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Volume 5, Number 21
May 22, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Large-scale distribution of galaxies
Carbon nanotubes
Nanobiosensors
Stellar vibrations
Global warming
Cosmic rays
Quantum cryptography
Nanotechnology
High-temperature superconductivity
Extrasolar planets
Galaxies in the early universe
Milky Way satellite galaxies
Whole-mantle circulation
Periodic temperature variability
Microquasars
Topological defects
Controlled fusion

Life sciences

Cancer
Nanoparticles and cancer therapy
Diabetes
Regenerative medicine
Protein sorting in cells
Stem cells
Brain-immune system links
Silencing of imprinted genes
Alzheimer's disease
Caloric restriction and insulin sensitivity
Gene therapy
Origins of life
Astrocytes
Neurogenesis
Genome instability
Human genome sequencing
Human/chimp evolutionary split
Avian flu
Antibiotics
Parkinson's disease
DNA damage
Inflammation and heart disease
Protective effect of flavonoids
Brain-imaging studies
Homo floresiensis
Planning by bonobos and orangutans
Sensation in rat's whiskers
Angiogenesis
Genetic adaptation and natural selection
AIDS
Brain operation in planning
Gene transcription
Omega-3 fatty acids and atrial fibrillation
Antisense cancer drugs and nanoparticles
Hepatitis C
Proteomics
Systems biology model of DNA repair


Large-scale distribution of galaxies

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Biggest map of universe reveals colossal structures
  2. May 15, 2006 - 'Lighthouses in the Sky' Yield Biggest-Ever 3-D Map of the Cosmos - also here
  3. May 15, 2006 - Largest Cosmic Map Confirms How Little We Know
  4. May 17, 2006 - Largest Map of Universe Yet Bolsters Theories about Dark Energy
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - 'Cloaked' carbon nanotubes become non-toxic
  2. May 16, 2006 - Nanotube bundles could be used as motors for nanodevices
  3. May 19, 2006 - Fast flow through nanotube membranes
Background


Nanobiosensors

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Smell Of Success For Nanobiosensors - also here, here
Background


Stellar vibrations

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - 'Star quakes' shaking up the cosmos
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Meltdown fear as Arctic ice cover falls to record winter low
  2. May 15, 2006 - Fabled Equatorial African Icecaps To Disappear - also here, here, here, here, here
  3. May 15, 2006 - Warming set to 'devastate' coral
  4. May 16, 2006 - Fabled ice field 'set to vanish'
  5. May 16, 2006 - African ice will vanish in 20 years
  6. May 16, 2006 - Global Warming May Have Damaged Coral Reefs Forever - also here, here
  7. May 17, 2006 -
  8. May 17, 2006 - African Glaciers: Going, Going ...
  9. May 19, 2006 - New Century Of Thirst For World's Mountains - also here
Background


Cosmic rays

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Super-Kamiokande Finds Structure in the Cosmic Ray Sky
Background


Quantum cryptography

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Quantum Cryptography: Diamonds Offer New Online Security
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. May 16, 2006 - Buckyballs Make Room For Gilded Cages - also here, here
  2. May 16, 2006 - Hollow gold cages stand alone
  3. May 17, 2006 - Electric field can align silver nanowires
Background


High-temperature superconductivity

References:
  1. May 16, 2006 - 20-Year-Old High-Temperature Superconductivity Theory Verified
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Extrasolar-planet hunters find triple-Neptune system
  2. May 17, 2006 - Planets Found in Potentially Habitable Setup
  3. May 17, 2006 - Planet Hunters Triple Their Pleasure
  4. May 17, 2006 - Distant 'Earths' will only be seen from space
  5. May 18, 2006 - Planet Group Similar to Solar System Is Found
  6. May 18, 2006 - Trio of Neptunes and their Belt - also here, here
  7. May 18, 2006 - Haleakala Telescope Finds Planet
  8. May 19, 2006 - There's a world of Neptunes out there
  9. May 21, 2006 - Astronomers Use Innovative Technique To Find Extrasolar Planet - also here
  10. May 22, 2006 - Amateurs Help Discover Transiting Exoplanet
  11. May 23, 2006 - Backyard Approach Finds Extrasolar Planet
  12. May 24, 2006 - Amateur astronomers prove their mettle
Background


Galaxies in the early universe

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - When Dwarfs Gave Way to Giants - also here
  2. May 17, 2006 - The short reign of dwarf galaxies
  3. May 18, 2006 - Emergence of the Galactic Heavyweights
  4. May 22, 2006 - The End of Small Galaxies - also here
  5. May 29, 2006 - Early galaxies self-destructed
Background


Milky Way satellite galaxies

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - New Hidden Milky Way Satellites
Background


Whole-mantle circulation

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Slab of sunken ocean floor found deep within Earth - also here
  2. May 17, 2006 - Giant Slab of Earth's Crust Found Near Core
Background


Periodic temperature variability

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - Linking Climate Change Across Time Scales - also here, here
Background


Microquasars

References:
  1. May 19, 2006 - Astronomers Discovery Very High Energy Gamma-ray Emission From Microquasar - also here, here
  2. June 6, 2006 - MAGIC Telescope Finds Microquasar
Background


Topological defects

References:
  1. May 19, 2006 - Cosmology in the Lab
Background


Controlled fusion

References:
  1. May 21, 2006 - Scientists say they have cleared technical hurdle in fusion research
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Researcher Develops First Animal Model To Treat Devasting Head And Neck Cancers - also here
  2. May 15, 2006 - Modeling head and neck cancers
  3. May 15, 2006 - Cancer Agent Is a Stinker
  4. May 15, 2006 - Studies Shed New Light On Why Exercise Can Protect Against Skin And Bowel Cancers - also here
  5. May 15, 2006 - Exercise can protect against skin cancer - also here
  6. May 16, 2006 - Exercise, diet may protect against colorectal cancer
  7. May 16, 2006 - New Compound Unusually Potent At Blocking Brain Cancer Growth - also here
  8. May 16, 2006 - Unique dual target specificity of kinase inhibitor key for success against cancer
  9. May 16, 2006 - New Molecule Inhibits Proliferation Of Broad Range Of Lethal Cancer Cells
  10. May 16, 2006 - Study Sheds Light On Cancer Susceptibility And Disease Involving Bone-marrow Failure
  11. May 16, 2006 - New Treatment For Specific Type Of Leukemia
  12. May 17, 2006 - Targeting Lung Cancer - also here
  13. May 18, 2006 - Broccoli, Cauliflower And Genetic Cancer - also here
  14. May 19, 2006 - Researchers Make Vitamin E Offshoot A Potent Cancer Killer - also here
  15. May 19, 2006 - Gene first linked to rare disease may trigger skin cancer, other tumors
  16. May 19, 2006 - Scan drug 'boosts cancer therapy'
Background


Nanoparticles and cancer therapy

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Multifunctional Gold Nanoparticles Show Promise in Combination Therapy
  2. May 22, 2006 - Gold nanoparticles might fight cancer
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Study reveals new findings on insulin signaling in the liver
Background


Regenerative medicine

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Potent protein regenerates damaged eye nerves
  2. May 15, 2006 - Factor Spurs Regeneration In The Optic Nerve
  3. May 15, 2006 - Discovered by chance: protein that repairs optic nerve
  4. May 15, 2006 - Eye-Opener for Restoring Optic Nerves
Background


Protein sorting in cells

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - The Molecular Post Office Inside the Cell
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Neural Stem Cell Gene Plays Crucial Role In Eye Development - also here
  2. May 17, 2006 - New Study Reveals Signaling Pathways Required For Expansion Of Pancreas Stem Cells - also here
Background


Brain-immune system links

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Research Uncovers Signaling Pathways Related To Brain-immune System Links - also here
  2. May 16, 2006 - Study may lead to novel HIV treatment
Background


Silencing of imprinted genes

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Non-coding RNAs help silence the mammalian transcription
Background, Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. May 15, 2006 - Tests showed that the change of a single amino acid in the brains of lab rodents 'opens the door on a field of research' into treatment of dreaded Alzheimer's disease
  2. May 18, 2006 - Potential New Treatment Strategy For Alzheimer's Disease And Other Brain And Spinal Cord Damage - also here
Background


Caloric restriction and insulin sensitivity

References:
  1. May 16, 2006 - Why eating less can be the key to a long life
Background, Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. May 16, 2006 - Diabetes gene therapy carried by 'bubbles' in the blood
  2. May 16, 2006 - 'Bubble Bassets' Cured Of Genetic Disorder By In-vivo Gene Therapy Technique
Background


Origins of life

References:
  1. May 16, 2006 - Small Molecule Interactions Were Central To The Origin Of Life - also here, here
Background


Astrocytes

References:
  1. May 16, 2006 - Flick Of Whiskers Helps Tease Out Brain's 'Shadow' Signaling System
Background


Neurogenesis

References:
  1. May 16, 2006 - Prozac's target revealed
  2. May 16, 2006 - Secret of Prozac's Success Revealed
  3. May 26, 2006 - Prozac effect on brain pinpointed
Background, Background


Genome instability

References:
  1. May 16, 2006 - Chimpanzee study reveals genome variation hotspots
Background


Human genome sequencing

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Genome project: Final chapter is published in mankind's 'Book of Life'
  2. May 17, 2006 - Human genome completed (again)
  3. May 18, 2006 - Last chromosome in human genome sequenced - also here
  4. May 18, 2006 - It's over! Last chromosome sequenced
Background


Human/chimp evolutionary split

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Did humans and chimps once interbreed?
  2. May 17, 2006 - DNA Study Maps Human-Chimp Split - also here
  3. May 17, 2006 - Chimpanzee and human ancestors may have interbred
  4. May 18, 2006 - Human And Chimp Genomes Reveal New Twist On Origin Of Species - also here, here
  5. May 18, 2006 - Humans, chimps may have bred after split
  6. May 18, 2006 - Evolution's human and chimp twist
  7. May 18, 2006 - Early humans had sex with chimps
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Five more bird flu deaths in Indonesia
  2. May 17, 2006 - WHO probes six Indonesian bird flu deaths
  3. May 19, 2006 - Human Bird Flu Confirmed Deaths Rise - also here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Superbugs slain by soil antibiotic
  2. May 17, 2006 - Making the Miracle Last
  3. May 17, 2006 - New Antibiotic Aimed at Resistant Germs - also here
  4. May 18, 2006 - New Antibiotic Eliminates Superbugs
  5. May 18, 2006 - Potent antibiotic to target MRSA
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Damage From Oxygen May Be One Cause Of Parkinson's Disease - also here
Background


DNA damage

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - 'Pinball Protons' Created By Ultraviolet Rays And Other Causes Can Lead To DNA Damage - also here, here
Background


Inflammation and heart disease

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Newly Discovered Protein Could Hold Key To Preventing Heart Disease - also here
Background


Protective effect of flavonoids

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Scientists study the 'apple a day' theory
  2. May 18, 2006 - Researchers Reveal Apples' Protective Ways: Molecular Mechanism Of Flavonoid-rich Fruit Discovered
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. May 17, 2006 - Brain study yields insight into machinery of prejudice - also here
  2. May 17, 2006 - Lost In Thought: Brain Research - also here
  3. May 17, 2006 - Craving for food lights up the brain
  4. May 19, 2006 - Mapping 'Self' And 'Other' In The Brain
Background


Homo floresiensis

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - New research suggests 'hobbit' was not a new species
  2. May 19, 2006 - Scientists Scuttle Claims That 'Hobbit' Fossil From Flores, Indonesia, Is A New Hominid - also here
  3. May 19, 2006 - Hobbit was sick human, says new study
  4. May 19, 2006 - Discovery of human 'Hobbit' species in Indonesia contested
  5. May 19, 2006 - 'Hobbit' stirs scientific clash
  6. May 19, 2006 - Researchers at odds over "Hobbit" people
Background


Planning by bonobos and orangutans

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - Apes Shown to Be Able to Plan Ahead - also here, here
  2. May 18, 2006 - Planning of the Apes
  3. May 19, 2006 - Apes Able to Think Ahead
  4. May 19, 2006 - Apes think of the future
  5. May 19, 2006 - Study shows apes can plan ahead
Background


Sensation in rat's whiskers

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - Scientists Reveal How Signals Travel Through Rat's Whiskers - also here, here
Background


Angiogenesis

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - Scientists Discover First Angiogenesis Switch Inside Blood Vessel Cells - also here
  2. May 18, 2006 - Scientists find on-off cell switch in eye
Background


Genetic adaptation and natural selection

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - Ready, Set, Mutate ... And May The Best Microbe Win: Natural Selection In A Flask - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - AIDS drug trials may be virus stopper
  2. May 18, 2006 - Healthy human immune system cells can respond to HIV-1
Background


Brain operation in planning

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - The Brain's Executive Is An 'Event Planner'
Background


Gene transcription

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - Location, location, location: Transcriptional activity and nuclear position
Background


Omega-3 fatty acids and atrial fibrillation

References:
  1. May 18, 2006 - Varying effects of fish consumption on atrial fibrillation
Background


Antisense cancer drugs and nanoparticles

References:
  1. May 19, 2006 - Gold Nanoparticles Could Improve Antisense Cancer Drugs - also here, here
Background, Background, Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. May 19, 2006 - Study Details Hepatitis C Ability To Block Immune System Response - also here
Background


Proteomics

References:
  1. May 19, 2006 - Protein connections: A network to understand disease
Background


Systems biology model of DNA repair

References:
  1. May 19, 2006 - DNA repair mapped, systems-wide
  2. May 21, 2006 - Heal Thyself: Systems Biology Model Reveals How Cells Avoid Becoming Cancerous - also here
Background, Background


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