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Volume 3, Number 22
May 31, 2004

Observing the cosmic "dark age"
K-T mass extinction
Prions
Cancer
MicroRNA
Stem cells
AIDS
mRNA degradation
Rapid star birth
Early quasars and supermassive black holes
Martian water
Gravity Probe B
Diabetes
Exercise and neurogenesis
Computer model of short-term memory
Single-electron transistor
Chimpanzee genome
Extremophiles
Bacterial defense mechanism
Neuronal development
Nanotechnology
Massive binary stars
Youngest extrasolar planet
Protein folding
Global warming
Mitochondria and aging
Memory and scent
Coronal mass ejections
Hidden supermassive black holes
Cell division
Randomness in gene expression
Gene chips
Multiple sclerosis


Observing the cosmic "dark age"

References:
  1. May 24, 2004 - Cosmic dark age found in shadows
Background


K-T mass extinction

References:
  1. May 24, 2004 - Study: Dinosaurs Died Within Hours After Asteroid Hit Earth 65 Million Years Ago
  2. May 26, 2004 - Dinosaurs Fried Within Hours of Cosmic Collision, Study Concludes
Background


Prions

References:
  1. May 24, 2004 - Prions Found in Muscles of Scrapie-Infected Sheep
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. May 24, 2004 - Scientists Identify New Way To Block Blood Vessels That Feed Cancer Growth
  2. May 24, 2004 - Cell Division Can Be Halted In Multiple Ways, With Implications For Cancer
  3. May 28, 2004 - To Stop Tumors, Know How They Grow
  4. May 28, 2004 - Shortened Chromosomes Linked To Early Stages Of Cancer Development
  5. May 28, 2004 - Researchers Discover That A Protein In Grape Skins Can Kill Cancer Cells
Background


MicroRNA

References:
  1. May 24, 2004 - New Study Examines MicroRNAs Function In Plants And Animals
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. May 24, 2004 - Researchers Identify Gene Linked To Sperm-producing Stem Cells In Mammals
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. May 24, 2004 - Key Immune System Cell Reduces Secretion Of Defense Protein In HIV-associated Dementia Patients
  2. May 26, 2004 - Researchers Explore Gene Treatment To Obliterate HIV Before It Does Damage
  3. May 26, 2004 - Friendly mouth bacteria could block HIV
  4. May 27, 2004 - Friendly Bacteria Block HIV Infection
Background


mRNA degradation

References:
  1. May 24, 2004 - Cells May Shoot Messenger To Halt Protein Production
Background, Background


Rapid star birth

References:
  1. May 25, 2004 - Star Birth Gone Wild in 'Cosmic Hurricane'
  2. May 27, 2004 - Milky Way churning out new stars at a furious pace
  3. May 27, 2004 - Starburst Eye Of A Galaxy Produces A Cosmic Shower
Background


Early quasars and supermassive black holes

References:
  1. May 25, 2004 - Quasars' humble galactic homes revealed
  2. May 25, 2004 - Brightest Objects are Humdrum Galaxies
  3. May 26, 2004 - Quasars' Humble Roots Revealed
  4. May 26, 2004 - Quasars: Cosmic Powerhouses Dwelling In Humble Homes
  5. May 27, 2004 - Monster quasars have humble homes
Background


Martian water

References:
  1. May 25, 2004 - Dust rocks martian river theory
Background


Gravity Probe B

References:
  1. May 25, 2004 - Gravity Probe B Reaches One-month Milestone
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. May 25, 2004 - Diabetes Increases Deaths Among People 65 And Older
Background


Exercise and neurogenesis

References:
  1. May 25, 2004 - Rat Study Shows That Exercise Promotes Neuron Growth
Background


Computer model of short-term memory

References:
  1. May 26, 2004 - Small world networks key to memory
Background


Single-electron transistor

References:
  1. May 26, 2004 - Single-electron transistor goes mechanical
Background


Chimpanzee genome

References:
  1. May 26, 2004 - Chromosomes reveal surprise human-chimp differences
  2. May 27, 2004 - Surprises in first map of chimp chromosome
  3. May 27, 2004 - Chimp chromosome creates puzzles
  4. May 27, 2004 - Chimp DNA almost identical to ours
Background


Extremophiles

References:
  1. May 26, 2004 - Survival of the Smallest: Mini-Microbes Redefine Extreme Living
  2. May 27, 2004 - Tiny bugs retrieved from glacial deep freeze
  3. May 27, 2004 - Microbes From 120,000-year-old Ice Sample Show Life's Tenacity
Background


Bacterial defense mechanism

References:
  1. May 26, 2004 - Researchers Reveal That Microbes Have Stolen Some Of Our Genes
Background


Neuronal development

References:
  1. May 26, 2004 - New Technology Shows The Brain's Axons Are Extremely Sensitive To Directional Cues
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. May 26, 2004 - Scaling Friction Down To The Nano/Micro Realm
  2. May 27, 2004 - Borrowing From Biology to Make Nano Railroads
  3. May 27, 2004 - Scaling friction down to the nano/micro realm
  4. May 28, 2004 - Lord of the molecular rings created
Background


Massive binary stars

References:
  1. May 27, 2004 - Astronomers reveal biggest stars yet seen
Background


Youngest extrasolar planet

References:
  1. May 27, 2004 - Astronomers See Evidence for Youngest Planet
  2. May 27, 2004 - Telescope spies 'youngest' planet
  3. May 28, 2004 - 'Youngest planet' flouts theory of formation
  4. May 28, 2004 - Astronomers Discover Youngest Planet Yet
  5. May 28, 2004 - New baby planet may break all records
  6. May 28, 2004 - Raw Ingredients For Life Detected In Planetary Construction Zones
  7. June 11, 2004 - Newly Discovered Baby Planet Confounds Expectations: Raw Materials For Habitable Planets Around Surprisingly Young Stars
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. May 27, 2004 - Unexpected Similarities Between Raindrops And Proteins
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. May 27, 2004 - 'Earthshine' fall heats global warming debate
  2. May 28, 2004 - After Years of Dimming, Earth's Reflection Brightens
  3. May 28, 2004 - Scientists Look At Moon To Shed Light On Earth's Climate
  4. May 28, 2004 - Arctic Getting Warmer Faster
  5. May 31, 2004 - Moon's dark side reflects climate change
Background


Mitochondria and aging

References:
  1. May 27, 2004 - Mitochondrial Mutations Blamed for Aging
  2. May 31, 2004 - Reduced Mitochondrial Function Important Mechanism In Aging
Background


Memory and scent

References:
  1. May 27, 2004 - Remembrance Of Smells Past: How The Brain Stores Those Meaningful Memories
  2. May 31, 2004 - Link proved between senses and memory
Background


Coronal mass ejections

References:
  1. May 27, 2004 - Solar explosions seen in 3D
Background


Hidden supermassive black holes

References:
  1. May 28, 2004 - Missing Black Holes Found
  2. June 1, 2004 - Massive black holes common in early Universe
  3. June 1, 2004 - Discovering Missing Black Holes: First Science From A Virtual Observatory
  4. June 2, 2004 - Hidden black holes come into view
  5. June 2, 2004 - Spitzer Space Telescope Uncovers Black Holes, Other Hidden Objects In The Distant Universe
  6. June 2, 2004 - GOODS uncovers hidden black holes in the distant universe
Background


Cell division

References:
  1. May 28, 2004 - Scientists Find A Key To Cell Division
Background


Randomness in gene expression

References:
  1. May 28, 2004 - 'Noisy' Genes Can Have Big Impact
Background


Gene chips

References:
  1. May 28, 2004 - Developing Tools For Reliable 'Gene Chip' Measurements
Background


Multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. May 28, 2004 - Researchers Identify Basis For Irreversible Damage In Multiple Sclerosis
  2. May 28, 2004 - Small Trial Shows Daclizumab Add-on Therapy Improves Multiple Sclerosis Outcome
Background


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