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Tracking The Mediterranean Seashore - SpaceDaily  Left:  Desertification is not the spread of existing deserts but the loss of a landscape's productive capacity through degradation, often due to human activities, such as overfarming or land clearance. It is a global problem, recognised as such by the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD). Arid or dryland ecosystems across the world are at risk, which includes European territory bordering the Mediterranean. A new satellite-based service called DesertWatch offers continuous monitoring of susceptible areas. Credits: AP Photo/Keystone, Sandro Campardo  The severe droughts and forest fires of recent years underline Mediterranean Europe's continuing vulnerability to desertification – 300 000 square kilometres of territory are currently affected, threatening the livelihoods of 16.5 million Europeans. A new satellite-based service is set to provide a continuous monitoring of regions most at risk. "Desertification is a common problem across Mediterranean nations, because of circumstances in common: similar historical backgrounds, climatic conditions, land use patterns, cultural characteristics and vegetation types." 
Huge Black Holes Formed Quickly After Big Bang - Space.com  Incredibly massive black holes had fully matured just a billion years after the birth of the universe, according to two separate studies. In a study announced today, a black hole catalogued as SDSSp J1306 appears to be about one billion times as massive as the Sun. It is 12.7 billion light-years away. The universe is thought to be 13.7 billion years old. A similarly massive and distant (12.8 billion light-years) black hole was studied recently.   

China To Accomplish Lunar Probe Program In 13 Years: Scientist - SpaceDaily  A similarly massive and distant black hole was studied recently. These remarks were made by Ouyang Ziyuan, the program's chief scientist, at the ongoing annual conference of China Association of Science and Technology held in Bo'ao, southernmost Hainan Province, on Sunday. Ouyang said that the program will embrace three major stages, namely, a moon surrounding probe; a lunar probe based on soft landing vehicles and moon roamers; and automatic lunar sampling and returning to the Earth. Ouyang said a satellite dubbed Chang'e I will be launched to orbit the moon before 2007. 
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Biosciences:
11/30/2004: Pigeons 'sense magnetic field'  - BBC
11/30/2004: Building a better turkey through biotech
 - MSNBC
11/30/2004: Homing pigeons reveal true magnetism  - Nature
11/30/2004: Genetic factors influence female infidelity  - Yahoo
11/30/2004: Genetic Discovery Paves Way To Decode Sense Of Smell In Mammals - Science Daily
11/30/2004: New Bulls May Revive The Texas State Bison Herd - Science Daily
11/30/2004: Genome Of Ancient Fish Could Reveal Evolutionary Mysteries, Stanford Scientists Say - Science Daily

Climate, Environment:
11/30/2004: Tracking The Mediterranean Seashore - SpaceDaily
11/30/2004: Arctic nations OK climate strategy - MSNBC
11/30/2004: Arctic Countries Agree on Perils of Climate Change but Not Solution  - NY Times
11/30/2004: Plankton Cool The Southern Hemisphere - Science Daily
11/30/2004: Study Highlights Importance Of Worker Skin Exposure To Pesticides And Limitations Of Measurement Methods - Science Daily

Computers:
Devices
11/30/2004: Half-Life 2 maker takes action against 20,000 pirates  - BBC
11/30/2004: Half of U.S. parents plan to nab video games  - C/Net
11/30/2004: Mobile games hit next level in India  - C/Net

Communications
11/30/2004: New rules for Britain's airwaves
  - BBC
11/30/2004: Making a beeline to being a telecom provider
  - C/Net
11/30/2004: Wireless winners--and losers
  - CNN
11/30/2004: Researchers envision 3-D hologram phone
  - CNN

Technology
11/30/2004: New Project Takes Measure Of Plastic Electronics - Science Daily

PC's

Internet
11/30/2004: New browser wins over surfers  - BBC
11/30/2004: Minors held in Spain porn swoop  - BBC

Miscellaneous
11/30/2004: EU sets date for Microsoft appeal  - BBC

Energy:
11/30/2004: Guilty as charged?  - C/Net
11/30/2004: S. Africa tests nuclear power options  - CNN
11/30/2004: Europeans want to make deal on fusion - MSNBC
11/30/2004: British Engineer Works To Secure Cost Effective Tidal Power - Science Daily

Health:
Cardiovascular
11/30/2004: Protein stops heart damage  - BBC

Cancer  
11/30/2004: Gel may destroy cervical cancer  - BBC
11/30/2004: FDA Approves New Drug For The Most Common Type Of Lung Cancer - Science Daily

Infectious
11/30/2004: £300m to halt sex disease crisis  - BBC
11/30/2004: Plan for first shelf antibiotic  - BBC
11/30/2004: Girl survives rabies without jab  - BBC
11/30/2004: UK pledges extra funding for surge in sexual diseases - New Scientist
11/30/2004: Girl Is First to Survive Rabies Without a Shot  - NY Times
11/30/2004: All Chronic Sinusitis Is Not Created Equal, Study Finds - Science Daily
11/30/2004: Small Seasonal Changes Can Lead To Big Flu Outbreaks
 - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
11/30/2004: Millions Who Suffer From Nut And Milk Allergies Could Benefit From Stanford Researcher’s Successful Tests Of New Vaccines In Dogs - Science Daily
11/30/2004: Flies On Crack: New Study Isolates Gene Mutation Responsive To Cocaine - Science Daily

Miscellaneous
11/30/2004: Laser treatment can zap away bad breath, say scientists  - BBC
11/30/2004: Brain power: Why is the pituitary referred to as the "master gland"?  - BBC
11/30/2004: Microsoft proposes piracy amnesty  - C/Net
11/30/2004: Laser zaps the home of bad breath bugs - New Scientist
11/30/2004: Diamonds Are A Urologist's Best Friend - Science Daily
11/30/2004: Study Shows Stem Cells Can Preserve Vision - Science Daily
11/30/2004: FDA Acts To Remove Ephedra-Containing Dietary Supplements From Market - Science Daily
11/30/2004: Promising New Directions For Gallstone Treatment - Science Daily

History, Anthropology:
11/30/2004: Ancient burial pit shows how Bronze Age Scots prepared for afterlife - New Scientist
11/30/2004: Poisoning Solved After Millions Of Years: Did Death-dealing Cyanobacteria Cause The Mass Deaths Of Messel? - Science Daily

Miscellaneous:
11/30/2004: Food for thought: Can the Earth feed its growing population?- and if so, how?  - BBC
11/30/2004: Computers in class: How technology in schools can help children learn  - BBC
11/30/2004: Hot for the holidays  - C/Net
11/30/2004: Waving hello, from a distance  - C/Net
11/30/2004: Security officials to spy on chat rooms  - C/Net
11/30/2004: 'Get your butt up' and shop!  - CNN
11/30/2004: Bugs and weeds enlisted to fight terrorists - MSNBC
11/30/2004: Iranians retain plutonium plan in nuclear deal  - NY Times
11/30/2004: Amazon Japan offers barcode purchases via camera phone - New Scientist
11/30/2004: The passionate life - New Scientist
11/30/2004: Study Says Nation Wastes Nearly Half Its Food - Science Daily

Neurosciences:
11/30/2004: Data Support Americans' Sense Of Accelerating 'Time Warp'; Balance Between Work And Family Elusive - Science Daily
11/30/2004: What Color Is That Sound? - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
11/30/2004: Huge Black Holes Formed Quickly After Big Bang - Space.com

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Space:
11/30/2004: China To Accomplish Lunar Probe Program In 13 Years: Scientist - SpaceDaily
11/30/2004: Saturn's moons show spectacular contrast
  - Nature
11/30/2004: Cassini Shows Grandeur Of Two Saturn Moons - Science Daily
11/30/2004: ISS Crew Vacate Station To Reposition Soyuz Spacecraft - SpaceDaily
11/30/2004: ISS Crew Successfully Redocks Soyuz Spacecraft - Space.com
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Technology:
11/30/2004: If your face fits... How your features could open doors or jump a queue  - BBC
11/30/2004: Go Digital: Exploring Mars by balloon, synthetic pigs and Tanzanian hi-tech  - BBC
11/30/2004: Elderly 'need digital TV funds'  - BBC
11/30/2004: Reading Electronic 'Fingerprints': Washington University Technology Earns Its Stripes - Science Daily
11/30/2004: Researchers Develop Digital Technique For Art Authentication - Science Daily
11/30/2004: Multipurpose Nanocables Invented - Science Daily

  




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