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Pushing To Be A Player - SpaceDaily  Part 2 of 5. For years, Brazilians have aspired to possess one of the world's international commercial spaceports. They have sought to do so by using their Alcantara launch center - located near the equator on the Atlantic coast in the state of Maranhao - not only to launch their own VLS rocket, but also the rockets and commercial payloads of other nations. So far, Brazil's three attempts to launch from Alcantara have been unsuccessful - including the third try last year, which resulted in a horrific explosion that killed 21 Brazilian space officials, destroyed the launchpad and dealt a severe setback to the space program. Still, the tragedy only served to reinforce the commitment by Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to proceed with development of the VLS rocket and continue plans to expand the launch center. Now, with the help of the Ukrainians, that dream may come true.
Scientists Explore Genome Of Methane-Breathing Microbe - SpaceDaily  Left:  Because of its unique characteristics, the bacteria Methylococcus capsulatus (above) has been attracting research interest since its discovery a couple of decades ago. As its name suggests, M. Capsulatus is a coccus, or roughly spherically shaped, encapsulated bacteria that is methanotrophic, or methane eating. Methanotropic bacteria can use simple organic materials, such as methane, the simplest of the hydrocarbons (CH4), together with certain minerals to make the building blocks of life (simple sugars, amino acids and fatty acids). Thus far, researchers have identified very few organisms capable of making these essential molecules. Most organisms, including us, need to ingest these basic molecuules in our diet or make them by breaking sown largerk, more complex molecules. The idea of an organism that naturally contains the biological pathways to make these fundamental molecules is very interesting. What can it tell us about the origins of life? What can it tell us about how to make such vitally important biological materials? How did it ever come to exist in such an extreme environment in the first place? Scientists say the organism's potential significance for biotechnology include more efficiently producing microbial protein for commercial animal feed.

Study Forecasts Nearly 500 HDTV Channels Globally By 2009 - SpaceDaily  North America will lead the drive forward with somewhat less than half of the forecasted 487 HD channels to be broadcast on satellite in 2009. The next biggest market for satellite broadcast of HD content should be Japan, followed by Australia/New Zealand, Europe and South Korea. The majority of the channel growth will occur from 2006 onward as the availability of HD content improves, HD television set penetration increases, and government deadlines for conversion to digital broadcasts are achieved by the majority of broadcasters in these countries and regions.
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10/2/2004:Scientists Explore Genome Of Methane-Breathing Microbe - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Stem Cells May Open Some Eyes
  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Ovarian Transplant: First Birth  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Natural Navigators - ABC
10/2/2004:Ape Learning Center Welcoming 'Students' - ABC
10/2/2004:2 Ecologists Near End of West Coast Hike - ABC
10/2/2004:Anthrax Outbreak Hits Animal Preserves - ABC

Climate, Environment:
10/2/2004:ESA Gives Green Light To Funding For GMES -
10/2/2004:Computer Scientists Develop Wireless System To Monitor Volcanoes -
10/2/2004:El Nino May Be Returning - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Coast-Mapping Will Follow The Tides - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Quake Could Trigger Californian Tsunami - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Scientists Report Increased Thinning Of West Antarctic Glaciers - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:New Hydrothermal Vents Discovered As "South Pacific Odyssey" Research Begins - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Glaciers Quicken Pace to Sea  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Caribbean Reefs in Peril ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:Illicit or Legal- American Ivory Market Fuels Poaching ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:Schwarzenegger Signs Two Pollution Bills ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:Flaws seen in state control of toxic waste ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:Study Says Technologies Can Halve Vehicle Emissions and Save Consumers Money ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:International business briefs- Bad monsoon, Evolution breakthrough, Toxic water, Clean air waiver, Russian Kyo ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:Calif. OKs Toughest Auto Emissions Rules - ABC
10/2/2004:Spotted Owl Seen Declining in Northwest - ABC
10/2/2004:Sage Grouse Listing May Curb Natural Gas - ABC
10/2/2004:Protection plea for reef fish  - BBC
10/2/2004:Mini-quakes rumbling at Mount St. Helens
10/2/2004:Burp vaccine cuts greenhouse gas emissions
 - New Scientist
10/2/2004:Morningstar research firm catches grief from the SEC
 - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:More questions over Computer Associates
 - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:New Hydrothermal Vents Discovered As "South Pacific Odyssey" Research Begins
 - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Coast-Mapping Will Follow The Tides
 - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Volcanic Unrest in Mount St. Helens Crater
 - ABC
10/2/2004:Engineers Use Hurricanes to Study Houses
 - ABC
10/2/2004:Gold Indian Coin Expected to Fetch $27,000
 - ABC
10/2/2004:Picture of North Sea fish decline
  - BBC
10/2/2004:Montserrat volcano: Has it gone quiet?
  - BBC
10/2/2004:UK launches 10m recycling effort
  - BBC
10/2/2004:Sea defences 'raise floods risk'
  - BBC
10/2/2004:Sweden to save 'sinking' town
  - BBC

10/2/2004:Video Game Puts Players in Kerry's Virtual Swift Boat  - Technology Review 
10/2/2004:Campus Life Comes to Second Life  - Wired News
10/2/2004:IPod Promoters Feel the Heat  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Sims 2: Face Lift of the Original  - Wired News
10/2/2004:A New Reason to Love Star Wars  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Giving a game a good score  - BBC
10/2/2004:Game puts players in Kerry's boat
  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Digital Media Hits the Road
 - ABC
10/2/2004:Tokyo showcases gaming goodies
  - BBC
10/2/2004:Ork action: Warhammer strategy PC game proves fiendishly addictive
  - BBC

10/2/2004:Third-generation mobile wireless network comes calling
 - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Tired of cellphones' quirky connections
 - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Mobile-free zone: A six-month social experiment on life without a cell phone
  - BBC

10/2/2004:Intel unplugs wireless plans  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Via brings PCI Express to AMD-based computers  - C/Net

10/2/2004:HP discontinues its Itanium workstations  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Question about file-name color has a black-and-white answer - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Review: Samsung SyncMaster 910T LCD Monitor - ABC

10/2/2004:When Bot Nets Attack  - Technology Review 
10/2/2004:Staff fix needed at DIY website  - BBC
10/2/2004:FDIC warns about e-mail 'phishing' scam  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Web news feed syncs up with ads  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Cyber Police - ABC
10/2/2004:Death on the web: Is there eternal life online or does your domain die with you?   - BBC
10/2/2004:HFC bank in mass e-mail blunder
  - BBC
10/2/2004:NTL 'sorry' over abusive message
10/2/2004:Ask Jeeves bets on smart search
10/2/2004:Virus writers focus on image bug

10/2/2004:Conservative group savages anti-P2P bill  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Red Hat exec takes Sun to task on open source  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Microsoft Chief Counsel: Wants Settlement - ABC

10/2/2004:New York Adopts 25% Renewable Energy Standard ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:No nuclear shipments to pass by Irish seas ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:Wind and Nuclear Power -- a Generation Gap? - ABC

10/2/2004:Stem cells as heart "pacemakers"  - BBC




10/2/2004:New Knees Now - ABC
10/2/2004:Video: Hi-Tech Surgery For Reflux Disease - ABC
10/2/2004:Can Weekend Athletes Prevent Injuries- - ABC
10/2/2004:Small silicon sensor could sniff out health problems early  - BBC
10/2/2004:Vitamin E 'can restore hearing'  - BBC
10/2/2004:Bitter Malpractice Fight Going to Voters - ABC
10/2/2004:Seniors Take Up Tai Chi, Yoga Across U.S.  - ABC
10/2/2004:Harvard Program Stresses Patient Care - ABC
10/2/2004:Doctor Who Pioneered PMS Research Dies
 - ABC
10/2/2004:Men, Women More Different Than Thought
 - ABC

History, Anthropology:
10/2/2004:Billy the Kid: Case closed - MSNBC
10/2/2004:India's most famous monument begins its 350th birthday bash  - BBC

10/2/2004:Study Forecasts Nearly 500 HDTV Channels Globally By 2009 - SpaceDaily 
10/2/2004:State short on "living-wage" jobs - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Weighing in on biotechnology - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Regulators raise option of ousting Fannie Mae execs - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Billionaires' ranks booming, Forbes says - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:SEC and GE settle over disclosure of perks - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:Computer Associates' ex-CEO enters plea
10/2/2004:Ex-Qwest exec agrees to deal, enters guilty plea - Seattle Times
10/2/2004:TV Review: NOVA - Origins -
10/2/2004:Russia launches two miltary satellites - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Ins and Outs of Teledildonics  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Forgotten Remembers to Surprise  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Retailer Gets Out the Green Votes  - Wired News
10/2/2004:A Massive Experiment in Voting - Washington Post
10/2/2004:9 out of 10 Financial Websites Susceptible to Online Fraud  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Governments Call on North Korea to Dismantle Nuclear Weapons ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:NASA Awards Grant to Native American Higher Education ... - FirstScience
10/2/2004:Rare Buffalo, Sacred to Some Indians, Dies - ABC
10/2/2004:New Microsoft set-top box ready to roll  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Can you say 'offshore' anymore?
  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Cosmic Log: A scientific visual feast
10/2/2004:Spy Imagery Agency Watching Inside U.S.
 - ABC
10/2/2004:Panel Studies Effects of Nuclear Tests
 - ABC
10/2/2004:Sri Lanka Seeks Peace - This Time with Elephants
 - ABC

10/2/2004:Seances demonstrate power of suggestion - MSNBC
10/2/2004:An End to Horror? - ABC
10/2/2004:Does Suicide Risk Trace Back to Womb? - ABC

Physics and Astronomy:
10/2/2004:Hubble Lifts Fog on Early Universe -
10/2/2004:Hubble's deepest look into the Universe provides more questions than answers ...
 - FirstScience
10/2/2004:Asteroid Close Encounter Coming Wednesday ...
 - Nat'l. Geo. News
10/2/2004:Reheating Big Bang's Leftovers
  - Wired News
10/2/2004:NASA Tracks Three Space Bursts, Says Stellar Explosions Imminent



10/2/2004:Pushing To Be A Player - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Heavy Lift Is Needed
 - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Da Vinci Team Delays Launch  - Wired News
10/2/2004:Rutan ready to realise vision  - BBC
10/2/2004:Rutan aims to be on X-Prize flight
  - BBC
10/2/2004:Have Your Say: Would you fly into space if you could afford it?
  - BBC
10/2/2004:Virgin orders five 'spaceliners' to take tourists into space
  - BBC
10/2/2004:SpaceShipOne goes for next flight
  - BBC
10/2/2004:SpaceShipOne's Heady Flight Path
 - Business Week
10/2/2004:SpaceShipOne to launch again Monday
  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Will historic flight launch space tourism?
  - C/Net
10/2/2004:Genesis scientists wrapping up salvage job
  - CNN
10/2/2004:Second SpaceShipOne Launch Is 'Go' For October 4th
 - Science Daily
10/2/2004:SpaceShipOne's 2nd Shot at X Prize Slated for Monday
10/2/2004:NASA Brass Laud X Prize as Natural Extention of Agency's Work
10/2/2004:SpaceShipOne Team Ready To Make Second X Prize Flight Monday
10/2/2004:Dugway Genesis Team Ready To Ship Samples To Houston
10/2/2004:Spirit Back To Normal Operations

10/2/2004:NASA Spacecraft Moves One Step Closer To Fall Launch
10/2/2004:SpaceShipOne: Monday Launch Is On
10/2/2004:Canada Still Has Eyes on X Prize
  - Wired News

10/2/2004:Laurence Olivier Resurrected As 'Sky Captain' Villain -
10/2/2004:New Research Could Ignite New Solutions To Heat Transfer In Nano-Devices - SpaceDaily
10/2/2004:Nanotubes on Cloth Fire Electrons  - Technology Review 
10/2/2004:Rice lab makes nano parts less toxic  - C/Net


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