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Terraforming: Human Destiny or Hubris? - Space.com   Say the word “terraforming” amidst a gathering of space enthusiasts and it’s a bit like upending your beer mug in an Australian pub. It means you’re ready to duke it out with anybody in the joint: One team sees the quest to replicate the biosphere of Earth on other planets as a moral imperative, an inevitable destiny, or both. Others -- equally passionate -- recoil at such pretension, proclaiming with surety that humans have no right to interfere with Nature.     
Hyperventilating Over 'Space Weapons' - Space.com  Left:  'Scary tales about U.S. "death stars" hovering over target countries promising swift strikes from space rely merely on readers not understanding the basics of orbital motion in space. A satellite circles Earth in an ever-shifting path that passes near any particular target only a few times every 24 hours, not every 10 minutes. It's quicker and cheaper to strike ground targets with missiles launched from the ground.'  Mere military exploration of space hardware doesn't mean the next Star Wars is at hand. In fact, misinformation in such matters is quite dangerous in this world. Is the sanctity of the heavens about to be violated by the United States making a unilateral introduction of aggressive weapons that could spark a destabilizing arms race? Is the White House about to unleash an unprecedented expansion of regions to fight over in the future? But a sober reality check can put the issue into better perspective.  

Russia, China Join Against US 'Star Wars' - SpaceDaily  Left:  China has repeatedly made clear that it would vastly increase the size of its intercontinental ballistic missile force, building hundreds more nuclear armed ICBMs if necessary to swamp America's new ABM defenses.  Russia and China have joined forces in a major U.N. forum to oppose U.S. plans to develop new space weapons. And the move could herald a far more wide-ranging strategic cooperation between the two nations. Russia and China have joined forces to urge the U.N. Conference on Disarmament to launch a new round of international negotiations to prevent the increased militarization of space. The initiative is not likely to get anywhere.
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Biosciences:
6/28/2005: New Report Suggests Infertility Could Be Affecting More Men Than Women - Science Daily
6/28/2005: Scientists Monitor Habitat Use By Rare North Pacific Right Whales In Bering Sea And Gulf Of Alaska
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6/28/2005: Knowledge Of Nitrogen Transfer Between Plants And Beneficial Fungi Expands - Science Daily
6/28/2005: Reform likely on whaling process  - BBC
6/28/2005: Learn about whales  - BBC
6/28/2005: GM crop bans survive Euro votes  - BBC
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6/28/2005: A Rare-Earth Approach To Tracking Erosion - Science Daily
6/28/2005: Wave alert system takes shape  - BBC
6/28/2005: Waste mountain 'must be tackled'  - BBC
6/28/2005: Green initiatives A snapshot of recycling efforts in Europe and beyond  - BBC
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6/28/2005: Behold the customizable keyboard  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Photos: Rig your keyboard  - C/Net
6/28/2005: A sound body  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Sony denies seeking PSP customer data  - C/Net
6/28/2005: GameSpot has a look at the DX1  - C/Net
6/28/2005: The solution to every gamer's problem?  - C/Net
6/28/2005: The 21st century's programmable keyboard
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6/28/2005: Review: Ambitious 'Advent' disappoints
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Communications
6/28/2005: Grabbing Airwaves
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Technology
6/28/2005: Keeping up with the chips  - C/Net
6/28/2005: AMD: you lose some, you win some  - C/Net
6/28/2005: AMD adds 2.2 GHz chip to Turion lineup  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Laptops: AMD Gets Inside - Business Week
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Internet
6/28/2005: EBay seeks sellers for expansion  - BBC
6/28/2005: Passwords 'up for grabs'  - BBC
6/28/2005: Groups laud Yahoo for closing chat rooms - Business Week
6/28/2005: Pop-up vulnerability found in major browsers  - C/Net
6/28/2005: MSN- bloggers for hire  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Hackers probe Outlook Express flaw  - C/Net
6/28/2005: eBay gets an earful from sellers
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6/28/2005: EarthLink puts up more spyware, phishing shields
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6/28/2005: An army of soulless 1s and 0s
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6/28/2005: Sex sites win reprieve from new federal rules
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6/28/2005: A new approach to file-swapping
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6/28/2005: Microsoft steps up pressure to fight spam
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6/28/2005: Yahoo shuts some chat rooms
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Miscellaneous
6/28/2005: Microsoft makes web feeds easier  - BBC
6/28/2005: Crashing the RSS Party: Microsoft will include reader technology in the coming Longhorn operating system -- and make it available for free - Business Week
6/28/2005: Legal aid  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Don't scapegoat Grokster for music industry  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Emerging markets will be a match for Microsoft  - C/Net
6/28/2005: PC makers pass on Windows XP N  - CNN
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Health:
Cardiovascular
6/28/2005: Test 'identifies new stroke risk'  - BBC
6/28/2005: 'I missed my eight heart attacks '  - BBC
6/28/2005: Guidance 'hypes heart risk'  - BBC
6/28/2005: Guidant cautions doctors on defibrillators - Business Week
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Cancer  
6/28/2005: Harmless Virus Kills Some Cancers - Science Daily
6/28/2005: Testicular cancer: What's the best way to check yourself for possible symptoms?  - BBC
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Infectious
6/28/2005: Bad bugs: A look at which bacteria are infecting NHS wards  - BBC
6/28/2005: Meningitis deaths 'could be cut'  - BBC
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Miscellaneous
6/28/2005: Researchers Shed New Light On Cause Of Bedsores And Other Chronic Wounds - Science Daily
6/28/2005: US approves first 'ethnic drug'  - BBC
6/28/2005: Home 'safest' after chemical leak  - BBC
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Miscellaneous:
6/28/2005: Hyperventilating Over 'Space Weapons' - Space.com
6/28/2005: Russia, China Join Against US 'Star Wars' - SpaceDaily
6/28/2005: AAAS Expert Proposes 'Layered Defense' To Protect Against Smuggled Nuclear Materials - Science Daily
6/28/2005: Use it or lose it: Innovation should be for everyone says analyst Bill Thompson  - BBC
6/28/2005: Indian call centre 'fraud' probe  - BBC
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6/28/2005: India demanding 195,000 H-1B?  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Week in review: The cost of insecurity
6/28/2005: Is Elizabeth a dancing queen?  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Are meetings obsolete?  - C/Net
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Neurosciences:
6/28/2005: Young Athletes' Post-concussion Migraine May Signal Greater Neurocognitive Impairment - Science Daily
6/28/2005: New Clinical Tool To Help War Veterans With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - Science Daily
6/28/2005: Father's blues can blight babies  - BBC
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Physics and Astronomy:
6/28/2005: NASA's Hubble Chases Unruly Planet - Science Daily
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Prolongevity
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Robotics:
6/28/2005: Bots and tots and big iron  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Trick out your Roomba  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Robo rent-a-cop  - C/Net
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Space:
6/28/2005: Terraforming: Human Destiny or Hubris? - Space.com
6/28/2005: Faster Than A Speeding Bullet- Guinness Recognizes NASA Scramjet
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6/28/2005: NASA's smart computer in space  - C/Net
6/28/2005: Photo: Talking computer prepares for space
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Technology:
6/28/2005: The Making And Breaking Of Microtubules - Science Daily
6/28/2005: Research Offers Clues About Buckyball Behavior In Natural Environments - Science Daily
6/28/2005: No arguing How in-car satellite navigation is changing family holidays  - BBC
6/28/2005: Nerds unite at monthly electronics flea market  - CNN
6/28/2005: Survey: Vacationers can't escape technology  - CNN
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