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Volume 5, Number 13
March 27, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Organic electronics
Short gamma-ray bursts
Distant galaxy clusters
Neutrino astronomy
Water on Mars
Neuromorphic computers
Carbon nanotubes
Earth's magnetic field
Nanotechnology
Brown dwarfs
Climate modeling
Oscillation of Bs mesons
Quantum superfluids
Plasmonics
Quasars
Neutron stars
Mapping of galactic gas clouds
PG1159 stars
Global warming
Glacial earthquakes in the Greenland ice sheet
Origins of the continental crust
Extrasolar planets
Gravitational wave search
Planetary system formation
3D face recognition
Gravitational equivalent of a magnetic field

Life sciences

Visual perception
Link between memory and learning
Gene therapy
Avian flu
Mechanism of nerve growth
Cancer
All-electronic DNA sequencing
Malaria
Myelination of axons
Lipin and fat metabolism
Angiotensin and the cardiovascular system
Phagocytoisis
Mental-state attribution in chimpanzees
Evolution of RNAi genes
Genes and aggression
AIDS
Mechanism of genome integrity checking
Antibiotics
Ancient methanogens
Origins of atmospheric oxygen
Dopamine and the brain's reward system
Plant species
Humpback whale songs as language
Alzheimer's disease
Proprioception
High-resolution sensory maps
Protein folding
Targeted biological therapy for cancer
Asexual reproduction
Stem cells
Oxytocin and mate selection
Human protein interaction map
Predicting gene interactions
Brain-imaging studies
Immune response against viruses
Ubiquitin
Tuberculosis
Conservation of DNA regulatory regions
Doubts about benefits of omega-3 fatty acids
Antidepressants
Transgenic cloned pigs and omega-3 fatty acids
Drug delivery with nanoparticles


Organic electronics

References:
  1. March 20, 2006 - Chemists work on plastic promise
  2. March 22, 2006 - Researchers Develop Ultra-Thin Plastic
Background


Short gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Cosmic Explosion Mystery Deepens
Background


Distant galaxy clusters

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Spitzer Sees 9 Billion Years Back in Time
Background


Neutrino astronomy

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Polar neutrino observatory takes a big step forward - also here, here, here
Background


Water on Mars

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Researchers Rain On Mars' Water Gullies Parade
Background


Neuromorphic computers

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Professor hopes to mimic the brain on a chip
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Significant Progress in Flexible Display Nanoresearch Announced
  2. March 23, 2006 - Nanotube circuit could boost chip speeds
  3. March 24, 2006 - IBM builds first IC around a single carbon nanotube
  4. March 24, 2006 - Nano circuit offers big promise
  5. March 24, 2006 - Truly Micro Electronics in a Single Molecule
Background


Earth's magnetic field

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Geomagnetic flip may not be random after all
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - First molecular-machine combination revealed
  2. March 22, 2006 - Organizing Gold Nanoparticles with DNA
Background


Brown dwarfs

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - The Sun's New Exotic Neighbor: A Very Cool Brown Dwarf - also here, here
  2. March 22, 2006 - Newly Discovered Failed Star Added to Stellar Neighborhood
Background


Climate modeling

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - Tweaking the Climatic Nightmare
  2. March 24, 2006 - Glimpse to past adds weight to global warming forecasts
Background


Oscillation of Bs mesons

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - What happened to the antimatter? - also here
Background


Quantum superfluids

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - A Truly 'Super' Fluid
  2. March 25, 2006 - Tipsy Superfluids: Glimpsing off-kilter quantum clouds
Background


Plasmonics

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Surface plasmons squeeze light
  2. March 23, 2006 - Scientists advance photonic technology
  3. March 23, 2006 - Two-Dimensional Light
Background


Quasars

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Chandra finds evidence for quasar ignition - also here
  2. March 23, 2006 - Key Found to Birth of Super-Galaxies
Background


Neutron stars

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Cannibal stars like their food hot - also here
Background


Mapping of galactic gas clouds

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - New map of the Milky Way charts where stars are born - also here, here, here
  2. March 27, 2006 - New Map of Milky Way's Star Factories
Background


PG1159 stars

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Unusual Binary Star: White Dwarf With a Cool Companion
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Arctic, Antarctic Melting May Raise Sea Levels Faster than Expected - also here
  2. March 23, 2006 - Sea rise could be 'catastrophic'
  3. March 24, 2006 - Climate Model Predicts Greater Melting, Submerged Cities
  4. March 24, 2006 - Oceans Rising Fast, New Studies Find
  5. March 24, 2006 - Polar ice sheets melting even faster
  6. March 24, 2006 - NASA Scientist Claims Warmer Ocean Waters Reducing Ice Worldwide
  7. March 24, 2006 - Governments must heed warnings on climate change now: chief scientist
Background


Glacial earthquakes in the Greenland ice sheet

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Glacial earthquakes rock Greenland ice sheet
Background


Origins of the continental crust

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - And life created continents...
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - New solar twin could shed light on another Earth
  2. March 24, 2006 - Bright future for Sun's twin
Background


Gravitational wave search

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - LIGO Kicks Into High Gear For Gravitational-Wave Search With 18-Month Observation Run - also here
Background


Planetary system formation

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Giant Protoplanets Migrate Inward In Lockstep - also here, here
  2. March 25, 2006 - Ideas On Gas-giant Planet Formation Take Shape - also here, here
  3. March 28, 2006 - Death Spiral: Why Theorists Can't Make Solar Systems
  4. March 30, 2006 - Simulation Tracks Planetary Evolution
Background


3D face recognition

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Breakthrough in split second 3D face imaging
Background


Gravitational equivalent of a magnetic field

References:
  1. March 26, 2006 - Gravitational Equivalent Of A Magnetic Field Measured In Lab - also here, here, here
Background


Visual perception

References:
  1. March 20, 2006 - How The Brain Sees People In Motion
  2. March 21, 2006 - High-Speed Surprise for Lying Eyes
Background


Link between memory and learning

References:
  1. March 20, 2006 - New Research Data On The Link Between Learning Results And Working Memory
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. March 20, 2006 - Study Analyzes Gene Therapy For Patients At High Risk For Amputation
  2. March 23, 2006 - New Lipid Molecule Holds Promise For Gene Therapy - also here, here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. March 20, 2006 - Avian flu spreading in Israel
  2. March 21, 2006 - Bird flu splits into two strains
  3. March 21, 2006 - Bird flu virus 'now in two forms'
  4. March 21, 2006 - Study Outlines Genetic Differences Between Potential Pandemic Influenza Strains
  5. March 22, 2006 - Bird flu's human-attack pathway revealed
  6. March 22, 2006 - Cell barrier shows why bird flu not so easily spread among humans - also here, here
  7. March 22, 2006 - Clue to slow human bird flu jump
  8. March 22, 2006 - Bird Flu Hides Deep in the Lungs
  9. March 23, 2006 - Bird Flu Resides Deep in Lungs, Preventing Human-to-Human Transmission
  10. March 23, 2006 - Why bird flu doesn't spread between humans
  11. March 23, 2006 - Studies Suggest Avian Flu Pandemic Isn't Imminent
  12. March 23, 2006 - Bird flu claims five lives in Azerbaijan
  13. March 23, 2006 - Barrier to Pandemic
Background


Mechanism of nerve growth

References:
  1. March 20, 2006 - A New Focus For The Mechanism Of Nerve Growth - also here, here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Environmental Chemicals Implicated In Cancer - also here
  2. March 22, 2006 - Missing breast cancer genes may soon be discovered
  3. March 22, 2006 - Changes To In Utero Environment May Alter Onset Of Cancer - also here
  4. March 23, 2006 - Scientists One Step Closer To Cancer Vaccine - also here, here
  5. March 24, 2006 - Raloxifene, Drug Used For Osteoporosis, Shown To Potentially Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients - also here
  6. March 24, 2006 - Sometimes no treatment is the right option for low-risk prostate cancer
  7. March 25, 2006 - Defect Detector: Plugging holes in a breast cancer–gene screen
Background


All-electronic DNA sequencing

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - DNA Sequencers Get Tech Savvy
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Breaking Through the Brain's Defenses
Background


Myelination of axons

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - New 'Stars' In Formation Of Nerve Cell Insulation
Background


Lipin and fat metabolism

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Researchers Find Fat Gene - also here, here, here
  2. April 5, 2006 - Researchers Find Fat Gene
Background


Angiotensin and the cardiovascular system

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Found: Key 'Go-between' In Heart Disease - also here
  2. March 21, 2006 - Manipulating cell receptor alters behavior
  3. March 24, 2006 - Manipulating Single Cell Receptor Alters Animal Behavior - also here, here
Background


Phagocytoisis

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Phagocytosis study: surprising discovery
  2. March 23, 2006 - Shape Matters To Macrophages: Phagocytosis Depends More On Particle Shape Than Size - also here
Background


Mental-state attribution in chimpanzees

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Referential-gesture communication in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
  2. March 22, 2006 - Gesturing observed in wild chimpanzees
Background


Evolution of RNAi genes

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Animals can change genes quickly to keep up with viral ingenuity
Background


Genes and aggression

References:
  1. March 21, 2006 - Clues to violence show up in brain
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - Scientists find another key to HIV success
Background


Mechanism of genome integrity checking

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - Scientists Gain Fundamental Insight Into How Cells Protect Genetic Blueprints - also here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - Salmonella Caught Red-handed: Research Provides Clues To Antibiotic Development - also here
  2. March 22, 2006 - Possible pet-human bacteria link studied
  3. March 23, 2006 - Pet-Human Link Studied in Resistant Bacteria
Background


Ancient methanogens

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - Methane-making microbes appeared early on Earth
Background


Origins of atmospheric oxygen

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - Climate Change And The Rise Of Atmospheric Oxygen - also here, here
  2. March 23, 2006 - New research reveals oxygen's contributions to evolution - also here
Background


Dopamine and the brain's reward system

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - Researchers Find 'Switch' For Brain's Pleasure Pathway - also here
Background


Plant species

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - Study: Plants can be divided into species
Background


Humpback whale songs as language

References:
  1. March 22, 2006 - How Whales Write Number One Hits
  2. March 24, 2006 - Warbling Whales Speak A Language All Their Own - also here, here, here
  3. March 27, 2006 - Whales like a sing-song at sea
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Reduced insulin in the brain triggers Alzheimer's degeneration
  2. March 23, 2006 - Study shows benefit of drug for Alzheimer's
  3. March 24, 2006 - Alzheimer's May Be Diabetes-Like Illness
  4. March 25, 2006 - Findings Reveal Possible Alzheimer's Link To Part Of Brain - also here, here
  5. March 26, 2006 - Drug can help patients with severe Alzheimer's
  6. March 26, 2006 - New Tools Developed For Studying Neurodegenerative Brain Disorders - also here, here
Background


Proprioception

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Sixth sense can come from within
  2. March 27, 2006 - How Does The Brain Know What The Right Hand Is Doing?
Background


High-resolution sensory maps

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Rat Whiskers Lead To Brain Map - also here
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Engineers Squeeze Secrets From Proteins - also here, here
Background


Targeted biological therapy for cancer

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Homing In on Tumors
Background


Asexual reproduction

References:
  1. March 23, 2006 - Ancient asexuals: the boys are back in town
  2. March 27, 2006 - Virginal shrimp not so chaste after all?
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Mice testicles yield 'ethical' stem cells
  2. March 24, 2006 - Potent Stem Cells From Sperm
  3. March 24, 2006 - Stem cells found in adult mouse testes
  4. March 25, 2006 - Testicle cells may aid research
  5. March 27, 2006 - Testes may be new source of stem cells
Background


Oxytocin and mate selection

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - When Mice Choose Mates, Experience Counts - also here, here
Background


Human protein interaction map

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Study Reveals Most Detailed Map Of Life-forming Instructions
  2. - also here
Background


Predicting gene interactions

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Researchers Create New 'Matchmaking Service' Computer System To Study Gene Interactions - also here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Teens undergo fast brain makeover
Background


Immune response against viruses

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Study identifies crucial mechanism involved in immune response against viruses
Background


Ubiquitin

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Scientists discover unique binding method for essential cellular protein ubiquitin
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Virulent Drug-Resistant TB Strain Emerges
Background


Conservation of DNA regulatory regions

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Junk DNA may not be so junky after all
  2. March 24, 2006 - Nonconserved, noncoding regulatory sequences could be new mutation targets
Background


Doubts about benefits of omega-3 fatty acids

References:
  1. March 24, 2006 - Evidence for omega 3 fats less conclusive than we thought, say experts
Background


Antidepressants

References:
  1. March 25, 2006 - Depression Drugs Aided by Extra Treatment Step
Background


Transgenic cloned pigs and omega-3 fatty acids

References:
  1. March 26, 2006 - Cloned pigs are porky and best, say scientists
  2. March 27, 2006 - Scientists Engineer Pigs with Heart-Healthy Meat
  3. March 27, 2006 - Bacon That's Good For You? Researchers Create Pigs That Produce Heart-healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids - also here, here
  4. March 27, 2006 - Mmmm ... Healthy Bacon
Background


Drug delivery with nanoparticles

References:
  1. March 26, 2006 - 'Custom' nanoparticles could improve cancer diagnosis and treatment - also here
Background


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