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Volume 4, Number 11
March 14, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Neutrino oscillation experiment
Large hadron collider
Lunar laser ranging test of general relativity
Plate tectonics
Star size limit
Nanotechnology
Palladium catalyst nanoparticles
Global warming
Cosmic microwave background
Ultra-cold quantum physics
Bose-Einstein condensates
Periodicity of mass extinctions
Dark energy
"Dead" galaxies
Large Magellanic Cloud's magnetic field
Ovonic memory technology
Solar system formation
Microfluidics
Robotics
Microwire digital storage

Life sciences

Early bipedal hominid
Animal cognition
Stem cells
Cancer
AIDS
Genome sequencing
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria and aging
Alzheimer's disease
Avian flu
Gene expression database
T cells
Fibroblast growth factor
Tuberculosis
Gene therapy
Retrovirus infection of ancient primates
Neanderthal protein sequencing
Self-organization and language structure
Memory for emotional events
Weight-loss drugs and diabetes
Olfactory code in bees
Model of ecological invasion
DNA repair and free radicals
Multiple signals from neurons
Parkinson's disease
Homo floresiensis
Melatonin and sleep
Synaptic connection patterns


Neutrino oscillation experiment

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Zapped neutrinos zip through the Earth
  2. March 8, 2005 - The Neutrino Underground
  3. March 8, 2005 - The Neutrino Underground: Experiment Will Fire Trillions Of The Ghostly Particles Through The Earth
  4. March 17, 2005 - Scientists Work To Detect Mysterious Neutrinos
Background


Large hadron collider

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Cern tunnel machine gets key part
  2. March 16, 2005 - Large Hadron Collider Magnets: The Great Descent
Background


Lunar laser ranging test of general relativity

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Moonbeams Shine On Einstein, Galileo And Newton
  2. March 10, 2005 - Moonbeams Shine on Einstein, Galileo and Newton
Background


Plate tectonics

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Geologists Discover 'Clockwork' Motion By Ocean Floor Microplates
Background


Star size limit

References:
  1. March 8, 2005 - Stars can only grow so big
  2. March 9, 2005 - Mysterious limit on star size revealed
  3. March 9, 2005 - Can stars become only so big?
  4. March 9, 2005 - Stars Watch Their Weight
  5. March 10, 2005 - Maximum size for stars pinpointed
  6. March 17, 2005 - Hubble Weighs In On The Heaviest Stars In The Galaxy
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. March 8, 2005 - Chemist Develops Tools For Nanotechnology
  2. March 8, 2005 - Small Is Different: Computer Sims Vital Tools In Exploring Nanoworld
  3. March 9, 2005 - High-intensity Ultrasound Creates Hollow Nanospheres And Nanocrystals
Background


Palladium catalyst nanoparticles

References:
  1. March 8, 2005 - Tiny Particles Could Solve Billion-dollar Problem
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. March 8, 2005 - Widespread Arctic Warming Crosses Critical Ecological Thresholds
  2. March 9, 2005 - Melting Ice Important Indicator Of Global Warming
Background


Cosmic microwave background

References:
  1. March 9, 2005 - Physicist Detects Solar System Corrupted Cosmological Data
Background


Ultra-cold quantum physics

References:
  1. March 9, 2005 - Ultra-cold Temperature Physics Opens Way To Understanding And Applications
Background


Bose-Einstein condensates

References:
  1. March 10, 2005 - Chromium condensate makes its mark
Background


Periodicity of mass extinctions

References:
  1. March 10, 2005 - Mass extinction comes every 62 million years, physicists discover
Background


Dark energy

References:
  1. March 11, 2005 - Evidence of dark energy missed 30 years ago
  2. March 30, 2005 - Researchers Find Evidence Of Dark Energy In Our Galactic Neighborhood
Background


"Dead" galaxies

References:
  1. March 11, 2005 - 'Red and dead' galaxies surprise astronomers
Background


Large Magellanic Cloud's magnetic field

References:
  1. March 11, 2005 - Astronomers Map Chaotic Galaxy's Magnetic Field
Background


Ovonic memory technology

References:
  1. March 11, 2005 - Atoms never forget
Background


Solar system formation

References:
  1. March 11, 2005 - Surfs Up In The Solar Nebula: Jupiter's Formation Linked To That Of Primitive Meteorites
Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. March 12, 2005 - Open Microfluidic And Nanofluidic Systems
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. March 12, 2005 - Robots Serve Humans On Land, In Sea And Air
Background


Microwire digital storage

References:
  1. March 13, 2005 - Microwires: Replacement For The CD-ROM?
Background


Early bipedal hominid

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Scientists unearth early skeleton
  2. March 7, 2005 - World's oldest biped skeleton unearthed
  3. March 7, 2005 - Earliest walker even older than 'Lucy'
  4. March 8, 2005 - New Human Ancestor Fossil Discovery In Afar Region Of Ethiopia
Background


Animal cognition

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Monkeys see competitors' point of view
  2. March 8, 2005 - That monkey can read your mind
  3. March 12, 2005 - Rhesus Monkeys Can Assess The Visual Perspective Of Others When Competing For Food
  4. March 21, 2005 - Unseen, monkeys do; seen, monkeys don't
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Stem-Cell Research Hints At Better Looking Cosmetic And Reconstructive Surgery
  2. March 7, 2005 - Newly-discovered Class Of Genes Determines - And Restricts - Stem Cell Fate
  3. March 8, 2005 - 'Safer' stem cells bring therapies closer
  4. March 8, 2005 - Stem cell therapy safety boosted
  5. March 9, 2005 - Stem Cells Goose Xenotransplants
  6. March 11, 2005 - Tiny Flies Could Lead To Understanding Potential For Non-embryonic Stem Cells
  7. March 12, 2005 - Protein That Promotes Survival Of Stem Cells Might Be Key To Poor Leukemia Prognosis
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Study Finds New Designer Drug Is Potent Treatment For Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  2. March 7, 2005 - Resistance To Chemotherapy: How Tumors Acquire Resistance To Kinase Inhibitors
  3. March 7, 2005 - Common Virus Becomes A New Target For Cancer Treatment
  4. March 10, 2005 - Discovery Offers Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment Hopes
  5. March 10, 2005 - Researchers Uncover Mutated Genes Involved In Lung Cancer; One Affects Nonsmokers
  6. March 11, 2005 - Cancer In Patients With Hepatitis C
  7. March 12, 2005 - Disease-fighting Chemicals In Apples Could Reduce The Risk Of Breast Cancer, Study In Rats Suggests
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Elusive HIV Shape Change Revealed; Key Clue To How Virus Infects Cells
  2. March 9, 2005 - Defensins Ward Off HIV In Two Ways
  3. March 9, 2005 - Antibody That Neutralizes Most HIV Strains Described
Background


Genome sequencing

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - NHGRI Targets 12 More Organisms For Genome Sequencing: Strategic Mix Includes Marmoset, Skate And The Vector Of Chagas' Disease
Background


Hutchinson-Gilford progeria and aging

References:
  1. March 7, 2005 - Study Demonstrates That Cellular Defects In Premature Aging Disease Are Reversible
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. March 8, 2005 - Alzheimer's seen as peril to even more
  2. March 9, 2005 - Drugs Used To Treat Alzheimer's In Nursing Homes Are Worsening Sufferers' Illness
  3. March 11, 2005 - Study Identifies Potential Alzheimer's Risk Gene
  4. March 13, 2005 - Alzheimer's plaques imaged in living brains
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. March 8, 2005 - Vietnam faces worrying increase in bird flu
  2. March 9, 2005 - 'Symptomless' bird flu cases raise concerns
Background


Gene expression database

References:
  1. March 8, 2005 - NCI Creates Gene Expression Database Of Normal Human Organ Tissue
Background


T cells

References:
  1. March 8, 2005 - Scientists Identify Immune-system Mutation
Background


Fibroblast growth factor

References:
  1. March 9, 2005 - Fighting fat cell by cell
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. March 9, 2005 - Protein Discovery Could Unlock The Secret To Better TB Treatment
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. March 9, 2005 - Gene Therapy Converts Dead Bone Graft To New, Living Tissue
Background


Retrovirus infection of ancient primates

References:
  1. March 9, 2005 - Retrovirus Struck Ancestors Of Chimps And Gorillas Millions Of Years Ago, But Not Ancestral Humans
Background


Neanderthal protein sequencing

References:
  1. March 9, 2005 - US, German scientists sequence oldest fossil human protein ever
Background


Self-organization and language structure

References:
  1. March 10, 2005 - Linguistic Research Moving In New Direction
Background


Memory for emotional events

References:
  1. March 10, 2005 - New Study Provides Insights Into The Brain's Remembrance Of Emotional Events
Background


Weight-loss drugs and diabetes

References:
  1. March 10, 2005 - Drugs Aid Weight Loss Among Type 2 Diabetes Patients
Background


Olfactory code in bees

References:
  1. March 10, 2005 - Cracking The Olfactory Code In Bees
Background


Model of ecological invasion

References:
  1. March 10, 2007 - New Mathematical Model to Predict Ecological Invasion and Species Survival
Background


DNA repair and free radicals

References:
  1. March 11, 2005 - Yeast Network Prevents Damage By Oxygen Radicals
Background


Multiple signals from neurons

References:
  1. March 11, 2005 - Researchers Make Surprise Discovery That Brain Cells Can Transmit Three Signals At Once
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. March 12, 2005 - Drug to cut Parkinson's problems
Background


Homo floresiensis

References:
  1. March 12, 2005 - Inside view of our wee, ancient cousins
Background


Melatonin and sleep

References:
  1. March 13, 2005 - Study Confirms Melatonin's Value As Sleep Aid
Background


Synaptic connection patterns

References:
  1. March 13, 2005 - Researchers Uncover Scaffolds In The Brain's Wiring Diagram
Background


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