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Volume 5, Number 20
May 15, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Early molecular hydrogen
Quantum information processing
High-temperature superconductors
Carbon nanotubes
Nanotechnology
Fuel cells
Milky Way's halo
Star "streams" in the Milky Way
Black holes
Virtual reality
Gamma-ray bursts
Global warming
Chemical composition of galaxy clusters
Reversing light
Seismic anisotropy of Earth's D-layer
Earth's magnetic field
Quantum gravitational model of big bang
Microfluidics

Life sciences

Brain-imaging studies
AIDS
Brain development
Bioinformatics
RNA interference
Insulin production in the pancreas
Calorie restriction and aging
Gene-silencing protein in Arabidopsis
Cancer
Transferability of cancer resistance
Stem cells and cancer
Meiosis
Dendritic cells
Alzheimer's disease
How language encodes concepts
Hybrid vigor
Stem cells
DNA repair
Drug delivery
Nanotechnology and cardiovascular disease
Ribosomal frame shifting
Silent synapses
Ghrelin and diabetes
Diabetes
Adipokines and insulin resistance
Amino acids and appetite control
Fat metabolism
Microfluidics
Avian flu
Adaptive trait introgression
Aggression in cooperative animal societies
Evolution of flowering plants
Sexual selection
Origins of life
Genetic predisposition to heart disease
Homo floresiensis
G-protein-coupled receptors


Early molecular hydrogen

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Astronomers Find Molecular Hydrogen At Edge Of Universe - also here
Background


Quantum information processing

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - 12-qubits Reached In Quantum Information Quest - also here
  2. May 9, 2006 - Taking Computers to the Quantum Level
Background


High-temperature superconductors

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - New 'Metal Sandwich' May Break Superconductor Record, Theory Suggests - also here
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Nanotube Sandwiches Could Lead To Better Composite Materials - also here, here
  2. May 8, 2006 - Nanotubes Used For First Time To Send Signals To Nerve Cells - also here, here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Nanotechnology expert analysis: Huge impacts from tiny tech
  2. May 11, 2006 - Biological motors sort molecules one by one on a chip - also here, here
  3. May 11, 2006 - Organizing dumbbells for nanotech devices - also here
  4. May 12, 2006 - Scientists Create The First Synthetic Nanoscale Fractal Molecule - also here, here
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Hydrogen fuel cells become faster and greener with new catalyst
  2. May 14, 2006 - Scientist Revs Up The Power Of Microbial Fuel Cells In Unexpected Ways - also here
Background


Milky Way's halo

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Our galaxy's halo is round not squashed
Background


Star "streams" in the Milky Way

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Milky Way A Field Of Streams
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Physicists Use Soap Bubbles to Study Black Holes
  2. May 11, 2006 - When is a black hole like a dripping faucet?
Background


Virtual reality

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - The Most Realistic Virtual Reality Room In The World - also here
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - Earth is safe from gamma-ray bursts, Hubble finds
  2. May 10, 2006 - Hubble Confirms Nearby Cosmic Blasts Unlikely
  3. May 14, 2006 - Hubble Finds That Earth Is Safe From One Class Of Gamma-ray Burst
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - Monster Hurricanes: Study Questions Linkage Between Severe Hurricanes And Global Warming - also here, here
  2. May 10, 2006 - Pollutant Haze Heats The Arctic - also here, here
  3. May 12, 2006 - Record Air Pollution Above The Arctic - also here, here
  4. May 12, 2006 - Pollution, Greenhouse Gases And Climate Clash In South Asia
Background


Chemical composition of galaxy clusters

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Space Telescope's X-Ray Vision Reveals The Origin Of Elements In Galaxy Clusters - also here, here
Background


Reversing light

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast It Goes ... Backwards? - also here, here, here
  2. May 16, 2006 - Impressive New Tricks of Light, All Within the Laws of Physics
  3. May 29, 2006 - Light zooms faster backwards
Background


Seismic anisotropy of Earth's D-layer

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Crystallographers explain seismic anisotropy of Earth's D-layer
Background


Earth's magnetic field

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Ships shed light on geomagnetic field
Background


Quantum gravitational model of big bang

References:
  1. May 12, 2006 - Researchers Look Beyond the Birth of the Universe - also here, here
  2. May 22, 2006 - The Universe Before It Began
  3. May 24, 2006 - Big Bang may have been a Big Bounce
Background, Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. May 12, 2006 - Low-cost microfluidics can be a sticky problem - also here, here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Clue to sexual attraction found in lesbian brain
  2. May 8, 2006 - Autistic brains may daydream less
  3. May 9, 2006 - Lesbian, straight women react differently to sex hormones
  4. May 9, 2006 - Revealed: how scent of a woman attracts lesbians
  5. May 9, 2006 - Gay or Straight? The Nose Knows
  6. May 10, 2006 - Daydreams are different in autistic minds
  7. May 10, 2006 - Imaging Technique Sheds New Light On The Composition Of The Brain Of Moderate Cannabis Users - also here
  8. May 12, 2006 - Autistic brains 'never daydream'
  9. May 12, 2006 - The Rewards of a Late-Night Snack
  10. May 15, 2006 - Lesbians like men -- with major difference
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Protein Permits HIV Invasion
Background


Brain development

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Timing Is Everything in Brain Development
Background


Bioinformatics

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Scientists Develop Computer Program For Identifying Disease Genes
Background


RNA interference

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Interfering RNA Silences Genes In 'Slippery' Immune Cells - also here
Background


Insulin production in the pancreas

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - New Insulin-production Method Holds Promise For Diabetics, Impacts Other Fields - also here
  2. May 8, 2006 - Insulin research builds on Nobel Laureate's work
Background


Calorie restriction and aging

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Cutting Calories Slightly Can Reduce Aging Damage - also here, here
Background


Gene-silencing protein in Arabidopsis

References:
  1. May 8, 2006 - Researchers find protein that silences genes
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Algorithm Enhances Ability To Detect Cancer Genes - also here
  2. May 9, 2006 - Algorithm developed to detect cancer genes
  3. May 9, 2006 - Gene connects cancer, autism
  4. May 10, 2006 - Cancer destroyed by antibody 'triple whammy'
  5. May 10, 2006 - Setting the benchmark in brain tumor treatment
  6. May 10, 2006 - New treatment for specific type of leukemia
  7. May 11, 2006 - Clearing protein 'smokescreen' helps battle cancer
  8. May 11, 2006 - Protein Expression Holds Promise For Head And Neck Cancer Detection - also here
  9. May 12, 2006 - Study sheds light on cancer susceptibility and disease involving bone-marrow failure
  10. May 12, 2006 - Search For Cancer Genes Unlikely To Succeed, Say Experts - also here
  11. May 12, 2006 - C-myc required by the immune system - also here
  12. May 13, 2006 - Exercise protects against skin and bowel cancers
  13. May 15, 2006 - Studies Shed New Light On Why Exercise Can Protect Against Skin And Bowel Cancers
Background


Transferability of cancer resistance

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Cells from mutant mice kill cancers
  2. May 9, 2006 - White Blood Cells From Cancer-resistant Mice Cure Cancers In Ordinary Mice
  3. May 9, 2006 - Cancer Resistance Found to Be Transferable in Mice
  4. May 9, 2006 - Cancer battle examines natural immunity
  5. May 9, 2006 - Mice put cancer on ice?
Background


Stem cells and cancer

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Study Says Stem Cell 'Fusion' Occurs In Tumors - also here
Background


Meiosis

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - What Controls Stickiness Of 'Smart' Chromosomal Glue
Background


Dendritic cells

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Newly Discovered Dendritic Cells Generate Crucial Cells Of The Immune System - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Researchers Map Links Between Size Of Hippocampus And Progression To Alzheimer's Dementia - also here
  2. May 9, 2006 - Post-mortem brain studies reveal features of mild cognitive impairment
  3. May 11, 2006 - Scientists Prove Neurons Produce Alzheimer's-linked Protein - also here
Background


How language encodes concepts

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Scientists Identify Basic Principles Of Communication - also here
Background


Hybrid vigor

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Researchers begin to solve mystery of hybrid vigor
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - Stem cells may replace animal testing
  2. May 10, 2006 - Study shows frogs can play key role in stem cell research - also here, here
Background


DNA repair

References:
  1. May 9, 2006 - A tiny protein plays a big role in DNA repair
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - World's Tiniest Test Tubes Get Teensiest Corks - also here
Background


Nanotechnology and cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - Nanotechnology Shows Early Promise To Treat Cardiovascular Disease - also here, here
  2. May 12, 2006 - Nanofibers for heart cells
Background


Ribosomal frame shifting

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - Scientists Unlock More Secrets Of HIV And SARS - also here, here
Background


Silent synapses

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - Neuron study could lead to enhanced memory
Background


Ghrelin and diabetes

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - Ghrelin: A Player In Diabetes But Not Obesity? - also here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. May 10, 2006 - Scientists Find Gene In Obese Mice That Increases Type 2 Diabetes - also here
  2. May 12, 2006 - Study Shows Different Insulin Signaling Components Control Glucose And Lipid Metabolism In The Liver
Background


Adipokines and insulin resistance

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Plumping Your Way to Disease
Background


Amino acids and appetite control

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Why high-protein meat may curb appetite
  2. May 11, 2006 - Protein fragment curbs appetite
  3. May 12, 2006 - Study Of Nutrients' Effects On Brain Provides Insight Into Appetite Regulation - also here
Background


Fat metabolism

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Gene Linked To Rare Disease Activates Fat Breakdown - also here
Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Molecular 'traffic controller' sorts proteins by colour
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Generic drugs appear to work on bird flu
  2. May 11, 2006 - Study: Migrating birds didn't spread flu
Background


Adaptive trait introgression

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Study Provides New Understanding Of Spontaneous Hybridization - also here
Background


Aggression in cooperative animal societies

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Study: High hierarchy, more aggression
Background


Evolution of flowering plants

References:
  1. May 11, 2006 - Darwinian mystery may have been solved
  2. May 13, 2006 - Massive Duplication Of Genes May Solve Darwin's 'Abominable Mystery' About Flowering Plants - also here
  3. May 17, 2006 - South Pacific Plant May Be Missing Link In Evolution Of Flowering Plants - also here, here
  4. May 19, 2006 - Where have all the flowers come from?
Background


Sexual selection

References:
  1. May 12, 2006 - Choosy Females Make Colourful Males - also here
Background


Origins of life

References:
  1. May 12, 2006 - Methane-belching Bugs Inspire A New Theory Of The Origin Of Life On Earth - also here, here
  2. May 19, 2006 - Microbe Gives Clues to Origin of Life
Background


Genetic predisposition to heart disease

References:
  1. May 12, 2006 - Researchers link gene variation to coronary heart disease
  2. May 12, 2006 - Scientists discover two genes linked to early heart attack risk
Background


Homo floresiensis

References:
  1. May 13, 2006 - Ancient islanders get a leg up
Background


G-protein-coupled receptors

References:
  1. May 14, 2006 - In Drug Design, A Loose Fit May Be Best Bet
Background


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