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1 April 2005
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 Bush Cancels Space Shuttle Program  (Space Daily)
  • U.S. President George W. Bush declared today that he had signed a rare presidential decree canceling any further expenditure of Federal funds on the U.S. Space Shuttle program.


  •  Apollo Bacteria Spur Lunar Erosion  (nature.com)
  • Pictures captured by an orbiting spacecraft have revealed that the Moon is being heavily eroded. Images of the lunar surface reveal deep cracks and holes that are slowly but surely releasing gas and dust into space.


  •  Google Gulp  (Google)
  • Google is pleased to announce Google Gulp (BETA)™ with Auto-Drink™ (LIMITED RELEASE), a line of "smart drinks" designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty.


  •  Tokyo Zoo Penguins in Awe of Giant  (Agence France Presse)
  • Emperor penguins looked up in awe as Tokyo's main zoo unveiled its latest addition — a giant penguin said to be suspiciously close in height and weight to a human.


  •  Buy Your Own Speed Cam Pic!  (This Is Bournemouth)
  • Speeding motorists are to be given the chance to buy a pictorial memento of their offences.


  •  Forest Residents Told to Grin and Bear It  (This Is Bournemouth)
  • A plan to reintroduce bears to Britain's newest national park has received a mauling from conservation and tourism bodies in the New Forest.


  •  Hollywood Actor Injured After Superhero Confusion  (The Guardian)
  • Tobey Maguire, star of the Spider-Man franchise, last night emerged from hospital with a bandaged head and one arm in plaster after falling from a height of two storeys.


  •  Apple Founder Jobs Joins IKEA  (The Register)
  • IKEA's flatpack days may soon be a distant memory, as Apple and Pixar founder Steve Jobs turns to his latest challenge.


  •  10 Stories That Could Be Pranks — But Aren't  (BBC News)
  • Here is our annual round-up of some of the day's seemingly spoof news stories which are actually true.


  •  Black Day As EU fools with Place Names  (The Scotsman)
  • European bureaucrats will push forward legislation today to force the Scottish Executive to change place-names that offend or discriminate on the grounds of race and gender.


  •  Opera Announces Platform-Independent Real-Time Speech Technology  (Opera Press Release)
  • Opera Software's R&D department today announced the discovery of a new technology dubbed 'Opera SoundWave' — a platform-independent speech solution for short- and medium-range interpersonal communication. Based on open standards, Opera's patent-pending P2P speech technology uses analogue signals carried through open air, enabling users to communicate in real- time without the use of computers or mobile phones.


  •  Long Overdue Casablanca Remake a New Classic  (The Toronto Star)
  • Casablanca 2005, the highly unlikely remake of the classic 1942 wartime romance, doesn't just stand up to the legend of the Bogart/Bergman original. It actually goes one better, with a vibrantly modern cast that puts the "me" in "melodrama."


  •  Greasy Cheating Has Ex-Mav in Trouble  (Dallas Basketball)
  • Steve Nash, All-Star point guard for the Phoenix Suns and a candidate for NBA MVP, has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season and all of the playoffs for cheating.


  •  PodShave and PodShaveLady  (PodGear)
  • The launch of the PodShave enables iPod users to free their stubble whilst listening to their favourite music.


  •  The Future of Search Arrives: Introducing the Jeeves9000  (Ask.com)
  • Ask.com is proud to debut a product that is both cool and useful: the Jeeves9000 humanoid search robot.


  •  Torvalds: It's Time to Dump the Penguin  (Linux Online!)
  • Linus Torvalds had the crowd at the VFW hall in Keokuk, Iowa mesmerized as he asked the crowd: 'Don't you think its time to get rid of this stupid little bird?'


  •  Baby Boomers Introduces Collectors to New Rookies Right Out of the Womb  (Card Corner)
  • The Baby Boomers Trading Card Co. brings you the scoop on the youngest potential professional athletes with cards featuring children born into athletic families that have entered a special training program designed to produce players with an elite skill level.


  •  Disney's Casino Adventure  (MiceAge)
  • A month-long makeover of the former Disney's California Adventure Park will magically transform the former Disneyland parking lot into an exciting new Las Vegas-style gaming and entertainment experience, Disney's Casino Adventure.


  •  Bush Twins to Join Air Force Tech Unit in Iraq  (The Register)
  • First daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush will be assigned to a high-tech unit in Iraq, the Air Force Human Resources Command has confirmed.


  •  iTreoPod Review  (CNET)
  • Apple and PalmOne team up on the ultimate hybrid phone.


  •  Penises Bigger Than Thought  (Health 24)
  • The average erect male penis size is much larger than previously thought , with 20 cm-long penises being standard for most men, researchers have found.


  •  Astronomy Picture of the Day  (NASA)
  • Water on Mars!


  •  Tiger Woods Signs Long-Term Deal with Apple Computer  (MacDailyNews)
  • Apple® today announced that the company has reached a multi-year agreement with Tiger Woods, the world's most-recognizable professional golfer, as the sole spokesman for Mac OS® X version 10.4 "Tiger," the fifth major version of Mac OS X.


  •  BBC to Remake Star Trek  (startrek.com)
  • Buoyed by the success of their most recent re-incarnation of the long-running Doctor Who television series, the normally cash-strapped BBC is close to reaching a deal with Paramount to purchase the rights to remake the original series of Star Trek.


  •  Brown Haze: Kashmir Part of U.S.?  (The Times of India)
  • Does Kashmir — the bone of contention between India and Pakistan for over 50 years — really belong to the U.S.?


  •  Smurfs Furious Over Vail Conference Center  (Vail Daily)
  • The Smurfs, that lovable cartoon commune of happy-go-lucky, mostly male blue midgets, are seething mad at the town of Vail, says a spokesman for the group that still hasn't solved its dispute with hilltop misanthrope Gargamel.


  •  Three April Fools' Comics Share Same Theme  (Editor & Publisher)
  • At least three cartoonists did April Fools' Day comics containing similar content.


  •  Cisco to Merge with Nabisco  (The Register)
  • Cisco Systems and Kraft Foods shocked investors today with an unlikely mega-acquisition that will see Cisco buy Kraft's Nabisco unit for $15 billion.



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