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Volume 10, Number 3
January 17, 2011


Physical sciences
Technology
Life sciences
Neuroscience, psychology, behavior
Health and medicine
Physical sciences

Extrasolar planets
Sea level rise
Hanny's Voorwerp
Lab models of black holes
Molecular gas in an early-type galaxy
Red dwarfs
Hydrogen sulfide in early oceans
Solar photosphere
Planck telescope
Amino acid chirality
Diffuse interstellar bands
Supermassive black hole in M87
Cepheid variables
Global warming
Weak nuclear force
Binary black holes
Very early galaxy cluster
Effects of gravitational lensing on early galaxy surveys
Solar corona
X-ray variability of a stellar-mass black hole
Star formation
Dark energy
Earthquakes
Supersymmetry
M51
M82
Dark matter galaxies
Estimation of continental crust age
Mapping dark matter in foreground lensing galaxies
Spatial asymmetry in top quark production
Supermassive black holes
Atlantic ocean circulation changes
Solar irradiance
Majorana particles
James Webb Space Telescope
Condensed matter physics

Technology

Controlled fusion
Graphene
Photovoltaics
Lab-on-a-chip
Nanotechnology
Racetrack memory
Terahertz technology
Superconductivity
Information dissemination in self-organizing networks
Quantum information
Carbon nanotubes
Fuel cells
Wireless sensor network design
Plasmonic laser
Slowing light

Life sciences

Evolution of sperm
Neanderthals
Synthetic biology
Evolutionary developmental biology
Protein folding
Crocosphaera watsonii metabolism and iron
Cell reprogramming
Human genome variations
Estrogen receptor beta
Adipocyte maturation
Cell motion
Proteomics
EteRNA
Viral assembly of coronaviruses
RNA biology
HPV evasion of immune system
Molecular evolution
DNA damage and genetic network rewiring
ModENCODE genomics project
Pathogenicity of Listeria monocytogenes
Cell expansion during mitosis
Socially-responsive gene expression
SIRT1, autophagy, and cancer
Developmental biology of frogs
IRF5, macrophages, and inflammation

Neuroscience, psychology, and behavior

Circadian rhythm
Visual attention
Active nodes in neuronal networks
Adolescents and fear
Brain-imaging studies
Oxytocin
Autism
Anxiety
Schizophrenia
Lipoprotein receptor 1, leptin signaling, and appetite regulation
Depth of sleep
Single-neuron influence on behavioral choices
Sleep deprivation
Emotional stress and cerebellar function
Evolution of factions in networks
Artificial light, melatonin, and sleep quality
Infant brain myelination
Long-term memory of incidental details
Neural circuits in the visual system

Health and medicine

Drug delivery
Prions
Influenza vaccines
Cardiovascular disease
Obesity
Antibiotic resistance
Parkinson's disease
Dementia
Alzheimer's disease
Cancer
MicroRNA and cancer
Avian flu
Stem cells
Resveratrol and SIRT1
Cancer biology
Nanobiotechnology
Multiple sclerosis
Gene therapy
Vasculature for cultured tissue
Diabetes
Leptin, ghrelin, and diet-induced weight loss
Importance of HDL efficacy
Cancer and satellite RNA
TLR2, intestinal bacteria, obesity, and inflammation
AIDS
MRSA vaccine



Physical sciences


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Kepler's Dense, Rock-and-Iron Planet
  2. January 10, 2011 - Space scope finds scorched super-Earth
  3. January 10, 2011 - First Earth-Sized Exoplanet Discovered
  4. January 10, 2011 - Kepler Finds a Super-Small, Super-Hot Rocky Exoplanet
  5. January 10, 2011 - New planet small but tough
  6. January 10, 2011 - Kepler Finds First Definitively Rocky Exoplanet
  7. January 10, 2011 - Earth + 0.4: smallest exoplanet spotted
  8. January 10, 2011 - NASA Finds Smallest Earthlike Planet Outside Solar System
  9. January 10, 2011 - First rocky planet discovered: NASA spots tiny Earth-like planet, too hot for life
  10. January 10, 2011 - How Scientists Know Alien Planet Kepler-10b is a Small, Rocky World
  11. January 10, 2011 - Alien Planet Speeds Up Parent Star
  12. January 10, 2011 - Kepler bags first rocky exoplanet
  13. January 10, 2011 - Kepler's rocky exoplanet reaction round-up
  14. January 10, 2011 - Rocky exoplanet milestone in hunt for Earth-like worlds
  15. January 10, 2011 - Smallest planet is nearly Earth-sized
  16. January 10, 2011 - NASA finds smallest planet outside solar system - also here
  17. January 11, 2011 - NASA spots scorching hot Earth-like planet
  18. January 11, 2011 - NASA spots hot, Earth-like planet
  19. January 13, 2011 - Planet affects a star's spin
  20. January 13, 2011 - Inclined orbits prevail in exoplanetary systems
  21. January 13, 2011 - Is first life-friendly exoplanet an 'eyeball'?
  22. January 14, 2011 - Hot World Breaks Record
  23. January 14, 2011 - 'Goldilocks' planet lost in translation
  24. January 18, 2011 - New Study Finds No Sign of 'First Habitable Exoplanet'
  25. January 19, 2011 - Hottest planet is hotter than some stars
Background


Sea level rise

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Rising Seas Look Inevitable
  2. January 10, 2011 - Glaciers continue to shrink, ice sheets at risk in the long term
  3. January 10, 2011 - Mountain glacier melt to contribute 12 centimeters to world sea-level increases by 2100
Background, Background


Hanny's Voorwerp

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob
  2. January 10, 2011 - Hubble Snaps Sharpest-Ever Photo of Dead Green Quasar
  3. January 10, 2011 - Glowing, Green Space Blob Forming New Stars, Hubble Shows
  4. January 10, 2011 - Hubble zooms in on a space oddity - also here
  5. January 10, 2011 - New Hubble Photos Show Eerie Green Space Cloud
  6. January 10, 2011 - Hubble Telescope Zeroes in on Green Blob in Space - also here
  7. January 11, 2011 - Hanny's ghostly green blob
Background


Lab models of black holes

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Physicists create sonic black hole in the lab
  2. January 10, 2011 - Making waves
  3. January 13, 2011 - Tabletop measurements of Hawking radiation
  4. January 18, 2011 - Wave-generated 'white hole' boosts Hawking radiation theory: research
Background


Molecular gas in an early-type galaxy

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Possible missing link between young and old galaxies - also here
Background


Red dwarfs

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Hubble finds that puny stars pack a big punch
Background


Hydrogen sulfide in early oceans

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Oxygen-free early oceans likely delayed rise of life on planet
Background


Solar photosphere

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - New insights into sun's photosphere reported
Background


Planck telescope

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Planck telescope sees Universe's cool stuff
  2. January 11, 2011 - Satellite Spies Stellar Hatcheries
  3. January 11, 2011 - Hot (and cold) spots of the cosmos
  4. January 11, 2011 - Planck's new view of the cosmic theatre
  5. January 11, 2011 - Planck telescope finds cold, weird wonders
  6. January 11, 2011 - Fastest Spinning Dust Found; Solves Cosmic "Fog" Puzzle
  7. January 11, 2011 - Planck unveils wonders of the Universe
  8. January 11, 2011 - Planck discoveries run hot and cold
  9. January 11, 2011 - Planck telescope observes cosmic giants
  10. January 11, 2011 - Spinning cosmic dust motes set speed record
  11. January 13, 2011 - Planck Telescope Searches the Super-Cold Universe, Finds Neat Stuff
  12. January 14, 2011 - Echoes of the Big Bang Revealed by European Spacecraft
  13. January 25, 2011 - Planck reveals a stellar first year
  14. February 3, 2011 - Planck Surveyor: 15,000 New Celestial Objects
Background, Background


Amino acid chirality

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - The 'natural' asymmetry of biological molecules may have come from space
  2. January 14, 2011 - Life's asymmetry may come from space
  3. January 26, 2011 - 'Life chemicals' may have formed around far-flung star
Background


Diffuse interstellar bands

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - In distant galaxies, new clues to century-old molecule mystery
Background


Supermassive black hole in M87

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Most Massive Black Hole Known Tips Scales at 6.6 Billion Suns
  2. January 12, 2011 - Scientists size up monster black hole
  3. January 12, 2011 - Neighboring black hole puts on weight
  4. January 12, 2011 - Astronomers Weigh Heaviest Black Hole Yet
  5. January 13, 2011 - The Solar System Swallower
  6. January 14, 2011 - Astronomers calculate mass of largest black hole yet
Background, Background


Cepheid variables

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Objects in the Telescope May Be Closer Than They Appear
  2. January 12, 2011 - Cosmology standard candle not so standard after all
  3. January 14, 2011 - The little Cepheid that stopped
  4. January 20, 2011 - A standard candle slowly burns down
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - NOAA: 2010 goes down as a tie for warmest year on record
  2. January 12, 2011 - Figures on Global Climate Show 2010 Tied 2005 as the Hottest Year on Record
  3. January 12, 2011 - NOAA: 2010 tied for Earth's warmest year on record
  4. January 12, 2011 - 2010 ties 2005 as warmest year on record worldwide - also here
  5. January 13, 2011 - 2010 ties record for warmest year yet
  6. January 13, 2011 - 2010 ties 2005 for warmest year on record
  7. January 13, 2011 - Earth's hot past could be prologue to future climate - also here
  8. January 13, 2011 - Earth's Hot Past: Prologue to Future Climate?
  9. January 13, 2011 - Climate change could happen much faster than previously thought
  10. January 14, 2011 - Global temperature records in close agreement, despite subtle differences
  11. January 14, 2011 - Ancient climate hints at much hotter times ahead
Background


Weak nuclear force

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Weak Nuclear Force Is Less Weak - also here
Background


Binary black holes

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Astronomers discover close-knit pairs of massive black holes - also here
Background, Background, Background


Very early galaxy cluster

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Astronomers identify most distant galaxy cluster
  2. January 12, 2011 - Most Distant Galaxy Cluster Discovered
  3. January 13, 2011 - The Most Distant Galaxy Cluster
  4. January 13, 2011 - UMass Amherst astronomers' camera leads to discovery of early galaxies
Background, Background


Effects of gravitational lensing on early galaxy surveys

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Cosmic magnifying lenses distort view of distant galaxies
  2. January 12, 2011 - Cosmic Lenses May Spoil Count of Ancient Galaxies
  3. January 13, 2011 - Cosmic 'hall of mirrors' distorts galaxy counts
  4. January 13, 2011 - Lensing putting universe out of focus
  5. January 25, 2011 - Gravity's lenses may skew surveys of early galaxies
Background, Background


Solar corona

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Holes in the Sun's corona
  2. January 14, 2011 - Spacecraft Offers Deep Window Into Sun's Hellishly Hot Shell
Background


X-ray variability of a stellar-mass black hole

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Taking the pulse of a black hole system - also here
Background


Star formation

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - SOFIA opens new window on star formation in Orion
Background


Dark energy

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Quest for Dark Energy Grows Brighter with Special Camera
  2. January 13, 2011 - The best way to measure dark energy just got better
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Risk of fresh Haiti earthquake could be greater than previously thought
Background


Supersymmetry

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Search for Supersymmetry in pp Collisions at 7 TeV in Events with Jets and Missing Transverse Energy
Background


M51

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - The Dusty Swirls of the Whirlpool Galaxy
  2. January 14, 2011 - The two-faced whirlpool galaxy
  3. January 18, 2011 - Seeing Red
  4. January 21, 2011 - Down the Drain
Background


M82

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - Two New Views of Stunning Starburst Galaxy
  2. January 13, 2011 - Chandra images torrent of star formation
  3. January 14, 2011 - Partner galaxies different in new image
  4. January 14, 2011 - Mismatching Galaxies Revealed in New Photo
  5. January 21, 2011 - Stellar Overdrive
Background


Dark matter galaxies

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - New technique could pinpoint Galaxy X
  2. January 13, 2011 - Mysterious 'Galaxy X' Around Milky Way May Soon be Found
  3. January 14, 2011 - Dark-Matter Galaxy Detected: Hidden Dwarf Lurks Nearby?
Background, Background


Estimation of continental crust age

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - When continents formed
Background


Mapping dark matter in foreground lensing galaxies

References:
  1. March 13, 2011 - New Dark Matter Map Created for Big Galaxies
Background


Spatial asymmetry in top quark production

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - Tevatron still churning out exciting physics
Background


Supermassive black holes

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - How do supermassive black holes form?
Background


Atlantic ocean circulation changes

References:
  1. January 14, 2011 - Dramatic ocean circulation changes revealed - also here, here
Background


Solar irradiance

References:
  1. January 14, 2011 - Improved measurements of sun to advance understanding of climate change
  2. January 21, 2011 - Sun provides Earth with less energy than we thought
Background


Majorana particles

References:
  1. January 14, 2011 - First observation of particles that are their own antiparticles could be on its way
Background


James Webb Space Telescope

References:
  1. January 14, 2011 - Space telescope's beryllium mirrors
Background


Condensed matter physics

References:
  1. January 14, 2011 - Simple lithium good for many surprises
  2. January 14, 2011 - The peculiar nature of molecular hydrogen vibration under high pressure
Background



Technology


Controlled fusion

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Wave power could contain fusion plasma
Background


Graphene

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Shining light on graphene sensors
Background


Photovoltaics

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Researchers 'recalculate' efficiency paradigm for thin film solar panels
  2. January 10, 2011 - Band together
  3. January 11, 2011 - Are photovoltaics that beat thermodynamics possible?
Background


Lab-on-a-chip

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Engineering team invents lab-on-a-chip for fast, inexpensive blood tests
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Fabrication of mosaic nanofilters for molecular transport, separation of macromolecules
  2. January 11, 2011 - Polymer membranes with molecular-sized channels that assemble themselves
  3. January 11, 2011 - Coiled nanowires may hold key to stretchable electronics - also here
  4. January 11, 2011 - Plasmonics: From metallic foils to cancer treatment
  5. January 13, 2011 - Self-assembling structures open door to new class of materials - also here
Background


Racetrack memory

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Racetrack memory nears the finish line
Background


Terahertz technology

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Record power in the terahertz gap
  2. January 13, 2011 - A breakthrough for terahertz semiconductor lasers
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Hot booze turns material into a superconductor
  2. January 13, 2011 - Physicists observe exotic state in an unconventional superconductor
  3. January 14, 2011 - Light touch transforms material into a superconductor
  4. January 23, 2011 - Weird science finds booze makes its conductors super
Background


Information dissemination in self-organizing networks

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - New algorithm enables much faster dissemination of information through self-organizing networks
Background


Quantum information

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Researchers store a qubit in a centimeter-long crystal
  2. January 12, 2011 - Quantum quirk contained: Discovery moves quantum networks closer to reality
  3. January 12, 2011 - Quantum communications boosted by solid memory devices
  4. January 12, 2011 - Ethereal quantum state stored in solid crystal
  5. January 13, 2011 - Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - New 'frozen smoke' material: One ounce could carpet three football fields
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Molten carbonate fuel cells: An alternative and cleaner power supply for ships
Background


Wireless sensor network design

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - Fruit flies teach computers a lesson
  2. January 13, 2011 - Fruit fly nervous system provides new solution to fundamental computer network problem
Background


Plasmonic laser

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - The 'Spaser' heats up laser technology
Background


Slowing light

References:
  1. January 14, 2011 - Tiny Silicon Chip Uses Quantum Physics to Slow Light Down
Background, Background



Life sciences


Evolution of sperm

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - X-rated worm movies reveal sex secrets
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Life Span of Early Man Same as Neanderthals'
  2. January 10, 2011 - Dying young did not cause Neanderthals' demise - also here
  3. January 11, 2011 - Short-Lived? Hardly - Neanderthals Matched Early Humans' Lifespan
  4. January 11, 2011 - Lifespan of early humans, Neanderthals same
  5. January 12, 2011 - Neanderthals lacked ice age adaptations
  6. January 13, 2011 - Neanderthals' ugly faces weren't adaptations to cold
  7. January 17, 2011 - Neanderthal faces were not adapted to cold
Background


Synthetic biology

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Synthetic Genes Sub for Natural Ones in Microbe Experiment
  2. January 17, 2011 - Unnatural Genes Used to Replace Missing DNA Keep Cells Alive
Background


Evolutionary developmental biology

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Hard-to-find fish reveals shared developmental toolbox of evolution
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - New method takes snapshots of proteins as they fold
Background


Crocosphaera watsonii metabolism and iron

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - 'Hot-bunking' bacterium recycles iron to boost ocean metabolism
Background


Cell reprogramming

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Transforming skin cells into cartilage
Background, Background


Human genome variations

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Embracing our differences
Background


Estrogen receptor beta

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Nuclear receptors reveal possible interventions for cancer, obesity
Background, Background


Adipocyte maturation

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Single cell studies identify coactivator role in fat cell maturation
Background, Background


Cell motion

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Shedding light on the elegant mechanisms that control the push and shove of cells in living organisms
Background


Proteomics

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Sequenced genomes make good neighbors
Background


EteRNA

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - RNA Game Lets Players Help Find a Biological Prize
  2. January 12, 2011 - Stanford researcher uses living cells to create 'biotic' video games - also here, here
  3. January 13, 2011 - Online game helps predict how RNA folds
Background


Viral assembly of coronaviruses

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - New research aims to shut down viral assembly line
Background


RNA biology

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Played by humans, scored by nature, online game helps unravel secrets of RNA
Background


HPV evasion of immune system

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Study details how protein made by HPV teams up on and thwarts protective human protein
Background


Molecular evolution

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Researchers show how 1 gene becomes 2 (with different functions)
Background


DNA damage and genetic network rewiring

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Study shows how stress causes extensive genetic rewriting
Background


ModENCODE genomics project

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - In the case of DNA, the package can be as important as its contents: study
Background


Pathogenicity of Listeria monocytogenes

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Scientists advance understanding of food pathogen
Background


Cell expansion during mitosis

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - High-pressure division
Background


Socially-responsive gene expression

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Study finds courtship affects gene expression in flies
Background


SIRT1, autophagy, and cancer

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - 'Longevity' protein SIRT1 may ward off precursor to prostate cancer
Background, Background, Background


Developmental biology of frogs

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - Inventions of evolution: What gives frogs a face
Background


IRF5, macrophages, and inflammation

References:
  1. January 16, 2011 - Scientists find the 'master switch' for key immune cells in inflammatory diseases
  2. January 19, 2011 - Inflame on, inflame off? A 'master switch' protein decides
Background, Background



Neuroscience, psychology, and behavior


Circadian rhythm

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Mice Kept on Unnatural Schedule Go Haywire
  2. February 21, 2011 - 'Round-the-clock' lifestyle can disrupt metabolism, brain and behavior
Background


Visual attention

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Researchers uncover behavioral process anticipating the results of rapid eye movements
Background


Active nodes in neuronal networks

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Researchers identify 'Facebook neurons'
  2. January 10, 2011 - Neurons Resemble 'Friendly' Social Networkers
Background


Adolescents and fear

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Brain changes explain why teens have no fear - also here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Brain activity of those in love long term similar to those newly in love
  2. January 11, 2011 - Chess grandmasters use twice the brain
  3. January 11, 2011 - Would a placebo work for you?
  4. January 13, 2011 - Researchers can predict your video game aptitude by imaging your brain
  5. January 24, 2011 - Harnessing the Brain's Right Hemisphere to Capture Many Kings
Background


Oxytocin

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Depth of the Kindness Hormone Appears to Know Some Bounds
  2. January 12, 2011 - 'Cuddle Chemical' Also Fuels Favoritism, Bigotry
  3. January 12, 2011 - "Feel-Good" Oxytocin May Have a Dark Side
  4. January 12, 2011 - Research finds the hormone of trust has limits
Background


Autism

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Study: Spacing babies close may raise autism risk - also here
Background


Anxiety

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Singapore scientists discover a possible off-switch for anxiety
Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Targeting nicotine receptors to treat cognitive impairments in schizophrenia
Background


Lipoprotein receptor 1, leptin signaling, and appetite regulation

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Researchers identify leptin receptor's sidekick as a target for appetite regulation
Background, Background


Depth of sleep

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Brain regions sleep more deeply when used more -- also in birds
Background


Single-neuron influence on behavioral choices

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Activity of a single brain cell can predict if we spend or save
Background


Sleep deprivation

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Sleep mode: The energy cost of sleep deprivation
Background


Emotional stress and cerebellar function

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Research shows emotional stress can change brain function
Background


Evolution of factions in networks

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Analysis of a relationship triangle
Background, Background


Artificial light, melatonin, and sleep quality

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - Room light before bedtime may impact sleep quality, blood pressure and diabetes risk
Background


Infant brain myelination

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - How brain 'wiring' develops in babies
Background


Long-term memory of incidental details

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - Neuroscientists explain 'Proustian effect' of small details attached to big memories
Background


Neural circuits in the visual system

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - Researchers identify mechanism that regulates how neural circuits between the retina and brain form
Background



Health and medicine


Drug delivery

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Pliable particles open door to drug delivery
  2. January 10, 2011 - Flexibility is power in red blood cells
  3. January 10, 2011 - Researchers inch closer to unlocking potential of synthetic blood
  4. January 11, 2011 - Bendable New Particles Can Squeeze Through Tiny Blood Vessels
  5. January 13, 2011 - UNC team uses tiny particles to mimic blood
Background


Prions

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Research identifies drug target for prion diseases, 'mad cow'
  2. January 13, 2011 - Airborne Prions Make for 100 Percent Lethal Whiff
  3. January 13, 2011 - Prion disease can spread through air
  4. January 13, 2011 - BSE pathogens can be transmitted by air
  5. January 14, 2011 - Mad Cow Disease Can Go Airborne? Yes, but Don't Panic
Background


Influenza vaccines

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Pandemic flu strain could point way to universal vaccine
Background, Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Spanish heart risk study challenges image of healthy Mediterranean diet and lifestyle
  2. January 10, 2011 - Couch potatoes beware: Too much time spent watching TV is harmful to heart health
  3. January 10, 2011 - Protein thought to protect against oxidative stress also promotes clogging of arteries
  4. January 10, 2011 - High sugar consumption increases risk factors for heart disease in teenagers
  5. January 10, 2011 - Why do preterm deliveries pose cardiovascular risks for moms?
  6. January 10, 2011 - Preventing Heart Risks at the Root: Childhood
  7. January 11, 2011 - Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart problems
  8. January 11, 2011 - Comparison of medications for heart failure finds difference in risk of death
  9. January 12, 2011 - Study finds more breaks from sitting are good for waistlines and hearts
  10. January 12, 2011 - Medical practice on blood pressure challenged in study
  11. January 12, 2011 - Researchers investigate estrogen to prevent depression and cardiovascular disease
  12. January 12, 2011 - Some heart attack rates declining and survival improving
  13. January 14, 2011 - Blood pressure control system found in kidney's structural units
  14. January 14, 2011 - Bioactive compounds in berries can reduce high blood pressure
Background


Obesity

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Obesity linked to economic insecurity
  2. January 13, 2011 - Obesity cuts U.S. children's life expectancy short
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Antibiotic holiday needs to be a long one to combat resistance
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Neurologists testing century-old observation as a potential new treatment for Parkinson's disease
Background


Dementia

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Abstinence, heavy drinking, binge drinking associated with increased risk of cognitive impairment
  2. January 14, 2011 - Online tool can help seniors quickly determine risk for dementia
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Researchers show how Alzheimer's plaques lead to loss of nitric oxide in brain
  2. January 12, 2011 - Study identifies new therapies for prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease
  3. January 12, 2011 - Researchers find critical link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Early investigations promising for detecting metastatic breast cancer cells
  2. January 10, 2011 - Researchers create 'scoring system' for PTEN mutation testing
  3. January 10, 2011 - An earlier start on diagnosing breast, prostate cancers
  4. January 10, 2011 - Study identifies new genetic signatures of breast cancer drug resistance
  5. January 11, 2011 - Scientists discover way to stop pancreatic cancer in early stages
  6. January 11, 2011 - Acceptable consequences of screening for prostate cancer
  7. January 11, 2011 - UNC study provides further insight into racial disparities in breast cancer
  8. January 11, 2011 - Benefit of brachytherapy in patients with early-stage prostate cancer is still unclear
  9. January 12, 2011 - New drug uses stealth to stop cancer cell reproduction
  10. January 12, 2011 - Treating deadly brain tumors by combining drugs
  11. January 12, 2011 - Preoperative breast MRI suggests high cancer yield
  12. January 12, 2011 - Elastography helps identify patients who need biopsy
  13. January 13, 2011 - Cancer cells brought under control by scientists
  14. January 13, 2011 - Researchers discover genes affecting cancer drug
  15. January 13, 2011 - Virus might fight brain tumors better if armed with bacterial enzyme, study shows
  16. January 14, 2011 - Study provides molecular rationale for combining targeted agents to treat breast cancer
Background


MicroRNA and cancer

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Cancer cell survival is not 'miR-ly' dependent on p53
  2. January 16, 2011 - MicroRNA suppresses prostate cancer stem cells and metastasis
Background, Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Avian flu vaccine on the brink
  2. January 13, 2011 - Transgenic chickens curb bird flu transmission
  3. January 13, 2011 - Transgenic chickens get bird flu without passing it on
  4. January 13, 2011 - A Re-Engineered Chicken and the War On Bird Flu
  5. January 13, 2011 - GM chickens that don't transmit bird flu developed
  6. January 14, 2011 - Genetically Altered Super-Chickens Don't Spread Bird Flu
  7. January 14, 2011 - Transgenic chickens glow green, block spread of bird flu
  8. January 14, 2011 - GM chickens don't pass on avian flu
  9. January 14, 2011 - GM fowl to foil bird flu
  10. January 14, 2011 - Engineered chickens can't pass on flu
  11. January 14, 2011 - Chickens Modified to Not Spread Bird Flu
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Embryonic stem cells help deliver 'good genes' in a model of inherited blood disorder
  2. January 11, 2011 - Setting his sights on a cure
  3. January 13, 2011 - Skin provides Australia's first adult stem cells for rare genetic disease
  4. January 14, 2011 - Coaxing new hair: Scientists work on perking up dormant follicles
Background


Resveratrol and SIRT1

References:
  1. January 10, 2011 - Doubt on Anti-Aging Molecule as Drug Trial Stops
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Proteins that both hinder and spur cancer progression may not be as uncommon as previously thought
  2. January 11, 2011 - Evolution of cancer can shed light on drug resistance
  3. January 13, 2011 - Researchers learn why PSA levels reflect prostate cancer progression
Background


Nanobiotechnology

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Cancer's side effects can be lessened with nanoparticles
  2. January 11, 2011 - Engineers key in potential new cancer drug delivery
  3. January 11, 2011 - Nanoparticle test kit shows how nanoparticles of different size disperse in tumor tissue
Background


Multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - New MS target identified by Canadian researchers
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. January 11, 2011 - Nanodisk gene therapy: Scientists introduce DNA directly into the cell nucleus using protein nanodisks
Background, Background


Vasculature for cultured tissue

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - Biomedical breakthrough: Blood vessels for lab-grown tissues
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - MicroRNAs could increase the risk of amputation in diabetics
  2. January 13, 2011 - Why coffee protects against diabetes
  3. January 14, 2011 - Alcohol may combat diabetes, in moderation
  4. January 14, 2011 - Taking more steps every day can help ward off diabetes
Background


Leptin, ghrelin, and diet-induced weight loss

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - 'Yo-yo' effect of slimming diets explained
Background


Importance of HDL efficacy

References:
  1. January 12, 2011 - HDL's efficiency, not just quantity, appears important for heart health
  2. January 12, 2011 - New measure trumps HDL levels in protecting against heart disease
  3. February 21, 2011 - Cholesterol: The good, the bad, the unknown
Background


Cancer and satellite RNA

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - A Universal Marker for Tumor Cells?
  2. January 13, 2011 - Overexpression of repetitive DNA sequences discovered in common tumor cells
Background, Background


TLR2, intestinal bacteria, obesity, and inflammation

References:
  1. January 13, 2011 - The microbes in our gut regulate genes that control obesity and inflammation
Background, Background


AIDS

References:
  1. January 14, 2011 - Researchers report on the early development of anti-HIV neutralizing antibodies
Background


MRSA vaccine

References:
  1. January 16, 2011 - Researchers unzip MRSA and discover route for vaccine
Background, Background


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