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Volume 5, Number 3
January 16, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

High-energy X-ray and gamma-ray source
Black holes
Star formation
Warping of the Milky Way
Newly discovered Milky Way neighbor
Supermassive black holes and galaxy development
Giant star clusters
"Missing" dwarf galaxies
Planetary systems around binary stars
Climate modeling
Dark energy
Quantum computing
Planet formation
Evolution of massive stars
Supernovae
Brown dwarfs
Dark matter in the Milky Way
Young stars at the galactic center
SDSS-II studies of the Milky Way
Carbon nanotubes
Active galactic nuclei
Distribution of nearby galaxies
Pulsars
Dark matter galaxy
"Dark ages" of the universe
Extrasolar planets
Magneto-electronics
Spacecraft propulsion
Reionization in the early universe
Galactic gas eruptions
Forests and climate modeling
Magnetic random-access memory
Coherent terahertz radiation
Nanotechnology

Life sciences

Avian flu
Cancer
Historical prevalence of introns in genes
Weight loss and leptin
Transcription-induced chimerism
AIDS
Prions
Formation of visual circuits in the brain
Learning and sleep
Hedgehog genes and development of fat cells from stem cells
Plague vaccine
Alzheimer's disease
Parkinson's disease
Bioinformatics
Non-coding RNA
Symbiotic bacteria
Stem cells
Mirror neurons
Motor and visual learning
Evolution of sensory systems
Sleep inertia
Stress and heart disease
The immune system
Hepatitis C vaccine
Diabetes
Metastasis
Atherothrombosis
Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes
Origins of photosynthesis
DNA repair enzymes
Brain-imaging studies
Gray and white matter in the brain
Nervous system development
Apolipoprotein E
DNA regulatory regions controlling gene expression
Protein crystallization
Caloric restriction and cardiovascular health
Mechanism of virus infections
Bacterial effector proteins
Cloning
RNA interference
Molecular pathways for long-term memory
Anti-bacterial drug resistance genes
Cardiovascular disease genes


High-energy X-ray and gamma-ray source

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Massive star cluster found in Milky Way - also here
  2. January 10, 2006 - High-Energy Fireworks Linked To Massive Star Cluster - also here, here
  3. January 17, 2006 - Source of Space Fireworks Discovered
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Scientists probe black hole's inner sanctum - also here, here, here
  2. January 9, 2006 - Scientists Find Black Hole's 'Point of No Return'
  3. January 9, 2006 - Vanishing Gas Confirms Black Hole Event Horizons `
  4. January 10, 2006 - Feeding a Black Hole's Hunger
  5. January 10, 2006 - Astronomers shed surprising light on our galaxy's black hole - also here
  6. January 11, 2006 - Scientists Find Black Hole's 'Point Of No Return' - also here, here
  7. January 11, 2006 - Scientists Find Black Hole's 'Point of No Return'
  8. January 13, 2006 - Spinning Black Hole Leaves Dent In Space-time - also here, here, here, here
  9. January 16, 2006 - Journey to the Black Hole
  10. January 24, 2006 - Black Hole Puts Dent In Space-time
Background


Star formation

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Large survey of galaxies yields new findings on star formation - also here, here
  2. January 11, 2006 - Mapping Orions winds - also here, here
Background


Warping of the Milky Way

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Astronomers may have reason for Milky Way's 'lumpiness'
  2. January 9, 2006 - Milky Way's Warp Explained
  3. January 10, 2006 - Dark matter halo warps Milky Way's fringe
  4. January 10, 2006 - Milky Way Galaxy Is Warped And Vibrating Like A Drum - here, here, here
Background


Newly discovered Milky Way neighbor

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reveals A New Milky Way Neighbor
Background


Supermassive black holes and galaxy development

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Space Tadpoles Signal Black Hole Mergers
  2. January 11, 2006 - Monster Black Holes Grow After Galactic Mergers - also here, here, here
  3. January 12, 2006 - NASA'S Chandra Finds Black Holes Stirring Up Galaxies - also here, here, here
  4. January 12, 2006 - Growing Supermassive Black Holes from Seeds
  5. January 13, 2006 - Cosmic Battle Creates Milky-Way Sized Tunnel - also here, here, here
Background


Giant star clusters

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Astronomers Report Mysterious Giant Star Clusters - also here, here, here
  2. January 11, 2006 - Astronomers See 'Star Formation on Steroids'
Background


"Missing" dwarf galaxies

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - No stars in the clouds - also here, here
Background


Planetary systems around binary stars

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Planetary systems can form around binary stars
  2. January 11, 2006 - Planets with Two or More Suns
  3. January 12, 2006 - Worlds With Multiple Suns Abundant
Background


Climate modeling

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Researchers Confirm Role Of Massive Flood In Climate Change - also here, here
Background


Dark energy

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Gamma-ray burst study may rule out cosmological constant
  2. January 11, 2006 - A Cosmic Constant That Really Isn't?
  3. January 12, 2006 - Is dark energy changing?
  4. January 21, 2006 - Finding pieces of a dark puzzle
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Einstein's 'spooky action' seen on a chip
Background


Planet formation

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Study highlights role of hit-and-run collisions in planet formation - also here, here, here
  2. January 11, 2006 - A Hostile Birth
Background


Evolution of massive stars

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Multi-wavelength images help astronomers study star birth, death - also here, here
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Research reveals star forming activity - also here, here
  2. January 12, 2006 - SDSS-II Supernova Survey Explodes with New Findings
Background


Brown dwarfs

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - An Odd Pair of Stellar Runts
Background


Dark matter in the Milky Way

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Scientists 'RAVE-ing' about most ambitious star survey ever - also here, here
Background


Young stars at the galactic center

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Astronomers Provide New Insights Into Massive Black Hole At Center Of The Milky Way And Surrounding Region - also here, here
Background


SDSS-II studies of the Milky Way

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Turns Its Eye on the Galaxy
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Magnetism Flicks Switch On 'Dark Excitons' - also here, here, here
Background


Active galactic nuclei

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Engine's Running, But Where's the Fuel?
Background


Distribution of nearby galaxies

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Mini-galaxies may reveal dark matter stream
  2. January 23, 2006 - Strange Setup: Andromeda's Satellite Galaxies All Lined Up
Background


Pulsars

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Fast-spinning neutron star smashes speed limit
  2. January 12, 2006 - Astronomers discover fastest-spinning pulsar - also here
  3. January 12, 2006 - The Speediest Stellar Spinner
  4. January 12, 2006 - Astronomers weigh 'recycled' millisecond pulsar - also here, here, here
  5. January 13, 2006 - Pulsar breaks speed record
Background


Dark matter galaxy

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - New evidence for a Dark Matter Galaxy
Background


"Dark ages" of the universe

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Quasar Study Provides Insights into Composition of the Stars That Ended the 'Dark Ages'
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Planet Finders Use Much Faster Instrument To Discover Distant Planet - also here, here
  2. January 12, 2006 - Small telescope may speed star search
Background


Magneto-electronics

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Nanoscale magnets promise more-shrinkable chips
  2. January 12, 2006 - Magnetic thinking
  3. January 14, 2006 - Magnet nanostructure for chips
Background


Spacecraft propulsion

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Europeans And Australians Make Space Propulsion Breakthrough - also here, here, here
  2. January 18, 2006 - Super-powerful new ion engine revealed
  3. January 26, 2006 - Faster space engine stingy on fuel
Background


Reionization in the early universe

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Fossil Galaxy Reveals Clues to Early Universe - also here, here, here
  2. January 13, 2006 - And the Galaxy Said, Let There Be Light
Background


Galactic gas eruptions

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Huge 'Superbubble' of Gas Blowing Out of Milky Way - also here
Background


Forests and climate modeling

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Deep-rooted Plants Have Much Greater Impact On Climate Than Experts Thought - also here, here
Background


Magnetic random-access memory

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Infinitesimal Rings For Speedy, Reliable, Efficient Magnetic Memory: Breakthrough Can Lead To Faster Computers - also here, here, here
Background


Coherent terahertz radiation

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Researchers find new source of coherent light
  2. January 17, 2006 - Crystals light up
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 15, 2006 - Protein 'nanosprings' most resilient found in nature - also here, here, here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Human bird flu cases spread in Turkey
  2. January 9, 2006 - Bird flu might be less deadly than feared
  3. January 9, 2006 - Bird flu team probes Turkey cases
  4. January 9, 2006 - Human bird flu spreads in Turkey
  5. January 9, 2006 - At Least 14 H5N1 Infections in Turkey
  6. January 10, 2006 - Scientists ready to crack bird flu code
  7. January 10, 2006 - Turkey bird flu spreads further
  8. January 11, 2006 - WHO official says bird flu not mutating
  9. January 11, 2006 - NanoViricides And Vietnamese Govt To Develop Bird Flu Virus Drug
  10. January 11, 2006 - UN warning over Turkey bird flu
  11. January 11, 2006 - 2 brothers may hold clues to limits of bird flu
  12. January 12, 2006 - A $1.5B bird-flu fight
  13. January 13, 2006 - Bird flu mutation sparks concern
  14. January 14, 2006 - Indications bird flu virus mutating: British scientists
  15. January 14, 2006 - Avian Influenza Virus In Mammals Spreads Beyond The Site Of Infection To Other Organ Systems - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Researcher Links Gene Mutation With Poor Outcomes In People With Most Common Thyroid Cancer - also here
  2. January 9, 2006 - Retinol for combating leukemia cells
  3. January 12, 2006 - Polymer Nanoparticle Kills Tumors
  4. January 13, 2006 - Researchers Uncover Clue To Explain Invasive Brain Tumors - also here
  5. January 13, 2006 - Scientists Uncover Mechanism of Response to Targeted Therapy in Kidney Cancer
  6. January 15, 2006 - Researchers Discover Protein Fragment That Helps Predict Breast Cancer Outcome - also here
  7. January 15, 2006 - Curry And Cauliflower Could Halt Prostate Cancer - also here, here
Background


Historical prevalence of introns in genes

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Slow human evolution revealed by worm genome
Background


Weight loss and leptin

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Battle Of The Bulge: Why Losing Weight Is Easier Than Keeping It Off For Good
Background


Transcription-induced chimerism

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Tandem Transcripts Team Together
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - AIDS Drug from Sunflowers - also here, here, here
  2. January 10, 2006 - A clue from macaques yields evidence for impaired retroviral defense genes in humans - also here
  3. January 11, 2006 - Viral 'Fitness' Explains Different Resistance Patterns To AIDS Drugs - also here, here
  4. January 25, 2006 - Flower Power
Background


Prions

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Toward a Better Understanding of Human Prion Diseases - also here
Background


Formation of visual circuits in the brain

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Surprising Findings About How Brain Builds Visual Circuits
Background


Learning and sleep

References:
  1. January 9, 2006 - Losing sleep undoes the rejuvenating effects new learning has on the brain - also here
Background


Hedgehog genes and development of fat cells from stem cells

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Fat Flies and Rotund Rodents
  2. January 11, 2006 - Hedgehog Protein Blocks Fat Production, Produces More Bone - also here
  3. January 11, 2006 - Insects and mammals share common fat-building pathway - also here
Background


Plague vaccine

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Tobacco Plant Transformed into Plague Vaccine Factory
  2. January 10, 2006 - Plant-derived vaccines safeguard against deadly plague - also here, here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Region Of DNA Strongly Associated With Alzheimer's Disease - also here, here
  2. January 10, 2006 - Alzheimer Patients Treated With Testosterone Show Improved Quality Of Life - also here
  3. January 10, 2006 - Memantine appears effective and safe in moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease - also here
  4. January 10, 2006 - Two pathways found that lead to Alzheimer's disease - also here
  5. January 13, 2006 - Journal of Alzheimer's Disease is devoted to metal ions and neurodegenerative diseases
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Eye Cell Implants Improve Motor Symptoms For Parkinson Patients
Background


Bioinformatics

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Data-mining Technique Strikes Genetic Gold - also here
Background


Non-coding RNA

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - 'Pregnant' Protein-coding Genes Carry RNA 'Babies' - also here
Background


Symbiotic bacteria

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Genetic Clues To Sodalis Deepens Knowledge Of Bacterial Diseases - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Administering stem cells to patients with myocardial infarction leads to a reduction of the infarct - also here
  2. January 13, 2006 - Study Indentifies Molecule Essential For Proper Localization Of Blood Stem Cells - also here
  3. January 14, 2006 - Molecule dictates how stem cells travel
Background


Mirror neurons

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Cells That Read Minds
Background


Motor and visual learning

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Learned motor programs directly influence the visual perception of movements
Background


Evolution of sensory systems

References:
  1. January 10, 2006 - Evolutionary shifts in olfactory sensitivities in fruit flies - also here
Background


Sleep inertia

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Morning Grogginess More Debilitating Than Sleep Deprivation - also here, here
  2. January 11, 2006 - Morning grogginess worse than drinking
Background


Stress and heart disease

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Mental Stress May Lead To Heart Disease
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - New Insight Into Machinery Of Immune Cells' 'Tentacles' - also here, here
  2. January 11, 2006 - Study Explains Complex Infection Fighting Mechanism - also here, here
  3. January 12, 2006 - Infection-fighting Protein Could Be Key To Autoimmune Disease - also here
Background


Hepatitis C vaccine

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Researchers Develop New Vaccine Candidate Against Hepatitis C - also here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Brain Plays Key Role In Diabetes Therapy - also here
  2. January 11, 2006 - Brain important in lowering blood sugar
  3. January 13, 2006 - Three-week diet curbs diabetes
Background


Metastasis

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Tumor Cells That Border Normal Tissue Are Told To Leave - also here, here
  2. January 11, 2006 - Study finds clue to migrating cancer cells
Background


Atherothrombosis

References:
  1. January 11, 2006 - Atherothrombosis patients world-wide often have undertreated, undercontrolled risk factors
Background


Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Obesity In Middle Age Raises Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk In Older Age
Background


Origins of photosynthesis

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Photosynthesis Ain't What it Used To Be
Background


DNA repair enzymes

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Common Enzyme is a Key Player in DNA Repair - also here, here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Experimental Economists Find Brain Regions That Govern Fear Of The Economic Unknown - also here
Background


Gray and white matter in the brain

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - Why The Brain Has 'Gray Matter' - also here, here
Background


Nervous system development

References:
  1. January 12, 2006 - New insights into neural tube defects
  2. January 13, 2006 - New Neurons Go with the Spinal Fluid Flow
Background


Apolipoprotein E

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Key Heart And Alzheimer's Disease Protein Imaged For First Time In Native State - also here, here
  2. January 13, 2006 - Epsilon4 allele carriers show altered brain activity before onset of Alzheimer's symptoms - also here
Background


DNA regulatory regions controlling gene expression

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Cracking The Genetic Code For Control Of Gene Expression - also here
Background


Protein crystallization

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Scientists Make First Step Towards 'Holy Grail' Of Crystallography - also here, here, here
Background


Caloric restriction and cardiovascular health

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Caloric Restriction Appears To Prevent Primary Aging In The Heart - also here, here
  2. January 15, 2006 - People Who Restrict Calories Have 'Younger' Hearts - here
Background, Background, Background


Mechanism of virus infections

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Research Details How A Virus Hijacks Cell Signals To Cause Infection - also here
Background


Bacterial effector proteins

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Team unmasks family of immune system invaders - also here
Background


Cloning

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Rabbit eggs may be used for stem cells
Background


RNA interference

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Scientists get first detailed look at Dicer
  2. January 14, 2006 - Molecule Does More Than Slice And Dice RNA - also here, here
Background


Molecular pathways for long-term memory

References:
  1. January 13, 2006 - Long-term memory controls discovered
  2. January 15, 2006 - Long-term Memory Controlled By Molecular Pathway At Synapses - also here, here
Background


Anti-bacterial drug resistance genes

References:
  1. January 14, 2006 - Supersized 'Island' Of Resistance Genes Discovered In An Infectious Bacterium - also here
Background


Cardiovascular disease genes

References:
  1. January 15, 2006 - Designer Animals Reveal Possible Heart Disease Genes
Background


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