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Rise of the Robots: Segway Platform Gives Mechanoids Motion - Space.com  A military project aimed at building smarter robots has given researchers the wheels they need to make their automatons go. Originally developed by New Hampshire-based Segway for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program, the firm's Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP) allows robot developers to focus more on the thinking power of their machines while providing a quick mode of transportation.     
Da Vinci Team Faces Insurance Deadline - SpaceDaily  On Nov. 1, Feeney's insurance policy expires. The coverage is required by the Canadian government to provide a financial safety net in case people or property not involved with the flight are hurt or damaged. Obtaining the insurance was so important that the government refused to issue a launch license to Feeney's team. Without the insurance, the launch license expires as well. Feeney, head of a team in Toronto called the da Vinci Project, has handled deadline pressures before. His group was the only one of 25 other teams registered to complete in the Ansari X Prize that even attempted to give the front-runner  a run for the $10 million cash award.    

Analysis: Russia Calls Oil Shots With China - SpaceDaily  Left: Does Russia finally have China over a barrel. AFP photo by Frederic J. Brown. China rolled out a lot more than the red carpet to court Russian President Vladimir Putin on his state visit last week, but Putin stayed silent on the one thing China's leaders wanted above all else - his green light for a pipeline to feed Siberia's oil wealth to their energy-hungry industrial juggernaut. But no progress was made on two key planks of Beijing's strategy - an $18 billion, 3,000-mile gas link from the massive Kovykta field in eastern Siberia, first proposed nearly a decade ago, and a 1,500-mile oil link from western Siberia to the heart of China's refining industry.   
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11/1/2004: Platypus sex is XXXXX-rated ... - New Scientist
11/1/2004: Is That a Pilot in Your Pocket?
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11/1/2004: Contraception Controversy  - Wired News
11/1/2004: U.N. Clone Treaty Still on Ice  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Big Success for Single Embryos in IVF  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Human genome contains medical jackpot - MSNBC
11/1/2004: Word of honour  - Nature
11/1/2004: Big success for single embryos in IVF  - Nature
11/1/2004: Babies born after transplant surgery on eggs - New Scientist
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Climate, Environment:
11/1/2004: Global Warming Effects Faster Than Feared - Experts ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: ANALYSIS - Global Warming Seen as Security Threat ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: Canada to Protect Slug, Whale, Endangered Species ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: Schwarzenegger Shows Eco-Friendly Hummer ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: Dire warnings from global warming report ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: Britain facing crisis from climate change -report ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: Calif. Incentive: Leave the Trees  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Russia's parliament passes Kyoto protocol - New Scientist
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11/1/2004: Big Changes Are in Store for the WiMaxMarket in 2005, New Study Finds
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Technology
11/1/2004: Cal Berkeley dean predicts server-farm-on-a-chip  - El. Engr. Times
11/1/2004: Tohoku Pioneer plans volume production of OLEDs  - El. Engr. Times
11/1/2004: Bridgestone preps paper-like display  - El. Engr. Times
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PC's
11/1/2004: IBM Unveils Low-Cost Blades  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Touch-Screens Under Surveillance  - Wired News
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11/1/2004: November Harvest for CherryOS  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Electronics operations apparently spared in Japanese quakes  - El. Engr. Times
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Energy:
11/1/2004: Region urged to tap renewable energy sources ... - FirstScience
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Miscellaneous
11/1/2004: It Works: Rural Health-Care Tech  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Height Treatment Impairs Women's Fertility  - Wired News
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History, Anthropology:
11/1/2004: Indian Mounds Mystify Excavators  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Mexico struggles to rescue ancient ruins - MSNBC
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Miscellaneous:
11/1/2004: Analysis: Russia Calls Oil Shots With China - SpaceDaily
11/1/2004: Disdain for science portends decline of nation ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: Pension bailouts raise alarm over agency's assets - Seattle Times
11/1/2004: Dig below the hype companies dish out - Seattle Times
11/1/2004: Teachers learning they're in demand - Seattle Times
11/1/2004: Cleaning up a big mess takes time, groundwork - Seattle Times
11/1/2004: Résumé content is more important than format - Seattle Times
11/1/2004: How to deal with questions about having no job - Seattle Times
11/1/2004: Pharmaceutical sales reps reap high pay, perks - Seattle Times
11/1/2004: Tips on sending out résumés via e-mail - Seattle Times
11/1/2004: On the Trail of the Analemma  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Headlines Read by Naked Presenters Makes Cell Phone Debut - Ananova
11/1/2004: Cast your ballot in sci-fi political race - MSNBC
11/1/2004: Arctic adventurer finishes solo odyssey - MSNBC
11/1/2004: Battle to stop e-voting steps up  - Nature
11/1/2004: Father's age linked to schizophrenia risk - New Scientist
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Neurosciences:
11/1/2004: Gene responsible for Parkinson's disease in some families discovered ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: Chips Coming to a Brain Near You  - Wired News
11/1/2004: Down's Syndrome Theory Shattered  - BBC
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Physics and Astronomy:
11/1/2004: China to launch first space solar telescope in 2008 ... - FirstScience
11/1/2004: What Makes an Equation Beautiful ...
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11/1/2004: CERN all set to probe the universe ...
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11/1/2004: Canada's synchrotron opens in Saskatoon, fuelling scientific hopes and dreams ...
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11/1/2004: Quantum quirk may give objects mass ...
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11/1/2004: A hazy view of dark matter ...
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Prolongevity
11/1/2004: Evolutionary changes will make humans live till 150 ... - FirstScience
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Robotics:
11/1/2004: Rise of the Robots: Segway Platform Gives Mechanoids Motion - Space.com
11/1/2004: Robots Generate Some Buzz  - Wired News
11/1/2004: U.N. report: robotics population to explode  - El. Engr. Times
11/1/2004: More nimble robots seen reshaping manufacturing, health care
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Space:
11/1/2004: Da Vinci Team Faces Insurance Deadline - SpaceDaily
11/1/2004: NASA's Cassini Closes in on Titan ...
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11/1/2004: SpaceShipOne Guru: NASA Needs a Visionary ... - New Scientist
11/1/2004: Aviator Rutan chides NASA for failed program ... - New Scientist
11/1/2004: Shatner Aims for Real Star Trek  - CNN
11/1/2004: Mars rover enjoys mysterious power boost - New Scientist
11/1/2004: Autonomous spacecraft set for test flight
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11/1/2004: A Titanic Surprise
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11/1/2004: Cassini Begins To Peel Back Titan's Shroud
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11/1/2004: Obliquity Keeps Mars Ice Caps Moving
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11/1/2004: A Pirouette Puts Cassini On Track Over Titan
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11/1/2004: Getting On Course For Lunar Capture Took A Smart Move
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11/1/2004: NASA Sets New DART Launch Date
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11/1/2004: Cassini spacecraft sends first pictures of Saturn's moon Titan
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11/1/2004: Bright star: Four centuries later, fresh insight into historic find
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11/1/2004: Russia to build South Korean launch pad - SpaceDaily
11/1/2004: China slams as 'absurd' idea that EU satellite cooperation is military
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11/1/2004: Mars Rovers: Still Squeezing Out Science
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11/1/2004: NASA Works to Lower Shuttle, ISS Flight Risk
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11/1/2004: Kerry Promises 'A More Balanced' NASA
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11/1/2004: Cassini spacecraft images of Saturn's moon befuddling ...
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11/1/2004: What is Saturn's moon- Heaven knows ...
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11/1/2004: Tiny Ideas Coming of Age ...  - NY Times
11/1/2004: Halloween Goes High Tech  - Wired News
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