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Volume 4, Number 2
January 10, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Mantle plumes
Carbon nanotubes
Planetary nebulae
Neutrino superfluids
All-silicon laser
Supermassive black holes
SETI
Supercomputer-based research
Clouds and climate modeling
Nanotechnology
Gamma-ray bursts
Brain-computer interfacing
Earthquakes

Life sciences

Phosphorylation
Cancer
Bioinformatics
Stem cells
Brain imaging studies
Cold-tolerant extremophiles
Alzheimer's disease
AIDS
Salt-tolerant extremophiles
Statin drugs and coronary artery disease
Synthesizing genes
Lifespan extension and rejuvenation
Glia and nerve cell development
'Jumping genes' and immune system evolution


Mantle plumes

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Plumes or no plumes, that is the question
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Selective Coatings Create Biological Sensors From Carbon Nanotubes
  2. January 6, 2005 - Nanotubes respond to gas attacks
Background


Planetary nebulae

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - A New Twist On An Old Nebula
  2. January 5, 2005 - Magnetic Fields May Warp Planetary Nebulae
  3. January 18, 2005 - First Detection Of Magnetic Fields In The Central Stars Of Four Planetary Nebulae
Background


Neutrino superfluids

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Neutrino Superfluids
Background


All-silicon laser

References:
  1. January 5, 2005 - All-silicon laser makes its debut
Background


Supermassive black holes

References:
  1. January 5, 2005 - Biggest Space Explosion Creates Giant Bubbles
  2. January 6, 2005 - Voracious Black Hole Generates Most Powerful Explosion Known
  3. January 6, 2005 - Most Powerful Eruption In The Universe Discovered
Background


SETI

References:
  1. January 5, 2005 - We're All Ears: Listening For ET
Background


Supercomputer-based research

References:
  1. January 6, 2005 - Massive Supercomputer Resources To Drive Advances In Combustion, Astrophysics And Protein Structure Research
Background


Clouds and climate modeling

References:
  1. January 6, 2005 - NASA Finds Polluted Clouds Hold Less Moisture And Cool Earth Less
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 6, 2005 - Nanowires form atomic switch
  2. January 7, 2005 - Nano-propellers sent for a spin
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. January 7, 2005 - Swift catches first cosmic blasts
  2. January 7, 2005 - Swift mission sees its first gamma ray bursts
  3. January 7, 2005 - NASA Swift Mission Turns On And Sees A Blast Of Bursts
  4. January 13, 2005 - Swift X-ray Telescope Discovers Its First Gamma-Ray-Burst
Background


Brain-computer interfacing

References:
  1. January 7, 2005 - $6.7 Million For Bionic War On Disabilities
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. January 8, 2005 - Tsunami Disaster: Scientists model the big quake and its consequences
Background


Phosphorylation

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Surprise! Cells Have Second Source Of Phosphate
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Major Step Forwards For Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer
Background


Bioinformatics

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Software Tool Helps Visualize Genomes
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Researchers Describe How Human Blood Stem Cells Transform Themselves To Repair Injured Animal Hearts
  2. January 6, 2005 - Animal Studies Show Stem Cells Might Make Biological Pacemaker
  3. January 7, 2005 - Discovery Shows How Embryonic Stem Cells Perform 'Quality Control' Inspections
Background


Brain imaging studies

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Brain Region Identified That Controls Collecting Behavior
  2. January 5, 2005 - How The Brain Tunes Out Odors
  3. January 7, 2005 - Shepherds Whistle While They Work And Brains Process Sounds As Language
Background


Cold-tolerant extremophiles

References:
  1. January 3, 2005 - Research Team Discovers First Evidence Of Life In Rock Glaciers
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. January 4, 2005 - Gene Vaccine For Alzheimer's Disease Shows Promising Results
  2. January 5, 2005 - Researchers Produce Robust Tau Aggregation In Human Cells
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. January 6, 2005 - Gene fights off HIV
  2. January 7, 2005 - Gene determines risk of HIV/Aids
  3. January 7, 2005 - Genetic HIV Resistance Deciphered
  4. January 10, 2005 - Scientists Discover Key Genetic Factor In Determining HIV/AIDS Risk
Background


Salt-tolerant extremophiles

References:
  1. January 6, 2005 - Microbes brave briny basins
Background


Statin drugs and coronary artery disease

References:
  1. January 6, 2005 - Reduced Progression Of Atherosclerosis Tied To Statin Drugs Lowering Fats, Protein
Background


Synthesizing genes

References:
  1. January 6, 2005 - Synthetic Biology: Researchers Mass Produce Genes On A Chip
Background


Lifespan extension and rejuvenation

References:
  1. January 7, 2005 - Professor Receives First Age-Reversal Prize
Background


Glia and nerve cell development

References:
  1. January 7, 2005 - Zebrafish May Hold Key To Understanding Human Nerve Cell Development
Background


'Jumping genes' and immune system evolution

References:
  1. January 7, 2005 - 'Jumping Gene' Helps Explain Immune System's Abilities
  2. January 10, 2005 - DNA Movement Linked To Formation Of Antibody Genes
Background


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