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Conditions On Vast Plain On Mars Could Have Been Suitable For Life - SpaceDaily  "Liquid water was once present intermittently at the martian surface at Meridiani, and at times it saturated the subsurface. Because liquid water is a key prerequisite for life, we infer that conditions at Meridiani may have been habitable for some period of time in martian history. That's probably the single most important thing we have found: evidence for minerals at Meridiani that are the kinds of things that are very good at preserving evidence of ancient life for very long periods of time." The Mars rover mission is not designed to look for microbial life but to look for evidence of whether conditions were once right for life.     
Spirit's Mars Reads Like a Mystery Novel - SpaceDaily  Left: The Shadow of Spirit. Astrobiology Magazine (AM): Are you seeing stuff that you have no idea what it is?  Steve Squyres:  We're seeing stuff that we don't know what it is, and we think, "It could be this or that or that," and then we go to another rock nearby, and then two hypotheses are knocked out and another one pops up, and the picture becomes a little more clear. It's like a mystery novel. You get one clue at a time.  When we first landed, we didn't have any idea what we were dealing with, and gradually, rock by rock, clue by clue, the picture came into focus. That's where we are in the Columbia Hills right now.

Congress Impedes NASA Prizes - SpaceDaily  The priciest category, called the Flagship Awards, would range from $10 to $50 million with one or two prizes given out each year. Specific contests will include achieving a robotic soft landing on the moon, using a solar sail to maneuver in space or developing a small unmanned returnable capsule for bringing materials and experiments back from the International Space Station. The next-smaller category, dubbed the Keystone Awards, would run from $250,000 to $5 million, with three to five presented per year. NASA would give Keystone Awards for overcoming a variety of smaller technological challenges, such as developing a better spacesuit glove, a better lunar rover or better radiation shielding.   
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Biosciences:
12/12/2004: Squeezing Out Monkey Clones  - Wired News
12/12/2004: The Cuban Biotech Revolution
  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Creepy Solution to Stem-Cell Debate  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Fish areas 'need drastic action'  - BBC
12/12/2004: Science at odds with industry  - BBC
12/12/2004: Your views on the fishing industry  - BBC
12/12/2004: Sky count to track orang numbers  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
12/12/2004: Mouth Of The Danube - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: Coral Reef Damage Rising Worldwide ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Greenhouse gas projects on hold ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Thousands gather for global warming conference ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: JVC develops environmentally friendly DVD from corn starch ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Sen. Lieberman calls for new vote on emissions bill ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: How green are UK carbon trading plans?  - BBC
12/12/2004: Low-lying home: The Bangladeshis who may become climate change refugees  - BBC
12/12/2004: Argentina warns of climate crisis  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
12/12/2004: Always Online -- Virtual World  - Technology Review 
12/12/2004: Retro genius: Metal Slug 3 offers 2D vision of hectic game blasting fun  - BBC

Communications
12/12/2004: Cell-Tower Emission Risks Probed
  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Virgin plans China mobile service
  - BBC
12/12/2004: Orange 3G phones launched in UK
  - BBC

Technology
12/12/2004: Gov't Shows Data 'Repair Kit' for Quantum Computers ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Nvidia to work on PlayStation 3 chip  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Nvidia's Nforce 5 details enlarged and expanded  - C/Net

PC's
12/12/2004: In a league of his own  - C/Net

Internet
12/12/2004: Spyware on My Machine? So What?  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Blogs May Be a Wealth Hazard  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Study: Musicians Dig the Net  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Site Helps Salespeople Swap Contacts  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Beijing Loves the Web Until the Web Talks Back  - NY Times
12/12/2004: Design decade: How the web has become easier to use over the past 10 years  - BBC
12/12/2004: Search sites get closer to users
  - BBC
12/12/2004: Search wars hit desktop PC
  - BBC
12/12/2004: Britons 'take anti-fraud actions'
  - BBC
12/12/2004: Movie Downloads Hit Prime Time
 - Business Week
12/12/2004: DDoS vigilante militia could tackle net porn, says pundit
  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Clinton blows horn for search start-up
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
12/12/2004: Apple goes after iTunes.co.uk owner  - C/Net

Energy:
12/12/2004: Europe Growing Dependent On Russian Energy: IEA - SpaceDaily

Health:
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Cancer  
12/12/2004: Sun Exposure Cuts Lymphoma Risk - ABC
12/12/2004: 'Fossil Record' of the Human Immune System Shows Cancer Blocking Antibodies ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Hope for brain tumour treatment  - BBC

Infectious
12/12/2004: Hospital cleaners to cut superbug  - BBC
12/12/2004: Map- Lines are drawn  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Photo- Unlikely rebel  - C/Net

Non-Infectious
12/12/2004: MS risk 'linked to birth month'  - BBC
12/12/2004: Uncorking Net alcohol sales

Miscellaneous
12/12/2004: Ailing health China's healthcare system is in desperate need of reform  - BBC
12/12/2004: Health at 50+: What vitamins and minerals do you need as you get older?  - BBC
12/12/2004: Cell-Tower Emission Risks Probed  - C/Net

History, Anthropology:
12/12/2004: Human gland evolved from gills  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
12/12/2004: Pacifist Japan To Study Developing First Long-Range Missile: Report - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: Russia Tells India It Is Not Soviet Union - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: Researchers To Develop The Rapid Steganographic Detection Suite - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: Woot, Here It Is  - Technology Review 
12/12/2004: Site Bars Black Box Voting Head  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Ferraris Made in India  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Computers Are a Drag on Learning  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Computer Kiosks Feed Taste for Food Favorite  - Wired News
12/12/2004: Can China bring its own pipeline to the market? ...  - Nature
12/12/2004: Teen Wins H.S. Science Competition ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Europe backs digital TV lifestyle  - BBC
12/12/2004: Suicide pacts The young Japanese searching for strangers to die with  - BBC
12/12/2004: The Rush to Consumer Electronics - Business Week
12/12/2004: Dynasties on the wane  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Powerhouse again?  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Time of change  - C/Net
12/12/2004: IBM appears close to PC deal  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Rumor: Is IBM bobbing for Apple?  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Net sleuths hunt serial killer
  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Vigilante on the TV Frontier
  - NY Times
12/12/2004: What Do You Think of Online Vigilantes-
  - C/Net
12/12/2004: FBI's Cyber-Crime Chief Relates Struggle for Top Talent
  - C/Net
12/12/2004: Agencies Find What They're Looking For
 - Washington Post
12/12/2004: Business writing takes a battering
 - Washington Post
12/12/2004: U.S. Students Fare Badly in International Survey of Math Skills
  - NY Times
12/12/2004: 
Best schools are in Finland and the far east  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
12/12/2004: Controlling a computer with the brain comes a step closer  - BBC
12/12/2004: Obesity linked to lack of sleep  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
12/12/2004: Quantum Memory For Light - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: How the Early Universe Got Dusty Remains a Mystery ...
 - FirstScience
12/12/2004: 12.6.04:- Briefing About New Look at Planet Astronomers will present findings from Hubble Space Telescope and ...
 - NASA
12/12/2004: NASA Announces Media Briefing about New Look at Planet Forming ...
 - FirstScience

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Robotics:
12/12/2004: ESA Astronaut Goes Underwater To Test European Robotic Arm - SpaceDaily

Space:
12/12/2004: Conditions On Vast Plain On Mars Could Have Been Suitable For Life - SpaceDaily
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Spirit's Mars Reads Like a Mystery Novel - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: Congress Impedes NASA Prizes - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: Spotlight On Space Debris - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: Earthlings' Low Signal-To-Noise- - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: NASA Seeks Methods to Repair Shuttles in Flight ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Astronauts' Sleep Schedules May Need Adjusting ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Retro Report 'Sam' the Space Monkey ... - FirstScience
12/12/2004: Kazakhs, Russians create new space complex ... - FirstScience
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Technology:
12/12/2004: Nano World: Software To Speed Nanotech - SpaceDaily
12/12/2004: Molecule Harvests Water's Hydrogen  - Technology Review 
12/12/2004: When Technology Gets Personal  - BBC
12/12/2004: Xerox Is Dreaming in Color - Business Week

  




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