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Volume 4, Number 52
December 26, 2005

Physical sciences and technology

Fundamental constants
Macroscopic effect goverened by quantum law
Observation of supernova neutrinos
Organic chemistry near a Sun-like star
Carbon nanotubes
B meson physics
EPR tests using Bose-Einstein condensates
Earthquake research
Martian water
Global warming
Aerosols and global warming
Improved images of the galactic center
Observations of the galactic plane
Early differentiation of Earth's mantle
Stellar pulsations
DNA nanotechnology
Quantum superfluid

Life sciences

Cancer
Morphogenic fields in embryonic development
Recent human evolution
Cysteine transport in neurons
Meiosis in C. Elegans
Reciprocity, altruism, and cooperation
Dating the human-chimpanzee divergence
Antibiotics
A model of working memory
Brain pleasure centers
Gene regulation by reversal of methylation
Langerhans cells
Gene therapy
Parkinson's disease
Human face recognition by bees
Avian flu
Stem cells
Dancing and mate selection
Link between tooth loss and heart disease
Aquaporin and obesity
Epigenetic changes and cancer
Leptin and appetite control
Alzheimer's disease
Neuron AMPA receptors
AIDS
Brain size and intelligence
Micro-gyroscopes for cancer diagnosis
Memory recall
Integration of new neurons into the brain
Editing of microRNA and gene regulation
MicroRNA and cancer
Telomeres and stem cells
Programmed cell death
Malaria
MicroRNA and lifespan
Connection between inflammatory systems
GDNF and stem cells


Fundamental constants

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - Astronomers Gain Clues About Fundamental Physics - also here
Background


Macroscopic effect goverened by quantum law

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - Discovery of a new physical phenomenon governed by a quantum law
Background


Observation of supernova neutrinos

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Wanted: Amateur Stargazers To Help Solve Supernova Mystery - also here, here
Background


Organic chemistry near a Sun-like star

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Building Blocks of Life Found in Planet-Forming Disk
  2. December 21, 2005 - Ingredients for DNA and Protein Found Around Star - also here, here
  3. December 22, 2005 - Life's ingredients circle Sun-like star
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - How nanotubes enter cells
  2. December 20, 2005 - Chemist's Lab Steady Source of 'Nanotube' Advances
Background


B meson physics

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Hunting the Penguin During BaBar's Long Run
Background


EPR tests using Bose-Einstein condensates

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Researchers extend Einstein's work
Background


Earthquake research

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Understanding Earthquakes
Background


Martian water

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Mars region probably less watery than thought - also here, here
  2. December 21, 2005 - Salty Martian rocks may have formed without seas
  3. December 21, 2005 - Mars not so wet after all?
  4. December 21, 2005 - New Studies Question Mars Water Assumptions
  5. December 22, 2005 - Geologists Suggest Mars Features Are Result Of Meteorite Strikes, Not Of Evaporated Lakes - also here, here
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Surface Permafrost Could Disappear by 2100
  2. December 21, 2005 - Most Of Arctic's Near-surface Permafrost To Thaw By 2100 - also here, here
  3. December 22, 2005 - 2005 may set record as warmest year
Background


Aerosols and global warming

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Aerosols cool more than expected
Background


Improved images of the galactic center

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Astronomers Use Laser To Take Clearest Images Of The Center Of The Milky Way - also here, here, here
  2. December 22, 2005 - Man-Made "Star" Illuminates Milky Way's Mysterious Center
Background


Observations of the galactic plane

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - Spitzer Exposes Our Galaxy's Deepest Secrets - also here
Background


Early differentiation of Earth's mantle

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - Revising Earth's early history - also here, here
Background


Stellar pulsations

References:
  1. December 23, 2005 - Sound of star's vibration reveals details of its core
  2. December 28, 2005 - Allo, Allo? A Star Is Ringing - also here
Background


DNA nanotechnology

References:
  1. December 23, 2005 - DNA Self-assembly Used To Mass-produce Patterned Nanostructures - also here, here
Background


Quantum superfluid

References:
  1. December 23, 2005 - Quantum Superfluid Could Be Akin To Exotic Matter Found In Quark Star - also here, here, here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - Clinic Discovers Two Key Players In Cancer Prevention And How They Work - also here
  2. December 19, 2005 - Gene Variation Affects Tamoxifen's Benefit For Breast Cancer - also here
  3. December 19, 2005 - Clinic Reports Tamoxifen Benefit For Breast-cancer Patients Tied To Inherited Gene - also here
  4. December 19, 2005 - An obstacle to cancer cells
  5. December 20, 2005 - Artificial Light At Night Stimulates Breast Cancer Growth In Laboratory Mice - also here, here
  6. December 21, 2005 - Eating Chicken May Reduce Your Risk Of Colon Cancer
  7. December 21, 2005 - Ancient Chinese Remedy Shows Potential In Preventing Breast Cancer - also here, here, here
  8. December 21, 2005 - Ultraviolet B light exposure associated with increased risk of skin cancer - also here
  9. December 22, 2005 - Clinic finds kidney cancer patients are unlikely to respond to potential treatment drug
  10. December 23, 2005 - Mechanism For Epstein-Barr Virus Protein's Role In Blood Cancers Discovered - also here
  11. December 23, 2005 - Study sheds light on sun, melanoma
  12. December 24, 2005 - High-veg diet 'wards off cancer'
  13. December 25, 2005 - Melanoma Risk Only Partially Associated Vith Exposure To UVB From Sunlight - also here, here
Background


Morphogenic fields in embryonic development

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - Researchers Uncover Remarkable Developmental Pathway
Background


Recent human evolution

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - Civilisation has left its mark on our genes
  2. December 20, 2005 - Scoping Out Signs of Human Evolution
Background


Cysteine transport in neurons

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - Key Brain Antioxidant Linked To Alzheimer's And Parkinson's - also here
Background


Meiosis in C. Elegans

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - Learning About Sex From An Elegant Worm - here
Background


Reciprocity, altruism, and cooperation

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - Charity: it's all in our genes
  2. December 20, 2005 - New Study Finds Evidence Of Generosity Among Our Early Human Ancestors
Background


Dating the human-chimpanzee divergence

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - When humans and chimps split
  2. December 22, 2005 - Scientists Narrow The Time Limits For The Human And Chimpanzee Split - also here, here, here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. December 19, 2005 - 'Stalwart' antibiotics often fail
  2. December 19, 2005 - Penicillin, amoxicillin: Step aside for strep throat treatment
Background


A model of working memory

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Researchers Propose Model Of Neural Circuit Underlying Working Memory - also here
Background


Brain pleasure centers

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Your sweet tooth may really be in your brain's 'pleasure hotspot'
Background


Gene regulation by reversal of methylation

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Novel Enzyme Offers New Look At Gene Regulation - also here
Background


Langerhans cells

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Langerhans Cells Regulate Immune Reactions In The Skin - also here
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Bare metal stents deliver gene therapy to heart vessels with less inflammation in animal studies
  2. December 23, 2005 - Researchers Demonstrate A New Way To Switch Therapeutic Genes 'On' And 'Off'
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Scientists close in on genes responsible for Parkinsons disease
Background


Human face recognition by bees

References:
  1. December 20, 2005 - Honey bees recognise people
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Bird flu virus 'resisting drug'
  2. December 21, 2005 - Flu vaccine not as effective as studies suggest, say researchers
  3. December 21, 2005 - More Tamiflu Resistance in Bird Flu
  4. December 22, 2005 - New Tamiflu-resistant bird flu cases stir fears
  5. December 23, 2005 - Don't panic about Tamiflu resistance - WHO
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Transplanted Stem Cells Show Promise For Mending Broken Hearts - also here
  2. December 22, 2005 - Clinical Trial To Test Stem Cell Approach For Children With Brain Injury - also here, here
Background


Dancing and mate selection

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Symmetrical People Make Better Dancers
  2. December 22, 2005 - Researchers Scientifically Link Dancing Ability To Mate Quality - also here, here
  3. December 22, 2005 - Better dancers get more desirable mates
Background


Link between tooth loss and heart disease

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Tooth Loss and Heart Disease Linked, Even Among Nonsmokers - also here, here
Background


Aquaporin and obesity

References:
  1. December 21, 2005 - Aquaporin and obesity
Background


Epigenetic changes and cancer

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - New View Of Cancer: 'Epigenetic' Changes Come Before Mutations - also here, here
Background


Leptin and appetite control

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - How to Stop the Munchies
  2. December 26, 2005 - Machinery Of The 'Marijuana Munchies'
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - Illuminating Alzheimer's: Research Sheds Light On Creatine's Presence In Brain - also here, here
  2. December 22, 2005 - New Synthetic Compounds Appear To Prevent Brain Cell Death - also here, here
  3. December 23, 2005 - Brain Cell Activity Increases Levels Of Key Ingredient In Alzheimer's Plaques - also here
  4. December 29, 2005 - Brain Activity, Drugs Could Affect Alzheimer's Progression
Background


Neuron AMPA receptors

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - Research Clarifies How Brain Replenishes Memory-making Molecules - also here, here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - Researchers Uncover Direct Evidence On How HIV Invades Healthy Cells - also here, here, here
Background


Brain size and intelligence

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - Bigger brain size matters for intellectual ability - also here, here, here
Background


Micro-gyroscopes for cancer diagnosis

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - Micro-gyroscopes that can detect cancer
  2. December 23, 2005 - Gyroscope sets course to fight cancer
  3. December 30, 2005 - Tiny biosensor to detect cancer
Background


Memory recall

References:
  1. December 22, 2005 - Mental Time Travel
  2. December 23, 2005 - Researchers Develop New Method For Studying 'Mental Time Travel' - also here, here, here
  3. December 25, 2005 - Researchers Know What You Were About To Say; fMRI Used To Detect Memory Storage And Retrieval - also here
Background, Background


Integration of new neurons into the brain

References:
  1. December 23, 2005 - New Neurons Take Baby Steps In The Adult Brain - also here
Background


Editing of microRNA and gene regulation

References:
  1. December 23, 2005 - New Study Expands Understanding Of The Role Of RNA Editing In Gene Control - also here
Background


MicroRNA and cancer

References:
  1. December 23, 2005 - Role Of MicroRNA Identified In Thyroid Cancer - also here, here
Background, Background


Telomeres and stem cells

References:
  1. December 23, 2005 - A Little Telomerase Isn't Enough: Study Links Length Of Chromosome Ends To A Rare Disease Of Stem Cells - also here, here
Background


Programmed cell death

References:
  1. December 23, 2005 - Bacterial protein mimics host to cripple defenses - also here, here
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. December 24, 2005 - Clue to how malaria infects cells
  2. December 24, 2005 - A Key That Opens Cells To The Deadly Malaria Parasite - also here
Background


MicroRNA and lifespan

References:
  1. December 24, 2005 - MicroRNA Gene That Regulates Lifespan Found - also here, here
Background, Background


Connection between inflammatory systems

References:
  1. December 24, 2005 - Blocking Previously Unrecognized Links Between Inflammatory Systems Could Make COX-2 Inhibitors Safe - also here, here
Background


GDNF and stem cells

References:
  1. December 24, 2005 - Stem cells secrete brain-preserving protein
Background, Background, Background


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