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The Top 10 Intelligent Designs (or Creation Myths)
Topic: Science 5:24 pm EST, Mar 31, 2005

] Scientists now believe that there is an intrinsic logic
] to our reality, that there are absolutes, laws of nature.
] Much remains a mystery, and as one question is answered,
] many others arise. The question now facing Pennsylvania's
] Dover School District is whether or not the imposition of
] one creation belief on a multi-ethnic, secular student
] body is in keeping with the law that prohibits the
] creation of a state religion. If they allow one belief
] system to be taught, surely they must also teach others?
] To help out with this dilemma, LiveScience presents a
] list of those Creation Myths that helped define
] civilizations both past and present.

Ah, comedy!

The Top 10 Intelligent Designs (or Creation Myths)

Alzheimer brain damage 'reversed'
Topic: Science 5:52 am EST, Jan 22, 2005

Scientists have reversed the damage caused to the brain by Alzheimer's disease during tests on mice.

Alzheimer brain damage 'reversed'

Enthusiast compositions of the Huygens images
Topic: Science 5:54 pm EST, Jan 19, 2005

Great collection of images

Enthusiast compositions of the Huygens images

Amateurs beat space agencies to Titan pictures
Topic: Science 5:52 pm EST, Jan 19, 2005

Once Huygens' mother ship, Cassini, had beamed information from the probe back to radio receivers on Earth on Friday 14 January, the raw images were posted on the descent-imaging team's website, based at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Computer enthusiasts pounced on the images immediately, and improved them using a range of free or commercially available software before swapping their pictures in Internet chatrooms.

"When we started looking at the raw images, there were marvellous things there that we wanted to share," says Anthony Liekens, a chatroom enthusiast from Borsbeek, Belgium.

When Liekens tuned into the ESA press conference on the morning of Saturday 15 January, he was disappointed by the quality of their images. So he decided to host amateur compositions on his website. The site has quickly turned into a virtual gallery.

The referenced page:

Amateurs beat space agencies to Titan pictures

Mars Opportunity rover finds a meteor
Topic: Science 7:47 am EST, Jan 19, 2005

Scientists have confirmed that the Opportunity Mars rover has run across a meteorite, sitting within the robot’s exploration zone at Meridiani Planum.

“We have definitive word now... it's a meteorite,” Steve Squyres, principal science investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover program told Squyres is based at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Mars Opportunity rover finds a meteor

Huygens Probe Returns First Images of Titan's Surface
Topic: Science 5:45 pm EST, Jan 14, 2005

DARMSTADT, Germany -- The first pictures revealing the surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, were shown from Europe's Huygens probe showing what look like drainage channels on the surface of what until today has been a planet totally hidden from view.

The first image, taken from an altitude of 16 kilometers, has a ground resolution of about 40 meters, said Martin Tomasko, principal investigator for Huygens' Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR). Tomasko said that Huygens research teams now have about 350 pictures to work with. [Scroll to the bottom of this story to see raw image files of the Titan descent taken by Huygens. All images courtesy of ESA/NASA/University of Arizona.]

Huygens Probe Returns First Images of Titan's Surface

Topic: Science 4:00 pm EST, Jan 11, 2005

] Metallic rods about 500 times smaller than the width of a
] human hair have been turned into tiny "propellers" by a
] Canadian research team.

] Their motion is driven by addition of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to
] the solution in which they are contained.

] A reaction at the free ends liberates gas bubbles to provide
] thrust, turning the rods at a near constant speed.

] Only when the supply of hydrogen peroxide fuel is exhausted do the
] rods stop spinning.


IBM scientists demonstrate single-atom magnetic measurements
Topic: Science 10:38 am EDT, Sep 21, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2004) -- IBM scientists have measured a fundamental magnetic property of a single atom -- the energy required to flip its magnetic orientation. This is the first result by a promising new technique they developed to study the properties of nanometer-scale magnetic structures that are expected to revolutionize future information technologies.

IBM scientists demonstrate single-atom magnetic measurements

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