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  February 21, 2004

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Darwin's Universe - Space.com  We now know that everything changes. In four and a half billion years the Earth changed from a hot, dry, cratered rock to a temperate, ocean-dominated world teeming with life. We also know that most of the life that ever existed on Earth has gone extinct. The way that life changes, new species arising while others disappear, only makes sense thanks to Darwin and his theory of evolution. A perspective on how things change over time is also useful in astronomy. 
Oil Pump Dripping Dry? - ABC  "Civilization as we know it will come to an end sometime in this century unless we can find a way to live without fossil fuels." That's the way David Goodstein begins his book. And that's the way he ends it. Goodstein is not an environmental extremist, or a doomsayer, or a political hack trying to make points with his constituency. He is a professor of physics and vice provost of the California Institute of Technology, one of the nation's headiest institutions. We've all heard that before, only to be told by organizations like the U.S. Department of Energy that there's plenty of oil around, much of it still undiscovered, and there's no cause for panic.  

The cloned human embryos

Scientists clone 30 human embryos  - BBC  South Korean scientists have cloned 30 human embryos to obtain cells they hope could one day be used to treat disease. Seoul National University's Woo Suk Hwang, and colleagues, took the genetic material from normal cells in women donors and combined it with their eggs. "These are the most advanced human embryo clones yet produced," Professor Hwang told BBC News Online. In each case, material was transferred from the nucleus of a non-reproductive (somatic) cell, containing the woman's genetic blueprint, into a nucleus-free egg from the same donor.

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Alzheimer's Disease:
2/21/2004: New Study May Explain How Fats Damage Neurons In Alzheimer's Patients - Science Daily

2/21/2004: Scientists clone 30 human embryos   - BBC
2/21/2004: Genealogical map reveals 10 top dogs
 - New Scientist
2/21/2004: 2 Friends, 242 Eggs and a Breakthrough  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Specter of Cloning May Prove a Mirage  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Mice Cloned From Olfactory Cells - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Equine Cloning's Triple Play Sheds Light On Calcium, Cell Signaling, Human Disease - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Mammals 'choose' sex of offspring  - BBC
2/21/2004: Not so unpopular: Researchers say anti-GM feeling in the UK is less than was thought  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
2/21/2004: Life could be tough on acid Europa - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Europe's weather could flip annually between extremes - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Long Wait to Take Bald Eagles Off List  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Duke Open-air Experiment Results Could Deflate Hopes That Forests Can Alleviate Global Warming - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Greener cleaners spot pressing need - Seattle Times

2/21/2004: 321 Studios sells system for copying PC games - Seattle Times
2/21/2004: It's a stealInfamous Grand Theft Auto double pack excels on the Xbox  - BBC


2/21/2004: Silicon achieves optical success - PhysicsWeb
2/21/2004: Altis 16-Mbit magnetic RAM 'coming soon' - Silicon Strategies
2/21/2004: Intel to debut 64-bit, x86-based processor in Q2 - Silicon Strategies
2/21/2004: AMD rolls out six low-power, 64-bit microprocessors - Silicon Strategies


2/21/2004: Spam rage sparks extreme reactions - Seattle Times
2/21/2004: No time to surf? How a really simple idea could be the web's future  - BBC
2/21/2004: Top net villains and heroes named  - BBC
2/21/2004: Porn virus targets spam stoppers  - BBC
2/21/2004: Government net villain award  - BBC
2/21/2004: Text message porn: Has smutty text finally made computers 'human'?  - BBC

2/21/2004: FBI weighs into anti-piracy fight  - BBC

2/21/2004: Crystals Could End Up as the Fuel Tank of the Future  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Graphic: Like Adding Shelves to a Closet  - NY Times
2/21/2004: New Reactor Puts Hydrogen From Renewable Fuels Within Reach - Science Daily


2/21/2004: Ultrasound is kinder prostate cancer treatment - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Research Points In New Direction For Cancer Clues - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Tumor Cell-specific Therapy Shows Preclinical Promise - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Study Shows Link Between Antibiotic Use And Increased Risk Of Breast Cancer - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Vaccine 'boosts cancer survival'  - BBC

2/21/2004: New form of mad cow disease found - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Japan confirms bird flu outbreak  - BBC
2/21/2004: The Doctor's World: Nationwide H.I.V. Reporting to Bring Trends Into Focus  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Science Knows Little of Microbes  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Drug effective against avian flu  - BBC

2/21/2004: Aspirin warning to asthmatics  - BBC
2/21/2004: Cocaine 'can cause brain damage'  - BBC

2/21/2004: Books on Health: Surviving the Healing  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Despite F.D.A. Ban, Ephedra Won't Go Away  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Raising Eyebrows  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Must I Have Another Glass of Water? Maybe Not, a New Report Says  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Beyond Delicious: Could Chocolate Also Be Good for You?  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Combining Surgery With Novel Treatment May Improve Survival Rates - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Feeling Good About Placebos - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Low-level magnetic fields concern  - BBC
2/21/2004: Dummy drug provides pain relief  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
2/21/2004: Darwin's Universe - Space.com
2/21/2004: 70 Million - Year - Old Bird Fossil Found  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Rutgers Researcher Offers A New Perspective On Human Evolution - Science Daily

2/21/2004: Dripping Dry? - ABC
2/21/2004: Half of all languages face extinction this century - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Hi-tech vest could cool heat of battle - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Study raises fears of genetically modified athletes - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Bioterror simulations back targeted treatment - New Scientist
2/21/2004: 27 central banks push anti-counterfeit software - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Darpa offers no food for thought  - Wired News
2/21/2004: Vital Signs: Safety: Deadly Parents Behind the Wheel  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Tunneling Nanotubes  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Passwords To Guard Entry Aren't Enough To Protect Complex Data - Science Daily
2/21/2004: 4 former Qwest executives head to court in fraud trial - Seattle Times
2/21/2004: Siemens shifting jobs from the West - Seattle Times
2/21/2004: EU to rule on Oracle bid for rival PeopleSoft - Seattle Times

2/21/2004: Prenatal lead exposure linked to schizophrenia - New Scientist
2/21/2004: Cases: When Bipolar Masquerades as a Happy Face  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Neurologists Create A Font Of Human Nerve Cells - Science Daily

Physics and Astronomy:
2/21/2004: Astronomers find most distant object yet - New Scientist
2/21/2004: From Space, a New View of Doomsday
  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Forum: Discuss the Future of the Universe  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Interactive Graphic  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Packing them in  -  PhysicsWeb
2/21/2004: Hubble And Keck Find Farthest Known Galaxy In The Universe - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Where To Start To Launch The 'Butterfly Effect' - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Research On Tiniest Particles Could Have Far-reaching Effects - Science Daily
2/21/2004: From Football Conferences To Food Webs: U-M Researcher Uncovers Patterns In Complicated Networks - Science Daily
2/21/2004: New world found far beyond Pluto  - BBC



2/21/2004: Spirit rover makes its longest Mars trip  - Yahoo
2/21/2004: With Close-Ups of Mars, the Mystery Gets Lost in Space
  - NY Times
2/21/2004: On Last Legs, Old NASA Tower Gains Supporters  - NY Times
2/21/2004: International Interplanetary Networking Succeeds - Science Daily
2/21/2004: Scientists Puzzle Over Mars Rover Images - ABC
2/21/2004: No Escape - ABC
2/21/2004: Shuttle 'Columbia' Disaster - ABC
2/21/2004: Mars probe looks at glacial scene  - BBC
2/21/2004: Rosetta probe ready for lift-off  - BBC

2/21/2004: Device Helps Blind Navigate Streets  - NY Times
2/21/2004: Traditional Iroquois Methods Work For Today's Farmers - Science Daily


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