Explorations – November 2, 2004

Paul Gilster, author of Centauri Dreams: Imagining And Planning Interstellar Exploration. Also: Russian upper house of parliament decides to ratify the Kyoto Protocols. If Putin ratifies it could mean the Kyoto Protocols go into effect as early as next year; New species of humans found: remains of a dwarf-like creature found near Java that died out around 18,000 years ago; Cassini spacecraft reveals more about Saturn’s moon Titan, which has an atmosphere; Scentists find gene for one type of Diabetes that may be responsible for 20% of all diabetes in Caucasians; Scientists zero in on protein that seems to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s; New studies on twins find that it takes more than just genes to determine the sexual orientation of an individual.

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