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Volume 5, Number 8
Februard 20, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Cosmic x-ray background radiation
Planetary system formation
Accelerating melting of glaciers
Carbon nanotubes
Quantum cloning of laser beams
Quantum computing
Laser for long-distance optical communication
Rotating radio transients
Space elevator
Proposed alternative to dark matter
Grid computing
Galactic gamma-ray sources
Metal-rich galaxies
Spintronics
Soliton solutions of Einstein's equations
Global warming
Magneto-electric memory
Silicates in colliding galaxies
Pulsars
Early emergence of quasars and supermassive black holes
Galactic x-ray background radiation
Most likely stellar systems for advanced life

Life sciences

Avian flu
Cancer
Database of disease-related proteins
Possible environments for early life
Evolution of complex traits
Rate of speciation
Alzheimer's disease
Stem cells
Mechanism of virus infections
Sugars on bacterial cell surfaces
Low-carbohydrate diets
Reconsolidation of memories
Cardiovascular disease and blood sugar level
Innate sense of number
MicroRNA regularion of metabolism in fruit flies
Unconscious decision-making
Diabetes
Genetic changes in human evolution
Animal understanding of cause and effect
Brain-imaging studies
DNA repair
Evolution of human bipedalism
Gene synthesis
Neuropharmacology
Cell membrane receptors
Brain structures for grammar
Drug delivery
The immune system
Modeling of G protein-coupled receptors
Activation of Epstein-Barr virus
Oxygen-sensing in cells
Stem cells and prions
Rapid production of flu vaccine
Antibiotic resistance
Tissue engineering with neurons
Ehrlichiosis infection
Evolution of cooperation: early humans as prey


Cosmic x-ray background radiation

References:
  1. February 13, 2006 - Integral Looks At Earth To Seek Source Of Cosmic Radiation - also here, here, here, here, here, here, here
Background


Planetary system formation

References:
  1. February 13, 2006 - Planets Might Orbit Backward around Odd Star
  2. February 14, 2006 - Star's dusty disc has its spin doctored
  3. February 15, 2006 - Newly Forming Solar System Has Planets Running Backwards
  4. February 21, 2006 - Astronomers find a mixed-up solar system
Background


Accelerating melting of glaciers

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Snows Of Kilimanjaro Disappearing, Glacial Ice Loss Increasing - also here, here, here
  2. February 16, 2006 - Greenland ice swells ocean rise
  3. February 16, 2006 - Glacial pace picks up
  4. February 17, 2006 - Greenland's glaciers are speeding to the ocean
  5. February 17, 2006 - Greenland's Glaciers: Melting and On The Move
  6. February 17, 2006 - Greenland Ice Loss Doubles In Past Decade, Raising Sea Level Faster - also here, here
  7. February 17, 2006 - Greenland glaciers dumping ice into Atlantic at faster pace
  8. February 17, 2006 - Glaciers Flow to Sea at a Faster Pace, Study Says
  9. February 17, 2006 - Glacier Melt Could Signal Faster Rise in Ocean Levels
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Nanotubes break superconducting record
  2. February 16, 2006 - Carbon Nanotubes Store Hydrogen in Step Toward Hydrogen Vehicles
Background


Quantum cloning of laser beams

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Attack of the Teleclones
  2. February 16, 2006 - Captain Kirk's Clone And The Eavesdropper - also here, here
  3. February 21, 2006 - Quantum teleporter creates laser beam clones
  4. February 24, 2006 - Physicists learn how to "teleclone"
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Quantum breakup is no heartbreaker
Background


Laser for long-distance optical communication

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - World's longest laser invented
Background


Rotating radio transients

References:
  1. February 15, 2006 - New type of star discovered
  2. February 15, 2006 - Stuttering stars found
  3. February 16, 2006 - New Kind of Star Found
  4. February 16, 2006 - Bizarre pulsars act like faulty beacons
  5. February 16, 2006 - Parkes telescope finds new kind of star
  6. February 22, 2006 - Now you see it, now you don't
Background


Space elevator

References:
  1. February 15, 2006 - Space-elevator tether climbs a mile high
Background


Proposed alternative to dark matter

References:
  1. February 15, 2006 - Einstein's Theory 'Improved'? - also here, here
Background


Grid computing

References:
  1. February 15, 2006 - 'Maiden Flight' for LHC Computing Grid Breaks Gigabyte-per-Second Barrier
Background


Galactic gamma-ray sources

References:
  1. February 15, 2006 - Gamma-ray afterglow from galactic centre gas clouds reveals prehistoric particle accelerator
Background


Metal-rich galaxies

References:
  1. February 15, 2006 - Astronomers Find Metal-Rich Distant Galaxy - also here, here, here
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. February 15, 2006 - A fresh spin in quantum physics: The 'spin triplet' supercurrent - also here, here, here
Background


Soliton solutions of Einstein's equations

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Einstein Equations
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - UK's 'sobering' climate forecast
  2. February 17, 2006 - Studies of ancient climates suggest Earth is now on a fast track to global warming - also here, here, here
  3. February 18, 2006 - Earth 'on fast track' to warming
Background


Magneto-electric memory

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - New memory storage devices on horizon with award-winning work
Background


Silicates in colliding galaxies

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Stars Evolve Rapidly, Violently in Ultra-luminous Infrared Galaxies - also here, here
  2. February 17, 2006 - NASA's Spitzer Finds Violent Galaxies Smothered In 'Crushed Glass' - also here, here
Background


Pulsars

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Milky Way's fastest pulsar is on its way out of the galaxy
Background


Early emergence of quasars and supermassive black holes

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - Deep X-ray surveys reveal black hole population, glimpse at the universe
  2. February 17, 2006 - Cosmic Monsters Everywhere
Background


Galactic x-ray background radiation

References:
  1. February 18, 2006 - A Billion Points of Light
  2. February 20, 2006 - Faint stars may supply the cosmic X-ray fog
  3. February 22, 2006 - A Billion Stars Hiding in Milky Way
  4. February 23, 2006 - Galactic X-ray background source is found
  5. February 24, 2006 - New Map Of Milky Way Reveals Millions Of Unseen Objects - also here, here, here
  6. March 2, 2006 - Milky Way X-ray mystery solved
Background


Most likely stellar systems for advanced life

References:
  1. February 19, 2006 - Most likely host star for advanced life named
  2. February 19, 2006 - Stars searched for extraterrestrials
  3. February 19, 2006 - Top stars picked in alien search
  4. February 20, 2006 - Astronomers close in on ET
  5. February 20, 2006 - Astronomers offer list of top candidates for extraterrestrial life
  6. February 21, 2006 - Astronomer Announces Shortlist Of Stellar Candidates For Habitable Worlds
  7. February 21, 2006 - Top 10 List of Habitable Stars to Guide Search
  8. February 22, 2006 - A search for life out there
  9. February 27, 2006 - Where to look for alien life
Background, Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. February 13, 2006 - Bird flu makes its way around Europe
  2. February 14, 2006 - Experts question generic bird flu vaccine
  3. February 15, 2006 - Genetic Clue Pursued in Families Struck by Bird Flu
  4. February 15, 2006 - Deadly bird flu found in northern Europe
  5. February 15, 2006 - Germany confirms bird flu cases
  6. February 16, 2006 - Swan Deaths Spread Fear Of Bird Flu In Europe
  7. February 17, 2006 - Bird flu vax passes first hurdle
  8. February 17, 2006 - Bird flu vaccine not effective in trial
  9. February 18, 2006 - French bird flu sparks UK worries
  10. February 19, 2006 - India reports its first H5N1 case in chickens
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. February 13, 2006 - Non-BRCA Hereditary Breast Cancer Linked To New Cancers
  2. February 13, 2006 - New Study Suggests Artificial Sweetener Causes Cancer In Rats At Levels Currently Approved For Humans - also here
  3. February 14, 2006 - Post-pregnancy Events Promote Breast Tumor Metastasis
  4. February 14, 2006 - Tumor size related to lung cancer spread
  5. February 15, 2006 - New Targeted Treatment For Brain Tumors Shows Promise In Pre-clinical Models - also here - also here
  6. February 15, 2006 - New Compound May Protect Against Liver Cancer - also here
  7. February 15, 2006 - Targeting Pancreatic Cancer
  8. February 15, 2006 - Antioxidant Supplementation Not Associated With Decreased Risk Of Prostate Cancer - also here
  9. February 16, 2006 - Oncologists Could Gain Therapeutic Advantage By Targeting Telomere Protein - also here
  10. February 17, 2006 - Steps Made Toward Overcoming Biological Obstacles To Cell Therapy For Cancer - also here
  11. February 17, 2006 - Nano fights cancer
Background


Database of disease-related proteins

References:
  1. February 13, 2006 - First Disease-specific (Breast Cancer) Protein Library Opens New Drug Paths - also here
Background


Possible environments for early life

References:
  1. February 13, 2006 - Darwin's warm pond theory tested
  2. February 15, 2006 - Hot Soup Not So Tasty for Early Life
Background


Evolution of complex traits

References:
  1. February 13, 2006 - Researchers Evolve A Complex Genetic Trait In The Laboratory - also here
Background


Rate of speciation

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Speed Limit Lifted on the Pace of Evolution
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Brain Scans May Predict Cognitive Decline In Normal People - also here
  2. February 16, 2006 - Researchers Discover A Natural Defence Mechanism For Alzheimer's Disease - also here
  3. February 16, 2006 - Alzheimer's disease progresses more rapidly in highly educated people
  4. February 16, 2006 - Alzheimer's 'faster in educated'
  5. February 18, 2006 - Tests might predict Alzheimer's risk
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Findings Advance Use Of Adult Stem Cells For Replacement Bone - also here
  2. February 16, 2006 - New Cord Blood Stem Cell Identified: Discovery Suggests Potential Treatment For Regenerating Nerve Tissue After Stroke - also here, here
  3. February 16, 2006 - Scientists Map Brain Area That May Aid Hunt For Human Brain Stem Cells - also here, here
  4. February 17, 2006 - Researchers Discover Key Factor For Survival Of Human Embryonic Stem Cells - also here, here, here
  5. February 18, 2006 - Stem cell scaffolds repair rodent spinal cord damage
  6. February 24, 2006 - In Cord Blood
Background


Mechanism of virus infections

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - New Images Capture Virus In Extraordinary Detail - also here
Background


Sugars on bacterial cell surfaces

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Scientists Seek To Unwrap The Sweet Mystery Of The Sugar Coat On Bacteria - also here, here
Background


Low-carbohydrate diets

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Low-carbohydrate diets appear effective, but may raise cholesterol levels
Background


Reconsolidation of memories

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - New research shows reactivating single memory does not affect associated memories
Background


Cardiovascular disease and blood sugar level

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Men With Heart Disease May Be at Risk for Death With Blood Sugar in 'Normal' Range, Women at Lower Risk - also here, here
Background


Innate sense of number

References:
  1. February 14, 2006 - Babies Do the Math on Voices and Faces
  2. February 14, 2006 - Baby got math - also here, here
  3. February 15, 2006 - Babies have inherent number sense
  4. February 15, 2006 - Babies get abstract with maths
Background


MicroRNA regularion of metabolism in fruit flies

References:
  1. February 15, 2006 - MicroRNA-mediated metabolism
Background


Unconscious decision-making

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - 'Sleeping on it' best for complex decisions
  2. February 16, 2006 - Why you should go with your gut
  3. February 17, 2006 - Big decision time? Best to sleep on it
  4. February 17, 2006 - Thinking too hard may not help
  5. February 17, 2006 - Thought for thinkers
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Worldwide Study Looks To Find Causes Of Type 1 Diabetes - also here, here
Background


Genetic changes in human evolution

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Less Is More, Gene Study Shows - also here
Background


Animal understanding of cause and effect

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Outsmarting Pavlov's Dogs
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Study Finds How The Brain Interprets The Intent Of Others - also here, here
  2. February 17, 2006 - How 'hot' emotional brain interferes with 'cool' processing
Background


DNA repair

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - New understanding of DNA repair
Background


Evolution of human bipedalism

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Early human walking is studied
  2. February 16, 2006 - Early human ancestors walked on the wild side - also here
Background


Gene synthesis

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Program helps in designing artificial DNA
  2. February 17, 2006 - Web program simplifies artificial gene design
Background


Neuropharmacology

References:
  1. February 16, 2006 - Research pinpoints brain molecule’s role in developing addiction
  2. February 17, 2006 - Clock molecule’s sensitivity to lithium sheds light on bipolar disorder
Background


Cell membrane receptors

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - 'Nano-keys' Bind Cell Receptors And Trigger Allergic Reactions - also here, here, here
Background


Brain structures for grammar

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - Brain Researchers Discover The Evolutionary Traces Of Grammar - also here
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - Wrinkled Membranes Create Novel Drug-delivery System - also here, here, here
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - Drawing a crowd: Understanding the signals that bring inflammatory cells into the lung
Background


Modeling of G protein-coupled receptors

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - Scientists model 900 cell receptors, drug targets
Background


Activation of Epstein-Barr virus

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - Waking a sleeping virus - also here, here
Background


Oxygen-sensing in cells

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - Second low-oxygen pathway hints at cancer, cardiovascular disease physiology
Background


Stem cells and prions

References:
  1. February 17, 2006 - The bipolar protein
Background, Background


Rapid production of flu vaccine

References:
  1. February 18, 2006 - New Influenza Vaccine Takes Weeks To Mass Produce - also here
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. February 18, 2006 - Soil microbes are reservoir for antibiotic resistance
Background


Tissue engineering with neurons

References:
  1. February 19, 2006 - Engineering Nerve Jumper Cables For Spinal Cord Repair In Animal Model
Background


Ehrlichiosis infection

References:
  1. February 19, 2006 - Ticks, Flukes, And Genomics: Emerging Pathogens Revealed - also here
Background


Evolution of cooperation: early humans as prey

References:
  1. February 19, 2006 - Report: Humans evolved to be peaceful
  2. February 19, 2006 - Predators 'drove human evolution'
  3. February 21, 2006 - Did early humans socialise to avoid getting eaten?
  4. February 21, 2006 - Scientists discuss evolutionary roots of social behavior
  5. February 27, 2006 - Early humans on the menu
Background


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