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Volume 5, Number 36
September 4, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Magnetars
Star formation
Carbon nanotubes
Global warming
Extrasolar planets
Quantum cryptographic network
Nanotechnology
Spintronics
CO2 absorption by phytoplankton
Supernovae
Martian water
Artificial intelligence
Photonic crystals
Lab-on-a-chip techology
Molecular transistors
Molecular computers

Life sciences

Cancer
Avian flu
Cultural learning in chimpanzees
Nuclear receptor expression
Object-recognition regions in the brain
Feedback loops in embryonic development
Language acquisition
MicroRNA switch affecting cell division
Dietary sources of phenolics
AIDS
Stem cells
Brain-imaging studies
Negative frequency-dependent selection
T cell reaction to protozoan parasites
Genome of a basal eukaryote
Microchip for flu strain diagnosis
Vaccines
Omega-3 fatty acids
Indications of health risks of obesity
Alzheimer's disease
Parkinson's disease
Multiply repeated genes
Gene therapy and cancer
Evolutionary developmental biology
Cell polarity
Resistance to weight loss
Protein folding
Methylation of Arabidopsis genes
Bacterial membranes
Nutritional value of raw vegetables
Glycosylation
Bacterial diversity in the oceans
Speciation
Memory-related protein kinsase


Magnetars

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Astronomers Find Unexpected 'Heartbeats' In Star
  2. August 28, 2006 - Strange Pulsing Star Puzzles Astronomers
Background


Star formation

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - AKARI's view on birth and death of stars
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Carbon-nanotube 'strings' may ID single molecules
  2. August 31, 2006 - Nanotube Ink: Desktop Printing Of Carbon Nanotube Patterns
  3. August 31, 2006 - Nanotube resonators break gigahertz barrier
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Marine Methane Heats Things Up
  2. August 29, 2006 - Global Warming Spurs Ocean Methane Release
  3. August 29, 2006 - Cities in peril as Andean glaciers melt
  4. August 30, 2006 - Greenhouse Methane Released From Ice Age Ocean
  5. August 31, 2006 - Top scientist's fears for climate
  6. September 1, 2006 - Gene-altered flies testify to global warming
  7. September 1, 2006 - Global Warming Shows Up in Fly Genes
  8. September 1, 2006 - Evolution of Old World fruit flies on three continents mirrors climate change - also here
  9. September 2, 2006 - Climate panel lowers global warming forecast
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Famous Star Hosts Distant World
Background


Quantum cryptographic network

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - First Quantum Cryptographic Data Network Demonstrated - also here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - 'Nanocantilevers' Yield Surprises Critical For Designing New Detectors - also here
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. August 30, 2006 - The Spin On Spintronics
  2. September 1, 2006 - Nano-signals get a boost from magnetic spin waves
Background


CO2 absorption by phytoplankton

References:
  1. August 30, 2006 - Ocean plankton absorbs less CO2 than expected
  2. August 30, 2006 - Anemic Phytoplankton Absorb Less Carbon than Thought
  3. August 30, 2006 - Ocean plankton absorb less CO2
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. August 30, 2006 - X-Ray Burst Leads Scientists to See Supernova in Action
  2. August 30, 2006 - Flashing out a Star's Demise
  3. August 30, 2006 - Strange Exploding Star Unlocks Supernova Secrets
  4. August 30, 2006 - Supernova captured in 'real time'
  5. August 31, 2006 - Scientists Watch Supernova In Real-time
  6. August 31, 2006 - Supernova caught on camera
Background, Background


Martian water

References:
  1. August 30, 2006 - Kasei Valles outflow channel system
Background


Artificial intelligence

References:
  1. August 31, 2006 - Crossword software thrashes human challengers
  2. September 1, 2006 - Computer defeats humans at crossword
Background


Photonic crystals

References:
  1. September 1, 2006 - Photonic crystals go magnetic
Background


Lab-on-a-chip techology

References:
  1. September 1, 2006 - Polymers Show Promise For Lab-on-a-chip Technology
Background


Molecular transistors

References:
  1. September 1, 2006 - Physicists Turn Single Molecules Into Working Transistors
  2. September 8, 2006 - Quantum effect offers molecular transistors
Background, Background


Molecular computers

References:
  1. September 3, 2006 - 'Molecular computers' act as tiny ID tags
Background, Background



Cancer

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - New Compound Causes Cancer Cell Suicide
  2. August 28, 2006 - Cancer cell 'executioner' found
  3. August 28, 2006 - Scientists find molecule that tricks cancer cells into dying
  4. August 28, 2006 - Do cancer cells cooperate with each other?
  5. August 28, 2006 - No Cell Walls, No New Cancer Cells
  6. August 28, 2006 - Obesity Leads To More Aggressive Ovarian Cancer - also here
  7. August 29, 2006 - Obesity may make ovarian cancer more aggressive
  8. August 29, 2006 - Pinning Down A Cancer Threesome
  9. August 29, 2006 - Toward An Ultra-sensitive Blood Test For Breast Cancer
  10. August 29, 2006 - Decrease In Progression Of Prostate Cancer With Plant-based Diet And Stress Reduction
  11. August 29, 2006 - Low-risk prostate cancer poses a treatment dilemma - also here
  12. August 29, 2006 - New Method For Making Potential Cancer Fighter
  13. August 29, 2006 - Study Links Lead Exposure To Brain Cancer In Adults - also here
  14. August 30, 2006 - Scientists Explain Cancer Cell Metabolism Changes - also here
  15. August 30, 2006 - Understanding of How Cells Turn Cancerous Advances
  16. August 31, 2006 - Synthetic Molecule Causes Cancer Cells To Self-destruct - also here
  17. August 31, 2006 - Study Finds That Vioxx Reduces The Risk Of Colorectal Polyps - also here
  18. August 31, 2006 - New Celebrex Study: Unlocking Colon Cancer With Key Of Prevention
  19. August 31, 2006 - Celebrex may slow colon cancer
  20. August 31, 2006 - Semen 'may fuel cervical cancer'
  21. September 1, 2006 - Semen aggravates cervical cancer
  22. September 1, 2006 - Viral oncoprotein inactivation of p53
  23. September 1, 2006 - Cell's fight against cancer revealed - also here, here
  24. September 1, 2006 - Mature Muscle Fibers Can Revert to Become Cancerous - also here
  25. September 1, 2006 - Tumor Necrosis Factor Blockers May Not Cause Cancer After All
  26. September 1, 2006 - Discovering How Environment Contributes To Breast Cancer
  27. September 4, 2006 - Semen Can Worsen Cervical Cancer
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Vietnam finds H5N1 virus on duck farm
  2. August 28, 2006 - Bird flu vaccine declared safe by testers
  3. August 28, 2006 - China: Tests Find Bird Flu Vaccine Safe - also here
  4. August 30, 2006 - Battling a Virus and Disbelief
  5. August 30, 2006 - Blood Transfusions Might Aid Treatment of Bird Flu
  6. September 2, 2006 - Low-risk H5N1 bird flu found in Pennsylvania ducks
  7. September 2, 2006 - Tests Find Milder Strain of Bird Flu - also here
Background


Cultural learning in chimpanzees

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Chimps make great teachers and students
  2. August 30, 2006 - Chimpanzees Can Transmit Cultural Behavior To Multiple 'Generations' - also here
Background


Nuclear receptor expression

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - First 'Encyclopedia' Of Nuclear Receptors Reveals Organisms' Focus On Sex, Food
Background


Object-recognition regions in the brain

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Researchers identify brain cells used to categorize images
  2. August 31, 2006 - More Than Just Pretty Faces For This Brain Region, Says Researcher - also here
Background, Background


Feedback loops in embryonic development

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Study finds how organs monitor themselves during early development
Background, Background


Language acquisition

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Children's way with words sparks research
Background


MicroRNA switch affecting cell division

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - A switch between life and death - also here, here
Background, Background


Dietary sources of phenolics

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Cider 'may have health benefits'
  2. August 30, 2006 - Could A Pint Of Cider Help Keep The Doctor Away? - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. August 28, 2006 - Fighting AIDS with renewed hope
  2. August 29, 2006 - HIV protein acts as solvent, releasing viral particles from the surface of their host cell
  3. August 31, 2006 - Air-blast injection supercharges HIV vaccine
  4. August 31, 2006 - AIDS vaccine nears human testing
  5. September 1, 2006 - Swedish Scientists Report Over 90 Of Subjects In HIV Vaccine Trial Develop Immune Response To AIDS Virus
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - 'Hype' accusation blights stem cell breakthrough
  2. September 1, 2006 - Scientists identify compounds that stimulate stem cell growth in the brain - also here
  3. September 1, 2006 - Nature to modify stem cell study report
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - Researchers Identify Brain Cells Used To Categorize Images
  2. August 30, 2006 - Brain Scan Of Nuns Finds No Single 'God Spot' In The Brain
  3. August 30, 2006 - Nuns go under the brain scanner
Background


Negative frequency-dependent selection

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - Red Fish, Blue Fish: Distinctive Color Keeps Gene Pools Healthy
Background


T cell reaction to protozoan parasites

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - How The Body's T Cells React To Parasitic Diseases - also here
Background


Genome of a basal eukaryote

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - Researchers sequence the basal eukaryote Tetrahymena thermophila
  2. August 29, 2006 - What's Shaped Like a Pear and Has Two Genomes? Check The Pond
Background


Microchip for flu strain diagnosis

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - Quick diagnosis of flu strains possible with new microchip test
  2. August 29, 2006 - New Test Speeds Diagnosis of Lethal Avian Flu Strain
Background, Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - How a Vaccine Search Ended in Triumph
Background, Background


Omega-3 fatty acids

References:
  1. August 29, 2006 - Some fatty acids better than electronics
Background


Indications of health risks of obesity

References:
  1. August 30, 2006 - BMI, girth best indicate obesity health risks
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. August 30, 2006 - Stress Significantly Hastens Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease - also here
  2. August 31, 2006 - Professor Explores Alzheimer's Causes
  3. August 31, 2006 - Juices May Reduce Alzheimer's Disease Risk
  4. August 31, 2006 - Juice could help stave off Alzheimer's
  5. August 31, 2006 - Juices 'may cut Alzheimer's risk'
  6. September 1, 2006 - Study shows fruit and vegetable juice consumption may reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease
  7. September 1, 2006 - Drinking juiced fruit and veg 'cuts Alzheimer's risk by 76%'
  8. September 5, 2006 - Fruit and vegetable juice may ward off Alzheimer's - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. August 30, 2006 - Brain stimulation seen best for late Parkinson's
  2. August 30, 2006 - Brain Stimulation Effective for Parkinson's
  3. September 2, 2006 - Brain Implants Are Better for Parkinson's Patients
Background


Multiply repeated genes

References:
  1. August 31, 2006 - Human Evolution: The More the Merrier
  2. August 31, 2006 - Multiple copies of a mystery gene may make us human
Background


Gene therapy and cancer

References:
  1. August 31, 2006 - Gene therapy breakthrough against skin cancer
  2. August 31, 2006 - Engineered Immune Cells Beat Back Cancer
  3. August 31, 2006 - Building a Better Tumor Killer
  4. August 31, 2006 - Scientists Alter Cells to Fight Melanoma - also here
  5. August 31, 2006 - Gene therapy grapples with cancer
  6. September 1, 2006 - New Method Of Gene Therapy Offers Hope For Treatment Of Melanoma, Other Common Cancers
  7. September 1, 2006 - Gene therapy rids men of cancer
  8. September 1, 2006 - Gene therapy used to treat skin cancer
  9. September 1, 2006 - Researchers genetically transform immune cells into tumor fighters
  10. September 1, 2006 - Scientists Hail Cancer Study
  11. September 1, 2006 - Gene Therapy Completely Suppresses Ovarian Cancer Growth In Animal Model
  12. September 1, 2006 - Gene therapy used to zap melanoma
Background, Background


Evolutionary developmental biology

References:
  1. August 31, 2006 - Manatee Bones Lead To New Insight On Evolution
Background


Cell polarity

References:
  1. August 31, 2006 - Molecular Motor Helps Cells Tell Which Way Is Up
Background


Resistance to weight loss

References:
  1. August 31, 2006 - We Are Programmed To Resist Weight Loss
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. September 1, 2006 - Researchers Provide Evidence of How Proteins Fold - also here
Background


Methylation of Arabidopsis genes

References:
  1. September 1, 2006 - Scientists take a global view of the epigenome
Background


Bacterial membranes

References:
  1. September 1, 2006 - Solution to bacterial mystery promises new drugs
Background


Nutritional value of raw vegetables

References:
  1. September 1, 2006 - Study details nutritional value of salad
Background


Glycosylation

References:
  1. September 2, 2006 - Researchers Find New Way To 'Sweeten' Key Drugs
Background


Bacterial diversity in the oceans

References:
  1. September 2, 2006 - Ocean Microbe Census Discovers Diverse World Of Rare Bacteria
Background


Speciation

References:
  1. September 2, 2006 - Is a Galápagos finch caught in a split?
Background


Memory-related protein kinsase

References:
  1. September 3, 2006 - Scientists Discover Memory Molecule
Background


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