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Volume 7, Number 9
March 3, 2008

Physical sciences and technology

Earthquakes
White dwarfs
Ocean circulation collapse
Solar cells
NMR on a chip
Quantum information
Carbon nanotubes
Star formation
Metal organic frameworks
Dark matter
Graphene
Metamaterials
Protein sensor
Bose-Einstein condensates
Controlled fusion
Spacecraft velocity anomalies
Extrasolar planets
Global warming
Water on Mars
Large Hadron Collider
Hydrogen storage
Nanotechnology
Amino acid chirality

Life sciences

Genetics of height
Gene regulation and metabolism
Ocean oxygenation and Ediacaran evolution
Innate immune response
Notch and bone growth
Brain-imaging studies
Induced pluripotent stem cells
Cancer biology
Heat shock protein 90
Cell wall formation
Bacterial defense against immune system
Ubiquitin and obesity
Neural receptor complex
Chimpanzees and language
Synthetic biology
Neanderthals
Co-release of neurotransmitters

Health and medicine

Cocaine addiction
Diabetes
Avian flu
Tuberculosis
Cancer
Hepatitis B
Autoimmunity
Stem cells
Antidepressants
Cardiovascular disease
Antibiotics
Blood biomarkers for mood disorders
T cell activation therapy
Nanobiotechnology
Inflammatory diseases
Gingko biloba and cognitive impairment
Hepatitis C and insulin resistance
Health effects of selenium
Nerve cell tissue engineering
Autism
Parkinson's disease
Schizophrenia
Innate immunity and asthma
Disease-related human genetic differences
Lupus
AIDS
Nanoemulsion vaccines
Alzheimer's disease
Influenza
Sepsis
Psychoneuroimmunology and cancer
RNAi therapeutics
Rheumatoid arthritis



Physical sciences and technology


Earthquakes

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Heavy rain can trigger earthquakes
  2. February 25, 2008 - Earthquake theory stretched in Central Asia study
  3. February 27, 2008 - Earthquake predictions prove accurate for researchers
Background


White dwarfs

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Stellar runts could harbour alien worlds
Background


Ocean circulation collapse

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Has An Ocean Circulation Collapse Been Triggered?
Background


Solar cells

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - IMEC obtains record conversion efficiency of 24.7 for GaAs solar cells on Ge substrate
  2. February 26, 2008 - Special Coating Greatly Improves Solar Cell Performance - also here
  3. March 1, 2008 - Inexpensive Solar Cells Made More Efficient With New Sensitizers
  4. March 1, 2008 - Greener Green Energy: Today's solar cells give more than they take
Background


NMR on a chip

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - 'NMR On A Chip' Features NIST Magnetic Mini-sensor
Background


Quantum information

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Physicists Demonstrate Qubit-Qutrit Entanglement
  2. February 29, 2008 - Physicists Successfully Store and Retrieve Nothing
  3. March 6, 2008 - Physicists Capture Unique Form Of Void, Enhance Understanding Of The Universe - also here, here
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Nano makes it big
Background


Star formation

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Universe's biggest stars form in the densest gas clouds
  2. February 27, 2008 - Super Stars Require Right Environment to Rise
  3. February 28, 2008 - Small 'helper' stars needed for massive star formation
  4. March 1, 2008 - Hefty Find: Density has starring role in making stars massive
Background


Metal organic frameworks

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Novel Organic Metal Hybrids Will Revolutionize Materials Science And Chemical Engineering
Background


Dark matter

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Crystal Bells Stay Silent As Physicists Look For Dark Matter - also here, here, here, here
  2. February 28, 2008 - Physicists Search For Dark Matter Deep In Minnesota Mine
  3. February 29, 2008 - X marks the spot in dark matter web
  4. March 5, 2008 - Bright hopes pervade dark matter
Background


Graphene

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Graphene continues to amaze - also here
Background


Metamaterials

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Warships may deflect laser strikes
Background


Protein sensor

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - 'Protein-friendly' chip offers rapid disease testing
Background


Bose-Einstein condensates

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - Pancake Shape Prevents Collapse Of Quantum Gases
Background


Controlled fusion

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - New 'snapshots' aid quest for fusion energy
  2. February 28, 2008 - Protons bring fusion into view
Background


Spacecraft velocity anomalies

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - More Spacecraft Velocity Anomalies
  2. March 3, 2008 - NASA Baffled by Unexplained Force Acting on Space Probes
  3. March 4, 2008 - Earth's rotation may account for wayward spacecraft
  4. March 4, 2008 - Anomalies spotted in spacecraft flight
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Nearest star's wobbles could reveal Earth's twin
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Only zero emissions can prevent a warmer planet
  2. March 2, 2008 - West Antarctic Glaciers Melting At 20 Times Former Rate, Rock Analysis Shows - also here
Background


Water on Mars

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Study casts doubt on water on Mars surface
  2. February 29, 2008 - Recent Water on Mars? Not So Fast
  3. March 2, 2008 - Liquid Water Found Flowing On Mars? Not Yet - also here, here
  4. March 11, 2008 - Doubt cast on liquid water on Mars
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Physics lab completes world's largest jigsaw puzzle
  2. February 29, 2008 - ATLAS completes world's largest jigsaw puzzle - also here
  3. March 3, 2008 - Particle collider's last big piece set - also here, here
  4. March 3, 2008 - Last large piece of ATLAS detector lowered underground
Background


Hydrogen storage

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Hydrogen Gas Fueled Vehicles A Step Closer, With New Insights Into Hydrogen Storage - also here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Magnetic Atoms Of Gold, Silver And Copper Have Been Obtained - also here, here
Background


Amino acid chirality

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Key To Life Before Its Origin On Earth May Have Been Discovered - also here
Background



Life sciences


Genetics of height

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Feeling short? Blame your ancestors
Background


Gene regulation and metabolism

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - New Details Of A Gene-regulatory Network Governing Metabolism Discovered - also here
Background, Background


Ocean oxygenation and Ediacaran evolution

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Two Oxygenation Events In Ancient Oceans Sparked Spread Of Complex Life - also here, here
Background


Innate immune response

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - New Switch Of The Immune Response Discovered
Background


Notch and bone growth

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Notch Controls Bone Formation And Strength - also here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Study sheds light on parental instinct
  2. February 26, 2008 - Aggressive teens have mismatched brains
  3. February 27, 2008 - Why Do We Love Babies? Parental Instinct Region Found In The Brain - also here, here
  4. February 28, 2008 - This Is Your Brain On Jazz: Researchers Use MRI To Study Spontaneity, Creativity
  5. February 28, 2008 - Brain Stress System Presents Possible Treatment - also here, here
  6. February 28, 2008 - First Peek Into Deepest Recesses Of Human Brain - also here
  7. March 1, 2008 - Maternal Love: How A Mother's Brain Responds To Her Infant - also here, here
  8. March 5, 2008 - Riff riders: brain scans tune in to jazz improvisers
  9. March 10, 2008 - Creativity Jazzes Your Brain - also here
Background


Induced pluripotent stem cells

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Stem cell breakthrough may reduce cancer risk
  2. February 28, 2008 - Biotech claims for safer stem cells
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Biochemists Solve Structure Of TGF-beta And Its Receptor
  2. February 28, 2008 - Atypical Protein Kinase C Stabilizes SRC-3 Levels In Breast Cancer Cells - also here
  3. February 29, 2008 - Inverted DNA Turns Quiet Developmental Gene Into A Potent Driver Of T-cell Lymphoma - also here, here
  4. February 29, 2008 - Family Of Liver Cancer Genes Discovered
  5. March 2, 2008 - Genetic Cancer Link Between Humans And Dogs Discovered - also here, here
  6. March 2, 2008 - Protein Protects Lung Cancer Cells From Efforts To Fix Or Kill Them - also here
Background


Heat shock protein 90

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Protein 'Shocks' Evolution Into Action
Background, Background


Cell wall formation

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Clues to How Plants Form New Cell Walls Could Aid Biofuels, Nanotechnology
Background


Bacterial defense against immune system

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - Bubonic Plague: How The 'Syringe' Assembly In Plague Bacteria Works
Background


Ubiquitin and obesity

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - Adult-Onset Obesity Seen In Mice When Gene Disrupted
Background


Neural receptor complex

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - New Receptor Complex Identified In Brain
Background


Chimpanzees and language

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - Nattering chimps think like humans
  2. February 28, 2008 - Chimp's gestures share language roots
  3. February 29, 2008 - Chimps May Have A 'Language-ready' Brain - also here
Background


Synthetic biology

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - Famed geneticist creating life form that turns CO2 to fuel - also here, here
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Cannibalism may have killed Neanderthals
Background


Co-release of neurotransmitters

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Neurons Use Chemical 'Chords' To Shape Signaling - also here, here
Background



Health and medicine


Cocaine addiction

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Scientists pinpoint why some people become addicts - also here
  2. February 28, 2008 - Common Heart Drug May Reduce Cocaine Cravings - also here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - China gene experts search for answers on diabetes
  2. February 25, 2008 - Indian herb may help diabetics control blood sugar
  3. February 26, 2008 - Embryo defects may give predisposition to diabetes
  4. February 27, 2008 - Diabetic mice 'cured' with drugs
  5. February 28, 2008 - Restricting Insulin Doses Increases Mortality Risk In Women With Type 1 Diabetes, Study Suggests - also here, here
  6. February 29, 2008 - Intensive insulin therapy may be harmful to the critically ill - also here
  7. February 29, 2008 - Mayo researchers look for explanation behind high incidence of diabetes among Asian Indians - also here, here
  8. March 2, 2008 - Tea could help combat diabetes
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - China reports new bird flu outbreak in poultry
  2. February 25, 2008 - Bird flu kills Vietnamese woman
  3. February 25, 2008 - Egyptian girl tests positive for bird flu-MENA
  4. February 25, 2008 - China bird flu victim ate sick chickens: officials
  5. February 25, 2008 - Woman dies in southern China, tested positive for bird flu
  6. February 26, 2008 - China, Pakistan and Vietnam on bird flu alert
  7. February 26, 2008 - Chinese Woman Dies of Bird Flu
  8. February 27, 2008 - WHO rules out human transmission in bird flu deaths
  9. February 27, 2008 - Bird flu can strike again in India: FAO
  10. February 28, 2008 - Spread Of Bird Flu Strains Slowed At Some Borders - also here
  11. March 1, 2008 - GSK bird flu vaccine shows broad cross protection
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Vitamin E use may raise tuberculosis risk in heavy smokers
  2. February 26, 2008 - Drug-resistant TB seen at record levels globally
  3. February 27, 2008 - Drug-Resistant TB Rates Soar in Former Soviet Regions
  4. February 27, 2008 - WHO Says Drug-Resistant TB Spreads Fast - also here
  5. February 27, 2008 - Drug-resistant tuberculosis on the rise
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Cancer risk up in Japanese women exposed to smoke
  2. February 25, 2008 - New Anti-cancer Agent Can Overcome Resistance To Drugs, Says Study
  3. February 25, 2008 - Chicken Antibodies To Help Detect HER2 Breast Cancer
  4. February 26, 2008 - Breast cancer gene carriers need dual screening
  5. February 26, 2008 - Hormone therapy skews breast cancer diagnosis - also here
  6. February 26, 2008 - Hepatitis C: a risk factor for lymphoma
  7. February 26, 2008 - New Bladder Cancer Therapy Under Study For Patients Unresponsive To Standard Treatment - also here
  8. February 26, 2008 - Obesity And Carbs Linked To Esophageal Cancer, Study Suggests - also here
  9. February 26, 2008 - Protein Shines Light On Cancer Response - also here
  10. February 27, 2008 - Viral DNA Testing Is Cost-Effective for Cervical Cancer Screening
  11. February 27, 2008 - Acid-seeking 'Warheads' Promise Safer, More Effective Cancer Weapons - also here
  12. February 27, 2008 - Hormones Produced By Heart Eliminated Human Cancers In Most Mice Treated - also here
  13. February 27, 2008 - Hormone Therapy Increases Frequency Of Abnormal Mammograms, Breast Biopsies, Study Finds - also here, here
  14. February 28, 2008 - Protein That Fuels Ovarian Cancer Identified and Shut Down By Researchers - also here, here
  15. February 28, 2008 - Test Can Reduce Recurrence Of Breast Cancer - also here
  16. February 28, 2008 - New Blood Marker May Predict Prostate Cancer Spread - also here, here
  17. February 28, 2008 - Drug once feared now offers hope to women
  18. February 29, 2008 - Glaxo's Tykerb goes head-to-head with Herceptin
  19. February 29, 2008 - Japan clears Herceptin for breast cancer: Roche
  20. February 29, 2008 - Salmonella Bacteria Turned Into Cancer Fighting Robots - also here
  21. February 29, 2008 - Thalidomide Shows Promise For Treatment Of Recurrent Ovarian Cancer, Study Suggests - also here, here
  22. February 29, 2008 - Potential New Drug Targets Against Hormone-dependent Breast Cancer Identified
  23. February 29, 2008 - Extract Of Broccoli Sprouts May Protect Against Bladder Cancer - also here, here
  24. February 29, 2008 - Certain vitamin supplements may increase lung cancer risk, especially in smokers - also here, here
  25. February 29, 2008 - New study of targeted therapies for breast cancer -- model for global clinical trials - also here
  26. February 29, 2008 - Vitamin E linked to lung cancer
  27. March 1, 2008 - Breast Cancer Subtypes Linked To Survival From Secondary Brain Tumors - also here
  28. March 1, 2008 - Blocking Protein Kills Prostate Cancer Cells, Inhibits Tumor Growth, Study Find - also here
  29. March 1, 2008 - How Cigarette Smoke Causes Cancer: Study Points To New Treatments, Safer Tobacco - also here
  30. March 2, 2008 - Common Variations In Gene Segments That Increase The Risk For Prostate Cancer
Background


Hepatitis B

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Working Toward Effective Treatment for HBV Infection
  2. February 25, 2008 - Who found some new mechanisms of HBV virulence?
Background


Autoimmunity

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Genetic Mutation May Lead To Increased Autoimmunity
  2. February 26, 2008 - Embryonic origins of autoimmunity
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. February 25, 2008 - Stem Cell-based Therapy May Be Able To Treat Muscular Dystrophy
  2. February 26, 2008 - Gene At Intersection Of Stem Cells, Immunity
  3. February 27, 2008 - Nano Scaffold Developed To Rebuild Nerve Damage
  4. February 28, 2008 - Adult Stem Cells May Be Beneficial For Certain Cardiovascular Disorders And Autoimmune Diseases - also here, here
Background


Antidepressants

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Prozac does not work in majority of depressed patients
  2. February 26, 2008 - Study doubts effectiveness of antidepressant drugs
  3. February 26, 2008 - Anti-depressants' 'little effect'
  4. February 27, 2008 - The Problem with Prozac
  5. February 27, 2008 - Hidden data 'shows antidepressants hyped'
  6. February 27, 2008 - Antidepressants Only Benefit Certain Depressed Patients, Study Suggests
  7. February 29, 2008 - Wyeth wins OK to sell Pristiq for depression
  8. March 1, 2008 - Placebos may be more than appeasing
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Total cholesterol tied to risk of plaque rupture
  2. February 26, 2008 - Early Blood Pressure Reduction May Improve Stroke Outcomes, Study Suggests - also here
  3. February 26, 2008 - Many Stroke, Heart Attack Patients May Not Benefit From Aspirin, Study Suggests - also here, here
  4. February 27, 2008 - Study finds degenerative eye disease raises stroke risk
  5. February 27, 2008 - Low-fat dairy may help control blood pressure
  6. February 28, 2008 - Overweight Hispanic Children Shown To Have Vascular Inflammation - also here
  7. February 29, 2008 - Urine Protein May Be Present Before Hypertension Diagnosis In At-risk Adolescents - also here
  8. February 29, 2008 - New Drug Targets For Preventing Cell Death Discovered - also here
  9. February 29, 2008 - New study shows low-fat diets more likely to reduce risk of heart disease than low-carb diets
  10. March 1, 2008 - Degenerative Eye Disease More Than Doubles Heart Attack And Stroke Risk
  11. March 1, 2008 - Snoring 'linked to heart disease'
  12. March 3, 2008 - Snoring Linked To Cardiovascular Disease, Increased Health-care Utilization - also here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - How Bacteria Gain Resistance To Multiple Types Of Antibiotics: Mechanism Discovered - also here
  2. February 27, 2008 - Bacterial 'Battle For Survival' Leads To New Antibiotic - also here
  3. February 27, 2008 - Proteins That Help Bacteria Put Up A Fight Identified - also here
  4. February 29, 2008 - Researchers find possible target to treat deadly bloodstream infections - also here, here
Background


Blood biomarkers for mood disorders

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Mood Markers Isolated In Blood Open Informative Window Into Brain Functioning And Disease - also here
  2. March 1, 2008 - Blood test hope for mood disorder
Background


T cell activation therapy

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Immune Response Dramatically Boosted With Engineered Artificial 'Cells' - also here
Background


Nanobiotechnology

References:
  1. February 26, 2008 - Silica Smart Bombs Deliver Knock-out To Bacteria - also here, here
  2. February 29, 2008 - Biomagnetics developed for use in new breast cancer tests
  3. March 2, 2008 - Nanomagnets 'could target cancer'
Background, Background


Inflammatory diseases

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - FDA approves Regeneron drug for rare disorders
Background


Gingko biloba and cognitive impairment

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Ginkgo biloba may protect memory: study
  2. March 1, 2008 - Does Gingko Biloba Affect Memory? - also here
Background


Hepatitis C and insulin resistance

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Insulin resistance tied to hepatitis C infection
Background, Background


Health effects of selenium

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Moderate selenium levels tied to longer life
Background, Background, Background


Nerve cell tissue engineering

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - First System Of Human Nerve-cell Tissue Engineered - also here
Background


Autism

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Autism's Origins: Mother's Antibody Production May Affect Fetal Brain - also here, here
  2. February 27, 2008 - Listening to prozac, for autism
  3. February 28, 2008 - Neurofeedback Helps Those With Autistic Disorders, Study Finds
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Out-of-whack Protein May Boost Parkinson's Disease - also here
Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Gene with possible link to schizophrenia identified
  2. February 29, 2008 - New Genetic Association With Schizophrenia Discovered - also here
  3. February 29, 2008 - New Gene Discovery Could Help Schizophrenics
  4. March 1, 2008 - Comparison Of Antipsychotic Treatments In Adolescents With Schizophrenia - also here, here
Background


Innate immunity and asthma

References:
  1. February 27, 2008 - Researchers investigate link between fungal proteins, innate immunity and asthma
Background, Background


Disease-related human genetic differences

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - Trawl of two groups' genes shows differences - also here
  2. February 29, 2008 - Gene Expression Differences Between Europeans And Africans Affect Response To Drugs, Infections - also here
  3. February 29, 2008 - Immune system differences found
Background, Background, Background


Lupus

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - Autoantibodies And Neuropsychiatric Events In Lupus - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - New Approach Stops HIV At Earliest Stage Of Infection - also here
  2. February 29, 2008 - Monkey Gene That Blocks AIDS Viruses Evolved More Than Once - also here
  3. February 29, 2008 - HIV's ancient legacy
  4. February 29, 2008 - Gene That Can Block The Spread Of HIV Discovered - also here
  5. March 3, 2008 - Monkey Gene That Blocks AIDS Viruses Evolved More Than Once - also here, here
  6. March 5, 2008 - Understanding Primate Evolution Could Aid HIV Research
Background


Nanoemulsion vaccines

References:
  1. February 28, 2008 - Smallpox, HIV: Oil-based Nasal Vaccine Technique Produces Immunity - also here, here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Cancer-related Protein May Play Key Role In Alzheimer's Disease - also here
Background


Influenza

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Step Toward Better Flu Vaccine - also here, here
  2. March 2, 2008 - U.S. study shows why winter is "flu season"
  3. March 3, 2008 - Why flu virus loves the cold
Background


Sepsis

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Potential Drug Targets For Sepsis Discovered - also here
  2. February 29, 2008 - Customized treatments for sepsis lower treatment time and reduce length of ICU stays - also here
Background


Psychoneuroimmunology and cancer

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Stress And Fear Can Affect Cancer's Recurrence - also here
Background, Background


RNAi therapeutics

References:
  1. February 29, 2008 - Milestone for RNAi therapeutics?
Background


Rheumatoid arthritis

References:
  1. March 1, 2008 - Hormone Replacement Therapy Appears To Have No Effect On Risk And Severity Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  2. March 2, 2008 - Anti-TNF Therapy Can Help Heart Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients, Study Suggests - also here
Background


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