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Volume 4, Number 41
October 10, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Peptide nucleic acid nanotechnology
Gravity Probe-B
Black holes
Carbon nanotube memory chips
Short gamma-ray bursts
Slowing light
Quantum dots
Immersion lithography
Fuel cells
Production of hydrogen fuel
Hydrogen superfluid superconductor
Nanotechnology
Ultradense magnetic recording
Organic solar cells
Arctic ocean warming

Life sciences

Stem cells
Cancer
Protein folding
Autoimmune disease
Microarray technology for breast cancer prognosis
Role of cerebellum in cognition and behavior
Persistence of functional gene duplicates
Alzheimer's disease
Mate selection in female barn swallows
Genes and longevity
Cell phenotype variability
Obesity and liver disease
Recreation of 1918 flu virus
Flu virus genomes
Cloning
Social perception
Gene controlling positional perception
Cell endosome transport systems
Auditory perception
Gender differences in hypertension
Cervical cancer vaccine
Apoptosis and mitochondria
P53 protein synthesis and DNA damage
Nonsense-mediated decay and the exon junction complex
Non-Cox-2-specific NSAIDS, cancer, and heart disease risk
Vaccines
Tissue engineering
Avian flu
Diabetes


Peptide nucleic acid nanotechnology

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Scientists create PNA molecule with potential to build nanodevices
  2. October 4, 2005 - Scientists Create PNA Molecule With Potential To Build Nanodevices
  3. October 4, 2005 - Scientists create PNA molecule with potential to build nanodevices
Background


Gravity Probe-B

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Gravity Probe B Mission Completes Data Collection
  2. October 7, 2005 - Putting Relativity To The Test, NASA's Gravity Probe B Experiment Is One Step Away From Revealing If Einstein Was Right
  3. October 9, 2005 - Putting relativity to the test
  4. October 11, 2005 - Putting relativity to the test: was Einstein right?
  5. November 5, 2005 - A matter of gravity
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Black Holes Aren't So Black
Background


Carbon nanotube memory chips

References:
  1. October 4, 2005 - Nanotubes refine computer memory
Background


Short gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. October 4, 2005 - Gamma-Ray Burst Mystery Unraveled
  2. October 5, 2005 - Ancient Interstellar Collision Helps Explain Source of Radiation
  3. October 5, 2005 - Elderly probe nails gamma-ray bursts
  4. October 5, 2005 - It takes two
  5. October 5, 2005 - Gamma-ray burst mystery is solved
  6. October 6, 2005 - Satellites solve mystery of deep-space blasts: Dense neutron stars collide, producing gamma-ray bursters
  7. October 6, 2005 - Flashes Shed Light On Cosmic Clashes
  8. October 6, 2005 - HETE-2 satellite solves mystery of cosmic explosions
  9. October 6, 2005 - Radiation Flashes Traced to Neutron Star Collisions
  10. October 7, 2005 - Gamma-Ray Mystery Solved
  11. October 9, 2005 - In a Flash NASA Helps Solve 35-year-old Cosmic Mystery
Background


Slowing light

References:
  1. October 4, 2005 - This Laser Trick's a Quantum Leap
  2. October 4, 2005 - Researchers use laser amplifier to slow light at room temperature
Background


Quantum dots

References:
  1. October 4, 2005 - Researchers transform the properties of matter with tunable quantum dots
  2. October 5, 2005 - Presto! It's A Semiconductor -- Researchers Transform The Properties Of Matter With Tunable Quantum Dots
Background


Immersion lithography

References:
  1. October 4, 2005 - SEMATECH and Synopsys to Develop Advanced OPC Models For 45 nm and Below Immersion Lithography
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. October 4, 2005 - Proton-Exchange-Membrane Fuel Cell Tested
Background


Production of hydrogen fuel

References:
  1. October 5, 2005 - Research advances understanding of how hydrogen fuel is made
  2. October 6, 2005 - Research Advances Understanding Of How Hydrogen Fuel Is Made
  3. October 6, 2005 - Research advances understanding of how hydrogen fuel is made
Background


Hydrogen superfluid superconductor

References:
  1. October 6, 2005 - Two Quantum States for the Price of One
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. October 6, 2005 - Scientists learn to prevent nano 'merging'
  2. October 7, 2005 - New Unidirectional Molecular Rotor May Lead To Tiny Sensors, Pumps, Switches
  3. October 7, 2005 - New unidirectional molecular rotor may lead to tiny sensors, pumps, switches
  4. October 7, 2005 - New unidirectional molecular rotor may lead to tiny sensors, pumps, switches
  5. October 7, 2005 - Nano World: Ultra-dense circuits
  6. October 8, 2005 - Scientists Study And Learn To Prevent Nanoparticle 'Merging'
Background


Ultradense magnetic recording

References:
  1. October 7, 2005 - Pushing the limits of hard disk storage
  2. October 10, 2005 - Pushing The Limits Of Hard Disk Storage
  3. October 10, 2005 - Pushing the limits of hard disk storage
Background


Organic solar cells

References:
  1. October 7, 2005 - Nanotech solar breakthrough will help spur viability of alternative energy
  2. October 9, 2005 - Solar Breakthrough Will Help Spur Viability Of Alternative Energy
  3. October 9, 2005 - Engineers pioneer affordable alternative energy-solar energy cells made of everyday plastic
  4. October 10, 2005 - Solar breakthrough will help spur viability of alternative energy
  5. October 10, 2005 - Engineers Pioneer Affordable Alternative Energy: Solar Energy Cells Made Of Everyday Plastic
  6. October 10, 2005 - Engineers pioneer affordable alternative energy-solar energy cells made of everyday plastic
Background


Arctic ocean warming

References:
  1. October 7, 2005 - Arctic Ocean waters warm suddenly
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Adult Stem Cells Aid Recovery In Animal Model Of Cerebral Palsy
  2. October 3, 2005 - Adult stem cells aid recovery in animal model of cerebral palsy
  3. October 3, 2005 - Ideas abound at stem cell confab
  4. October 4, 2005 - Rat hair cells found to be true stem cells
  5. October 5, 2005 - Hair-raising stem cells identified
  6. October 5, 2005 - Neural stem cells are long-lived
  7. October 6, 2005 - Hair-raising Stem Cells Identified: Swiss Study Shows That Hair Follicles Contain Bonafide Multipotent Stem Cells
  8. October 6, 2005 - Neural Stem Cells Are Long-lived
  9. October 6, 2005 - Neural Stem Cells Are Long-Lived
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Scientists Identify Gene Defect Leading To Abnormal Skin Development And Cancer
  2. October 3, 2005 - Beans and soya beat lung cancer
  3. October 4, 2005 - Long-term Smoking Is Associated With Up To 40 Percent Increased Risk Of Breast Cancer
  4. October 5, 2005 - Scientists find cancer cell defense method
  5. October 5, 2005 - Study Demonstrates How Gene Variant May Contribute To Cancer Development
  6. October 5, 2005 - Study demonstrates how gene variant may contribute to cancer development
  7. October 5, 2005 - Researchers Find Defects In Adult Stem Cell Niche May Cause Breast Cancer
  8. October 5, 2005 - Researchers Find Defects in Adult Stem Cell Niche May Cause Breast Cancer
  9. October 5, 2005 - Study Identifies Risk Factors For Multiple Melanoma Skin Cancer
  10. October 5, 2005 - Study identifies risk factors for multiple melanoma skin cancer
  11. October 6, 2005 - Study finds patients with melanoma are at increased risk for new tumors
  12. October 7, 2005 - Study Finds Patients With Melanoma Are At Increased Risk For New Tumors
  13. October 7, 2005 - Inherited Gene Change Also Found In Spontaneous Tumors
  14. October 7, 2005 - New test proves effective in more cancers
  15. October 7, 2005 - A novel mechanism of action for anti-tumor agent, CA4P
  16. October 7, 2005 - Gold nanoparticles show potential for noninvasive cancer treatment
  17. October 8, 2005 - Gold Nanoparticles Show Potential For Noninvasive Cancer Treatment
  18. October 10, 2005 - Gold nanoparticles show potential for noninvasive cancer treatment
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Scientist Uses Form To Explain Function Of Key Building Blocks Of Life
  2. October 4, 2005 - Study predicts, verifies protein folding
  3. October 4, 2005 - Free-energy Theory Borne Out In Large-scale Protein Folding
  4. October 4, 2005 - Free-energy theory borne out in large-scale protein folding
Background


Autoimmune disease

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Study Offers Clues To Origins Of Autoimmunity
  2. October 3, 2005 - New immune cell found to be a key to inflammatory diseases
  3. October 4, 2005 - New Immune Cell Found To Be A Key To Inflammatory Diseases
Background


Microarray technology for breast cancer prognosis

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Microarray Technology Could Help Predict Patient Response To Adjuvant Therapy For Breast Cancer
  2. October 3, 2005 - Microarray technology could help predict patient response to adjuvant therapy for breast cancer
Background


Role of cerebellum in cognition and behavior

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Brain area 'more than just motor'
  2. October 3, 2005 - Cerebellum Found To Be Important In Cognition And Behavior
  3. October 3, 2005 - Cerebellum found to be important in cognition and behavior
Background


Persistence of functional gene duplicates

References:
  1. October 3, 2005 - Fitting in: Newly evolved genes adopt a variety of strategies to remain in the gene pool
  2. October 4, 2005 - Fitting In: Newly Evolved Genes Adopt A Variety Of Strategies To Remain In The Gene Pool
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. October 4, 2005 - Intake Of Dietary Copper Helps Alzheimer's Patients - also here
  2. October 6, 2005 - PET's Imaging Power May Be Best Indicator For Determining Which Patients Develop Alzheimer's
  3. October 6, 2005 - PETs Molecular Imaging Power May Be Best Indicator for Determining Which Patients Develop Alzheimer's
  4. October 6, 2005 - A New Analysis Of A Standard Brain Test May Help Predict Dementia
  5. October 6, 2005 - A new analysis of a standard brain test may help predict dementia
  6. October 7, 2005 - A molecular basis for selective therapeutic intervention in Alzheimers disease
  7. October 9, 2005 - A Molecular Basis For Selective Therapeutic Intervention In Alzheimer's Disease
Background


Mate selection in female barn swallows

References:
  1. October 4, 2007 - Looks Matter To Female Barn Swallows
Background


Genes and longevity

References:
  1. October 5, 2005 - Evolutionary Conservation Of A Mechanism Of Longevity From Worms To Mammals
  2. October 5, 2005 - Evolutionary conservation of a mechanism of longevity from worms to mammals
Background


Cell phenotype variability

References:
  1. October 5, 2005 - Phenotype Is Influenced By Nature, Nurture And Noise
Background


Obesity and liver disease

References:
  1. October 5, 2005 - Obese Mice Are More Susceptible To Liver Abnormalities
Background


Recreation of 1918 flu virus

References:
  1. October 5, 2005 - US scientists resurrect deadly 1918 flu
  2. October 5, 2005 - 1918 killer flu 'came from birds'
  3. October 6, 2005 - Killer Spanish flu looks like bird flu
  4. October 6, 2005 - Researchers Reconstruct 1918 Pandemic Influenza Virus; Effort Designed To Advance Preparedness
  5. October 6, 2005 - Reconstructed 1918 flu virus providing insights for potential pandemics
  6. October 6, 2005 - Experts Unlock Clues to Spread of 1918 Flu Virus
  7. October 6, 2005 - Changes Cited in Bird Flu Virus
  8. October 8, 2005 - Scientists piece together 1918-flu virus
  9. October 10, 2005 - Resurrecting 1918 Flu Virus Took Many Turns
Background


Flu virus genomes

References:
  1. October 5, 2005 - Large scale flu virus sequencing completed
  2. October 6, 2005 - Genomes Of More Than 200 Human Flu Strains Reveal A Dynamic Virus
  3. October 6, 2005 - Genomes of more than 200 human flu strains reveal a dynamic virus
  4. October 6, 2005 - First big influenza genome study reveals flu evolution
Background


Cloning

References:
  1. October 5, 2005 - Alternative to cloning technique does not yield pure clones
Background


Social perception

References:
  1. October 5, 2005 - What we Cannot Do Ourselves, we Cannot Understand in Others - also here
Background


Gene controlling positional perception

References:
  1. October 6, 2005 - Experiencing The World Through The Neurons Of Math1
Background


Cell endosome transport systems

References:
  1. October 6, 2005 - Researchers Discover That The Cell's Endosomes Use A Surprising Transportation System
  2. October 6, 2005 - Researchers discover that the cells endosomes use a surprising transportation system
Background


Auditory perception

References:
  1. October 6, 2005 - How the brain sorts babble into auditory streams
  2. October 11, 2005 - How The Brain Sorts Babble Into Auditory Streams
Background


Gender differences in hypertension

References:
  1. October 6, 2005 - New Model Shows Gender Differences In High Blood Pressure
  2. October 6, 2005 - New Model Shows Gender Differences in High Blood Pressure
Background


Cervical cancer vaccine

References:
  1. October 6, 2005 - First large test shows vaccine prevents cervical cancer
  2. October 7, 2005 - Cervical cancer jab 'in a year'
  3. October 7, 2005 - Investigational vaccine GARDASIL prevented 100 percent of cervical pre- & non-invasive cancers
  4. October 12, 2005 - Cervical Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective: Test Results
Background


Apoptosis and mitochondria

References:
  1. October 7, 2005 - The 'Upstairs/Downstairs' Mystery Of Cell Suicide Is Burdened By Too Much Evidence
Background


P53 protein synthesis and DNA damage

References:
  1. October 7, 2005 - Mechanism controlling DNA damage response has potential novel medical applications
  2. October 8, 2005 - Mechanism Controlling DNA Damage Response Has Potential Novel Medical Applications
Background


Nonsense-mediated decay and the exon junction complex

References:
  1. October 7, 2005 - Defusing dangerous mutations
  2. October 10, 2005 - Defusing Dangerous Mutations: Scientists Discover A New Way By Which Cells Control Genetic Errors
Background


Non-Cox-2-specific NSAIDS, cancer, and heart disease risk

References:
  1. October 7, 2005 - Use Of Non-COX-2-specific NSAIDs Halves Odds For Oral Cancer: Doubles Cardiovascular Death Risk
Background, Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. October 8, 2005 - Report Focuses On Challenges To Unlocking Future Promise Of Vaccines
Background


Tissue engineering

References:
  1. October 8, 2005 - Cells From Amniotic Fluid Used To Tissue-engineer A New Trachea
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. October 8, 2005 - Bird flu ducks from Romania tested
  2. October 9, 2005 - Danger of Flu Pandemic Is Clear, if Not Present
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. October 9, 2005 - Human Beta-cell Line Offers Hope For Type 1 Diabetes Breakthrough
Background


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