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Map Fuels Debate: Did Chinese Sail to New World First? - Live Science  The Chinese voyage to America theory was popularized by British amateur historian Gavin Menzies in his 2002 book entitled "1421: the Year China Discovered America." After reading "1421," Liu Gang, a Chinese lawyer, realized the potential significance of a map he'd purchased. Dated 1418 and clearly depicting the outlines of both North and South America, the map could be used to support Menzies' theory if it proves legitimate.      
Deep Impact Team Reports First Evidence Of Comet Ice -   SpaceDaily  Left:  First evidence of water ice on a comet - The three small areas of water ice on the surface of Tempel 1 appear in this image, taken by an instrument aboard NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. Photo: NASA. "We have known for a long time that water ice exists in comets, but this is the first evidence of water ice on comets," said Jessica Sunshine, Deep Impact co-investigator and lead author of the Science article. "Understanding a comet's water cycle and supply is critical to understanding these bodies as a system, and as a possible source that delivered water to Earth," she said.    

Dark matter comes out of the cold  - BBC  The researchers have been able to establish that the galaxies contain about 400 times the amount of dark matter as they do normal matter. "The distribution of dark matter bears no relationship to anything you will have read in the literature up to now," explained Professor Gilmore. "It comes in a 'magic volume' which happens to correspond to an amount which is 30 million times the mass of the Sun. "It looks like you cannot ever pack it smaller than about 300 parsecs - 1,000 light-years; this stuff will not let you. That tells you a speed actually - about 9km/s." The speed is a big surprise. Current theory had predicted dark matter particles would be extremely cold.    
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Biosciences:
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2/13/2005:Reality check: What is the state of stem cell science since the Hwang scandal?
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2/13/2005:Food scarcity is hitting sparrows  - BBC
2/13/2005:S Korea cloning expert 'punished'  - BBC
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2/13/2005:UK lobby group proposes green taxes to save planet ... - FirstScience
2/13/2005:Polluting households face green tax ... - FirstScience
2/13/2005:Outrage over Indonesian plans for palm oil plantation in rain forest ... - FirstScience
2/13/2005:ILL SEE YOUR KILLER ASTEROID AND RAISE YOU A PLETHORA OF PROBLEMS: Environmental DisasterThe High Stakes of How ... - FirstScience
2/13/2005:Greens urge tax cuts for eco-friendly homes ... - FirstScience
2/13/2005:Flights reveal intriguing information about ice particles in clouds ... - FirstScience
2/13/2005:EPA's FY 2007 Budget Reflects Efficiency, Collaboration and Sound Science ... - FirstScience
2/13/2005:Recent warmth 'most widespread'  - BBC
2/13/2005:UK 'should pursue' carbon capture  - BBC
2/13/2005:Uganda 'draining Lake Victoria'  - BBC
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Computers:
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2/13/2005:Gadget delights: New TV controllers and other devices making an appearance soon  - BBC
2/13/2005: James Cameron's Game Theory - Business Week
2/13/2005:Video game fatigue afflicts sales, not thumbs  - C/Net
2/13/2005:20 GB iRiver H10  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Mixing genius, art and goofy gadgets  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Halo 2 gamers face Vista upgrade  - BBC
2/13/2005: This PlayStation May Play Too Much
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Communications
2/13/2005:Using cell phones to track employees
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2/13/2005:Wi-Fi sharing company wins Skype, Google backing
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2/13/2005: Web phone firm Vonage to float
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2/13/2005:Mobile roaming charges to be cut
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2/13/2005:BlackBerry maker RIM makes 'workaround'
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2/13/2005:IBM trots out wireless chip for high-definition files  - C/Net
2/13/2005: The Cell Chip's Other Life - Business Week
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2/13/2005:Virtualization companies vie for advantage  - C/Net
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Internet
2/13/2005:E-mail charging plan to beat spam  - BBC
2/13/2005:One in eight 'harassed by e-mail'  - BBC
2/13/2005:Opera preview puts widgets on stage  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Dozens of Olympic Web sites cheer athletes  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Study Notes Decline in Internet Spyware - Live Science
2/13/2005:Saboteurs wreck Galloway's eBay sweatshirt auction  - BBC
2/13/2005:Online protest: Should demonstrators hack into websites? Send us your views
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2/13/2005: Google's Search for Respect in D.C.
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2/13/2005: Craigslist -- or Blacklist?
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2/13/2005:Group: Yahoo aided crackdown on dissident
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Miscellaneous
2/13/2005:CD anti-piracy firm vows openness  - BBC
2/13/2005:Open Source's New Frontiers - Business Week
2/13/2005:Nuclear War over Software Patents? - Business Week
2/13/2005:PC version of Halo 2 game tied to Windows upgrade  - BBC
2/13/2005:Chinese man 'jailed due to Yahoo'  - BBC
2/13/2005:The power of blogs: What big business and the mainstream media can learn from blogs
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Energy:
2/13/2005:Changing climate: How a new wind is blowing in some oil-addicted US states  - BBC
2/13/2005:Magical methane: How new gas source could turn around Rwanda's fortunes  - BBC
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Health:
Cardiovascular
2/13/2005:Coast areas 'heart disease risk'  - BBC
2/13/2005:Drug 'may cut stroke disability'  - BBC
2/13/2005:OK, so don't hold the fries - Google
2/13/2005:On the fat track - Google
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Cancer  
2/13/2005:Woman begins Herceptin court bid  - BBC
2/13/2005:Q&A: Anti-cancer drug Herceptin  - BBC
2/13/2005:Cancer researchers found a new mechanism potentially explaining evolution of signalling pathways ... - FirstScience
2/13/2005:US Cancer Deaths Edge Down -- for the First Time in 70 Years - Google
2/13/2005:US Cancer Deaths Drop for First Time in More Than 70 Years - Google
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Infectious
2/13/2005:African bird flu 'set to spread'  - BBC
2/13/2005:Third vCJD 'blood case' diagnosed  - BBC
2/13/2005:Superbug fight: A hospital seeks help in tackling MRSA infections  - BBC
2/13/2005:Nigeria plans huge bird flu cull  - BBC
2/13/2005:Woman contracts bird flu in China  - BBC
2/13/2005:Chemical 'blocks HIV infection'  - BBC
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Non-Infectious
2/13/2005:Celebrity Health: Ex-England footballer Gary Mabbutt talks about his diabetes  - BBC
2/13/2005:Yeast 'could allow insulin spray'  - BBC
2/13/2005:Italy passes tough marijuana law  - BBC
2/13/2005:Red-hot profits: Why smoking bans hold no fear for the global tobacco giants  - BBC
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Miscellaneous
2/13/2005:Odds of Survival Much Higher at Top U.S. Hospitals - Live Science
2/13/2005:Food firms 'go own way on labels'  - BBC
2/13/2005:Food for thought: Will new front-of-packet labels help?  - BBC
2/13/2005:Patients call for quick results  - BBC
2/13/2005:Apology for radiation error girl  - BBC
2/13/2005:Caution urged on NHS spending  - BBC
2/13/2005:Athletes 'risking health to win'  - BBC
2/13/2005: Allergan: Smoothing the Wrinkles - Business Week
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History, Anthropology:
2/13/2005:Map Fuels Debate: Did Chinese Sail to New World First? - Live Science
2/13/2005:Oldest T. rex relative unveiled  - BBC
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Miscellaneous:
2/13/2005:The business of future gazing  - BBC
2/13/2005:Corning sees LCD-TVs as big factor in '07 - Business Week
2/13/2005:Flat panel TV surge has retailers eyeing furniture  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Delaware mayor: Stepdaughter's blog targeted rival  - C/Net
2/13/2005:New JibJab joke hub goes for communal laughs  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Making a Living in Second Life  - Wired News
2/13/2005:Spinning Suspicious Searches  - Wired News
2/13/2005:Physicist Goes for Team USA Gold  - Wired News
2/13/2005:Forget Jobs, Let's Worship Woz  - Wired News
2/13/2005:More to Say About Woz  - Wired News
2/13/2005:Fossett well after 'scary' take-off  - BBC
2/13/2005:Narrow margin Fossett's record bid is no foregone conclusion says engineer  - BBC
2/13/2005:Anti-cartoon protests go online  - BBC
2/13/2005:Web suicide pacts surge in Japan  - BBC
2/13/2005:Go Digital podcast: Peruvian podcasting, saving the Romany language via the web and a virtual autopsy  - BBC
2/13/2005:Downloading God: Podcasting reaches church services  - BBC
2/13/2005:'New wave' leads BT Group profits  - BBC
2/13/2005: This Is the Face of Broadband TV - Business Week
2/13/2005: Pfizer Feels Investors' Pain - Business Week
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Neurosciences:
2/13/2005:Asylum detainees 'suicide risk'  - BBC
2/13/2005:'Disturbing' child suicide rate  - BBC
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Physics and Astronomy:
2/13/2005:Dark matter comes out of the cold  - BBC
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Robotics:
2/13/2005:Ugobe's New Life Form Hits Our Planet ... - FirstScience
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Space:
2/13/2005:Deep Impact Team Reports First Evidence Of Comet Ice - SpaceDaily
2/13/2005:NASA astronauts bond with Israeli students ...
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2/13/2005:Comet dust samples come to the UK
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2/13/2005:Space rock re-opens Mars debate
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Technology:
2/13/2005:Lights, mood, video: All at the touch of a screen  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Photos: Remotes in the home  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Pixel counting joins film in obsolete bin  - C/Net
2/13/2005:Super Vision Sans Bionics  - Wired News
2/13/2005:Sharper Image, Better Performance  - Wired News
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