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Belief special: How evolution found God - New Scientist  RELIGIOUS belief is a conundrum. In our everyday lives, most of us make at least some effort to check the truth of claims for ourselves. Yet when it comes to religion, studies show that we are most persuaded by stories that contradict the known laws of physics. At the same time, however, we expect our gods to have normal human feelings and emotions. Why are we humans so willing to commit to religious beliefs we can never hope to verify?       
Dogs as good as screening for cancer detection - New Scientist  Dogs do as well as state-of-the-art screening tests at sniffing out people with lung or breast cancer. The research raises the possibility that trained dogs could detect cancers even earlier and might some day supplement or even replace mammograms and CT scans in the laboratory. The idea is not outrageous. Cancer patients have been shown to have traces of chemicals – like alkanes and benzene derivatives – in their breath, and other studies have shown dogs can detect chemicals in concentrations as small as a few parts per trillion.   

2005 warmest year on record - MSNBC  A surprising Arctic warm spell is responsible for a 2005 that was likely the warmest year since instrument recordings began in the late 1800s, a leading researcher said Tuesday in describing a new federal analysis. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said the analysis had to estimate temperatures in the Arctic from nearby weather stations because no direct data were available. He said, “we couldn’t say with 100 percent certainty that it’s the warmest year, but I’m reasonably confident that it was.”     
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2/5/2005: Researchers Map Of Genetic Variations Implicated In Disease - Science Daily
2/5/2005: 'Queen of Mean' Turns Nice When Daughter Dies
 - Live Science
2/5/2005: Law Annoys Private Cord Banks  - Wired News
2/5/2005: Warm winter impacts pregnant seals ... - MSNBC

Climate, Environment:
2/5/2005: 2005 warmest year on record  - MSNBC
2/5/2005: Landsat 5 Resumes Operations - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: NASA Sat Catches A Hurricane Transforming Itself - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: Wyoming Cloud Seeding Experiment Begins This Month - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: NASA Test Provides Pilots With Better Weather Forecasts - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: Nostalgia for Mud  - Wired News
2/5/2005: Smaller firms could trade carbon  - BBC
2/5/2005: EU agrees to cut down on potent F-gases  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Interview: Be green, think big - New Scientist
2/5/2005: Conflicting Claims on Global Warming and Why It's All Moot - Space.com
2/5/2005: Researchers Unlock Mystery Of Layer Around Earth's Core - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: SGI Supercomputer Helps Hungarian Meteorologists Undertstand Complex Weather - SpaceDaily

2/5/2005: Traffic Lab To Go  - Wired News
2/5/2005: NFL to re-air Super Bowl commercials  - BBC
2/5/2005: Putting Star Wars to the MythBusters test  - BBC
2/5/2005: 'Ninety-Nine Nights' enough to raise Xbox 360 sales in Japan?  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Deal of the day: 20-inch G5 iMac  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Gadget Lab: Traffic Map to Go  - Wired News

2/5/2005: Small, cheap alternative to cell towers: balloons
 - Seattle Times
2/5/2005: Roll Your Own Ringtone
  - Wired News
2/5/2005: House to press cell phone industry on customer protection
  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Israeli researchers combine IR camera, cell phone
  - El. Engr. Times
2/5/2005: Faster, Farther Wi-Fi
  - Technology Review 


2/5/2005: IBM spearheads AJAX tools at Eclipse  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Apple: Apple slices $200 from G5 iMac price  - C/Net

2/5/2005: New bid to tackle spyware scourge  - BBC
2/5/2005: Out and about: Meeting the locals at the home of search giant Google  - BBC
2/5/2005: The Smoking Gun: Hot as a pistol  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Video: Microsoft releases beta of latest browser  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Microsoft: IE7 beta: Read the fine print  - C/Net

2/5/2005: Microsoft amends policies on shutting down blogs - Seattle Times
2/5/2005: MS Rules on Gov't Complaints  - Wired News
2/5/2005: File-swap leaders face legal D-day  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Video: Calendaring: The next killer app?  - C/Net
2/5/2005: A Censorship Solution ... Sort Of   - Wired News

2/5/2005: Bush outlines advanced energy initiative  - El. Engr. Times
2/5/2005: French Nuclear Watchdog Gives Thumbs-Up To Deep Waste Burial - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: Bush's New Energy Pledge  - Wired News


2/5/2005: Dogs as good as screening for cancer detection  - New Scientist
2/5/2005: Tasmanian devils felled by rare cancer - New Scientist

2/5/2005: Malaria and weather come under same umbrella  - Nature
2/5/2005: WHO lab confirms Iraqi bird flu death - New Scientist


2/5/2005: Women reveal concerns over HRT  - BBC
2/5/2005: It's quiz time: Test yourself on salt, shaken or stirred into much of our food  - BBC
2/5/2005: Expectant dads get chubby  - Nature
2/5/2005: Dads-to-be pile on the pounds too - New Scientist
2/5/2005: Myth Busted: Late Night Snacks Don't Add Weight - Live Science
2/5/2005: Male Monkeys Fatten Up During Pregnancy, Too - Live Science
2/5/2005: Workshop On Telemedicine For Africa - SpaceDaily

History, Anthropology:
2/5/2005: Belief special: How evolution found God  - New Scientist
2/5/2005: Archaeologists Uncover One Of Biggest Medieval Graveyards - Science Daily
2/5/2005: Duck-billed Dino Crests Not Linked To Sense Of Smell - Science Daily
2/5/2005: On This Day 2003: Seven die as Columbia shuttle disintegrates
2/5/2005: Before the Olympics, Turin had the shroud

2/5/2005: Exxon posts $36.1 billion in profits, highest in U.S. history - Seattle Times
2/5/2005: Enron jury told to focus on lies, not numbers - Seattle Times
2/5/2005: NY Subways Hit More People When Economy is Bad - Live Science
2/5/2005: Iran Says Will Use Ballistic Missiles If Attacked - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: India, U.S. Nuke Deal Hits Wall - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: French Nuke Tests Were Harmful - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: The Dark Knight Returns  - Wired News
2/5/2005: AT&T Sued Over NSA Eavesdropping  - Wired News
2/5/2005: Google Stock: After-Hours Plummet  - Wired News
2/5/2005: The Dark Knight Returns  - Wired News
2/5/2005: ID theft 'contained' says study  - BBC
2/5/2005: Crackdown on mass-marketing scams  - BBC
2/5/2005: Quote of the day: Malls brimming with servers  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Politics: Bush's State of the Union calls for research spending  - C/Net
2/5/2005: MTV's focus on colleges streams into your PC  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Wall Street analysts still gaga over Google  - C/Net
2/5/2005: The bidding behavior of buyers in Internet auctions  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Bush grants Valley's wishes  - C/Net
2/5/2005: Shrugging off Google's miss  - CNN
2/5/2005: Industry, Congress rally around competitiveness initiative
  - El. Engr. Times
2/5/2005: Tall men get better education
2/5/2005: Enron defense: "There was no evil"
 - Seattle Times
2/5/2005: Ashes Of US Space Pioneer To Launch With Remains Of 'Star Trek' Actor
 - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: ChinaSat 6B To Beam More TV Channels
 - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: Could Terrorists Hijack Your Brain?
  - Technology Review 
2/5/2005: I Spy Black Satellites
  - Wired News
2/5/2005: How to Code a Constitution
  - Wired News
2/5/2005: Ordinary People Have Best Ideas
  - Wired News

2/5/2005: Study Finds Nerve Damage In Previously Mysterious Chronic Pain Syndrome - Science Daily
2/5/2005: Treatment Of Down Syndrome In Mice Restores Nerve Growth In Cerebellum - Science Daily
2/5/2005: Pregnancy 'no depression guard'  - BBC
2/5/2005: Caffeine Free: Blue Light Makes People Alert at Night - Live Science
2/5/2005: Shock Therapy, Version 2.0  - Wired News

Physics and Astronomy:
2/5/2005: Stellar 'partner swaps' yield cosmic explosions - New Scientist



2/5/2005: Stardust Put Into Hibernation - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: SMART-1 To Crash Into Lunar Surface In August
 - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: Falcon HTV-1 Aircraft On Track For First Glided Hypersonic Test
 - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: 'Tenth Planet' found to be a whopper  - Nature
2/5/2005: 'Tenth planet' is bigger than Pluto
 - New Scientist
2/5/2005: And then there were ten-
 - PhysicsWeb
2/5/2005: Russia Hopes To Have Reusable Shuttle By 2012
 - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: The Smell Of Moondust
 - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: Alcatel Alenia Space Starts The Exomars Mission Design
 - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: Celebrating Two Years Of Mars Express Discoveries
 - SpaceDaily

5/2005: NASA Assesses Strategies To 'Turn Off The Heat' In New York City - Science Daily
5/2005: Simulator For Fork-lift Trucks - Science Daily

2/5/2005: Electric slide for tech industry?  - BBC
2/5/2005: Tech firms decline human rights briefing  - CNN
2/5/2005: Era Ends: Western Union Stops Sending Telegrams - Live Science
2/5/2005: Lockheed Martin GPS Updates Enhance System Accuracy Up To 15 Percent
2/5/2005: Putin And Ivanov Discuss Future Of GLONASS System - SpaceDaily
2/5/2005: Spell With Flickr
  - Wired News
2/5/2005: Happy Kitty Gets Ready to Purr
  - Wired News



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