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Clone cat Copy cat: At play with US pet cloning firm's furry miracles  - BBC  Left:  The cats were born through the technique of chromatin transfer.  A US company offering a pet cloning service has successfully cloned two cats: Tabouli and Baba Ganoush. BBC News Online's Maggie Shiels is the first British journalist to see them. Here, she tells of meeting the copy cats. Genetic Savings and Clone (GSC), which is based in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco, is the world's first firm to go commercial and offer the public the chance to clone their cats and dogs. Five cat owners have already signed up at a cost of $50,000 to have their pets copied.
A fictional asteroid hits Earth, Nasa Nature 'mankind's gravest threat'   - BBC  Left:  We are making good progress in reducing the threat of asteroid impacts.  Giant tsunamis, super volcanoes and earthquakes could pose a greater threat than terrorism, scientists claim. Giant walls of water that can devastate coastal cities, volcanoes so big that their ash crushes houses 1,500km (932 miles) away, giant earthquakes and asteroid impacts. These are very rare events and, if we are lucky, nothing like them will happen in our lifetimes. "In any one year the chances of one of these things happening is probably much less than 1%," said Bill McGuire, director of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre. "But in the longer term it is 100%. The last "super volcanic eruption" was back in April 1815, when Tambora in Indonesia exploded violently, in what was the largest eruption in historic time.

Hubble sights Milky Way's 'twin'  - BBC  Left:  The spiral galaxy is some 50 miillion light-years away from Earth.  A stunning image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy that looks like a twin of our own. NGC 3949 is a large spiral galaxy and, in astronomical terms at least, is relatively nearby at around 50 million light-years away from Earth. Like the Milky Way, NGC 3949 has a blue disc of young stars peppered with bright pink star-birth regions. In contrast to the blue disc, the bright central bulge is made up mainly of older, redder stars. It is a member of more than 50 galaxies located in the direction of the Big Dipper, in the constellation Ursa Major (The Great Bear).
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Biosciences:
8/20/2004: Copy cat: At play with US pet cloning firm's furry miracles  - BBC
8/20/2004: Britain Grants Human Cloning License
 - ABC
8/20/2004: Alternative Therapies Might Aid Fertility - ABC
8/20/2004: Scientists given cloning go-ahead  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
8/20/2004: Nature 'mankind's gravest threat'    - BBC
8/20/2004: DNA tests to aid estuary clean-up  - BBC

Computers:
Devices
8/20/2004: Video games 'good for children'  - BBC
8/20/2004: New sword-fighting games look sharp  - CNN
8/20/2004: Review- 'Catwoman' game less than purr-fect  - CNN
8/20/2004: Web addiction excuses conscripts  - CNN

Communications
8/20/2004: 'Game virus' bites mobile phones
  - BBC
8/20/2004: 'Push to talk' meets Wi-Fi
 - Business Week
8/20/2004: FCC certifies Freescale ultrawideband technology
  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Fish tailing, off-roading hit cell phones
  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Australia ponders future of communications
  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Plastic dummy testing handset technology
  - CNN

Technology

PC's

Internet
8/20/2004: Kashmir logs on: Cashing in on the IT revolution despite armed conflict  - BBC
8/20/2004: E-commerce turns 10  - C/Net
8/20/2004: MSBlast suspect pleads guilty  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Online travel growing, but at slower rate  - CNN
8/20/2004: Mapping Web sites take stress out of travel  - CNN

Miscellaneous
8/20/2004: Microsoft plans cut-price Windows  - BBC
8/20/2004: File-sharers offer Windows update  - BBC
8/20/2004: Microsoft plans cut-price Windows  - BBC
8/20/2004: Microsoft lets companies block SP2 upgrade - Business Week
8/20/2004: Meet Intel'snext CEO  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Microsoft announces 'XP Lite' in Asia  - CNN

Energy:

Health:
Cardiovascular
8/20/2004: Heart treatment from a distance  - BBC

Cancer  
8/20/2004: Ancient remedy 'shrinks cancer'  - BBC

Infectious
8/20/2004: Doing Shots - ABC
8/20/2004: Is the Chicken Pox Vaccine Effective? - ABC
8/20/2004: Progress Is Made Against Strep Germ - ABC

Non-Infectious
8/20/2004: 'Too few' receive drug treatment  - BBC
8/20/2004: 'Sports' drugs more damaging  - BBC
8/20/2004: A Drug to Recork Alcoholism's Demons - Business Week

Miscellaneous
8/20/2004: Deaths Raise Fears Over Stomach Stapling - ABC
8/20/2004: Panel Advises More Vegetable Consumption - ABC
8/20/2004: Wyeth Announces Fen-Phen Claims Deal - ABC
8/20/2004: New Pain Guidelines Help MDs and Patients - ABC
8/20/2004: FDA Approves Dirty Bomb Antidotes - ABC
8/20/2004: Obesity Is a Big Problem in Tennessee, M - ABC
8/20/2004: Low level radiation 'no danger'  - BBC
8/20/2004: Man has milestone liver operation  - BBC
8/20/2004: 'Unfair' to paint children as couch potatoes
  - BBC
8/20/2004: Work challenge: Why one 60-year-old medic headed for Cambodia
  - BBC
8/20/2004: Thyroid pregnacy warning
  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
8/20/2004: Teenage T. rex's monstrous growth
8/20/2004: T. rex goes on trial  - BBC
8/20/2004: Anglo-Saxon 'princess' revealed  - BBC
8/20/2004: Meet the family: A new website helps to find the past you never knew you had  - BBC

Miscellaneous:
8/20/2004: Meet the family:A new website helps to find the past you never knew you had  - BBC
8/20/2004: Satellite boosts Olympic security  - BBC
8/20/2004: Beach boys - police hit the sand with crime fighting buggy  - BBC
8/20/2004: Go Digital: Satellite navigation and the Olympics and texts in support of women's rights  - BBC
8/20/2004: The Outsourcing Boomerang - Business Week
8/20/2004: In the Picture - Business Week
8/20/2004: Becoming Unstuck - Business Week
8/20/2004: Howard Rheingold's Latest Connection - Business Week
8/20/2004: Students saying no to computer science - Business Week
8/20/2004: Blockbuster enters online DVD rental business  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Outsourcing to rise, but deals to shrink  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Offshoring mentality vs. entrepreneurial spirit  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Is science fiction about to go blind?  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Biometric tech puts ID at your fingertips  - CNN

Neurosciences:

Physics and Astronomy:
8/20/2004: Sky set for meteor extravaganza  - BBC

Prolongevity

Robotics:

Space:
8/20/2004: Two-armed robot top candidate for saving Hubble  - CNN

Technology:
8/20/2004: 3D holograms to crack forgeries  - BBC
8/20/2004: Blu-ray Disc spec approved  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Sony zooms in with new TV tech  - C/Net
8/20/2004: Tweaking your tech etiquette  - C/Net

  



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