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Robotic Fish From China - Space.com  The black-bodied robot fish is about four feet long, and resembles a real fish in both shape and movement. The robot is controlled remotely with a palm-sized control pad. It also has automatic navigation controls and swims at about four kilometers per hour for up to three hours. This sophisticated robot might be the direct ancestor of the Mitsubishi turbot, the robofish that is the star of Michael Swanwick's 2002 novelette Slow Life. Read more about the underwater robotic fish.    
US Spying On Head Of UN Atomic Agency - Washington Post  US President George W. Bush's administration has listened in on phone calls between Mohamed ElBaradei and Iranian diplomats, seeking ammunition to oust ElBaradei as head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, The Washington Post said Sunday. "The intercepted calls have not produced any evidence of nefarious conduct by ElBaradei," the Post said, quoting three unnamed US officials who had read the transcripts. Senator Joseph Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN that the eavesdropping had not revealed ElBaradei had done anything wrong or "inappropriate." "He hasn't given the administration (of US President George W. Bush) what they wanted to hear. He turned out to be right about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction," Biden said of ElBaradei.   

Heart monitor

Finger test 'spots heart disease'  - BBC  The reactive hyperaemia peripheral arterial tonometry (RH-PAT) test uses a probe to measure how the volume of a fingertip changes as blood pulses through it. One measurement is taken, then a blood pressure cuff is inflated to restrict blood flow to the arm for five minutes. Another reading is taken once the cuff has been removed to see how quickly vessels in the fingertip respond to the initial rush of blood. Ninety-four patients took part in the study. The results of this standard test showed none had coronary artery disease. But the RH-PAT test indicated 55 showed signs of endothelial dysfunction.
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Alzheimer's Disease:

Biosciences:
12/21/2004: Scientists Map the Mouse Brain Genome ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: Bugs ravage North American forests ...
 - New Scientist
12/21/2004: Slick trick could save marine ecosystems ... - New Scientist
12/21/2004: Mutations: Promiscuous proteins  - Nature
12/21/2004: A pocketful of kinases  - Nature
12/21/2004: Stocky Monkey in Himalayas Becomes Newest Primate Species - NY Times

Climate, Environment:
12/21/2004: Researchers Improve Predictions Of Cloud Formation For Better Global Climate Modeling  - Science Daily
12/21/2004: Exploring Ocean Life and Color on the Internet  - Wired News
12/21/2004: Europe Seeks Accords With U.S. on Climate Change at Buenos Aires Meeting ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: 2004 signals more global warming, extreme weather-UN ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: Limpopo's deforestation a threat to conservation ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: U.S. seen isolated at U.N. climate change talks ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: Rising global heat to wreck Amazon rain forest ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: NASA's ICESat Satellite Sees Changing World Affecting Many - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: Improved Predictions Of Cloud Formation For Better Climate Modeling - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: Historic Himalayan Ice Dams Created Huge Lakes, Mammoth Floods - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: UN calls for greater action over climate change - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: Kyoto format should be ditched if US, China, India remain outside: Italy - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: 2004 fourth hottest since records began - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: EU should sanction US over climate change policy- campaigners - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: EU, US at odds on climate change in UN conference - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: Argentina scolds 'two-faced' rich  - BBC
12/21/2004: Climate change issues clouded by ozone
 - New Scientist
12/21/2004: Explosive predictions for Mount St Helens - New Scientist
12/21/2004: NASA Scientists Link Greenhouse Gases To Insects And Trees - Science Daily
12/21/2004: University At Albany Researchers Link PCBs To Respiratory Diseases - Science Daily

Computers:
Devices
12/21/2004: Anime Freaks Now Have a Guide  - Wired News
12/21/2004: Star Wars Sequel Lacks Force  - Wired News
12/21/2004: Fun of Mario Party Doesn't Last  - Wired News

Communications
12/21/2004: Telemarketers Won't Have Access to Cellular Database
  - Wired News
12/21/2004: Phoning home at last
  - C/Net
12/21/2004: No @$%-& indecency rules for satellite radio
  - C/Net
12/21/2004: Feds move on wireless Web, cell phones in flight
  - C/Net
12/21/2004: FCC rolls back network sharing rules for Bells
  - C/Net

Technology
12/21/2004: Samsung claims world's smallest cell for 8-Gbit NAND - Silicon Strategies
12/21/2004: Intel 'dual-core' could be two die glued together, says report - Silicon Strategies
12/21/2004: HP shifts last of Itanium work to Intel  - C/Net
12/21/2004: Intel, HP part ways in Itanium 64-bit processor pact  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
12/21/2004: HP to make $3 billion Itanium commitment  - C/Net

Internet
12/21/2004: Computer-Scouring Software Rivals Google Tool  - Technology Review 
12/21/2004: Two Domain Names Get Preliminary OK  - Technology Review 
12/21/2004: Google scores court victory  - C/Net
12/21/2004: Is the Net truly global?  - C/Net
12/21/2004: The Internet's biggest foe  - C/Net
12/21/2004: Yahoo tests video search engine  - C/Net
12/21/2004: Students uncover dozens of Unix software flaws
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
12/21/2004: Motorola Stock Yo-Yos Higher on Merger Talk; Company to Realign Businesses  - Technology Review 
12/21/2004: Buying Your Way Out of Trouble  - Wired News
12/21/2004: Hollywood Wants BitTorrent Dead  - Wired News
12/21/2004: IDC- Linux PC sales to hit $10 billion in 2008  - C/Net

Energy:
12/21/2004: Ecobot Eats Dead Flies for Fuel  - Wired News
12/21/2004: Outrage at plans for UK nuclear waste storage ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: California Seeks to Create More Solar Homes ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: Georgia Tech Develops Organic Solar Cell - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: Sharp to boost solar cell output to meet strong global demand - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: Nobel laureate rings energy alarm bell  - C/Net

Health:
Cardiovascular
12/21/2004: Finger test 'spots heart disease'   - BBC
12/21/2004: Infection link to heart attacks  - BBC

Cancer  
12/21/2004: New Drug Delivery System For Treating Cancer Tested In Animals  - Science Daily
12/21/2004: Add An 'E' For 'Evolving' To The Alphabet For Identifying Melanoma
12/21/2004: Green Tea Polyphenols Thwart Prostate Cancer Development At Multiple Levels  - Science Daily

Infectious
12/21/2004: New Study Discovers Why 'Persister' Cells Never Say Die  - Science Daily
12/21/2004: Prions piggyback into body  - Nature
12/21/2004: SARS vaccine trial spotlights continued peril  - Nature

Non-Infectious
12/21/2004: Immunology: The genetics of overreacting  - Nature

Miscellaneous
12/21/2004: Copper Oxide Effective Against Nematodes In Small Ruminants
12/21/2004: Less Fat Makes Better Process For Designing New Drugs  - Science Daily
12/21/2004: Transplanted Bone Marrow Cells Reduce Liver Fibrosis In Mice  - Science Daily
12/21/2004: Stem cells 'to treat liver harm'  - BBC
12/21/2004: When Water Can Be Bad for Kids - Business Week

History, Anthropology:

Miscellaneous:
12/21/2004: US Spying On Head Of UN Atomic Agency - Washington Post
12/21/2004: Bill Gates joins Berkshire Hathaway's board - Seattle Times
12/21/2004: U.S. trims Canadian lumber tariffs - Seattle Times
12/21/2004: US, Russia to talk on GPS satellites - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: Mixing old and new: Thai hilltribes turn to technology to preserve cultural traditions  - BBC
12/21/2004: 'Don't mass vaccinate' against anthrax  - Nature
12/21/2004: When Shots Ring Out, a Listening Device Acts as Witness - NY Times

Neurosciences:
12/21/2004: physical activity improves sleep and cognition in the elderly ... - FirstScience

Physics and Astronomy:
12/21/2004: A Magnetosphere of One's Own  - Wired News
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Solar Ultrasound: Bass Note In Music Of The Spheres ... - Space.com
12/21/2004: Decoding Dusty Disks
 - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: UA Mirror Lab To Cast First Mirror For Giant Magellan Telescope
 - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: X-Ray Line-emitting Objects In XMM-Newton Observations: Tip Of Iceberg
 - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: La Silla Images Large Magellanic Cloud
 - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: Snapshot of an electron orbital
  - Nature
12/21/2004: Materials dynamics: A full spread
  - Nature
12/21/2004: Molecular orbitals come into view
 - PhysicsWeb

Prolongevity

Robotics:
12/21/2004: Robotic Fish From China - Space.com

Space:
12/21/2004: Russians Continue Work on Space Parachute - MSNBC
12/21/2004: Lunar Ice: 'Cold Traps' Eyed for Exploration ...
 - Space.com
12/21/2004: Astronomers Ready for Comet Smashing Mission ... - Space.com
12/21/2004: Investigations for the Mars Science Laboratory ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: Investigations for the Mars Science Laboratory ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: NASA's Aura: New Eye for Clean Air ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: NASA throws Deep Impact spacecraft at comet ... - FirstScience
12/21/2004: No Safe Place for Satellites - Space.com
12/21/2004: 
Reaching Toward Neptune: Two Ways to Explore an Ice Giant - Space.com
12/21/2004: 
NASA Selects Investigations For The Mars Science Laboratory - SpaceDaily
12/21/2004: 
CNES OKs Multitude Of Exploration Missions - SpaceDaily
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Space Scientist Proposes New Model For Jupiter's Core - SpaceDaily
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Technology:
12/21/2004: Carbon Nanotubes Yield A New Class Of Biological Sensors  - Science Daily
12/21/2004: What's New at Tech Review, Part Two  - Technology Review 
12/21/2004: PC photo printers challenge pros  - BBC

  



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