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Baffled Scientists Say Less Sunlight Reaching Earth - Live Science   After dropping for about 15 years, the amount of sunlight Earth reflects back into space, called albedo, has increased since 2000, a new study concludes. That means less energy is reaching the surface. Yet global temperatures have not cooled during the period. On any given day, about half of Earth is covered by clouds, which reflect more sunlight than land and water. Clouds keep Earth cool by reflecting sunlight, but they can also serve as blankets to trap warmth.   
NASA To Commercialize Advanced VASIMR Plasma Rocket Concept - SpaceDaily  NASA has signed an agreement with Houston-based Ad Astra Rocket that paves the way for commercialization of a promising advanced plasma rocket system that has evolved over the past 25 years. The system may generate rocket thrust with performance hundreds of times higher than that of present chemical rockets. The increased performance could mean dramatic reductions in fuel requirements. While conventional rocket nozzles would melt under the extreme temperatures, VASIMR uses magnetic force fields to control and direct the plasma exhaust jet.     

Isle of Man - The Switzerland Of Space - SpaceDaily  The Isle of Man is looking to lure space business to its shores with an appropriation by its parliament of 955,000 (about $1.7 million) to fund a two-year marketing effort. In a speech to the Tynwald the independent island's parliament -- on Jan. 20, Allan Bell, the treasury minister, said he wanted to promote the country as a destination of choice for space companies "a Switzerland of Space" the Isle of Man Today reported. The 60 or so companies that constitute world's space industry currently generate about $123 billion in combined annual revenues, most of it in the satellite communications sector.   
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Biosciences:
2/3/2005:Trapped dolphin freed from marina  - BBC
2/3/2005:Prions give boost to stem cells
  - Nature
2/3/2005:Switching vet drug could save vultures  - Nature
2/3/2005:Intracellular Observation Of RNA Metabolism Will Help Identify Disease-associated RNAs - Science Daily
2/3/2005:Procedure Allows Women To Freeze Eggs To Preserve Future Fertility - Science Daily
2/3/2005:Common Bacteria Pirate Natural Mechanism To Get Inside Cells - Science Daily
2/3/2005:Biomedical Funding in Crisis  - Technology Review 

Climate, Environment:
2/3/2005:Baffled Scientists Say Less Sunlight Reaching Earth - Live Science
2/3/2005:Climate expert says NASA tried to silence him  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Histories: The fire-eater's island - New Scientist
2/3/2005:NASA Satellite Catches A Hurricane Transforming Itself - Science Daily
2/3/2005:Battered Beaches Get Sand Implant  - Wired News
2/3/2005:In pictures Southern Africa's desperate farmers pray for good harvest  - BBC
2/3/2005:Ship drills for scientific deep-sea riches - MSNBC
2/3/2005:Snowstorms get their own rating scale - MSNBC
2/3/2005:Hurricanes shape new natural order - MSNBC
2/3/2005:Two New Lakes Found Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet - Science Daily
2/3/2005:Blair- global warming is 'unsustainable' ... - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Global warming study: polar ice sheets could start to melt this century ... - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Stark warning over climate change ... - FirstScience
2/3/2005:NASA scientist in gagging claim ... - FirstScience

Computers:
Devices
2/3/2005:Fore! Real World Golf offers a unique virtual gaming experience  - BBC
2/3/2005:Sometimes There Is a Free Lunch  - Wired News
2/3/2005:German patent court rules in RIM's favor  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Gadgets: Bouncing camera leaves shots up to chance  - NY Times

Communications
2/3/2005:Using Mobile Phones Reduces Error Rate In Hospital Care
 - Science Daily
2/3/2005:TiVo next on Cisco's push into homes?
  - C/Net
2/3/2005:When Wi-Fi is not enough
  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Warner Music, Skype ring up a deal
  - C/Net
2/3/2005:U.K. battles Web TV regulation
  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Israeli firm introduces single-chip wireless modem
  - El. Engr. Times

Technology
2/3/2005:Freescale banks on new transistor design - Business Week
2/3/2005:HP debuts water cooling system  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Freescale claims compound MOSFET progress  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
2/3/2005:Judging a notebook by its cover  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Photos: Modded notebooks  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Are politics delaying the $100 laptop?  - NY Times
2/3/2005:Goodbye paperclip, hello empathetic females - New Scientist
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Internet
2/3/2005:Countdown for nasty Windows virus  - BBC
2/3/2005:UK court to unmask 'file-sharers'  - BBC
2/3/2005:Warner to start German file-sharing service  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Google: Beyond good and evil  - Technology Review 
2/3/2005:So, what's next: Why, Web 2.0, naturally  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Can love blossom in a text message?  - C/Net
2/3/2005:In China, Google founders wake up to the real world
 - Seattle Times
2/3/2005:Blindfolding Big Brother, Sort of
  - Technology Review 

Miscellaneous
2/3/2005:Seeing fakes, angry traders confront eBay  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Patent spat forces businesses to upgrade Office  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Microsoft's Allchin has final mission of Vista delivery - Seattle Times

Energy:
2/3/2005: Squeezing the Last Drop of Oil - Business Week
2/3/2005: What's Raining On Solar's Parade - Business Week
2/3/2005:Researchers Collaborate To Understand Phenomena Controlling PEM Fuel Cell Performance, Durability - Science Daily
2/3/2005:Renewable energy gets second wind on AIM ... - FirstScience

Health:
Cardiovascular
2/3/2005:Patch to mend damaged hearts  - BBC

Cancer  
2/3/2005:Controversial painkillers could slash cancer risk - New Scientist
2/3/2005:Regular Use Of Selective COX-2 Inhibitors Decreases Risk Of Breast Cancer - Science Daily

Infectious
2/3/2005:Bird flu death confirmed in Iraq  - BBC
2/3/2005:Contagious Obesity? Identifying The Human Adenoviruses That May Make Us Fat - Science Daily

Non-Infectious
2/3/2005:Statin hope for form of arthritis  - BBC
2/3/2005:Using Statins To Potentially Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis - Science Daily
2/3/2005:FDA Approves Inhalable Insulin  - Wired News
2/3/2005:Playground drugs: How can you get an addicted 11-year-old child off heroin?  - BBC

Miscellaneous
2/3/2005:New powers over death considered   - BBC
2/3/2005:Crackdown on food marketing call  - BBC
2/3/2005:Is Your Earwax Wet or Dry? - Live Science

History, Anthropology:
2/3/2005:Seems familiar? A look back at past attempts to improve out-of-hospital care  - BBC
2/3/2005:Document reveals Newton's love of alchemy - New Scientist

Miscellaneous:
2/3/2005:ID cards are of 'limited value'  - BBC
2/3/2005:It's a flat world: How Bill Gates and friends think the workplace is changing  - BBC
2/3/2005:An Apple Insider'sTake - Business Week
2/3/2005:Dell to hire 5,000 people in India - Business Week
2/3/2005:New US supreme court judges will affect us all - New Scientist
2/3/2005:Science Puts Enron E-Mail to Use  - Wired News
2/3/2005:E-Discovery Is Big Business  - Wired News
2/3/2005:Technology Transfer Leaders to Focus on Identifying and Assessing Commercial Opportunities for Science ... - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Lack of math, science teachers prompts U.S. alarm ... - USA Today
2/3/2005:Flying high Steve Fossett talks about his latest record flight attempt  - BBC
2/3/2005:Dell to employ 50% more in India  - BBC
2/3/2005:Prying eyes Questions over search data that can reveal interests and habits  - BBC
2/3/2005:A question of trust: Davos debates whether losing your privacy is a bad thing  - BBC
2/3/2005:Sony leans on former Apple exec  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Sprint Nextel sues over sale of call records  - C/Net
2/3/2005:When Terry met Jerry, Yahoo!  - NY Times
2/3/2005:Political staffers admit altering Wikipedia  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Comic blames text messaging for lack of laughs  - C/Net
2/3/2005:Sharp shifts focus to larger, HD displays  - El. Engr. Times
2/3/2005:DNA testing finally goes mainstream
 - MSNBC
2/3/2005:Editorial: Small science is still powerful
 - New Scientist
2/3/2005:Mathematical photography - beyond beauty
 - New Scientist
2/3/2005:The word: Timeshifting
 - New Scientist
2/3/2005:Americans' savings rate hits lowest level since Great Depression
 - Seattle Times
2/3/2005:A Snapshot of Private Forensic DNA Testing Labs ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:NRC Links Photonic Partners to Create International Commercialization Alliance ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Technology Transfer Leaders to Focus on Identifying and Assessing Commercial Opportunities for Science ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Media Advisories ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:NRC Unveils Saint John Action Plan ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:News Releases ...
 - FirstScience

Neurosciences:
2/3/2005:Scientific brain linked to autism  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
2/3/2005:Cosmic rays linked to cloudy days - New Scientist
2/3/2005:Hi Ho Silver! FSU Physicist Helps Discover An Atomic Oddity
 - Science Daily

Prolongevity

Robotics:
2/3/2005:Move Over, Rover- Robotic Pet Can Be Best Friend - Live Science

Space:
2/3/2005:NASA To Commercialize Advanced VASIMR Plasma Rocket Concept - SpaceDaily
2/3/2005:New information about Mars ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Professor swings from the sun to Pluto ...
  - Wired News
2/3/2005:New information about Mars ... - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Russian experts pleased with Brazilian space program ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:U.S. remembers fallen astronauts 20 years after Challenger disaster ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Spirit Mars Rover Image: Salty Expression ...
 - FirstScience
2/3/2005:Mars Rover Update: Sliding Into 'Home Plate', Onward To Victoria Crater
 - Space.com

Technology:
2/3/2005:Missing a few brain cells? Print new ones - New Scientist
2/3/2005:The Sweet Smell Of Nano-success: Cleaner Method Of Making Spices, Perfumes Moves One Step Closer To Reality - Science Daily
2/3/2005:Americans are warming to Japan's heated toilet seats  - BBC
2/3/2005:Frauenhofer to demo mood-sensing technology  - El. Engr. Times
2/3/2005:Experts puzzled by Polish hall collapse - New Scientist

  

  

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