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Volume 5, Number 33
August 14, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

High-temperature superconductivity
Independent measurement of the Hubble constant
Hypernuclei
Carbon sequestration
Artificial intelligence
Extrasolar planets
Organic molecules in interstellar dust clouds
Lithium abundance in stars
Carbon nanotubes
Global warming
Paleoclimatology
Quantum dots
Very short range measurements of gravity
Neutron stars
Robotics
Quantum gravity

Life sciences

Hox genes
Stem cells
Dietary fatty acids
Avian flu
Malaria
Smallpox virus
Parkinson's disease
Cancer
Growth of microtubles
Epigenetics and inheritance
Adaptive neural wiring
Neurochemistry
Effects of sleep deprivation
Ancient embryo fossils
AIDS
SARS virus interference with host RNA
Brain-imaging studies
Cardioprotective compounds in grapes
Ampakines, BDNF, and memory
Insertions and deletions in the human genome
Transmissible dog cancer
Alzheimer's disease
Genetics of cognitive longevity
Sex chromosomes
Cell therapy for autoimmune disease
Commensal bacteria and host DNA damage
Cancer biology
Personality predictors of intelligence
Mussel evolution
Stress and aging
Circadian rhythm and feeding behavior
Hepatitis C
Lack of regeneration of cerebral cortex cells


High-temperature superconductivity

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Magnetic Ties May Explain High-Temp Superconductors
Background


Independent measurement of the Hubble constant

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Chandra Independently Determines Hubble Constant - also here, here
Background


Hypernuclei

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Hypernuclei at Jefferson Lab
Background


Carbon sequestration

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Deep sea graveyard for CO2
  2. August 8, 2006 - Deep-sea Sediments Could Safely Store Man-made Carbon Dioxide - also here
  3. August 8, 2006 - Sea-bed plan to store carbon
  4. August 8, 2006 - A Better Carbon Dioxide Trap?
  5. August 15, 2006 - Scientists urge deep-sea cure for climate change
Background


Artificial intelligence

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - University of Alberta program wins computer poker championship
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Hubble Identifies Stellar Companion to Distant Planet
  2. August 8, 2006 - Hidden Star of Known Planet Found - also here
  3. August 9, 2006 - Hubble finds distant planet's host star
Background


Organic molecules in interstellar dust clouds

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Organic Molecules Found in Diverse Space Places
  2. August 8, 2006 - W.Va. Telescope Sees 8 Complex Molecules - also here
  3. August 24, 2006 - Outer-space nurseries
Background


Lithium abundance in stars

References:
  1. August 9, 2006 - Where did all the lithium go?
  2. August 9, 2006 - Mystery of missing lithium solved
  3. August 9, 2006 - Star Observations Could Solve Cosmic Riddle
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. August 9, 2006 - New method of growing carbon nanotubes to revolutionise electronics
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Greenland ice cap may be melting at triple speed
  2. August 10, 2006 - No Dice for Greenland Ice
  3. August 11, 2006 - Greenlandís ice loss accelerating rapidly, gravity-measuring satellites reveal
  4. August 11, 2006 - Greenland melt 'speeding up'
  5. August 11, 2006 - Antarctic snow may hide climate shock
  6. August 12, 2006 - As glaciers shrink, the Alps get taller
Background


Paleoclimatology

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Arctic Coring Expedition Continues To Yield New Clues - also here
  2. August 10, 2006 - Study Breaks Ice On Ancient Arctic Thaw - also here
  3. August 12, 2006 - Ancient Arctic Water Cycles Are Red Flags To Future Global Warming - also here
Background


Quantum dots

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Quantum physicists control supercurrent
Background


Very short range measurements of gravity

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Atoms in a Trap Measure Gravity at the Micron Level
Background


Neutron stars

References:
  1. August 11, 2006 - Neutron star clocked at mind-boggling velocity
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. August 11, 2006 - Ball-balancing robot refuses to roll over
  2. August 11, 2006 - New Mobile Robot Balances, Moves On Ball Instead Of Wheels Or Legs - also here
  3. August 17, 2006 - Balancing Robot May Care for Elderly - also here
Background


Quantum gravity

References:
  1. August 11, 2006 - K-State Mathematician Receives Grant to Study Gravity, Black Holes, Possible Future Space Travel
Background


Hox genes

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Ancient gene recreated from modern descendants
  2. August 7, 2006 - Ancient Gene Reconstructed From Descendants - also here
Background, Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Human embryonic stem cells display a unique pattern of chemical modification to DNA - also here
  2. August 7, 2006 - Stem Cell Research Targets Birth Defects And Cancer
  3. August 7, 2006 - Scientists Identify Gene Involved In Stem Cell Self-renewal In Planaria - also here
  4. August 7, 2006 - Distinct methylation in stem cell DNA
  5. August 11, 2006 - With few factors, adult cells take on character of embryonic stem cells
Background


Dietary fatty acids

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Saturated fat impedes "good" cholesterol activity
  2. August 7, 2006 - One High-Saturated Fat Meal Can Be Bad - also here
  3. August 8, 2006 - Meals High In Saturated Fat Impair 'Good' Cholesterol's Ability To Protect Against Clogged Arteries - also here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Thailand kicks off campaign to halt bird flu
  2. August 8, 2006 - Indonesian bird flu toll rises to 44
  3. August 9, 2006 - China confirms 2003 bird flu death
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Movie Spies On Malaria Parasite's Sneaky Behavior
Background


Smallpox virus

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Researchers Determine Structure Of Smallpox Virus Protein Bound To DNA - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Nicotine Found To Protect Against Parkinson's-like Brain Damage - also here, here
  2. August 8, 2006 - Study Links Allergies To Parkinson's Disease - also here
  3. August 9, 2006 - Strong Evidence Of A Genetic Risk Factor For Parkinson's Disease
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Researchers identify gene as protector of DNA, enemy of tumors
  2. August 8, 2006 - Failure Of 'Scout Cells' May Lead To Cancer In Transplant Patients
  3. August 8, 2006 - Gene's cancer role is identified - also here
  4. August 9, 2006 - Smoking Out The Links Between Nutrition And Oral Cancer - also here
  5. August 9, 2006 - Hunt For DNA Amplified In Cancers Uncovers Important Target Gene - also here
  6. August 9, 2006 - Tumor Profiles May Help Cancer Treatment - also here
  7. August 9, 2006 - New test predicts if lung cancer will spread - also here
  8. August 9, 2006 - Lung cancer chemo test developed
  9. August 9, 2006 - A Venomous Treatment for Brain Tumors
  10. August 10, 2006 - First-ever Genomic Test Predicts Which Lung Cancer Patients Need Chemotherapy To Live - also here
  11. August 10, 2006 - Test may aid lung cancer survival
  12. August 10, 2006 - Experimental RNA-based Drug Kills Prostate Cancer Cells Effectively And Safely
  13. August 11, 2006 - Drug kills prostate tumor cells
  14. August 11, 2006 - Herceptin Effective In Breast Cancer Cells With Low HER-2 Levels - also here, here
Background


Growth of microtubles

References:
  1. August 7, 2006 - Research sheds light on how cells take shape
  2. September 22, 2006 - Stresses determine the shape of life
Background


Epigenetics and inheritance

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Does Environment Influence Genes? Researcher Gives Hard Thoughts On Soft Inheritance
Background


Adaptive neural wiring

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Rewiring the mammalian brain - neurons make fickle friends - also here
Background


Neurochemistry

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Scientists Learn How The Brain 'Boots Up' To Process Information From The Senses - also here
Background


Effects of sleep deprivation

References:
  1. August 8, 2006 - Researcher studies sleep deprivation's effect on decisions
Background


Ancient embryo fossils

References:
  1. August 9, 2006 - X-rays break the silence of ancient worms
  2. August 9, 2006 - Breakthrough gives 3-D vision of dawn of life
  3. August 9, 2006 - Detailed Images Of Embryos More Than 500 Million Years Old - also
  4. August 9, 2006 - Scans peer inside fossil embryos
  5. August 10, 2006 - Paleontologists X-ray fossil embryos - also here
  6. August 10, 2006 - Penis worm as never seen before
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. August 9, 2006 - Tests probe if pill a day can keep AIDS at bay
  2. August 9, 2006 - Defense Peptide Found In Primates May Block Some Human HIV Transmissions - also here, here
  3. August 12, 2006 - Experimental HIV drug helps control virus
  4. August 12, 2006 - HIV Prevention Pill Shows Early Promise - also here
  5. August 13, 2006 - New guidelines help sort out HIV drug maze
  6. August 13, 2006 - AIDS virus hides out in "accomplice" cells
  7. August 13, 2006 - 4-Drug AIDS Cocktail No Advantage - also here
  8. August 14, 2006 - HIV infection requires an accomplice: B cells with special protein direct HIV to T cells
Background


SARS virus interference with host RNA

References:
  1. August 9, 2006 - Researchers Find 'Secret Weapon' Used By SARS Virus - also here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. August 9, 2006 - Imaging Study May Help Point Toward More Effective Smoking Cessation Treatments
Background


Cardioprotective compounds in grapes

References:
  1. August 9, 2006 - Red Wine and White Wine May Be Equally Good For the Heart
  2. August 10, 2006 - White grapes just as heart healthy as red?
  3. August 11, 2006 - Wine's Benefit Knows No Color
  4. August 14, 2006 - White wine as heart-healthy as red
  5. August 21, 2006 - Red Wine And White Wine May Be Equally Good For The Heart
Background, Background


Ampakines, BDNF, and memory

References:
  1. August 9, 2006 - Drug shows long-lasting boosts of memory in rats
Background


Insertions and deletions in the human genome

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Another source of genetic variability mapped
  2. August 11, 2006 - Scientists develop new map of genetic variation in human genome
  3. August 11, 2006 - Ga. Researchers Begin New Gene Mapping - also here
Background


Transmissible dog cancer

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Riddle of infectious dog cancer solved
  2. August 10, 2006 - Long-Lived Cancer Goes to the Dogs
  3. August 10, 2006 - Dog cancer traced back to wolf roots
  4. August 11, 2006 - Contagious canine cancer
  5. August 11, 2006 - Dogs, Tasmanian devils may 'catch' cancer
  6. August 11, 2006 - Canine cancer found transmissible
  7. August 11, 2006 - Study Finds That a Type of Cancer in Dogs Is Contagious
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Tests may predict progression to Alzheimer's
  2. August 10, 2006 - Scientists Make Discovery in Alzheimer's - also here
  3. August 11, 2006 - New biomarkers could help doctors spot Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases - also here, here
  4. August 11, 2006 - New research points toward mechanism of age-onset toxicity of Alzheimer's protein
  5. August 11, 2006 - Cleanup crew clears way for research
  6. August 13, 2006 - Scientists Discover Age-regulated Cellular Activities That Protect Against Protein Aggregation - also here
Background


Genetics of cognitive longevity

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - New Research Examines Genetics Of Successful Aging - also here
Background


Sex chromosomes

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Death of Y may spawn new human species
Background


Cell therapy for autoimmune disease

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Finding Paves Way For Better Treatment Of Autoimmune Disease - also here, here
Background


Commensal bacteria and host DNA damage

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Commensal bacteria damage host DNA
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. August 10, 2006 - Tumor cells spread canine cancer
Background


Personality predictors of intelligence

References:
  1. August 11, 2006 - Personality predictors of intelligence change from younger to older adulthood
Background


Mussel evolution

References:
  1. August 11, 2006 - Mussels evolve quickly to defend against invasive crabs
Background


Stress and aging

References:
  1. August 11, 2006 - Wear and tear of stress: the psychoneurobiology of aging - also here
Background


Circadian rhythm and feeding behavior

References:
  1. August 12, 2006 - Scientists find midnight-snack center in brain
Background, Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. August 13, 2006 - New Hope For Hepatitis C Research - also here
Background


Lack of regeneration of cerebral cortex cells

References:
  1. August 13, 2006 - New Method Shows That Neocortical Nerve Cells Are Not Renewed - also here
Background


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