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Arming US Airliners Against Possible Missile Attacks Too Pricey For Now - SpaceDaily  Left:  A thermal imaging photograph provided by military experts shows that a MANPADS missile would guide on the three Air Packs located directly below the Center Fuel Tank. The Stinger Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) is representative of many such systems available to terrorists groups.  A top US research group said Tuesday that arming thousands of US commercial airliners against possible ground-to-air missile strikes is currently too pricey as the price of such defensive technology is too high. "Over 20 years, the cost to develop, procure and operate these systems would amount to an estimated 40 billion," it said. United Airlines and US Airways are vying to emerge from bankruptcy.  
Canada, Russia Eye 'Bridge' Over Melting Ice Cap - SpaceDaily  Left:  The so-called arctic bridge has won support from the Canadian government and local administrations, as well as the new Russian ambassador to Canada Georgiy Mamedov.  Russian crude oil destined for the gas guzzling United States could soon be shipped through a passage between Churchill, 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) north of the US-Canada border and Murmansk in Russia's far north on the Barents Sea. By mid-century, scientists predict waterways could remain ice-free year round, cutting more than 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) off trips to northern Europe or Russia. A delegation is currently in Russia to discuss plans for the new trade route, led by Denver   

China Could Feed 2 Billion People With Better Irrigation - SpaceDaily  China's farmers can feed their nation's growing population by using expanded irrigation to support intense farming techniques, U.S. researchers said. Using the land currently being cultivated, China can feed between 1.1 and 1.7 billion people using available farming techniques and drawing on groundwater. f the same amount of land is irrigated, however, China can feed between 1.3 and 2.0 billion people - probably enough for China's expected 2030 population of 1.6 billion. "It might be more cost effective for them to invest in new semiconductor plants and use the income to buy food from Canada." 
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Biosciences:
2/7/2005: International Science Team Measures Arctic's Atmosphere - SpaceDaily
2/7/2005: Why insects hold their breath for days
 - MSNBC
2/7/2005: Nine more crisis areas for biodiversity  - Nature
2/7/2005: Stressful divisions for stem cells  - Nature
2/7/2005: Minority rule works for animals  - Nature
2/7/2005: Speediest feeding mammal revealed as a mole - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Nothing but the tooth - New Scientist
2/7/2005: The Darwinian Interlude  - Technology Review 

Climate, Environment:
2/7/2005: Antarctic's ice 'melting faster'  - BBC
2/7/2005: Africans 'worst-hit by warming'  - BBC
2/7/2005: Forest fears: Ancient British woods which development is putting at risk  - BBC
2/7/2005: Rule on shooting gray wolves overturned - MSNBC
2/7/2005: Climatologists pursue greenhouse gas danger levels - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Antarctic ice sheet is an 'awakened giant' - New Scientist
2/7/2005: The Snow Man  - Technology Review 
2/7/2005: In Sweden, Biobank Becomes Detective's Tool for Identifying Bodies in Thailand  - Technology Review 

Computers:
Devices
2/7/2005: Xbox 2 could be unveiled in May  - BBC
2/7/2005: Old phones made into alarms  - BBC
2/7/2005: Hide your iPod, here comes Bill  - Wired News
2/7/2005: Handheld market free fall continues  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Is the PDA dead?  - C/Net

Communications
2/7/2005: Lasers help bridge network gaps
  - BBC
2/7/2005: India widens access to telecoms
  - BBC
2/7/2005: For Telecom, a Whole New World
 - Business Week
2/7/2005: Phone fallout: Talk is cheap
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Cells make young drivers react like seniors
  - CNN
2/7/2005: Put Down the Phone and Drive (and Take Off the Headset, Too)
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Cell phones: Too hot to handle?
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: NY Passes Law: Hands Off Cell Phones While Driving
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: SBC, AT&T Layoffs Sign of Telecom Malaise
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Meet Mr. I-mode
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: FCC lets SBC dial direct to get Net phone numbers
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Cingular picks up PalmOne's Treo 650
  - C/Net

Technology

PC's
2/7/2005: Sun offers processing by the hour  - BBC
2/7/2005: iRise: Real Promise in Simulations - Business Week
2/7/2005: HP unveils mobile menagerie  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Photos: Notebooks at work  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Sun's utility computing: $1 per CPU per hour  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Why the desktop is dying  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Diverging roadmaps halting flexible display progress, says analyst
  - El. Engr. Times
2/7/2005: Sun outlines "grid computing" offering
 - Silicon Strategies
2/7/2005: Sun Microsystems Unveils Grid Computing Initiative
  - Technology Review 

Internet
2/7/2005: Baghdad Blogger film shown  - BBC
2/7/2005: More women turn to net security  - BBC
2/7/2005: Google Gyrations - Business Week
2/7/2005: Precious photos disappear  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Unprotected PCs can be hijacked in minutes  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Manage Calls, E-Mail With One Service  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Is hard time for worm author too harsh?
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Zombie trick expected to send spam sky-high
  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Bloggers get set for State of the Union
  - CNN

Miscellaneous
2/7/2005: Microsoft's Mission: Search and Destroy - Business Week
2/7/2005: Open-source battlegrounds  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Linux developers create forum to air core flaws  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Amazon unveils flat-fee shipping  - C/Net
2/7/2005: IT worker confidence holds steady  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Grokster and America  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Microsoft Announces Security Initiative for Governments  - Technology Review 

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Health:
Cardiovascular
2/7/2005: Call to check athletes' hearts  - BBC
2/7/2005: The hand that treats hypotension...  - Nature
2/7/2005: Pollution fighter turns clot buster - New Scientist

Cancer  
2/7/2005: Sunshine might stop skin cancers  - BBC
2/7/2005: Cancer: a world of risk?  - Nature
2/7/2005: New effectors of beta-catenin in tumourigenesis  - Nature
2/7/2005: GO AML therapy!  - Nature
2/7/2005: Cancer drugs may fight smallpox - New Scientist

Infectious
2/7/2005: Park teen boozers 'most at risk'  - BBC

Non-Infectious
2/7/2005: Cannabis: Prescribing the miracle weed - New Scientist

Miscellaneous
2/7/2005: Free fruit offered to low earners  - BBC
2/7/2005: How Far from Sugar Is Splenda? - Business Week
2/7/2005: Human skin made to order ... on a printer? - MSNBC
2/7/2005: Teen sex abstinence study sparks controversy - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Mirror that reflects your future self - New Scientist

History, Anthropology:
2/7/2005: Black migration  - CNN
2/7/2005: Has ‘New England’s Columbus’ been found? - MSNBC
2/7/2005: Newsweek: Debating Darwin and design - MSNBC
2/7/2005: So, Prehistory Looked Like New Jersey?  - NY Times

Miscellaneous:
2/7/2005: China Could Feed 2 Billion People With Better Irrigation - SpaceDaily
2/7/2005: Canada, Russia Eye 'Bridge' Over Melting Ice Cap - SpaceDaily
2/7/2005: Arming US Airliners Against Possible Missile Attacks Too Pricey For Now - SpaceDaily
2/7/2005: The Coming Of The Shiite Empire - SpaceDaily
2/7/2005: Israel To Launch Two Military Satellites - SpaceDaily
2/7/2005: Digital canvas: National Gallery unveils interactive art experience  - BBC
2/7/2005: Global challenge: Can a jet be flown solo around the world with no stops or refuelling?  - BBC
2/7/2005: Spreading the gospel with holy golf balls and GodPods  - BBC
2/7/2005: MPs' tribute to BBC's Ivan Noble  - BBC
2/7/2005: Secret 'bus cams' challenged in court  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Extracting value from digital content  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Are you ready to go global?  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Please evacuate Connecticut--oops  - C/Net
2/7/2005: How companies turn customers' big ideas into innovations  - C/Net
2/7/2005: Google blows away estimates  - CNN
2/7/2005: Groundhog Day - MSNBC
2/7/2005: Microsoft unveils EuroScience initiative - MSNBC
2/7/2005: Humans beings are actors, not puppets - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Fed raises key interest rate for sixth time - Seattle Times
2/7/2005: More employers using simulations to hire - Seattle Times
2/7/2005: Uncle Sam looking for workers with certain skills
 - Seattle Times
2/7/2005: FDA approves spray for B-12 deficiency
 - Seattle Times

Neurosciences:
2/7/2005: Forget counting sheep, listen to jazz to drop off to sleep  - BBC
2/7/2005: Dyslexia slows drivers' reactions - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Senses special: Doors of perception - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Senses special: The art of seeing without sight - Seattle Times

Physics and Astronomy:
2/7/2005: Cosmic Log: A new and improved Hubble? - MSNBC
2/7/2005: Radio waves make aurora sparkle
  - Nature
2/7/2005: Milky Way's supermassive black hole is snoozing
 - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Massive exploding stars create rare magnetars
 - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Pluto's moon a chip off the old block?
 - New Scientist
2/7/2005: Course- Cosmos Explained. Prerequisites: None.
  - NY Times
2/7/2005: Astronomers find missing baryons
 - PhysicsWeb

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2/7/2005: Teaching Computers to Read No ABC Affair  - Technology Review 

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Technology:
2/7/2005: Underwater Trials For Robotic Arm - SpaceDaily
2/7/2005: Automotive image sensor market set to boom, says analyst - Silicon Strategies

  



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