January 02, 2005


Elders' Sea Knowledge Spares Some Thais: "Knowledge of the ocean and its currents passed down from generation to generation of a group of Thai fishermen known as the Morgan sea gypsies saved an entire village from the Asian tsunami, a newspaper said Saturday. " On AP Science

Thousands of Seals at Home in New England: "It's a sight New Englanders aren't entirely used to seeing: thousands of seals swimming through the Long Island Sound or hauling out to Maine, where they like to have their pups. " On AP Science

Summary Box: Busting Up a Comet: "BIG BLOW UP: NASA scientists later this month will send the spacecraft Deep Impact (named after the 1998 movie about a comet headed for Earth) to blast a crater into Comet Tempel 1. " On AP Science

The Future of Calamity: "In seven hours last week, great ocean waves exacted a terrible price in wealth and human lives. Future catastrophes may be far grimmer." On New York Times: Science

God vs. Darwin: "Centre Daily Times,---... Voltaire was"a French atheist" and"a disbeliever in revealed theology" and changed ... percent of the vote here -- and its cultural values are Christian, with an ...::" On theology News

What is Social Medicine?: "Monthly Review,---... In the late nineteenth century the striking advances made in pathology and microbiology made social factors seem less germane in the etiology of disease. ...::" On Microbiology News

Teaching evolution at Christian college: "Crossmap Christian News--... prospect as a biology professor at Olivet Nazarene University -- teach pure creationism and deny his knowledge gained from a Ph.D in microbiology, or teach ...::" On Microbiology News

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January 01, 2005

Science Today

Summary Box: Busting Up a Comet: "BIG BLOW UP: NASA scientists later this month will send the spacecraft Deep Impact (named after the 1998 movie about a comet headed for Earth) to blast a crater into Comet Tempel 1.

On AP Science

Six More Lynx Kittens Born in Colorado: "The year ended happily for state biologists with news that six more lynx kittens have been born to transplanted lynx in Colorado, bringing the total of newborns to 36 this year and 52 since a reintroduction program began in 1999."
On AP Science

Scientists Free Entangled Whale Off S.C.: "Scientists apparently freed a young whale from more than 150 feet of lobster fishing gear Friday after riding alongside the animal on a Coast Guard cutter for nearly 24 hours."
On AP Science

In the Middle of Iraq, it's Gaming, Gaming, Gaming for the American Military: "The generation brought up on video games has taken their chosen entertainment with them as they do real battle overseas."
On Technology Review: Nanotechnology & Materials

Lithuania shuts down atomic unit: "Lithuania starts shutting down a Chernobyl-style nuclear reactor, heeding EU concerns."
On BBC: Science/Nature (UK Edition)

Snow leopard project faces finish: "An imaginative way to save the highly endangered snow leopards of Central Asia looks likely soon to run out of money."
On BBC: Science/Nature (UK Edition)

The top 10 news stories of 2004: "Read the stories that were most popular with you, the readers, including enigmatic signals from space, stun guns and mystery viruses"
On New Scientist

Temptations in Disaster: "Christianity Today MagazineÔøΩ-... of society at-large. We evangelicals are so individualistic that we have a very weak theology of the body of Christ. We have so ...::"
On theology News

Commentary: The indifferent man -- part 2: "World Peace Herald,ÔøΩDCÔøΩ-... to say, unless of course the brightest lights in Protestant theology knocked at ... The ex-Christian"homo indifferens," of whom Cardinal Poupard, president of the ..."
On theology News

Tsunami begs us to make sense of the senseless: "eTaiwan News,ÔøΩTaiwanÔøΩ-... Christian theology has tackled this question - often referred to as theodicy or the justice of God in the face of evil - in various ways. ...::"
On theology News

Earth's permafrost starts to thaw: "Scientists find many regions on Earth that once had permanent frozen ground are now experiencing a thaw."
On BBC: Science/Nature (UK Edition)

Conquerors' Hopes Dashed: "Dutch researcher Florine Asselbergs has discovered the Spanish conquering of Guatemala portrayed on an indigenous painting. This sixteenth-century panel had scarcely been investigated up until now and provides a detailed overview of the battles and the landscape. It is an important find, as relatively little is known about the conquest of Guatemala."
On ScienceDaily Magazine

Daily Social, Physical Activity Improves Sleep And Cognition In The Elderly: "More than half of adults over the age of 65 have trouble sleeping, characterized by both lighter sleep and frequent awakenings during the night. A decline in cognitive function is common with advanced age, and research has shown that disturbed sleep in younger adults and in the elderly causes daytime sleepiness and negatively affects cognitive performance."
On ScienceDaily Magazine

Understanding The Voice Mechanisms Of Sopranos: ""The analysis of aerodynamic parameters enables an understanding of the physiological bases of the voice mechanisms in classical and lyrical soprano singers". This is the conclusion of the PhD thesis undertaken by Dr. María Uzcanga whose research work was carried out in the Voice Laboratory at the Navarre University Hospital."
On ScienceDaily Magazine

New Clue To Nerve Growth May Help Regeneration Efforts: "Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered how one family of proteins repels growing nerves and keeps them properly on track during development. The finding, described in the Dec. 16 issue of Neuron, might provide a chance to overcome the proteins' later role in preventing regrowth of injured nerves, the researchers say."
On Science Daily

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December 18, 2004

Mars discoveries lead Science's Top 10 list

Opportunity and Spirit found unmistakable proof of Martian water: rippled sediments that were once at the bottom of a shallow sea, and rock that once was so water-soaked that "it had rotted," the journal said. "Their finds mark a milestone in humankind's search for life elsewhere in the universe."

Other winners were:

The first runner-up for breakthrough of the year was the discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores of fossils from a species of tiny humans who stood about 3 feet (1 meter) tall and had a brain less than a third the size of modern humans.

Cloned human embryos were produced through a procedure pioneered by South Korean researchers.

Researchers have developed techniques to identify genes in ocean water or in specimens recovered from deep underground. Thousands of new genes have been found. By sequencing these genes, researchers hope to identify new species and, perhaps, learn how organisms survive in harsh and forbidding locations on Earth.

December 18, 2004 in Science | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Maldives island rises from the depths

HULHUMALE, Maldives - Life can be cramped when you live on a remote cluster of tiny coral islands in the Indian Ocean, so the Maldives has plumped for a novel if seemingly extreme solution -- build a new island from scratch.

Emerging from the sea where a turquoise lagoon used to sit, man-made Hulhumale is springing to life as an overflow to the congested capital, Male, a short boat ride away.

Around 1,500 people now live in a first cluster of housing erected on the 188-hectare (465-acre) island, a giant building site to which the government hopes around 15 percent of the country's 300,000 mostly Sunni Muslim inhabitants will opt to migrate over the next 15 years.

December 18, 2004 in Science | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack