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Volume 6, Number 23
June 4, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Extrasolar planets
Carbon nanotubes
Black holes
Dwarf galaxies
Massive binary star systems
Global warming
Distribution of activity in galaxy clusters
Robotics
Baryonic dark matter
Spintronics
Superconductivity
Milky Way
Quantum computing
Microfluidics
Controlled fusion
Supersolids
Global warming and rainfall
Rewritable holographic memory
Very energetic event in galaxy cluster 3C438
Hurricanes and climate modeling
Red giant stars
Nearby galactic neighborhood
James Webb Space Telescope
Magnetic fields and star formation
Solar phenomena
Measuring the gravitomagnetic field
Origins of the solar system
Quantum cryptography

Life sciences

Genetics and tonal languages
Shape perception
Improved learning in mice without Cdk5
Methanogens
Brain-imaging studies
Mouse model for studying development of neural dendrites
Evolution, genetics, and personality
Live neural networks
The glutamate system
Evolutionary developmental biology
Flavanols, exercise, and memory
Parasite infectivity
Pain and short-term memory
IGF-1 and brain development
Gene expression in yeast
MircroRNA and cancer
MicroRNA in unicellular algae
DNA palindromes and genomic instability
Computer model of brain learning of muscular control
Fear and serotonin receptors
Simian decision making
Apoptosis, mitochondria, and caspase-independent cell death
Paxillin and intracellular transport

Health and medicine

Cancer
Cardiovascular benefits of whole grains
Antibiotic resistance
Diabetes
Visual genomics
Autoimmune disease, inflammation, and atherosclerosis
Alzheimer's disease
Diabetic cardiomyopathy
Avian flu
Cardiovascular benefits of soy nuts
High-carbohydrate diets and hypertension
Exercise and HDL cholesterol levels
Parkinson's disease
Drug delivery
Low HDL and heart disease
AIDS
G-SCF heart disease therapy
Bacterial infection and atherosclerosis
Cytomegalovirus infection and atherosclerosis
Stem cells
Excessive alcohol consumption and heart attack risk
Conjugated linoleic acid and body fat loss
Gene therapy
Tuberculosis
Obstructive sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease



Physical sciences and technology


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Planet-hunters find bonanza of new solar systems
  2. May 29, 2007 - Astronomers find 28 more exoplanets
  3. May 29, 2007 - Astronomers Discover 28 New Exoplanets And Four Multi-Planet Systems
  4. May 29, 2007 - Planet hunters spy distant haul
  5. May 29, 2007 - Heftier stars are more likely to host planets
  6. May 29, 2007 - Planets of Massive A Stars
  7. May 29, 2007 - Outcasts of the Milky Way
  8. May 29, 2007 - Red dwarfs could harbour life
  9. May 30, 2007 - 28 new planets, 7 new brown dwarfs reported by team
  10. May 30, 2007 - Oddball Planet Puzzles Astronomers
  11. May 31, 2007 - Supersized Planet Or Oasis In The 'Brown Dwarf Desert'? - also here, here
  12. May 31, 2007 - Massive Transiting Planet With 31-hour Year Found Around Distant Star - also here
  13. June 1, 2007 - A Hot Earth-Neptune Hybrid
  14. June 1, 2007 - Astronomers Find Their Third Planet With Novel Telescope Network
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Physicists Develop Carbon Nanotube Aerogel Optimizing Strength, Shape And Conductivity
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Star Cluster Holds Midweight Black Hole, VLA Indicates
  2. May 29, 2007 - Mystery of Runaway Black Holes Solved
  3. May 30, 2007 - 'Seat belts' restrain galaxies' black holes
  4. May 30, 2007 - Black Holes On The Loose
  5. May 30, 2007 - Intergalactic Projectiles
  6. May 30, 2007 - Spin of Supermassive Black Holes Measured for First Time
  7. May 30, 2007 - Static holes defy theory
  8. May 31, 2007 - Study predicts how fast a black hole can be booted from a galaxy - also here
  9. June 1, 2007 - Loner Black Holes Lurk in Cosmic Voids
Background


Dwarf galaxies

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Spitzer Nets Thousands Of Galaxies In A Giant Cluster - also here, here
  2. May 29, 2007 - Spitzer Space Telescope Bags Over a Thousand New Dwarf Galaxies
  3. May 30, 2007 - Dwarfs, Dwarfs Everywhere
  4. May 30, 2007 - 'Olympian Galaxy' Near Andromeda Gives Clues To How Galaxies Form
  5. May 30, 2007 - Newly Discovered Olympian Galaxy Will Provide Fresh Insights into Galactic Formation
  6. June 12, 2007 - A Pristine Galaxy Heading Our Way
Background


Massive binary star systems

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - NASA's FUSE Satellite Catches Collision Of Titans - also here
  2. May 29, 2007 - Battle of the Winds Rages at Crashing Stellar Pair
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Days Of Snow Melting On The Rise In Greenland - also here
  2. May 30, 2007 - Climate Change Signal Detected In The Indian Ocean - also here, here
  3. May 30, 2007 - Greenland Has Experienced A Significant Loss Of Ice, NASA Research Shows - also here, here
  4. May 30, 2007 - NASA researcher finds days of snow melting on the rise in Greenland
  5. May 30, 2007 - Earth nears tipping point on climate change
  6. May 31, 2007 - Earth's Climate Approaching 'Tipping Point', According To NASA - also here, here
  7. June 3, 2007 - Global warming 'is three times faster than worst predictions'
Background


Distribution of activity in galaxy clusters

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Astronomers Map Action in the Cosmic Suburbs
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Move to create less clumsy robots
Background


Baryonic dark matter

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - NASA Space Telescope Gives Scientists Depth Perception - also here
  2. May 30, 2007 - Through a Lens, Darkly
  3. May 31, 2007 - Old Idea Spawns New Way To Study Dark Matter - also here, here
  4. May 31, 2007 - Space telescope spies dark matter
  5. June 1, 2007 - MACHO matter is running out of places to hide
  6. June 5, 2007 - OGLEing a MACHO
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Magnetic 'Handedness' Could Lead To Better Magnetic Storage Devices - also here, here
  2. May 31, 2007 - Spintronic logic gate promises computing advance
  3. May 31, 2007 - New Field Of Nanotechnology Leads To Novel Control Of Quantum State In Electrons - also here, here, here
  4. June 2, 2007 - Physicists Devise Viable Design For Spin-Based Electronics - also here
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Nanoscale Imaging Reveals Unexpected Behaviors In High-temperature Superconductors - also here, here
  2. May 31, 2007 - Superconductor Discovery Solves 20-year-old Mystery
Background


Milky Way

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Streams of Stars Reveal Cannibal Nature of Milky Way
  2. May 31, 2007 - Core of the galaxy catapults stars our way
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Quantum well fires single electrons on demand
  2. June 1, 2007 - Single Spinning Nuclei In Diamond Offer A Stable Quantum Computing Building Block - also here, here
Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Microfluidic Accelerator
Background


Controlled fusion

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Laser fusion - the safe, clean way to produce nuclear energy
Background


Supersolids

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Supersolids: the plot thickens
Background, Background


Global warming and rainfall

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Planning a Picnic in a Warming World? Satellite Forecasts More Rain
  2. May 31, 2007 - Rain, Rain, Here to Stay
  3. May 31, 2007 - Warmer world gets wetter
  4. June 1, 2007 - Warming will bring more rain, study claims
Background


Rewritable holographic memory

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Switchable hologram promises memory boost
Background


Very energetic event in galaxy cluster 3C438

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Galaxy Cluster Takes It To The Extreme - also here, here
  2. June 5, 2007 - Extreme Energy Burst Detected by Chandra Telescope
Background


Hurricanes and climate modeling

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Tropical storms revealed as new factor in heat mix
  2. June 1, 2007 - Tropical Cyclones Have Role In Climate-control - also here
Background


Red giant stars

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Chronicle of a Death Foretold - also here
Background


Nearby galactic neighborhood

References:
  1. June 1, 2007 - Dwarf-flinging void is larger than thought
Background


James Webb Space Telescope

References:
  1. June 1, 2007 - NASA Pondering A Future Grapple On The James Webb Space Telescope - also here
Background


Magnetic fields and star formation

References:
  1. June 1, 2007 - XMM-Newton Reveals X-rays From Gas Streams Around Young Stars - also here
  2. June 1, 2007 - XMM-Newton Deciphers The Magnetic Physics Around Forming Stars - also here
Background


Solar phenomena

References:
  1. June 1, 2007 - Secrets of the Sun's sizzling corona
Background


Measuring the gravitomagnetic field

References:
  1. June 2, 2007 - Physicist Says Testing Technique For Gravitomagnetic Field Is Ineffective - also here, here
Background


Origins of the solar system

References:
  1. June 2, 2007 - Stellar wind may have formed our solar system
Background


Quantum cryptography

References:
  1. June 3, 2007 - 'Quantum Keys' Sent 200 Kilometers: New Long-distance Record - also here, here
  2. June 3, 2007 - Record distance set in quantum communication
  3. June 4, 2007 - New distance record for quantum communication
  4. June 14, 2007 - ESA Takes Steps Toward Quantum Communications - also here, here
Background



Life sciences


Genetics and tonal languages

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Genes may help people learn Chinese
  2. May 29, 2007 - A Genetic Basis for Language Tones?
  3. May 29, 2007 - Is Your Tongue in Your Genes?
  4. May 31, 2007 - Words in code
Background


Shape perception

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - How the brain can hear shapes
Background


Improved learning in mice without Cdk5

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - 'Smart' Mice Teach Scientists About Learning Process, Brain Disorders - also here
  2. May 29, 2007 - Turning Off Suspect Gene Makes Mice Smarter
Background


Methanogens

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Model Methanogens Provide Clues To Possible Mars Life
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Inner Workings Of The Magnanimous Mind: Why It Feels Good To Be Altruistic
  2. May 28, 2007 - Humans hard-wired to be generous
  3. May 29, 2007 - Brain Activity Reflects Differences In Types Of Anxiety - also here
  4. May 30, 2007 - The scientist and the contortionist
Background


Mouse model for studying development of neural dendrites

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Scientist Observes Brain Cell Development In 'Real Time'
Background


Evolution, genetics, and personality

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Fishing for Personalities
  2. May 30, 2007 - Evolution Of Animal Personalities - also here
  3. May 31, 2007 - Why animals have attitude
  4. June 5, 2007 - Evolution of animal personalities studied
Background, Background


Live neural networks

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Learning, Memory, And Progress Toward A Living Chip
  2. June 6, 2007 - A Step Toward a Living, Learning Memory Chip
  3. June 8, 2007 - Data stored in live neurons
Background


The glutamate system

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - New Perspective On Brain Function Now Possible - also here
Background


Evolutionary developmental biology

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Nature Surrenders Her Flowery Secrets
  2. May 30, 2007 - Why Are There No Unicorns?
Background, Background


Flavanols, exercise, and memory

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Natural Compound And Exercise Boost Memory In Mice - also here
Background, Background


Parasite infectivity

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Mutant parasites, unable to infect hosts, highlight virulence genes
Background, Background


Pain and short-term memory

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Chronic pain may impede short-term memory
Background


IGF-1 and brain development

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Growth Factors And Environment Combine To Increase Brain Maturation - also here, here
Background


Gene expression in yeast

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Yeast: The Key To Understanding How Cells Work
Background


MircroRNA and cancer

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Common Cancer Gene Sends Death Order To Tiny Killer - also here
Background, Background


MicroRNA in unicellular algae

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - MicroRNAs found in unicellular alga
Background


DNA palindromes and genomic instability

References:
  1. June 1, 2007 - Virus Widely Used In Gene Therapy Research Yields Important Clues To Genomic Instability - also here
Background, Background


Computer model of brain learning of muscular control

References:
  1. June 2, 2007 - Math Illuminates How Brain Learns To Move Our Muscles
Background


Fear and serotonin receptors

References:
  1. June 3, 2007 - New insights into the neural basis of anxiety - also here, here
  2. June 3, 2007 - Mutant mice become scaredy-cats
Background, Background, Background


Simian decision making

References:
  1. June 3, 2007 - Cogitating monkeys can calculate statistics
  2. June 6, 2007 - Monkey See, Monkey Choose
Background


Apoptosis, mitochondria, and caspase-independent cell death

References:
  1. June 3, 2007 - Cells Re-energize To Come Back From The Brink Of Death - also here
Background, Background


Paxillin and intracellular transport

References:
  1. June 3, 2007 - Cellular Message Movement Captured On Video
Background



Health and medicine


Cancer

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Ultrasound screening may catch ovarian cancer early
  2. May 28, 2007 - Scientists 'Home In' On New Breast Cancer Genes In Groundbreaking Study
  3. May 28, 2007 - Four more breast cancer genes found
  4. May 28, 2007 - New breast cancer genes discovery
  5. May 29, 2007 - First confirmed common genetic risk factors for breast cancer
  6. May 29, 2007 - Common gene mutation heightens breast cancer risk
  7. May 29, 2007 - Dietary fiber doesn't lower colorectal cancer risk
  8. May 29, 2007 - Intake Of Vitamin D And Calcium Associated With Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer Before Menopause - also here, here
  9. May 30, 2007 - FDA approves Wyeth kidney cancer drug - also here
  10. May 30, 2007 - Wyeth drug has small kidney cancer benefit: study
  11. May 30, 2007 - Can an Electric Hat Fight Tumors?
  12. May 30, 2007 - Increasing Radiation Dose Shortens Treatment Time For Women Who Choose Breast Sparing Treatment - also here, here
  13. May 30, 2007 - Innovative device to treat brain cancer shows promise in early studies
  14. May 31, 2007 - Common leukaemia pegged to inherited gene mutation
  15. May 31, 2007 - Diets high in meat boost skin cancer risk
  16. May 31, 2007 - FDA Approves New Drug For Advanced Kidney Cancer
  17. May 31, 2007 - Inherited Mutation For Leukemia Discovered - also here
  18. June 1, 2007 - Sunlight exposure may increase lymphoma risk
  19. June 1, 2007 - Doctors Conclude Temsirolimus Is Effective New Treatment For Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma - also here
  20. June 1, 2007 - Vitamins May Decrease Pancreatic Cancer Risk Among Lean People
  21. June 1, 2007 - Blood test may help signal tumor's remission, return in throat cancer patients
  22. June 1, 2007 - Dietary vitamin B6, B12 and folate, may decrease pancreatic cancer risk among lean people
  23. June 2, 2007 - Avastin helps slow lung cancer tumor growth-study
  24. June 2, 2007 - Sprycel said to work as 1st treatment in blood cancer
  25. June 2, 2007 - Avastin helps stem kidney cancer progression-study - also here
  26. June 2, 2007 - Sanofi says VEGF-Trap can help in ovarian cancer
  27. June 2, 2007 - Pfizer drug active vs advanced thyroid cancer: study - also here
  28. June 2, 2007 - Erbitux prolongs survival in head/neck cancer study
  29. June 2, 2007 - Genes May Be Key to Lung Cancer Care
  30. June 2, 2007 - If it doesn't kill you: Arsenic helps in cancer - also here
  31. June 2, 2007 - MRI finds extra breast cancer tumors, study finds
  32. June 2, 2007 - Radiation prevents spread of lung cancer to brain
  33. June 2, 2007 - Protein may be linked to melanoma recurrence
  34. June 2, 2007 - Shark cartilage no help against lung cancer:study
  35. June 2, 2007 - Study: Flaxseed Might Fight Cancer - also here
  36. June 2, 2007 - Glaxo drug shrinks tumors in kidney cancer study
  37. June 2, 2007 - Sanofi says VEGF-Trap can help in ovarian cancer
  38. June 3, 2007 - Protein Marker For Prostate Cancer Survival Identified - also here
  39. June 3, 2007 - Sanofi says Eloxatin helps survival after surgery
  40. June 3, 2007 - Bristol drug delays breast cancer progression
  41. June 3, 2007 - Elderly women fare better with lung cancer: study
  42. June 3, 2007 - MRI better at spotting precancerous growths: study
  43. June 3, 2007 - An Apple Peel A Day Might Keep Cancer At Bay
  44. June 3, 2007 - Blood Test May Help Signal Tumor's Remission, Return In Throat Cancer Patients
  45. June 3, 2007 - Well known as poison, arsenic can prolong life of leukemia patients
  46. June 3, 2007 - Genetic mutations identified for type of gastric cancer - also here
  47. June 3, 2007 - Glaxo's Tykerb helps some breast cancer patients
Background


Cardiovascular benefits of whole grains

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Study confirms heart benefits of whole grains - also here
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Drug-resistant bugs on rise outside hospital: study
  2. May 29, 2007 - Community-associated Staph Infections Involving Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria Increase - also here, here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Immunization Against Type 1 Diabetes: Mice Successfully Treated
  2. May 31, 2007 - Too Much Of A Key Protein Observed In Type 2 Diabetes Patients
  3. May 31, 2007 - Welsh medics to examine how surgery can cure diabetes
  4. June 1, 2007 - Study tests oral insulin to prevent type 1 diabetes - also here
  5. June 2, 2007 - Stem cells not required
Background


Visual genomics

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - First 4D Virtual Human Created, Dubbed CAVEman
Background, Background, Background, Background


Autoimmune disease, inflammation, and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - New Insights Into Chronic Inflammation And Atherosclerosis - also here
Background, Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Immune Antibodies Penetrate Neurons To Clear Alzheimer's-linked Amyloid
  2. May 29, 2007 - Blood Inflammation Plays Role In Alzheimer's Disease - also here, here
  3. May 29, 2007 - Yin And Yang: Balance Could Play Key Role In Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease - also here
  4. June 1, 2007 - Brain inflammation may be friend, not foe, for Alzheimer's patients - also here
Background


Diabetic cardiomyopathy

References:
  1. May 28, 2007 - Changes Related To Diabetic Cardiomyopathy Occur Soon After Diabetes Appears
Background, Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Human antibodies successfully treat bird flu
  2. May 29, 2007 - Human Antibodies Protect Mice From Avian Flu - also here
  3. May 29, 2007 - Blood of bird flu victims offers treatment: study
  4. May 29, 2007 - Avian influenza survivors' antibodies effective at neutralising H5N1 strain - also here
  5. May 29, 2007 - Scientists find bird flu antibody
  6. May 29, 2007 - New device detects avian flu strains fast - also here
  7. May 29, 2007 - A New Line of Defense Against Bird Flu
  8. May 30, 2007 - Indonesian man dies of bird flu: health ministry
  9. May 31, 2007 - Bird flu waning but global pandemic risk still high - also here
  10. June 1, 2007 - Indonesia teenager dies of bird flu: health ministry - also here
Background


Cardiovascular benefits of soy nuts

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Soy nuts reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  2. May 29, 2007 - Soy Nuts May Improve Blood Pressure In Postmenopausal Women - also here, here
Background


High-carbohydrate diets and hypertension

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - High-carb diet linked to higher blood pressure
Background, Background


Exercise and HDL cholesterol levels

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Exercise May Slightly Boost 'Good' Cholesterol Levels - also here
  2. May 31, 2007 - Long workouts best for raising good cholesterol
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Pesticides 'up Parkinson's risk'
  2. May 31, 2007 - Risk Of Parkinson's Disease Increases With Pesticide Exposure And Head Trauma - also here, here
  3. May 31, 2007 - How Brain Pacemakers Erase Diseased Messages - also here, here
  4. June 1, 2007 - Research reveals link between pesticide use and Parkinson's
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - New Designer Lipid-like Peptide With Lipid Nanostructures For Drug Delivery Systems - also here, here
Background, Background


Low HDL and heart disease

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - New Insight Into How Low HDL Causes Heart Disease
Background, Background


AIDS

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Broadly-protective HIV Vaccine May Be Possible - also here
  2. June 1, 2007 - Transformation For People With AIDS On The Horizon
Background


G-SCF heart disease therapy

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - New Hope For Severe Heart Disease Patients - also here
Background, Background


Bacterial infection and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Bacterial Infection May Contribute To Cardiovascular Disease
Background, Background


Cytomegalovirus infection and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. May 30, 2007 - Cytomegalovirus exacerbates atherosclerosis through an autoimmune mechanism - also here
Background, Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Newfound Stem Cells May Lead to Regenerative Therapies for Damaged Muscles
  2. May 31, 2007 - Existence Of Muscle-building Stem Cells Points To Regenerative Therapies For Muscular Disease
  3. May 31, 2007 - Human stem cell treatment restores motor function in paralyzed rats
  4. June 1, 2007 - Embedded nanowires could control tissue growth
Background


Excessive alcohol consumption and heart attack risk

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - For women, getting drunk boosts heart attack risk
Background


Conjugated linoleic acid and body fat loss

References:
  1. May 31, 2007 - Fatty acid supplement may aid body fat loss
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. June 1, 2007 - Gene Therapy Offers New Hope For Treatment Of Peripheral Neuropathy
  2. June 3, 2007 - Gene therapy 'hope' on impotence
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. May 29, 2007 - Resistant TB Leaves Few Options
  2. June 2, 2007 - TB Test Offers Patients Quicker And Easier Diagnosis - also here
Background


Obstructive sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. June 3, 2007 - Why Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea Are At Higher Risk For Cardiovascular Disease - also here
Background


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