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Volume 4, Number 30
July 25, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Quantum computing
Solar cells
Climate change and methane
Nanotechnology
Hydrogen storage
Possible early-stage planetary formation
Quark-gluon plasma
Persistent protoplanetary dust disk
Supernovae
Photonic band gap crystals
2D crystals
Martian climate history
Detecting life on Titan

Life sciences

Diabetes
Oxytocin and social behavior
Stem cells
Gene therapy
Folding of cell wall proteins
Cancer
Avian flu
Cardiovascular disease
Object recognition and orientation
MicroRNA and embryo development
Antibiotic resistance
Hepatitis C
Hormonal signaling in the brain
Alzheimer's disease
SIRT1 gene and mammalian cell senescence
Stem cells and embryonic development
Simian self-awareness
Speciation


Quantum computing

References:
  1. July 18, 2005 - Fundamental Limitation To Quantum Computers
  2. July 21, 2005 - Quantum computers go for a spin
Background


Solar cells

References:
  1. July 18, 2005 - Cost Competitive Electricity from Photovoltaic Concentrators Called 'Imminent'
Background


Climate change and methane

References:
  1. July 19, 2005 - Methane's Impacts On Climate Change May Be Twice Previous Estimates
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. July 11, 2005 - Wiring the Brain at the Nanoscale
  2. July 19, 2005 - Nanowires In Blood Vessels May Help Monitor, Stimulate Neurons In The Brain
  3. July 21, 2005 - Chemists Create Nano Valve
Background


Hydrogen storage

References:
  1. July 19, 2005 - New look for hydrogen storage - also here
Background


Possible early-stage planetary formation

References:
  1. July 20, 2005 - Planet's impact forms dust disc
  2. July 21, 2005 - Cosmic catastrophe hit sun like ours
  3. July 21, 2005 - Dust-enshrouded Star Looks Similar To Our Sun
  4. July 22, 2005 - Dustiest Star Could Harbor A Young Earth
Background


Quark-gluon plasma

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - Physicists Create a 'Perfect' Way to Study the Big Bang
  2. July 21, 2005 - Physicists create a perfect way to study the Big Bang
Background


Persistent protoplanetary dust disk

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - Astronomers Debate Whether Oldest Known Dust Disk Will Ever Form Planets
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - The Supernova That Just Won't Fade Away
Background


Photonic band gap crystals

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - 3-D Multilayered Optical Structures Made Without A Clean Room
  2. July 25, 2005 - 'Tall' Crystals From Tiny Templates
Background


2D crystals

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - One-atom-thick materials promise 'a new industrial revolution'
  2. July 22, 2005 - Atomic crystals go 2D
Background


Martian climate history

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - 'Four-billion-year chill' on Mars
  2. July 22, 2005 - Meteorites provide clues to history of Mars
  3. July 22, 2005 - Meteorites Paint Picture of a Forever-Frigid Mars
  4. July 22, 2005 - Meteorites show Mars too cold for life
  5. July 30, 2005 - Life was unlikely on frozen Mars
Background


Detecting life on Titan

References:
  1. July 23, 2005 - Has Huygens found life on Titan?
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. July 18, 2005 - Faulty gene linked to obesity and diabetes
  2. July 21, 2005 - Mouse Study Finds Causal Link between Fat Tissue and Diabetes
Background


Oxytocin and social behavior

References:
  1. July 18, 2005 - Oxytocin Raises Aggression, Cuts Anxiety During Lactation; Similar Effects On Virgin Rats
  2. July 20, 2005 - Larry Young on animals and autism clues, environmental impact on hormone brain function
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. July 18, 2005 - Fish And Chips: A Fast Track To Understanding Blood Development
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. July 18, 2005 - Genetically Modified Cells Migrate To Brain And Treat Neurodegeneration
Background


Folding of cell wall proteins

References:
  1. July 18, 2005 - Beyond genes: Lipid helps cell wall protein fold into proper shape
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. July 19, 2005 - Compound From Chinese Medicine Shows Promise In Head And Neck Cancer
  2. July 19, 2005 - Researchers Find Potential Celebrex Target In Lung Cancer
  3. July 20, 2005 - Cancer Genetics Program ID's Gene Variant That Increases Colon Cancer Risk
  4. July 20, 2005 - Sleeping Beauty Plays A Significant Role In Identifying Cancer Genes
  5. July 21, 2005 - Treating Lung Cancer with 4D Protons
  6. July 22, 2005 - Testicular cancer drug effective
  7. July 22, 2005 - Pineapple stem may combat cancer
  8. July 23, 2005 - Cell death mark liver cancer clue
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. July 19, 2005 - Ducks may silently pass on bird flu
  2. July 19, 2005 - Mouse Studies Of Oseltamivir Show Promise Against H5N1 Influenza Virus
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. July 19, 2005 - Mutations In NOTCH1 Gene Cause Aortic Valve Disease
  2. July 22, 2005 - Statin Therapy May Lower Mortality In Heart Failure Patients
  3. July 22, 2005 - Gene's Mutations Found To Cause Life-threatening Aortic Disease
  4. July 23, 2005 - Key found to women's heart risk
Background


Object recognition and orientation

References:
  1. July 20, 2005 - Object Recognition Improves When Other Objects Appear In The Same Orientation
Background


MicroRNA and embryo development

References:
  1. July 20, 2005 - Micro-molecule Plays Big Role In Birth Defects
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. July 20, 2005 - Recent Use Of Antibiotics Doubles Your Chances Of Being Resistant
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. July 20, 2005 - Hepatitis C responds best to combo of ribavirin and interferon
Background


Hormonal signaling in the brain

References:
  1. July 20, 2005 - Hormonal signaling in the brain: radical shift in understanding information processing
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - Impaired Clearance Of Amyloid-beta Causes Vascular Damage In Alzheimer's Disease
  2. July 22, 2005 - Scientists Discover That Three Molecules May Be Developed Into New Alzheimer's Drugs
  3. July 23, 2005 - Brain Changes In Alzheimer's Disease Are More Likely To Present As Dementia In Women Than In Men
Background


SIRT1 gene and mammalian cell senescence

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - Researchers Identify Gene's Role In Suppressing Longevity
Background


Stem cells and embryonic development

References:
  1. July 21, 2005 - Stem cells key to development of neck
Background


Simian self-awareness

References:
  1. July 23, 2005 - Mirror images strike monkeys as special
Background


Speciation

References:
  1. July 24, 2005 - Butterfly unlocks evolution secret
Background


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