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Volume 5, Number 15
April 10, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Spintronics
Carbon nanotubes
Single-molecule diode
Nanotechnology
Quantum dots
Production of hydrogen from coal
Galaxy orientation
Galaxy cluster evolution
Evolution of spiral galaxies
Dark galaxies
Optical SETI
Robotics
Superconductivity and magnetism
Star formation in Bok globules
Pulsar planets
Red giant/white dwarf binary star system
Gamma-ray bursts
Martian water
1906 San Francisco earthquake simulation
Binary supermassive black holes
Entangled photon holes
Patterned magnetic recording
Neutrino astronomy
Hurricanes and global warming

Life sciences

Avian flu
Cancer
Recovery of cells from stress
Brain-imaging studies
Cholesterol and heart disease
Vegetarian diet and weight loss
Gene therapy
Parkinson's disease
Tissue engineering
Abdominal fat and longevity
Longevity genes
Caloric restriction
Explicit and implicit memory
Male/female differences in amygdala function
Sleep deprivation and hypertension
Appetite suppressants
Anti-inflammatory effects of omega 3 fatty acids
Development of germ cells into eggs or sperm
Hermaphoroditic reproduction
Development of leaves and flowers in plants
Vitamin C and aging
Vitamin C and fat metabolism
Protein folding
Stem cells
Superagonist antibody therapeutics
Fish-tetrapod transition
Mental preparation for problem solving
Altruism in animals
Cooperation and punishment
Malaria
Evolution of complex systems
Rapid DNA sequencing
Hepatitis C
Protein synthesis in bacteria
DNA replication
DNA transcription and repair
Alzheimer's disease
Stability of DNA bases
Virus reproduction


Global warming

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Greenland's Glaciers Pick Up Pace In Surge Toward The Sea - also here
  2. April 3, 2006 - Scientists say global warming inevitable, but disasters aren't
  3. April 4, 2006 - Alpine glaciers may nearly vanish
  4. April 4, 2006 - 'Major melt' for Alpine glaciers
  5. April 5, 2006 - Methane Flux From Arctic Tundras: It's The Hydrology, Stupid! - also here
  6. April 6, 2006 - Winter Sea Ice Fails to Recover, Down to Record Low
  7. April 6, 2006 - Arctic water flow speeding up
  8. April 7, 2006 - Norwegian glaciers could melt completely
  9. April 7, 2006 - Air trends 'amplifying' warming
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Creating exotic oxide-based spintronic devices
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Carbon Nanotubes with a Memory
Background


Single-molecule diode

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Device Only Atoms Across May Allow Infinitesimal But Powerful Computers - also here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Magnetism Shepherds Microlenses To Excavate 'Nanocavities' - also here
Background


Quantum dots

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Researchers Develop New Procedure to Synthesize Quantum Dots
Background


Production of hydrogen from coal

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Coal for hydrogen: Experiments examine hydrogen-production benefits of clean coal burning - also here
Background


Galaxy orientation

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - The Universe trapped in its own web
  2. April 5, 2006 - Why Galaxies Tilt Just So
Background


Galaxy cluster evolution

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Giant filament structures give a rare insight into galaxy cluster evolution
  2. April 5, 2006 - Building-block process in evolution of massive galaxy clusters revealed
  3. April 10, 2006 - New Clues to How Galaxies Evolve
  4. April 12, 2006 - Survey Reveals Building Block Process For Biggest Galaxies
Background


Evolution of spiral galaxies

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Slow motion mergers in galaxy clusters provide conditions to transform spirals to smooth disks
Background


Dark galaxies

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Scientists search for dark galaxies through the AGES
Background


Optical SETI

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - World's First Dedicated Optical SETI Telescope Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence To Begin
  2. April 10, 2006 - Twinkle, Twinkle, Little E.T.
  3. April 11, 2006 - A Big New Step in the Search for ET
  4. April 12, 2006 - Telescope to search for ET light signals
  5. April 13, 2006 - Telescope bid to spot alien beams
  6. April 17, 2006 - Dedicated SETI Optical Telescope Starts Work
  7. April 21, 2006 - New Telescope to Seek Alien Light Signals
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Speedy robot legs it to break record
Background


Superconductivity and magnetism

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Magnetic Protection
Background


Star formation in Bok globules

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Nearby Dust Clouds In The Milky Way - also here
  2. April 5, 2006 - Hubble finds 'dust clouds' in Milky Way
Background


Pulsar planets

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Spitzer Finds Hints of Planet Birth Around Dead Star
  2. April 5, 2006 - Scientists Get Clues on How Planets Form
  3. April 6, 2006 - Even pulsars can harbour planet-forming discs
  4. April 6, 2006 - Planets, Planets Everywhere
  5. April 6, 2006 - Planets May Form Around Dead Stars
  6. April 7, 2006 - A Supernova's Backwash May Form Planets
Background


Red giant/white dwarf binary star system

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Cannibal Stars Like Their Food Hot, XMM-Newton Reveals - also here
  2. April 6, 2006 - Star exploding inside another star sheds light on super stellar explosions
  3. April 7, 2006 - Exploding star within a star - a recurrent nova! - also here
  4. April 7, 2006 - Stellar Stomach Trouble
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Scientists Describe Cosmic Explosion 'Never Witnessed Before' - also here
  2. April 6, 2006 - Swift Observes An Unusual Bang In The Far Universe
Background


Martian water

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - The Soggy Sands of Mars? - also here, here, here
Background


1906 San Francisco earthquake simulation

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Scientists simulate 1906 earthquake and possible future tremblors along local faults
Background


Binary supermassive black holes

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Black holes revealed in death spin
  2. April 6, 2006 - Proto supermassive binary black hole detected in X-rays
  3. April 6, 2006 - Study finds two supermassive black holes spiraling toward collision - also here, here, here
  4. April 6, 2006 - Black Holes Bound to Merge
Background


Entangled photon holes

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Entangled Photon Holes
Background


Patterned magnetic recording

References:
  1. April 7, 2006 - New data storage design likely to increase data capacity
Background


Neutrino astronomy

References:
  1. April 8, 2006 - Neutrino Telescope Is Born On The Floor Of The Mediterranean - also here
Background


Hurricanes and global warming

References:
  1. April 9, 2006 - Scientist says climate causes hurricanes
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Bird flu goes for the throat
  2. April 3, 2006 - Stockpile human bird flu vaccine now, say experts
  3. April 4, 2006 - Avian Flu Modeled On Supercomputer, Explores Vaccine And Isolation Options For Thwarting A Pandemic - also here
  4. April 4, 2006 - Supercomputer models bird flu pandemic
  5. April 4, 2006 - Pets As Indicators of a Pandemic
  6. April 5, 2008 - A shot against pandemic flu: vaccines would play pivotal role in response
  7. April 5, 2006 - Bird flu drugs need double whammy
  8. April 5, 2006 - Bird flu found at German poultry farm
  9. April 5, 2006 - Bird flu claims another human life
  10. April 5, 2006 - Avian flu outbreak affecting feline world
  11. April 6, 2006 - UK's first case of H5N1 bird flu confirmed
  12. April 6, 2006 - Swan tests confirm deadly virus
  13. April 6, 2006 - Bird flu fear grips Britain after H5N1 strain kills swan
  14. April 6, 2006 - Russia readies bird flu vaccines
  15. April 6, 2006 - Cat bird flu risks 'overlooked'
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Melanoma Vaccine Strategy Shows Promise In Laboratory Experiments - also here
  2. April 3, 2006 - Study Demonstrates That Lung Cancer Susceptibility Runs In Families - also here
  3. April 3, 2006 - COX-2 Inhibitors Significantly Reduce Risk Of Cancer - also here, here
  4. April 3, 2006 - Pain Killer Fights Breast Cancer By Targeting Key Enzyme - also here
  5. April 3, 2006 - Research suggests that immune response protects against brain tumor development
  6. April 3, 2006 - Multimarker assay for ovarian cancer most promising to date
  7. April 3, 2006 - Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit growth of liver cancer cells
  8. April 4, 2006 - Researchers working on a better method of detecting ovarian cancer
  9. April 4, 2006 - Researchers Identify Cell Cue For Destroying Tumors - also here
  10. April 4, 2006 - Equivalent Of 2-4 Drinks Daily Fuels Blood Vessel Growth, Encourages Cancer Tumors In Mice
  11. April 4, 2006 - Another gene rearrangement involved in prostate cancer identified
  12. April 4, 2006 - Vitamin D during teens may cut breast cancer risk
  13. April 5, 2006 - Vegetable Compounds Combat Cancer
  14. April 5, 2006 - Research Links Cancer, Inflammatory Disease - also here, here
  15. April 5, 2006 - Researchers uncover genetic signature that predicts colon cancer
  16. April 5, 2006 - Assessment model gauges lung cancer risk based on medical history and genetics
  17. April 6, 2006 - More Evidence Of Cancer Fighting Benefit From Nutrients In Certain Vegetables - also here, here
  18. April 6, 2006 - Charred Meat Chemical May Lead To Prostate Cancer - also here
  19. April 6, 2006 - Signaling proteins may represent biomarkers for melanoma
  20. April 7, 2006 - Mutation In Blood Stem Cells Provides Clues To Cancer Development - also here
  21. April 7, 2006 - Studies Explore The Many Complex Linkages Between Smoking And Cancer - also here
  22. April 7, 2006 - Vitamin D And Flavonoids Examined For Impact On Breast And Ovarian Cancers - also here
  23. April 7, 2006 - Half of cancers related to lifestyle
  24. April 8, 2006 - Markers Of Gene, Protein, Or Micro-RNA Activity Predict Outcome In Prostate And Colorectal Cancers - also here
  25. April 8, 2006 - Cancerous Vs. Healthy Cells: Researchers Identify The Road To Success - also here
  26. April 9, 2006 - Inflammation And Drugs To Control This Activity Studied In A Variety Of Tumors Sites - also here
Background


Recovery of cells from stress

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Study Describes How Cells Return To Normal After Responding To Stress
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Brain Compensates For Aging By Becoming Less 'Specialized' - also here
  2. April 4, 2006 - Our brains compensate for aging
  3. April 6, 2006 - Study Supports Theory Why Brain-injured Children Often Recover
  4. April 7, 2006 - Fast language learners boast more white matter
  5. April 7, 2006 - Is The Brain Wired For Faces? - also here
  6. April 9, 2006 - Explaining How The Brain Recognizes Faces - also here
Background


Cholesterol and heart disease

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - High Good Cholesterol Trumps Low Bad Cholesterol For Heart Protection - also here
Background


Vegetarian diet and weight loss

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - New scientific review shows vegetarian diets cause major weight loss
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - DNA-based medicine achieves a breakthrough
  2. April 3, 2006 - Gene Therapy Shows Hope in Immune Disease
  3. April 5, 2006 - Gene therapy helps blind mice see the light
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - New Guidelines Improve Diagnosis and Quality of Life for People with Parkinson Disease
  2. April 5, 2006 - Variants in three estrogen-related genes linked to Parkinson's disease in women - also here, here
Background


Abdominal fat and longevity

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Abdominal Fat Linked To Higher Death Rate In Men - also here, here
  2. April 5, 2006 - Fat cells around coronary arteries may play a role in heart disease
Background


Tissue engineering

References:
  1. April 3, 2006 - Lab-grown bladders 'a milestone'
  2. April 4, 2006 - Bio-engineered bladders successful in patients
  3. April 4, 2006 - Grow your own bladder
  4. April 4, 2006 - Physician Reports First Human Recipients Of Laboratory-grown Organs - also here
  5. April 4, 2006 - Lab-grown bladders show promise for other human organs - also here
  6. April 4, 2006 - Lab-Grown Bladders Answer Nature's Call
  7. April 4, 2006 - Lab-grown body organs are transplanted
  8. April 4, 2006 - Scientists grow bladder replacement in lab
Background


Longevity genes

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Cracking the Longevity Code
Background


Caloric restriction

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Cutting calories may boost your lifespan
  2. April 4, 2006 - Researchers Say Low-Cal Diet Cuts Aging
  3. April 5, 2006 - Low-Calorie Diet May Lead to Longer Life
  4. April 5, 2006 - Thinner And Younger: Calorie Restriction Reduces Markers Of Aging - also here
  5. April 5, 2006 - Low-calorie diet: Longer life?
Background, Background


Explicit and implicit memory

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Conscious And Unconscious Memory Linked In Storing New Information - also here, here
  2. April 4, 2006 - Conscious, unconscious memory found linked
Background


Male/female differences in amygdala function

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Even At Rest, Men's And Women's Brains Behave Differently - also here, here
  2. April 7, 2006 - A "His" or "Hers" Brain Structure?
  3. April 19, 2006 - Emotional Wiring Different in Men and Women
Background


Sleep deprivation and hypertension

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Lack Of Sleep Linked To Increased Risk Of High Blood Pressure - also here
Background


Appetite suppressants

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Pine Nut Oil Boosts Appetite Suppressors Up To 60 Percent For 4 Hours - also here
Background


Anti-inflammatory effects of omega 3 fatty acids

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Anti-inflammatory Effects Of Omega 3 Fatty Acid In Fish Oil Linked To Lowering Of Prostaglandin - also here
Background


Development of germ cells into eggs or sperm

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Why Males Produce Sperm And Females Produce Eggs - also here
Background


Hermaphoroditic reproduction

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Worm Procreation: 50 Ways To Be Your Lover - also here
Background


Development of leaves and flowers in plants

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Researchers Determine How Plants Decide Where to Position Their Leaves and Flowers
Background


Vitamin C and aging

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Vitamin C might slow aging
Background


Vitamin C and fat metabolism

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Vitamin C depletion correlates with lower body fat, not weight loss during short-term diet
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Physics and biology team up to tackle protein folding debate - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. April 4, 2006 - Stem cells can repair torn tendons or ligaments
  2. April 5, 2006 - Factor Stimulates Cartilage Growth From Stem Cells - also here, here
  3. April 7, 2006 - Nano-patterns guide stem cell development
  4. April 8, 2006 - Brittlestar Provides New Model For Stem Cell Research - also here
Background


Superagonist antibody therapeutics

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Drug trial horror - the official interim report
  2. April 5, 2006 - Drugs trial rules are tightened
  3. April 5, 2006 - Drug to blame for clinical-trial disaster?
  4. April 6, 2006 - Horror drug trial baffles experts
Background


Fish-tetrapod transition

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - First fossil of fish that crawled onto land discovered
  2. April 5, 2006 - 'Missing link' fossil shows how animals moved from sea to land
  3. April 5, 2006 - Fossil Fish Sheds Light on Transition
  4. April 5, 2006 - The fish that crawled out of the water
  5. April 5, 2006 - An evolutionary finding
  6. April 6, 2006 - Fossil Called Missing Link From Sea to Land Animals
  7. April 6, 2006 - Fishy croc first to walk on land
  8. April 6, 2006 - Newfound Fossil Is Transitional between Fish and Landlubbers
  9. April 6, 2006 - Newly Found Species Fills Evolutionary Gap Between Fish And Land Animals - also here, here
Background


Mental preparation for problem solving

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Aha! Favors The Prepared Mind - also here, here
Background


Altruism in animals

References:
  1. April 5, 2006 - Why Are Animals Altruistic? - also here
Background


Cooperation and punishment

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - No Pain, No Collective Gain
  2. April 6, 2006 - Gluttons for Punishment
  3. April 7, 2006 - Study Links Punishment to an Ability to Profit
  4. April 7, 2006 - Freeloading friends rock the boat
  5. April 7, 2006 - Threat of Punishment Is Key to Cooperation
  6. April 7, 2006 - Punishment linked to profits, says study
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Oxidation Defense In Mosquitoes Benefits Malaria Parasite - also here
Background


Evolution of complex systems

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Evolution Of 'Irreducible Complexity' Explained - also here, here, here
  2. April 7, 2006 - Affirming evolution of complex systems
  3. April 7, 2006 - Study, in a First, Explains Evolution's Molecular Advance
  4. April 7, 2006 - Two New Discoveries Answer Big Questions In Evolution Theory
Background


Rapid DNA sequencing

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Nanopore Method Could Revolutionize Genome Sequencing - also here, here, here
  2. April 10, 2006 - Nanopore will make for speedy DNA sequencing
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. April 6, 2006 - Scientist to discuss new approach to treating hepatitis C virus
Background


Protein synthesis in bacteria

References:
  1. April 7, 2006 - Biochemists Discover Bacteria's Achilles' Heel - also here
Background


DNA replication

References:
  1. April 7, 2006 - Researchers try to unravel the mystery of DNA Replication During Cell Division
Background


DNA transcription and repair

References:
  1. April 7, 2006 - Enzyme Crystal Structure Reveals 'Unexpected' Genome Repair Functions - also here, here
  2. April 7, 2006 - Towards a unified model of transcription termination
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. April 7, 2006 - Vitamins plus ibuprofen may ward off Alzheimer's
Background


Stability of DNA bases

References:
  1. April 8, 2006 - Controversial Findings Help Explain Evolution Of Life - also here, here, here
Background


Virus reproduction

References:
  1. April 9, 2006 - Scientists Learn More About How Viruses Reproduce, Spread - also here, here
Background


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