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Volume 5, Number 22
May 29, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Controlled fusion
Carbon nanotubes
Compact jets from neutron stars
Mass distribution in galaxy clusters
Plate tectonics
Quantum computing
Gamma-ray bursts
Quantum dots
Spintronics
Brain-machine interface
Detecting life on extrasolar planets
Randall-Sundrum braneworld model and black holes
Plasmonics
Nanotechnology
Gravitational waves and quantum entanglement
Robotic hand controlled by thought
Counting Terahertz Photons
Metamaterials
Microfluidics

Life sciences

Cancer
Nanoparticles and cancer therapy
Avian flu
AIDS
Detection of DNA damage in bacteria
Gene therapy
Sexual selection in evolution
Stem cells
Alzheimer's disease
Histone code
Aging and gene expression
Evolutionary theory
Gonad sex determination
Evolutionary developmental biology of sea mammals
Predatory bacteria
The immune system
Vaccines
Gender perception in humans
RNA and inheritance
RNA interference therapies
Development of the corpus callosum
Cooperation vs. competition in yeast
Insulin regulation
Brain-imaging studies
DNA as a bacterial nutrient
Neurotransmission
Bacterial disruption of immune function
Shared infection mechanism


Global warming

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Feedback Loops In Global Climate Change Point To A Very Hot 21st Century
  2. May 22, 2006 - World to be even hotter by century's end - also here
  3. May 22, 2006 - Greenhouse Gas, Temperature Feedback Mechanism May Raise Warming Beyond Previous Estimates - also here
  4. May 23, 2006 - Global warming risk 'much higher'
  5. May 24, 2006 - Monsoon gloom strikes South Asia
  6. May 25, 2006 - The tropics may be expanding - also here
  7. May 26, 2006 - Global warming stretches subtropical boundaries
  8. May 26, 2006 - Warming Atmosphere Expands Tropics
  9. May 26, 2006 - Tropics expanding since 1979 says study
  10. May 26, 2006 - Tropics are expanding, study finds
  11. May 26, 2006 - New Forecast: Hot and Hotter
Background


Controlled fusion

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Nuclear fusion plasma problem tackled
  2. May 22, 2006 - Fusion reactor shows its metal
  3. May 22, 2006 - Chaos could keep fusion under control
  4. May 24, 2006 - Where the dream of harnessing the sun's power could come true
  5. May 24, 2006 - Gigantic fusion reactor gets the green light
  6. May 24, 2006 - Fusion reactor work gets go-ahead
  7. May 30, 2006 - Physicists Persevere In Quest For Inexhaustible Energy Source - also here, here
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - The space elevator: going down?
  2. May 25, 2006 - Researchers explore using nanotubes as minuscule metalworking tools - also here
Background


Compact jets from neutron stars

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Astrophysicists Discover 'Compact Jets' From Neutron Star - also here, here
Background


Mass distribution in galaxy clusters

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - Galactic lens reveals its inner self
  2. May 23, 2006 - Hubble Captures A 'Five-star' Rated Gravitational Lens - also here
Background


Plate tectonics

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - How Did Continents Split? Geology Study Shows New Picture - also here, here
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - A Quantum CPU: the Pentium Q?
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - Distant gamma-ray burst may be in class of its own
Background


Quantum dots

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - Carbon-based Quantum Dots Could Mean 'Greener,' Safer Technology In Medicine And Biology - also here, here
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - Novel magnetic semiconductor puts new spin on electronics - also here, here
Background


Brain-machine interface

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - ATR, Honda Develop New Brain-Machine Interface
Background


Detecting life on extrasolar planets

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - Planet shine 'to aid life search'
  2. May 25, 2006 - Earthshine inspires hunt for alien life
Background


Randall-Sundrum braneworld model and black holes

References:
  1. May 25, 2006 - Scientists Predict How To Detect A Fourth Dimension Of Space - also here, here, here, here
  2. May 30, 2006 - Satellite could open door on extra dimension
  3. June 9, 2006 - Little Black Holes
Background, Background


Plasmonics

References:
  1. May 25, 2006 - Panasonic Develops VCSEL Laser with Surface Plasmon Mirrors
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. May 25, 2006 - New Tools for a Nanotechnology Workshop
  2. May 26, 2006 - Growing Glowing Nanowires To Light Up The Nanoworld - also here, here
Background


Gravitational waves and quantum entanglement

References:
  1. May 26, 2006 - Spotting the quantum tracks of gravity waves
Background


Robotic hand controlled by thought

References:
  1. May 26, 2006 - Robot hand controlled by thought alone
Background


Counting Terahertz Photons

References:
  1. May 26, 2006 - Counting Terahertz Photons
Background


Metamaterials

References:
  1. May 26, 2006 - How to make an object invisible
  2. May 26, 2006 - Invisibility device possible, in theory
Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. May 27, 2006 - Directing Tubular Traffic
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Is hunt for 'cancer genes' a wild goose chase?
  2. May 22, 2006 - Cysteine Containing Chewing Gum For The Prevention Of Upper Digestive Tract Cancers?
  3. May 22, 2006 - Researchers uncover new mechanism of tumor suppressor
  4. May 22, 2006 - Study finds stool testing novel technique for detecting colon cancer
  5. May 23, 2006 - Selenium-protein Deficiency Raises Prostate Cancer Risk - also here
  6. May 24, 2006 - Blood pressure drugs associated with reduced risk of esophageal, pancreatic and colon cancers
  7. May 24, 2006 - Studies find association between acid reflux and esophageal cancer - also here
  8. May 25, 2006 - Gene Predisposing To Pituitary Tumors Identified - also here
Background


Nanoparticles and cancer therapy

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - New Approaches Target Nanoparticles to Cancer Cells
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Two Bird Vaccines with One Stone
  2. May 22, 2006 - The Invincible, Flu-Immune Pigeon
  3. May 23, 2006 - Combo Vaccines Show Promise against Bird Flu
  4. May 23, 2006 - WHO probes possible human-to-human bird flu
  5. May 23, 2006 - WHO sees no mutation in Indonesia bird flu strain - also here
  6. May 23, 2006 - Seven Indonesian Bird Flu Cases Linked to Patients
  7. May 24, 2006 - New vaccines protect chickens from avian flu
  8. May 24, 2006 - WHO not ruling out human bird flu jump
  9. May 24, 2006 - WHO Concerned Over Bird Flu in Indonesia
  10. May 24, 2006 - Alarm at human bird flu cluster
  11. May 24, 2006 - U.S. Labs Ready Complex Bird Flu Testing - also here
  12. May 25, 2006 - Bird flu may have passed between family members
  13. May 25, 2006 - Officials Backtrack Bird Flu Cluster - also here
  14. May 26, 2006 - Bird Flu Kills Two Siblings in Indonesia - also here
  15. May 26, 2006 - German researchers developing new bird flu vaccine
  16. May 27, 2006 - WHO confirms Indonesian girl died of bird flu
  17. May 27, 2006 - Bird Flu Kills 2 More in a Possible Case of Human Infection
  18. May 28, 2006 - WHO confirms 35th bird flu death in Indonesia
  19. May 28, 2006 - WHO Says Bird Flu Drug Maker on Alert - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Findings Offer Hope For Vaccine Against AIDS
  2. May 22, 2006 - HIV origin 'found in wild chimps'
  3. May 25, 2006 - HIV-like virus found in wild chimps
  4. May 26, 2006 - Researchers Confirm HIV-1 Originated In Wild Chimpanzees - also here, here
  5. May 26, 2006 - Wild chimps harbour AIDS virus
  6. May 26, 2006 - HIV origin is traced to wild chimps
  7. May 26, 2006 - Chimp Virus Is Linked to H.I.V.
  8. May 28, 2006 - Research Produces Images Of AIDS Virus That May Shape Vaccine - also here, here
Background


Detection of DNA damage in bacteria

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Researchers Succeed In Observing For First Time How DNA Damage Is Identified
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Researchers Develop 'Bubble' Technique For Potential Treatment Of Type I Diabetes - also here
  2. May 23, 2006 - Gene therapy delays inherited blindness
Background


Sexual selection in evolution

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Sexual ornaments grow out of all proportion
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Injecting stem cells from a woman's own muscle may effectively treat urinary incontinence - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Poor balance predicts Alzheimer's
  2. May 23, 2006 - Fruit Flies Yield Clues To Clinical Heterogeneity Of Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease
  3. May 23, 2006 - Physical problems are 1st Alzheimer's sign
  4. May 24, 2006 - Key Stress Protein Linked To Toxicities Responsible For Parkinson's, Alzheimer's - also here
Background


Histone code

References:
  1. May 22, 2006 - Support for histone code?
Background


Aging and gene expression

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - Gene expression becomes heterogeneous with age in humans and rats - also here
Background


Evolutionary theory

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - One-Track Evolution
Background


Gonad sex determination

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - Genetic tug of war determines gender
  2. May 24, 2006 - Genetic Tug Of War Determines Sexual Differentiation - also here
Background


Evolutionary developmental biology of sea mammals

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - New Clues to Limb Formation (and Loss) in Some Sea Mammals
  2. May 23, 2006 - How ancient whales lost their legs, got sleek and conquered the oceans
Background


Predatory bacteria

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - Predatory bacteria could make antibiotics
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - Researchers Find Immune-activating Cells In Intestines
  2. May 26, 2006 - Mice Lacking Key Immune Component Still Control Chronic Viral Infections - also here
Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. May 23, 2006 - Study reveals a new way of looking at vaccine development
  2. May 24, 2006 - Boost To Vaccine Development: New Approach Provides Potent, Long-lasting Immunity - also here
Background


Gender perception in humans

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - Research Suggests The Existence Of Specialized Neurons That Distinguish Swagger From Sway - also here
Background


RNA and inheritance

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - Mouse Finding Violates Laws of Heredity
  2. May 24, 2006 - Spotty mice flout genetics laws
  3. May 24, 2006 - Mendel's Laws: Foiled Again
  4. May 24, 2006 - In Surprise, Mice Get Trait Without Gene - also here
  5. May 24, 2006 - Mutant mice challenge rules of genetic inheritance
  6. May 25, 2006 - Spotty mice challenge heredity laws
  7. May 25, 2006 - Scientists find exception to Mendel's law
  8. May 30, 2006 - Mice Ignore Mendel's Laws in Passing on Their Traits
Bckground, Bckground


RNA interference therapies

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - RNA Interference Stops Colon Cancer Spread In Mice - also here
  2. May 24, 2006 - Safety scare over 'the new gene therapy'
  3. May 24, 2006 - RNA treatment kills mice
  4. May 25, 2006 - Human protein new weapon in cancer fight
  5. May 25, 2006 - Mice Deaths Are Setback in Gene Test
  6. May 26, 2006 - Revolution in the fight against cancer & viruses - also here
  7. May 28, 2006 - RNA Interference Gene Therapy Takes Two Steps Forward, One Step Back - also here
Background, Background


Development of the corpus callosum

References:
  1. May 24, 2006 - Scientists Identify Molecule That Links Both Sides Of The Brain - also here
Background


Cooperation vs. competition in yeast

References:
  1. May 25, 2006 - Survival Of The Selfless: Scientists Find Cheats Don't Always Prosper - also here
Background


Insulin regulation

References:
  1. May 25, 2006 - Enzyme Defect Leads To Hyperinsulinism - also here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. May 25, 2006 - The Brain Holds the Keys to Unlock 'Lost' Memories
  2. May 25, 2006 - Brain Images Suggest New Therapy For Severe Depression Can Take Months To Work - also here
Background


DNA as a bacterial nutrient

References:
  1. May 25, 2006 - Ability To Feed On Waste DNA Can Mean Difference Between Life And Death - also here, here
  2. June 1, 2006 - Dining on DNA
Background


Neurotransmission

References:
  1. May 26, 2006 - If The Chemistry Is Right ... You Might Remember This
Background


Bacterial disruption of immune function

References:
  1. May 26, 2006 - Plague Agent Helps Researchers Find Novel Signaling System In Cells - also here
Background


Shared infection mechanism

References:
  1. May 28, 2006 - Malaria, Potato Famine Pathogen Share Surprising Trait - also here
Background


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