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Volume 5, Number 24
June 12, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Map of Milky Way
Very early galaxies
Galaxy evolution
Pulsar starquakes
Planemos
Extrasolar planets
Nanotechnology
Universe simulation using cold dark matter model
Carbon nanotubes
Carbon-rich protoplanetary disk
Supernovae
Earthquake aftershocks
Quantum computing
Variability of the fine structure constant
Star streams of the Milky Way
The Pioneer anomaly
Brown dwarfs
Paleoclimatology

Life sciences

Cancer
Gene therapy
The immune system
Atherosclerosis
Archaea
Centrosomes
RNAi therapy
Sleep regulation
Antioxidants in green tea
Diabetes
Stem cells
Neanderthals
Early eukaryotes and cyanobacteria
Stromatolites
Aging, oxidative stress, and insulin receptors
Cell death proteins
Nanoparticle cancer therapy
AIDS
Brain-imaging studies
Neural basis of instinctual behaviors
HTLV-1 virus infection mechanism
Bacterial immune systems
HPV vaccine
Sexual selection and the "big sperm paradox"
Pulsing of gene expression
Mosquito immune system
Protein engineering
Neurobiology of obesity
Plant development


Map of Milky Way

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Milky Way arms pinned down
  2. June 5, 2006 - Milky Way is many tentacled beast
Background


Very early galaxies

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - 'Cosmic Telescopes' May Have Found Infant Galaxies - also here
  2. June 6, 2006 - Astronomers Find Hundreds Of Young, Distant Galaxy Clusters - also here
  3. June 6, 2006 - Massive galaxy cluster found 10 billion light years away
  4. June 8, 2006 - Maturity of Farthest Galaxy Cluster Surprises Astronomers
Background


Galaxy evolution

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Group Living Takes a Toll on Galaxies
  2. June 6, 2006 - Nearby Extreme Galaxies Have Link to Humble Roots
  3. June 6, 2006 - Astronomers discover surprising shortage of hot gas in famed spiral galaxy NGC 1068
Background


Pulsar starquakes

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Scientists predict pulsar starquakes
  2. June 6, 2006 - Astronomers predict timing of starquakes
Background


Planemos

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Planets Around Planets?
  2. June 5, 2006 - Strange New Worlds Could Make Miniature Solar Systems
  3. June 6, 2006 - "Planemos" May Give Rise to Planets, Moons
  4. June 6, 2006 - New Study Suggests 'Planemos' May Spawn Planets And Moons
  5. June 6, 2006 - Mini-planet systems get stranger
  6. June 6, 2006 - Finding Planemos
  7. June 6, 2006 - Watch out for 'planemos', astronomers say
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Inside Exoplanets: Motley Crew of Worlds Share Common Thread
  2. June 7, 2006 - Forming Super-Earths By Ultraviolet Stripping - also here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Laser beams pluck nano-strings
  2. June 7, 2006 - New Nanofabrication Technique: Growing Nanostructures On Micro Cantilever Provides New Platform For Materials Discovery - also here
Background


Universe simulation using cold dark matter model

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Galaxy evolution in cyber universe matches astronomical observations in fine detail - also here
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Carbon nanotube devices emit high current density
Background


Carbon-rich protoplanetary disk

References:
  1. June 7, 2006 - Star's dusty disc could create exotic worlds
  2. June 7, 2006 - Star's Planets Might Have Mountains of Diamonds
  3. June 8, 2006 - The Birth of Carbon Planets?
  4. June 8, 2006 - Mysterious Carbon Excess Found In Infant Solar System - also here
  5. June 9, 2006 - Found! Carbon-rich solar system
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. June 7, 2006 - Young Supernova Remnants Not Dusty Enough, According To Astronomers - also here
  2. June 9, 2006 - Massive-star supernovae found to be major space dust factories
  3. June 11, 2006 - Astronomers Discover Universe's 'Smoking Gun' - also here
  4. June 19, 2006 - Explosive Debate: Supernova Dust Lost and Found
Background


Earthquake aftershocks

References:
  1. June 7, 2006 - Shaking causes aftershocks
  2. June 8, 2006 - New Study Shows Earthquake Shaking Triggers Aftershocks - also here
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. June 8, 2006 - Error-check breakthrough in quantum computing
Background


Variability of the fine structure constant

References:
  1. June 9, 2006 - Variable Physical Laws - also here
Background


Star streams of the Milky Way

References:
  1. June 9, 2006 - Astronomers Find Nearby Galactic Highway
  2. June 13, 2006 - Startling Galactic Highway Found in Milky Way
Background


The Pioneer anomaly

References:
  1. June 9, 2006 - TPS Enables Study Of Mysterious Pioneer Anomaly
Background


Brown dwarfs

References:
  1. June 9, 2006 - Smashing young stars leave dwarfs in their wake - also here, here
Background


Paleoclimatology

References:
  1. June 9, 2006 - New study shows much of the world emerged from last Ice Age together - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Breast cancer drug 'a life-saver'
  2. June 5, 2006 - Breast Cancer Drug Study Brings Surprises - also here
  3. June 5, 2006 - Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Form Of Lung Cancer - also here
  4. June 5, 2006 - A Fundamentally New Approach To Improving Cancer Chemotherapy - also here
  5. June 5, 2006 - Liquorice Cancer Care
  6. June 5, 2006 - Longest ever follow-up study of a targeted cancer therapy shows excellent results
  7. June 5, 2006 - New treatment option breaks Leukemia's resistance to chemotherapy, radiation therapy
  8. June 5, 2006 - Targeted therapy shows significant benefits over standard treatment for advanced kidney cancer
  9. June 5, 2006 - New targeted therapy shows promise in children with metastatic gastrointenstinal stromal tumor
  10. June 6, 2006 - Leukaemia drug 'boosts survival'
  11. June 6, 2006 - Cancer Center On The Forefront Of The Fight Against Multiple Myeloma
  12. June 6, 2006 - Researchers Announce New Predictor For Lung Cancer Treatment And Survival - also here
  13. June 6, 2006 - Results good for HER-2 positive breast cancer patients using trastuzumab
  14. June 6, 2006 - Clinical trial confirms novel EGFR antibody targets tumors but not normal tissues
  15. June 6, 2006 - New data at ASCO show CAMPTOSAR is key to treating 1st line metastatic colorectal cancer
  16. June 7, 2006 - Drug Attacks Prostate Cancer In Mouse Model By Destroying Its Blood Supply - also here
  17. June 8, 2006 - Preliminary Study Shows Promise For Treatment Of Renal Cell Cancer - also here
  18. June 9, 2006 - Gene Discovery Opens Door To Tackling Disease - also here
  19. June 9, 2006 - HtrA1 and resistance to chemotherapy in ovarian and gastric cancers
  20. June 11, 2006 - Diagnostic Breakthrough For Burkitt Lymphoma Reported - also here
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Gene Therapy Accelerates Healing Of Damaged Skeletal Muscle - also here
  2. June 5, 2006 - Mouse Study Shows Gene Therapy Provides Temporary Protection from Radiation
  3. June 5, 2006 - See Spot Recover
  4. June 5, 2006 - Gene therapy completely suppresses ovarian cancer growth in animal model
  5. June 8, 2006 - Gene Therapy Protects Mice From The Effects Of Whole-body Irradiation - also here
  6. June 9, 2006 - Radiotherapy cell damage blocked
Background


The immune system

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Natural Born Killers
Background


Atherosclerosis

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Researchers Get to the Heart of Atherosclerosis
Background


Archaea

References:
  1. June 5, 2006 - Researchers Propose New Hypothesis On The Evolution Of Hot Springs Microorganisms - also here
  2. June 8, 2006 - Hypothesis formed on evolution of archaea
Background


Centrosomes

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Surf Clam Egg Study May Change Thinking About Centrosomes - also here
  2. June 7, 2006 - RNA found in the cellular centrosome of surf clams
  3. June 13, 2006 - Research Finds Evidence Of RNA In Structures Essential To Cell Division - also here
Background


RNAi therapy

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - RNA therapy tackles eye disease
  2. June 6, 2006 - Huntington's disease meets its match
Background, Background


Sleep regulation

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Serotonin, Acting In A Specific Brain Region, Promotes Sleep In Fruit Flies
  2. June 8, 2006 - Brain region linked to fly slumber - also here
  3. June 15, 2006 - Sleepy Fruit Flies Provide Clues To Learning And Memory - also here, here
Background


Antioxidants in green tea

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Green Tea And The 'Asian Paradox' - also here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Increased Sensitivity To Nerve Signals Keeps Diabetes At Bay - also here
  2. June 7, 2006 - Gardenia Fruit Compound Starting Point For Diabetes Therapy - also here
  3. June 7, 2006 - Chemical in Gardenia Fruit Raises Hopes for Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
  4. June 7, 2006 - Researchers Discover Potential New Approach To Treating Diabetes - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Scientists to Try to Clone Human Embryos - also here
  2. June 7, 2006 - Harvard launches effort to clone human stem cells
  3. June 9, 2006 - Bone marrow may restore cells lost in vision diseases
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Tooth gives up oldest human DNA
  2. June 7, 2006 - 100,000 Year-old DNA Sequence Allows New Look At Neandertal's Genetic Diversity
Background


Early eukaryotes and cyanobacteria

References:
  1. June 6, 2006 - Study Shows Our Ancestors Survived 'Snowball Earth' - also here
Background


Stromatolites

References:
  1. June 7, 2006 - Fossils Point to Oldest Life on Earth - also here
  2. June 7, 2006 - Complex ecosystems arrived early
  3. June 8, 2006 - Earth's earliest life so far, and lots of it
  4. June 8, 2006 - Findings Strengthen Case for Signs of Early Life in Australian Rocks
  5. June 8, 2006 - Rocks may hold key to oldest life
  6. June 8, 2006 - World's oldest fossils, or no such thing?
Background, Background


Aging, oxidative stress, and insulin receptors

References:
  1. June 7, 2006 - Diabetes Research Takes Wing Thanks To Long-lived Fruit Fly - also here
Background


Cell death proteins

References:
  1. June 7, 2006 - Protein's Role In Regulating Cell Death Sets Direction For Cancer Research
  2. June 8, 2006 - Researchers Reveal Inner Workings Of Cell-Death Protein -- Could Play Role In Neurodegeneration And Schizophrenia - also here
Background


Nanoparticle cancer therapy

References:
  1. June 7, 2006 - Magnetic Field Acts as 'Remote Control' to Deliver Nanomedicine
  2. June 8, 2006 - New contrast agents may be on horizon for better medical imaging - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. June 8, 2006 - Trials for drug that leaves HIV defenceless
  2. June 9, 2006 - Researchers Discover Possible HIV Therapy In An Animal Study - also here
  3. June 9, 2006 - Monkeys Vaccinated Against SIV Survive Longer After Infection - also here
  4. June 10, 2006 - AIDS Vaccine Research Offers New Insights On Survival - also here
  5. June 12, 2006 - HIV vaccine might offer survival advantage
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. June 8, 2006 - Probing Question: What makes a song catchy?
  2. June 8, 2006 - Waiter, There is a Fly in Meiner Suppe
  3. June 9, 2006 - How bilingual brains switch between tongues
  4. June 12, 2006 - Built To Be Bilingual
Background


Neural basis of instinctual behaviors

References:
  1. June 8, 2006 - Fly's Courtship Sheds Light On The Formation Of Innate Behaviors
Background


HTLV-1 virus infection mechanism

References:
  1. June 8, 2006 - Protein From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks Aids Cancer Virus - also here
Background


Bacterial immune systems

References:
  1. June 8, 2006 - Bacteria Have Their Own Immune System Protecting Against Outside DNA - also here, here
Background


HPV vaccine

References:
  1. June 8, 2006 - How Cow Warts, Clergy Sex Surveys Moved Along Cancer Vaccine - also here
  2. June 9, 2006 - Research Leads To First Cancer Vaccine
  3. June 9, 2006 - US approves cervical cancer drug
Background


Sexual selection and the "big sperm paradox"

References:
  1. June 8, 2006 - Researchers Discover the 'Big Sperm Paradox'
Background


Pulsing of gene expression

References:
  1. June 9, 2006 - Researchers Take The Pulse Of A Gene In Living Cells
  2. June 12, 2006 - Scientists observe gene pulsing activity
Background


Mosquito immune system

References:
  1. June 9, 2006 - Mosquito immune system examined - also here
Background


Protein engineering

References:
  1. June 10, 2006 - Physicists Report Advance Toward Nanotechy Approach To Protein Engineering - also here
Background


Neurobiology of obesity

References:
  1. June 10, 2006 - Does obesity begin in the brain?
Background


Plant development

References:
  1. June 11, 2006 - Scientists Get To The Root Of Plant Cell Fate - also here
Background


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