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@ Earth From Above: http://cnn.com/1999/books/news/12/09/earth.from.above/
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# Scientists call for life creation debate. (BBC) Researchers call for a
  public debate on creating life from its chemical building blocks after a
  breakthrough in the US. The essence of life comes down to about 300 genes.
  This seems to be the minimum set of molecular instructions required to
  build a living organism. Expect to see lab-synthesized bacteria soon:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_556000/556984.stm

# ALSO - Is life just genes?
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_556000/556958.stm
# Creating artificial bugs:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech//newsid_262000/262025.stm
# Book of life: Chapter one:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_545000/545008.stm
# Long road to inheritance:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_545000/545667.stm

: Should humans debate creating life, or Just Do It? Will we do it anyway?
After humans create life, will Creationists dry up and blow away? Will the
synthetic lifeforms be faster, better, cheaper than arduously-evolved life?

# The mysteries of creation. (BBC) Is the human being a creator or a
  creation? The distinction could become blurred if American scientists
  press ahead with an experiment to build a totally new organism in the
  lab. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_558000/558194.stm

@ LINKS - Institute for Genomic Research: http://www.tigr.org/
@ Celera Genomics Corp:  http://www.celera.com/home.asp

: What is life? How can you tell? Is a computer virus alive? Are you? Have
you been outsmarted by a virus lately? If an entity survives and reproduces
within its environment, is it alive? Is terminating such a live, murder??
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# Melissa virus creator pleads guilty. A US computer programmer admits
  creating the e-mail virus which disrupted the operations of thousands
  of companies and government agencies around the world. And it was fun:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_557000/557605.stm
  http://cnn.com/1999/TECH/computing/12/09/computer.virus.02.ap/
  http://news.excite.com/news/r/991209/19/news-crime-melissa

# ALSO - Melissa virus goes global:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_307000/307162.stm
# Invasion of the killer e-mail viruses:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_143000/143004.stm

: Have you created a cybervirus lately? Would you rather create a biological
or cybervirus? Which has more potential? Which better suits your talents??
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# GIRL TROUBLE: Morning sickness `worse for mothers of girls'. (BBC)
  Mothers are more likely to suffer from serious morning sickness if
  they are pregnant with a girl. Early abortion is the best remedy:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_556000/556895.stm

# Girls Make Mothers Sick? LONDON (Reuters) -- Boys may be harder to handle
  but girls are sickening. http://news.excite.com/news/r/991210/07/odd-girls

: What's your favorite gender distinction? Did your deities design humans
like this due to preference for one gender or another? What gender is your
favorite deity? Are you sure? Did you look? Are most deity-spawned hybrids
male, to least discomfit the mother? Are female godlings too hazardous??

# Coming soon, a 'green' Barbie doll - Mattel to make toys from eco-friendly
  materials: http://www.smh.com.au/news/9912/10/world/world10.html
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# Jupiter gave birth to Uranus and Neptune - bear down and push. (BBC)
  A new computer model of the early Solar System suggests that Uranus
  and Neptune were once part of a much larger Jupiter which fragmented.
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_555000/555473.stm

: Have you given birth to a planet lately? Did it hurt? Is it male, female,
other? Is it obstreperous, developmentally challenged, rashy, irascible??

# ALSO - By Jupiter! Confusion over planet:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_524000/524757.stm
# Star wobbles under tug of planet:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_459000/459889.stm
# Jupiter's supersonic winds:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_341000/341782.stm
# A planet beyond Pluto:
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_467000/467572.stm
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# Mysterioso Lands in Dam: http://news.excite.com/news/r/991209/08/odd-ufo
# Alien 'Golf' Shot Pretty Dam Forceful. SYDNEY (Reuters) Even for an alien
  it was a poor shot, a cosmic out of bounds in the water, irretrievably
  embedded in the earth: http://news.excite.com/news/r/991210/07/odd-shot

: Have aliens thrown stuff at you lately? Is this object a piece of debris
from a Sirian battle cruiser, imploded by a Denebian hypershock torpedo??

# 'Dam' UFO was meteorite - Police identify mysterious object in water
  catchment: http://www.smh.com.au/news/9912/10/national/national2.html
# More UFOs spotted in Oz - Rash of sightings has everyone down under look-
  ing up: http://www.theage.com.au/breaking/9912/10/A28343-1999Dec10.shtml
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# Anybody Seen Our Meteorite? DUBLIN (Reuters) Irish astronomers asked sec-
  urity camera owners to check if they've filmed a missing meteorite which
  crashed to earth near Dublin in a huge blue fireball last month. "Security
  camera operators can play a pivotal role in Irish history in catching this
  cosmic fugitive." http://news.excite.com/news/r/991207/08/odd-meteorite

: Have you lost any meteorites lately? Did they sneak off when you weren't
paying attention, or were they stolen, or were they occult manifestations?
Have you tracked any UFOs lately? Do they show up on car-park security cams?

# Flying with antigravity - World-first as weightlessness created in lab:
www.scmp.com/News/Asia/Article/FullText_asp_ArticleID-19991210032009597.asp
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