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NASA Scientist Sees Possible Mat of Martian Microbes - Space.com  A future astronaut traipsing across the landing sites of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity might be squishing into a welcome mat of microbes, according to one NASA scientist. One big unknown: Did life ever take root on Mars? And if so, is that planet home to living organisms today? So far, the life-on-Mars card has not played out. Rover scientists have seen nothing they regard as needing a biological explanation. 
Human-Like Space Robot Goes Mobile With Leg, Wheels - SpaceDaily  Left:  Robonaut is not quite ready to take home and do the dishes.  Human-like hands, fingers and even television camera eyes have been hallmarks of NASA's Robonaut, but recent work seeks to give the nimble robot legs, or at least a leg, and even wheels. Robonaut took its first steps recently during tests at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, using a single "space leg" to move around the outside of a simulated Space Station. Other recent tests put the humanoid robot on wheels, a Segway scooter to be exact, and let it take to the road. In the tests using its "space leg," Robonaut commuted like a futuristic construction worker hand-over-hand outside a mock spacecraft. Aboard the gryo-stabilized wheels, it glided from one test station to another as its descendants might someday on the surface of the Moon or Mars.  

Mapping The Galaxy, And Watching Our Backyard - SpaceDaily  Left:  Gaia will produce the ultimate map (of the Milky Way), a star catalogue that could be used by every other space mission of the future.  One of ESA's most ambitious current projects has the aim of compiling the most precise map of one thousand million stars in our Galaxy. Gaia, a spacecraft which will carry two of the most sensitive cameras ever made, is due to be launched in 2010.  It will take five years to detect such a vast quantity of objects, some of which are incredibly faint, and another three years to plot them all in a giant three-dimensional computerised model that shows not only their current position, but their direction of motion, colour and even their composition. In short, Gaia will produce a completely new view of the Galaxy and everything in it. It will produce the ultimate map, a star catalogue that could be used by every other space mission of the future.
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Alzheimer's Disease:
8/19/2004:Alzheimer's Linked to Lowbrow Jobs  - Wired News

Biosciences:
8/19/2004:Whale Of A Species - SpaceDaily
8/19/2004:Govt to set up single window body for GM crops ...
 - FirstScience
8/19/2004:India pins green revolution hopes on GM seeds, technology ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:DNA Diversity - ABC
8/19/2004:Britain Grants Human Cloning License - ABC
8/19/2004:Gene Blocker Turns Monkeys Into Workaholics - Study - ABC
8/19/2004:Dolphins Too Have Born Socialites - ABC
8/19/2004:UK Scientists Allowed to Clone Human Embryos - ABC

Climate, Environment:
8/19/2004:Lightning Takes a Holiday  - Wired News
8/19/2004:Volcano Could Flatten U.S. Cities  - Wired News
8/19/2004:Pollutants From Asia Appear on East Coast ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:EDITORIAL - Pollution hot spots ...
8/19/2004:Kerry Promises Funding Boost for National Parks ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:The 29th Olympic Sport - Recycling ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:Chemical Flame Retardants Found in Farmed Salmon ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:EPA Mercury Plan Aims to Help Children - ABC
8/19/2004:EU Wants to Expand 'Dirty Dozen' Chemicals List - ABC
8/19/2004:Beached Humpback Whale Dies in Brazil - ABC
8/19/2004:U.S. Barred From Weakening Dolphin Rules - ABC

Computers:
Devices
8/19/2004:Doom 3: A Helluva Tech Demo  - Wired News
8/19/2004:Review: Archos AV420 Pocket Video Recorder - ABC

Communications
8/19/2004:Intel missed Gigabit Ethernet chance, says researcher
 - Silicon Strategies
8/19/2004:Versatile Cell Phones
 - ABC
8/19/2004: Video
 - ABC

Technology

PC's

Internet
8/19/2004:New Bagle Variant Sweeps the Internet - Wired News

Miscellaneous
8/19/2004:When Piracy Becomes Promotion  - Technology Review 
8/19/2004:Microsoft Expects Long Fight with Japanese Monopoly Watchdog  - Technology Review 
8/19/2004:Dutch Firm Beats Apple to Punch  - Wired News
8/19/2004:Roxio to Become Napster - Wired News
8/19/2004:Software of Significance - ABC
8/19/2004:Unlocking a Security Update - ABC
8/19/2004:Review: Fill-in Online Blanks Automatically - ABC

Energy:
8/19/2004:Global Nuclear Concerns: Safety, Power, Proliferation ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:Two R&D 100 Awards for Biomass and Solar Breakthrough Technologies ... - FirstScience

Health:
Cardiovascular
8/19/2004:Seattle company develops stroke treatment - Seattle Times

Cancer  

Infectious
8/19/2004:West Nile vaccine an economic gamble - Seattle Times

Non-Infectious
8/19/2004:How Doctors Help the Dopers  - Wired News

Miscellaneous
8/19/2004:I, Standard Man  - Wired News

History, Anthropology:
8/19/2004:Ultimate Growth Spurt - ABC
8/19/2004:Growth, Mortality of T. Rex Gets Clearer - ABC

Miscellaneous:
8/19/2004:Former Enron chief requests to be tried separately, and soon - Seattle Times
8/19/2004:Most 401(k)s intact despite market woes - Seattle Times
8/19/2004:Big trust in databases leads to big ID thefts - Seattle Times
8/19/2004:Bush Okays Industrial Machinery Exports To China - SpaceDaily
8/19/2004:Spot-On Solution for Car Thefts  - Wired News
8/19/2004:Copyrighting the President  - Wired News
8/19/2004:New Weapon in Battle to Make Conventions Secure  - NY Times
8/19/2004:Computer Caregivers - ABC
8/19/2004:Recovery Doubts Raised by Cisco, Others - ABC

Neurosciences:
8/19/2004:What's in a Name? Well, Matt Is Sexier Than Paul - ABC

Physics and Astronomy:
8/19/2004:Mapping The Galaxy, And Watching Our Backyard - SpaceDaily
8/19/2004:Physicists to mark 20th anniversary of first string theory revolution ...
 - FirstScience

Prolongevity

Robotics:
8/19/2004:Human-Like Space Robot Goes Mobile With Leg, Wheels - SpaceDaily

Space:
8/19/2004:NASA Scientist Sees Possible Mat of Martian Microbes - Space.com
8/19/2004:Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter In Final Assembly
 - SpaceDaily
8/19/2004:You Get What You Pay For  - Wired News
8/19/2004:NASA Tells Hubble Team to Work on Repairs ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:Relays from Mars demonstrate international interplanetary networking ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:Space Technology Works on Earth Too ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:Researchers say Tunguska Event was an UFO Crash: Debris of Alien Spaceship found ... - FirstScience
8/19/2004:Ground-based system helps ID comet contents ... - FirstScience

Technology:
8/19/2004:Design Eases Nano Locomotion  - Technology Review 

  



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