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Volume 7, Number 1
January 7, 2008

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Superconductivity
Extrasolar planets
Pulsing white dwarf
Large Hadron Collider
Supercomputers
Arctic warming
Astrochemistry
Earthquakes
Dark matter
Nanotechnology
Plate tectonics
Gamma-ray bursts
Spin ice

Life sciences

Bacterial communication
Cancer biology
Synesthesia
Insect immune systems
Speciation
Antisense microRNA
Avalon explosion
Orexin-A and sleep-deprivation
RNA enzymes
Error correction in protein synthesis
Sexual orientation and spatial learning
Actin networks
Brain-imaging studies
Eusociality
Role of RNA cache in genetics
NMDA, synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory
Evolution of lifespan
Telomeres
Mapping brain language centers

Health and medicine

Avian flu
Cardiovascular disease
Diabetes
Tuberculosis
Cancer
Biofilms
Parkinson's disease
Alzheimer's disease
Depression
Interleukin 17 and autoimmune disease
Hepatitis C
Interleukin 22 and inflammatory bowel disease
Hepatitis B
Autism
Gene therapy
Malaria
Immunotherapy for cancer
Stem cells
Inheritance of obesity
Metabolic syndrome
Influenza
Sleep and obesity
Health benefits of polyphenols
AIDS
Allergic reactions



Physical sciences and technology


Global warming

References:
  1. December 31, 2007 - 2007 A Top Ten Warm Year For U.S. And Globe
  2. January 3, 2008 - Global Warming May Reduce Carbon Sink Capacity In Northern Forests - also here, here, here
  3. January 3, 2008 - Trees absorbing less CO2 as world warms, study finds
  4. January 5, 2008 - North Atlantic Warming Tied To Natural Variability - also here, here
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. December 31, 2007 - Physicists Find New Explanation For Superconductivity's 'Glue'
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - First planet discovered around a youthful star
  2. January 2, 2008 - A Baby Planet's First Steps?
  3. January 2, 2008 - Distant star sheds light on the birth of planets
  4. January 2, 2008 - Young Planet Orbits Sun-Like Star
  5. January 3, 2008 - Telescope spies newborn planet
  6. January 3, 2008 - At 10 million years old, it's a giant baby planet
Background


Pulsing white dwarf

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - White Dwarf Pulses Like a Pulsar - also here, here, here, here
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Large Hadron Collider At CERN Expected To Go Live Summer Of 2008
Background


Supercomputers

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Inside the UK's fastest machine
Background


Arctic warming

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Melting ice may not explain warming Arctic
  2. January 3, 2008 - Nature and Man Jointly Cook Arctic - also here, here
Background


Astrochemistry

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Red Dust in Planet-Forming Disk May Harbor Precursors to Life - also here, here, here, here
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Sound Waves Can Trigger Earthquake Aftershocks - also here, here
Background


Dark matter

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Quantum leap in technology to unravel 'cosmic web' of universe - also here, here
  2. January 7, 2008 - Our Universe: Dark and Messy
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Boron nanotubes could outperform carbon
Background


Plate tectonics

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Earth's Plates May Take a Break
  2. January 4, 2008 - Plate tectonics may take a break - also here, here
  3. January 10, 2008 - Earth's Moving Crust May Occasionally Stop
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Lack Of Gravitational Wave Prompts Fresh Look At Gamma Ray Burst - also here, here
  2. January 16, 2008 - Cosmic explosion, but no gravitational waves
Background


Spin ice

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - 'Spin ice' could contain magnetic monopoles
Background, Background



Life sciences


Bacterial communication

References:
  1. December 31, 2007 - Toward A Rosetta Stone For Microbes' Secret Language
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Third Gene Copy Is a Charm
  2. January 2, 2008 - Growth Factor Receptor Affects Prostate Cancer Progression
  3. January 2, 2008 - Cancer Cell Line Developed That Is Resistant To New Cancer Therapy
  4. January 2, 2008 - Breast cancer cells have to learn to walk before they can run - also here, here
  5. January 3, 2008 - Gene Dose Affects Tumor Growth - also here
  6. January 4, 2008 - Researchers paint picture of cancer-promoting culprit - also here, here
Background


Synesthesia

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - One Person Out Of Every 1,000 Has Synesthesia
Background


Insect immune systems

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Violent Sex Acts Boost Insect's Immunity System
Background


Speciation

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Giraffes And Frogs Provide More Evidence Of New Species Hidden In Plain Sight
  2. January 5, 2008 - New Model Of Competitive Speciation Unifies Insights From Earlier Work
Background


Antisense microRNA

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Making sense of antisense microRNAs
Background


Avalon explosion

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Another Big Bang for Biology
  2. January 4, 2008 - Two Explosive Evolutionary Events Shaped Early History Of Multicellular Life - also here
  3. January 26, 2008 - Life explodes twice
Background


Orexin-A and sleep-deprivation

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Researchers Reverse Effects Of Sleep Deprivation - also here
  2. January 7, 2008 - Neurotransmitter reverses sleep deprivation
Background


RNA enzymes

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Scientists find missing evolutionary link using tiny fungus crystal - also here, here
Background, Background, Background


Error correction in protein synthesis

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Scientists Discover Remarkable Editing System For Protein Production - also here
Background


Sexual orientation and spatial learning

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Gay Men Navigate In A Similar Way To Women, Virtual Reality Researchers Find
Background


Actin networks

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - How actin networks are actin' - also here
  2. January 12, 2008 - Insights Into Cell Movement Likely To Aid Immune Study, Cancer Research - also here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Brain Imaging Shows If You Are Thinking Of Familiar Object - also here, here
  2. January 4, 2008 - Neuroimaging Fails To Demonstrate ESP Is Real - also here, here
  3. January 5, 2008 - Brain injuries fight off PTSD in vets
  4. January 14, 2008 - Brain scan tests fail to support validity of ESP
Background


Eusociality

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Insects' 'Giant Leap' Reconstructed By Founder Of Sociobiology - also here, here
Background


Role of RNA cache in genetics

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - New Route For Heredity Bypasses DNA - also here
Background, Background


NMDA, synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Novel mechanism for long-term learning identified - also here
Background


Evolution of lifespan

References:
  1. January 5, 2008 - Why Do Some Animals Live Longer Than Others?
Background, Background


Telomeres

References:
  1. January 5, 2008 - Cells Transcribe Telomere DNA
Background


Mapping brain language centers

References:
  1. January 6, 2008 - Language Centers Revealed, Brain Surgery Refined With New Mapping - also here, here
Background, Background



Health and medicine


Avian flu

References:
  1. December 31, 2007 - Two Egyptian women die of bird flu virus
  2. January 1, 2008 - Bird flu forces Bangladesh to cull 20,000 chickens
  3. January 1, 2008 - Fourth bird flu death in a week in Egypt: reports
  4. January 2, 2008 - Bird flu infects new Bangladesh farm
  5. January 2, 2008 - Bird flu hits geese flocks in southern Vietnam: officials
  6. January 3, 2008 - Barrier to bird flu transmission found in humans
  7. January 3, 2008 - Israel says H5N1 bird flu strain found in chickens
  8. January 4, 2008 - China reports bird flu outbreak in far west
  9. January 4, 2008 - Bird flu hits farm in northern Vietnam: officials
  10. January 6, 2008 - Scientists discover new key to flu transmission - also here
  11. January 7, 2008 - Key To Avian Flu In Humans Discovered - also here
  12. January 7, 2008 - How bird flu jumps to humans
  13. January 7, 2008 - Study of sugars on cell surface identifies key factor in flu infection
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. December 31, 2007 - Restless legs ups heart disease, stroke risk
  2. December 31, 2007 - Restless legs linked with heart problems
  3. January 1, 2008 - Restless Legs Syndrome Doubles Risk Of Stroke And Heart Disease, Study Shows - also here
  4. January 1, 2008 - Hostility tied to lower levels of antioxidants
  5. January 2, 2008 - Happiness may be good for your health
  6. January 2, 2008 - Similar Outcomes For Patients With ACS Treated With Different Anticoagulant Regimens
  7. January 4, 2008 - Antibiotics cut stroke risk from heart infection
  8. January 4, 2008 - Heart risk factors vary in effect in arthritis
  9. January 4, 2008 - Ovarian disorder linked with early heart disease
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. December 31, 2007 - Lack of deep sleep may raise diabetes risk
  2. January 1, 2008 - Disturbed sleep link to diabetes
  3. January 2, 2008 - Lack Of Deep Sleep May Increase Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes - also here
  4. January 2, 2008 - Sleep Disruptions May Up Diabetes Risk - also here
  5. January 3, 2008 - Yeast-Based Oral Diabetes Treatment Discovered
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. December 31, 2007 - New Drug Targets May Fight Tuberculosis And Other Bacterial Infections In Novel Way
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. December 31, 2007 - Cancer-fighting agent found in beer
  2. January 1, 2008 - Some sun may guard against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  3. January 1, 2008 - "Swish-and-spit" test screens for cancer
  4. January 1, 2008 - Potential Drug Target For Treatment-resistant Prostate Cancer Discovered - also here, here
  5. January 2, 2008 - Study links ovarian cancer survival to gene change
  6. January 2, 2008 - Nonfat milk linked to prostate cancer
  7. January 2, 2008 - Chronic inflammation not linked to ovarian cancer
  8. January 2, 2008 - Study sheds light on how Down's prevents cancer
  9. January 2, 2008 - Gleevec, The Targeted Cancer Pill, Delivers More Good News To Patients
  10. January 2, 2008 - Ashkenazi Ovarian Cancer Patients With BRCA Mutations Live Longer Than Those With Normal Gene - also here, here
  11. January 2, 2008 - Gene Variation May Elevate Risk Of Liver Tumor In Patients With Cirrhosis - also here
  12. January 2, 2008 - New Drug Candidate Knocks Out Resistant Form Of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
  13. January 2, 2008 - Just 4 months of hormone therapy can delay prostate cancer growth by up to 8 years - also here
  14. January 3, 2008 - Short-term hormone therapy slows prostate cancer
  15. January 3, 2008 - High-dose Chemo And Stem Cell Transplant Shows Little Or No Survival Benefit For Breast Cancer, Analysis Shows
  16. January 3, 2008 - Gentler Chemotherapy Before Stem Cell Transplant Causes Long-term Remission Of Follicular Lymphoma, Study Suggests
  17. January 3, 2008 - Scientists studying the effects of high-dose vitamin C on non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients - also here
  18. January 3, 2008 - Colon Cancer Risk In US Traced To Common Ancestor
  19. January 4, 2008 - Body Abnormalities Associated With Childhood Cancer - also here, here
  20. January 4, 2008 - Novel anticancer strategy moves from laboratory to clinic - also here, here
  21. January 4, 2008 - Down's gene boost fights cancers
  22. January 5, 2008 - 'Swish-and-spit' Test Accurate For Cancer - also here, here
  23. January 5, 2008 - New Treatment Suitable For All Patients With Least Treatable Brain Tumors, Study Suggests - also here
  24. January 5, 2008 - Turning Anthrax Toxin Into A Cancer Killer
  25. January 5, 2008 - Malaria Drug Might Inhibit Some Cancers
Background


Biofilms

References:
  1. January 1, 2008 - Doctors Target Germs' Ability to Cluster
Background, Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - U.S. team identifies possible Parkinson's trigger
  2. January 3, 2008 - Possible Parkinson's trigger identified
  3. January 3, 2008 - Researchers discover important clue to the cause of Parkinson's disease - also here, here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Anti-Alzheimer's Mechanism In Omega-3 Fatty Acids Found
Background


Depression

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Possible Genetic Predictor For Response To Lithium Augmentation In Depressed Patients
Background


Interleukin 17 and autoimmune disease

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Protein's New Role Discovered In Autoimmune Disease - also here, here
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. January 2, 2008 - Shorter HCV treatment shows notable success - also here
Background


Interleukin 22 and inflammatory bowel disease

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Il-22 gene delivers the goods and decreases intestinal inflammation - also here, here
Background


Hepatitis B

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Drug found better at suppressing hep B virus
Background


Autism

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - First autism prevention study launched
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. January 3, 2008 - Gene therapy can reduce long-term drinking among rodents - also here
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - 'Knockout' Surprise: Mice More Likely To Survive Malaria When Key Gene Is Disabled In White Blood Cell
Background


Immunotherapy for cancer

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - New Strategies Work To Put Cancer On The Firing Line - also here
Background, Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Growing Artificial Skin From Hair Roots
Background


Inheritance of obesity

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Mom's Obesity During Conception Phase May Set The Stage For Offspring's Obesity Risk - also here, here
Background


Metabolic syndrome

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Human hormone blocker found to help prevent obesity and diabetes: study - also here
Background


Influenza

References:
  1. January 4, 2008 - Universal flu jab works in people
  2. January 7, 2008 - Is a universal flu vaccine on its way?
Background


Sleep and obesity

References:
  1. January 5, 2008 - Short Sleep Duration Linked To Overweight Condition And Behavioral Problems In Children - also here
Background


Health benefits of polyphenols

References:
  1. January 6, 2008 - Chemical In Red Wine, Fruits And Vegetables Counters Unhealthy Effects Of High-fat Foods - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. January 6, 2008 - HIV Isolate From Kenya Provides Clues For Vaccine Design - also here, here
Background


Allergic reactions

References:
  1. January 6, 2008 - Protein A Possible Key To Allergy And Asthma Control - also here, here, here
Background


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