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Volume 4, Number 8
February 21, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Carbon nanotubes
Fermionic condensates
Global warming
Negative refraction and rotating black holes
Grid computing
Quantum dots
Silicon-based lasers
Martian methane
Planet formation
Top quarks and the weak force
Robotics
Martian water
Climate variability
Nanotechnology
Black holes, quasars, and galaxy formation
Dark energy
Magnetar gamma ray flare
Ocean warming
Test of general relativity

Life sciences

Diabetes
AIDS
Stem cells
Mathematics and language skills
Cognitive processing
Biomedical diagnostics
Gene therapy
Evolution of genes
Hepatitis vaccine in potatoes
Earlier dating of modern humans
Aging in bacteria
Cancer
Object recognition and categorization
Drug delivery to the brain
Origins of cyanobacteria
Fourth form of RNA polymerase
Avian flu
Memory and sleep
SNP variation patterns
Tissue engineering using stem cells
Mirror neurons
Bacterial species
Improvisation and learning
Brain imaging studies
Protein interaction studies
Human brain size and intelligence
Retinal microchips
Short-term memory model


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - Researchers Uncover Secrets Behind Nanotube Formation
  2. February 20, 2005 - High Power Supercapacitors From Carbon Nanotubes
Background


Fermionic condensates

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - Heat Response Provides Evidence For High Temperature Superfluidity In Cold 'Fermion' Gas
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - Earth Gets A Warm Feeling All Over
Background


Negative refraction and rotating black holes

References:
  1. February 15, 2005 - Black holes bend light the 'wrong' way
Background


Grid computing

References:
  1. February 15, 2005 - Grid Expectations For Networked Computing: From Global Earth Monitoring To Black Hole Detection
  2. February 17, 2005 - PCs do thousands of years of work
Background


Quantum dots

References:
  1. February 15, 2005 - Scientists Find Flaw In Quantum Dot Construction
  2. February 17, 2005 - Quantum-Dot Photon Detectors
Background


Silicon-based lasers

References:
  1. February 16, 2005 - Silicon-based laser breakthroughs promise practicality
  2. February 16, 2005 - Silicon laser runs non-stop
Background


Martian methane

References:
  1. February 16, 2005 - A whiff of life on the Red Planet
Background


Planet formation

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - Meshed theories could explain planet formation
Background


Top quarks and the weak force

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - New Measurement Undermines Physicists' Theories For Nature's Hidden 'Particle-force' Collaboration
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - Rambling robots show human efficiency
  2. February 17, 2005 - Robots toddle along with human efficiency
  3. February 18, 2005 - New Robots Approach More Humanlike Gaits
  4. February 18, 2005 - Toy-like robots swing as they walk
  5. February 25, 2005 - Robots Walk With Close-to-human Efficiency
  6. February 28, 2005 - Bipedal Bots Star At AAAS Media Briefing
  7. March 4, 2005 - Teams Build Robots That Walk Like Humans
Background


Martian water

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - Mars Express scuppers greenhouse hopes
  2. February 17, 2005 - Water Spread Across Much of Ancient Mars, Creating Conditions for Life
  3. February 18, 2005 - Martian water clues go wider and deeper
Background


Climate variability

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - Natural Climate Change May Be Larger Than Commonly Thought
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - World's Fastest Oscillating Nanomachine Holds Promise For Telecommunications, Quantum Computing
  2. February 17, 2005 - Evidence for Quantized Displacement
Background


Black holes, quasars, and galaxy formation

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Simulations Show How Growing Black Holes Regulate Galaxy Formation
  2. March 5, 2005 - Hole power
Background, Background, Background


Dark energy

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Astrophysicist Outlines a Multi-Pronged Approach in The Hunt for Dark Energy
  2. March 11, 2005 - Astrophysicist Outlines A Multi-Pronged Approach In The Hunt For Dark Energy
Background


Magnetar gamma ray flare

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Cosmic Explosion Among the Brightest in Recorded History
  2. February 18, 2005 - Distant explosion breaks brightness records
  3. February 18, 2005 - Huge 'star-quake' rocks Milky Way
  4. February 18, 2005 - Huge explosion traced to exotic star
  5. February 21, 2005 - The biggest bang
  6. February 21, 2005 - Monster magnetic star breaks records
  7. February 22, 2005 - Astronomers Spy Galaxy's Strongest Explosion Yet
  8. February 23, 2005 - Blast Affected Earth From Halfway Across The Milky Way
  9. February 24, 2005 - The Biggest Splash of Light From Outside the Solar System
  10. March 2, 2005 - VLA Probes Secrets Of Mysterious Magnetar
  11. March 11, 2005 - RHESSI Satellite Captures Giant Gamma-ray Flare
Background


Ocean warming

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Ocean warming, fossil fuel gases linked
Background


Test of general relativity

References:
  1. February 19, 2005 - Moon measurements might explain away dark energy
  2. March 10, 2005 - Dvali Says Change In Laws Of Gravity, Not 'Dark Energy,' Source Of Cosmic Acceleration
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - Knocking Out Two Key Signals Will Cause Type 2 Diabetes
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - Multi-drug-resistant HIV strain raises alarm
  2. February 16, 2005 - Experts Divided on Implications of N.Y. AIDS Case
  3. February 18, 2005 - An HIV Protein Plays A Surprising Role In Gene Activation
  4. February 19, 2005 - Novel Enzyme Shows Potential As An Anti-HIV Target
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - Research May Hold Promise For Treating Alzheimers
  2. February 18, 2005 - New Stem Cell Source Could Boost Bone Marrow Success; Uncharted Area Of Umbilical Cord Offers Hope
  3. February 18, 2005 - Team Discovers Specialized, Rare Heart Stem Cells In Newborns
Background


Mathematics and language skills

References:
  1. February 15, 2005 - Key to intelligence questioned
  2. February 14, 2005 - Maths skills survive linguistic damage
  3. February 19, 2005 - Number skills survive language losses
Background, Background


Cognitive processing

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - The Bottleneck Of Central Processing: Clues From Reaction Times
Background


Biomedical diagnostics

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - Novel 'Canary On A Chip' Sensor Measures Tiny Changes In Cell Volume; Provides Assay Results In Minutes
  2. February 15, 2005 - Researchers Develop Portable Device That Can Detect Heart And Gum Disease Instantly
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. February 14, 2005 - In a First, Hearing Loss Is Reversed in Deaf Mammals
  2. February 14, 2005 - Altered HIV Attacks Mice Tumors
  3. February 15, 2005 - Gene Therapy For Parkinson's Disease Moves Forward In Animals
  4. February 15, 2005 - Scientists Transform HIV Into Cancer-seeking Missile
Background


Evolution of genes

References:
  1. February 15, 2005 - Scientists Document Complex Genomic Events Leading To The Birth Of New Genes
Background


Hepatitis vaccine in potatoes

References:
  1. February 15, 2005 - Potatoes Deliver Hepatitis Vaccine in Human Trials
  2. February 15, 2005 - Potato vaccine guards against hepatitis
Background


Earlier dating of modern humans

References:
  1. February 16, 2005 - Oldest known humans just got older
  2. February 16, 2005 - Age of ancient humans reassessed
  3. February 16, 2005 - Human fossils dated to 195,000 years
  4. February 16, 2005 - Ethiopia is top choice for cradle of Homo sapiens
  5. February 16, 2005 - Oldest Human Fossils Identified
  6. February 17, 2005 - Fossil Reanalysis Pushes Back Origin of Homo sapiens
  7. February 17, 2005 - Modern humans just aged 35,000 years
  8. February 24, 2005 - New Clues Add 40,000 Years To Age Of Human Species
  9. February 28, 2005 - The Oldest Homo Sapiens: Fossils Push Human Emergence Back To 195,000 Years Ago
Background


Aging in bacteria

References:
  1. February 16, 2005 - Aging And Death In E. Coli
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. February 16, 2005 - The Very Unexpected Life And Death Of A Leukemic Cell
  2. February 17, 2005 - Researchers Identify Enzyme That Activates Cancer Cell Growth And Invasion
  3. February 18, 2005 - Scientists Disprove Two Tenets Of Common Leukemia
  4. February 18, 2005 - Leukemia Drug Breakthrough Study
  5. February 18, 2005 - Carrot Component Reduces Cancer Risk
  6. February 19, 2005 - When Does A Mole Become A Melanoma?
  7. February 19, 2005 - Wound-repair genes signal cancer spread
  8. February 20, 2005 - Researchers Blend Folk Treatment, High Tech For Promising Anti-cancer Compound
Background


Object recognition and categorization

References:
  1. February 16, 2005 - Right Before Your Eyes: Visual Recognition Begins With Categorization
Background


Drug delivery to the brain

References:
  1. February 16, 2005 - Transport System Smuggles Medicines Into Brain
Background


Origins of cyanobacteria

References:
  1. February 16, 2005 - Family Trees Of Ancient Bacteria Reveal Evolutionary Moves
Background


Fourth form of RNA polymerase

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - New RNA Polymerase Discovered In Plants
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - Bird flu may be worryingly widespread
  2. February 17, 2005 - Bird flu cases 'underestimated'
  3. February 20, 2005 - Bird flu 'has pandemic potential'
Background


Memory and sleep

References:
  1. February 17, 2005 - Sleep helps birds sing better
  2. February 17, 2005 - Birds sing sweeter after good rest in the nest
  3. March 1, 2005 - Worst Songbird Rehearsals Precede Best Debuts
Background


SNP variation patterns

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Genetic variation map may promise tailored drugs
  2. February 18, 2005 - Gene map opens up uncharted territory
Background


Tissue engineering using stem cells

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Stem cells turn into breast implants
Background


Mirror neurons

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Abnormal Brain Activity During The Observation Of Others' Actions
  2. February 18, 2005 - Neuroscientists Pinpoint New Function For Mirror Neurons
Background


Bacterial species

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Time To Rewrite The Species Rulebook
Background


Improvisation and learning

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Bird Brains Show How Trial And Error May Contribute To Learning
Background


Brain imaging studies

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Psychology Researchers Show How Attention Enhances Visual Perception
Background


Protein interaction studies

References:
  1. February 18, 2005 - Examination Of Internal 'Wiring' Of Yeast, Worm, And Fly Reveals Conserved Circuits
Background


Human brain size and intelligence

References:
  1. February 19, 2005 - Size 'does not matter' for brains
Background


Retinal microchips

References:
  1. February 19, 2005 - Eye Center Implants Its First Retinal Chips In Patients With Retinitis Pigmentosa
Background


Short-term memory model

References:
  1. February 20, 2005 - Study Reveals Clues To The Mechanism Of Short-term Memory
Background


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