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Volume 4, Number 51
December 19, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Quantum computing
Earth's outer core
CO2 sequestration in Amazon forests
Quantum criticality
Ultra wideband communications
White dwarf stars
Gamma-ray bursts
Very high-energy gamma rays
Extrasolar planet formation
Martian water
Galactic haloes
Silicon-germanium integrated circuits
Spacecraft propulsion
High-performance video conferencing
Distributed network computing
Grid computing
DNA nanotechnology
Spintronics
Pulsars
Microfluidics
Global warming

Life sciences

Cancer
Metastasis
Gene associated with human evolution
Dendrite growth
Parkinson's disease
Stem cells
Disease gene homologues in planarians
Scythe protein in mammalian embryo development
The immune system
Tuberculosis
Drug delivery technology
Alzheimer's disease
Progeria
The innate immune system of sea urchins
SRP pathway in acid-tolerant bacteria
Cancer Genome Atlas
Human epigenome project
Avian flu
Differentiation of neural stem cells
Metabolic states of E. coli
Stem cells and cancer
Stems cells for GDNF delivery to dopaminergic neurons
Genome size and evolution
Regulatory DNA
Rationally designed RNA inhibitors
Electrical synapses and neural plasticity
Sirtuin inhibitors in food additives
Riboswitch-targeting antibiotics
Genetic variation and infection survival
Atmospheric oxygenation and evolution
Gene therapy
Cancer prevention


Quantum computing

References:
  1. December 12, 2005 - Scientists' 'recipe' to help build a quantum computer
  2. December 13, 2005 - Ions trapped on a chip
  3. December 14, 2005 - Researchers develop scalable and mass-producible quantum computer chip
  4. December 22, 2005 - A Scalable Quantum Computer Chip
  5. January 7, 2006 - Device handles ions as if they were data
Background


Earth's outer core

References:
  1. December 12, 2005 - Iron fused with magnesium: New discovery may explain composition of Earth's core
Background


CO2 sequestration in Amazon forests

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Amazon Trees Much Older Than Assumed, Raising Questions On Global Climate Impact Of Region - also here, here
  2. December 13, 2005 - Amazon trees older than believed
Background


Quantum criticality

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Magnetic Transistor Could 'Dial In' Quantum Effects - also here, here, here
Background


Ultra wideband communications

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Riding the ultra wideband communications wave
Background


White dwarf stars

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Nearby Star Smaller than Earth, Massive as Sun
  2. December 14, 2005 - Hubble reveals weighty secrets of white dwarf
  3. December 14, 2005 - Astronomers Use Hubble To 'Weigh' Dog Star's Companion - also here, here, here
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Witnessing The Flash From A Black Hole's Cannibal Act - also here
  2. December 14, 2005 - Black Hole Swallows Neutron Star, Observations Suggest
  3. December 14, 2005 - Cosmic Explosion Could Be Black Hole Swallowing Neutron Star - also here
  4. December 14, 2005 - Breakthrough in puzzle of giant explosions in space
  5. December 14, 2005 - Astronomers link old stars and mysterious cosmic explosions - also here, here, here
  6. December 15, 2005 - The Cosmic Shredder and the Magnetar
Background


Very high-energy gamma rays

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Physicists Find Evidence For Highest Energy Photons Ever Detected From Milky Way's Equator - also here, here, here
  2. December 15, 2005 - A Tera-Electronvolt Gamma Ray Originating in the Milky Way
Background


Extrasolar planet formation

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Spitzer Team Says Debris Disk Could Be Forming Infant Terrestrial Planets
  2. December 15, 2005 - Sun-like Star May Host Infant Planets
Background


Martian water

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Signs of Water on Mars Create Hope of Great Discovery
Background


Galactic haloes

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Hot, massive haloes found around most spiral galaxies
Background


Silicon-germanium integrated circuits

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Smaller Is Better: Silicon-germanium Microchips May Herald New Applications From Radar To Space Exploration - also here, here, here
Background


Spacecraft propulsion

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Plasma engine passes initial test
  2. December 14, 2005 - ESA Accelerates Towards A New Space Thruster - also here, here, here
Background


High-performance video conferencing

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - HP creates Halo effect for life-like videoconferencing
Background


Distributed network computing

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - Alien search merges with other home projects
Background


Grid computing

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - Understanding grid semantics for virtual collaboration
Background


DNA nanotechnology

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - Researchers Make Long DNA 'Wires' For Future Medical Devices - also here, here
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. December 16, 2005 - Discovery of Phenomenon Important for Future Application of 'Spintronics'
Background


Pulsars

References:
  1. December 16, 2005 - Pulsar Racing Through Space Reveals Comet-Like Trail
Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. December 16, 2005 - New Microlab on Chip for Medical Imaging Biomarkers - also here, here
  2. December 16, 2005 - Micro lab makes cheap PET scan ingredient
  3. December 17, 2005 - Microreactor Produces Radioactive Probe in a Jiffy
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. December 16, 2005 - U.K. scientists say 2005 hottest ever
  2. December 16, 2005 - 2005 Vying With '98 as Record Hot Year
  3. December 16, 2005 - Earth almost as hot as in ancient times - also titled "2005 second hottest year in modern times"
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. December 12, 2005 - Humble Yeast Sheds Light On Promising Anti-cancer Drug - also here
  2. December 12, 2005 - Pretreating Rogue Cancer Cells With Aspirin Cripples Their Resistance To Targeted Therapy - also here, here
  3. December 12, 2005 - Fighting Advanced Melanoma: Could A 'Personalized Vaccine' Be The Solution? - also here
  4. December 12, 2005 - Infections Are A Major Cause Of Childhood Cancer - also here, here
  5. December 12, 2005 - AMN107 has potent activity in leukemia resistant to Gleevec
  6. December 12, 2005 - Study shows combination of immune substances to be safe
  7. December 12, 2005 - Eisai announces Phase II data on E7389, a potential new therapy for the treatment of breast cancer
  8. December 13, 2005 - New Studies Identify Advances In Treatment Of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia - also here
  9. December 13, 2005 - REVLIMID improves overall survival and delays disease progression in multiple myeloma patients
  10. December 13, 2005 - Tea 'reduces ovarian cancer risk'
  11. December 13, 2005 - Drinking tea associated with lower risk of ovarian cancer
  12. December 14, 2005 - Fibre cancer benefits questioned
  13. December 14, 2005 - High Intake Of Dietary Fiber Not Associated With Reduced Risk Of Colorectal Cancer - also here
  14. December 14, 2005 - Researchers Report Some Chronic Leukemia Patients May Improve By Taking An Extract Of Green Tea - also here, here
  15. December 14, 2005 - Insulin levels and resistance linked to risk of pancreatic cancer - also here
  16. December 15, 2005 - Breast Cancer Drugs May Slow Growth Of Lung Cancer - also here, here
  17. December 15, 2005 - Nasty Cancers Have Some Nerve
  18. December 16, 2005 - Pancreatic Cancer Linked To Insulin Resistance In Male Smokers - also here
  19. December 17, 2005 - Cancer Support Cells May Evolve, Fuel Tumor Growth - here
  20. December 22, 2005 - Green tea extract 'is cancer aid'
Background


Metastasis

References:
  1. December 12, 2005 - New Evidence Supports Century-old Theory Of Cancer Spread - also here, here
  2. December 12, 2005 - Study supports century-old cancer theory
Background


Gene associated with human evolution

References:
  1. December 12, 2005 - Key Brain Regulatory Gene Shows Evolution In Humans - also here
  2. December 12, 2005 - Key brain gene shows evolution in humans
Background


Dendrite growth

References:
  1. December 12, 2005 - How The Neuron Sprouts Its Branches - also here, here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. December 12, 2005 - Eye cell transplants alleviate Parkinson's
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Mice grow human brain cells after stem cell injections
  2. December 15, 2005 - Researchers Track Down The Stem Cells That Create Feathers - also here, here
  3. December 16, 2005 - Stem-cell therapies make a comeback
  4. December 16, 2005 - Researchers Home In On Differentiation Of Heart Stem Cells - also here
Background


Disease gene homologues in planarians

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Flatworm Genes May Provide Insights Into Human Diseases - also here, here
Background


Scythe protein in mammalian embryo development

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Scythe Balances Life And Death During Development - also here, here
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - TRAF3 Protein Is A Key Part Of The Early Immune Response To Viruses
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Gene Increases Risk Of Tuberculosis
Background


Drug delivery technology

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - Tiny Self-assembling Cubes Could Carry Medicine, Cell Therapy - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. December 13, 2005 - New research examines genetics of successful aging
  2. December 14, 2005 - Study Links Alzheimer's With Toxic Protein Fragments - also here, here
  3. December 14, 2005 - Testosterone Therapy May Help Elderly Men With Mild Alzheimer's Disease - also here
  4. December 15, 2005 - Key brain antioxidant linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Background


Progeria

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Zeroing In On Progeria: How Mutant Lamins Cause Premature Aging - also here
Background


The innate immune system of sea urchins

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Sea Urchins' Unexpectedly Diverse 'Innate' Immune Capability Points To New Research Avenue - also here
Background


SRP pathway in acid-tolerant bacteria

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - Bacteria that cause tooth decay able to survive without important biochemical pathway - also here
Background


Cancer Genome Atlas

References:
  1. December 14, 2005 - NIH Launches Comprehensive Effort To Explore Cancer Genomics: The Cancer Genome Atlas Begins With Three-Year, $100 Million Pilot - also here
  2. December 14, 2005 - U.S. starts historic cancer genome project
  3. December 14, 2005 - NIH Launches Cancer Genome Project
  4. December 14, 2005 - New Genome Project to Focus on Genetic Links in Cancers
Background


Human epigenome project

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - Cancer Scientists Call For A Large-Scale Human Epigenome Project - also here, here
  2. December 15, 2005 - Plan matures for partner to genome quest
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - Flu Vaccine Prototype Tests Look Promising - also here
  2. December 16, 2005 - Tests dash hopes of rapid production of bird flu vaccine
Background


Metabolic states of E. coli

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - How E. Coli Bacterium Generates Simplicity From Complexity - also here
Background


Differentiation of neural stem cells

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - Discovery Sheds Light Into How Stem Cells Become Brain Cells - also here, here
  2. December 15, 2005 - How stem cells become brain cells
Background


Stem cells and cancer

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - Researchers Discover Potential Mechanism For Tumor Growth - also here, here
Background


Stems cells for GDNF delivery to dopaminergic neurons

References:
  1. December 15, 2005 - 'Trojan cells' treat brain diseases from the inside
  2. December 15, 2005 - Engineered Stem Cells Show Promise For Sneaking Drugs Into The Brain - also here
Background, Background


Genome size and evolution

References:
  1. December 16, 2005 - Research Bolsters Controversial Hypothesis On Genome Size And Evolution - also here, here
Background


Regulatory DNA

References:
  1. December 16, 2005 - New methods offer insight into regulatory DNA
Background


Rationally designed RNA inhibitors

References:
  1. December 16, 2005 - Rules To Target RNA Are Focus Of Research - also here, here
Background


Electrical synapses and neural plasticity

References:
  1. December 16, 2005 - What Can Change In The Brain? Electrical Synapses, Research Shows - also here
Background


Sirtuin inhibitors in food additives

References:
  1. December 17, 2005 - Food Additive Inhibits Longevity Enzyme In Yeast, Increases Cell Toxicity - also here, here
Background


Riboswitch-targeting antibiotics

References:
  1. December 17, 2005 - Switching To New Anti-bacterial Targets: Riboswitches - also here
Background, Background


Genetic variation and infection survival

References:
  1. December 17, 2005 - Survivor gene 'fights infection'
Background


Atmospheric oxygenation and evolution

References:
  1. December 17, 2005 - Variations in atmospheric oxygen have affected evolution in big ways
Background, Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. December 18, 2005 - Standing Up To Paraplegia With Gene Therapy - also here
Background


Cancer prevention

References:
  1. December 18, 2005 - Toward The Future Of Cancer Prevention - also here, here
Background


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