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Volume 5, Number 16
April 17, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Enceladus
Global warming and species extinction
The "hydrogen economy" and nanotechnology
Polymer-based DRAM
Oscillation of Bs mesons
Gamma-ray bursts
Nanotechnology
Volcano-like tremors near the San Andreas Fault
Virtual reality
Bose-Einstein condensates
Graphene-based electronics
Quantum dot lasers
Global warming
Earthquake prediction

Life sciences

Map of gene regulation sites
"False memory" T cells
Antioxidants and atherosclerosis
Stem cells
Cytokines and inflammation
Cancer
Nanoparticle delivery of cancer drugs
Leptin, C-reactive protein, and appetite
Insulin and appetite regulation
Numerical processing in the brain
Undersea archaea
Riboswitches
Mutational paths and evolution
Lab-on-a-chip blood analyzer
Avian flu
Utilization of excess CO2 in plants
Epigenetics
Malaria
Diabetes
Brain-imaging studies
Active participation in natural selection
Australopithecus anamensis
Tissue engineering
Genetic factor in obesity
Novel virus entry mechanism
Testosterone and evolutionary fitness in birds
Analog and digital communication in the brain
Reversing the cell division cycle
Excitatory and inhibitory odor receptors
Targeted drug delivery using a peptide
Combined appetite suppressant and fat metabolism enhancer
Genome-wide gene silencing
Enzymes
Fat cells and heart disease
AIDS


Enceladus

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Saturn's moon 'best bet for life'
Background


Global warming and species extinction

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Global warming may bring mass species loss
  2. April 12, 2006 - Global Warming Capable Of Sparking Mass Species Extinctions - also here, here
  3. April 12, 2006 - Scientists Predict Extinctions from Global Warming
Background


The "hydrogen economy" and nanotechnology

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Nanoscience Rising Up To Meet Energy Challenge, Professor Says
Background


Polymer-based DRAM

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - On the way to plastic electronics: polymer-based DRAM
Background


Oscillation of Bs mesons

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Scientists Precisely Measure Subtle Dance Between Matter And Antimatter - also here, here
  2. April 12, 2006 - Fermilab probes matter-antimatter transitions
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Earth Safe from Cosmic Explosions
  2. April 19, 2006 - Earth escapes gamma-ray-burst disaster
  3. April 19, 2006 - Deadly Astronomical Event Not Likely To Happen In Our Galaxy - also here, here
  4. April 20, 2006 - Metals protect Milky Way from gamma-ray bursts
  5. April 24, 2006 - Interstellar Deathray Not Likely to Hit Earth
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Scientists Attach Motor To Single-molecule Car - also here, here
  2. April 13, 2006 - Nanofibers created in orderly fashion - also here, here
  3. April 14, 2006 - Nano-car gets an engine
  4. April 16, 2006 - Nanogenerators Convert Mechanical Energy To Electricity For Self-powered Devices - also here
Background


Volcano-like tremors near the San Andreas Fault

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Volcano-like Tremors Detected Deep Within Earth's Crust Near San Andreas - also here, here
Background


Virtual reality

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Virtual reality gets real
Background


Bose-Einstein condensates

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Putting equilibrium on hold
Background


Graphene-based electronics

References:
  1. April 14, 2006 - Graphene provides foundation for new devices that handle electrons as waves - also here, here
Background


Quantum dot lasers

References:
  1. April 14, 2006 - Quantum dots self-tune their color for ultra-efficient nano lasers
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. April 14, 2006 - Stark warning over climate change
  2. April 14, 2006 - British expert warns of global warming
Background


Earthquake prediction

References:
  1. April 14, 2006 - Predicting Earthquakes Still Elusive - also here
Background


Map of gene regulation sites

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Researchers map 'gene switches' within the human genome
Background


"False memory" T cells

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Naive Immune Cells with "False Memories" Fight Like Old Pros
Background


Antioxidants and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Free-radical Busting Antioxidants Might Not Promote Healthy Hearts - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Stem Cell Transplants Improve Recovery In Animal Models For Stroke, Cerebral Palsy - also here, here
Background


Cytokines and inflammation

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - A Jekyll And Hyde Of Cytokines: IL-25 Both Promotes And Limits Inflammatory Diseases - also here, here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Appetite-inducing Hormone Receptor Found Active In Breast Cancer - also here
  2. April 10, 2006 - Growth Factor-promoting Angiogenesis Expressed In Tumor Cells And Normal Neurons
  3. April 11, 2006 - Scientists Discover New Genetic Subtypes Of Common Blood Cancer - also here, here
  4. April 11, 2006 - Legume Compounds May Help Cancer Treatment - also here, here
  5. April 11, 2006 - Genome changes tracked during multiple myeloma initiation, progression and treatment
  6. April 12, 2006 - High cholesterol linked to prostate cancer
  7. April 12, 2006 - New Research Finds Direct Link Between High Cholesterol And Prostate Cancer - also here
  8. April 12, 2006 - New Model Of p53 Regulation Proposed That Suggests Novel Anticancer Strategy - also here, here
  9. April 12, 2006 - Cell Surface Profiling Technique Could Yield Cancer Blood Test - also here, here
  10. April 12, 2006 - Advances In Chemotherapy Improve Outcomes In Select Breast Cancers
  11. April 12, 2006 - Chemo praised for hard-to-treat cancer
  12. April 12, 2006 - Benefit of chemotherapy in breast cancer depends on estrogen-receptor status
  13. April 12, 2006 - Newer chemotherapies improve outcomes for some types of breast cancer
  14. April 12, 2006 - Studies Challenge Traditional Breast Cancer Treatments
  15. April 14, 2006 - Researchers find 217 new targets for anti-cancer drugs
  16. April 15, 2006 - Lost molecule key to lung cancer
  17. April 16, 2006 - Diabetes And Cancer: The Alpha Connection - also here, here
  18. April 16, 2006 - Ginger 'may fight ovarian cancer'
Background


Nanoparticle delivery of cancer drugs

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Nano-particles Effective In Killing Cancer With One-two Punch Of Chemotherapeutics - also here, here, here
  2. April 10, 2006 - Nanoparticles armed to combat cancer - also here
  3. April 10, 2006 - Study uses nanoparticles to kill cancer cells
  4. April 10, 2006 - Nanoparticles Combat Prostate Cancer
  5. April 11, 2006 - Nanoparticles Annihilate Prostate Cancer
  6. April 11, 2006 - Nano-drugs cure mouse prostate
Background, Background


Leptin, C-reactive protein, and appetite

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Research Provides Clues To Obesity's Cause And Hints Of New Approach For Curbing Appetite - also here, here, here
  2. April 10, 2006 - Obesity: Perhaps not all hot fudge sundaes
Background, Background


Insulin and appetite regulation

References:
  1. April 10, 2006 - Hap1 protein links circulating insulin to brain circuits that regulate feeding behavior in mice
Background


Numerical processing in the brain

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Numerical processing similar in children and adults, brain scans reveal
Background


Undersea archaea

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Undersea Microbes Active But Living On The Slow Side - also here
Background


Riboswitches

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Salmonella Bacteria Use RNA To Assess And Adjust Magnesium Levels - also here
Background, Background


Mutational paths and evolution

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Evolution Follows Few Of The Possible Paths To Antibiotic Resistance - also here
  2. April 11, 2006 - Antibiotic resistance evolution is studied
Background


Lab-on-a-chip blood analyzer

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Building A Hand-held Lab-on-a-chip To Simplify Blood Tests - also here, here, here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Bird flu case in Britain likely to be 'one-off'
  2. April 11, 2006 - Bird flu swan was from outside UK
  3. April 11, 2006 - Expert Says Bird Flu No Imminent Threat
  4. April 12, 2006 - Expert Says Bird Flu No Imminent Threat
Background


Utilization of excess CO2 in plants

References:
  1. April 11, 2006 - Nature can help reduce greenhouse gas, but only to a point
  2. April 12, 2006 - Researchers say we can't count on plants forever for CO2 storage
  3. April 13, 2006 - Higher Carbon Dioxide, Lack Of Nitrogen Limit Plant Growth - also here, here
  4. April 13, 2006 - Plants may absorb less carbon dioxide than we thought
Background


Epigenetics

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Protein's Role In Hemoglobin Gene Silencing Identified - also here
  2. April 12, 2006 - Inheritance Is More Than Gene Deep
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Engineering a Malaria Breakthrough
  2. April 13, 2006 - GM yeast cells offer 'last line of defence' against malaria
  3. April 13, 2006 - Yeast brew up anti-malarials
  4. April 14, 2006 - Milestone In Quest For Cheap Antimalarial For Developing World - also here
  5. April 16, 2006 - Malaria Parasite Impairs Key Immune System Cells - also here, here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Periodontal Therapy May Help Diabetic Patients Improve Sugar Control
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Researchers Publish New Findings On The Brain's Response To Costly Mistakes
  2. April 12, 2006 - The brain's reaction to errors is studied
  3. April 12, 2006 - Brain Scans Show Depressed Monkeys Have Same Central Nervous System Characteristics As People - also here
  4. April 14, 2006 - The Agony of Defeat
Background


Active participation in natural selection

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Study examines bluebird evolution
  2. April 13, 2006 - Study Examines Evolutionary Consequences Of Bluebird Aggression - also here, here
  3. April 14, 2006 - Choose Your Own Evolution
Background


Australopithecus anamensis

References:
  1. April 12, 2006 - Fossils fill gap in human lineage
  2. April 12, 2006 - Ancient fossils fill gap in early human evolution
  3. April 12, 2006 - New Fossil Links Up Human Evolution - also here
  4. April 13, 2006 - Fossils fill gap in human evolution
  5. April 13, 2006 - Hominid Fossils From Ethiopia Link Ape-men To More Distant Human Ancestors - also here, here, here
  6. April 13, 2006 - Ethiopian fossils link humans to 4.4 million-year-old apelike creatures
  7. April 13, 2006 - New Fossils Add Link to the Chain of the Evolution of Humans
Background


Tissue engineering

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Print me a heart and a set of arteries
Background


Genetic factor in obesity

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Common genetic change linked to obesity
  2. April 13, 2006 - Gene Variant May Boost Obesity Risk
  3. April 14, 2006 - Gene aberration might contribute to weight-loss difficulty
  4. April 16, 2006 - Gene Variant Associated With Obesity Risk Found With New Statistical Technique - also here
Background


Novel virus entry mechanism

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Novel Virus Entry Mechanism Could Lead To New Drugs Against Poxviruses - also here, here
Background


Testosterone and evolutionary fitness in birds

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Males With Elevated Levels Of Testosterone Lead Shorter Lives But Have More Success Siring Offspring - also here
  2. April 13, 2006 - High testosterone may mean shorter lives
Background


Analog and digital communication in the brain

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Brain Communicates In Analog And Digital Modes Simultaneously - also here
Background


Reversing the cell division cycle

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Paper Shows That Cell Division Is Reversible - also here, here
Background


Excitatory and inhibitory odor receptors

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - How Odors Are Sensed: A Complex System Clarified - also here, here, here
Background


Targeted drug delivery using a peptide

References:
  1. April 13, 2006 - Targeted Drug Delivery Now Possible With 'Nanosyringe' Peptide - also here, here
Background


Combined appetite suppressant and fat metabolism enhancer

References:
  1. April 14, 2006 - New Research Links Metabolism And Appetite Suppression, Opening Door To Obesity Treatments - also here, here
Background


Genome-wide gene silencing

References:
  1. April 15, 2006 - New Mechanism For Essential Genome-wide Gene Silencing Identified
  2. April 15, 2006 - Scientists find gene turn-off
Background


Enzymes

References:
  1. April 15, 2006 - Research Could Lead To Better Drugs And Whiter Whites
Background


Fat cells and heart disease

References:
  1. April 15, 2006 - Fat cells link to heart disease
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. April 15, 2006 - HIV type affects disease progress
  2. April 16, 2006 - 'Resonance' May Explain Virologic Failure In HIV Drug Therapy - also here, here
Background


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