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Volume 4, Number 43
October 24, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Active galactic nuclei
Global warming
Water on Mars
Carbon nanotubes
Nanotechnology
Quantum computing
Pattern recognition
Earthquake fault zones
Nanoscale electronics
Fuel cells
Black holes
Effects of global warming on precipitation
Microfluidics 'lab-on-a-chip'
Quantum dot light source
3D seismic model
Planet-forming material around brown dwarfs
Nanocrystal solar cells
Carbon nanotube 'spin transistors'

Life sciences

Stem cells
Cancer
Protein folding
Avian flu
Alzheimer's disease
Gene therapy
Glial cell regulation of interneuron communication
Central nervous system control of muscles
Cholera
Medical genomic sequencing
Control of T helper cells
Tuberculosis
AIDS
Genetic link to hypertension
Oxytocin
Brain-imaging studies
Extremophiles
Evolutionary importance of 'junk' DNA
Malaria
Back-up RNA supplies
Prions
DNA vaccines for avian flu
THC and appetite stimulation
Nucleosomes and gene regulation
Small nuclear RNA and the Integrator
Neuron activity and memory


Active galactic nuclei

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - Feeding the Monster: Images Reveal the Surroundings of a Super-massive Black Hole - also here, here
  2. October 18, 2005 - Ravenous black hole enjoys star-studded banquet
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - Warming to Cause Harsher Weather, Study Says
  2. October 18, 2005 - Climate Model Predicts Extreme Changes for U.S.
  3. October 19, 2005 - Climate Model Predicts Dramatic Changes Over Next 100 Years - also here, here, here
Background


Water on Mars

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - Mars' Climate In Flux: Mid-latitude Glaciers - also here, here, here
  2. October 20, 2005 - Glaciers on Mars far from its icy poles
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - Nanotube switch makes its debut
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - Proofreading and error-correction in nanomaterials inspired by nature - also here, here, here
  2. October 18, 2005 - Two-Tone Molecular Printing
  3. October 20, 2005 - Scientists build world's first single-molecule car
  4. October 21, 2005 - Scientists Build World's First Single-molecule Car - also here
  5. October 21, 2005 - Nanocar takes a test drive
  6. October 23, 2005 - Magnetic Nanoparticles Assembled Into Long Chains - also here, here, here
Background

Quantum computing

References:
  1. October 19, 2005 - Qubit Link Could Pave The Way For World's Most Powerful Computers - also here, here, here
Background


Pattern recognition

References:
  1. October 19, 2005 - Science Finds New Patterns
Background


Earthquake fault zones

References:
  1. October 19, 2005 - Eastern California Shear Zone Puzzles Seismologists - also here, here, here
Background


Nanoscale electronics

References:
  1. October 19, 2005 - Making the most of doping
  2. October 20, 2005 - Nano-electronics boosted atom by atom
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. October 19, 2005 - New fuel-cell technology could help power future vehicles
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. October 20, 2005 - How to find a black hole
Background


Effects of global warming on precipitation

References:
  1. October 20, 2005 - A Warmer World Might Not Be A Wetter One - also here, here
Background


Microfluidics 'lab-on-a-chip'

References:
  1. October 20, 2005 - URI to develop 'lab-on-a-chip' technology
Background


Quantum dot light source

References:
  1. October 21, 2005 - Quantum Dots That Produce White Light Could Be The Light Bulb's Successor - also here, here
Background


3D seismic model

References:
  1. October 21, 2005 - USGS Introduces New 3D Seismic Velocity Model For The San Francisco Bay Area - also here
Background


Planet-forming material around brown dwarfs

References:
  1. October 21, 2005 - Spitzer Finds Failed Stars May Succeed in Planet Business
  2. October 26, 2005 - Even 'Failed Stars' Can Form Planets - also here, here, here
Background


Nanocrystal solar cells

References:
  1. October 21, 2005 - Nano-crystals stake claim in solar panel research
  2. October 22, 2005 - Slim and Sturdy Solar Cells: Nanocrystals offer path to electricity
  3. October 23, 2005 - Sunny Future For Nanocrystal Solar Cells - also here, here
  4. October 24, 2005 - Nanocrystals enhance photovoltaics
Background


Carbon nanotube 'spin transistors'

References:
  1. October 23, 2005 - Spintronic transistor is developed
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. October 16, 2005 - Two 'ethical' ways to harvest stem cells
  2. October 17, 2005 - Hope over stem cell ethical fears
  3. October 17, 2005 - New methods add twist to stem cell debate
  4. October 17, 2005 - New stem cell techniques spare embryos
  5. October 17, 2005 - No embryos lost in new stem cell procedure
  6. October 17, 2005 - Stem Cell Breakthrough: Researchers Offer Proof-of-concept For Altered Nuclear Transfer - also here
  7. October 18, 2005 - New Stem-Cell Methods Fall Short
  8. October 19, 2005 - New Strategy Will Boost Cord Blood Stem Cells - also here
  9. October 21, 2005 - Trials for stem-cell treatment of brain disease
  10. October 21, 2005 - Stem Cells' Electric Abilities Might Help Their Safe Clinical Use - also here, here
  11. October 22, 2005 - Stem Cells Created Without Destroying Healthy Embryos
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - Cosmopolitan Lifestyle Could Allay Cancer Threat
  2. October 17, 2005 - Rare Immune Cell Is Key To Transplant's Cancer-killing Effect - also here, here
  3. October 17, 2005 - No effects of type II diabetes on aggressiveness of prostate cancer; long-term survival worse
  4. October 17, 2005 - Curcumin halts spread of breast cancer in mice
  5. October 17, 2005 - Faulty cell cycle checkpoints linked to lung cancer risk in African-Americans
  6. October 18, 2005 - Subtypes Of Ependymomas Arise From Rare Stem Cells In The Nervous System - also here
  7. October 18, 2005 - Nanoparticle created as diagnostic, therapeutic agent; brain tumors targeted
  8. October 19, 2005 - Researchers Identify How Antibody Blocks Prostate Cancer Growth In Animal Models - also here
  9. October 19, 2005 - Restoring Silenced Suppressor Gene Kills Lung-cancer Cells - also here
  10. October 19, 2005 - Research team develops cancer-curing T-lymphocyte-based therapy to eradicate malignant tumours
  11. October 19, 2005 - Humble yeast sheds light on promising anti-cancer drug
  12. October 19, 2005 - Drug halves breast cancer returns
  13. October 20, 2005 - Clinic Reports Breakthrough Treatment For Breast Cancer - also here, here
  14. October 21, 2005 - Rapid Restoration Of Immunity In Immune-suppressed Cancer Patients Using T-cell Vaccines - also here, here
  15. October 21, 2005 - Researchers Make Advances In Attacking Leukemia Cells - also here
  16. October 21, 2005 - Treatment advances for lymphoma have reduced deaths by 70%
  17. October 21, 2005 - Cancer Center Finds Possible Genetic Link To Pancreatic Cancer - also here, here
  18. October 21, 2005 - Flavonoids May Inhibit Prostate Cancer - also here
  19. October 21, 2005 - Study Reveals Protein's Jekyll-and-Hyde Role In Cancer Growth - also here
  20. October 22, 2005 - Herceptin Treatment Lowers Recurrence Rate In Early Breast Cancer - also here, here
  21. October 22, 2005 - Researchers Find New Agent Inhibits Leukemia Cell Survival - also here
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - What Mutations Tell Us About Protein Folding - also here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - Why the bird flu's so dangerous; Close watch on strain that could mutate into deadly human virus
  2. October 17, 2005 - A flock of bird flu questions
  3. October 17, 2005 - Bird flu outbreaks expected in more countries
  4. October 17, 2005 - Avian Influenza Infection In Birds Spreads To Turkey, Romania - also here
  5. October 18, 2005 - Bird flu discovered in Greece
  6. October 20, 2005 - Race is on to make bird flu drugs
  7. October 21, 2005 - Bird flu breaking out all over
  8. October 21, 2005 - Research biologist says only matter of time before avian flu virus reaches U.S.
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - A High Fat, Low Carbohydrate Diet Improves Alzheimer's Disease In Mice - also here
  2. October 18, 2005 - Detecting Alzheimer's Early with Non-Invasive Optical Tools
  3. October 19, 2005 - Scientists zero in on memory-related proteins at the core of Alzheimers disease
  4. October 21, 2005 - Molecular drug pump may help reduce risk of Alzheimer's - also here, here
  5. October 21, 2005 - Alzheimer disease and the blood brain barrier: Is Abeta transport the key?
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - Gene Therapy May Protect Normal Tissues During Radiation Retreatment For Lung Cancer - also here
Background


Glial cell regulation of interneuron communication

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - Study Finds Direct Role For Glial Cells In Brain Cross-talk
Background


Central nervous system control of muscles

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - Brain Research Makes Move Toward Better Prostheses - also here
Background


Cholera

References:
  1. October 17, 2005 - Small molecule inhibitor of cholera discovered
Background


Medical genomic sequencing

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - Large-scale Sequencing Research Network Sets Its Sights On Disease Targets - also here
Background


Control of T helper cells

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - Notch Signaling Molecule Important In Type 2 Immunity - also here
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - Bayer Offers New Antibiotic With Promise in Fight on TB
  2. October 18, 2005 - If Successful, Moxifloxacin Could Be First New Treatment For TB In More Than 40 Years - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - NIAID Launches First Phase II Trial Of A 'Global' HIV/AIDS Vaccine - also here
Background


Genetic link to hypertension

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - New genetic link to high blood pressure found
Background


Oxytocin

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - 'Attachment' hormone key to staying friends
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. October 18, 2005 - Can Brain Scans See Depression?
  2. October 19, 2005 - Stimulating The Brain Makes The Fingers More Sensitive
  3. October 19, 2005 - Where the brain combines what's heard and felt - also here, here
Background


Extremophiles

References:
  1. October 19, 2005 - Life In Deadly Conditions: Researchers Sequence The Genome Of A Microbiological Master Of Adaptation - also here, here
Background


Evolutionary importance of 'junk' DNA

References:
  1. October 19, 2005 - Study: Junk DNA is critically important
  2. October 20, 2005 - Time to stop trashing junk DNA
  3. October 20, 2005 - Study Shows 'Junk' DNA Has Evolutionary Importance - also here, here
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. October 19, 2005 - Drug Combo Against AIDS-Related Infections Also Prevents Malaria
Background


Back-up RNA supplies

References:
  1. October 20, 2005 - Cells found to have emergency RNA reserves
  2. October 21, 2005 - New gene regulation mechanism discovered - also here, here
Background


Prions

References:
  1. October 20, 2005 - Protein Involved In 'Mad Cow' Disease - also here, here
  2. October 22, 2005 - Cell Cultures Can Sort Out CJD And Scrapie Infectious Agents - also here
Background


DNA vaccines for avian flu

References:
  1. October 20, 2005 - In A Crisis, Creating DNA Vaccine Could Help Save Lives, Slow Spread Of 'Bird Flu' - also here, here
Background, Background


THC and appetite stimulation

References:
  1. October 20, 2005 - Brain centre for the 'munchies' found
Background


Nucleosomes and gene regulation

References:
  1. October 21, 2005 - A New Turn-on For Genes: Scientists Find Structure Relevant To Cell Growth And Cancer - also here, here
Background


Small nuclear RNA and the Integrator

References:
  1. October 22, 2005 - Molecule Crucial For Processing Non-coding RNA Identified - also here, here
Background


Neuron activity and memory

References:
  1. October 23, 2005 - Your Brain Cells May 'Know' More Than You Let On By Your Behavior - also here, here
Background


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