the most sophisticated robotic craft built so far. They are designed to act largely independently because the rovers -- and the Saturn craft even more so -- are beyond the range of direct control from mission scientists.  
Analysis: Scientists And Engineers At War - SpaceDaily        Public and political support is growing for President George W. Bush's ambitious plan for space exploration, but at least one scientific organization has cast doubts about Bush's vision -- although whether those doubts carry any weight or have much validity is debatable. On Nov. 22, less than three weeks after Bush's convincing victory in the presidential election, the American Physical Society published an analysis of the administration's proposal to refocus the U.S. space program away from the space shuttle and International Space Station and toward a return to the moon and further human exploration of the solar system.

Doing Mars On One Million Dollars A Day - SpaceDaily  Spirit is exploring the Columbia Hills within the Gusev Crater. "In December, we discovered a completely new type of rock in Columbia Hills, unlike anything seen before on Mars," said Dr. Steve Squyres of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., principal investigator for the rovers' science payloads. Jumbled textures of specimens dubbed "Wishstone" and "Wishing Well" look like the product of an explosion, perhaps from a volcano or a meteor impact. These rocks are much richer in phosphorus than any other known Mars rocks. "Some ways of making phosphates involve water; others do not."  
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Biosciences:
1/9/2005: An unusual RNA structure in the SARS virus offers a promising target ... - FirstScience

Climate, Environment:
1/9/2005: Vehicle recycling target of 95% set ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Rann calls for urgent climate change meeting ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: CO 2 trading targets too generous, say environmentalists ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Researchers to analyze greenhouse gases via JAL flights ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: MI: Green Party maintains ballot status; makes grassroots progress ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Arctic environmentalists map cumulative impacts of Mackenzie Valley pipeline ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Climate Change And Kyoto ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Air pollution linked to low birth weight ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: U.s. Reaches Settlement With Weyerhaeuser Company To Clean Up Paper Mill And Landfill Along The Kalamazoo Rive ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Andaman coral 'hit by tsunami'  - BBC
1/9/2005: Dam nuisance: Brazil enviromentalists move to block project and save native forest  - BBC
1/9/2005: NOAA Reports Record Number Of Tornadoes In 2004 - Science Daily
1/9/2005: Tech Gives It Up for Asia - Wired News

Computers:
Devices
1/9/2005: Doors open at biggest gadget fair  - BBC
1/9/2005: Gadgets galore get shown off  - BBC
1/9/2005: For the digerati, the only place to be  - C/Net

Communications
1/9/2005: Consumers: Cell phone service still stinks
  - C/Net
1/9/2005: 2Wire's gateway to follow SBC into living room
  - C/Net
1/9/2005: SBC To Offer Set-top Computer
  - C/Net
1/9/2005: DSL Hell
  - C/Net
1/9/2005: SBC Fiber Trial
  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Linksys feels the need for more Wi-Fi speed
  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Wi-Fi goes (West) Hollywood
  - C/Net

Technology

PC's
1/9/2005: In the works at Apple  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Apple office software seems likely  - C/Net

Internet
1/9/2005: Spam joins pounds on New Year's 'to shed' list  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Desktop Search: The Game Is Afoot - Business Week
1/9/2005: New Year's texting breaks record  - BBC
1/9/2005: Keeper finders--report card for desktop search  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Giant step for Microsoft spyware killer  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Judges rule in favor of pop-ups  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Sony eyes March for PSP launch
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
1/9/2005: Software: Sluggish Giants - Business Week
1/9/2005: New hope for BitTorrent?  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Screen shot of Exeem  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Few takers for payments from Microsoft settlement  - C/Net

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
1/9/2005: Dual-chamber Pacemakers Worth Extra Cost By Reducing Risk Of Hospitalization And Disability - Science Daily

Cancer  
1/9/2005: Genetic Predisposition Can Play An Important Role In Development Of Lung Cancer - Science Daily

Infectious
1/9/2005: Plan for new vaccine for babies  - BBC
1/9/2005: Urinary Tract Infections Likely Caused By Tainted Food - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
1/9/2005: Instant Detox - Wired News

Miscellaneous
1/9/2005: Utah To Launch Bionic War On Disabilities - SpaceDaily
1/9/2005: Pregnancy disorder detection hope  - BBC
1/9/2005: Celebrity pressure drives girls towards plastic surgery  - BBC
1/9/2005: Ageing Italy Immigrants help elderly as Italian families shrink  - BBC
1/9/2005: 'Walk your way to fitness' advice  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
1/9/2005: Holes in Fossil Shells Show Effects of Competition and Evolution ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Evidence found of Essex boy racers from 2,000 years ago  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
1/9/2005: Analysis: Scientists And Engineers At War - SpaceDaily
1/9/2005: Opening up on open source  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Rethinking the China Threat - Business Week
1/9/2005: Prime time for carbon TVs  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Also: TV takes CES spotlight  - C/Net
1/9/2005: HP unveils plans for digital home invasion  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Sears-Kmart merger may mean new beginning for Lands' End - Seattle Times
1/9/2005: Fed's inflation worries spook investors - Seattle Times
1/9/2005: The Business of Fighting Terror - Wired News
1/9/2005: India's Odd Couple: Cops and Tech - Wired News
1/9/2005: Investing's "Next Big Thing" - Business Week
1/9/2005: Info Tech in Middle Age - Business Week
1/9/2005: Court: No warrant needed to search your work PC  - C/Net
1/9/2005: Y2K: Hoax or averted disaster?  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
1/9/2005: How your brain is like the Internet - MSNBC
1/9/2005: Schizophrenia prediction possible  - BBC
1/9/2005: Brain theory of eating disorders  - BBC
1/9/2005: Depression Tied To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease Death - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
1/9/2005: The first detection of magnetic fields in the central stars of four planetary nebulae ... - FirstScience

Prolongevity

Robotics:
1/9/2005: Analysis: The Triumph Of The Robots - SpaceDaily

Space:
1/9/2005: Doing Mars On One Million Dollars A Day - SpaceDaily
1/9/2005: Deep Impact Launch Window Open Jan 12 - Closes Jan 28
 - SpaceDaily
1/9/2005: A Perfect Landing - SpaceDaily
1/9/2005: Deep Space Network: Talking More For Less - SpaceDaily
1/9/2005: Arianespace Continues Commercial Consolidation In 2004 - SpaceDaily
1/9/2005: Mars Rovers Toil On, One Year After Landing ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Cosmic Log: The year's space winners ...
 - MSNBC

1/9/2005: Mars: From Little Green Men to Robotic Geologists ... - Nat'l. Geo. News
1/9/2005: NASA Selects Investigations For Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - Science Daily
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Technology:
1/9/2005: MSI Reveals Invention For Detection And Precise Quantification Of Molecules - SpaceDaily
1/9/2005: NASA Presolicitation Notice- Airboat ... - FirstScience
1/9/2005: Media: New Generations Steal Show - Business Week
1/9/2005: Time for the Tech Tide to Turn? - Business Week

  



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