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Earth is Rare, New Study Suggests - Space.com  All known extrasolar planets are roughly as massive as Jupiter or much more so. In studying about 100 of these, the scientists found most are similar to one another in terms of orbital characteristics, and that Jupiter is the oddball. "We have shown that the solar system, as represented by Jupiter, is formally not part of the distribution of observed extrasolar planetary systems," Martin Beer of the UK's University of Leicester told SPACE.com.  
Image of milk bottles More proof of vitamin-cancer link  - BBC It may not only be the lack of vitamin D that increases a woman's breast cancer risk but also the way in which the body utilises it, say researchers. Studies have shown vitamin D protects against breast cancer and a lack may contribute to the disease. Now scientists have found women with certain versions of a gene involved in the vitamin's breakdown have a nearly twofold greater risk of breast cancer. These certain versions increased breast cancer risk nearly twofold. Women with these versions may also have a more aggressive form of the disease if the cancer spreads, the researchers believe.

Cosmic Cowboy - SpaceDaily  Left:  "Why does 'life' on other planets have to mean the same thing as life on Earth?"    "Earth is a planet around what is a very common, boring star the Sun," says Cochran. "And there are literally millions of other stars like our Sun nearby, as well as out in the galaxy. There's really no reason to believe that there is not an Earth-like planet with life on it around at least one of those millions of other stars. Discovering new planets is the first step in finding life in outer space I don't know that the average person realizes just how likely it is that life did or does exist on other planets out there. The next step is to find smaller, Earth-like planets around these stars," says Cochran.
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Biosciences:
8/17/2004: Farm changes 'behind wasp plague' - ABC
8/17/2004: Laura Bush enters stem cell row
  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
8/17/2004: CO2 rules set for California's cars  - CNN

Computers:
Devices
8/17/2004: In the background, a man at the forefront of 'Doom 3'  - C/Net

Communications
8/17/2004: Belkin looks to speed Wi-Fi products with Airgo tech
  - C/Net

Technology
8/17/2004: Analog workhorses in a digital world  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Intel uses delicate surgery to fine-tune microchips  - C/Net

PC's
8/17/2004: IBM digs in with MineLink data tool  - C/Net

Internet
8/17/2004: Blogging for Business - Business Week
8/17/2004: Microsoft tests Web-based messenger  - C/Net
8/17/2004: PayPal's quandary  - C/Net
8/17/2004: US bars backdoor pop-up adverts  - BBC
8/17/2004: The A-B-Cs of Google's Auction - Business Week
8/17/2004: Putting a Value on Google, Part 2 - Business Week
8/17/2004: Spam calls on Net phones
  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Flaw opens AOL chat software to intruders
  - C/Net
8/17/2004: FTC squashes firm's pop-up ads
  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Online soap opera returns from the dead
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
8/17/2004: Will Legal Fears Freeze the Penguin? - Business Week
8/17/2004: IBM won't use XP update - Business Week
8/17/2004: File-sharers offer Windows update  - BBC
8/17/2004: A War that Hollywood Can't Afford - Business Week
8/17/2004: PC security under fire  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Apple puts edit tools in one basket  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Microsoft wants to improve your image  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Lock 'em up and throw away the Webcam  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Apple patches graphics flaw  - C/Net

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
8/17/2004: War plane test can check arteries  - BBC
8/17/2004: Do Antioxidant Vitamins Help Heart? - ABC

Cancer  
8/17/2004: Study Links Cancer Tumors to Black Women - ABC

Infectious
8/17/2004: Plans afoot for 5-in-1 baby jab  - BBC
8/17/2004: Government 'failing to tackle HIV'  - BBC
8/17/2004: Scientist Warns of Bird Flu Pandemic - ABC
8/17/2004: Key to speed of HIV progression  - BBC

Non-Infectious
8/17/2004: Group Neutralizes Allergy-Causing Protein - ABC
8/17/2004: Painkiller abuseVideo diaries record the agony of giving up over the counter drugs  - BBC

Miscellaneous
8/17/2004: Talk it through: How a chat could help prevent a young person taking their life  - BBC
8/17/2004: Inquiry ordered into Atkins diet  - BBC
8/17/2004: Delayed diagnosis paralysis risk  - BBC
8/17/2004: Eye Candy - ABC
8/17/2004: Uninsured Patients Flood Emergency Rooms - ABC
8/17/2004: A Match for Pia - ABC
8/17/2004: U.N.: Malnutrition Is on Rise in Kenya - ABC
8/17/2004: Neb. Man Loses Weight to Save His Life - ABC
8/17/2004: Poll: Seniors Back Drug Imports Proposal
 - ABC
8/17/2004: Higher Costs Boost School Lunch Prices
 - ABC
8/17/2004: Screening call for silent killer
  - BBC
8/17/2004: Developmental stages: What will kids be doing by the time they're four?
  - BBC

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Miscellaneous:
8/17/2004: Mining a digital world  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Fahrenheit FBI  - C/Net
8/17/2004: FBI probes beheading hoax on Web  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Brain drain in tech's future?  - C/Net
8/17/2004: VCs: Where's the sense of adventure?  - C/Net
8/17/2004: A diagnostic for disruptive innovation  - C/Net
8/17/2004: The chicken and the egg of start-ups  - C/Net
8/17/2004: CO2 rules set for California's cars  - CNN
8/17/2004: Happy Endings - ABC
8/17/2004: Video: Sexual Activity in the Early Teenage Years - ABC
8/17/2004: Mirror images: Can you spot the real from the fake goods?  - BBC
8/17/2004: How a Digital Signature Works - Business Week
8/17/2004: Intel loses, AMD gains market share  - C/Net
8/17/2004: Outsourcing confusion  - C/Net
8/17/2004: FASB's all wrong on this one  - C/Net

Neurosciences:
8/17/2004: Premature boys' smaller brains  - BBC
8/17/2004: Teen tantrums: Are your youngsters adequately prepared to cope with failure?  - BBC
8/17/2004: Gene makes women anxious  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
8/17/2004: Earth is Rare, New Study Suggests - Space.com
8/17/2004: 
Cosmic Cowboy - SpaceDaily
8/17/2004: UK withdraws relay support
 - ABC

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Robotics:
8/17/2004: Robot-assisted kidney transplants

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