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UN Finds No Proof Yet Of Secret Iranian Nuclear Program - SpaceDaily  Left:  AFP file photo of Iran's Parchin nuclear research facility.  The UN atomic watchdog said Monday it had found no proof of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program but could not yet conclude there was no covert activity, as Iran pledged to suspend uranium enrichment to prove its peaceful intentions. In a confidential report, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that while Iran had been guilty of breaching international safeguards, almost two years of inspection had uncovered no proof of an illicit weapons program. Washington wants the agency to haul Iran before the UN Security Council for possible sanctions  
Distance running 'shaped human evolution'  - Nature  Left:  Humans may have spent millions of years honing their distance running.  Long-distance running was crucial in creating our current upright body form, according to a new theory. Researchers have suggested that our early ancestors were good endurance runners, and that their habit has left its evolutionary mark on our bodies, from our leg joints right up to our heads. Early humans may have taken up running around 2 million years ago, after our ancestors began standing upright on the African savannah, suggest Dennis Bramble of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a result, evolution would have favoured certain body characteristics, such as wide, sturdy knee-joints. The theory may explain why, thousands of years later, so many people are able to cover the full 42 kilometres of a marathon, the researchers add. And it may provide an answer to the question of why other primates do not share this ability. Our poor sprinting prowess has given rise to the idea that our bodies are adapted for walking, not running, says Lieberman, "but we're quite good at endurance running."   

Image: Human Proteome Folding

Computer grid tapped for global problems - MSNBC  Left:  As seen in this screenshot, the World Community Grid's desktop console lets users monitor progress on a protein-folding project, and see a representation of the protein molecule itself.  IBM and top scientific research organizations are joining forces in a humanitarian effort to tap the unused power of millions of computers and help solve complex social problems. Organisers say the grid could help unlock genetic codes that underlie diseases like AIDS and HIV, Alzheimer’s or cancer, improve forecasting of natural disasters and aid studies to protect the world’s food and water supply. The project is designed to handle up to 10 million participants
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Biosciences:
11/25/2004: Monkey madness - apes to get the boot from Indian highway  - BBC
11/25/2004: Airlift for earthquake-hit fish
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11/25/2004: World's largest DNA lab reports fraud  - CNN
11/25/2004: U.N. abandons idea of anti-cloning treaty - MSNBC
11/25/2004: Reassuring Findings From First Study On Sperm Donor Identification - Science Daily
11/25/2004: The Blotchier The Face, The Better The Wasp - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Sex Determining Genes Of Infectious Fungus Resemble Human Y Chromosome - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Pitt Student Discovers New Genus, Species Of Ancient Amphibian - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Insecticide Resistance In Mosquitoes Being Studied - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Enzyme Essential To Sperm Movement Provides Target For New Contraceptive Approach - Science Daily
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Climate, Environment:
11/25/2004: Kyoto Protocol gets the green light - New Scientist
11/25/2004: Clouds of pollution pictured from space - New Scientist
11/25/2004: Scientists see hope amid coral doom and gloom  - Yahoo
11/25/2004: Old Riverbed Keeps Chemicals From Entering Ohio River - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Geological Demolition Derby: New View On Tibetan Plateau's Rift Valleys - Science Daily
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Computers:
Devices
11/25/2004: Half-Life 2 heaven: After six years Gordon Freeman makes a triumphant return  - BBC
11/25/2004: Apple in Europe: The iPod maker gears up to open its new London store  - BBC
11/25/2004: Wrestling 'SmackDown' lets you fight online  - CNN
11/25/2004: Nintendo aims for older crowd with DS  - C/Net  - C/Net
11/25/2004: 2004 toy wonders: 26 must-have gadgets
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Communications
11/25/2004: Surfing Somalis: How telecoms firms have thrived without a government
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11/25/2004: Reaching the far reaches of the world -- without wires
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11/25/2004: Pa. may block city 'Wi-Fi' plan, backers say
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11/25/2004: Hollywood seeks Internet2 tests, P2P oversight
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11/25/2004: Verizon ratchets up stakes in the cable-telecom war
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Technology
11/25/2004: Getting Intel Back on the Inside Track - Business Week
11/25/2004: Intel Will "Continue to Run Faster" - Business Week
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PC's
11/25/2004: Computer grid tapped for global problems  - MSNBC
11/25/2004: Network PC's return  - C/Net
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Internet
11/25/2004: Lazarus-like virus hits computers  - BBC
11/25/2004: Pity Bill Gates, the "most spammed person" in the world  - BBC
11/25/2004: Google engineers new scholarly search  - CNN
11/25/2004: Internet porn: Worse than crack?  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Net access tax ban extended for 3 years  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Dogfight over videos of White House pup  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Sober worm variant shimmies
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11/25/2004: Web shoppers open their wallets wider
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11/25/2004: Spam gets religion
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11/25/2004: Many still await MSN, Yahoo e-mail upgrades
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11/25/2004: Microsoft says IE updates possible
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11/25/2004: Firefox fortune hunters
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11/25/2004: Caught in a phishing trap
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11/25/2004: Scientists get their own Google
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11/25/2004: MPAA seeks Internet2 tests, P2P monitor role
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Miscellaneous
11/25/2004: Shoppers' paradise: Ten ways a trip to a computer shop could be improved  - BBC
11/25/2004: Microsoft warns of lawsuits over Linux  - CNN
11/25/2004: The tech-support generation  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Goliath times two  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Air Force turns to Microsoft for network security  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Hollywood--one strike and you're out  - C/Net
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Energy:
11/25/2004: Research May Lead To Improved Fuel Cell Design - Science Daily
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Health:
Cardiovascular
11/25/2004: Drug May Hinder Recovery From Heart Attacks - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Morphine For Chest Pain Increases Death Risk - Science Daily
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Cancer  
11/25/2004: Ovarian Cancer Does Have Early Warning Signs, Mayo Clinic And Olmsted Medical Center Find - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Study Assesses Tomato Oil Effect On Prostate - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Down Syndrome Protein Reduces Tumor Growth - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Sick Kids Researchers Confirm That Cancer Stem Cells Initiate And Grow Brain Tumours - Science Daily
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Infectious
11/25/2004: Aids deaths  - BBC
11/25/2004: Cheap antibiotic tackles childhood HIV  - Nature
11/25/2004: Cheap antibiotic slashes AIDS-related deaths - New Scientist
11/25/2004: Infection Puts Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants At Risk For Developmental Delays - Science Daily
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Non-Infectious
11/25/2004: Heavy, Lifetime Alcohol Users May Be Toasting Metabolic Syndrome - Science Daily
11/25/2004: MicroRNA Study Points To Novel Path For Treating Diabetes - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Good News About Vitamin E: May Help Some Diabetics - Science Daily
11/25/2004: New Protein Structure May Aid In Design Of Therapeutics For Autoimmune Disease - Science Daily
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Miscellaneous
11/25/2004: 88 public health pilots unveiled  - BBC
11/25/2004: GP's 200,000 emergency patients  - BBC
11/25/2004: Mums-to-be: A global view of women who are seven months pregnant  - BBC
11/25/2004: An 'electronic eye' for the blind  - BBC
11/25/2004: Smacking ban 'unworkable'  - BBC
11/25/2004: US drug safety checks 'slack'  - BBC
11/25/2004: Voice loss 'threat' to workforce  - BBC
11/25/2004: Lie-ins keep bed clear of mites  - Nature
11/25/2004: 'Electronic eye' helps blind across the road
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11/25/2004: FDA reviewer says five drugs need closer scrutiny
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11/25/2004: Regular Family Meals Promote Healthy Eating Habits
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11/25/2004: University Of Oregon Study Is First To Link Histamine Receptors To Heat Stress
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11/25/2004: Tiny Exosomes Extracted From Donor Cells May Be 'Magic Bullet' For Drug-free Transplants
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History, Anthropology:
11/25/2004: Distance running 'shaped human evolution'  - Nature
11/25/2004: Ape fossil bridges gap - MSNBC
11/25/2004: Lost Afghan treasures recovered - MSNBC
11/25/2004: Not all great apes were swingers - New Scientist
11/25/2004: Fossils Found in Spain Seen as Last Link to Great Apes  - NY Times
11/25/2004: Study: Learning to Run Propelled Evolution  - NY Times
11/25/2004: New Evidence Puts Man In North America 50,000 Years Ago
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Miscellaneous:
11/25/2004: UN Finds No Proof Yet Of Secret Iranian Nuclear Program - SpaceDaily
11/25/2004: Home working trial proves popular  - BBC
11/25/2004: Thin is in for tube TVs  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Photo: Super-slim TV tubes  - C/Net
11/25/2004: The speed's the thing  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Photos: Coast to coast  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Wild blue yonder  - C/Net
11/25/2004: The best defense  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Report: Florida data suggests e-voting problems  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Intel to invest $40 million in India  - C/Net
11/25/2004: The lean, green service machine  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Outside directors and lawsuits: What are the real risks?  - C/Net
11/25/2004: DVD media surge as CD-R market peaks  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Superman too super a role model - New Scientist
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Neurosciences:
11/25/2004: Mood 'impact' on disease studied  - BBC
11/25/2004: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Testing New Procedure For Patients With Major Depression - Science Daily
11/25/2004: Malnutrition In Early Years Leads To Low IQ And Later Antisocial Behavior, USC Study Finds - Science Daily
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Physics and Astronomy:
11/25/2004: Following in Pioneer's footsteps  - Nature
11/25/2004: Good news for causality
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11/25/2004: Polaroid Sunglasses Let Astronomers Take A Closer Look At Black Holes
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11/25/2004: Unusual Material That Contracts When Heated Is Giving Up Its Secrets To Physicists
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11/25/2004: Experiment Confirms Existence Of New Electronic State In Superconductors
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Prolongevity
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Space:
11/25/2004: Space jigsaw: How well do you know the Solar System's planets and probes-  - BBC
11/25/2004: Cosmic Log: Suborbital showdown
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11/25/2004: Repelling cosmic rays with magnetic bubbles
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Technology:
11/25/2004: UK timekeepers get very precise  - BBC
11/25/2004: How to make a gigapixel picture  - BBC
11/25/2004: IBM's Tour de Force for Museum Of Modern Art - Business Week
11/25/2004: A PC in the toaster? How mod!  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Photos- Gadgets rule in digital household  - C/Net
11/25/2004: Livermore Scientists Shape Crystals With Biomolecules - Science Daily
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