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Volume 4, Number 22
May 30, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Quantum computing
Instability of classical wormholes
Single-photon "light gun"
New tectonic plate
Extrasolar planets
Robotics
K-T mass extinction
Solar system formation
Gamma-ray bursts
Terabyte DVDs
Spontaneous light emission in photonic crystals
Spintronics
Permian-Triassic mass extinction

Life sciences

Cancer
Avian flu
Insulin and glucose uptake
Apples and antioxidants
Development of retina and optic nerve
Stem cells
Replaceable neurons
Histone methylation
Mitochondria, reactive oxygen species, and atherosclerosis
Quantum dot DNA sensors
Protein involved in perception of pain and sound
Prions
COX-2 inhibitors and heart disease
The phospholipid hypothesis of depression
Anti-rhinovirus compounds
Possible antibiotic for MRSA
Parkinson's disease
Metaphor comprehension
Subliminal learning
DNA repair
Phylogenetic computing
Olfactory information processing
Auxin and plant growth
Detecting primitive extraterrestrial life
Asymmetries in spatial attention
Standardizing microarray technology
The immune system
Control of neuron channels
Regeneration in animals
Fat metabolism
RNA interference
High-density lipoprotein
Alzheimer's disease


Quantum computing

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Quantum Computing Results May Help in Code Breaking
Background


Instability of classical wormholes

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Wormhole 'no use' for time travel
  2. May 24, 2005 - Wormhole wanderers face a deadly dilemma
Background


New tectonic plate

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Found! New tectonic plate
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. May 24, 2005 - Gravitational lensing spots second exoplanet
  2. May 24, 2005 - Lens method finds far-off world
  3. May 25, 2005 - Cosmic "Magnifying Glass" Reveals Distant Planet
  4. May 26, 2005 - Astronomers, Amateur Skywatchers Find New Planet 15,000 Light Years Away
Background


Single-photon "light gun"

References:
  1. May 24, 2005 - Light gun fires photons one by one
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. May 24, 2005 - The 2020 vision of robotic assistants unveiled
Background


K-T mass extinction

References:
  1. May 24, 2005 - Meteor theory gets rocky ride from dinosaur expert
Background


Solar system formation

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Gas giants credited for solar system formation
  2. May 25, 2005 - Solving three mysteries at once
  3. May 25, 2005 - Planetary billiards answer Solar System riddle
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - Naked carbon/oxygen stars linked to gamma-ray bursts
  2. May 26, 2005 - Cosmic mystery explosions explained
  3. May 26, 2005 - Gamma-Ray Burst Mystery May Be Solved
  4. May 30, 2005 - Double Whammy: Cosmic Fireworks Explained
Background


Terabyte DVDs

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - Nanoscale light tricks promise huge DVD storage
Background


Spontaneous light emission in photonic crystals

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - Spontaneous improvements on the horizon
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. May 27, 2005 - Physicists Control The Flip Of Electron Spin In New Study
Background


Permian-Triassic mass extinction

References:
  1. May 28, 2005 - Toxic gas could explain great extinction
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Obesity Is Risk Factor For Aggressive Prostate Cancer
  2. May 24, 2005 - Tiny Bundles Seek And Destroy Breast Cancer Cells
  3. May 24, 2005 - Radioactive Isotope Is Effective Against Neuroblastoma
  4. May 24, 2005 - Prostate cancer drug trial hope
  5. May 25, 2005 - Chromosome Deletion Predicts Aggressive Neuroblastoma
  6. May 27, 2005 - Scientists Inhibit Cancer Gene: Potential Therapy For Up To 30 Percent Of Human Tumors
  7. May 28, 2005 - Genetically Modified Natural Killer Immune Cells Attack, Kill Leukemia Cells
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Bird flu resurfaces in China
  2. May 26, 2005 - Flu pandemic looms, experts warn world
Background


Insulin and glucose uptake

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Hydroxycitric Acid Slows Glucose Uptake, Cuts Insulin Peaks/Valleys A La South Beach Diet
  2. May 26, 2005 - Researchers Discover How Insulin Allows Entry Of Glucose Into Cells
Background


Apples and antioxidants

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Red Delicious, Northern Spy Apples Have Most Antioxidants
Background


Development of retina and optic nerve

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Unrestrained Retina Too Much Of A Good Thing
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. May 23, 2005 - Chopsticks for Better Cloning
  2. May 25, 2005 - Double triumph in stem cell quest
  3. May 27, 2005 - Infants With Rare Genetic Disease Saved By Cord Blood Stem Cells
Background


Replaceable neurons

References:
  1. May 24, 2005 - Protein Deficiency Seen in Neurons Born in Adulthood and Those Affected by Disease
  2. May 24, 2005 - One Gene Links Newborn Neurons With Those That Die In Diseases Such As Alzheimer's
Background


Histone methylation

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Protein Helps Regulate The Genes Of Embryonic Stem Cells
Background


Mitochondria, reactive oxygen species, and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Ageing cells may lead to clogged arteries
Background


Quantum dot DNA sensors

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Bioelectronic 'Signatures' Hold Key To DNA Mutations
Background


Protein involved in perception of pain and sound

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Protein Essential For Hearing Also Vital For Pain Perception
Background


Prions

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Scientists Observe Infectious Prion Proteins Invade And Move Within Brain Cells
Background


COX-2 inhibitors and heart disease

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Study Points To How COX-2 Inhibitors Can Eventually Lead To Heart Disease
Background


The phospholipid hypothesis of depression

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Study Links Brain Fatty Acid Levels To Depression
Background


Anti-rhinovirus compounds

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Cure For Common Cold Will Need To Wiggle To Work
Background


Possible antibiotic for MRSA

References:
  1. May 25, 2005 - Deep sea weapon against superbug
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - Exposure to pesticides can cause Parkinson's
Background


Metaphor comprehension

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - Brain Region Linked to Metaphor Comprehension
  2. May 26, 2005 - Stroke patients shed light on metaphors
  3. May 27, 2005 - Grasping Metaphors: Research Ties Brain Area To Figures Of Speech
Background


Subliminal learning

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - Psychologists Find Neurological Mechanism For Subliminal Learning
Background


DNA repair

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - New Understanding Of DNA Repair May Pave Way To Cancer Treatments
Background


Phylogenetic computing

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - New Computing Cluster To Help Scientists Reconstruct The Tree Of Life
Background


Olfactory information processing

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - Researchers Closer To Learning The Underlying Logic Of The Olfactory System
Background


Auxin and plant growth

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - How do our gardens grow? Researchers find a clue
  2. May 27, 2005 - At Long Last, Scientists Figure Out How Plants Grow
Background


Detecting primitive extraterrestrial life

References:
  1. May 27, 2005 - 'Slime worlds' may reflect signs of life
Background


Asymmetries in spatial attention

References:
  1. May 26, 2005 - The Lopsided Brain: Attention Bias Is Shared By Humans And Birds
Background


Standardizing microarray technology

References:
  1. May 27, 2005 - Study: 'Homemade' Gene Expression Technology Unreliable
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. May 27, 2005 - Leprosy Microbes Lead Scientists To Immune Discovery
  2. May 29, 2005 - White Blood Cell 'Waste Disposal' System Plays Critical Regulatory Role
  3. May 29, 2005 - Genetic Defects Give The Immune System The Green Light To Attack The Pancreas
Background


Control of neuron channels

References:
  1. May 28, 2005 - Some Brain Cells 'Change Channels' To Fine-tune The Message
Background


Regeneration in animals

References:
  1. May 28, 2005 - Tiny Pills Of RNA Fed To Planarians Help Researchers Identify Genes Essential For Regeneration
Background


Fat metabolism

References:
  1. May 28, 2005 - Why making fat is good for you
Background


RNA interference

References:
  1. May 29, 2005 - Scientists Identify Genetic Pathways Essential To RNA Interference
Background


High-density lipoprotein

References:
  1. May 29, 2005 - How HDL Keeps The Heart Healthy
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. May 29, 2005 - Fish Oil Holds Promise In Alzheimer's Fight
Background


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