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Volume 5, Number 45
November 6, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Nanotechnology
Macroscopic quantum effects
Quantum networking
Cosmic rays and galaxy cluster evolution
Quantum coherence
Life signs on extrasolar planets
Carbon nanotubes
Micoroelectromechanical systems
Supersolids
Terahertz radiation
Solar sails

Life sciences

Human-Neanderthal mixing
Self-awareness of animals
MRSA vaccine
Avian flu
Diabetes
Language and spatial cognition
Allergic reaction and asthma
Alzheimer's disease
AIDS
Gene therapy for Parkinson's disease
Role of B-cells in multiple sclerosis
Hepatitis C
Sociality neurons
MicroRNA evolution
Cancer
Human endogenous retroviruses
Stem cells
Hunger gene
Small-molecule drug design
Evolution of oxygen-detoxifying enzymes
Antibiotics
Cell membrane proteins
Pleasure neurons
Anti-prion therapies
Brain-imaging studies
Gene amplification and environment adaptation
Extremophiles
Gene therapy
Resveratrol
Evolutionary fitness surfaces
SIDS and serotonin
Optimal body temperature for longevity
Heart regeneration
Bacterial infection process
Inflammation, atherosclerosis, and leukemia
Loss of elasticity in blood vessels
Nerve tissue regeneration
Negative effect of salt intake on cardiovascular health
New sleep drug
Noncoding DNA and human evolution
Gene related to excessive immune response
Chimapanzee culture
Drug delivery
Myelination
Influenza mortality
Electric brain stimulation to improve memory
New invertebrate phylum


Global warming

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Shrinking Ponds Signal Warmer, Dryer Alaska
  2. October 30, 2006 - U.N.: Global Warming Gases on Rise Again
  3. November 3, 2006 - Greenhouse gases hit record levels in 2005: U.N.
  4. November 3, 2006 - Climate Change Gases Reach Record Levels
  5. November 3, 2006 - 2005 set greenhouse gas record
  6. November 3, 2006 - Greenhouse gases hit record high
  7. November 3, 2006 - U.N. Says 2005 Set Greenhouse Gas Record - also here
  8. November 4, 2006 - Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Highest On Record
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Researchers Make Nanosheets That Mimic Protein Formation
  2. November 3, 2006 - Platinum Cages: Liposomes As Blueprints For Hollow Platinum Nanospheres
Background


Macroscopic quantum effects

References:
  1. November 1, 2006 - The quantum world is about to get bigger - also here
  2. November 1, 2006 - Novel Cooling Tricks Bring Mirrors Closer to Quantum Superpositions
Background


Quantum networking

References:
  1. November 1, 2006 - Physicists study remote quantum networks
Background


Cosmic rays and galaxy cluster evolution

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - 'Big bang gas' in cosmic particle-accelerator shock
  2. November 2, 2006 - Nature's Particle Accelerator
  3. November 3, 2006 - Galaxy Cluster's Ring Hints at Cosmic Shockwave
Background, Background


Quantum coherence

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Physicists Observe New Property Of Matter
  2. November 3, 2006 - Quantum coherence possible in incommensurate electronic systems - also here
  3. November 9, 2006 - Coherent Exciton Matter
Background


Life signs on extrasolar planets

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Earth: The Lone Pale Blue Dot?
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Nantero Announces Routine Use of Nanotubes in Production CMOS Fabs
Background


Micoroelectromechanical systems

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - A Casimir force for good in MEMS design
Background


Supersolids

References:
  1. November 2, 2007 - Supersolid's existence remains in dispute
Background, Background


Terahertz radiation

References:
  1. November 3, 2006 - T-ray Breakthrough Could Make Detecting Disease Far Easier - also here
Background


Solar sails

References:
  1. November 3, 2006 - Solar sail mission to rise again?
Background



Human-Neanderthal mixing

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Did Neanderthals and modern humans get it together?
  2. November 3, 2006 - More human-Neandertal mixing evidence uncovered - also here
Background


Self-awareness of animals

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Elephants see themselves in the mirror
  2. October 30, 2006 - Jumbo Reflections
  3. October 30, 2006 - Elephants not fooled by mirrors
  4. October 30, 2006 - Elephants are taking a long look in the mirror
  5. October 30, 2006 - Mirror Test Implies Elephants Self-Aware - also here
  6. October 31, 2006 - When it comes to mirrors, elephants see the point
  7. October 31, 2006 - First Evidence To Show Elephants, Like Humans, Apes And Dolphins, Recognize Themselves In Mirror
  8. October 31, 2006 - Elephants recognise themselves in mirror
  9. November 4, 2006 - Mirror Test Reveals Elephants Are No Dumbos
Background


MRSA vaccine

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Vaccine protects mice against MRSA superbug
  2. October 31, 2006 - Vaccine may work against common infection
  3. October 31, 2006 - MRSA Vaccine Shows Promise In Mouse Study
  4. October 31, 2006 - Staph vaccine shows promise in mouse study
  5. October 31, 2006 - Superbug vaccine 'shows promise'
Background, Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - New strain of H5N1 bird flu emerges in China
  2. October 30, 2006 - New Strain of Bird Flu Takes Over
  3. October 31, 2006 - Bird flu strain found in China dominates
  4. November 2, 2006 - Control Measures Fail To Stop Spread Of New H5N1 Bird Flu Virus
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Milk thistle may help diabetics
  2. October 30, 2006 - Herbal Medicine Silymarin May Help Sugar-control In People With Type II Diabetes
  3. October 31, 2006 - Test predicts blood sugar levels in diabetics
  4. November 1, 2006 - Periodontal Therapy Helps Patients With Type 2 Diabetes - also here
  5. November 2, 2006 - ACE inhibitors beneficial in type 2 diabetes
Background


Language and spatial cognition

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Language May Override Innate Human Spatial Cognition
Background


Allergic reaction and asthma

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Key Molecular Signaling Switch Involved In Allergic Disease Identified - also here, here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Researchers Track Spread Of Alzheimer's Disease Through The Brain's Hippocampus
  2. October 31, 2006 - Hope remains for Alzheimer's sufferers
  3. November 3, 2006 - Decreased TGF-beta Signaling Might Make You Demented
  4. November 3, 2006 - New Dementia Screening Tool Detects Early Cognitive Problems Missed By Commonly Used Test - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Researchers Identify Cell Line That Is Resistant To Retroviruses, Including HIV
  2. October 30, 2006 - New Protective Action For Powerful Anti-HIV Factor Identified
  3. November 2, 2006 - Scientists get snapshot of AIDS defense mechanism - also here
  4. November 2, 2006 - Study holds promise for new way to fight AIDS
  5. November 4, 2006 - Early-stage Immune System Control Of HIV May Depend On Inherited Factors - also here
Background


Gene therapy for Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Gene Therapy Appears To Reduce Symptoms Of Parkinson's By 40 Percent
Background, Background


Role of B-cells in multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Cause Of Nerve Fiber Damage In Multiple Sclerosis Identified
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Headway Against Hepatitis C: Study Shows Liver Damage Can Be Reversed - also here
Background


Sociality neurons

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - Study Identifies 'Sociality' Neurons
Background


MicroRNA evolution

References:
  1. October 30, 2006 - MicroRNA evolution put to the test
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Study finds added gene risk for breast cancer
  2. October 31, 2006 - Family cancer risk 'without gene'
  3. October 31, 2006 - Study confirms way to predict bad prostate cancer
  4. October 31, 2006 - Three New Lung Tumor Subtypes Identified In DNA Profiling Study - also here
  5. October 31, 2006 - Analysis Of Breast-cancer Gene Role Offers Promising Target - also here, here
  6. October 31, 2006 - New Evidence On Why Alcohol Consumption Is A Risk Factor For Cancer - also here
  7. October 31, 2006 - Harnessing The Measles Virus To Attack Cancer - also here
  8. October 31, 2006 - Measles virus used to kill cancer cells
  9. October 31, 2006 - Fatty fish protects against prostate cancer
  10. October 31, 2006 - PSA Level Rising Can Be Cancer Indicator - also here
  11. November 1, 2006 - Drug combo for childhood eye cancer developed
  12. November 1, 2006 - Colon cancer tumors more common in men
  13. November 1, 2006 - 'Dachshund' Gene Reverts Cancer Genes To Normal, Predicts Breast Cancer Prognosis - also here
  14. November 1, 2006 - White Blood Cells Of Cancer-resistant Mice Overwhelm Natural Defenses Of Cancer Cells - also here
  15. November 1, 2006 - Women Testing Negative For Familial Breast Cancer Gene Can Still Be At Increased Risk - also here
  16. November 1, 2006 - Newer Approach Urged In Screening For Aggressive Prostate Cancer - also here
  17. November 1, 2006 - Bacteria Could Make New Library Of Cancer Drugs That Are Too Complex To Create Artificially - also here, here
  18. November 1, 2006 - Anti-cancer virus kills brain cancer cells
  19. November 1, 2006 - Link Between Ovarian Cancer, Vitamin D Status Seen Worldwide
  20. November 2, 2006 - Faulty Gene Linked To Prostate Cancer Risk - also here
  21. November 2, 2006 - New Cancer-fighting Virus Kills Invasive Brain Cells - also here
  22. November 2, 2006 - Unique Estrogen Receptor Linked To Metastatic Breast Cancer - also here
  23. November 2, 2006 - Breakthrough In Eye Cancer Treatment - also here
  24. November 2, 2006 - Deficiency In Exposure To Sunlight Linked To Ovarian Cancer
  25. November 2, 2006 - Scientists find tumor suppressor gene protects against pre-cancerous development
  26. November 3, 2006 - Stress Hormones May Play New Role In Speeding Up Cancer Growth - also here
  27. November 3, 2006 - Research Linking Ashkenazi Jews And Breast Cancer Genes Beset By Problems
  28. November 3, 2006 - Low folate diets found to increase risk of colorectal cancer - also here
  29. November 3, 2006 - Too little folate may risk colon cancer
  30. November 4, 2006 - Keeping Cancer At Bay: Long-term Therapy In The Fight Against Multiple Myeloma - also here
  31. November 5, 2006 - Signal Protein Shows Promise For Blocking Tumor Promoters In Skin Cells - also here
  32. November 9, 2006 - Modified virus kills brain cancer in mice
Background


Human endogenous retroviruses

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Scientists Resuscitate A 5 Million-year-old Retrovirus - also here
  2. October 31, 2006 - Ancient human virus resurrected
  3. November 1, 2006 - Viral Fossil Brought Back to Life
  4. November 2, 2006 - How to Resurrect an Extinct Retrovirus
  5. November 8, 2006 - French scientists build virus from DNA
Background, Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Mini-Livers Grown in Lab
  2. October 31, 2006 - Liver cells grown from cord blood
  3. November 2, 2006 - Researchers turn cord blood into lung cells
  4. November 5, 2006 - Stem cells fill in for liver in mouse experiment - also here
  5. November 5, 2006 - Scientists Identify Synthetic Compound That Keeps Stem Cells Young
Background


Hunger gene

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Scientists Discover Hunger Gene
Background


Small-molecule drug design

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Biotechs Expand Into Small Molecules For Drug Discovery
Background


Evolution of oxygen-detoxifying enzymes

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Scientists Convert Modern Enzyme Into Its Hypothesized Ancestor
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Scientists Discover Two-component Lantibiotic With Therapeutic Potential - also here, here
Background


Cell membrane proteins

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Ghost Protein Leaves Fresh Tracks In The Cell - also here
Background


Pleasure neurons

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Study Shows Brain's Response To Pleasing -- And Changing -- Tastes
Background


Anti-prion therapies

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - A Potential Anti-prion Drug With 'Unprecedented' Potency
  2. November 1, 2006 - Researchers Developing New Strategy To Combat Prion Diseases
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Language Center Of The Brain Is Not Under The Control Of Subjects Who 'Speak In Tongues'
  2. November 2, 2006 - Tongues on the Mind
  3. November 9, 2006 - Brain Changes While Speaking in Tongues
Background


Gene amplification and environment adaptation

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Mass copying of genes speeds up evolution
Background


Extremophiles

References:
  1. October 31, 2006 - Antarctic Microbes Handle Mars-Like Conditions
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. November 1, 2006 - Muscle wasting prevented by protein-blocker
Background


Resveratrol

References:
  1. November 1, 2006 - Fountain of Youth for Fat Mice?
  2. November 1, 2006 - Wine Extract Keeps Fat Mice Healthy - also here
  3. November 1, 2006 - Wine Molecule Extends Lifespan of Fat Mice
  4. November 2, 2006 - The Fountain of Youth at the Bottom of a Wine Bottle?
  5. November 2, 2006 - Red wine molecule helps mice live longer
  6. November 2, 2006 - Red Wine Extends Lives of Fat Mice
  7. November 2, 2006 - Red Wine Molecule Extends Lifespan Of Fat Mice Lives By Reversing Obesity-Related Gene Pathways - also here
  8. November 2, 2006 - Study demonstrates improved health, survival in aged overweight male mice on resveratrol
  9. November 2, 2006 - Yes, Red Wine Holds Answer. Check Dosage.
  10. November 2, 2006 - Chemical may lengthen life
Background


Evolutionary fitness surfaces

References:
  1. November 1, 2006 - Modeling Alien Invasions: Plasticity May Hold The Key To Prevention
Background


SIDS and serotonin

References:
  1. November 1, 2006 - Serotonin problems may contribute to SIDS
Background


Optimal body temperature for longevity

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Being Cool Could Be the Key to a Longer Life
  2. November 2, 2006 - Cool mice live longer
  3. November 2, 2006 - Cooler mice live longer
  4. November 3, 2006 - Cool down - you may live longer
  5. November 3, 2006 - Cold Mice Live Longer
  6. November 3, 2006 - Reduced Body Temperature Extends Lifespan - also here
  7. November 6, 2006 - Cool mice live long and prosper
Background


Heart regeneration

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Secret of Heart Regeneration Uncovered
  2. November 3, 2006 - How To Mend A Broken Heart: Zebrafish Hold Key To Regeneration - also here
Background


Bacterial infection process

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Maps Reveal Bacteria in Transit
Background


Inflammation, atherosclerosis, and leukemia

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Promising Target For New Atherosclerosis Therapies Linked To Leukemia - also here
Background, Background, Background, Background


Loss of elasticity in blood vessels

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Veins Stiffen As We Age, Researchers Show - also here
  2. November 4, 2006 - Basic Mechanism Found In How Aging Blood Vessels Lose Their Elasticity - also here, here
Background


Nerve tissue regeneration

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Identification of a key gene required for brain neural circuit formation
  2. November 3, 2006 - Dopamine Used To Prompt Nerve Tissue To Regrow - also here
  3. November 4, 2006 - Growth Factor Stimulates Rapid Extension Of Key Motor Neurons In Brain - also here
Background, Background


Negative effect of salt intake on cardiovascular health

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Salt intake is strongly associated with obesity - also here
Background


New sleep drug

References:
  1. November 2, 2006 - Scientists Spot Mechanism Behind Promising New Sleep Drug
Background


Noncoding DNA and human evolution

References:
  1. November 3, 2006 - Neuron Cell Stickiness May Hold Key To Evolution Of The Human Brain - also here
  2. November 3, 2006 - Looking for Smarts Between the Genes
Background, Background, Background


Gene related to excessive immune response

References:
  1. November 3, 2006 - Gene Tied to Out-of-Control Immune Response
  2. November 3, 2006 - Scientists Identify A Septic Shock Susceptibility Gene - also here
  3. November 15, 2006 - New study finds on/off switch for septic shock - also here
Background


Chimapanzee culture

References:
  1. November 3, 2006 - Cool Like You
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. November 3, 2006 - Chemists Make Tiny Molecular Rings With Big Potential
Background


Myelination

References:
  1. November 3, 2006 - Major breakthrough in the mechanism of myelin formation
  2. November 3, 2006 - Researchers closer to cure for multiple sclerosis and other myelin-related diseases - also here
Background


Influenza mortality

References:
  1. November 3, 2006 - Your genes may hold key to how sick you get from the flu - also here, here
Background


Electric brain stimulation to improve memory

References:
  1. November 5, 2006 - Zapping sleepers' brains boosts memory
  2. November 6, 2006 - Brain stimulation shown to boost memory - also here
  3. November 6, 2006 - Brain Wave Boost during Sleep Sharpens Memory
  4. November 6, 2006 - A Stimulating Slumber
  5. November 7, 2006 - Electricity improves memory
  6. November 18, 2006 - Revving up recall while fast asleep
Background, Background


New invertebrate phylum

References:
  1. November 5, 2006 - New Phylum Sheds Light On Ancestor Of Animals, Humans - also here
Background


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