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Volume 5, Number 31
July 31, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Supernovae
Extrasolar planets
Effect of planet-forming disks on young stars
Methane on Titan
Axions
Hydrogen storage
Carbon nanotubes
Spintronics
Superconducing wires
Supermassive black holes
Pulsars
Quasars
Galaxy deformations
Lyman alpha blobs
Earthquake prediction
Nanotechnology
Stueckelberg Z prime particles

Life sciences

Alzheimer's disease
Cancer
Language center analogues in monkeys
Atherosclerosis
Hepatitis C
Avian flu
Low glycemic index diet
Stem cells
AIDS
Mathematical biology
Neurochemistry
Malaria
Vaccines
Effect of multitaking on learning
Parkinson's disease
Evolutionary origins of fins
Development of T cells
Flavanols and cardiovascular health
Diabetes
Extremophiles
Antisense drugs
Ampakine therapeutics to treat memory impairment
Nanoparticle treatment for atherosclerosis
Nerve transmission speeds
Omega-3 fatty acids and weight loss
Combinatorial control of immune system genes
DNA repair
Gene therapy
Programming of innate behavior
Risks of transgenic plants and animals


Supernovae

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Supernova explosion simulated in exquisite detail
  2. July 24, 2006 - New Life in Dead Star: Supernova 'Changing Right Before Our Eyes'
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Models Show One Nearby Star System Could Host Earth-like Planet - also here
  2. August 1, 2006 - Habitable Planet Possible Around Nearby Star System
Background


Effect of planet-forming disks on young stars

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Planet-Forming Disks Might Put The Brakes On Stars
  2. July 24, 2006 - Why Fast-Spinning Young Stars Don't Fly Apart
  3. July 24, 2006 - Planet-forming Disks Slow Down Spinning Stars
Background


Methane on Titan

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Cassini RADAR Reveals Lakes on Titan At Last
  2. July 25, 2006 - Titan may be a land of lakes after all
  3. July 25, 2006 - Cassini Spies Methane Lakes on Titan
  4. July 25, 2006 - Evidence of Hydrocarbon Lakes on Titan
  5. July 25, 2006 - Scientists find polar lakes on Saturn's moon Titan
  6. July 26, 2006 - Titan weather: Methane downpours and drizzle
  7. July 26, 2006 - Methane rain forecast for Saturn's giant moon Titan
  8. July 26, 2006 - Titan: swimming in the rain
  9. July 27, 2006 - And the forecast for Titan? Methane rain
  10. July 27, 2006 - Methane storms might occur on Titan
  11. July 28, 2006 - Space probe spots foggy lakes on Saturn's moon
  12. July 28, 2006 - Cassini Finds Lakes On Titan's Arctic Region
  13. July 28, 2006 - Lakes Found on Saturn's Moon Titan
  14. July 31, 2006 - Researchers believe methane storms on Titan
  15. July 31, 2006 - Lakefront Property on a Saturn Moon?
  16. August 2, 2006 - Darksome Titanian Lakes
  17. August 5, 2006 - Titan's lakes: evidence of liquid on Saturn's largest moon
Background


Axions

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Laser could create dark-matter particles
Background


Hydrogen storage

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Developing Alternatives To Fossil Fuels
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Chemical Transistor
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. July 26, 2006 - Plenty Of Nothing: A Hole New Quantum Spin - also here
  2. July 26, 2006 - Scientists Image 'Magnetic Semiconductors' On The Nanoscale - also here
  3. July 29, 2006 - Scientists Build 'Magnetic Semiconductors' One Atom At A Time - also here
Background


Superconducing wires

References:
  1. July 26, 2006 - Superconducting wire breaks record
Background


Supermassive black holes

References:
  1. July 26, 2006 - Where Are The Supermassive Black Holes Hiding? - also here
  2. July 26, 2006 - Black Hole Census Comes Up Way Short
Background


Pulsars

References:
  1. July 26, 2006 - Old pulsars still have new tricks to teach us
  2. July 27, 2006 - Hot New Idea: How Dead Stars Go Cold
Background


Quasars

References:
  1. July 27, 2006 - Mysterious quasar casts doubt on black holes
Background, Background


Galaxy deformations

References:
  1. July 27, 2006 - Island Universes With A Twist
  2. July 28, 2006 - Tormented galaxies show effects of nasty neighbours
Background


Lyman alpha blobs

References:
  1. July 27, 2006 - Newfound Blob is Biggest Thing in the Universe
Background


Earthquake prediction

References:
  1. July 28, 2006 - Feeling the Earth Move
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. July 28, 2006 - World's smallest bit of nylon
Background


Stueckelberg Z prime particles

References:
  1. July 30, 2006 - Researchers Pursue A Narrow Particle With Wide Implications
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Australia scientists work on anti-Alzheimer's pill - also here, here
  2. July 24, 2006 - Pill raises Alzheimer's cure hope
  3. July 24, 2006 - Slowing Alzheimer's Disease By Keeping Mind And Body Active - also here
  4. July 24, 2006 - Computer games could save your brain
  5. July 26, 2006 - Scientists Characterize Structure of Protein Involved in Preventing Alzheimer's, Huntington's Diseases
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Study Pinpoints Protein's Role In Cancer Spread - also here
  2. July 24, 2006 - Preclinical Study Shows Chronic Stress Agitates Ovarian Cancer; Reducing Stress Slows Tumor Growth
  3. July 24, 2006 - Testosterone adds to estrogen's cancer risk
  4. July 27, 2006 - Researchers Uncover How Prostate Cancer Cells Defy Death - also here
  5. July 28, 2006 - Scientists Develop New, Molecular Approach To Early Cancer Detection - also here, here
  6. July 28, 2006 - Heat Therapy For Cancer May Be Key To 'Lance Armstrong Effect' - also here
  7. July 29, 2006 - Venom protein may lead to brain cancer cure - also here, here
  8. July 31, 2006 - Synthetic version of scorpion venom delivers radioactive iodine to malignant brain tumors
Background


Language center analogues in monkeys

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Shared Ancestor To Humans, Present-day Non-human Primates May Be Linchpin In Evolution Of Language - also here
  2. July 25, 2006 - Study hints language skills came early in primates
  3. July 31, 2006 - Primate brains primed to speak
Background


Atherosclerosis

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Beyond Lipids: Understanding The Mechanics Of Atherosclerosis
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. July 24, 2006 - Hepatitis C virus enzyme sites revealed
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - More cats found with bird flu
  2. July 26, 2006 - Bird flu vaccine breakthrough offers hope
  3. July 26, 2006 - Bird-Flu Vaccine May Be Ready by Next Year - also here
  4. July 26, 2006 - Low-dose Glaxo bird flu vaccine seen ready in 2007
  5. July 26, 2006 - Thailand reports first bird flu death in over seven months
  6. July 26, 2006 - Glaxo claims breakthrough for bird flu vaccine
  7. July 27, 2006 - Wild birds can spread bird flu to people - also here, here
  8. July 28, 2006 - Indonesian sleuths go after bird flu
  9. July 28, 2006 - Bird flu outbreaks in Indonesia going unstudied
Background


Low glycemic index diet

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Low GI diet reduces fat and bad cholesterol
  2. July 25, 2006 - Low GI as good as protein for weight loss
  3. July 25, 2006 - Low-glycemic index diet promotes weight loss, cardiovascular risk reduction
  4. July 26, 2006 - Low Glycemic Index Diet Best For Weight Loss And Cardiovascular Health
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Researchers Transform Stem Cells Found In Human Fat Into Smooth Muscle Cells
  2. July 25, 2006 - Scientists turn fat cells into muscle
  3. July 26, 2006 - Clinical-use stem cells made in Singapore
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - New Computational Model Allows For Better Understanding Of AIDS Drug - also here
  2. July 29, 2006 - Study Finds HIV Hiding From Drugs In Gut, Preventing Immune Recovery - also here, here
  3. July 29, 2006 - AIDS virus may hide in the gut - also here, here, here
Background


Mathematical biology

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - When Biology Gets 'Quirky,' Scientists Turn To Math - also here
Background


Neurochemistry

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - 'Friend' Protein Keeps Nerve Signals In Check - also here
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Gene Breakthrough Heralds Better Prospect For Malaria Solution - also here, here
  2. July 25, 2006 - Study raises malaria block hopes
  3. July 26, 2006 - Researchers Find 'Key' To Unlocking World's Deadliest Malaria Parasite
Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Radiation-killed bacteria vaccine created
  2. July 26, 2006 - Radiation-killed bacteria vaccine induces broad immune response in mice
  3. July 26, 2006 - Irradiated Pathogens Used to Create Potent Vaccine
  4. July 26, 2006 - Irradiated vaccines can stand the heat
  5. August 1, 2006 - Make mine a zombie vaccine
Background


Effect of multitaking on learning

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Distractions impede learning - also here
  2. July 26, 2006 - Multi-tasking Adversely Affects Brain's Learning - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. July 25, 2006 - Head injury may increase risk of Parkinson's
  2. July 29, 2006 - New Genetic Model For Parkinson's Disease - also here
Background


Evolutionary origins of fins

References:
  1. July 26, 2006 - Scientists Discover Evolutionary Origin Of Fins, Limbs - also here
Background


Development of T cells

References:
  1. July 26, 2006 - Researchers identify which sets of molecules are required to induce T cells
Background


Flavanols and cardiovascular health

References:
  1. July 26, 2006 - Groundbreaking research highlights myriad health benefits of flavanol-rich cocoa
  2. August 2, 2006 - Flavanol-rich cocoa improves blood vessel function in aging baby boomer study participants
Background, Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. July 27, 2006 - Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms, study finds - also here, here
  2. July 27, 2006 - Vegan diet best for type 2 diabetics
  3. August 8, 2006 - New study supports major change in diet treatment for diabetes
Background


Extremophiles

References:
  1. July 27, 2006 - New Microbe Thrives in Heat and Acid
Background


Antisense drugs

References:
  1. July 27, 2006 - Promising Therapy For ALS Delivers Antisense Drug Directly To Nervous System - also here
Background, Background


Ampakine therapeutics to treat memory impairment

References:
  1. July 27, 2006 - Drug Triggers Body's Mechanism To Reverse Aging Effect On Memory Process - also here, here
Background


Nanoparticle treatment for atherosclerosis

References:
  1. July 27, 2006 - Nanotechnology Enables Low-dose Treatment Of Atherosclerotic Plaques - also here, here
Background


Nerve transmission speeds

References:
  1. July 28, 2006 - Calculating the speed of sight
  2. July 28, 2006 - Researchers Calculate How Much The Eye Tells The Brain
Background


Omega-3 fatty acids and weight loss

References:
  1. July 28, 2006 - Australian study finds fish oil helps weight loss
Background


Combinatorial control of immune system genes

References:
  1. July 28, 2006 - Flick Of A Protein Switches Immune Response - also here, here
Background, Background


DNA repair

References:
  1. July 28, 2006 - Unusual Mechanism Keeps Repair Protein Accurate
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. July 28, 2006 - Scientists Test Improved Gene Therapy Method For Hereditary Heart Conditions - also here
Background


Programming of innate behavior

References:
  1. July 28, 2006 - Researchers Show How The Brain Turns On Innate Behavior - also here
Background


Risks of transgenic plants and animals

References:
  1. July 30, 2006 - When Transgenes Wander, Should We Worry?
Background


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