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2008 Launch of New Soyuz-2 to be a Russian-French Affair - Space.com  The Samara-based TsSKB-Progress Space Center plans to launch the first Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana in 2008. The Soyuz-Kourou project envisions for the space center to build a launch system for carrier rockets, produced by TsSKB-Progress. The official noted that the construction of the launch system was slated for 2005, right after the contract was signed. Under the contract, the French side, which is also the main customer, will provide most funds.
Vast Water Supplies Hidden Under North China Desert: Study - SpaceDaily  Left:  Dunes in the Badain Jaran desert, in western Inner Mongolia.  A desert in China's Inner Mongolia that has the highest sand dunes in the world holds a vast store of underground water which, if used wisely, could ease the chronic water shortage afflicting the north of the country, a study says. Scientists based in China, Australia and Britain scratched just 20 centimetres (eight inches) below the surface of the dunes in the Badain Jaran desert, in western Inner Mongolia, and were stunned to find abundant moisture. "This water is likely to be acting as a cohesion agent."  

A Decade Of Intense Battle Lies Ahead To Conquer The Moon  - SpaceDaily  Left:  The 1979 Moon Treaty, to prevent the moon from becoming an area of international conflict, has only been ratified by nine nations. It has been rejected by both the United States and Russia.  The next decade will see nations scrambling to build outposts on the moon with each adapting different strategies to use it as a base to explore space, according to scientists attending a conference on lunar exploration. The United States welcomes competition while the Europeans and other national space programs favour a cooperative robotic village lunar base, a settlement where each nation has its own place on the moon, they said.
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Biosciences:
12/4/2004: Pigeons Can Sense The Earth's Magnetic Field; Ability Might Allow Them To Return Home - Science Daily
12/4/2004: Generic Biotech
 - Technology Review
12/4/2004: Zimbabwe: Tobacco Can Be Kept Safe From DDT Contamination - Board ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: No environmental damage, GM crop study claims ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: GM crops 'no worse for the environment' ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: Crop management gets vital role in transgenic debate  - Nature

Climate, Environment:
12/4/2004: Vast Water Supplies Hidden Under North China Desert: Study - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Sea Knowledge Not Very Deep  - Wired News
12/4/2004: Asia Faces Living Nightmare from Climate Change ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: China to select 10 'best-respected' environmentalists ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: EEA warns EU will exploit rest of planet unless it curbs resource consumption ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: Cairo And The Nile Delta, Egypt - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Africa 'makes excuses on climate'  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
12/4/2004: Half-Life 2 maker wins legal case  - BBC
12/4/2004: More to games than just fun  - C/Net
12/4/2004: Sony takes on iPod with new hard-disk Walkman  - C/Net

Communications
12/4/2004: Wi-Fi tools protect connection
 - Seattle Times
12/4/2004: Wireless World- Mesh Network Mainstreaming
 - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: WiMax: Between Hype and Hot Stuff
 - Business Week
12/4/2004: Hip-hop's new world to conquer: Your phone
  - C/Net
12/4/2004: VoIP is no threat, says British telecom giant
  - C/Net
12/4/2004: SBC VoIP fee furor draws eyes to BellSouth program
  - C/Net
12/4/2004: A long way from carrier pigeons
  - C/Net

Technology
12/4/2004: New Transistor Laser Could Lead To Faster Signal Processing - Science Daily
12/4/2004: PlayStation 3 chip on track  - C/Net
12/4/2004: H.264 decoder chips begin to hit the market  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
12/4/2004: Are PC makers poised for major hit?  - C/Net

Internet
12/4/2004: Fighting for right to swap  - C/Net
12/4/2004: China blocks access to Google News, group says  - C/Net
12/4/2004: The e-mail must go through  - C/Net
12/4/2004: Web on watch for common enemies  - C/Net
12/4/2004: Consumers loving online banks despite phishing threats  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
12/4/2004: Linux gains as Windows alternative - Seattle Times
12/4/2004: Kazaa adds free Internet phone to file sharing - Seattle Times
12/4/2004: Wikipedia Creators Move Into News  - Wired News
12/4/2004: Toshiba Dreams of Hollywood  - Wired News
12/4/2004: New information science database on STN ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: Crash test: Why UK officials should come clean on computer failures  - BBC
12/4/2004: Microsoft's Beijing win raises concerns in China  - C/Net
12/4/2004: Call to arms against cybercrooks  - C/Net

Energy:
12/4/2004: Solar Cell Doubles as Battery - Technology Review
12/4/2004: Wind in sails for energy company  - CNN

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  

Infectious
12/4/2004: Study Documents Decline In Rare Paralytic Disorder Linked To Influenza Vaccination - Science Daily
12/4/2004: WHO: Bird Flu Outbreak Will Likely Cause New Human Flu Pandemic - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Vaccine hope for 'vomiting virus'  - BBC
12/4/2004: Women and HIV: 'Why we are failing a generation of African women and girls'  - BBC

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous
12/4/2004: ‘Virtual Surgery’ Simulations Help Train Tomorrow’s Surgeons - Science Daily
12/4/2004: Women Taking Breast Enhancement Pills Swallow Empty Promises - Science Daily
12/4/2004: Asian scientists to launch genetic study seeking link to diseases ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: Court to rule on suicide journey  - BBC
12/4/2004: Feeling sluggish? Just how little weekly exercise can you get away with?  - BBC
12/4/2004: Warning over long-term HRT use  - BBC
12/4/2004: Stem cells to cure incontinence  - BBC
12/4/2004: Antenatal classes: Why they're not just about learning how to breathe correctly  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
12/4/2004: DNA Evidence Weighs In on Ice Age Extinction Debate ... - FirstScience

Miscellaneous:
12/4/2004: Scientist's invention was let go for a song - Seattle Times
12/4/2004: Setting protections on human ID chips - Seattle Times
12/4/2004: Weekend shopping fever cools after one day - Seattle Times
12/4/2004: Web Won't Let Government Hide  - Wired News
12/4/2004: Dumbing Down a Smartwatch  - Wired News
12/4/2004: GBP37m boost to safeguard Scots science ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: Telescope Buying Tips - Space.com
12/4/2004: US Official: Taiwan Vulnerable To Chinese Technology Sabotage - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Iranian 'Sputnik' Could Be Trojan Horse For Tehran's Ballistic Missile Program - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Iran Backs Down On Enrichment Exemption - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: US Changes Grounds For Missile Sanctions - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Evacuation Of Volcano-Hit Papua New Guinea Island Gets Underway - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Nomads no more: Drought forces Kenya's Maasai towards settling down  - BBC
12/4/2004: Nobel winner in degree protest  - BBC
12/4/2004: Ad nausea: Advertisers are still failing to tap the power of the grey pound  - BBC
12/4/2004: Iraq health care 'in deep crisis'  - BBC
12/4/2004: Next: TV Meets IP - Business Week
12/4/2004: Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's spy  - C/Net
12/4/2004: When offshore manufacturing doesn't make sense  - C/Net
12/4/2004: The future of advertising: The harder hard sell
  - C/Net
12/4/2004: Open-source geeks are modern heroes, says think tank
  - C/Net
12/4/2004: Cell-phone prison break disconnected
  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
12/4/2004: Long-term Obesity Linked To Loss Of Brain Tissue In Women - Science Daily
12/4/2004: Commuters 'more stressed than a fighter pilot in battle'  - BBC
12/4/2004: Brain imaging could spot liars  - Nature
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Physics and Astronomy:
12/4/2004: Young Stars Poised For Production Of Rocky Planets - Science Daily
12/4/2004: NASA Test Confirms an Einstein Prediction ...
 - FirstScience
12/4/2004: How Collisions Shaped an Asteroid ...
 - FirstScience
12/4/2004: Seismic Shaking Erased Small Impact Craters On Asteroid Eros ...
 - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Advancing The Webb
 - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Four-Point Observations Of Solar Wind Discontinuities
 - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Stellar Clusters Forming In The Blue Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5253
 - SpaceDaily

Prolongevity

Robotics:
12/4/2004: Marines Aided by Robotic Airplane in Iraq ... - FirstScience

Space:
12/4/2004: 2008 Launch of New Soyuz-2 to be a Russian-French Affair - Space.com 
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A Decade Of Intense Battle Lies Ahead To Conquer The Moon  - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: UF Researchers Build Mars Simulator To Put Interplanetary Greenhouses To The Test - Science Daily
12/4/2004: The Next Giant Leap  - Wired News
12/4/2004: Scientists Debate Robotic Hubble Mission ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: Scientists Call for Global Space Cooperation ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: [ More Space News... ] ... - FirstScience
12/4/2004: Artificial Gravity: A New Spin on an Old Idea - Space.com
12/4/2004: Experts Say Path Beyond Earth Orbit Has Its Challenges - Space.com
12/4/2004: Ariane 5's Auxiliary Payloads Are Placed Atop The Launcher - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Improved Soyuz 2-1a Launcher Makes Its First Flight - SpaceDaily
12/4/2004: Moon dance on Saturn's canvas
  - BBC
12/4/2004: Opportunity- First 90 days on Mars  - Nature
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Technology:
12/4/2004: Around the world, on 13 fuel tanks  - C/Net
12/4/2004: Can't lie to an MRI  - C/Net
12/4/2004: The six degrees world of inventors  - C/Net
12/4/2004: Innovation diffusion  - C/Net

  




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