Open Questions Chronicle

[OQC Home] [Open Questions] [Site Map] [Previous] [Next]

Volume 3, Number 52
December 27, 2004

Top science stories of 2004

Hydrogen economy
Effects of pollution on cloud formation
Human relationship preferences
Early learning
Metagenomics and oral bacteria
The immune system
Carbon nanotubes
Diabetes
Molecular electronics
DNA nanotechnology
Thermohaline ocean circulation
Pioneer anomaly
Stem cells
Recent galaxy formation
Cancer
Malaria
Diet involving plant sterols
Fish oil in diet
Tuberculosis
Climate change
Evidence of early life
Brain imaging studies
DNA maintenance
Synapses and mitochondria
Human gender preferences
Regenerative medicine
Quantum decoherence
Correlated electron physics
Gene therapy
Melatonin
Parkinson's disease
Cosmic rays
Alzheimer's disease
Mutations in tandem repeat sequences


Top science stories of 2004

  1. From Science News
  2. From Scientific American
  3. From Nature.com
  4. From ABC (Australia) News in Science
  5. From NewScientist.com
  6. From Discover
  7. From Physicsweb.com
  8. From Physics News Update

Hydrogen economy

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Road to hydrogen cars may not be so clean
Background


Effects of pollution on cloud formation

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Climate change issues clouded by ozone
Background


Human relationship preferences

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Why Men Are Attracted To Subordinate Women
Background


Early learning

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Early Learning Leaves Lasting Changes In Brain, Owl Study Shows
Background


Metagenomics and oral bacteria

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Innovative Metagenomics Strategy Used To Study Oral Microbes
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Novel Cellular Pathway Increases Sensitivity Of Body's Immune Detective
  2. December 21, 2004 - Old T Cells Cripple Immune Function In The Elderly
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Nanotubes Glow, Even Within Biological Cells
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Oxidants Link Obesity To Diabetes
  2. December 21, 2004 - Chemicals Found In Cherries May Help Fight Diabetes
Background


Molecular electronics

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Rapid Progress Reported In Emerging Field Of Molecular Electronics
Background


DNA nanotechnology

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - DNA May Hold Key To Information Processing And Data Storage
  2. December 21, 2004 - Tech turns to nature for ideas
Background


Thermohaline ocean circulation

References:
  1. December 20, 2004 - Shutdown Of Circulation Pattern Could Be Disastrous
Background


Pioneer anomaly

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - Gravity May Lose Its Pull
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - Altered stem cells offer cystic fibrosis hope
  2. December 22, 2004 - Key To Understanding How Blood And Blood Vessel Cells Develop Discovered
  3. December 22, 2004 - Stem-Cell Method May Cheat Death
  4. December 23, 2004 - Stem cell lung therapy progress
  5. December 23, 2004 - Neural Crest Stem Cells In Skin Could Provide Alternative To Embryonic Stem Cell Use
Background


Recent galaxy formation

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - GALEX Finds Massive Young Galaxies In Nearby Universe
  2. December 22, 2004 - Recent galactic births surprise astronomers
  3. December 22, 2004 - New galaxies teem with baby stars
  4. December 22, 2004 - NASA discovers dozens of galaxies
  5. December 22, 2004 - Sightings of "Newborn" Galaxies Reveal a Fecund Universe
  6. December 23, 2004 - Aging Universe May Still Be Spawning Massive Galaxies
  7. December 26, 2004 - Aging Universe May Still be Spawning Massive Galaxies
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - Cloned Gene From Sea Animal May Prove Key In Cancer Drug Development
  2. December 22, 2004 - Researchers Find Circulating Tumor Cells In Long-term Cancer Survivors
  3. December 22, 2004 - Researchers Discover New Gene In Colon Cancer: A Naturally Occurring COX-2 Inhibitor
  4. December 23, 2004 - Celecoxib Shows Surprising Activity Against Estrogen Receptors
  5. December 24, 2004 - New Pathway Identified In Angiogenesis
  6. December 24, 2004 - Discovery Of Compound Could Enhance Cancer Treatments With Fewer Side Effects
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - Dream Home: Malaria Parasite Renovates To Suit Its Tastes
  2. December 23, 2004 - 'Signal' Identified That Enables Malarial Parasites To Target Blood Cells
Background


Diet involving plant sterols

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - Researchers Identify New Way To Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Background


Fish oil in diet

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - Scientists Study Fish Oil Diet In Bid To Cut Heart Attack Risks
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - New Tuberculosis Antibiotic May Shorten Treatment Time, Fight Drug-resistant Strains
Background


Climate change

References:
  1. December 21, 2004 - 50,000-year-old Plant May Warn Of The Death Of Tropical Ice Caps
  2. December 24, 2004 - Major Climate Change Occurred 5,200 Years Ago: Evidence Suggests That History Could Repeat Itself
Background


Evidence of early life

References:
  1. December 22, 2004 - Study Resolves Doubt About Origin Of Earths Oldest Rocks, Possibility Of Finding Traces Of Ancient Life
Background


Brain imaging studies

References:
  1. December 22, 2004 - Talent 'changes way brain works'
Background


DNA maintenance

References:
  1. December 22, 2004 - Research In Yeast Yields Missing Link In DNA Maintenance Machinery
Background


Synapses and mitochondria

References:
  1. December 22, 2004 - Cell's Tiny Power Source Critical For Synapse Function
Background


Human gender preferences

References:
  1. December 22, 2004 - Women Like Women More Than Men Like Men
Background


Regenerative medicine

References:
  1. December 22, 2004 - Engineers Aim To Mend Broken Hearts
Background


Quantum decoherence

References:
  1. December 23, 2004 - Natural selection acts on the quantum world
Background


Correlated electron physics

References:
  1. December 23, 2004 - Research Demystifies Quantum Properties Of Exotic Materials
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. December 23, 2004 - Gene Therapy Reduces Skin Cancer To Sunburn In Mouse Model
Background


Melatonin

References:
  1. December 23, 2004 - Melatonin Supplements Offer Little Or No Benefit For The Sleep Deprived
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. December 24, 2004 - New Study Suggests Levodopa May Slow Progression Of Parkinson Disease
Background


Cosmic rays

References:
  1. December 24, 2004 - Stratospheric Balloon Launched For The Study Of Cosmic Rays
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. December 24, 2004 - Fewer Calories Could Slow Alzheimers
Background


Mutations in tandem repeat sequences

References:
  1. December 24, 2004 - Research Points To New Theory Driving Evolutionary Changes
Background


Copyright © 2004 by Charles Daney, All Rights Reserved