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Volume 5, Number 5
January 30, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Nanotechnology
Supernovae
Extrasolar planets
Global warming
Titania nanotubes and alternative energy sources
Carbon nanotubes
Detection of extra dimensions
Stellar jets
High-velocity stars
Singleton stars
Fuel cells

Life sciences

Stem cells
Cancer
Monoclonal antibodies
The human molecular clock
Malaria
Grid computing for drug discovery
Avian flu
Gene therapy
Metabolic fuel switch
AIDS
Cellular machinery
Finding potential drugs in fungal metabolites
Alzheimer's disease
Oxytocin and stress
Brain-imaging studies
Evolution and clutch size
Antibiotic resistance
Immune system response to foreign DNA
Enhancement of fearful memories
Methane from plants and global warming
Motor and visual learning
How bacteria and viruses enter cells
Diabetes
Parkinson's disease
Organization of virus genetic material
Memory techniques of actors
Genetics of autoimmune diseases


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Lasers beams build and hold nanoscale structures
  2. January 24, 2006 - First solar-powered nano motor
  3. January 24, 2006 - From Quonset Huts To Ballerinas: Scientists Solve A Nanotech Mystery
  4. January 27, 2006 - From 2-D blueprint, material assembles into novel 3-D nanostructures - also here, here
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. January 24, 2006 - Sounds of Star Death Near Middle C
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. January 24, 2006 - 2005 was the warmest year in a century - also here, here
  2. January 24, 2006 - 2005 warmest year on record, data indicates
  3. January 25, 2006 - 2005 was the warmest year on record
  4. January 26, 2006 - Alaskan tundra thaws in warming world
  5. January 26, 2006 - Arctic summer in Arctic wintertime
  6. January 27, 2006 - Sea level rise 'is accelerating'
  7. February 2, 2006 - World's temperature second highest on record in 2005: Japan
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Smallest extrasolar planet revealed by microlensing
  2. January 25, 2006 - Icy exoplanet brings astronomers closer to home - also here
  3. January 25, 2006 - Small Rocky Planet Found Orbiting Normal Star
  4. January 25, 2006 - Smallest Earth-like planet found
  5. January 25, 2006 - I Spy ... a Cold, Little Planet
  6. January 25, 2006 - Found: one Earth-like planet
  7. January 26, 2006 - Gains in the quest for Earth-size planets
  8. January 26, 2006 - Closer To Home: Discovery Of Small, Rocky, Extrasolar World Suggests Such Planets May Be Common - also here
  9. January 26, 2006 - Earth's twin found at heart of Milky Way
  10. January 26, 2006 - Hunt for planets outside solar system uncovers a small one
  11. January 27, 2006 - Astronomers discover distant, icy Earth-like planet
Background


Titania nanotubes and alternative energy sources

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Titania Nanotube Arrays Harness Solar Energy
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - DNA-wrapped carbon nanotubes serve as sensors in living cells - also here
  2. January 27, 2006 - Carbon Nanotubes That Detect Disease-causing Mutations Developed By Researcher - also here, here
  3. February 3, 2006 - Carbon Nanotube Network Detects DNA Without Labels
Background


Detection of extra dimensions

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - South Pole Neutrino Detector Could Yield Evidences of String Theory
  2. January 31, 2006 - Ice-bound neutrino hunter may bolster string theory
Background


Stellar jets

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - Astronomers Track Massive Shockwaves In Plasma Escaping Newborn Star - also here
Background


High-velocity stars

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - Exiled Stars: Milky Way Boots Members
  2. January 31, 2006 - Star On The Run: Speeding Star Observed With VLT Hints At Massive Black Hole
Background


Singleton stars

References:
  1. January 27, 2006 - Milky Way brims with singleton stars
  2. January 27, 2006 - Surprise! Most Star Systems Are Single
  3. January 30, 2006 - Most Milky Way Stars Are Single - also here, here
  4. January 30, 2006 - Astronomers Had it Wrong: Most Stars are Single
  5. February 6, 2006 - Stellar Stag Party
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. January 27, 2006 - Researchers collaborate to understand phenomena controlling PEM fuel cell performance, durability - also here, here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Powerful Technique For Multiplying Adult Stem Cells May Aid Therapies - also here, here
  2. January 23, 2006 - Biologists cite way to multiply blood stem cells
  3. January 23, 2006 - Blood stem cell discovery is announced
  4. January 23, 2006 - Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line Produced Without Use Of Animal Products - also here, here
  5. January 24, 2006 - Stem Cell Study Seeks To Prevent Heart Failure - also here, here
  6. January 27, 2006 - Discoveries May Advance Stem Cell Therapy For Parkinson's, Cancer Patients - also here
  7. January 27, 2006 - Role of the nervous system in regulating stem cells discovered
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Palliative Radiation Actually A Cure For Some Lung Cancer Patients
  2. January 23, 2006 - Infections 'brain tumour trigger'
  3. January 24, 2006 - Infections Could Contribute To Adult Brain Tumours - also here, here
  4. January 24, 2006 - Nanolaser Device Detects Cancer in Single Cells
  5. January 24, 2006 - White blood cell count, inflammation linked to cancer deaths
  6. January 26, 2006 - BRCA1 Gene Found To Inhibit Two Sex Hormones, Not Just One - also here
  7. January 27, 2006 - New Pathway Could Present An Intervention Point For Cancer Treatment - also here
  8. January 27, 2006 - Canine Cancer Vaccine Program Shows Early Promise - also here
Background


Monoclonal antibodies

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Yeast Builds Better Monoclonal Antibodies
  2. January 23, 2006 - Researchers Make Leap In Protein Bioengineering - also here, here
Background


The human molecular clock

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Chimps more like humans than apes
  2. January 23, 2006 - Tick, Tock: Humans Have a Slow Molecular Clock
  3. January 24, 2006 - Evolution Study Tightens Human-Chimp Connection - also here
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Malaria Parasites Develop In Lymph Nodes - also here, here
Background


Grid computing for drug discovery

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Networking Computers To Help Combat Disease - also here, here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Bird flu virus mutations found in Turkey
  2. January 26, 2006 - Vaccine Provides 100 Percent Protection Against Avian Flu Virus In Animal Study - also here, here
  3. January 26, 2006 - Scientists develop bird flu vaccine
  4. January 26, 2006 - Bird Flu Gene Analysis Finds New Clue
  5. January 26, 2006 - Army of bird flu viruses decoded
  6. January 27, 2006 - Research Hospital Conducts First Large-scale Bird Flu Genome Study - also here
  7. January 27, 2006 - Pitt aims to start tests of its bird flu vaccine
  8. January 27, 2006 - Quick vaccine gets off the starting blocks
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - New 'molecular switch' protein protects the heart from major cardiovascular damage
Background


Metabolic fuel switch

References:
  1. January 23, 2006 - Fat-Burning in the Dark
  2. January 25, 2006 - Darkness Unveils Vital Metabolic Fuel Switch Between Sugar And Fat - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. January 24, 2006 - 3D structure of HIV is discovered
  2. January 24, 2006 - 3D structure of HIV is 'revealed'
  3. January 25, 2006 - Study Sets New Gold Standard For Initial Antiretroviral Treatment Of HIV Infection - also here
Background


Cellular machinery

References:
  1. January 24, 2006 - The Closest Look Ever At The Cell's Machines - also here, here
Background


Finding potential drugs in fungal metabolites

References:
  1. January 24, 2006 - Mining for gems in the fungal genome - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Researchers Discover New Way To Stimulate Brain To Release Antioxidants - also here
  2. January 25, 2006 - Alzheimer's drugs offer modest improvements, equal effectiveness
  3. January 26, 2006 - Study Implicates Defective Synapse Generator In Onset Of Alzheimer's; Finding Links Age-related Brain Disease To Down Syndrome - also here, here
  4. January 26, 2006 - Brain Abnormality Found In Alzheimer's Disease Related to Gait Impairment in Older Persons
  5. January 27, 2006 - Follow-up Study Shows Drug Slows Severe Alzheimer's Symptoms For One Year
Background


Oxytocin and stress

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Penetrative sex the answer to speaking nerves
  2. January 26, 2006 - Sex before stressful events keeps you calm
  3. January 26, 2006 - Sex before public speaking calms nerves
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Study reveals the political brain - also here, here
Background


Evolution and clutch size

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Swans help explain evolutionary question
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Pair of studies offer new clues to combat antibiotic resistance
Background


Immune system response to foreign DNA

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Immune system response to viral DNA is unique
Background


Enhancement of fearful memories

References:
  1. January 25, 2006 - Activation of a protein solidifies fear memory in the brain
Background


Methane from plants and global warming

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - Global Warming - The Blame Is Not With The Plants - also here
Background


Motor and visual learning

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - Learned Motor Programs Directly Influence The Visual Perception Of Movements
Background


How bacteria and viruses enter cells

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - Common bacteria pirate natural mechanism to get inside cells - also here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - Diabetes complications rooted in faulty cell repair
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. January 26, 2006 - Genetic Link to Parkinson's Is Discovered
  2. January 30, 2006 - Researchers Identify Gene Mutation As Major Cause Of Parkinson's In Ashkenazi Jewish Patients
Background


Organization of virus genetic material

References:
  1. January 27, 2006 - Scientists Unravel Critical Genetic Puzzle For Flu Virus Replication - also here, here
Background


Memory techniques of actors

References:
  1. January 27, 2006 - 'To Be Or, Or ... Um ... Line!' -- Research Puts Actors' Memory On Center Stage
Background


Genetics of autoimmune diseases

References:
  1. January 27, 2006 - Researchers map of genetic variations implicated in disease - also here
Background


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