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Volume 4, Number 48
November 28, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Dark energy
Silicon lasers
SETI
Dwarf galaxies formed in galactic collisions
Quantum measurement
Nanotechnology
Carbon nanotubes
Superconductivity
Quantum computing
Detection of extrasolar planets
Laser-triggered nuclear fusion
Holographic memory discs
Long-term measurement of atmospheric greenhouse effect
Earthquake modeling
Global warming
Quantum dots

Life sciences

Gene therapy
Lateral gene transfer in bacteria
Alzheimer's disease
Parkinson's disease
Cancer
Schizophrenia
Stem cells and cancer
p53 protein and aging
Myelination of the brain
Homo erectus
Tissue engineering
Cancer vaccines
Small interfering RNA therapeutics
Brain-imaging studies
New neurons in adult brains
Awareness and memory capacity
Telomeres
Actin production in cells
Vaccines for people with compromised immune systems
Avian flu
Emerging infectious diseases
Malaria
Immune system evolution
Tissue regeneration in planarians
Minimal cells
Introns in the genes of early animals
Nicotine addiction
Cardioprotective properties of olive oil


Dark energy

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - Gemini's Nod-&-Shuffle Provides Critical Deep Spectroscopic Data for Supernova Legacy Survey
  2. November 22, 2005 - Was Einstein's Biggest Blunder a Stellar Success? - also here, here
  3. November 22, 2005 - SuperNova Legacy Survey: First results describing the nature of dark energy - also here, here - original paper in PDF format
  4. November 22, 2005 - New Study of Supernovae May Absolve Einstein of Self-confessed "Biggest Blunder"
  5. November 23, 2005 - Supernovae Back Einstein's "Blunder"
  6. November 24, 2005 - Dark energy refuses to fade away
  7. November 24, 2005 - Einstein's Dark Energy Accelerates The Universe - also here, here
  8. November 29, 2005 - Dark Energy and Einstein Converge
  9. November 30, 2005 - Einstein Wrong About Being Wrong
  10. December 17, 2005 - Supernovas shed light on dark energy
Background


Silicon lasers

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - The Impossible Is Possible: Laser Light From Silicon - also here, here
Background


SETI

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - SETI Sets Its Sights On M Dwarfs
Background


Dwarf galaxies formed in galactic collisions

References:
  1. November 22, 2005 - Dwarfs found in colliding galaxies' wake
Background


Quantum measurement

References:
  1. November 22, 2005 - Breakthrough for quantum measurement
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. November 22, 2005 - Nanomaterials researchers to study self-assembly by electrical and optical fields
  2. November 24, 2005 - Tiny swimmer makes a splash
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Bright nanotubes for telecom
  2. November 24, 2005 - Nanotube Foams Flex And Rebound With Super Compressibility - also here, here
  3. November 24, 2005 - Nanotube forest does concertina scrunch
  4. November 25, 2005 - Nanotube foams are strong and flexible
  5. November 26, 2005 - New Study Suggests Ways To Brighten Nanotube Light Sources
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Pseudogap puzzle for superconductors
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Quantum bubbles are the key
Background


Detection of extrasolar planets

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Optical Vortex - Trying to Look at Extrasolar Planets Directly
  2. December 1, 2005 - Optical Vortex Could Look Directly At Extrasolar Planets - also here, here
  3. December 1, 2005 - Spinning Out the Stars
Background


Laser-triggered nuclear fusion

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - First Steps Toward Fusion at NIF
  2. December 4, 2005 - First Experiments On National Ignition Facility Validate Computer Simulations On Road To Ignition - also here, here
Background


Holographic memory discs

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Holographic-memory discs may put DVDs to shame
Background


Long-term measurement of atmospheric greenhouse effect

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Record ice core reveals Earth's ancient atmosphere
  2. November 24, 2005 - Global warming: Carbon dioxide levels highest for 650,000 years
  3. November 24, 2005 - CO2 'highest for 650,000 years'
  4. November 24, 2005 - Greenhouse-gas levels highest for 650,000 years
  5. November 28, 2005 - Ice Core Extends Climate Record Back 650,000 Years
  6. November 28, 2005 - New Ice Cores Expand View Of Climate History - also here
  7. November 28, 2005 - Close Coupling Of Climate With Green House Gases In The Past - also here
Background


Earthquake modeling

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Distributed Computing Project Discovers New Knowledge About Earthquakes - also here, here
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Stabilizing climate change more daunting than thought
  2. November 25, 2005 - Sea level rise doubles in 150 years
  3. November 25, 2005 - Global Warming Doubles Rate Of Ocean Rise - also here, here, here
Background


Quantum dots

References:
  1. November 25, 2005 - Inside A Quantum Dot: Tracking Electrons At Trillionths Of A Second - also here, here
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - Laser activates gene therapy in rats eyes
  2. November 21, 2005 - Polymer Gel Can Block Toxic Leakage Problem In Gene Therapy - also here
Background


Lateral gene transfer in bacteria

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - Gene Swapping Helps Bacteria Adapt
  2. November 21, 2005 - 'Sex' Helps Bacteria Cope With A Changing World - also here
  3. November 22, 2006 - Gene Thieves
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - Researchers Reveals How Certain Chemicals Protect The Brain Against Cell Damage - also here
  2. November 23, 2005 - Chemists Characterize Alzheimer's Plaque Precursor - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - New Drug Target Identified For Fighting Parkinson's Disease - also here
  2. November 25, 2005 - Study Finds Occupation And Education Influence Risk For Parkinson's Disease - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - Recycled Or Revamped Therapeutics Find Novel Anti-cancer Applications
  2. November 22, 2005 - Therapeutic Role Of Melatonin In Cancer Worthy Of Study
  3. November 22, 2005 - Plant Gene Related To Cancer Treatment May Foster New Oncology Drugs - also here
  4. November 24, 2005 - Innovative Research Set To Push Boundaries Of Cancer Care
  5. November 24, 2005 - Deleted Genes Help Predict Outcome In A Children's Cancer
  6. November 25, 2005 - Anti-cancer Compound In Beer Gaining Interest - also here
  7. November 26, 2005 - Protein Marker Associated With Positive Outcome In Invasive Breast Cancer
  8. November 27, 2005 - Nine Behavioral And Environmental Risk Factors Play A Major Role In Global Cancer Deaths - also here
Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. November 21, 2005 - Gene Bolsters Genetic Basis of Schizophrenia
Background


Stem cells and cancer

References:
  1. November 22, 2005 - Scientists Say Stem Cells May Trigger Bone Cancer - also here
Background


p53 protein and aging

References:
  1. November 22, 2005 - New Clues To The Dark Side Of A Key Anti-tumor Guardian
  2. November 23, 2005 - Decrease Cancer-suppressing Protein Activity, Increase Life Span - also here
Background


Myelination of the brain

References:
  1. November 22, 2005 - Researchers learn how a nerve-tissue wrap in the brain, myelin, impacts behavior
Background


Homo erectus

References:
  1. November 22, 2005 - Homo erectus ate crunchy food
Background


Tissue engineering

References:
  1. November 22, 2005 - Body parts made from paper
Background


Cancer vaccines

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Giving Cancer Vaccines a Boost
Background


Small interfering RNA therapeutics

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Small RNA Molecules Tackle Herpes
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Research Permits First-ever Visualization Of Psychological Stress In The Human Brain - also here
Background


New neurons in adult brains

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Neurons Generated In The Adult Brain Learn To Respond To Novel Stimuli - also here
Background


Awareness and memory capacity

References:
  1. November 23, 2005 - Better memory requires better 'bouncer'
  2. November 24, 2005 - Discovery Disproves Simple Concept Of Memory As 'Storage Space'
Background


Telomeres

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Normal Chromosome Ends Elicit A Limited DNA Damage Response - also here, here
Background


Actin production in cells

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Scientists Discover How Protein Crucial For Motion Is Synthesized At The Right Place In The Cell - also here
Background


Vaccines for people with compromised immune systems

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - New Vaccine Platform May Fight Infections With Causes From Influenza To Bioterrorism - also here
  2. November 24, 2005 - CD4+ T cellindependent DNA vaccination against opportunistic infections - full paper
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Avian Flu In Perspective: New England Journal Article Reviews 'Spectacular' Findings - also here
  2. November 25, 2005 - Official Chinese bird flu deaths could be 'tip of iceberg'
Background


Emerging infectious diseases

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Problem Of Emerging Infectious Diseases Likely To Worsen
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Potential Malaria Drug Target Identified
  2. November 24, 2005 - Molecular Identification of a Malaria Merozoite Surface Sheddase - full paper
Background


Immune system evolution

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Study Of Sea Squirt Provides Clue To Human Immune System - also here, here
Background


Tissue regeneration in planarians

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - Silenced Gene In Worm Shows Role In Regeneration - also here
Background


Minimal cells

References:
  1. November 24, 2005 - From primordial soup to cells
Background


Introns in the genes of early animals

References:
  1. November 25, 2005 - Earliest Animals Had Human-like Genes
Background


Nicotine addiction

References:
  1. November 26, 2005 - Pill Eases Craving
Background


Cardioprotective properties of olive oil

References:
  1. November 27, 2005 - Olive oil's heart effect identified
Background


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