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Volume 5, Number 11
March 13, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Galactic collisions
Molecular electronics
Supercomputers
Efficient production of entangled photons
Optoelectronics and petaflop computers
Superconductors
Multifunction chip for spintronics
Hydrogen fuel technology
Galaxies in the early universe
Gamma-ray bursts
Quantum critical phase transitions
Controlled nuclear fusion
Melting of polar ice sheets
Global warming
Mass extinctions
Water on Enceladus
Extreme helium stars
Nanotechnology
Fuel cells

Life sciences

Parkinson's disease
Brain-imaging studies
The immune system
Cancer
In vivo test of synaptic plasticity and learning
Hormonal and genetic factors in sex differences
Caffeine and heart disease
Continuing human evolution
Evolution of the adaptive immune system
Tuberculosis
Antibiotic resistance
Cardiovascular disease
Alzheimer's disease
Stem cells
Genetic differences among primates
Drug delivery
Potential target for obesity and metabolic syndrome
Genetic switch control of mitochondria
Visual perception of object size
Cancer stem cells
Olfactory perception
MicroRNA targets in C. elegans
Antibiotics
Marine microbes
Cholesterol-lowering foods
Innate immune system antiviral function
Genetics of personality and behavior
Thought-controlled typewriter
Embryonic development of vertebrae
Embryonic development of the heart
Development of left-right asymmetry
Gene targets of transcription factors
Localization of recognition memory
Obesity and inflammation
Lifespan extension in C. elegans
Development of fruit fly color receptors


Galactic collisions

References:
  1. March 6, 2006 - Gigantic Cosmic Cataclysm In Stephan's Quintet Of Galaxies - also here
Background


Molecular electronics

References:
  1. March 6, 2006 - Researcher Works On Molecular Diode - also here, here
Background


Supercomputers

References:
  1. March 6, 2006 - Europe's most powerful computer unveiled in Germany
Background


Efficient production of entangled photons

References:
  1. March 6, 2006 - Towards entangled-photon LEDs
Background


Optoelectronics and petaflop computers

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - New Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser: Significant Step Toward Ultra-High-Speed Optical Interconnection
  2. March 21, 2006 - Laser chips could power petaflop computers
Background


Superconductors

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - Research Reveals Hidden Magnetism In Superconductivity - also here, here
  2. March 9, 2006 - The Unusual Insulating Properties of a Superconductor
  3. March 12, 2006 - Researchers create conveyer belt for magnetic flux vortices in superconductors - also here
Background


Multifunction chip for spintronics

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - New multifunctional chip to meld memory, logic and communications functions
Background


Hydrogen fuel technology

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - Chemists Report Progress In Quest To Use Hydrogen As Fuel For Cars And Electronic Devices - also here, here, here
  2. March 12, 2006 - New 'Crystal Sponge' Triples Hydrogen Storage
Background


Galaxies in the early universe

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - Ubiquitous galaxies discovered in the Early Universe - also here, here, here
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - The oldest explosion in the universe
  2. March 8, 2006 - Flash from the Beginning of Time Reveals Strange Event - also here
  3. March 9, 2006 - Scientists Piece Together The Most Distant Cosmic Explosion - also here, here, here
  4. March 9, 2006 - Oldest star burst even older
Background


Quantum critical phase transitions

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - Three cosmic enigmas, one audacious answer
Background


Controlled nuclear fusion

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - No future for fusion power, says top scientist
  2. March 9, 2006 - Fusion power gets slammed
  3. March 10, 2006 - Sandia's Z Machine Exceeds Two Billion Degrees Kelvin; Temperatures Hotter Than The Interiors Of Stars - also here, here, here, here
Background


Melting of polar ice sheets

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - NASA Survey Confirms Climate Warming Impact On Polar Ice Sheets - also here, here, here
  2. March 9, 2006 - Polar ice sheets show net loss
  3. March 12, 2006 - Study Previews Ice Sheet Melting, Rapid Climate Change - also here
  4. March 15, 2006 - Study Offers Preview Of Ice Sheet Melting, Rapid Climate Changes - also here, here, here
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - Reining In Carbon Dioxide Levels Imperative But Possible - also here, here, here
Background


Mass extinctions

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - Mass extinctions - a threat from outer space or our own planet's detox? - also here, here
Background


Water on Enceladus

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - Cassini Finds Signs of Liquid Water on Saturn's Moon
  2. March 9, 2006 - Radical! Liquid Water on Enceladus
  3. March 10, 2006 - Saturn moon spewing water vapour
  4. March 10, 2006 - NASA's Cassini Discovers Potential Liquid Water on Enceladus - also here, here
  5. March 15, 2006 - Ice Volcanoes on Saturn's Moon Enceladus
  6. March 17, 2006 - Discovery of potential water not likely to spur new space mission
  7. April 3, 2006 - Encore For Enceladus! Saturn Moon Ripe For Astrobiology
Background


Extreme helium stars

References:
  1. March 10, 2006 - 'Extreme helium stars' may be double degenerates
  2. March 20, 2006 - Astronomers Find Origin Of Extreme-Helium Stars
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. March 10, 2006 - Nano origami supercapacitors
  2. March 10, 2006 - Tiny motor turns giant rods
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. March 12, 2006 - Nano-scale fuel cells may be closer than we think, thanks to an inexpensive new manufacturing method
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. March 6, 2006 - Genetic Perversity: Smoking And Gene Avert Parkinson's
  2. March 9, 2006 - Research Holds Promise For Huntington's Treatment; Could Also Have Impact On Parkinson's Disease - also here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. March 6, 2006 - Dual functions of sight demonstrated
  2. March 7, 2006 - Scientists find brain function most important to maths ability - also here
  3. March 10, 2006 - A Head for Numbers
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. March 6, 2006 - Research shows how infection-fighting cells interact
  2. March 10, 2006 - The Best Defense Is Gene Nonsense
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - Delayed Prostate Cancer Surgery Poses No Increased Risk For Some Patients - also here
  2. March 8, 2006 - New Strategy Developed To Study Disease: Reveals Insights Into Cancer And Treatment Leads - also here
  3. March 8, 2006 - New Cell Imaging Method Identifies Aggressive Cancer Cells Early - also here
  4. March 8, 2006 - Common Properties In Genes Implicated In Development Of Cancer - also here
  5. March 8, 2006 - Random gene breakage found in cancer study
Background


In vivo test of synaptic plasticity and learning

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - Study Identifies Impact Of Neural Connections In Learning Process
Background


Hormonal and genetic factors in sex differences

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - Sex Chromosome Genes Influence Aggression And Maternal Behavior - also here
Background


Caffeine and heart disease

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - Genes decide if coffee hurts or helps your heart
  2. March 7, 2006 - Coffee mixes badly with certain genes
  3. March 8, 2006 - Gene spells danger for coffee addicts
  4. March 8, 2006 - Coffee Consumption Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Attack For Persons With Certain Gene Variation - also here
  5. March 8, 2006 - Genes determine coffee heart risk
  6. March 8, 2006 - Coffee drinkers get a jolt in study
Background


Continuing human evolution

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - Many human genes evolved recently
  2. March 7, 2006 - Humans are still evolving
  3. March 7, 2006 - Human selection is alive and kicking
  4. March 8, 2006 - Human Genome Shows Proof of Recent Evolution, Survey Finds
  5. March 10, 2006 - Human Genome Still Evolving
Background, Background


Evolution of the adaptive immune system

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - Adaptive Immunity Goes Back in Time
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - Studies Suggest New Targets For Tuberculosis Treatments - also here, here
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. March 7, 2006 - Study Indicates Dramatic Rise In Antibiotic-resistant Community-acquired Staph Infections
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. March 7, 2008 - Some heart patients vulnerable to mental stress
  2. March 8, 2006 - Mental Stress Effects On Heart More Common Than Previously Known - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - Major Biomarker Candidates For Alzheimer's Disease Explored
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - Liquid Crystals Show Promise In Controlling Embryonic Stem Cells - also here, here, here
  2. March 11, 2006 - Researchers To Study Effectiveness Of Stem Cell Transplant In Human Brain - also here
  3. March 11, 2006 - First stem cells injected into brains
Background


Genetic differences among primates

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - Why we differ from our primate cousins
  2. March 8, 2006 - Difference between humans and apes? A matter of expression...
  3. March 8, 2006 - It's the Expression, Stupid
  4. March 9, 2006 - Separation of Man and Ape Down to Gene Expression
  5. March 9, 2006 - Scientists unlock key gene mystery
  6. March 9, 2006 - Why Aren't We More Like Chimps?
  7. March 9, 2006 - Transcription factors help distinguish humans
  8. March 10, 2006 - Most Human-chimp Differences Due To Gene Regulation -- Not Genes - also here, here
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - Nanoparticles Create Biocompatible Capsules - also here, here, here
Background


Potential target for obesity and metabolic syndrome

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - New Target For Obesity And Related Metabolic Disorders - also here
Background


Genetic switch control of mitochondria

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - Researchers Discover Unsuspected Genetic Switch That Turns Off An Oxygen-poor Cell's Combustion Engine And Turns On Its Electric One - also here
  2. March 8, 2006 - Adaptation to oxygen deprivation elucidates tumor physiology
Background


Visual perception of object size

References:
  1. March 8, 2006 - There's more than meets the eye in judging the size of an object - also here
Background


Cancer stem cells

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - 'Shuttling' Protein Possibly Key To Resilience Of Cancer Cells - also here, here
Background


Olfactory perception

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - New Scents From Two Scents
Background


MicroRNA targets in C. elegans

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - Biologists Develop Genome-Wide Map of miRNA-mRNA Interactions - also here, here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - Researchers Take New Approach To Defeating Gram-negative Bugs - also here
Background


Marine microbes

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - DNA From The Deep - also here
Background


Cholesterol-lowering foods

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - Cholesterol-lowering Foods Most Effective When Combined - also here, here
Background


Innate immune system antiviral function

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - 'Jumping Genes': New Target For Body's Innate Immune Protection System Against Viruses - also here
Background


Genetics of personality and behavior

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - Genome's knowledge "avalanche"
Background


Thought-controlled typewriter

References:
  1. March 9, 2006 - 'Mental typewriter' controlled by thought alone
  2. March 10, 2006 - 'Mental typewriter' that can read minds, at high-tech fair
Background


Embryonic development of vertebrae

References:
  1. March 10, 2006 - Scientists Demonstrate Mechanism Of Vertebral Formation - also here
Background


Embryonic development of the heart

References:
  1. March 10, 2006 - Mice With Glowing Hearts Shed Light On How Hearts Develop - also here
Background


Development of left-right asymmetry

References:
  1. March 10, 2006 - Researchers discover the gene responsible for positioning the heart on the left side of the body
Background


Gene targets of transcription factors

References:
  1. March 10, 2006 - 'Looking' At Eyeless From Two Directions - also here
Background


Localization of recognition memory

References:
  1. March 10, 2006 - Hamster Study Shows How Our Brains Recognize Other Individuals - also here
Background


Obesity and inflammation

References:
  1. March 10, 2006 - Research Shows Fat Fuels Inflammation Killer - also here, here
Background


Lifespan extension in C. elegans

References:
  1. March 11, 2006 - For The First Time: Longevity Modulated Without Disrupting Life-sustaining Function
Background


Development of fruit fly color receptors

References:
  1. March 12, 2006 - Scientists Identify Key Factor In How Fruit Fly Color Receptor Cells 'Decide' Their Type - also here
Background


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