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Space Tourism Seeking Public Investors - Space.com  It was billionaire Paul Allen's $20 million that allowed Burt Rutan to build SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned rocket to reach space. In Oklahoma, a state tax credit was key to getting Rocketplane Ltd. funded to begin work on a reusable launch vehicle for space tourism flights that would originate from one of the state's old Air Force bases. In California, meanwhile, Xcor Aerospace seeks government contracts to develop technologies.
Climate: Worrisome Trends In Antarctica - SpaceDaily  The conventional scientific wisdom has been that while most of the world has gotten warmer, Antarctica actually has cooled a little, except on its peninsulas and coasts; but new research indicates the polar continent is facing dramatic changes that probably are the result of global warming. Floating ice shelves are collapsing, vast glaciers are thinning and speeding up in their drift toward the sea, and improvement in the ozone hole probably will result in warming temperatures in the continent's interior. "We're beginning to push past the normal range of climate variability of the (post-Ice Age) Holocene (period)", said Ted Scambos. 

Unprotected Nuclear Weapons Multiply - SpaceDaily  Left:  The existence of Israel's nuclear program is officially denied by the Israeli government for fear of mandatory U.S. trade and diplomatic sanctions that would be imposed if proof of the program were to become public. Israel has not signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, and the U.S. officially turns a blind eye to Israel's weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD) program. The release of this late-2002 IKONOS image of the Israeli nuclear reactor at Dimona caused some embarrassment for both Israel and the U.S. The reactor is in the lower left of this image.  Four countries that secretly built their nuclear programs against the wishes of the international community now possess more than 400 nuclear weapons, says a report released in Washington Monday.    
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Biosciences:
10/20/2004: Fruit flies have two internal clocks - MSNBC
10/20/2004: Harvard seeks to clone human embryos
 - MSNBC
10/20/2004: UN to debate human cloning  - Nature
10/20/2004: Giant virus qualifies as 'living organism'  - Nature
10/20/2004: Amphibians face a bleak future  - Nature
10/20/2004: California dreaming  - Nature
10/20/2004: With Help, Sea Turtles Rally to Escape Oblivion
10/20/2004: Graphic: Sea Turtles Rebound  - NY Times
10/20/2004: Researchers Devise Potent New Tools To Curb Ivory Poaching - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Researchers Identify Key Plant Enzyme That Defends Against Multiple Infections - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Cells In Retina Found To Behave Like Soap Bubbles - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Rutgers-led Research Offers New Clues In The Genetic Mysteries Of Maize - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Flies Have Morning And Evening Clocks - Science Daily
10/20/2004: University Of Florida Scientists Have Bionanotechnology Recipe To Find Elusive Bacteria - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Laboratory Test Of Evolutionary Theory Confirms Importance Of Links Between Populations - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
10/20/2004: Climate: Worrisome Trends In Antarctica - SpaceDaily
10/20/2004: Chemists could predict volcano's moves - MSNBC
10/20/2004: Ukraine deluged by protests over plans for Danube delta  - Nature
10/20/2004: Indiana University, EPA To Study Airborne PCBs - Science Daily
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Computers:
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Communications
10/20/2004: FCC adopts rules for broadband over power lines
  - El. Engr. Times
10/20/2004: FCC deregulates telcos' fiber nets
  - El. Engr. Times
10/20/2004: Mobile phone risk revealed
  - Nature
10/20/2004: Long-term Mobile Phone Use Increases Risk Of Acoustic Neuroma, Swedish Study Finds
 - Science Daily

Technology
10/20/2004: North Carolina research team to develop flexible displays for U.S. Army  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
10/20/2004: A lighter approach to computer control - New Scientist
10/20/2004: iPod, laptops ignite Apple sales and profit - Seattle Times

Internet
10/20/2004: IndyMedia gets its servers back  - Wired News

Miscellaneous
10/20/2004: Instant messenger could control hacked computers - New Scientist
10/20/2004: Feature: Glad to be asexual - New Scientist

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
10/20/2004: Dartmouth Study Suggests Caution Against Using Certain Drugs To Unclog Heart Arteries - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Reconstituted Blood Is Better For Infants' Heart Surgery Than Fresh Blood - Science Daily

Cancer  
10/20/2004: Mechanism Found That 'Protects' Aggressive Melanoma From Angiogenesis Inhibitors - Science Daily
10/20/2004: New System Translates Improved Diagnostic Information To Target Radiation At Tumors - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Not Just For Wrinkles: Botox Could Play Key Role In Pain Control During Breast Reconstruction - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Areca-nut Chewers With Faulty Gene Have Higher Risk Of Mouth Cancer - Science Daily

Infectious
10/20/2004: US lacks back-up for flu vaccine shortfall  - Nature

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
10/20/2004: FDA approves computer chip for humans - MSNBC
10/20/2004: Protein in ear may be key to hearing - MSNBC
10/20/2004: Iraq faces growing health crisis  - Nature
10/20/2004: Identity Badge Worn Under Skin Approved for Use in Health Care  - NY Times
10/20/2004: Forum: Would You Get a Chip Implant-  - NY Times
10/20/2004: Plastic Surgeons Perform First Entire Face Reconstruction - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Barbed Sutures, Ultrasonic Body Contouring, Wrinkle Fillers Give Patients More Innovative, Non-Surgical Options - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Healthy Eating Reduces The Chance Of Spina Bifida - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Immune Therapy Appears To Reduce Risk Of Second Attack Of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
 - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
10/20/2004: Sleeping dinosaur discovered - MSNBC
10/20/2004: Cosmic Log: How did dinosaurs die? - MSNBC
10/20/2004: Fossil dinosaur slept like a bird  - Nature

Miscellaneous:
10/20/2004: Unprotected Nuclear Weapons Multiply - SpaceDaily
10/20/2004: New atlas shows changing world - MSNBC
10/20/2004: Mathematical "truth serum" promotes honesty - New Scientist
10/20/2004: Are you listening, America? - New Scientist
10/20/2004: Voice of the people - New Scientist
10/20/2004: Implantable medical ID approved by FDA - Washington Post
10/20/2004: Taiwan may have experimented with atomic bomb ingredient  - NY Times
10/20/2004: Printer Forensics To Aid Homeland Security, Tracing Counterfeiters - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Airlines expect to take big hit from oil prices - Seattle Times
10/20/2004: Computer Crash Linked to Excessive Heat Deepens Concerns about Electronic Voting  - Technology Review
10/20/2004: Digital TV Finds It Hard to be Free  - Technology Review

Neurosciences:
10/20/2004: Learning second language changes brain - MSNBC
10/20/2004: Paralysed man sends e-mail by thought  - Nature
10/20/2004: Radical rethink of Huntington's disease - New Scientist
10/20/2004: Epilepsy drug may harm fetal development - New Scientist
10/20/2004: Epilepsy Study Shows Memory Loss After Brain Surgery - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Imaging Studies Clarify Brain Changes Associated With Language Deficits In Autism - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
10/20/2004: Newfound Star Cluster May Be Final Milky Way 'Fossil' - Science Daily

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Space:
10/20/2004: Space Tourism Seeking Public Investors - Space.com
10/20/2004: Room With An Out-Of-This-World View Arrives At NASA
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Technology:
10/20/2004: New ideas brewing in beer industry  - CNN
10/20/2004: Science in the FAST LANE  - Nature
10/20/2004: Composite fibres light up - PhysicsWeb
10/20/2004: When Looking Isn't Seeing: Is Cockpit Design Flawed? - Science Daily
10/20/2004: Nanotubes Form Transparent Film  - Technology Review

  




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