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Tony Blair at the World Economic Forum in Davos Blair bid for backing on climate  - BBC  Tony Blair is seeking to win US backing for measures to tackle global warming, insisting they did not have to lead to "drastic" cuts in living standards. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, the prime minister said that an international consensus was now emerging on climate change. His speech appeared designed to win over the US administration, which has refused to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol. Mr Blair said that Kyoto and the European carbon emissions trading scheme would be a "powerful driver" not just towards sustainable means of energy generation and industrial production but also for new economic opportunities.     
Snow in Afghanistan   AP Science sceptics meet on climate  - BBC  Left:  Skeptics say the weather is not changing dramatically.  A conference to question whether global warming will have a catastrophic effect is being held in London on 27 January. Another speaker at the London conference is Professor Fred Singer, a former director of the US Weather Satellite Service. Asked whether global warming posed a threat, he told the BBC: "It's certainly not a cause for alarm. The greenhouse warming from increased gas emissions is, as far as we can tell, insignificant. "It's unlikely to be appreciable even a century from now, and we can easily adapt to it."   

Shroud of Turin, Nasa

Turin shroud 'older than thought'  - BBC  Left:  Tests in 1988 concluded the cloth was a medieval "hoax".  The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the 1980s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal. A research paper published in Thermochimica Acta suggests the shroud is between 1,300 and 3,000 years old. Raymond Rogers says his research and chemical tests show the material used in the 1988 radiocarbon analysis was cut from a medieval patch woven into the shroud to repair fire damage. "The radiocarbon sample has completely different chemical properties than the main part of the shroud relic," said Mr Rogers, who is a retired chemist from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, US. It is said to have been restored by nuns who patched the holes and stitched the shroud to a reinforcing material known as the Holland cloth.
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Alzheimer's Disease:

2/4/2005: Tunnel plan to save hungry otters from road danger  - BBC
2/4/2005: Non-sex genes link to 'gay trait'
  - BBC
2/4/2005: Jumping mouse loses federal protection - MSNBC
2/4/2005: How Many Comparative Genomes Are Enough? - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Man And Mouse Share Genome Structure - Science Daily
2/4/2005: A New Mechanism Of Regulating RNA Degradation - Science Daily
2/4/2005: 'Clampdown' on animal activists  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
2/4/2005: Science sceptics meet on climate   - BBC
2/4/2005: Blair bid for backing on climate   - BBC
2/4/2005: Scientists assess climate dangers  - BBC
2/4/2005: Arctic ozone may drop to new low  - BBC
2/4/2005: How Cold Is It? Not Very, if You Are a Statistician  - NY Times
2/4/2005: 'Extreme Weather': You Do Need a Weatherman  - NY Times
2/4/2005: Satellite Data Reveal Immense Pollution Pool Over Bihar, India - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Reviewing Scientists Say Proposed Conservation Measures Unlikely To Help Whales - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Tsunami aid: Firms acting responsibly? - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: FEATURE:Ancient beasts raise questions about climate change ... - FirstScience
2/4/2005: Climate change: true or false? ... - FirstScience
2/4/2005: Indonesia plans to repair environmental damage to its tsunami coast ... - FirstScience
2/4/2005: Global warming 'may kill off polar bears in 20 years' ... - FirstScience
2/4/2005: Floating warehouse, Greenpeace ship aid Indonesia's isolated tsunami victims ... - FirstScience
2/4/2005: Scientists Keep Eye on Alaska Volcanoes ... - FirstScience
2/4/2005: Changing planet: Send us pictures of environmental change affecting you  - BBC

2/4/2005: Videotape to DVD, made easy  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Gaming IPO set for FTSE 100?  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Have iPod, will accessorize  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Photos: The iPod economy  - C/Net

2/4/2005: Verizon wants its Microsoft TV
  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Party lines come to Net phones
  - C/Net


2/4/2005: Week in pictures: Petite PCs, bad ad
2/4/2005: Regular Computer Use For Work, But Not Play, Aids Student Test Performance - Science Daily
2/4/2005: The sound of silence  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Photos: Keepin' it quiet  - C/Net

2/4/2005: Future of search rides on relevance  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Website lifts lid on house prices  - BBC
2/4/2005: Oops! mistakes bus for skating rink  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Project Googlefox  - Technology Review 

2/4/2005: Secure Gates: Microsoft boss Bill Gates on why security is the big issue  - BBC
2/4/2005: Warning over Microsoft Word files  - BBC
2/4/2005: Finally, A TV Hit? - Business Week
2/4/2005: Apple edges Google as top brand  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Congress proposes tax on all Net, data connections  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Report: Major Windows security update foiled  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Teen gets 18 months in prison for worm  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Microsoft's sleeping giant  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Despite NHL lockout, network has season covered--digitally  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Scientists ID Molecular 'Switch' In Liver That Triggers Harmful Effects Of Saturated And Trans Fats - Science Daily
2/4/2005: In Brazil, a cry for open-source software  - C/Net

2/4/2005: New Way Of Making Fuel Cells Lowers Costs - Science Daily
2/4/2005: National Energy Technology Laboratory And Carnegie Mellon University Team Up To Create New Paradigms For Hydrogen Production - Science Daily

2/4/2005: Higher Folate Intake Associated With Decreased Risk Of Hypertension In Women - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Study Confirms ICDs More Effective In Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death Than Medical Therapies
2/4/2005: Longer Cardiac Rehab Programs Necessary, Says U Of T Study - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Blood pressure soars on Mondays  - BBC

2/4/2005: HRT 'bone aid in prostate care'  - BBC
2/4/2005: Cell study probes cancer growth  - BBC
2/4/2005: Protein Stops Growth Of Brain Tumor, OHSU Study Shows - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Calcium May Protect Women From Cancer - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Passive Smoking In Childhood May Increase Risk Of Lung Cancer In Later Life - Science Daily
2/4/2005: First U.S. Kidney Cancer Vaccine Trial Underway At Columbia University Medical Center - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Cell study probes cancer growth
  - BBC

2/4/2005: Former minister is HIV positive  - BBC
2/4/2005: NIAID Begins Enrolling Volunteers For Novel HIV Vaccine Study - Science Daily

2/4/2005: Penn Study Shows How Next-generation Diabetic Drugs Could Work More Selectively - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Genetic Variant May Explain Why Women Develop Multiple Sclerosis More Than Men - Science Daily

2/4/2005: Doctors make eye cells see light  - BBC
2/4/2005: Family 'cursed': Fighting to find out why illness blighted four generations  - BBC
2/4/2005: Behavior And Quality Of Life Improve For Children Who Receive Treatment For Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Radiation May Have Positive Effects On Health: Study - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Penn State Study Says Preschoolers Not Getting Enough Fiber - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Bones 'grow most at night time'  - BBC
2/4/2005: Regular Blackberry use 'could damage thumbs', experts warn  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
2/4/2005: Turin shroud 'older than thought'   - BBC
2/4/2005: Experts Examined: The 92-year-old who first linked smoking and lung  - BBC cancer
2/4/2005: 'Collapse': How the World Ends  - NY Times
2/4/2005: First Chapter  - NY Times
2/4/2005: The Immune System as a Tool for Directed Evolution ... - FirstScience
2/4/2005: DNA bid for US 'founding father'  - BBC

2/4/2005: Web radio takes Spanish rap global  - BBC
2/4/2005: Digital clues and crime  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Try being a cyber sleuth  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Graduate Cryptographers Unlock Code of 'Thiefproof' Car Key  - NY Times
2/4/2005: Graphic: Cracking the Code  - NY Times
2/4/2005: Manage debts well for good credit scores - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: Learning from the losers of 2004 - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: To beat drooping dollar, reduce debt, be flexible - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: Survey raises retirement worries - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: How to organize your financial records - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: Review options in filing status - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: Job-seekers can tap the power of international experience - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: To regain trust, don't be on the defensive - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: Personal contacts key in landing internship - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: Don't disclose layoff until your job interview - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: Entrepreneur goes from mall cart to millions in sales - Seattle Times
2/4/2005: Science and Politics: Don't Give Up ... - FirstScience
2/4/2005: Microsoft Still a Strong Buy - Business Week
2/4/2005: Is SBC Rushing into Trouble? - Business Week
2/4/2005: Google Print The Answer to  - C/Net
2/4/2005: SBC to acquire AT&T for $16 billion
  - C/Net

2/4/2005: Children can literally grow up overnight say scientists  - BBC
2/4/2005: Cannabis mental health risk  - BBC
2/4/2005: Bid to find key to social phobia  - BBC
2/4/2005: Monkey "Pay-Per-View" Study Could Aid Understanding Of Autism - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Clam Embryo Study Shows Pollutant Mixture Adversely Affects Nerve Cell Development - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Cooling Lessens Brain Damage In Sick Newborn Babies - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Gene Protecting Brain Nerves Discovered ...
 - FirstScience
Painkiller scrapped over suicides   - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
2/4/2005: Astronomers' First Direct Evidence: Young Low-mass Objects Are Twice As Heavy As Predicted - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Superfluid Helium-4 Whistles Just The Right Tune
 - Science Daily



2/4/2005: Panel Cautions NASA on Shuttle Models  - C/Net
2/4/2005: NASA Asks Lehigh Engineering Students To Analyze Debris From Failed Columbia Shuttle
 - Science Daily
2/4/2005: Countdown to shuttle return flight  - BBC
2/4/2005: Congress Balks at Hubble Repairs
  - Wired News
2/4/2005: Atlas 3B Launch Successful
2/4/2005: Proton M Launched From Baikonur

2/4/2005: Software brings holiday pictures to life  - C/Net
2/4/2005: Sweet And Environmentally Beneficial Discovery: Plastics Made From Orange Peel And A Greenhouse Gas - Science Daily
2/4/2005: 'Bumpy' Glass Could Lead To Self-cleaning Windows, Slick Micromachines - Science Daily
2/4/2005: What high-definition will do to DVDs  - BBC
2/4/2005: Computers in cars How a swipe of your credit card could soup up your motor  - BBC
2/4/2005: Jive talking: pupils use dance machine to learn Spanish  - BBC
2/4/2005: RFID's Mixed Signals
 - Business Week
2/4/2005: Digital River Rides a Rising Tide
 - Business Week


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