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Volume 6, Number 13
March 26, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

E8
Global warming
Nanomagnetic data storage
Photonic computers
AEGIS galaxy survey
Superconductivity
Spintronics
Hierarchical temporal memory
Retinal prostheses
Greenhouse gases
Future limits of semiconductor electronics
Hydrogen as fuel
Fuel cells
Nanotechnology
Plate tectonics
Robotics
Type Ia supernova simulation
Nanoscale optics
New Madrid earthquake
Metamaterials
Solar magnetic field
Earthquakes at subduction-type tectonic boundaries
Earthquake modeling
Autonomous model vehicles
Galactic history
Safety of nanoparticles
Earth's core-mantle boundary
Snowball Earth
Carbon nanotubes

Life sciences

Origins of lentiviruses
Cancer biology
Co-evolutionary arms race
Deinococcus radiodurans
Speciation and asexual reproduction in bdelloid rotifers
Imitative learning
Brain asymmetry
Yeast proteome
Trichromatic vision
Brain-imaging studies
Mathematical model of disease genetics
Sexual selection
MicroRNA knockouts
Stochastic fluctuations in cells
Migration of mitochondrial genes to the nucleus
Memory and survival of new neurons
Biofilms
Cell metabolism and Coenzyme A
Homo rudolfensis
Chimpanzee cognition
Cloning

Health and medicine

Avian flu
Autism
Neurodegenerative disease
Inflammation and cancer
Cancer
Prophylactic cancer vaccines
Parkinson's disease
Nanoparticle gene therapy for Parkinson's disease
Diabetes
Inflammation, autoimmune disease, and schizophrenia
Tomatoes and antioxidants
Addiction to tanning
Tuberculosis
Stem cells
Magnetic nanofactories
Exercise, inflammation, and heart disease
Schizophrenia
Cardiovascular disease
Antibiotic-resistant Yersinia pestis
Multiple sclerois
Brain-imaging studies
Low-carbohydrate diets
Dyscalculia
Genetic risk of coronary artery disease
MicroRNA and stress-induced heart disease
Cardiovascular benefits of flavonoids in chocolate
Autoimmune diseases
Genetics and effects of sleep deprivation
Antibiotics
Grid computing, bioinformatics, and avian flu
Tissue engineering
Heart failure


E8

References:
  1. March 18, 2007 - Math research team maps E8
  2. March 19, 2007 - Mathematicians Map E8 - also here
  3. March 19, 2007 - Mathematicians Team Up with Supercomputer to Crack 248-Dimensional Object
  4. March 19, 2007 - Mathematicians finally map 248-dimension structure
  5. March 19, 2007 - 248-dimension maths puzzle solved
  6. March 19, 2007 - Solved: sum that adds up to a big zero
  7. March 19, 2007 - Journey to the 248th dimension
  8. March 19, 2007 - Mathematics Leaps into New Dimension
  9. March 19, 2007 - Mathematicians solve century-old puzzle
  10. March 19, 2007 - Brainiacs Succeed in Mapping 248-Dimensional Object - also here
  11. March 19, 2007 - Is this the fabric of the universe?
  12. March 19, 2007 - Put on paper, this math calculation would cover Manhattan
  13. March 21, 2007 - Team Cracks Century-Old Math Puzzle - also here, here, here
  14. March 21, 2007 - Professor part of team to solve century-old math equation
  15. March 21, 2007 - Century-old math problem is solved
  16. March 27, 2007 - A Mathematical Solution for Another Dimension - also here, here
  17. April 1, 2007 - Mathematicians solve E8 structure
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - Action on warming could curb nightmare impacts
  2. March 19, 2007 - Statistical Analysis Debunks Climate Change Naysayers
  3. March 20, 2007 - Flowers, animals signal spring arrived long ago
  4. March 21, 2007 - Meteorologists say sure humans cause climate change
  5. March 22, 2007 - Southern Ocean current faces slowdown threat
  6. March 23, 2007 - Antarctic melting may be speeding up
Background


Nanomagnetic data storage

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - Can Your IPod Hold 100,000 Songs?
Background


Photonic computers

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Computers That Run On Light? Research Project Could Help Create New Photonic Devices
Background


AEGIS galaxy survey

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Hubble Pans Across Heavens To Harvest 50,000 Evolving Galaxies
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Researchers Study Superconductivity, Magnetism In Novel Material
  2. March 20, 2007 - New research reveals subtlety of superconductivity
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Advancing How Computers and Electronics Work - also here, here
  2. March 22, 2007 - Spins take their time to relax
Background


Hierarchical temporal memory

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Learn Like a Human
Background


Retinal prostheses

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Researchers Begin Tests On Next Generation Of Retinal Implant
  2. March 21, 2007 - A chip in the eye boosts sight
Background


Greenhouse gases

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Movies map global greenhouse gas movement
  2. March 21, 2007 - First Greenhouse Gas Animations Produced Using New Envisat Data
  3. March 21, 2007 - Powerful New Tool To Track Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide By Source - also here, here
  4. March 21, 2007 - Scientists announce new system for tracking carbon dioxide
Background


Future limits of semiconductor electronics

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Moore's Law hits physics in memory chips
Background


Hydrogen as fuel

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Hydrogen cars face technological hurdles: experts
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Innovative Fuel Cell Project Aimed At Meeting Large Power Needs
  2. March 22, 2007 - Improving Microbial Fuel Cells Using A Brush Full Of Microbes - also here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Biologically Based Quantum Computers? DNA, Proteins, And Peptides Could Help Construct New Nanoscale Electronics - also here
  2. March 23, 2007 - Nanotechnology Being Used In Next-generation LED Lights
  3. March 25, 2007 - Cutting-edge Technology: The World's Smallest Scissors
  4. March 26, 2007 - 'Nano-scissors' Make The Cut
Background


Plate tectonics

References:
  1. March 21, 2008 - Ancient Earth shows moving crust
  2. March 22, 2007 - Oldest chunk of Earth's crust ever found
  3. March 22, 2007 - Primordial rocks show early Earth as dynamic place
  4. March 22, 2007 - Oldest Known Ocean Crust Found on Greenland
  5. March 23, 2007 - Geophysicists Find Evidence Of First Plate Tectonics - also here, here
  6. March 23, 2007 - Found! Oldest chunk of Earth's crust
  7. March 23, 2007 - Sea floor records ancient Earth
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - If you're happy, the robot knows it
  2. March 22, 2007 - Robots with rhythm could rock your world
  3. March 23, 2007 - Working To Develop Robotic Locomotion That Mimics Amoeba - also here
  4. March 23, 2007 - S. Korean scientists want android to walk
Background


Type Ia supernova simulation

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - At last, virtual stars go kaboom on cue
  2. March 22, 2007 - Scientists compute death throes of white dwarf star in 3D - also here
  3. March 22, 2007 - Wow! Astronomers Explode a Virtual Star
Background


Nanoscale optics

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Physicists control light at the nanoscale
Background, Background


New Madrid earthquake

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Cause of historic New Madrid quake found - also here
  2. March 29, 2007 - Deep-diving West Coast Plate May Have Triggered Massive Central U.S. Quake
  3. May 2, 2007 - Source of Major Earthquakes Discovered Beneath U.S. Heartland
Background, Background


Metamaterials

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Magnifying superlenses show more detail than before
Background, Background


Solar magnetic field

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Sun's magnetic field twisted and tangled
Background


Earthquakes at subduction-type tectonic boundaries

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - The Next Great Earthquake - also here, here
Background


Earthquake modeling

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Faulted modeling
Background


Autonomous model vehicles

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Autonomous driving systems aim to drive dirty
Background


Galactic history

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Fingerprinting the Milky Way - also here, here
Background, Background


Safety of nanoparticles

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Test finds manufactured nanoparticles don't harm soil ecology - also here, here
  2. March 25, 2007 - When it comes to risk, not all nanomaterials are created equal - also here
  3. March 27, 2007 - Soil May Counteract Buckyball Danger
Background


Earth's core-mantle boundary

References:
  1. March 24, 2007 - Mineral Physics Illuminates Lower Mantle Hypothesis
Background


Snowball Earth

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - New Evidence Puts 'Snowball Earth' Theory Out In The Cold - also here
  2. March 28, 2007 - New Round in Snowball Fight
  3. March 31, 2007 - No snowball Earth after all?
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - Linear arrays of nanotubes offer path to high-performance electronics
Background



Origins of lentiviruses

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - Rabbits Shed Light on Virus's Origins
  2. March 23, 2007 - Rabbits hold key to HIV-like virus
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - Discovery May Lead To 'Smart' Therapies For Breast, Ovarian Cancer - also here, here
  2. March 20, 2007 - Protein Found To Shield Pancreatic Cancer Cells From Self-destruction - also here, here
  3. March 22, 2007 - Notorious Cancer Gene May Work By Destroying Messenger - also here
  4. March 23, 2007 - Researchers Identify Role Of Key Protein In Tumor Growth
Background


Co-evolutionary arms race

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - New Bird Species Found In Idaho, Demonstrates Co-evolutionary Arms Race
Background


Deinococcus radiodurans

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Conan the Bacterium
  2. March 21, 2007 - Researchers Uncover Protection Mechanism Of Radiation-resistant Bacterium - also here, here
  3. March 25, 2007 - Tough bug reveals key to radiation resistance
Background


Speciation and asexual reproduction in bdelloid rotifers

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - No Sex For 40 Million Years? No Problem
Background


Imitative learning

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Monkey See, Monkey Do? Novel Study Sheds Light On Imitation Learning - also here
Background


Brain asymmetry

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - 'Here boy' makes dogs wag to the right
  2. March 25, 2007 - Right, left makes a difference in tail wag
  3. March 29, 2007 - Happy dogs wag tail to right
Background


Yeast proteome

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Protein Structures For The Entire Yeast Proteome
Background


Trichromatic vision

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Now You See It: Expanding the Visible Color Spectrum
  2. March 22, 2007 - Seeing the World in a New Light
  3. March 22, 2007 - Mice made to see a rainbow of colours
  4. March 23, 2007 - Genetic Studies Endow Mice With New Color Vision
  5. March 23, 2007 - Making mice with enhanced color vision
  6. March 23, 2007 - Inserted human gene makes mice see red
  7. March 23, 2007 - Genetically Engineered Mice Show Adaptation to Full-Color Sight
  8. March 23, 2007 - Mice See New Hue With Added Gene
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Brain Scans Reveal Cause Of Smokers' Cravings
Background


Mathematical model of disease genetics

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Scientist Develops New Mathematical Model To Study Disease Genetics And Evolution - also here
Background


Sexual selection

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Why Are Male Antlers And Horns So Large?
Background


MicroRNA knockouts

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - A Tiny Knock Out
Background


Stochastic fluctuations in cells

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Cells Use 'Noise' To Make Cell-fate Decisions - also here
Background


Migration of mitochondrial genes to the nucleus

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Mitochondrial genes move to the nucleus - also here
Background


Memory and survival of new neurons

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Experience affects new neuron survival in adult brain - also here
Background


Biofilms

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Bacteria thrive on 'film'
Background


Cell metabolism and Coenzyme A

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - Study Shows Metabolic Strategy Of Stressed Cell
Background


Homo rudolfensis

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - Man's earliest direct ancestors looked more apelike than previously believed - also here
Background


Chimpanzee cognition

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - Scientific Meeting to Address How Chimpanzees Think
Background


Cloning

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - Scientists Propose Interspecies Cloning - also here, here
Background



Avian flu

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - Scientists aim for portable bird flu testing kits
  2. March 19, 2007 - New Russian drug may help fight bird flu
  3. March 19, 2007 - Two-year-old boy becomes Egypt's 26th bird flu case
  4. March 20, 2007 - Thai bird flu strain found to be resistant to drug
  5. March 21, 2007 - Health alert over Tamiflu, bird flu spreads in Myanmar
  6. March 23, 2007 - No person-to-person spread of bird flu yet
Background


Autism

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - Research To Explore Genetic Causes Of Autism
  2. March 21, 2007 - Scientists Confirm Genetic Distinction Between Heritable And Sporadic Cases Of Autism - also here
  3. March 24, 2007 - Novel DNA changes linked to autism
Background


Neurodegenerative disease

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - Researchers Hot On The Trail Of Brain Cell Degeneration - also here, here
Background


Inflammation and cancer

References:
  1. March 19, 2007 - Inflammation May Play Role In Metastasis Of Prostate Cancer - also here, here
Background, Background


Cancer

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - High-fat diet may increase breast cancer risk
  2. March 21, 2007 - Animal protein & fat raise endometrial cancer risk
  3. March 21, 2007 - To avoid colon cancer, eat more fruit, study finds - also here
  4. March 21, 2007 - Plant foods may cut breast cancer risk
  5. March 21, 2007 - Immunotherapy Does Not Prolong Life When Skin Cancer Spreads
  6. March 21, 2007 - Childhood Leukemia Survivors At Risk For Second Tumors In Adulthood - also here
  7. March 21, 2007 - Rate of secondary cancers increases over years after treatment for childhood leukemia
  8. March 21, 2007 - New Saliva Test May Help Dentists Test For Breast Cancer - also here, here
  9. March 21, 2007 - Lymph node evaluation linked to improved survival for colon cancer patients
  10. March 21, 2007 - Blood sugar 'boosts cancer risk'
  11. March 22, 2007 - Scientists find gene that may regulate colon cancer
  12. March 22, 2007 - Gene Mutation Cuts Colon Polyps, May Suppress Cancer - also here
  13. March 22, 2007 - Scientists identify a gene that may suppress colorectal cancer - also here
  14. March 22, 2007 - Mutation To Mismatch Repair Gene Associated With Colorectal Cancer
  15. March 22, 2007 - Plant Compound In Diet Associated With Decreased Risk Of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer
  16. March 22, 2007 - Increased Breast Cancer Risk Associated With Greater Fat Intake
  17. March 22, 2007 - Colon Cancer Survival Linked To Number Of Lymph Nodes Examined - also here
  18. March 22, 2007 - Small Molecule Could Act As Cancer Therapeutic - also here, here
  19. March 23, 2007 - Leukemic cells find safe haven in bone marrow - also here, here
  20. March 25, 2007 - Targeting tumors the natural way
Background


Prophylactic cancer vaccines

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Creating A Vaccine To Prevent The Development Of Cancer
Background, Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Smoking lowers Parkinson's disease risk
  2. March 21, 2007 - Dietary Supplement for Parkinson's Eyed - also here, here
  3. March 22, 2007 - U.S. to test supplement against Parkinson's disease
  4. March 22, 2007 - NIH announces phase III clinical trial of creatine for Parkinson's disease - also here
  5. March 23, 2007 - Supercomputer Simulations May Pinpoint Causes Of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Diseases - also here, here
  6. March 23, 2007 - Energy Supplement Under Study For Parkinson's Disease - also here
  7. March 23, 2007 - Institute to conduct Phase III Clinical Trial of creatine for Parkinson's disease
  8. March 26, 2007 - Creatine Parkinson trial begins
Background


Nanoparticle gene therapy for Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - DNA Nanoparticles Hold Promise In Gene Therapy For Parkinson's Disease
Background, Background, Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Risk score predicts development of type 2 diabetes
  2. March 21, 2007 - Dietary patterns linked to type 2 diabetes risk
  3. March 22, 2007 - Successful Islet Cell Transplant Without Immunosuppressive Therapy In Mice With Type 1 Diabetes
Background


Inflammation, autoimmune disease, and schizophrenia

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Schizophrenia may be linked to inflammation: study - also here
Background, Background


Tomatoes and antioxidants

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Tomatoes Grow Well In Diluted Seawater And Produce More Natural Antioxidants
Background


Addiction to tanning

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - New Study Indicates Tanning May Be Addictive
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. March 20, 2007 - Rise of a Deadly TB Reveals a Global System in Crisis
  2. March 21, 2007 - Why Is Long-term Therapy Required To Cure Tuberculosis? - also here, here
  3. March 22, 2007 - TB fight could take centuries without new tools: UN
  4. March 22, 2007 - Slowdown in TB decline worries experts
  5. March 22, 2007 - Deadly TB strain seen in Africa now in rich nations
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Fresh questions on stem cell findings
  2. March 21, 2007 - Can Stem Cells Cure Heart Disease?
  3. March 22, 2007 - Stem Cell Signaling Mystery Solved - also here, here
Background


Magnetic nanofactories

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - A Nanofactory In A Pill?
Background, Background


Exercise, inflammation, and heart disease

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Why Aerobic Exercise Is Good For The Heart
Background, Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Researchers Uncover Genetic Risk For Schizophrenia - also here
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. March 21, 2007 - Artery risk looms in seemingly healthy patients
Background


Antibiotic-resistant Yersinia pestis

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Will The Plague Pathogen Become Resistant To Antibiotics? - also here
Background, Background


Multiple sclerois

References:
  1. March 22, 2007 - Inhibiting blood to save the brain - also here
  2. March 25, 2007 - Could Estriol Be The Elixir For Multiple Sclerosis? - also here
Background


Low-carbohydrate diets

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Low-carb diet speeds initial weight loss: study
Background


Dyscalculia

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Finding Math Hard? Blame Your Right Parietal Lobe - also here
Background


Genetic risk of coronary artery disease

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Tiny Clue Reveals New Path Toward Heart Disease - also here, here
Background


MicroRNA and stress-induced heart disease

References:
  1. March 23, 2007 - Tiny molecule controls stress-induced heart disease - also here, here
Background, Background


Cardiovascular benefits of flavonoids in chocolate

References:
  1. March 24, 2007 - Chocolate improves blood vessel function: study - also here, here, here
Background, Background


Autoimmune diseases

References:
  1. March 24, 2007 - Gene Connected To A Chronic Skin Condition And Other Autoimmune Diseases Identified
Background


Genetics and effects of sleep deprivation

References:
  1. March 24, 2007 - Gene predicts sleepy performance
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - New Protein Fights Superbugs by Boosting Immune System
Background


Grid computing, bioinformatics, and avian flu

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - Global Computer Grid To Analyze Bird Flu
Background, Background, Background


Tissue engineering

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - Scientists Progress In Successful Tissue Engineering - also here
Background


Heart failure

References:
  1. March 25, 2007 - Heart failure drug helps symptoms - also here, here, here
Background


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