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Volume 6, Number 36
September 3, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Neutron stars
Plasmons
Water on Mars
Carbon nanotubes
Global warming
Nanotechnology
Extrasolar planet formation
Computer simulation of planet formation
Rainfall and climate change
Hydrogen production
Fuel cells
Networking technology
Atmospheric oxygen
Supernovae
Microfluidics
Photonic quantum technology
Magnetic data storage technology
Cosmological models
Dwarf galaxies
Mirrors and quantum cooling

Life sciences

Survival of ancient bacteria
Neanderthals
Inventory of cellular proteins
Transcription factors
Emotion and memory
Perforins
Gene swapping in archaea
Computer simulation of evolution
Cancer biology
Evolution, gender, and longevity
Plant leaf stomata and CO2
DNA transfer from bacteria
Mathematical model of circadian rhythm
Learning strategies
Gender, handedness, and corpus callosum size
Central effects of hearing loss
Toxicity of carbon nanotubes to bacteria
Kin selection and disease resistance
Evolutionary developmental biology
Male competition and life expectancy
Regulation of potassium channels in neurons
Mast cells
Chromatid cohesion

Health and medicine

Cardiovascular disease
Cancer
Anthrax vaccine
Alzheimer's disease
Stem cell therapy for stroke
Stem cells
Avian flu
Multiple sclerosis
Modification of virus polymerase for vaccine
Diabetes
HDL cholesterol
Estrogen, dementia, and Parkinson's disease
Antibiotic resistance
Fat cells, obesity, and diabetes
Malaria
AIDS
Hepatitis C
Rheumatoid arthritis and cancer
Cancer and stem cells
Pneumonia
Antibiotics
Resveratrol and cancer
Schizophrenia
Bipolar disorder



Physical sciences and technology


Neutron stars

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Space Time Distortion, Einstein
  2. August 27, 2007 - Einstein's Warping Found Around Neutron Stars
  3. August 28, 2007 - Warped space-time helps pin down neutron star size
  4. August 28, 2007 - Space-time Distorts Near Neutron Stars As Einstein Predicted - also here, here
  5. August 28, 2007 - XMM-Newton and Suzaku help pioneer method for probing exotic matter
  6. August 29, 2007 - Warped Space-Time Helps to Understand a Collapsed Star
  7. August 29, 2007 - Neutron stars warp space-time, astronomers observe
  8. September 4, 2007 - Measuring Neutron Stars Exactly
Background


Plasmons

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Explaining a 21st Century Version of Young's Experiment
Background


Water on Mars

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - The Highs And Lows Of Martian Water Vapour
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Palladium Nanoparticle Electrodeposition on Nanotubes Results in New Flexible Hydrogen Sensors
  2. August 27, 2007 - Carbon nanotubes' electronic properties optimized for future applications
  3. August 31, 2007 - Longer is Better for Nanotube Optical Properties
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. August 28, 2007 - Greenhouse gases fueled 2006 U.S. heat - also here
  2. August 28, 2007 - NOAA Blames Hot Year on Greenhouse Gases - also here, here
  3. August 29, 2007 - Greenhouse Gases Likely Drove Near-record U.S. Warmth In 2006 - also here, here, here
  4. August 30, 2007 - Next Ice Age Delayed By Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels - also here
  5. August 30, 2007 - Study Predicts More Severe U.S. Storms - also here, here, here
  6. August 30, 2007 - Global Warming to Fuel More Severe Tornadoes and Thunderstorms
  7. August 31, 2007 - Global Warming Will Bring Violent Storms And Tornadoes, NASA Predicts - also here
  8. August 31, 2007 - NASA: Climate Change to Bring Fewer but Stronger Storms
  9. September 2, 2007 - Faster Climate Change Means Bigger Problems
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. August 28, 2007 - Molecules line up to make the tiniest of wires - also here
  2. August 29, 2007 - Researchers Learn To Control The Dimensions Of Metal Oxide Nanotubes
  3. August 30, 2007 - Two IBM discoveries add promise for nano-computing - also here
  4. August 30, 2007 - IBM Unveils Two Major Nanotechnology Breakthroughs as Building Blocks for Atomic Structures and Devices - also here, here
  5. August 30, 2007 - IBM targets single-atom data storage
  6. August 30, 2007 - The next generation: nanomagnets could replace semiconductors
  7. August 31, 2007 - Building a nanocomputer, atom by atom
  8. August 31, 2007 - IBM Nanotech Breakthroughs Point to Tech's Future Building Blocks
  9. August 31, 2007 - I.B.M. Researchers Advancing Computer Processing Ability
  10. August 31, 2007 - DNA used as a template for nanolithography
  11. September 2, 2007 - Scientists develop low-cost recipe for patterning microchips - also here, here
Background


Extrasolar planet formation

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Supersonic 'rain' pelts planet-forming disc
  2. August 29, 2007 - Water-soaked planet-forming region near star seen - also here
  3. August 29, 2007 - Astronomers Get First Look at Protoplanetary "Rainfall"
  4. August 29, 2007 - Star System Soaked With 'Rain'
  5. August 29, 2007 - Supersonic "Hail" Seeds Star Systems With Water
  6. August 30, 2007 - Supersonic 'Rain' Falls On Newborn Star - also here, here
  7. August 30, 2007 - Water pours on young star system
Background, Background


Computer simulation of planet formation

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Major Planet Formation Mystery Solved
Background


Rainfall and climate change

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Long-term Increase In Rainfall Seen In Tropics - also here, here
Background


Hydrogen production

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Hydrogen Generating Technology Closer Than Ever - also here
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - New Microbial Fuel Cell Design Boosts Electricity Production
Background


Networking technology

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Japan to Research Internet Replacement - also here, here
Background


Atmospheric oxygen

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Breathing Space for Oxygen
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Shrinking Giants, Exploding Dwarves - also here
Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Microfluidic chambers advance the science of growing neurons
Background


Photonic quantum technology

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Photonic quantum technologies could be only light years away
Background, Background


Magnetic data storage technology

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - New magnetic recording technology uses magneto-electric effect
Background


Cosmological models

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - 'Swiss cheese' universe challenges dark energy
Background


Dwarf galaxies

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Denizens of a Distant Dwarf
Background


Mirrors and quantum cooling

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Mirrors could be a key to quantum computing
Background, Background



Life sciences


Survival of ancient bacteria

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Ancient bacteria could point to life on Mars: study - also here
  2. August 27, 2007 - Frozen Bacteria Repair Own DNA for Millennia
  3. August 28, 2007 - World's Oldest Bacteria Found Living In Permafrost - also here
  4. August 28, 2007 - Bugs repair own DNA to survive eons in ice
  5. August 28, 2007 - Frozen bacteria find secret to eternal youth
  6. August 28, 2007 - Ancient microbes repair DNA
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Bones of Contention, and Dirty Too?
Background


Inventory of cellular proteins

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - First Comprehensive Study Of Proteins Inside A Single Type Of Cell
Background, Background


Transcription factors

References:
  1. August 28, 2007 - Transcription Factor's Control Of Gene Expression Illuminated - also here
  2. August 30, 2007 - Gene Regulation In Humans Is Closer Than Expected To Simple Organisms - also here, here
Background


Emotion and memory

References:
  1. August 28, 2007 - We Remember Bad Times Better Than Good - also here
Background, Background, Background


Perforins

References:
  1. August 28, 2007 - Toxic Shock: Immune System's Anthrax Link
Background


Gene swapping in archaea

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Bugs blur the species boundary
Background


Computer simulation of evolution

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - How To Speed Up Evolution: Switch Goals - also here
Background, Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - A Gene For Metastasis - also here
  2. August 30, 2007 - Cells United Against Cancer - also here
  3. August 30, 2007 - Smoking Turns On Genes -- Permanently
Background


Evolution, gender, and longevity

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Age difference is key to having most kids: study - also here
  2. August 29, 2007 - Men with younger women have more children
  3. August 29, 2007 - Mating game: Why men go for younger women - also here
  4. August 31, 2007 - In Matters Of Sex And Death, Men Are An Essential Part Of The Equation - also here
  5. September 12, 2007 - Study: Men shed light on the mystery of human longevity - also here
  6. September 17, 2007 - May/December Couples Boost Human Lifespan
Background, Background


Plant leaf stomata and CO2

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Higher river levels as more CO2 makes plants less thirsty
  2. August 29, 2007 - Leaf 'sweat glands' to worsen future flooding
  3. August 29, 2007 - Build-up of CO2 gases increases flood risk
  4. August 29, 2007 - Climate flooding risk 'misjudged'
  5. August 30, 2007 - Plants 'mess up' climate change predictions
  6. August 30, 2007 - Devastating floods will become more common, scientists warn
  7. August 30, 2007 - Global warming will get wetter yet - forecasters forgot the plants
  8. September 11, 2007 - Higher River Levels Predicted As More Carbon Dioxide Makes Plants Less Thirsty
Background


DNA transfer from bacteria

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Bacteria Get Promiscuous
  2. August 30, 2007 - Bacterial genome found within a fly's
  3. August 30, 2007 - Bacterial genes jump to host
  4. August 31, 2007 - Bacteria generous with their genes
  5. August 31, 2007 - One Species' Entire Genome Discovered Inside Another's
Background


Mathematical model of circadian rhythm

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Math Model For Circadian Rhythm Created - also here, here
Background


Learning strategies

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Back to School: Cramming doesn't work in the long term - also here, here
Background


Gender, handedness, and corpus callosum size

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Influence of sex and handedness on brain is similar in capuchin monkeys and humans - also here, here
Background


Central effects of hearing loss

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Mild Hearing Loss Leaves Lasting Impact On Neurological Processes
Background


Toxicity of carbon nanotubes to bacteria

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Nanotechnology Fights E. Coli
Background, Background


Kin selection and disease resistance

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Disease Resistance May Be Genetic - also here
Background


Evolutionary developmental biology

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - A genetic trigger for the Cambrian explosion unraveled? - also here
Background


Male competition and life expectancy

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Male deer are born to live fast, die young - also here
Background


Regulation of potassium channels in neurons

References:
  1. September 2, 2007 - A drug-sensitive 'traffic cop' tells potassium channels to get lost - also here, here
Background


Mast cells

References:
  1. September 2, 2007 - Cell that triggers symptoms in allergy attacks can also limit damage - also here, here
Background


Chromatid cohesion

References:
  1. September 2, 2007 - Coming together: tDNAs, RNA pol III and chromatid cohesion - also here
Background



Health and medicine


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Coffee linked with high blood pressure risk - also here
  2. August 27, 2007 - Older men's blood pressure sensitive to alcohol - also here
  3. August 27, 2007 - Statin withdrawal after stroke worsens outcome - also here
  4. August 28, 2007 - Heart Damage Can Be Reversed with Early Treatment - also here, here
  5. August 28, 2007 - Stopping Statins After Stroke Raises Risk Of Death, Dependency - also here, here
  6. August 28, 2007 - Statins 'life saving' for strokes
  7. August 29, 2007 - Vioxx Side-effects: Possible Explanation - also here
  8. August 31, 2007 - Patients Who Stop Using Statins After Stroke Increase Risk Of Death
  9. August 31, 2007 - Genetic link between body clocks and blood pressure
  10. September 2, 2007 - Dutch stroke study urges greater anticoagulant use - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Sexually transmitted wart virus ups mouth cancers - also here
  2. August 27, 2007 - Dual therapy can control high-risk prostate cancer - also here
  3. August 27, 2007 - New Weapon To Fight Leukemia
  4. August 27, 2007 - DNA Provides Clues To Outcome In Patients With Liver Cancer
  5. August 28, 2007 - Infection Contributes To The High Rates Of Oropharyngeal Cancers - also here
  6. August 28, 2007 - Smoking Increases Risks For Head And Neck Cancers For Men And Women
  7. August 28, 2007 - Novel MS Drug Shows Promise In Two Lethal Leukemias - also here
  8. August 29, 2005 - Blood protein linked to pancreatic cancer - also here
  9. August 29, 2007 - Gene May Hinder Spread Of Prostate Cancer
  10. August 29, 2007 - Lung cancer 'risk' for ex-smokers
  11. August 30, 2007 - Specific H. Pylori Strains Are Associated With Precancerous Lesions
  12. August 30, 2007 - What Makes Lymphomas Tick? - also here, here
  13. August 30, 2007 - Factors that accelerate resistance to targeted therapy in lymphoblastic leukemia found
  14. August 30, 2007 - Genetics of imatinib resistance in acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  15. August 30, 2006 - Pancreatic cancer fights off immune attack - also here
  16. August 31, 2007 - High blood sugar ups mortality in leukemia patients - also here
  17. August 31, 2007 - AIDS drug shows potential as weapon against cancer - also
  18. August 31, 2007 - HIV drug tackles cancer cells - also here
  19. August 31, 2007 - Veggies may lower aggressive prostate cancer risk - also here
  20. August 31, 2007 - Melanoma: Gene Signature Spells Poor Outcome - also here
  21. August 31, 2007 - How Cancer Spreads By Aggregating Platelets
  22. August 31, 2007 - Human Papilloma Virus Vaccines May Decrease Chances Of Oral Cancer - also here
  23. August 31, 2007 - Discovery suggests location of genes for breast density, a strong risk factor for breast cancer
  24. August 31, 2007 - New technique detects specific chromosomal damage, may indicate lung cancer risk
  25. September 1, 2007 - Breast Cancer Risk: Breast Density Gene Located
  26. September 1, 2007 - Microbe raises stomach cancer risk
  27. September 2, 2007 - Radiation And Drug Combo Helps Boost Efficacy Of Lung Cancer Treatment
  28. September 2, 2007 - Aluminum In Breast Tissue: A Possible Factor In The Cause Of Breast Cancer
  29. September 2, 2007 - Melanoma drug revs immune cells but cancer cells ignore it - also here, here
Background


Anthrax vaccine

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Inhaled anthrax vaccine promising in early studies - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Potential New Therapy For The Treatment Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Neurodegenerative Conditions
  2. August 27, 2007 - Statins may help prevent Alzheimer's: study
  3. August 27, 2007 - 'Alzheimer's Gene' Linked Postoperative Delirium Risk
  4. August 28, 2007 - Alzheimer's: High Stress And Genetic Risk Factor Lead To Increased Memory Decline - also here
  5. August 28, 2007 - Drug study brings new hope in battle to fight off Alzheimer's
  6. August 29, 2007 - Statin Treatment May Curb Alzheimer's Brain Changes - also here
  7. August 30, 2007 - Brain Implants Relieve Alzheimer's Damage - also here
  8. August 31, 2007 - Gene mutation may explain postoperative delirium - also here
  9. September 2, 2007 - Study finds smokers have higher risk of dementia - also here, here
Background


Stem cell therapy for stroke

References:
  1. August 27, 2007 - Natural Protection Provides Possible New Treatments For Stroke
Background, Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - The Stem Cell Perfection Problem
  2. August 29, 2007 - Embryonic Stem Cells Are Identifiable By Appearance Alone - also here
  3. August 31, 2007 - Stem Cell 'Immortal Strand Hypothesis' Refuted - also here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. August 28, 2007 - Study confirms 2006 human-human spread of bird flu - also here
  2. August 29, 2007 - Humans Spread Bird Flu To Humans in Indonesia - also here, here
  3. September 1, 2007 - WHO confirms five human bird flu cases in Vietnam
Background


Multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. August 28, 2007 - A New "Designer" Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
  2. August 28, 2007 - 'Designer Estrogen' Identified As Potential MS Drug
  3. August 30, 2007 - Multiple Sclerosis Disease Progression Clarified Through MRI - also here, here
  4. September 1, 2007 - Cellular Marker For Multiple Sclerosis Discovered
Background


Modification of virus polymerase for vaccine

References:
  1. August 28, 2007 - Discovery May Help Defang Viruses - also here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Skin disorders common in young type 1 diabetics - also here
  2. August 30, 2007 - Role For Glucose-sensing Neurons In Type 2 Diabetes Identified - also here, here
  3. August 30, 2007 - Brain's Impaired Ability To Sense Glucose Might Play Role In Type 2 Diabetes - also here
  4. August 30, 2007 - Discovery may pave the way for a new class of diabetes drugs
Background


HDL cholesterol

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Merck sees decision in '08 on HDL cholesterol drug
  2. September 2, 2007 - Merck "good" cholesterol drug meets trial goals - also here
Background, Background


Estrogen, dementia, and Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. August 29, 2007 - Early surgical menopause raises neurologic risk - also here
  2. August 30, 2007 - Removing Ovaries Before Menopause Can Lead To Memory And Movement Problems
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Antibiotic Resistance: New Strategies To Combat Problem - also here, here
Background


Fat cells, obesity, and diabetes

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Understanding How Obese Fat Cells Work
Background, Background


Malaria

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Discovery Could Help Stop Malaria At Its Source -- The Mosquito - also here, here
  2. August 30, 2007 - Researchers investigate evolving malaria resistance
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - SAfrica HIV vaccine results promising: researchers - also here
  2. August 31, 2007 - FDA: New Merck HIV-Fighting Drug Is Safe - also here, here
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. August 30, 2007 - Clearance Of Hepatitis C Viral Infection After Liver Transplantation - also here, here
  2. August 30, 2007 - Who will recover spontaneously from hepatitis C virus infection
Background


Rheumatoid arthritis and cancer

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Biologic Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis And The Risk Of Cancer - also here
Background, Background


Cancer and stem cells

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Experimental Anti-cancer Drug Kills Brain Tumor Stem Cells
Background, Background


Pneumonia

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Bleeding, Not Inflammation, Is Major Cause Of Early Lung Infection Death - also here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. August 31, 2007 - Promising New Targets For Antibiotics Found - also here
Background


Resveratrol and cancer

References:
  1. September 1, 2007 - Red Wine Compound Shown To Prevent Prostate Cancer - also here
Background, Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. September 2, 2007 - Schizophrenia trials 'promising'
  2. September 2, 2007 - Trial shows hope for schizophrenia drug--Lilly
Background


Bipolar disorder

References:
  1. September 2, 2007 - New Bipolar Disorder Treatments Tested
Background


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