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Mars Reconsidered: New Data Raises Fresh Questions - Space.com  There is mounting evidence of the role of water in Mars’ evolution. That fact appears to have been favorable to the development of life -- and the leftover calling card of past biology may be preserved in that world’s geologic record. Even more compelling is the thought that life may well have taken a beating and kept on ticking over time. And if so, where on the planet is it today? Scientists are admittedly awash in new data. 
Russia Completes Construction Of Iranian Nuclear Power Station - SpaceDaily  Left:  A handout picture released by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization 22 August 2004 shows a recent general view of the Islamic republic's first nuclear reactor, being constructed with Russian help in the Gulf port of Bushehr, some 1,300 kms south of Tehran. Iran has repeatedly claimed its nuclear programme is entirely for civil purposes. AFP photo distribution.  Russia and Iran announced Thursday that the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear power plant has been completed. Iran's Beshehr nuclear plant, estimated to have cost $800 million, has angered the United States, which is concerned that spent nuclear fuel could be used to construct weapons.

Image: Mag-beam system

Cosmic Log: Ride the mag-beam to Mars - MSNBC  Could a magnetized particle beam really propel a manned spaceship to Mars, or would the beam-generating system cause more problems than it was worth? Thursday's item on the mag-beam scheme, which University of Washington planetary scientist Robert Winglee believes could provide a rapid-transit system for interplanetary explorers.
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Biosciences:
10/27/2004: Scientists downsize the human genome - MSNBC
10/27/2004: Mice still thrive after loss of 'junk DNA'
 - MSNBC
10/27/2004: National Geographic: Was Darwin wrong? - Nat'l. Geo. News
10/27/2004: Caution over kids after menopause  - Nature
10/27/2004: Biologists seek consensus on guidelines for stem-cell research  - Nature
10/27/2004: Egg injection boosts fertility  - Nature
10/27/2004: IVF health risks pinpointed  - Nature
10/27/2004: Schwarzenegger endorses stem-cell push  - Nature
10/27/2004: Fertility conference  - Nature
10/27/2004: Bacteria are genetically modified by lightning - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Scientists seek to create 'three-parent' babies - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Human testicular tissue grown in mice - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Boy babies less likely for single mothers - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Child health appears unaffected by IVF - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Recount slashes number of human genes - New Scientist
10/27/2004: The Cavefish's Lost Sight  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Those Brilliant Fall Outfits May Be Saving Trees  - NY Times
10/27/2004: We Could All Root for Lizards  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Human Gene Total Falls Below 25,000
  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Pig Proteins Help Heal Hurt Dolphin
  - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
10/27/2004: Japan accused of illegal whaling in Australia - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Chinese groups seek to halt a dam and save a treasured place  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Chinese Groups Seek to Halt a Dam and Save a Treasured Place  - NY Times

Computers:
Devices

Communications

Technology

PC's
10/27/2004: Toshiba, NEC plan HD DVD notebooks in 2005  - El. Engr. Times

Internet
10/27/2004: Transplant Arranged via the Internet Is Completed  - NY Times

Miscellaneous

Energy:
10/27/2004: Green Cars - MSNBC
10/27/2004: Green Machines - MSNBC
10/27/2004: Ford touts cleanest internal combustion engine - MSNBC
10/27/2004: Miniature jet engines could power cellphones - New Scientist
10/27/2004: UN experts visit Brazilian nuclear facility - New Scientist

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  
10/27/2004: Risks from low-level radiation reassessed - New Scientist

Infectious
10/27/2004: Antibiotics  - Nature
10/27/2004: Fridge-free vaccines on the way - New Scientist
10/27/2004: The Claim: Oral Herpes Can Be Transferred to the Genitals  - NY Times

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
10/27/2004: Deaf by design  - Nature
10/27/2004: Kate Nelson  - Nature
10/27/2004: Bad news for playboys: waterbeds can make you infertile - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Q & A: Flatulence in the Elderly  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Vital Signs: Therapies: Better Balance Through Exercise  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Patterns: The Deadly Rhythm of Winter  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Winning Is Good, but Playing Safely Is Better  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Essay: Doctors Behind Bars: Treating Pain Is Now Risky Business  - NY Times
10/27/2004: The (Often Neglected) Basics for Keeping Bones Healthy
  - NY Times

History, Anthropology:
10/27/2004: Discover Magazine: Bring back the Buddha - Discover
10/27/2004: Fossil of Dinosaur Caught Napping Is Found  - NY Times

Miscellaneous:
10/27/2004: Russia Completes Construction Of Iranian Nuclear Power Station - SpaceDaily
10/27/2004: Cosmic Log: Politics beyond party lines - MSNBC
10/27/2004: Europe assesses its place in the science race - MSNBC
10/27/2004: Microscopic diamond found in Montana - MSNBC
10/27/2004: Unseen comets may raise impact risk for Earth  - Nature
10/27/2004: French delegation strengthens bond with China  - Nature
10/27/2004: Russians fear privatization of state labs  - Nature
10/27/2004: Online nuke plans spark terror fears  - CNN
10/27/2004: Militants 'Google' reporter, then release him - MSNBC
10/27/2004: Pharms take root in South Africa  - Wired News
10/27/2004: Haven for Science Reaches for the Stars  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Bush vs. the Laureates- How Science Became a Partisan Issue  - NY Times

Neurosciences:
10/27/2004: Auras may be generated in the brain  - Nature
10/27/2004: If Your Brain Has a 'Buy Button,' What Pushes It?  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Cases: A Patient's Suicide, a Psychiatrist's Pain  - NY Times

Physics and Astronomy:
10/27/2004: Spinning Earth twists space  - Nature
10/27/2004: Gravity constant called into question
 - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Planet formation is violent, slow and messy
 - New Scientist
10/27/2004: Relativity tested on a shoestring budget
 - New Scientist
10/27/2004: A New Look at How Planets Are Formed
  - NY Times
10/27/2004: Observatory: Shaking Up Gravity
  - NY Times
10/27/2004: From a Physicist and New Nobel Winner, Some Food for Thought
  - NY Times

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Space:
10/27/2004: Cosmic Log: Ride the mag-beam to Mars - MSNBC
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Mars Reconsidered: New Data Raises Fresh Questions - Space.com
10/27/2004: Germany balks at funding ESA's planetary ambitions  - Nature
10/27/2004: Now Earning Wings: a New Kind of Astronaut  - NY Times
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Technology:
10/27/2004: Ford touts cleanest internal combustion engine - MSNBC
10/27/2004: In the E.R., Learning to Love the PC  - NY Times

  




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