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Volume 5, Number 26
June 26, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Unusual supernova
"Top-down" cosmology
Cosmic ray observatory
Silicon-germanium microchips
Black holes
Quasar particle jets
Optical amplifier on silicon
Artificial neural nets with real neurons
Nanotechnology
Martian water
Nuclear fusion
Global warming
Tropical rainforests and CO2
Ocean regulation of atmospheric CO2
Large Hadron Collider
Neutron stars
Wireless semiconductors
Carbon nanotubes
The B unitarity triangle and matter-antimatter asymmetry

Life sciences

Mirror neurons
Regulation Of Bacterial Gene Expression
Cancer
Transcription factors
Brain reward mechanisms
Mosquito immune system
Diabetes
Reduced perception of irrelevant auditory stimuli
Stem cells
Regulation of brain rhythms
Malaria
DNA repair mechanisms
Brain-imaging studies
Avian flu
AIDS
Oxytocin
Regulation of fat metabolism
Nanoparticle cancer therapy
Parkinson's disease
Microfluidics
Tuberculosis
Neurochemistry
Working memory and numerical cognition
Learning and dendritic spine growth
Production of eggs and sperm from stem cells
Prions
The Human Variome Project
Gene regulation
Hepatitis B virus
Auditory cortex fields
Cerebral lateralization
Neuronal encoding of values
Alzheimer's disease
Defenses of Clostridium difficile
Early human culture


Unusual supernova

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Enigmatic object baffles supernova team
Background


"Top-down" cosmology

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Can String Theory Explain Dark Energy?
  2. June 21, 2006 - Hawking rewrites history... backwards
  3. June 30, 2006 - From the present to the past
Background


Cosmic ray observatory

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Full speed ahead for cosmic ray project
Background


Silicon-germanium microchips

References:
  1. June 20, 2006 - Microchip pushed to record operating speeds
  2. June 22, 2006 - First 500 GHz Silicon-Germanium Transistor Demonstrated - also here, here
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. June 21, 2006 - Black Hole Paradox Solved By NASA's Chandra - also here, here, here
  2. June 21, 2006 - Magnetic fields snare black holes' food
  3. June 21, 2006 - A Good Belch Helps Black Holes Feast
  4. June 21, 2006 - Magnetic Fields Nudge Matter Into Black Holes
  5. June 21, 2006 - Magnetic Fields Help Black Holes Pull In Matter
  6. June 22, 2006 - Chandra solves black hole mystery
  7. June 24, 2006 - Fields force matter into black holes
Background


Quasar particle jets

References:
  1. June 21, 2006 - Evidence For Ultra-energetic Particles In Jet From Black Hole - also here
Background


Optical amplifier on silicon

References:
  1. June 21, 2006 - Photonics: Pump up the bandwidth
Background


Artificial neural nets with real neurons

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Neurons self-organise to make brain chips
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Nanoparticles - Power to be Reckoned With
Background


Martian water

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Exploring Mars: A Crater Where Water Ran
Background


Nuclear fusion

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - The Future of Fusion
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - It Has Indeed Gotten Warm in Here
  2. June 22, 2006 - Global Warming Surpassed Natural Cycles In Fueling 2005 Hurricane Season, NCAR Scientists Conclude - also here, here
  3. June 22, 2006 - Study Says Earth's Temp at 400-Year High - also here
  4. June 23, 2006 - US report backs study on global warming
  5. June 23, 2006 - Backing for 'hockey stick' graph
  6. June 23, 2006 - Panel Supports a Controversial Report on Global Warming
  7. June 23, 2006 - Earth Hottest It's Been in 2,000 Years - also here
  8. June 27, 2006 - Blame the Heat
  9. June 28, 2006 - Academy affirms hockey-stick graph
Background


Tropical rainforests and CO2

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Tropical Rainforest Nutrients Linked To Global Carbon Dioxide Levels - also here
Background


Ocean regulation of atmospheric CO2

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Global Atmospheric Carbon Level May Depend Primarily On Southernmost Ocean - also here
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - LHC due for 2007 start
Background


Neutron stars

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Mysterious X-ray sources may be lone neutron stars
Background


Wireless semiconductors

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Magnetic Fields Could Make Computers 500 Times Faster - also here
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Scientists Develop Novel Method To Sort Nanotubes By Diameter
Background


The B unitarity triangle and matter-antimatter asymmetry

References:
  1. June 24, 2006 - Why Is The Universe More Partial To Matter Than Antimatter? - also here
Background


Mirror neurons

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Toddlers Anticipate Actions As Well As Adults
  2. June 19, 2006 - Predicting actions starts young
  3. June 19, 2006 - Mind Reading Is Child's Play
Background


Regulation Of Bacterial Gene Expression

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - E. Coli Research Identifies Two New Keys To Regulation Of Bacterial Gene Expression - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Tumor Response May Not Be Best Measure Of Efficacy In Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment
  2. June 19, 2006 - Melanoma Research Progress Suggests Optimism For Future Cures - also here
  3. June 20, 2006 - Team Solves Mystery Of Carcinogenic Mothballs - also here, here
  4. June 20, 2006 - Iceland scientists tie mutation in a second gene to added breast cancer risk
  5. June 20, 2006 - New gene tied to added breast cancer risk - also here
  6. June 21, 2006 - New gene ups breast cancer risk to 80%
  7. June 21, 2006 - Study identifies new tumor suppressor
  8. June 21, 2006 - New test detects prostate cancer spread at the earliest time
  9. June 22, 2006 - Researchers Shed Light On How Tumor Cells Form - also here, here
  10. June 22, 2006 - Cycles Of Cell Death, Proliferation Key To Liver Cancer - also here
  11. June 23, 2006 - Salmonella to the Rescue
  12. June 23, 2006 - Marinade Is Soy Good for You
Background


Transcription factors

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Cells Use Mix-and-match Approach To Tailor Regulation Of Genes
Background


Brain reward mechanisms

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Dissecting The Machinery Of Nicotine's Reward
Background


Mosquito immune system

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Receptor Holds The Key To Mosquito Immune Response
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Molecular Mechanism Of A Diabetes Vaccine Revealed - also here
  2. June 20, 2006 - Successful Transplantation From Pig Embryos To Mice - also here
Background


Reduced perception of irrelevant auditory stimuli

References:
  1. June 19, 2006 - Irrelevant sounds automatically ignored
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. June 20, 2006 - Scientists Use Embryonic Stem Cells, New Cues to Awaken Latent Motor Nerve Repair - also here
  2. June 20, 2006 - Stem cells help repair rats' paralysis - also here
  3. June 21, 2006 - Bones Hold The Key To Blood Renewal - also here, here
  4. June 21, 2006 - Neurons From Stem Cells Go the Distance
  5. June 21, 2006 - Neurons Grown From Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Function In Paralyzed Rats - also here, here
  6. June 21, 2006 - Paralyzed rats walk in stem cell study
  7. June 22, 2006 - Doctors Advance In Bid To Turn Mice Stem Cells Into Blood Vessels - also here
  8. June 22, 2006 - Scientists Find Previously Unknown Receptors On Adult Stem Cells - also here
  9. June 25, 2006 - Brain can be made to self-repair
Background


Regulation of brain rhythms

References:
  1. June 20, 2006 - Septum Keeps Neurons In Synch, Can Reduce Epileptic Seizures By 90 Percent - also here
  2. June 20, 2006 - Theta rhythm reduces seizure rate
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. June 20, 2006 - Study Points To Genes Responsible For Malaria Parasite's Survival In Attempts To Eradicate It - also here
Background


DNA repair mechanisms

References:
  1. June 20, 2006 - DNA Repair In Mammal Embryos Is A Matter Of Timing - also here, here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. June 20, 2006 - 'Thirst For Knowledge' May Be Opium Craving - also here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. June 20, 2006 - H5N1 Vaccine Could Be Basis For Life-saving Stockpile Against Possible Bird Flu Outbreak - also here
  2. June 22, 2006 - Early human bird flu death uncovered in China
  3. June 22, 2006 - Beijing man may have been early bird flu case
  4. June 22, 2006 - Bird flu may have been mistaken for SARS
  5. June 23, 2006 - Deadly bird flu ran through Indonesian family
  6. June 23, 2006 - Family vector for Sumatra bird flu
  7. June 23, 2006 - Slight Mutation Found in Bird Flu Virus - also here
  8. June 30, 2006 - Chinese Health Ministry investigating whether man died of bird flu in 2003
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. June 20, 2006 - CHAVI announces international search for genes affecting HIV response
Background


Oxytocin

References:
  1. June 21, 2006 - Smoking, Eating And Thinking: New Research On The Brain, Hormones, And Behavior - also here
Background


Regulation of fat metabolism

References:
  1. June 21, 2006 - Substance from green leaves dampens appetite
  2. June 23, 2006 - Chewing Up A Key Regulator Of Fat Synthesis Keeps Mice Lean Despite A High-fat Diet - also here
Background


Nanoparticle cancer therapy

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Buckyballs Boost Antibody's Chemotherapy Payload - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Brain 'traffic jams' drive Parkinson's symptoms
  2. June 23, 2006 - Parkinson's traits reversed in rat brain cells
  3. June 23, 2006 - Researchers Reverse Parkinson's Symptoms In Animal Models
  4. June 23, 2006 - Parkinson's symptoms reversed in study
  5. June 23, 2006 - Parkinson's Disease Mechanism Discovered
Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Microchannels, Electricity Aid Drug Discovery, Early Diagnosis
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Three Human Gene Variants Appear To Influence Tuberculosis Susceptibility - also here
Background


Neurochemistry

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Studies Suggest New Brain Protein May Help In Treating Schizophrenia, Insomnia And Anxiety - also here
  2. June 22, 2006 - Brain protein may help treat schizophrenia
Background


Working memory and numerical cognition

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - People Remember Prices More Easily If They Have Fewer Syllables
Background


Learning and dendritic spine growth

References:
  1. June 22, 2006 - Long-term changes in experience cause neurons to sprout new long-lasting connections
Background


Production of eggs and sperm from stem cells

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Mature sperm and eggs grown from same stem cells
Background


Prions

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - CJD-related disease can incubate for 50 years
Background


The Human Variome Project

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Encyclopedia of all human gene mutations planned
Background


Gene regulation

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Gene-regulating Enzyme Is Also A Target For Anti-depressive Drugs, Anti-cancer Possibilities - also here
Background


Hepatitis B virus

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Researchers Map Infectious Hepatitis B Virus - also here
Background


Auditory cortex fields

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - A Neural Mosaic Of Tones - also here, here
Background


Cerebral lateralization

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Lopsided Brains Let Fish Multitask
Background


Neuronal encoding of values

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Researchers Find Neurons That Encode The Value Of Different Goods - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. June 25, 2006 - Test May Help Answer Alzheimer's Question - also here
  2. June 28, 2006 - Production Of Key Alzheimer's Protein Monitored For First Time In Humans
Background


Defenses of Clostridium difficile

References:
  1. June 25, 2006 - How hospital bug can evade attack
  2. June 26, 2006 - British find genetic code of 'superbug'
Background


Early human culture

References:
  1. June 23, 2006 - Shell beads suggest new roots for culture
Background


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