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Volume 5, Number 40
October 2, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Laser wakefield acceleration
Grid computing
Earthquake fault rupture modes
Microfluidics
Measurement of matter-antimatter oscillations
Extrasolar planets
Asymmetry of the microwave background
Methane emissions
Quantum computing
Nanotechnology
Growth of massive stars
Methane on Titan
Thermonuclear fusion
Quantum encryption
Ancient climate change
Bose-Einstein condensates
Carbon nanotubes
Fullerenes
Hydrogen storage
Planetary system formation
Error correcting codes for quantum information
Ocean heat
Dark matter

Life sciences

Stem cells
Aging in bacteria
The "island rule" in evolution
Diabetes
AIDS
Cell-free protein synthesis
Cancer
Perceptual multitasking
Agricultural biotechnology
Genetic atlas of mouse brain
Neurogenesis and depression
Brain-imaging studies
Genetics of language
Parkinson's disease
Avian flu
Butterfly wing patterns
Alzheimer's disease
Gene therapy
Role of copper in brain function
Alternative inheritance mechanism
Excessive inflammatory response to Spanish flu
Extremophiles
Association between periodontal disease and atherosclerosis
Health benefits of unsaturated fatty acids
Neanderthals
Genetic connectivity map
Allergy therapy
Evolution of the cell cycle
Psychoneuroimmunology
Leptin
Antioxidants in pecans
Salmonella
Metastasis
Genetic variability in the immune system
Apolipoprotein A-I variant and heart disease
Appetite suppressant
Inflammation
Cloning


Global warming

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Earth may be at warmest point in 1 million years
  2. September 25, 2006 - Global Temperature Highest in Millennia - also here
  3. September 26, 2006 - Global warming nears a million-year high
  4. September 26, 2006 - Earth almost as hot as in ancient times
  5. September 26, 2006 - NASA Study Finds World Warmth Edging Ancient Levels
  6. September 27, 2006 - 'One degree and we're done for'
  7. September 27, 2006 - China, Wetlands Driving Global Warming
  8. September 27, 2006 - Scientists Document Warm Water Surging Into Arctic - also here
  9. September 28, 2006 - Rare Mineral Further Implicates CO2 in Last Global Warming
  10. September 29, 2006 - Greenland Ice Sheet Still Losing Mass
Background


Laser wakefield acceleration

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - From zero to a billion electron volts in 3.3 centimeters - also here
  2. October 3, 2006 - GeV Acceleration in Only 3 Centimeters
Background


Grid computing

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Open Science Grid receives $30 million award
  2. September 27, 2006 - World's Largest Scientific Computing Grid Sustains A Million Jobs Per Month
Background


Earthquake fault rupture modes

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Researchers Reveal Three Distinct Modes of Dynamic Friction Rupture with Implications for Earthquake Behavior
Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - New Method Creates Nanowire Detectors Exactly Where Needed
  2. September 26, 2006 - Shrinking medical labs onto tiny chips
Background


Measurement of matter-antimatter oscillations

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Switching Between Matter And Antimatter -- 3 Trillion Times A Second! - also here
Background, Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Third 'puffed-up planet' discovered
  2. September 26, 2006 - Two More Planets Are Discovered
  3. September 26, 2006 - Astronomers Discover Two New Planets, Both Among The Hottest Ever - also here
  4. September 26, 2006 - Planets have scientists buzzing
  5. September 28, 2006 - Astronomers Spy First Planetary Disk around Large Star
Background


Asymmetry of the microwave background

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Ellipsoidal Universe
  2. October 9, 2006 - Bursting the Spherical Bubble: Universe Might Be Pill-Shaped
Background


Methane emissions

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - Methane emissions on the rise
  2. September 28, 2006 - Methane Mystery: Scientists Explain Why Atmospheric Levels Of Greenhouse Gas Have Stabilized - also here
  3. September 28, 2006 - Methane levels could rise again
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - The Cool Way To Build The World's Fastest Computer
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - 55,000 Tiny Thomas Jeffersons Show Power Of New Method
Background


Growth of massive stars

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - Massive Star Forms by Absorption, Not Collision
  2. September 28, 2006 - Doughnuts cause stars to gain weight
  3. September 28, 2006 - Astronomers Gain Important Insight On How Massive Stars Form
  4. September 28, 2006 - Supersizing Stars
Background


Methane on Titan

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - 'Disappearing' lakes may dot Titan
Background


Thermonuclear fusion

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - China tests thermonuclear fusion reactor
  2. September 28, 2006 - China Carries out Test of Fusion Reactor
  3. October 4, 2006 - Chinese reports of fusion wildly exaggerated
Background


Quantum encryption

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - Team Sends Quantum Encryption 'Keys' Over Record Distances - also here
  2. October 3, 2006 - Quantum encryption sets long-distance record
Background


Ancient climate change

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - Dinosaurs' Climate Shifted Too, Reports Show - also here
  2. October 3, 2006 - Dinosaurs suffered climate change too
Background


Bose-Einstein condensates

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - BECs confound at higher temperatures
  2. September 28, 2006 - Bose-Einstein condensation in the solid state
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - The CNT-DNA wrap: A hefty hybrid for carbon nanotubes
Background


Fullerenes

References:
  1. September 29, 2006 - Improbable 'Buckyegg' Hatched
Background


Hydrogen storage

References:
  1. September 30, 2006 - Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better -- In Hydrogen Storage
Background


Planetary system formation

References:
  1. September 30, 2006 - Watching How Planets Form: Anatomy Of A Planet-forming Disc Around A Star More Massive Than The Sun - also here
Background, Background


Error correcting codes for quantum information

References:
  1. September 30, 2006 - Entanglement Unties A Tough Quantum Computing Problem - also here
  2. October 4, 2006 - Spooky steps to a quantum network
Background


Ocean heat

References:
  1. September 30, 2006 - Mystery of the Missing Heat: Upper ocean has cooled slightly in recent years, despite warming climate
Background, Background


Dark matter

References:
  1. October 1, 2006 - How Fast Does Dark Matter Fall?
  2. October 3, 2006 - No Extra Gravity for Dark Matter
Background



Stem cells

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Stem cell trial to combat childhood brain disease
Background


Aging in bacteria

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Ageing may be a lifestyle 'choice' for bacteria
Background


The "island rule" in evolution

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Island mammal dwarfism not just a matter of size
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Diabetes, Not Obesity, Increases Risk Of Developing Critical Illness And Early Death - also here
  2. September 25, 2006 - Diabetes, not obesity, raises severe health risk
  3. September 27, 2006 - Pancreas cell transplant offers temporary diabetes fix
  4. September 27, 2006 - Islet-cell transplants offer good and bad news
  5. September 28, 2006 - Insulin cell transplant helps control diabetes
  6. September 28, 2006 - Islet Transplantation Is A Promising Procedure For Certain Patients With Severe Type 1 Diabetes, Clinical Trial Shows - also here
  7. September 28, 2006 - Edmonton Protocol clinical trial shows islet transplantation shows promising results
  8. September 28, 2006 - Diabetes Treatment Fails to Live Up to Promise
Background, Background


AIDS

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Heavy Drinking Can Hasten Progression Of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Disease - also here
  2. September 27, 2006 - HIV "load" not indicative of AIDS progress
  3. September 27, 2006 - AIDS Study Challenges Conventional Treatment Guidelines For HIV Patients - also here
  4. September 27, 2006 - HIV measurement appears to be less reliable than thought in predicting loss of CD4 cells
  5. September 27, 2006 - HIV measurement is questioned
  6. September 28, 2006 - Sangamo says compound makes cells resistant to HIV
Background


Cell-free protein synthesis

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Engineer Ramps Up Protein Production, Develops Versatile Viral Spheres
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Cancer And Infections: Are There Common Mechanisms?
  2. September 25, 2006 - Japanese adults with diabetes have increased cancer risk
  3. September 26, 2006 - Gene Therapy Study Takes Aim At Prostate Cancer
  4. September 26, 2006 - Exercise curbs precancerous changes in the colon
  5. September 26, 2006 - New Path From Estrogen To Survival In Breast Cancer Cells Described - also here
  6. September 26, 2006 - Can A Spoonful Of Sugar Treat Cancer?
  7. September 27, 2006 - Web Tool Helps Gauge Risk Of Having Genetic Mutation Linked To Colon Cancer
  8. September 27, 2006 - Model predicts colon cancer inheritable genetic defects - also here
  9. September 27, 2006 - Sensitive And Specific Biomarker For Early Detection Of Prostate Cancer Identified
  10. September 27, 2006 - Prediction models help identify increased risk of gene mutation linked with colorectal cancer
  11. September 27, 2006 - Lung cancer drug 'extends life'
  12. September 28, 2006 - Immune response vital in cancer fight
  13. September 28, 2006 - Long-term Outcomes For Prostate Cancer Show Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy Curative
  14. September 29, 2006 - Acid reflux may raise risk of cancer of larynx - also here
  15. September 29, 2006 - Major Cancer Study Aims To Identify Protein Markers For Early-stage Disease - also here, here
  16. September 29, 2006 - New angiogenesis finding may help fight cancer growth - also here
  17. September 30, 2006 - U.S. OKs new uses for Genentech, Biogen lymphoma drug
Background


Perceptual multitasking

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Human concentration study is reported
  2. September 28, 2006 - Multitasking Is No Problem, But Double Talk Overwhelms Us
Background


Agricultural biotechnology

References:
  1. September 25, 2007 - Bt Pesticide No Killer on Its Own, Overturning Orthodoxy
Background


Neurogenesis and depression

References:
  1. September 25, 2006 - Does Sprouting New Brain Cells Cure Depression?
Background


Genetic atlas of mouse brain

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Billionaire spends millions mapping mouse brains - also here
  2. September 26, 2006 - Well-Funded Scientists Map Mouse Brain - also here
  3. September 26, 2006 - Brain Map Wraps Up
  4. September 27, 2006 - Gene-by-Gene Detail of the Mouse Brain Online
  5. October 1, 2006 - 3-D Brain Atlas To Help Unlock Mysteries Of Neurological Disorders
Background, Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Is Hysteria Real? Brain Images Say Yes
  2. September 26, 2006 - Tone deafness shows up in the brain
  3. September 29, 2006 - Study Identifies Part Of Brain Responsible For Tone Deafness - also here
Background


Genetics of language

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Pool knowledge to find the origins of language
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Melanoma often seen before Parkinson's disease
  2. September 26, 2006 - Laser probe of a brain pigment's anatomy may offer insight into Parkinson's disease - also here, here
  3. September 29, 2006 - Genetic Variation In Parkinson's Disease Study Yields Results - also here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - H9N2 Avian Flu Vaccine Paired With Adjuvant Provokes Strong Human Immune Response At Low Doses
  2. September 26, 2006 - Indonesia probes possible bird flu cluster in family
  3. September 27, 2006 - Bird Flu Vaccine Additive May Stretch Supply - also here
  4. September 28, 2006 - Thailand reports another bird flu death
  5. September 28, 2006 - WHO: Deadly Bird Flu Virus Mutating - also here
  6. September 29, 2006 - High doses of new bird flu drug safe in U.S. study
  7. September 30, 2006 - New drug boosts bird flu survival in animals
  8. September 30, 2006 - China Reports New H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak - also here
Background


Butterfly wing patterns

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - How Butterflies Got Their Spots: A 'Supergene' Controls Wing Pattern Diversity - also here
  2. September 29, 2006 - Painting by numbers
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Microscopic Brain Damage Detected In Early Alzheimer's Disease - also here
  2. September 28, 2006 - Nerve stimulation promising for Alzheimer's
  3. September 29, 2006 - Key Function Of Nervous System Enzyme Found; Impact On Drug Development Against Alzheimer's
  4. September 30, 2006 - Early Alzheimer's signs detected
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Jumping Gene Could Provide Non-viral Alternative For Gene Therapy - also here
Background


Role of copper in brain function

References:
  1. September 26, 2006 - Copper Circuits Help Brain Function -- Could Tweaking The Circuits Make Us Smarter? - also here
Background


Alternative inheritance mechanism

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - Radical genetic finding called into question
Background


Excessive inflammatory response to Spanish flu

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - Scientists uncover why Spanish Flu was so deadly - also here
  2. September 27, 2006 - 1918 Flu Remedy May Be Worth Resurrecting
  3. September 28, 2006 - Researchers Link Deadliness Of 1918 Flu To Severe Immune System Response
  4. September 28, 2006 - Reconstructed 1918 influenza virus induces immune response that fails to protect
  5. September 28, 2006 - 1918 flu virus's secrets revealed
  6. September 29, 2006 - Digging Deeper Into the 1918 Flu Mystery
  7. September 29, 2006 - Mouse study reveals new clues about virulence of 1918 influenza virus
  8. September 30, 2006 - Immune systems harmed 1918 flu patients
Background


Extremophiles

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - Cheating DNA Death: How an Extremophile Repairs Shattered Chromosomes
Background


Association between periodontal disease and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - New Study Finds A Positive Association Between Periodontal Disease And Coronary Heart Disease - also here
Background


Health benefits of unsaturated fatty acids

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - What Are The Health Effects Of Unsaturated Fatty Acids?
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. September 27, 2006 - Neanderthal 'butcher shop' found in France
Background


Genetic connectivity map

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - Genetic database to fight disease
  2. September 29, 2006 - Gene Signatures Match Cancer And Other Diseases With Potentially Effective Drugs - also here
  3. September 29, 2006 - Genetic 'roadmap' charts links between drugs and human disease - also here
  4. September 29, 2006 - Chemical genomic screening identifies novel therapeutic strategies for cancer
  5. October 5, 2006 - Googling for a cure
Background, Background


Allergy therapy

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - Distraction tactic wipes out allergies
Background


Evolution of the cell cycle

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - How Nature Tinkers With The Cellular Clock - also here
Background


Psychoneuroimmunology

References:
  1. September 28, 2006 - An 'om' a day could keep inflammation at bay
Background


Leptin

References:
  1. September 29, 2006 - Leptin Has Powerful Effect On Reward Center In The Brain - also here
Background


Antioxidants in pecans

References:
  1. September 29, 2006 - Research confirms antioxidant-rich pecans protect against unhealthy oxidation - also here
Background


Salmonella

References:
  1. September 29, 2006 - An infectious agent of deception, exposed through proteomics - also here, here
Background


Metastasis

References:
  1. September 29, 2006 - Molecular scissors help cancer cells break out and spread
Background


Genetic variability in the immune system

References:
  1. September 30, 2006 - International Team Analyzes Human Genetic Variation In Key Immune Region - also here
Background, Background


Apolipoprotein A-I variant and heart disease

References:
  1. September 30, 2006 - Gene Transfer Using Mutant Form Of Good Cholesterol Cuts Vascular Plaque And Inflammation - also here
Background


Appetite suppressant

References:
  1. October 1, 2006 - Potent brain molecule curbs appetite
  2. October 1, 2006 - Scientists identify agent that regulates appetite - also here
Background


Inflammation

References:
  1. October 1, 2006 - Body reveals its inflammation 'off switch'
  2. October 3, 2006 - New way to control inflammation
Background


Cloning

References:
  1. October 1, 2006 - Cell Differentiation No Barrier to Cloning
  2. October 2, 2006 - Cloned Mice Created From Fully Differentiated Cells, A Milestone In Cloning Research - also here
  3. October 2, 2006 - Cloning without stem cells works
  4. October 2, 2006 - Mice cloned from white blood cells
  5. October 3, 2006 - Stem cells may not be the best tool for cloning
  6. October 4, 2006 - Scientists create new cloning method
Background, Background


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