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Volume 6, Number 26
June 25, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Black holes
Global warming
Nanotechnology
Extrasolar planets
NanoSQUIDs
Hydrogen storage
Climate modeling
Supersolids
Dark galaxies
Carbon nanotubes
Hurricanes and global warming
Photonic crystal lasers
Iron in the Earth's core
Composition of mantle rock
Quantum dots and teleportation
Fundamental constants
Quantum entanglement
Gravity Probe B
Pioneer anomaly
Self-organizing systems
Large Hadron Collider
Gravitational waves
Quark stars and extra dimensions
Stellar weather

Life sciences

Chicken brain atlas
Listeria monocytogenes virulence
Circadian rhythms and gene expression
Plant innate immunity
Functional development of neurons
Calorie restriction and longevity
Memory T cells
Stem cells from cloned primates
Fat metabolism during exercise
Communication between brain regions
Enzyme mechanism
Exobiology
Neanderthals
Proteomics
Cell division
Cancer biology
Brain-imaging studies
CO2 absorption by forests
Brain's navigation system
Microtubules
Speech perception
Gene expression in neurons
Memory in blind people
Insulin-regulated aminopeptidase and memory
Mathematical model of tumor development
Invertebrate innate immune systems
Parthenogenesis in sharks
Pitch perception
Gene activation by CREB
Therapeutic drugs from transgenic mushrooms

Health and medicine

Viral drug resistance
Avian flu
Stem cells
Alzheimer's disease
Cholesterol-lowering drug
Rheumatoid arthritis
Retinoic acid and autoimmune/inflammatory diseases
TRAIL and inflammation control
Artificial blood vessels
RNAi therapy for brain diseases
Metabolic syndrome
High-fat diet, insulin resistance, and diabetes
Diabetes
Cancer
Cardiovascular disease
Lupus
Nanoparticle drug delivery
Drug delivery to the brain
Zebrafish model of human obesity
Myeloproliferative syndrome
Parkinson's disease
Mycobacterium avium infection
Psoriasis
Microfluidic cancer test
AIDS
Nanotechnology and cancer
Buckminsterfullerenes and allergies
Autism
Anti-cholesterol gene
Gene therapy for Parkinson's disease
Tuberculosis
Side-effects of NSAIDs
Gene therapy
Antibiotic resistance
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus



Physical sciences and technology


Black holes

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Do black holes really exist?
  2. June 21, 2007 - No More Black Holes?
  3. June 21, 2007 - Astronomers May Have Solved Information Loss Paradox To Find Black Holes Do Not Form - also here, here
  4. June 22, 2007 - A Solution to the Black Hole Information Paradox
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Med to get five times as many dangerously hot days
  2. June 18, 2007 - Arctic Thaw Springs Forward
  3. June 18, 2007 - Arctic spring comes two weeks early
  4. June 19, 2007 - Arctic spring arriving weeks earlier
  5. June 19, 2007 - Arctic Spring Comes Weeks Earlier Than A Decade Ago - also here, here
  6. June 20, 2007 - Freak winter is Europe's warmest for 700 years
  7. June 23, 2007 - Rising sea levels could divide and conquer Antarctic ice
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Electron beam 'carves' the world's smallest devices
  2. June 22, 2007 - New nano-method may help compress computer memory
  3. June 23, 2007 - Breakthrough In Nanomachining And Organic Molecular Breakdown - also here
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Hopes Dashed for Life on Distant Planet
  2. June 19, 2007 - New technique for observing faint companions
  3. June 21, 2007 - Computer Models Suggest Planetary And Extrasolar Planet Atmospheres - also here
  4. June 22, 2007 - Detecting Extra-solar Planets Now Easier With New ESO Imaging Spectrograph
  5. June 22, 2007 - Telescope limitation could reveal exoplanets
Background


NanoSQUIDs

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - 'NanoSQUIDs' to improve magnetic microscopes
Background, Background


Hydrogen storage

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Clean Energy: Carbon Nanohorns For The Storage Of Hydrogen
  2. June 19, 2007 - Practical on-board hydrogen storage is goal of new research project
Background


Climate modeling

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Climate Models Consistent With Ocean Warming Observations - also here, here
Background


Supersolids

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Single crystals go supersolid
Background, Background


Dark galaxies

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - 'Dark galaxy' continues to puzzle astronomers
Background, Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - Nanotube Adhesive Sticks Better Than A Gecko's Foot - also here, here
  2. June 20, 2007 - Carbon nanotube injectors probe living cells without damage
Background


Hurricanes and global warming

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - Is Global Warming Causing An Increase In Hurricane Activity?
Background


Photonic crystal lasers

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - High-performing Room-temperature Nanolaser Uses Honeycomb-like Photonic Crystal - also here, here
Background, Background


Iron in the Earth's core

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Mystery Of Earth's Innermost Core Solved - also here
Background


Composition of mantle rock

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Geophysicists Detect A Molten Rock Layer Deep Below The American Southwest - also here, here
  2. June 22, 2007 - New Picture Of Earth's Lower Mantle - also here
Background


Quantum dots and teleportation

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Researchers Suggest Quantum Dots as Media for Teleportation
Background, Background


Fundamental constants

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Fundamental constant is pretty much constant
Background


Quantum entanglement

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Single atom entangles two photons
Background


Gravity Probe B

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Einstein's theory is put to the test in space
Background


Pioneer anomaly

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - Exotic cause of 'Pioneer anomaly' in doubt
Background, Background


Self-organizing systems

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - Catching Waves: Measuring Self-assembly In Action - also here, here
  2. July 5, 2007 - Engineers Provide Insight Into the Dynamics of Molecular Self-Assembly
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - New start-up schedule for world's most powerful particle accelerator
  2. June 22, 2007 - World's biggest particle collider to fire up next May, CERN says
  3. June 22, 2007 - LHC will switch on in May 2008, says CERN
  4. June 25, 2007 - CERN Announces New Start-up Schedule For World's Most Powerful Particle Accelerator - also here
Background


Gravitational waves

References:
  1. June 23, 2007 - Old Math Model Aids Search For Gravitational Waves
Background


Quark stars and extra dimensions

References:
  1. June 24, 2007 - Astronomers look to quark stars for a fifth dimension
Background


Stellar weather

References:
  1. June 24, 2007 - Stars May Have Weather
  2. June 25, 2007 - Weather observed on a star for the first time
  3. June 25, 2007 - Stars Have Earth-Like Weather
  4. June 26, 2007 - A Stellar Forecast
  5. June 26, 2007 - Big stars have weather too
Background



Life sciences


Chicken brain atlas

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Inside the brain of a chicken
Background


Listeria monocytogenes virulence

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Deprived Bacteria Grow Up Meaner
Background


Circadian rhythms and gene expression

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Circadian Rhythms Dominate All Life Functions, According To Study
Background


Plant innate immunity

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - On The Defense: Conserved Features Of Plant Innate Immunity
Background


Functional development of neurons

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Protein is linked to functional development of brain neurons
Background


Calorie restriction and longevity

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Biologists link calorie restriction, endocrine function in worm longevity
  2. June 30, 2007 - Nerves Are Key to Longevity Effect
Background


Memory T cells

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - How 'Memory' T Cells Curb The Spread Of Viruses Throughout The Body - also here
Background


Stem cells from cloned primates

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Researchers Derive Stem Cells From Monkeys
  2. June 19, 2007 - Stem cells from cloned primates
  3. June 20, 2007 - Scientists move closer to human therapeutic cloning
  4. June 30, 2007 - Human therapeutic cloning moves closer to reality
Background


Fat metabolism during exercise

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Burning Fat And Carbohydrate During Exercise
Background


Communication between brain regions

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - You May Not Have Rhythm, but Your Brain Does
Background


Enzyme mechanism

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - How Enzymes Work: Central Mechanism Discovered - also here
Background


Exobiology

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - Plant Life On Extrasolar Earthlike Planets Could Be Black - also here
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - Neanderthal Man Was An Innovator
Background


Proteomics

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - General 'Control Switch' For Protein Activity Developed
Background


Cell division

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - Modeling Cell Division: How A Cell Interacts With Its Microenvironment
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - A Novel Approach To Cancer Therapy
  2. June 22, 2007 - Targeting key proteins of carcinogenesis - also here, here
Background, Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - Name that feeling: You'll feel better - also here
  2. June 21, 2007 - Brain's Voluntary Chain-of-command Ruled By Not One But Two Captains - also here
  3. June 27, 2007 - Putting Feelings Into Words Produces Therapeutic Effects In The Brain - also here
Background


CO2 absorption by forests

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - Scientists Close In On Missing Carbon Sink - also here, here
Background


Brain's navigation system

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Brain's Inertial Navigation System Pinpointed
Background


Microtubules

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Surprising Origin Of Cell's Internal Highways - also here
Background


Speech perception

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Zeroing In On The Brain's Speech 'Receiver' - also here
Background


Gene expression in neurons

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Scientists Switch Gene Expression On And Off In Neurons - also here
Background, Background


Memory in blind people

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Blind People Have Superior Memory Skills
  2. June 22, 2007 - Blind People Are 'Serial Memory' Whizzes
Background


Insulin-regulated aminopeptidase and memory

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - Dementia Discovery Chosen For Synchrotron Testing
Background


Mathematical model of tumor development

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - Mathematics Reveals Genetic Pattern Of Tumor Growth - also here, here
Background, Background


Invertebrate innate immune systems

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - Invertebrate Immune Systems Are Anything But Simple - also here
Background


Parthenogenesis in sharks

References:
  1. June 23, 2007 - Shark Expert Comments On Parthenogenesis
  2. June 24, 2007 - Shark Bite Leads to Reproduction Mystery - also here
Background


Pitch perception

References:
  1. June 24, 2007 - High notes really are high
Background


Gene activation by CREB

References:
  1. June 24, 2007 - Genes Play An Unexpected Role In Their Own Activation, Study Shows
Background


Therapeutic drugs from transgenic mushrooms

References:
  1. June 24, 2007 - Modified Mushrooms May Yield Human Drugs - also here, here
Background



Health and medicine


Viral drug resistance

References:
    June 18, 2007 - Drug resistance doesn't always come from drugs
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Bird flu kills hundreds poultry in northern Vietnam
  2. June 18, 2007 - Bird flu kills one in Vietnam
  3. June 19, 2007 - New Insights Into Enzyme That Enables Avian Flu Virus To Spread
  4. June 19, 2007 - Bird flu found in Siberian ducks
  5. June 21, 2007 - Vietnam reports 2nd bird flu death this month
  6. June 22, 2007 - Togo confirms H5N1 bird flu virus at poultry farm
  7. June 22, 2007 - Bird flu resurfaces in Vietnam
  8. June 22, 2007 - Tamiflu could halve pandemic flu death toll: study
  9. June 24, 2007 - Three cases of H5N1 bird flu confirmed in Germany
  10. June 24, 2007 - Deadly bird flu strain resurfaces in Germany
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Blood vessels in rats made from stem cells: study - also here
  2. June 19, 2007 - Spare the Embryo, Save the Stem Cell
  3. June 21, 2007 - Five Genetic Themes Key To Keeping Stem Cells In A Primitive, Flexible State Have Been Identified - also here
  4. June 22, 2007 - Company says grows embryo-safe stem cells - also here
  5. June 22, 2007 - How To Boost The Number And Function Of Cardiac Stem Cells
  6. June 22, 2007 - Stem cells to repair damaged heart muscle
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Alzheimer's-associated Enzyme Can Disrupt Neural Activity In The Brain - also here
  2. June 22, 2007 - Omega-3 Supplements Can Help With Alzheimer's Symptoms, Study Suggests - also here, here
  3. June 22, 2007 - Paving The Way Toward A Vaccine Against Alzheimer's Disease - also here
Background


Cholesterol-lowering drug

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - New Mechanism Of Cholesterol Lowering Drug Discovered
Background


Rheumatoid arthritis

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Risk Of Lymphoma In Rheumatoid Arthritis Decreased By Long-term Treatment With Steroids
  2. June 18, 2007 - Increased Alcohol Intake Associated With Decreased Risk Of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis - also here
  3. June 18, 2007 - Smoking, low levels of education and glucose tolerance increase risk of rheumatoid arthritis
  4. June 20, 2007 - One-fifth Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients In Drug-free Remission Following A Specific Treatment
Background


Retinoic acid and autoimmune/inflammatory diseases

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Potential Role For Retinoic Acid In Autoimmune And Inflammatory Diseases Identified
Background


TRAIL and inflammation control

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Hot On The TRAIL Of Controlling Inflammation In Bacterial Meningitis
Background


Artificial blood vessels

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - 'Off-the-shelf' Artificial Blood Vessels Developed - also here
Background


RNAi therapy for brain diseases

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Research brings hope of curing brain disease
Background, Background, Background


Metabolic syndrome

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - College Students Face Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Metabolic Syndrome
Background


High-fat diet, insulin resistance, and diabetes

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Uncoupling A High-fat Diet From Insulin Resistance And Diabetes
Background, Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. June 18, 2007 - Diabetes poses health risks early on, study finds
  2. June 19, 2007 - Women With Diabetes Left Behind In Drop In Death Rates - also here
  3. June 19, 2007 - U.S. notes rise in female diabetic deaths
  4. June 19, 2007 - Study suggests ominous trend for women with diabetes
  5. June 20, 2007 - Spoonful of cinnamon helps blood sugar stay down - also here
  6. June 21, 2007 - A drink with meals lowers blood sugar afterwards
  7. June 22, 2007 - Stroke risk doubles after diabetes diagnosis
  8. June 22, 2007 - Insulin pill may mean end to daily shots
  9. June 22, 2007 - 'Insulin pill' hope for diabetes
  10. June 24, 2007 - Bristol, Glaxo diabetes drugs test new concept
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Breast Cancer May Come From Dad
  2. June 19, 2007 - Breast cancer genes can come from father - also here
  3. June 19, 2007 - Toward A Much-needed New Test For Cancer Of The Urinary Bladder
  4. June 19, 2007 - Prostate specific antigen: A review of PSA use in screening for prostate cancer
  5. June 19, 2007 - Women with few older female relatives face cancer threat
  6. June 20, 2007 - Family Tree can reveal much about Breast Cancer
  7. June 20, 2007 - Breast cancer risk models flawed, study shows
  8. June 20, 2007 - Bones mined for cancer-seeking missiles
  9. June 20, 2007 - One-step Breast Cancer Treatment Combines Radiation, Surgery - also here
  10. June 20, 2007 - Family Structure Size Could Affect Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Accuracy For BRCA Gene Testing - also here
  11. June 20, 2007 - In 'Spontaneous' Liver Cancer, Researcher Sees A Cure - also here, here
  12. June 20, 2007 - Gene Test Not Needed If Cancer Drug Given In Low Doses, Study Suggests - also here
  13. June 20, 2007 - Breast cancer study halted
  14. June 20, 2007 - Breast Cancer Drug Study Canceled
  15. June 21, 2007 - Diet plus exercise up survival after breast cancer
  16. June 21, 2007 - New Tumour Markers 'Spot The Differences'
  17. June 21, 2007 - Novel Version Of Common Virus Pitted Against Cancer - also here
  18. June 21, 2007 - Scientists show protein accelerates breast cancer progression in animal models - also here
  19. June 22, 2007 - New Method For Combating Prostate Cancer Under Development - also here
  20. June 22, 2007 - Potential New Cancer Drug Target Identified
  21. June 22, 2007 - Sea squirt may help fight cancer
  22. June 23, 2007 - Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Slow Prostate Cancer Growth
  23. June 24, 2007 - Marker Predicts Pancreatic Cancer Outcome After Surgery, Surgeon Finds - also here
  24. June 24, 2007 - New Treatment Slows Growth Of Colon And Liver Cancers In Mice - also here
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Stroke raises long-term heart attack risk
  2. June 19, 2007 - Blood pressure linked to development of glaucoma
  3. June 20, 2007 - Bacterial Pneumonia Patients At Increased Risk Of Major Heart Problems - also here, here
  4. June 20, 2007 - Study Revises Risk Factors for Women on Hormones
  5. June 21 2007 - Middle-aged U.S. women seen with higher stroke risk - also here
  6. June 21, 2007 - HRT may prevent heart symptoms in younger women - also here
  7. June 21, 2007 - Estrogen Therapy In Younger Postmenopausal Women Linked To Less Plaque In Arteries - also here, here, here
  8. June 21, 2007 - Enlarged Heart Linked To Obesity, Study Shows - also here, here
  9. June 21, 2007 - More Women Than Men Having Mid-life Stroke - also here, here
  10. June 21, 2007 - Postmenopausal hormone therapy and coronary disease -- the truth of the matter
  11. June 21, 2007 - Estrogen use lowered one risk factor for heart disease among some younger postmenopausal women
  12. June 21, 2007 - Doctors change course again on estrogen therapy
  13. June 21, 2007 - Estrogen may benefit women in their 50s - also here, here, here
  14. June 24, 2007 - Type 1 diabetes and heart disease -- Heavier may mean healthier
Background


Lupus

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Over One-third Of Refractory Lupus Patients Remain Stable After Receiving B-cell Depletion Therapy
  2. June 19, 2007 - Treatment Provided Improvement In Symptoms In 46 Percent Of Lupus Patients
Background


Nanoparticle drug delivery

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Nanoparticle Offers Promise For Treating Glaucoma - also here, here
Background, Background


Drug delivery to the brain

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Blood-brain Barrier Breached By New Therapeutic Strategy
Background


Zebrafish model of human obesity

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Fat Fish Put Obesity On The Hook - also here, here
Background


Myeloproliferative syndrome

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - Bone Marrow Microenvironment Can Contribute To Blood Cell Disorder
  2. June 20, 2007 - Pre-cancerous Blood Diseases Can Be Products Of Their Environment
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - PINK1 protects from Parkinson's
  2. June 20, 2007 - Protein Pathway Involved In Parkinson Disease Development Identified - also here
  3. June 21, 2007 - Study identifies novel Parkinson's disease drug target
  4. June 22, 2007 - High Blood Levels Of Urate Linked To Lower Risk Of Parkinson's Disease
  5. June 23, 2007 - Novel Parkinson's Disease Drug Target Identified
Background


Mycobacterium avium infection

References:
  1. June 19, 2007 - 'Acquired' DNA Key To Certain Bacterial Infection - also here, here
Background


Psoriasis

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - Long-term Etanercept Treatment Reduces Psoriasis Severity Without Increased Adverse Events
Background


Microfluidic cancer test

References:
  1. June 20, 2007 - FISH On A Chip Offers Quicker, Less Costly Cancer Diagnosis - also here, here
Background, Background


AIDS

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Ancient trade-off may explain why humans get HIV
  2. June 21, 2007 - Ancient disease resistance made us vulnerable to HIV
  3. June 21, 2007 - Defense against Ancient Virus Opened Door to HIV
  4. June 21, 2007 - Ancient viral battle left people vulnerable to HIV
  5. June 21, 2007 - Fossil Virus Gives Clues to HIV Susceptibility
  6. June 22, 2007 - Human Immunity To 'Viral Fossil' May Help Explain Our Vulnerability To HIV
  7. June 23, 2007 - HIV infection theory challenged
Background


Nanotechnology and cancer

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Nanospheres leave cancer no place to hide
  2. June 24, 2007 - Nanoparticle Seeks Out And Binds With Cancer Cells - also here
Background, Background


Buckminsterfullerenes and allergies

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Buckyballs To Fight Allergy? - also here
  2. July 6, 2007 - Buckyballs could help fight allergies
Background, Background


Autism

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Autism-related Proteins Control Nerve Excitability, Researchers Find - also here, here
  2. June 21, 2007 - Protein mutations link to autism
  3. June 22, 2007 - Study links autism with growth hormones, big heads
Background


Anti-cholesterol gene

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Anti-cholesterol gene found in Italians
Background


Gene therapy for Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. June 21, 2007 - Gene therapy study shows safety and statistically significant improvement in Parkinson's disease - also here, here
  2. June 21, 2007 - Promising results from first gene therapy clinical trial for Parkinson's disease reported - also here
  3. June 21, 2007 - Gene therapy offers hope for easing Parkinson's
  4. June 22, 2007 - Gene therapy success for Parkinson's patients
  5. June 22, 2007 - Genzyme bets on gene therapy as others steer clear
  6. June 22, 2007 - Gene therapy treatment offers Parkinson's relief
  7. June 22, 2007 - Parkinson's Gene Therapy Breakthrough May Enter Clinical Trials by Year-End
  8. June 22, 2007 - A Gene Fix for Parkinson's?
  9. June 22, 2007 - Gene therapy promise for Parkinson's
  10. June 23, 2007 - New Treatment Promising for Parkinson's - also here
  11. June 25, 2007 - Gene Therapy For Parkinson's Disease Is Safe And Some Patients Benefit, According To Study - also here
Background, Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - Up to 30,000 have new untreatable form of TB: WHO
Background


Side-effects of NSAIDs

References:
  1. June 22, 2007 - Why Do Common Anti-inflammatory Drugs Harm Intestines? - also here
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. June 23, 2007 - Could gene therapy help alcoholics stay on the wagon?
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. June 24, 2007 - New Pathway Found To Thwart Antibiotic Resistance
Background


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

References:
  1. June 24, 2007 - Drug resistant super-bug is poised to enter UK population, say campaigners
Background


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