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Terraforming Mars: Experts Debate How, Why and Whether - Space.com  At the Astrobiology Science Conference earlier this year, scientists and science fiction writers -- from NASA researcher Chris McKay to author Kim Stanley Robinson -- faced off on the promises and pitfalls of terraforming Mars. Their debate is recreated in these seven pages. The Mars Terraforming Debate was co-sponsored by NASA's Astrobiology Magazine, the SciFi Museum (Seattle), and Breakpoint Media. It is reproduced here in cooperation with Astrobiology Magazine.  
Mercury, Nasa Mercury rising: Space probe's chief scientist explains the planet's attraction   - BBC  Although temperatures can reach 450C, scientists think there may be ice at the poles. Principal investigator Sean Solomon told BBC News Online about some of the questions he wants to answer about this enigmatic planet. In the last two decades, ground-based astronomy has discovered other elements in Mercury's atmosphere including sodium, potassium and calcium, which have to be derived from the surface. Radar astronomy also discovered Mercury's polar deposits, which are bright at radar wavelengths. The leading hypothesis is that they consist of water ice.

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Acid rain 'might curb warming'  - BBC  Acid rain might not be entirely harmful: the sulphate it contains might be helping to slow down global warming, scientists have announced. The greenhouse gas methane is produced in large quantities by microbes found in wetlands such as peats and marshes. But these microbes are inhibited by a type of bacteria that thrives on the sulphate present in acid rain. In time, this could return methane to pre-industrial levels, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, but it exists in much smaller quantities than carbon dioxide; it accounts for 22% of human-caused global warming.
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Biosciences:
8/10/2004: Mitochondrial Fusion ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Study Suggests Humans Can Speed Evolution ...
 - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Branching gene could beautify bushes  - Nature
8/10/2004: Francis Crick, DNA pioneer, dies - New Scientist
8/10/2004: Captive rhinos killed by overdose of iron - New Scientist
8/10/2004: Hormone levels turn mouse mums fearless - New Scientist

Climate, Environment:
8/10/2004: Acid rain 'might curb warming'   - BBC
8/10/2004: Greenpeace protesters arrested in Tongass forest ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Green Party appoints co-leader ...  - BBC
8/10/2004: US clashes with Canada over pollution at the border ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Environmentalists vow to fight Coromandel gold mining ruling ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Transatlantic Pollution ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Climate Change Could Doom Alaska's Tundra ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Earthquake Swarm Beneath Lake Tahoe ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Aura Deployment Continues - SpaceDaily

Computers:
Devices
8/10/2004: NEC Ships MT1075 Projector; A Smart, Powerful and Efficient Way to Connect With Your Audience  - El. Engr. Times

Communications
8/10/2004: Group Wants to Induce Downloads
  - Wired News
8/10/2004: Joy of Text Lined up for Home Phones
  - Wired News
8/10/2004: Tibet's Telecommunications Progress
 - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Russia target for VoIP market, says report
  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: FCC says VoIP subject to wiretap laws
  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: With Buzz Building About Voice Over IP, CEOs Must Decide: Tip of the Iceberg or Slippery Slope?
  - El. Engr. Times

Technology
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8/10/2004: Sirenza Microdevices Introduces an Environmentally 'Green' Silicon Germanium (SiGe) Product Line  - El. Engr. Times

PC's
8/10/2004: 3D display use to grow in private sector, says report  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: PNY Technologies Launches USB Flash Drive Build-To-Order (BTO) Program  - El. Engr. Times

Internet
8/10/2004: Search Companies Charged With Aiding Online Gambling  - Wired News
8/10/2004: Synacor and Knology Partner to Deliver Premium Content Packages to High-Speed Internet Users  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: Free Sampling of Service that Permits Recallable, Erasable E-Mail Offered by Bigstring.Com  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: SOHU.COM, the 'Search Fox' Launches New Search Brand SoGou, a 'Search Dog' With a Nose for the Best Online Search in China  - El. Engr. Times

Miscellaneous
8/10/2004: You Are the Weakest Security Link  - Wired News
8/10/2004: Sun Drives Linux Interoperability With Breakthrough Application Compatibility Technology  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: Brain not body makes athletes feel tired - New Scientist

Energy:
8/10/2004: Ireland wants wind power to provide 13 percent of energy by 2010 - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: US to halt nuclear fusion project - New Scientist

Health:
Cardiovascular
8/10/2004: Simpler pump boosts failing hearts - New Scientist

Cancer  

Infectious
8/10/2004: New Treatments for Human Version of Mad Cow  - Wired News

Non-Infectious

Miscellaneous

History, Anthropology:
8/10/2004: 1961: Cosmonaut spends day in space Titov 'splendid' after 24 hours in space ... - FirstScience

Miscellaneous:
8/10/2004: Behind the RFID-Standards Brawl  - Wired News
8/10/2004: Seattle Launches Regional Network To Save Money, Improve Data - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Pacific mired in economic, political mismanagement: Samoa - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Teal Group Predicts UAV Market Will Double By 2014 - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Understand China or lose edge, analyst warns  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: U.S. R&D IT investment to rise, but lags behind Europe  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: Study finds China directing standards  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: U.S. Army's First RQ-7B Upgraded Shadow(TM) Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Rolls Off AAI Corporation Production Line  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: VidiTel Connects Troops in Iraq With Their Families  - El. Engr. Times

Neurosciences:

Physics and Astronomy:
8/10/2004: Hubble Images Majestic Cousin of the Milky Way ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: New Physics Law Unifies Several Superconducting Compounds ...
 - FirstScience
8/10/2004: Texas and Texas A&M to Build World's Largest Telescope ...
 - FirstScience

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Space:
8/10/2004: Terraforming Mars: Experts Debate How, Why and Whether - Space.com
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Mercury rising: Space probe's chief scientist explains the planet's attraction    - BBC
8/10/2004: Spirit rover failed to find lake remnants on Mars: researchers ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: 'Science' Special: How Mars rover Spirit's cameras have detected variations in Martian soil ... - FirstScience
8/10/2004: NASA Selects Jupiter Mission Candidate For Further Study - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Saturnian Shadow Looms Across Rings - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Women Wanted For ESA Bed-Rest Study - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: NASA's New Space 'Hot Rod - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Advanced Electric-Prop Tech R&D Teams Selected - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Moon Probe Project Is Sure To Pay Off: Expert - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Moon Written In Stone - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Space Race II A ticket to ride - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Canadian private space race contender names launch date - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Russia puts Spanish telecom satellite into orbit - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: US must start paying for astronauts' flights: Russian official - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Astronauts return to space station after maintenance mission - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Wash. State Team's Private Rocket Explodes - ABC
8/10/2004: Hubble hit by instrument failure  - BBC
8/10/2004: Instrument Aboard Hubble Space Telescope Suspends Operation - Science Daily
8/10/2004: Cornell Astronomers Report How Rover Spirit's Cameras Have Detected Variations In Martian Soil
 - Science Daily
8/10/2004: Washington State-Based Ansari X Prize Contestant's Spacecraft Explodes
 - Space.com
8/10/2004: Hubble In Trouble
 - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Instrument Aboard Hubble Space Telescope Suspends Operation
 - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Spirit's Flood Of Papers
 - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes
 - SpaceDaily
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Lightning Bolts From Saturn - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Perseids To Storm August 11?
 - SpaceDaily
8/10/2004: Hubble Instrument Goes Dark
  - Wired News
8/10/2004: You Get What You Pay For
  - Wired News
8/10/2004: X-prize contender rocket explodes
  - BBC
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Technology:
8/10/2004: World's First Touch-Screen Talking Translator Now Available Nationwide From LINgo!  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: ANSI Establishes Nanotechnology Standards Panel
  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: Imation Unveils Double Layer DVD Media
  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: D-Link Announces Industry's First 802.11g Wireless Internet Security Camera With Pan/Tilt/Zoom
  - El. Engr. Times
8/10/2004: Most nanotech poses 'no new risks'
 - New Scientist

  




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