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In The Stars: Neighboring Life Is Looming - SpaceDaily  Left:  An ocean of liquid water could exist beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's large moon, Europa (pictured). The Jovian system experiences strong tidal influences from the biggest planet in the solar system, enough to keep the ice thawed inside Europa and perhaps generate enough heat to support a biosystem. This image of Europa orbiting Jupiter was captured by Cassini Dec. 7, 2000. Photo credit: NASA.  Jupiter itself could play host to life in its vast atmosphere, as could Saturn. Somehow, scientists think, lightning played a role in forging the longer molecular chains. Ultraviolet light from the sun is another player. Water remains the most critical ingredient for life. In 2015, if all goes as scheduled, NASA will launch its Prometheus mission to Jupiter's moons. Its mission is to zero in on Europa, sending a probe plunging through the ice to attempt to determine if there is, as expected, water below and whether anything is swimming in it.
Husky puppy on London climate demo   PA Climate crisis near 'in 10 years'  - BBC  The world may have little more than a decade to avert catastrophic climate change, politicians and scientists say. A report by the International Climate Change Taskforce says it is vital that global temperatures do not rise by more than 2C above pre-industrial levels. It says: "Above the 2C level, the risks of abrupt, accelerated or runaway climate change also increase. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels that would trigger this rise could possibly be reached in about 10 years or so. A leading climate scientist has told the BBC he thinks temperatures may be higher than 2C some time this century.   

Are U.S. Corporate Profits Slipping? - Economist  Most American companies have enjoyed several years of bumper profits. But, as the results season gets under way, some big firms are reporting that times are getting tougher. Are many more set to follow? The days of vast and ever-growing profits may be coming to an end for the time being. In fact, according to figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, overall profits for all businesses decreased by $55.9 billion in the third quarter, a 4.8% drop compared with the previous quarter. For non-financial firms things look better: profits have soared since 2001 and are still growing. But that growth began to slow in the second half of last year (see chart). The problem that faces America’s companies is that productivity growth of 4% is unsustainable. Optimistic estimates suggest that productivity growth could bounce back at the end of 2005, but only to the trend level of around 2.5% that America saw in the years preceding the recession rather than the rampant rate of growth underlying the profits bonanza since 2001.
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Biosciences:
2/1/2005: Gates foundation to promote synthetic biology  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Venus flytrap plants use a built-in snap
 - MSNBC
2/1/2005: Sex pheromone spray boosts senior romance - New Scientist

Climate, Environment:
2/1/2005: Climate crisis near 'in 10 years'   - BBC
2/1/2005: Fungus risk for tsunami survivors  - BBC
2/1/2005: Climate model produces hot results - MSNBC
2/1/2005: Internet project forecasts global warming  - Nature
2/1/2005: Soaring global warming 'can't be ruled out' - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Quake, flood, fire. Will we be ready- - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Editorial: Words will not save us from further disaster - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Global temperatures could be set to soar - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Earthquake-proof foam homes could save lives - New Scientist

Computers:
Devices
2/1/2005: Cyber athlete: Meet the world's number one professional PC gamer  - BBC
2/1/2005: iPod Add-Ons: The Craze That Lasts - Business Week
2/1/2005: At these clubs, the DJ is an iPod  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Photos: The iPod economy  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Photos: iPods everywhere  - C/Net
2/1/2005: They're off to see Apple's wizards  - NY Times
2/1/2005: Photos: Belly up to the Genius Bar
  - NY Times
2/1/2005: Photos: The iPod Shuffle
  - NY Times

Communications
2/1/2005: Frog chorus 'Apologise? What for?' says man behind the Crazy Frog sound
  - BBC
2/1/2005: EarthLink's Bold Wireless Gambit
 - Business Week
2/1/2005: Bringing home the network
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Photos: Hooked-up home
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Pocketful of porn
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Verizon taps Microsoft for mobile TV
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Vehicular viruses
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Shoo, shutterbug! Scram!
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Net telephone fees have users fuming
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: No-cost Skype strikes chord with businesses
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Porn star hawks sexy cell service
  - CNN
2/1/2005: Cellphones used to operate PCs
 - New Scientist

Technology
2/1/2005: Intel's mystery mark sparks intrigue  - C/Net

PC's
2/1/2005: Small PCs the next big thing  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Photos: Petite PCs  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Mac Mini no longer on Target  - C/Net
2/1/2005: 'Grid' supercomputing available on tap - New Scientist
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Internet
2/1/2005: Net regulation 'still possible'  - BBC
2/1/2005: Latest Opera browser gets vocal  - BBC
2/1/2005: Opera, the Forgotten Browser  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Study: Small firms cook up more spam  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Google blogger reappears, redacted  - C/Net
2/1/2005: The Web imagined: 'We are immigrants to the future'  - CNN
2/1/2005: Amazon's A9
  - CNN
2/1/2005: Tribal rules could boost internet cooperation
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: ELECTRONIC THREATS
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Google's search for meaning
 - New Scientist
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Miscellaneous
2/1/2005: Caught in a crossfire  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Music's future: Smaller, faster, richer  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Microsoft to launch anti-piracy initiative  - CNN

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular

Cancer  
2/1/2005: Antarctic waters yield cancer-fighting molecules - New Scientist

Infectious
2/1/2005: Measures against BSE 'working'  - BBC
2/1/2005: AIDS treatment in developing world accelerates - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Syphilis cycles not driven by risky sex - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Inflamed organs could act as prion incubators - New Scientist

Non-Infectious
2/1/2005: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Opioids could offer mass market pain relief - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
2/1/2005: Journal sorry for Prozac article  - BBC
2/1/2005: Mystery chemical 'may boost women's love-lives'  - BBC
2/1/2005: Athletes 'put pressure on medics'  - BBC
2/1/2005: Church sex health plan anger  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
2/1/2005: Cutty Sark's £1.3m funding boost  - BBC
2/1/2005: George Washington's teeth not wooden - MSNBC
2/1/2005: Taste for meat made humans early weaners - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Histories: Brimstone and bicycles - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Volcanic eruptions caused Permian period extinctions - New Scientist

Miscellaneous:
2/1/2005: re U.S. Corporate Profits Slipping? - Economist
2/1/2005: Schoolboy brings Encyclopaedia Britannica to book  - BBC
2/1/2005: Changing responsibilities: How will life change when you become a grandparent?  - BBC
2/1/2005: Amazon Elbows Into Online Yellow Pages - Business Week
2/1/2005: Electronic Arts: Still a Buy - Business Week
2/1/2005: Belt evades anti-theft alarms  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Brain scans for sale  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Images: Amazon's A9 envisions better local listings  - C/Net
2/1/2005: MapPoint users in for long and winding road  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Image: See the long route  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Labor group: Techs tops at courting foreign workers  - C/Net
2/1/2005: States to test ID chips on foreign visitors  - C/Net
2/1/2005: SBC said to be in talks to buy AT&T  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Arabic documents going digital  - CNN
2/1/2005: Soviet-era missile removed from eBay  - CNN
2/1/2005: Washington diary - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Current reads of Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Current reads of Bernd Heinrich, biologist - New Scientist
2/1/2005: The Writing Life of James D Watson by Errol C Friedberg - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Fears grow of US attack on Iran
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Terrorist explosive blows up without flames
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Nice TV, shame about the picture
 - New Scientist

Neurosciences:
2/1/2005: Senses special: The art of seeing without sight - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Senses special: Doors of perception - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Senses special: The feeling of colour - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Early blindness frees brain-power for hearing - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Does 'RNA editing' make us brainy? - New Scientist

Physics and Astronomy:
2/1/2005: Cosmic birth theory gets support  - BBC
2/1/2005: Dark haloes pepper the Universe
  - Nature
2/1/2005: Dark matter clouds may float through Earth
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: How to do an infinite number of things before breakfast
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Violent past of Milky Way's black hole revealed
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Origins: Fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: The Sun: A biography
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein- The Berlin Years
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Celestial 'spring' pours out cosmic rays
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Europa proposed as cosmic ray detector
 - New Scientist

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Space:
2/1/2005: In The Stars: Neighboring Life Is Looming - SpaceDaily
2/1/2005: Eyes in the sky
  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Moon mission reveals its first photos - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Solar super-sail could reach Mars in a month
 - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Titan is 'shockingly Earth-like'
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Technology:
2/1/2005: From octopus eye to tiny camera  - C/Net
2/1/2005: Ideas Stolen Right From Nature  - Wired News
2/1/2005: New roads can cause congestion - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Disc writers now print the label too - New Scientist
2/1/2005: Plastic radio chips cut cost of ID tags - New Scientist

  



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