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Radio Telescopes Salvage Titan Wind Data, Huygens Scientists Say - Space.com  By combining Doppler shift data from the Green Bank Telescope and other radio instruments, astronomers now know that while Titan’s winds are relatively weak at the moon’s surface, they reach nearly 270 miles (434 kilometer) an hour at an altitude of about 75 miles (120 kilometers). At an altitude of about 37 miles (59 kilometers), Huygens found highly variable winds that may be a region of vertical wind shear, mission scientists said. Ground-based observations of the Huygens probe’s descent gave astronomers a glimpse at the north-south attributes of Titan’s winds, but  the Cassini spacecraft failed to return data on the moon’s east-west wind patterns.      
Scientists Announce Smallest Extra-Solar Planet Yet Discovered - SpaceDaily  Left:  Diagram showing rough comparison of the distance of PSR B1257+12's three inner most planets with our own.  Immersed in an extended cloud of ionized gas, the new planet orbits a rapidly spinning neutron star called a pulsar. The discovery, to be announced during a press conference at a meeting concerning planetary formation and detection in Aspen, Colorado, on 7 February, yields an astonishingly complete description of the pulsar planetary system and confirms that it is remarkably like a half-size version of our own solar system — even though the star these planets orbit is quite different from our Sun. The small planet, about one-fifth of the mass of Pluto, may occupy the same outer-boundary position in its planetary system as Pluto does in our solar system.

Nano Probes Allow Researchers To See Tumors Through Flesh - SpaceDaily   Nano-sized particles embedded with bright, light-emitting molecules have enabled researchers to visualize a tumor more than one centimeter below the skin surface using only infrared light. "We have shown that the dispersion of thousands of brightly emissive multi-porphyrin fluorophores within the polymersome membrane can be used to optically image tissue structures deep below the skin – with the potential to go even deeper," said Michael J. Therien, a professor of chemistry at Penn. "It should also be possible to use an emissive polymersome vesicle to transport therapeutics directly to a tumor." 
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Biosciences:
2/18/2005: Elephant deaths spur new debate over zoos - MSNBC
2/18/2005: Ginseng extinct? Deer chew away at plant
 - MSNBC
2/18/2005: Political meddling alleged in US wildlife service - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Sequencing Of Marine Bacterium Will Help Study Of Cell Communication - Science Daily
2/18/2005: The Shapes Of Life: NIGMS Project Yields More Than 1,000 Protein Structures - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Can You Hear Me Now? Some Dog Breeds Prone To Deafness - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Attack of the Metal-Eating Plants  - Wired News
2/18/2005: Foxes make better dogs than wolves do - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Monkey moniker goes up for auction - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Animal passions: Love-struck Valentines could learn a lot from the creature kingdom  - BBC
2/18/2005: Blind student 'hears in colour'  - BBC
2/18/2005: Frozen embryo case goes to Europe  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
2/18/2005: Central U.S. gets a quake wake-up call - MSNBC
2/18/2005: New species of coral found off Calif. coast - MSNBC
2/18/2005: Earth Gets A Warm Feeling All Over - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Natural Climate Change May Be Larger Than Commonly Thought - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Blue Planet: The Fading Songs Of Whales - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Million dollar reward to remove arsenic from water - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Seismic Network Could Improve Disaster Response - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Saving the planet: Teenagers tell us how they would tackle environmental damage  - BBC
2/18/2005: Slash and burn Anger at attempts to save Madagascar's unique wilderness  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
2/18/2005: More movies coming for PSP  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Odd weapons help 'Oddworld' shine  - CNN
2/18/2005: 'Podcasters' deliver radio-on-demand - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Game of love: Rise of women gamers means death matches become love matches  - BBC

Communications
2/18/2005: Atomic clock could land in cell phones
  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Cell phones get surround sound
  - C/Net
2/18/2005: The outlook for VoIP: Regulatory battles and new competition
  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Nokia announces Microsoft tie-up
  - BBC
2/18/2005: Wired science: The mobile phone that thinks it's a mouse heads for Cannes
  - BBC
2/18/2005: Mobile firms plan cheap handset
  - BBC
2/18/2005: A wireless world on the horizon
  - BBC
2/18/2005: Surround sound: British firm pioneers 3D audio technology on a mobile phone
  - BBC

Technology
2/18/2005: ExpertL Cooperate, or risk hobbling Moore's Law  - C/Net
2/18/2005: HP, Intel tussle with Oracle over dual-core chips -- Friday, Feb 11, 2005
2/18/2005: Chips with that rat cell?  - C/Net
2/18/2005: TI to begin sampling initial 65-nm DSP devices  - El. Engr. Times 

PC's
2/18/2005: $100 laptop sought for world's poor - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Software converts camcorder into back-up drive - New Scientist

Internet
2/18/2005: Opera: Get real about interoperability, Mr. Gates  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Free Online Tax Filing--While It Lasts  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Google blogger: 'I was terminated'  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Landmark ruling in India against phone "spam"  - C/Net
2/18/2005: F-Secure flaw opens door to intruders  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Study: Anti-spyware market to boom in 2005  - C/Net
2/18/2005: RSVP custom seems lost in the e-mail
 - Seattle Times
2/18/2005: Spammers attack while looking legit
 - New Scientist
2/18/2005: China net cafe culture crackdown
  - BBC

Miscellaneous
2/18/2005: Microsoft: Watch out for rogue code  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Combating Blindness Is Vision Of UT, ORNL Project - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Telemedicine Is Healthcare's New Frontier - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Milk, Fruits And Vegetables May Help Reduce Disability Risk, New Research Shows - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Love online: why the internet could be the way to true romance  - BBC
2/18/2005: Microsoft seeking spyware trojan  - BBC
2/18/2005: Help for indies in download sales  - BBC

Energy:
2/18/2005: Berkeley Lab Study Estimates Billion Annual Cost Of Power Interruptions
2/18/2005: Bayou Blues: Working To Save The U.S. From The Worst Potential Oil, Gas And Fishing Crisis - Science Daily

Health:
Cardiovascular
2/18/2005: UK 'major heart disease spender'  - BBC

Cancer  
2/18/2005: Self-assembled Nano-sized Probes Allow Penn Researchers To See Tumors Through Flesh And Skin - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Poor cell memory is key to cancer  - BBC
2/18/2005: HIV 'could destroy cancer cells'  - BBC

Infectious
2/18/2005: Antibiotics threat: How over-use has undermined the power to fight infection  - BBC
2/18/2005: Drug-resistant HIV strain found  - BBC

Non-Infectious
2/18/2005: Smoking ban ends as profits fall  - BBC

Miscellaneous
2/18/2005: Nano Probes Allow Researchers To See Tumors Through Flesh - SpaceDaily
2/18/2005: MRI Scans May Help Unravel Mechanisms Of Prenatal Drug Damage - Science Daily
2/18/2005: First partial pancreas transplant a success - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Auditory Test To Help Identify Learning Impaired - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Gene Therapy Promising For Growing Tooth-supporting Bone - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Cold handsWhat triggers can bring on an attack of Raynaud's?  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
2/18/2005: Politics, religion drive evolution debate - MSNBC
2/18/2005: Ancient tsunami scrambled the fossil record - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Crick's first DNA doodle released  - BBC
2/18/2005: Clone henge New Zealand opens full-scale replica of British landmark  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
2/18/2005: Investors focus on last Google lockup expiry  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Lasers warn pilots of restricted airspace  - CNN
2/18/2005: Scientists say they often self-censor - MSNBC
2/18/2005: Banks ease up on their bad-debt reserves - Seattle Times
2/18/2005: Jurors hear HealthSouth exec tell CFO-:"Go down fighting" - Seattle Times
2/18/2005: Online matches sometimes light a fire - Seattle Times
2/18/2005: Wal-Mart says its workers don't need to join a union - Seattle Times
2/18/2005: How Super Is The Superpower? - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Second 'designer' steroid identified - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Science Safari: Whys Up ... - Science News
2/18/2005: Why North America Is Not A Rhythm Nation - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Medicine in Iraq: Doctors dealing with shortages and kidnap threats every day  - BBC
2/18/2005: Rethinking HP - Business Week
2/18/2005: Fiorina's Lesson for Female CEOs - Business Week

Neurosciences:
2/18/2005: Humor Can Increase Hope, Research Shows - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Effects Of Autism Reach Beyond Language, New Research Suggests - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Marijuana really does cause a headrush - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Does personality help marital bliss when picking a partner?  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
2/18/2005: Scientists Announce Smallest Extra-Solar Planet Yet Discovered - SpaceDaily
2/18/2005: The Life Story of Two Bright Stars
 - Space.com
2/18/2005: Simulations Show How Growing Black Holes Regulate Galaxy Formation
 - Science Daily
2/18/2005: In The Stars- Odd Stars, Odder Planets
 - Science Daily
2/18/2005: Hubble humbled sceptics ...
 - FirstScience
2/18/2005: Physicists Hear High-Tech Whistle While They Work
 - Science Daily

Prolongevity

Robotics:
2/18/2005: Carnegie Mellon's Red Team Seeks $2 Million Robot Racing Prize - Science Daily

Space:
2/18/2005: Radio Telescopes Salvage Titan Wind Data, Huygens Scientists Say - Space.com
2/18/2005: Cosmic Log: Your messages to E.T.
 - MSNBC
2/18/2005: NASA Observations Help Determine Titan Wind Speeds
 - Science Daily
2/18/2005: NASA Picks Three Tile Repair Techniques for Next Shuttle Flight
 - Space.com
2/18/2005: Does Mars need women- Russians say no ...
 - MSNBC
2/18/2005: Melas, Candor and Ophir Chasmas- centre of Valles Marineris ...
 - FirstScience
2/18/2005: NASA's Twin Mars Rovers Continue Exploration ...
 - FirstScience
2/18/2005: Radar details large Titan crater
  - BBC
2/18/2005: Ex-astronaut Fred Gregory to take NASA's helm ...
 - FirstScience
2/18/2005: Space co-operation conference opens with call to space station astronauts ...
 - FirstScience
2/18/2005: Ultrasound for Astronauts ...
 - FirstScience
2/18/2005: Spirit Braving The Dust
 - SpaceDaily
2/18/2005: "Freedom of Information" Forces Release Of Beagle 2 Report
 - SpaceDaily
2/18/2005: AERA Corporation To Become First Commercial Space Travel Provider
 - SpaceDaily
2/18/2005: "Freedom of Information" Forces Release Of Beagle 2 Report
 - SpaceDaily
2/18/2005: NASA's Spacecraft Help Solve Saturn's Mysterious Auroras
 - SpaceDaily
2/18/2005: European Summit Calls for More Space Cooperation
 - Space.com

Technology:
2/18/2005: Week in pictures: Nano work, camera tricks  - C/Net
2/18/2005: Noodles, reinvented - MSNBC
2/18/2005: Scientists building a better bionic ear - MSNBC
2/18/2005: DVD recorder can transform analog recordings into digital - Seattle Times
2/18/2005: Light-emitting line reels in the big fish - New Scientist
2/18/2005: Tip-off texts help clean streets  - BBC

  



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