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Volume 4, Number 34
August 22, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Solar energy
Global warming
Carbon nanotubes
The Milky Way bar
Quantum entanglement
Gamma-ray bursts and black holes
Photonic crystals
Carbon nanotube sheets
Nanotechnology
Teragrid network
Molecular electronics
Supernovae
Robotics

Life sciences

Alzheimer's disease
Avian flu
The immune system
Transposons as tool for genomics
Nerve growth
Cancer
Crohn's disease
Stem cells
Gene therapy
Origins of the genetic code
C-reactive protein and heart disease
Mechanism of SARS virus infection
Amazonian languages
Antibiotic resistance
Epigenetics
Aging
Tuberculosis
Leptin
Asymmetric cell division
Neanderthals
Telomerase and stem cells
Synaptic signaling proteins
Emotion and memory
Cellular energy regulation
Bacterial defense mechanism
Smallest organism, smallest genome
Synthetic biology
Diabetes


Solar energy

References:
  1. August 15, 2005 - DOE Outlines Research Needed To Improve Solar Energy Technologies
  2. August 15, 2005 - DOE outlines research needed to improve solar energy technologies
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. August 15, 2005 - Warming most evident at high latitudes, but greatest impact will be in tropics
  2. August 20, 2005 - Global warming brings earlier spring thaw to Great Lakes
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. August 15, 2005 - Nanotubes May Heal Broken Bones
  2. August 18, 2005 - Nanotubes make perfect diodes - also here
Background


The Milky Way bar

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Bar at Milky Way's heart revealed
  2. August 17, 2005 - Study Details Bar at Center of Milky Way
  3. August 17, 2005 - Galactic survey reveals a new look for the Milky Way
  4. August 17, 2005 - A Bar at the Heart of the Milky Way
Background


Quantum entanglement

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Alice Falls Into A Black Hole: Acceleration And Quantum Entanglement
Background


Gamma-ray bursts and black holes

References:
  1. August 17, 2005 - Giant Space Blasts a Two-step Process
  2. August 18, 2005 - Black holes born through a brutal labour
  3. August 19, 2005 - The baby black holes with giant hiccups
  4. August 23, 2005 - Black Hole Surprise: Multiple Eruptions Seconds After Birth
  5. August 23, 2005 - NASA's Swift Satellite Finds Newborn Black Holes
Background


Photonic crystals

References:
  1. August 17, 2005 - Photonic crystals move into new areas
Background


Carbon nanotube sheets

References:
  1. August 18, 2005 - Nanotube sheets come of age
  2. August 19, 2005 - Carbon strips could build elevator to space
  3. August 19, 2005 - Nanotech windows to conduct electricity
  4. August 19, 2005 - Research Team Produces Strong, Transparent Carbon Nanotube Sheets - also here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. August 18, 2005 - Researchers Carve with Electricity at the Nanometer Scale
Background


Teragrid network

References:
  1. August 18, 2005 - U of Chicago gets $148 million to expand TeraGrid computer network
Background


Molecular electronics

References:
  1. August 18, 2005 - Simulation to help merge molecules with silicon electronics
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. August 19, 2005 - Supernova shock wave creates halo effect
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. August 19, 2005 - Rock n roll robot regains its feet
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. August 14, 2005 - Folate shows promise in preventing Alzheimer's
  2. August 15, 2005 - Scientists Link Vascular Gene To Alzheimer's Disease
  3. August 15, 2005 - Enzyme action creates protein linked to Alzheimers disease
  4. August 16, 2005 - Link Between Alzheimer's Disease And Traumatic Brain Damage Clarified
  5. August 17, 2005 - Folates More Effective In Limiting Alzheimer's Disease Risk Than Antioxidants, Other Nutrients
  6. August 21, 2005 - Gene fault gives Alzheimer's clue
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. August 15, 2005 - WCS Says Avian Flu Prevention Should Focus On Farms, Markets
  2. August 15, 2005 - WCS says avian flu prevention should focus on farms, markets
  3. August 19, 2005 - Bird Samples From Mongolia Confirmed As H5N1 Avian Flu
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. August 15, 2003 - Immune System Discovery Offers Hope For Cancer, AIDS Patients
Background


Transposons as tool for genomics

References:
  1. August 15, 2005 - A Powerful New Tool For Decoding Gene Functions In Mammals And Man
Background


Nerve growth

References:
  1. August 15, 2005 - Gradient Guides Nerve Growth Down Spinal Cord
  2. August 15, 2005 - Gradient guides nerve growth down spinal cord
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. August 15, 2005 - Protein prevents tissue injury but encourages tumor growth
  2. August 16, 2005 - Study Suggests Protein May Be Early Warning For Ovarian Cancer
  3. August 16, 2005 - Brain tumors may originate with neural stem cells, researchers say
  4. August 17, 2005 - Treatments have same target, different responses for lung cancer patients with genetic mutation
  5. August 17, 2005 - Science of tiny generates big developments
  6. August 18, 2005 - Dual-drug therapy targets one colon cancer gene
Background


Crohn's disease

References:
  1. August 15, 2005 - Cannabis-like drugs may help bowel disease
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Scientists make nerve stem cells
  2. August 17, 2005 - Scientists create first pure brain stem cells
  3. August 18, 2005 - Cord blood yields 'ethical' embryonic stem cells
  4. August 18, 2005 - Researchers make embryonic-like stem cells from umbilical cord blood
  5. August 19, 2005 - Baby comes with brain repair kit for mum
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Gene Therapy Works In Mice To Prevent Blindness That Strikes Boys
Background


Origins of the genetic code

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Scientists Crack 40-year-old DNA Puzzle And Point To 'Hot Soup' At The Origin Of Life
Background


C-reactive protein and heart disease

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Researchers Find Differences In A Predictor Of Heart Disease Among Sexes, Races
Background


Mechanism of SARS virus infection

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Researchers Discover Key To How SARS Virus Infects Cells
Background


Amazonian languages

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Studies Of Amazonian Languages Challenge Linguistic Theories
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - e-Science methods reveal new insights into antibiotic resistance
Background


Epigenetics

References:
  1. August 16, 2005 - Whew! Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny
Background


Aging

References:
  1. August 17, 2005 - Master gene for skin may hold key to youth
  2. August 17, 2005 - Gene loss accelerates aging
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. August 17, 2005 - Scientists discover gene that controls speed of tuberculosis development
  2. August 19, 2005 - Souped-up BCG vaccine destroys TB
  3. August 19, 2005 - Early humans 'may have spread TB'
  4. August 19, 2005 - Researchers Discover Ancient Origins Of Tuberculosis-causing Bacteria
  5. August 19, 2005 - Researchers discover ancient origins of tuberculosis-causing bacteria
  6. August 20, 2005 - Boosting The BCG Vaccine To Beat Tuberculosis
  7. August 29, 2005 - New vaccine protects more effectively against tuberculosis
  8. August 31, 2005 - TB may be among oldest human diseases
Background


Leptin

References:
  1. August 17, 2005 - Weight control protein may yield antiobesity drugs
  2. August 21, 2005 - Leptin-signaling Protein Maintains Normal Body Weight And Energy Balance In Mice
Background


Asymmetric cell division

References:
  1. August 17, 2005 - Researchers show evidence of asymmetric cell division in mammalian skin
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. August 17, 2005 - Neanderthals craved bison and mammoth
Background


Telomerase and stem cells

References:
  1. August 18, 2005 - Shaggy-haired mice aid cell-aging research
  2. August 18, 2005 - New function for telomerase?
Background


Synaptic signaling proteins

References:
  1. August 18, 2005 - Alteration of brain protein regulates learning
  2. August 22, 2005 - Alteration Of Brain Protein Regulates Learning
Background


Emotion and memory

References:
  1. August 18, 2005 - Neuroscientists Identify How Trauma Triggers Long-lasting Memories In The Brain
Background


Cellular energy regulation

References:
  1. August 19, 2005 - Energy Management In Cells May Hold Key To Cancer Defense
Background


Bacterial defense mechanism

References:
  1. August 19, 2005 - Bacteria Recognize Antimicrobials, Respond With Counter-defenses
Background


Smallest organism, smallest genome

References:
  1. August 19, 2005 - Ocean bug has 'smallest genome'
  2. August 19, 2005 - Microbe has huge role in ocean life, carbon cycle
  3. August 23, 2005 - Microbe Has Huge Role In Ocean Life, Carbon Cycle
Background


Synthetic biology

References:
  1. August 19, 2005 - Creating life from scratch, one molecule at a time
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. August 19, 2005 - Protein that regulates aging may provide key to new diabetes therapies
  2. August 19, 2005 - Looking at autoimmune diabetes, literally
Background


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