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Volume 5, Number 37
September 11, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Solar cells
The Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect
Effect of supermassive black holes on star formation
Hydrogen storage
Proposed gravitation experiments
Strange quarks and charge distribution in protons
Methane from thawing permafrost
Fuel cells
Nanotechnology
Laser optical antennas
Dark matter vs. modified theories of gravity
Extrasolar planets
Large Hadron Collider
Direct measurement of deuterium abundance
Supercomputers
Quantum entanglement in superconducting wires
Recycling of stardust in galaxies
Plasmonic laser antenna
Next-generation magnetic storage
Climate modeling
Black holes

Life sciences

Cancer
Synaesthesia
AIDS
Stem cells
Malaria
High-protein diet and PYY hormone
Control of carbohydrate-fat metabolism
Imitation in monkeys
Evolution of photosynthesis
Evolution of genomes
Mathematical biology
Psychoneuroimmunology
Genetics and personality
Tuberculosis
Balance between aging and cancer susceptibility
Use of ultrasound for drug delivery
Location of semantic memory
Diabetes
Altruistic behavior in chimpanzees
Long-term memory and growth factors
Dual-purpose gene in C. elegans
Olive oil, polyphenols, and heart disease
Avian flu
Protein rearrangement
Weight-loss drugs
Knockout Mouse Project
Brain-imaging studies
Vaccines
Alzheimer's disease
Acetylcholine transporter
Inflammation
Brain control of feeding behavior
Anti-aging medicine
Abdominal fat and high blood pressure
Genetic change and speciation
Glycosylation
The "island rule" in evolution
Visual perception
Drug delivery
Methylation map of Arabidopsis genome
RNA-directed DNA methylation
Antibiotics


Global warming

References:
  1. September 4, 2006 - Ice core evidence of human impact on CO2 in air
  2. September 4, 2006 - Deep ice tells long climate story
  3. September 4, 2006 - Focus on climate adaptation urged
  4. September 5, 2006 - The Antarctic Canary - the human impact on climate change - also here
  5. September 5, 2006 - Scientist: Adapt for global warming
  6. September 7, 2006 - Global warming taking earth back to dinosaur era
  7. September 10, 2006 - Kyoto protocol: Adapt or fry
Background


Solar cells

References:
  1. September 4, 2006 - Solar cells go thin and flimsy
  2. September 4, 2006 - Green leaves inspire solar cells
Background


The Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Big Bang's Afterglow Fails Intergalactic 'Shadow' Test
  2. September 11, 2006 - Study Questions Big Bang (Scientists Question the Study)
Background


Effect of supermassive black holes on star formation

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Huge Black Holes Stifle Star Formation
Background, Background


Hydrogen storage

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Middle-sized holes best for storing hydrogen
Background


Proposed gravitation experiments

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Atom optics moves into space
Background


Strange quarks and charge distribution in protons

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Physicists charged over strange quarks
Background


Methane from thawing permafrost

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Siberia's pools burp out nasty surprise
  2. September 6, 2006 - Melting lakes in Siberia emit greenhouse gas
  3. September 6, 2006 - Study Says Methane a New Climate Threat - also here
  4. September 6, 2006 - Siberian Lakes - Major Source of Methane
  5. September 7, 2006 - Greenhouse Gas Bubbling From Melting Permafrost Feeds Climate Warming - also here
  6. September 7, 2006 - Methane bubbles climate trouble
  7. September 7, 2006 - Melting permafrost spews out more methane
  8. September 8, 2006 - Siberian lakes burp "time-bomb" greenhouse gas
  9. September 13, 2006 - Greenhouse gas bubbling from Siberian permafrost
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Enzymes may hold answer to harnessing hydrogen power
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Nanoscientists Create Biological Switch From Spinach Molecule
  2. September 6, 2006 - Container transport on a nano scale
  3. September 7, 2006 - From Bubbles To Capsules
Background


Laser optical antennas

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Laser Optical Antennas
Background


Dark matter vs. modified theories of gravity

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Dark matter 'proof' called into doubt
Background, Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Star pair masquerades as a planetary system
  2. September 7, 2006 - Earthlike planets may be common - also here
  3. September 7, 2006 - Earth-like planets may be common
  4. September 7, 2006 - Several Planetary Systems May Include Earth-like Waterworlds
  5. September 8, 2006 - A Plethora of Alien Seas
  6. September 8, 2006 - Alien planet poised to reveal all its secrets
  7. September 8, 2006 - Planet Or Failed Star? One Of Smallest Stellar Companions Seen By Hubble - also here
  8. September 8, 2006 - Earth-like planets form in the wake of giants
  9. September 10, 2006 - Earth-like Planets May Be More Common Than Once Thought - also here, here
  10. September 12, 2006 - Water Worlds: Astronomer Predicts Many Earth-Like Planets
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Giant machine set to probe secrets of the universe
  2. September 7, 2006 - The story of a 27km long machine and the fundamental building blocks of the Universe
Background


Direct measurement of deuterium abundance

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Grand deuterium challenge unveiled
Background


Supercomputers

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - New IBM supercomputer aiming for petaflop
Background


Quantum entanglement in superconducting wires

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated in Superconducting Wires
  2. September 8, 2006 - Superconducting qubits get entangled
Background


Recycling of stardust in galaxies

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Spitzer Spies Eternal Life Of Stardust
Background


Plasmonic laser antenna

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Engineers demonstrate laser nanoantenna - also here
Background


Next-generation magnetic storage

References:
  1. September 9, 2006 - Physicists Trap, Map Tiny Magnetic Vortex: Cell-sized 3-D Structure Could Hold Key For Next-gen Hard Drives - also here
Background


Climate modeling

References:
  1. September 9, 2006 - Precision Climate Modeling Forecast By ORNL Researchers - also here
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. September 10, 2006 - How Many Black Holes Are There In The Universe? - also here
Background



Cancer

References:
  1. September 4, 2006 - Study Shows How Cancer Drug Aids Anti-cancer Virus
  2. September 6, 2006 - Tuning the body's defence to cancer
  3. September 6, 2006 - Test predicts chemotherapy benefit for lung cancer
  4. September 6, 2006 - Clue Found To Epstein-Barr Virus' Ability To Form And Sustain Tumors - also here, here
  5. September 6, 2006 - Combined Therapies May Boost Immune Response And Long-term Protection Against Brain Tumors
  6. September 6, 2006 - Breast density helps predict breast cancer risk
  7. September 6, 2006 - Gene signature assesses breast cancer outcomes
  8. September 6, 2006 - Cell-regulating gene may predict survival outcomes for breast cancer patients
  9. September 6, 2006 - Study shows p53's pathological responses to DNA damage are irrelevant to tumor suppression
  10. September 7, 2006 - Genetic map identifies close to 200 cancer genes
  11. September 7, 2006 - Killer cancer genes ID'd
  12. September 7, 2006 - Tumour survey unearths wealth of mutants
  13. September 7, 2006 - Study uncovers mechanism of drug resistance in form of lung cancer - also here
  14. September 8, 2006 - Scientists Tie About 200 Genes to Cancer - also here
  15. September 8, 2006 - Genome code cracked for breast and colon cancers
  16. September 8, 2006 - New switch found for turning off a tumor signal
  17. September 9, 2006 - Unusual Three-drug Combo Inhibits Growth Of Aggressive Tumors - also here, here
Background


Synaesthesia

References:
  1. September 4, 2006 - Paintings can be heard as well as seen - also here
  2. September 5, 2006 - Did Kandinsky hear his paintings?
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. September 4, 2006 - Research at Argonne helps Abbott Labs develop anti-HIV drug
  2. September 6, 2006 - AIDS Vaccine Progress Published in Virology
  3. September 10, 2006 - Researchers Discover HIV Dependence On A Human Protein - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Researchers Map Out Networks That Determine Cell Fate
  2. September 5, 2006 - Lost In The Labyrinth: Decoding The Instructions That Tell Cells How To Become Blood - also here
  3. September 5, 2006 - Genetic secrets of human egg discovered
  4. September 6, 2006 - Scientists Crack Genetic Secrets Of Human Egg - also here
  5. September 6, 2006 - Who gives stem cells their marching orders? - also here
  6. September 6, 2006 - Italians report stem-cell advances
  7. September 8, 2006 - Lab Links Gene To Aged Skin Problems, Cancer
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - New Findings Could Lead To Vaccine For Severe Malaria
Background


High-protein diet and PYY hormone

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - High-protein diet reduces appetite
  2. September 6, 2006 - Eating Protein Boosts Hormone That Staves Off Hunger
  3. September 6, 2006 - Hello Protein, Goodbye Fat
Background


Control of carbohydrate-fat metabolism

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Disabling A Carbohydrate Trigger Reduces Obesity And Appetite
Background


Imitation in monkeys

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Proved: Monkey see, monkey do
  2. September 5, 2006 - Social Imitation In Neonatal Monkeys - also here
  3. September 5, 2006 - Social imitation found in rhesus monkeys
Background


Evolution of photosynthesis

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Recent Symbiosis Offers Clues to Plant Photosynthesis
  2. September 16, 2006 - Rare Evolutionary Example Of 'Recent' Embosymbiont Offers Clues To How Plants Came To Be
Background


Evolution of genomes

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Researcher Studies Gene Families To Explore Diversity And Evolution
Background, Background


Mathematical biology

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Spread Of Plant Diseases By Insects Can Be Described By Equations That Model Interplanetary Gravity - also here
Background


Psychoneuroimmunology

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - A new approach to rheumatoid arthritis
  2. September 7, 2006 - Mind-body Connection: How Central Nervous System Regulates Arthritis - also here
Background


Genetics and personality

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Party animal? Don't blame your genes
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. September 5, 2006 - Africa Wrestles With Extreme TB
  2. September 6, 2006 - 'Virtually untreatable' TB found
  3. September 6, 2006 - Drug-Resistant TB in South Africa Draws Attention From U.N.
  4. September 6, 2006 - Interview: Fatal TB Likely Widespread - also here
Background


Balance between aging and cancer susceptibility

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Loss of Anticancer Gene Retards Aging in Stem Cells
  2. September 6, 2006 - The Price of Preventing Cancer
  3. September 6, 2006 - Gene Found to Switch Off Stem Cells During Aging
  4. September 7, 2006 - Studies find general mechanism of cellular aging - also here, here
  5. September 7, 2006 - Gene Called Link Between Life Span and Cancers
Background, Background, Background


Use of ultrasound for drug delivery

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Ultrasound helps drugs get into cells - also here
  2. September 6, 2006 - Ultrasound Delivers Therapeutic Molecules Into Living Cells - also here, here
Background


Location of semantic memory

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Scientists identify brain's concept control core
  2. September 6, 2006 - Strange ducks shape brain science
  3. September 7, 2006 - Semantic memory pinpointed in the brain
Background, Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - New hypertension pills cut diabetes risk by third
  2. September 8, 2006 - Drug unlikely to slow type 2 diabetes progression
  3. September 8, 2006 - Claiming diagnostic tests for diabetes genes is misleading, say experts
Background


Altruistic behavior in chimpanzees

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Male Chimpanzees Show a Caring Side
  2. September 6, 2006 - Chimps consider risk when crossing roads
  3. September 7, 2006 - Why did the chimp cross the road?
  4. September 10, 2006 - Road-crossing In Chimpanzees: A Risky Business
  5. September 14, 2006 - How did the chimpanzee cross the road?
Background


Long-term memory and growth factors

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Proteins Necessary For Brain Development Found To Be Critical For Long-term Memory - also here, here
Background


Dual-purpose gene in C. elegans

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Biologists identify gene that coordinates two cellular processes - also here
Background


Olive oil, polyphenols, and heart disease

References:
  1. September 6, 2006 - Virgin olive oil deemed especially heart healthy - also here
Background, Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Trial of H5N1 vaccine effective in low doses
  2. September 7, 2006 - Chinese bird flu vaccine shows best results yet
  3. September 10, 2006 - Study Adds Details on Bird Flu, Humans - also here
Background


Protein rearrangement

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - 'Frankenstein protein' defies biology textbooks
  2. September 8, 2006 - Protein splicing upsets the DNA colinearity paradigm - also here, here
  3. September 8, 2006 - 'Mix and match' proteins found
Background


Weight-loss drugs

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Diet drug offers multiple health benefits
  2. September 8, 2006 - Korean pine nut may offer help for obesity
Background


Knockout Mouse Project

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - NIH Launches Knockout Mouse Project
  2. September 7, 2006 - A Mouse for Every Gene
  3. September 7, 2006 - NIH Launches Attack on Mouse Genome
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Anticipation Plays A Powerful Role In Human Memory, Brain Study Finds - also here
  2. September 7, 2006 - Cracking The Real Da Vinci Code: What Happens In The Artist's Brain? - also here
Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Toward Cracking The Mystery Of Disease-fighter QS-21A
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Untangling a pathology of Alzheimer's - also here
  2. September 7, 2006 - Study suggests a second dimension to Alzheimer's disease - also here
  3. September 10, 2006 - Alzheimer's 'self-defence found'
  4. September 11, 2006 - Natural Protective Mechanism Against Neuronal Death In Alzheimer's Found
Background


Acetylcholine transporter

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Single genetic defect produces specific cognitive deficit in mice - also here
  2. September 7, 2006 - Defects in crucial brain protein implicated in memory loss - also here
Background, Background


Inflammation

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Researchers create mouse lacking key inflammation gene - also here
Background


Brain control of feeding behavior

References:
  1. September 7, 2006 - Appetite - it's a brain thing
Background


Anti-aging medicine

References:
  1. September 8, 2006 - Life begins at 100? Experts question age frontiers
Background


Abdominal fat and high blood pressure

References:
  1. September 8, 2006 - Abdominal fat may raise blood pressure
Background


Genetic change and speciation

References:
  1. September 8, 2006 - Genetic Surprise Confirms Neglected 70-Year-Old Evolutionary Theory - also here
  2. September 8, 2006 - Wandering Fly Gene Supports New Model of Speciation
Background, Background


Glycosylation

References:
  1. September 8, 2006 - Researchers report full humanization of therapeutic proteins from yeast - also here, here
Background


The "island rule" in evolution

References:
  1. September 8, 2006 - Scientistís persistence sheds light on marine science riddle
Background


Visual perception

References:
  1. September 8, 2006 - Seeing two figures in coordinated action helps brain pick out movements of one - also here
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. September 8, 2006 - Researcher lights the way to better drug delivery - also here, here
Background


Methylation map of Arabidopsis genome

References:
  1. September 9, 2006 - In A Technical Tour De Force, Scientists Take A Global View Of The Epigenome
  2. September 14, 2006 - Researchers Develop Epigenetic Map of Common Lab Plant
Background


RNA-directed DNA methylation

References:
  1. September 10, 2006 - Pathway Toward Gene Silencing Described In Plants
Background, Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. September 10, 2006 - Novel antibiotics hunted with microwaves
Background, Background


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