Feb. 5th, 2009

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White House Wants Space Weapons Ban | AVIATION WEEK

US President Obama is calling for an international ban on anti-satellite weapons. If implemented this would represent a significant shift in thinking from the previous Bush administration.
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Doctors test latest attempt at artificial liver - Yahoo! News

Doctors in the US are hoping a new ELAD (Extracorporeal Liver Assist Device) will buy those with terminal liver failure some time. The new device uses human liver cells to do the work of the patient"s liver, hopefully giving the damaged organ enough time to recover. Full liver failure initiates a chain reaction that, without a transplant, leads to the eventual death of the patient. Last year in the US, 28,000 peopel died from liver failure but only 6,000 received transplants. Extending the time between failure and death could give more people time to obtain a transplant.

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Google has introduced a few new software "toys" recently

1) FOXNews.com - Where Are Your Friends and Family? Check Google Maps - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News
"Latitude" allows users to let themselves be tracked by other users so that an icon of them shows up on their friend's Google Maps view.

2) New Google Mars Reveals the Red Planet in 3-D
Google Earth recently announced a module called Virtual Mars that lets you visit Mars, even soar through canyons and mountain ranges. The offering is based on 3D data of the Martian surface that has been made available to the public.

3) New Google Ocean Takes Google Earth Beyond the "Dirt"
Space may be one "final frontier", but not the only one. Google Earth has also released a module called Ocean that lets users visit Earth's aquatic depths, even soar through canyons and mountain ranges. Yes, I meant to say it again. The offering is holed to raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of our oceans.

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BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Number of alien worlds quantified

With the number of extra-solar planets now standing at 330 (including what may reputedly be the smallest planet yet discovered), scientists are better able to make an educated guess about the possible number of intelligent civilizations. A recent simulation by the University of Edinburgh places the number at between 361 and 38,000. Combined with the recent work of Reginald Smith, it still make sit unlikely that we'll be chatting with extra-terrestrials anytime soon.

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