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Volume 4, Number 49
December 5, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

High-temperature superconductors
Bionic hand
Climate change prediction
Nanotechnology
Carbon nanotubes
Titan
Martian water
Changes in North Atlantic currents
Earthquake modeling
Planetary systems around brown dwarfs
Extrasolar planets
Quantum superposition with multiple ions
Optical applications of plasmonic materials
Dwarf galaxies
Supermassive black holes
Silicon photonics
Permian-Triassic mass extinction
Hydrogen storage technology
Oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere
Quantum search algorithm

Life sciences

Cloning
Neural development
G-protein coupled receptor kinases
Gene therapy
AIDS
Avian flu
Methanogens
Maintenance of synapses
Adiponectin
Brain-imaging studies
MicroRNA
Insulin growth factor and IQ
Gene related to emotion of fear
Cancer
Stem cells and cancer
Proteomics
Alzheimer's disease
Diabetes
Mapping of protein regulation by protein kinsases
Creativity
Stem cells
3-D atlas of mouse brain
Gender differences in brain function
Caffeine and short-term memory
Novelty-detector neurons
Leptin and fat cells
Atherosclerosis
Tuberculosis
Microevolutionary changes
Memory traces
Database of drug targets
Cellular membrane transport proteins
The immune system
HPV vaccine
Heart functioning
Molecular machinery of protein synthesis
Periodontitis and elevated LDL levels
Extremophiles


High-temperature superconductors

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Researcher Solve One Mystery Of High-temperature Superconductors - also here, here, here
Background


Bionic hand

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Bionic fiction becomes science fact
Background


Climate change prediction

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Scientists use new techniques to narrow down impact of global warming on specific regions
  2. November 29, 2005 - Climate change 'will dry Africa'
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. November 29, 2005 - Engineers Make Standardized Bulk Synthesis Of Nanowires Possible - also here, here
  2. November 30, 2005 - Nanotech discovery could have radical implications - also here, here, here
  3. November 30, 2005 - Nanoparticle synthesis allows particle size and shape to be tailored to end applications
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. November 29, 2005 - Converting Carbon Nanotubes into RNA-Degrading Nano-Enzymes
  2. November 29, 2005 - World's first tool for low-temperature carbon nanotube growth starts trials
  3. November 30, 2005 - Researchers clarify cellular uptake mechanisms for carbon nanotubes
  4. December 2, 2005 - 'Jammed Networks' may clear the way for better nanomaterials - also here, here
Background


Titan

References:
  1. November 29, 2005 - Saturn's largest moon Titan resembles primitive Earth
  2. November 30, 2005 - Saturn's moon reveals its secrets
  3. November 30, 2005 - Titan's atmosphere revealed as multilayered mystery
  4. November 30, 2005 - Titan's turbulence surprises scientists
  5. November 30, 2005 - Rain, winds and haze during the descent to Titan
  6. November 30, 2005 - Saturn's moon Titan looks like a primitive Earth
  7. November 30, 2005 - New View of Titan: Strong Winds, Soft Ground and Lightning
  8. November 30, 2005 - Saturn's largest moon has dramatic weather, geological activity
  9. December 1, 2005 - Titan Found to Be Rather Like Early Earth
  10. December 1, 2005 - Tide Out On Titan? A Soft Solid Surface For Huygens - also here, here
  11. December 1, 2005 - Titan gives clues to Earth's early history
Background


Martian water

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Radar reveals ice deep below Martian surface
  2. November 30, 2005 - Buried Craters And Underground Ice: Mars Express Uncovers Depths Of Mars - also here, here, here
  3. November 30, 2005 - Mars Studies Find Buried Crater and Signs of Past Water - also here
  4. November 30, 2005 - Radar sees ice deep below Mars
  5. November 30, 2005 - Radar exposes buried ice on Mars
  6. November 30, 2005 - Space Physicist finds 'lumpy' ionosphere, glimpses of the subsurface of Mars
  7. December 1, 2005 - It's Mars, Jim, but not as we know it
  8. December 1, 2005 - What's Mars Hiding?
  9. December 3, 2005 - Mars Express Evidence For Large Aquifers On Early Mars - also here, here
Background


Changes in North Atlantic currents

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Failing ocean current raises fears of mini ice age
  2. November 30, 2005 - Ocean "Radiator" May Be Slowing Down
  3. November 30, 2005 - Climate change: Slowing Atlantic current to chill Western Europe
  4. November 30, 2005 - Ocean changes 'will cool Europe'
  5. November 30, 2005 - Atlantic currents show signs of weakening
Background


Optical applications of plasmonic materials

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - 'Metamaterial' Could Lead To Better Optics, Communications - also here, here, here
Background


Earthquake modeling

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Powerful New Supercomputer Analyzes Earthquakes
Background


Planetary systems around brown dwarfs

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Scientists Find Possible Birth Of Tiniest Known Solar System - also here
  2. November 30, 2005 - A Planet With Planets? Spitzer Finds Cosmic Oddball
  3. November 30, 2005 - Astronomers Claim Potential Mini Solar System
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Astronomers Find Neptune-Mass Planet Around Small Star
  2. November 30, 2005 - Neptune-Size Planet Orbiting Common Star Hints at Many More
  3. December 1, 2005 - Tiny exoplanet orbits cool star
Background


Quantum superposition with multiple ions

References:
  1. December 1, 2005 - Entanglement reaches new levels
  2. December 3, 2005 - Physicists Coax Six Atoms Into Quantum 'Cat' State - also here, here
Background


Dwarf galaxies

References:
  1. December 1, 2005 - Astronomers Investigate Cosmic Forces That Produce New Galaxies - also here, here
Background


Supermassive black holes

References:
  1. December 1, 2005 - Black Hole Makes Plumes that Span Intergalactic Space
  2. December 1, 2005 - Chandra proves black hole influence is far reaching - also here, here
Background


Silicon photonics

References:
  1. December 1, 2005 - Engineered silicon emits laser light
Background


Permian-Triassic mass extinction

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Geologists Link the "Great Dying" to Volcanism
  2. December 2, 2005 - No Safe Ground For Life To Stand On During World's Largest Mass Extinction - also here, here, here
Background


Hydrogen storage technology

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Nano-cages 'Fill Up' With Hydrogen - also here, here, here
  2. December 2, 2005 - A first: Hydrogen atoms manipulated below surface of palladium crystal
Background


Oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Oxygen in Ancient Atmosphere Rose Gradually to Modern Levels
Background


Quantum search algorithm

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Super-fast quantum search achieved with individual atoms
Background


Cloning

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Clones Express Themselves Like Other Embryos
Background


Neural development

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Figuring Out The Ups And Downs -- And Sideways -- Of Neural Development
Background


G-protein coupled receptor kinases

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Scientists Uncover More Evidence For Protein's Role In Artery Blockage - also here
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Studies Show Gene Transfer And Antibody Therapy Cut Atherosclerotic Plaque - also here (PDF)
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - HIV Inserts Into Human Genome Using A DNA-associated Protein - also here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Study: Bird Flu Vaccine Can Stop Spread - also here
  2. December 3, 2005 - X-rays predict bird flu 'toll'
  3. December 5, 2005 - X-rays Good Predictor Of Survival In Avian Flu Patients - also here
Background


Methanogens

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Desert Find Lends More Strength to Theories of Possible Life on Mars
Background


Maintenance of synapses

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Synaptic Connections Need Nurturing To Retain Their Structure And Keep Outsiders At Bay - also here
Background


Adiponectin

References:
  1. November 28, 2005 - Researchers Find Lack Of Protein In Obese People Is Risk Factor For Kidney, Heart Disease
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. November 29, 2005 - Researchers Use Brain Scans To Predict Behavior - also here
  2. November 29, 2005 - Shrinking waistline is all in the mind
  3. November 29, 2005 - Mind trick 'whittles the waist'
  4. November 29, 2005 - Experiment Gives Illusion of That Shrinking Feeling
  5. November 30, 2005 - Brain scans used to predict behavior
  6. December 5, 2005 - Brain says if your bum looks big in this
Background


MicroRNA

References:
  1. November 29, 2005 - MicroRNAs Have Shaped The Evolution Of The Majority Of Mammalian Genes - also here, here
  2. December 2, 2005 - MicroRNA May Have Fail-safe Role In Limb Development - also here, here
Background


Insulin growth factor and IQ

References:
  1. November 29, 2005 - Growth hormone levels' IQ 'link'
Background


Gene related to emotion of fear

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Fear Itself
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. November 29, 2005 - Cellular molecule spurs growth of prostate cancer
  2. November 30, 2005 - Scientists Closer To New Cancer Detection Method - also here, here, here
  3. December 2, 2005 - PCBs, Furans May Factor In Risk Of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma - also here
  4. December 2, 2005 - New Model Of Prostate Cancer Helps Identify Promising Pain Treatment - also here
  5. December 2, 2005 - Collapse Of p53 Into Clumps Might Be Linked To Cancer - also here
  6. December 2, 2005 - Scientists Unlock Solid Tumor Treatment Genetic Secrets - also here, here
  7. December 3, 2005 - Study Demonstrates Role Of Exercise In Modifying Melatonin Levels; Increase Believed To Offer Breast Cancer Protection - also here
Background


Stem cells and cancer

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Study Hints At Role Of Stem Cell Genes In Testicular, Breast Cancers - also here, here
Background


Proteomics

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Scientists Develop Protein-sequence Analysis Tool - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Insulin Levels Drop With Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease, Linked To Tangles In Brain
  2. December 1, 2005 - Researchers Identify New Drug Target For Alzheimer's Disease - also here, here
  3. December 2, 2005 - Beat Alzheimer's with exercise
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - New Cell Transplantation Technique Restores Insulin Production in Diabetics
Background


Mapping of protein regulation by protein kinsases

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Scientists map cell signaling network
  2. December 1, 2005 - Scientists Decipher 'Wiring Pattern' Of Cell Signaling Networks - also here
Background


Creativity

References:
  1. November 30, 2005 - Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia
Background, Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. December 1, 2005 - Hair Follicle Stem Cells Contribute To Wound Healing - also here
Background


3-D atlas of mouse brain

References:
  1. December 1, 2005 - Interactive 3-D Atlas Of Mouse Brain Now Available On Web - also here
Background


Gender differences in brain function

References:
  1. December 1, 2005 - Men And Women Differ In Brain Use During Same Tasks - also here, here
Background


Caffeine and short-term memory

References:
  1. December 1, 2005 - Coffee's effects revealed in brain scans
  2. December 1, 2005 - The tall and the short of why caffeine works
  3. December 5, 2006 - Java jives with brain
  4. December 12, 2005 - Coffee Jump-starts Short-term Memory - also here
Background, Background


Novelty-detector neurons

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Specialized Neurons Allow The Brain To Focus On Novel Sounds - also here
  2. December 6, 2005 - Neurons Notice Novel Noises
Background


Leptin and fat cells

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Overproducing Leptin Receptors In Fat Cells May Be Key To Halting Weight Gain - also here, here
Background


Atherosclerosis

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Atherosclerosis studied at the cellular level
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Preventing Bacterial Biofilms Could Help Fight Tuberculosis - also here
Background


Microevolutionary changes

References:
  1. December 2, 2005 - Evolution on Ice
Background


Memory traces

References:
  1. December 3, 2005 - Memory Follows Dynamic Pattern Involving Many Cells In Brain - also here, here
Background


Database of drug targets

References:
  1. December 3, 2005 - Scientists Pool Information To Boost Understanding Of Drug Action
Background


Cellular membrane transport proteins

References:
  1. December 3, 2005 - Biologists Clarify How A Cellular 'Spacecraft' Opens Its Airlock - also here
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. December 4, 2005 - Immune Cell Receptors Act In Combination To Regulate Attack - also here
  2. December 4, 2005 - Scientists Directly View Immune Cells Interacting To Avert Autoimmunity - also here, here
Background


HPV vaccine

References:
  1. December 4, 2005 - Virus clue to cervical cancer jab
Background


Heart functioning

References:
  1. December 4, 2005 - Researchers Redefining How Heart Functions - also here
Background


Molecular machinery of protein synthesis

References:
  1. December 4, 2005 - New Insights Into Protein Synthesis And Hepatitis C Infections - also here
Background


Periodontitis and elevated LDL levels

References:
  1. December 4, 2005 - New Link Between Gum And Cardiovascular Diseases - also here
Background


Extremophiles

References:
  1. December 4, 2005 - Poison + Water = Hydrogen. New Microbial Genome Shows How - also here, here, here
Background


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