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Volume 6, Number 30
July 23, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Supersolids
Nanotechnology
Black holes
Quantum computing
Testing gravitomagnetism
Superconductivity
Spintronics
Mergers of galaxy clusters
Extrasolar planets
Solar cells
Atom lasers

Life sciences

TNF-α and drowsiness
DNA repair
DNA sequencing
Flavonoids in organically grown tomatoes
Cancer biology
Brain-imaging studies
Amnesia
Brain cell communication
P53 and aging
The placebo effect
Stress-control brain protein
Dispersal of modern humans
Declarative memory
Noncoding DNA
Mirror neurons and culture
Statistics of gene interactions
Cryptic species
Interferon
Proteomics
Internal motion of proteins
Evolutionary genomics
B cells
Microfluidic device for study of microbial ecology
Anesthetics
Memory formation
Protein folding
Cdk5 and formation of fear

Health and medicine

Cancer
Diabetes
Cardiovascular disease
AIDS
Alzheimer's disease
Avian flu
Crohn's disease
Dieting and glycemic index
Influenza vaccine
Heart cell regeneration
Flavonoids as antioxidants
Vitamin C
Prions
Exercise, diet, insulin in the brain, and longevity
Bipolar disorder
Metabolic syndrome
Hepatitis C
Vitamin D
Fat metabolism
Parkinson's disease
Stem cells
Nanoparticle drug delivery



Physical sciences and technology


Global warming

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - China says climate change drying up major rivers
  2. July 16, 2007 - Clues to Rising Seas Are Hidden in Polar Ice
  3. July 17, 2007 - Glaciers in Retreat
  4. July 19, 2007 - Melting glaciers will dominate sea-level rise
  5. July 20, 2007 - Small glaciers play large part in sea level rise
  6. July 20, 2007 - Glaciers And Ice Caps To Dominate Sea Level Rise This Century, Says New Study - also here, here
  7. July 22, 2007 - Melting Glaciers On The Tibetan Plateau
Background


Supersolids

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - Supersolid, with a Twist
  2. July 20, 2007 - Supersolid saga continues
Background, Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. July 17, 2007 - Nano Propellers Pump With Proper Chemistry - also here, here
  2. July 19, 2007 - Engineers Discover Natural 'Workbench' For Nanoscale Construction - also here, here
  3. July 19, 2007 - Scientists work to create nanogenerator
  4. July 20, 2007 - Researchers Find New Way To Fabricate Striped Nanorods
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Black holes trigger stars to self-destruct
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Diamonds offer solution for quantum computers
  2. July 20, 2007 - Trapped, Imaged Single Atoms May Enable Powerful Quantum Computing
Background


Testing gravitomagnetism

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Lunar laser ranging does it better
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - New Particle Explains Odd Behavior In Cuprate Superconductors - also here, here
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Scientists Demonstrate Efficient Electrical Spin Injection Into Silicon - also here, here
Background


Mergers of galaxy clusters

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - X-ray Satellites Discover The Biggest Collisions In The Universe - also here, here
  2. July 18, 2007 - Biggest Cosmic Collisions Occur Faster Than Expected
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - Planets Go 'Splat' on Stars
  2. July 17, 2007 - How Solar Systems are Organized
  3. July 19, 2007 - Stars play tug-of-war with dusty disc
  4. July 19, 2007 - 'Blue Needle' Presents New Challenge for Theorists
  5. July 19, 2007 - Astronomers Find 'Blue Needle' in Space
  6. July 23, 2007 - Astronomers Find Highly Elliptical Disk Around Young Star
  7. July 25, 2007 - Why So Lopsided?
Background


Solar cells

References:
  1. July 19, 2007 - New Flexible Plastic Solar Panels Are Inexpensive And Easy To Make - also here
  2. July 21, 2007 - Double-decker solar cell
Background


Atom lasers

References:
  1. July 19, 2007 - A step closer to a practical atom laser
Background



Life sciences


TNF-α and drowsiness

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - How sickness makes us sleep
  2. July 17, 2007 - Immune system, circadian clock linked
Background


DNA repair

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - Chromosome Glue Repairs Damaged DNA - also here
Background


DNA sequencing

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - New DNA Sequencing Technology Uses Firefly Enzymes To Read Genetic Code
Background


Flavonoids in organically grown tomatoes

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - Healthful Compounds In Tomatoes Increase Over Time In Organic Fields
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - Why Anticancer Vaccines Mostly Fail: Immune System 'Escape Hatch' Gives Cancer Cells Traction
  2. July 18, 2007 - Enzyme Eliminated By Cancer Cells Holds Promise For Cancer Treatment - also here, here
  3. July 19, 2007 - Scientists Identify The Cytokine IL6 As A New Chemotherapeutic Target For Ras-driven Cancers - also here, here
  4. July 19, 2007 - Scientists Take Next Step In Understanding Potential Target For Ovarian Cancer Treatment - also here, here
Background, Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. July 17, 2007 - A switch in handedness changes the brain
  2. July 17, 2007 - Alien Hand Syndrome: Nerve Impulses Can Cause Movement Even When Person Is Unaware
  3. July 18, 2007 - Looking For Something? Surprising Number Of Neurons Help Find It, Research Shows - also here
  4. July 20, 2007 - How We Know Where Our Lost Keys Are
Background


Amnesia

References:
  1. July 17, 2007 - Forget It: Old Theory on Amnesia May Be Wrong
Background


Brain cell communication

References:
  1. July 17, 2007 - Evidence Found For Novel Brain Cell Communication - also here, here
Background


P53 and aging

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Cancer-fighting gene also delays ageing: study - also here
  2. July 18, 2007 - Cancer-proof mice live longer
  3. July 19, 2007 - Anti-cancer gene p53 doubles up as anti-ageing agent
  4. July 20, 2007 - Arf, Arf for super-p53
Background, Background


The placebo effect

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Expect the Best? Placebos Are for You!
  2. July 18, 2007 - The Brain's Sweet Reward
  3. July 18, 2007 - Great Expectations: Why The Placebo Effect Varies From Person To Person - also here
  4. July 18, 2007 - Revealed: how the mind processes placebo effect
  5. July 19, 2007 - Brain region central to placebo effect identified - also here
  6. August 1, 2007 - Brain activity may explain "placebo effect"
Background


Stress-control brain protein

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Brain protein might combat feelings of despair
  2. July 20, 2007 - A Brain Chemical That Battles Despair - also here
Background


Dispersal of modern humans

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Skulls Add to "Out of Africa" Theory of Human Origins
  2. July 18, 2007 - Skulls confirm we're all out of Africa
  3. July 18, 2007 - Out of Africa, The Sequel
  4. July 19, 2007 - New Research Proves Single Origin Of Humans In Africa - also here
Background


Declarative memory

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Rat Study Describes Brain Region Connected To Declarative Memory - also here, here
Background


Noncoding DNA

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Sequencing Method Yields Fuller Picture
Background


Mirror neurons and culture

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Researchers show that culture influences brain cells - also here
Background


Statistics of gene interactions

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Whether plant or animal, new genetic model can predict its future
Background


Cryptic species

References:
  1. July 19, 2007 - 'Hidden' species may be surprisingly common
  2. July 20, 2007 - Species Detectives Track Unseen Evolution - also here, here
Background


Interferon

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - Scientists Clarify Molecular Basis Of Interferon Action - also here, here
Background


Proteomics

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - New Proteomics Research Promises To Revolutionize Biomedical Discovery - also here
Background


Internal motion of proteins

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - Proteins' Internal Motion Found To Affect Their Function: Implications For Drug Design - also here
Background


Evolutionary genomics

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - Charting ever-changing genomes - also here
Background


B cells

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - Antibody-altering protein found in developing B cells
Background


Microfluidic device for study of microbial ecology

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - Probing biology's dark matter
Background, Background


Anesthetics

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - Snail offers clue to how anesthetics work
  2. July 21, 2007 - Scientists A Step Closer To Understanding How Anaesthetics Work In The Brain - also here, here
Background


Memory formation

References:
  1. July 22, 2007 - New Mechanism Found For Memory Storage In Brain
  2. July 22, 2007 - Study: Life can alter one's memory storage
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. July 22, 2007 - Protein Pulling: Learning How Proteins Fold By Pulling Them Apart - also here, here
Background


Cdk5 and formation of fear

References:
  1. July 22, 2007 - Mechanism Behind Fear Discovered - also here
Background, Background



Health and medicine


Cancer

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - New test pinpoints deadliest prostate cancers
  2. July 16, 2007 - FDA approves J&J test for breast cancer spread
  3. July 16, 2007 - Hyperthermia Plus Chemotherapy Improves Outlook For Sarcoma Patients - also here
  4. July 16, 2007 - Src Inhibitors May Prove Beneficial In Breast Cancer Therapy
  5. July 16, 2007 - Grapefruit link to breast cancer
  6. July 16, 2007 - Taking drugs with food may take a bite out of costs
  7. July 17, 2007 - Lots of fruit, vegetables don't stop breast cancer
  8. July 17, 2007 - Diet does not improve breast cancer survival
  9. July 17, 2007 - Intensive diet doesn't prevent breast cancer: study
  10. July 17, 2007 - No Cancer Benefit From Extra Fruits and Veggies
  11. . July 17, 2007 - Fruits, Veggies Don't Stop Cancer Return - also here
  12. July 17, 2007 - Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma On The Rise, Research Shows - also here, here
  13. July 17, 2007 - Rates of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma increase over 30 years
  14. July 17, 2007 - Researchers Identify New Combination Therapy That Promotes Cancer Cell Death - also here, here
  15. July 17, 2007 - FDA approves new breast cancer lab test
  16. July 18, 2007 - Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: Chemotherapy Before Surgery Appears Better Than Surgery Alone
  17. July 18, 2007 - Exceeding '5 A Day' Guide For Veggie, Fruit Intake Doesn't Reduce Chance Of Breast Cancer Recurrence, Study Finds - also here
  18. July 18, 2007 - Extra fruit, veggies don't seem to stop breast cancer's return
  19. July 18, 2007 - New Research Provides Hope For Childhood Cancer Sufferers - also here, here, here, here
  20. July 18, 2007 - Commentary Highlights Impact Of Food-cancer Drug Interactions
  21. July 20, 2007 - Molecular Detectors May Refine Cancer Treatment - also here, here
  22. July 20, 2007 - Protein Protects Anti-cancer Gene From Chemical Shutdown - also here
  23. July 20, 2007 - Link between brain tumor proteins identified - also here, here
  24. July 22, 2007 - Obesity Found To Be A Risk Factor For Multiple Myeloma - also here, here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - Calcium, vitamin D may lower diabetes risk
  2. July 16, 2007 - Older diabetes drugs as effective as newer ones
  3. July 16, 2007 - Older and cheaper pills just fine for diabetes
  4. July 16, 2007 - Older Diabetes Drug Sometimes the Best Choice
  5. July 17, 2007 - Red Blood Cells 'Talk' To Platelets, With Implications For Diabetes
  6. July 18, 2007 - Adult Type 2 Diabetes: Poor Information On Diet, But Exercise Seems Good
  7. July 18, 2007 - Rapid-acting insulin analogues in diabetes mellitus type 1 -- superiority not proven
  8. July 20, 2007 - Vitamin A protein may reveal hidden body fat
  9. July 29, 2007 - Older Is Better: Top Ten Comparison Of Diabetes Drugs Give Metformin Top Grade - also here
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - Living near busy road may promote atherosclerosis
  2. July 16, 2007 - Living near high traffic raises heart risks: study
  3. July 16, 2007 - Pain drugs have different heart risks
  4. July 16, 2007 - Weight training can help with heart trouble: AHA
  5. July 16, 2007 - Weight lifting helpful for heart disease patients
  6. July 16, 2007 - Pumping iron may help heart patients after all
  7. July 16, 2007 - Weight Training for Heart Disease
  8. July 16, 2007 - Weight training helps heart patients
  9. July 17, 2007 - Blood triglycerides seen as heart attack predictor
  10. July 18, 2007 - Adding blood thinners doesn't prevent heart attack
  11. July 18, 2007 - Study finds gene changes that affect heart disease
  12. July 19, 2007 - Hostility linked to artery-clogging plaque
  13. July 20, 2007 - High Nonfasting Triglyceride Levels Associated With Increased Risk For Cardiovascular Events
  14. July 20, 2007 - Scientists Lift Lid On Genetics Of Coronary Artery Disease - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - New clue for HIV drug side effects: study
  2. July 16, 2007 - New Treatment Model For HIV Developed
  3. July 16, 2007 - Clues To Future Evolution Of HIV Come From African Green Monkeys - also here
  4. July 17, 2007 - Study finds HIV protease inhibitor drugs may adversely affect the scaffolding of the cell nucleus - also here
  5. July 18, 2007 - HIV patients build normal immune strength in study - also here
  6. July 19, 2007 - Genetic variation may lower HIV load by 90%
  7. July 19, 2007 - A Genetic Knack for Tackling HIV
  8. July 20, 2007 - Genomic Analysis Uncovers New Targets For HIV Vaccine - also here
  9. July 20, 2007 - Main Genetic Variants Involved In Response To HIV Identified - also here
  10. July 20, 2007 - Team finds clues to resisting HIV
  11. July 21, 2007 - AIDS Abated: Genome scans illuminate immune control of HIV
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. July 16, 2007 - Curry ingredient may fight Alzheimer's: study - also here
  2. July 17, 2007 - Common spice may help Alzheimer's patients
  3. July 17, 2007 - Ghosh, curry could be the new cure for Alzheimer's disease
  4. July 17, 2007 - Scientists Isolate Chemical In Curry That May Help Immune System Clear Plaques Found In Alzheimer's - also here
  5. July 19, 2007 - Specific Statin Significantly Reduces Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Disease Risk, Study Shows - also here
  6. July 19, 2007 - Simvastatin -- For hearts and minds?
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. July 17, 2007 - New Ferret Model May Measure Pandemic Potential Of H5N1 Influenza Viruses In Humans
Background


Crohn's disease

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Experimental drug effective for Crohn's disease
  2. July 18, 2007 - Gene Identified For Crohn's Disease In Children - also here, here
  3. July 19, 2007 - New Therapy Is Effective For Patients With Crohn's Disease, According To Studies
Background


Dieting and glycemic index

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Lentils Better Than White Bread For Dieting
Background


Influenza vaccine

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Universal Flu Vaccine Being Tested On Humans - also here, here
Background


Heart cell regeneration

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Can Heart Tissue Be Regenerated? Mature Heart Cells, Given The Right Environment, Can Replicate - also here
Background


Flavonoids as antioxidants

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Flavonoids In Orange Juice Make It A Healthy Drink, Despite The Sugar - also here, here
Background


Vitamin C

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Vitamin C Offers Little Protection Against Colds, Review Finds - also here
  2. July 18, 2007 - Vitamin C pills don't combat colds: researchers
Background, Background


Prions

References:
  1. July 18, 2007 - Persistent prions: soilbound agents are more potent
Background


Exercise, diet, insulin in the brain, and longevity

References:
  1. July 19, 2007 - Key to a long life -- less insulin in the brain - also here, here
  2. July 20, 2007 - Fat Old Mice Sever the Tie Between Fit and Trim
  3. July 20, 2007 - Shielding The Brain From Too Much Insulin Can Prolong Life - also here
  4. July 20, 2007 - New Clue Into How Diet And Exercise Enhance Longevity - also here
  5. July 21, 2007 - Reducing Insulin Signaling In The Brain Can Prolong Lifespan
Background, Background


Bipolar disorder

References:
  1. July 19, 2007 - Lithium For Pediatric Bipolar Disorder? - also here
  2. July 20, 2007 - Manic mood swings can destroy grey matter
  3. July 21, 2007 - Manic Depression Linked With Brain Tissue Loss - also here
Background


Metabolic syndrome

References:
  1. July 19, 2007 - Metabolic Syndrome: Don't Blame The Belly Fat - also here, here
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. July 19, 2007 - Mathematical Model Identifies Genes Which Battle Hepatitis C - also here, here
Background


Vitamin D

References:
  1. July 19, 2007 - Vitamin D Deficiency: Common And Problematic Yet Preventable - also here
Background


Fat metabolism

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - New Role For Protein In Fat Cells May Improve Understanding Of Obesity And Diabetes - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. July 20, 2007 - Investigating the causes of Parkinson's disease
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. July 22, 2007 - New Method Of Adult Stem Cell Growth Treats Cornea Disorders - also here
Background


Nanoparticle drug delivery

References:
  1. July 22, 2007 - Tiny magnets help drugs reach the spot
Background, Background


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