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Volume 5, Number 41
October 9, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Matter-antimatter asymmetry
Neutrino physics
Stellar birth rates in early galaxies
2MASS Redshift Survey
Galactic structure of M31
DARPA Urban Grand Challenge
Extrasolar planets
Nanoelectronics
Teleportation between light and matter
Spintronics
Global warming
Blue straggler stars
Ocean circulation and climate change
Carbon nanotubes
Giant gas loops of the Milky Way
Census of active galactic nuclei
Quasars
Pressure waves around supermassive black hole in M87
Single-chip terahertz detectors
Nanoscale surfaces for biological separations

Life sciences

Brain-imaging studies
Cancer
Osteoarthritis and aging
Tuberculosis
Evolution of bilateral symmetry in flowers
Advantages of DNA as genetic material
Australopithecus afarensis
Evolution of shorebird breeding systems
Alzheimer's disease
AIDS
Avian flu
Myosin motor protein
'Protecting virus' anti-virals
Brain-stomach interaction in overeating
Failure of anti-obesity drugs
Appropriate targets for LDL cholesterol reduction
Appetite regulation
Diabetes
Egg fertilization
Amnesia
Rapid genome sequencing
Reshuffling of plant genomes
Stem cells
Regulation of emotional response
Prions
Emotions and decision making
Drug discovery
Variation in rates of evolution
West Nile virus
Mapping protein interactions
Misfolded proteins and neurodegenerative diseases
Allergy vaccine
Immune response evolution
CD8+ T-cells
Biological computer models of the brain
Timing of brain cell development
Improved protein mass spectrometry
Evolution of plant life cycles
Evolution of multi-chambered hearts
Cell fusion
Extremophiles


Matter-antimatter asymmetry

References:
  1. October 2, 2006 - New Form Of Asymmetry Between Behavior Of Matter And Antimatter Discovered
Background, Background


Neutrino physics

References:
  1. October 2, 2006 - CERN Switches On Neutrino Beam To Gran Sasso
Background


Stellar birth rates in early galaxies

References:
  1. October 2, 2006 - Stellar Birth Control In The Early Universe - also here
  2. October 2, 2006 - Galactic Birth Control: Unknown Factor Prevents Star Formation
Background


2MASS Redshift Survey

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Largest 3D map of nearby galaxies released
Background, Background


Galactic structure of M31

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Amazing Andromeda Galaxy
Background


DARPA Urban Grand Challenge

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Robot cars will race in real traffic
  2. October 6, 2006 - CU Team to Build a Self-Driving Car for City Streets
Background, Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Hubble spots planets whose years hurtle by
  2. October 4, 2006 - Distant planets orbit stars every 10 hours
  3. October 4, 2006 - On Zippy New Planets, a Year is Just Hours Long
  4. October 4, 2006 - Hubble Finds Extrasolar Planets Far Across Galaxy
  5. October 4, 2006 - Increasing the odds of the sweep
  6. October 5, 2006 - Hubble Captures Evidence of Planets Far Away
  7. October 5, 2006 - 'Galactic bulge' yields new exoplanets
  8. October 5, 2006 - 16 Probable Planets Found in Milky Way
  9. October 5, 2006 - New Planets Astound Astronomers in Speed and Distance
  10. October 9, 2006 - Hubble finds 16 candidate extrasolar planets far across our Galaxy
Background


Nanoelectronics

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Happy snaps from a virus-infested chip
Background, Background


Teleportation between light and matter

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - First Teleportation Between Light and Matter
  2. October 5, 2006 - Now you see it, now you don't
  3. October 5, 2006 - Scientists teleport two different objects
  4. October 6, 2006 - First Quantum Teleportation Between Light And Matter - also here
  5. October 10, 2006 - First Quantum Teleportation Made Between Light and Matter
  6. November 4, 2006 - First Teleportation Between Light and Matter
Background


Spintronics

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Researchers Create Improved Magnetic-semiconductor Sandwich - also here
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Global Warming Will Alter Character of the Northeast
  2. October 4, 2006 - Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks As Temperatures Rise - also here
  3. October 4, 2006 - Snowball Effect Fuels Arctic Meltdown
  4. October 4, 2006 - Scientists issue global warming report - also here
  5. October 4, 2006 - Extreme droughts will spread, warn forecasters - also here
  6. October 4, 2006 - The century of drought
  7. October 5, 2006 - Global Warming Could Spread Extreme Drought
  8. October 5, 2006 - Continued warming of the Arctic Ocean
Background


Blue straggler stars

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Stellar Vampires Unmasked
  2. October 5, 2006 - Origin of Strange 'Blue Straggler' Stars Pinned Down
Background


Ocean circulation and climate change

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Ice Age North Atlantic temperatures, tropical oceans linked
  2. October 7, 2006 - Researchers Link Ice Age Climate-change Records To Ocean Salinity - also here
  3. October 9, 2006 - Evidence From Ice Age That Climate Change Can Have A Rapid Effect On Ocean Circulation
Background, Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Here come the nanoSQUIDs
  2. October 6, 2006 - Method Could Help Carbon Nanotubes Become Commercially Viable - also here
  3. October 6, 2006 - Nanotube network could spot wing weakening
  4. October 6, 2006 - Scientists Use Carbon Nanotube Networks To Detect Defects In Composites - also here
Background


Giant gas loops of the Milky Way

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Giant gas loops found rising above the Milky Way
Background


Census of active galactic nuclei

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - NASA Completes Survey of Nearby Supermassive Black Holes
  2. October 6, 2006 - NASA Performs Headcount of Local Black Holes
  3. October 9, 2006 - Cosmos packed with black holes
Background, Background


Quasars

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Black Holes Power the Brightest Cosmic Objects, Study Confirms
  2. October 6, 2006 - Astronomers See Inside A Quasar For The First Time
  3. October 6, 2006 - Quasars Under the Lens
  4. October 14, 2006 - Quasar workings revealed by gravitational lensing
Background, Background


Pressure waves around supermassive black hole in M87

References:
  1. October 6, 2006 - Black Hole Belts Out Discordant Musical
  2. October 10, 2006 - Chandra Reviews Black Hole Musical: Epic But Off-key
Background


Single-chip terahertz detectors

References:
  1. October 6, 2006 - Toward Terahertz Detectors on a Single, Conventional Chip
Background


Nanoscale surfaces for biological separations

References:
  1. October 6, 2006 - Researchers to develop active nanoscale surfaces for biological separations
Background, Background



Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. October 2, 2006 - Obese may be food 'junkies' with constant cravings
  2. October 2, 2006 - Food may be like a drug for some, study shows
  3. October 4, 2006 - Cognitive processing structure helps prevent emotional distractions
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. October 2, 2006 - Combo therapy benefits some prostate cancer patients
  2. October 2, 2006 - Potential Diagnostic Marker Indicates Effectiveness Of Anti-angiogenic Drugs
  3. October 2, 2006 - Scientists Stop Colon Cancer Growth In Mice By Blocking Just One Enzyme - also here
  4. October 2, 2006 - Antibiotic Inhibits Cancer Gene Activity - also here
  5. October 2, 2006 - Impaired Gene Helps Nonsmall-cell Lung Cancer Resist Drug - also here
  6. October 2, 2006 - Super Chow, Laced With Semi-synthetic Vitamin E Derivative, Inhibited Spread Of Cancer In Mice - also here
  7. October 3, 2006 - Anti-cancer effect of aspirin clarified
  8. October 3, 2006 - Fighting Cancer With Aspirin? - also here
  9. October 3, 2006 - Moles Contain Self-Policing Cells against Cancer
  10. October 3, 2006 - Molecular Atlas Provides New Tool For Understanding Estrogen-fueled Breast Cancer - also here
  11. October 3, 2006 - Encouraging Results In Pancreatic Cancer Research
  12. October 3, 2006 - New Angiogenesis Finding May Help Fight Cancer Growth
  13. October 3, 2006 - Resistance to chemotherapy in lung cancer
  14. October 4, 2006 - Lots of fruit may reduce oral cancer risk in men
  15. October 4, 2006 - Antibiotic Treats Lymphoma Of The Eye - also here
  16. October 4, 2006 - New Prostate Cancer Marker Helps Identify Men Whose Cancer Is Likely To Spread - also here
  17. October 5, 2006 - Pooled Data Examines If SNPs Add To Breast Cancer Risk - also here
  18. October 5, 2006 - Potential New Target For Skin Cancer Treatment - also here
  19. October 5, 2006 - Why Don't All Moles Progress To Melanoma? - also here
  20. October 5, 2006 - Three Molecular Triggers Threaten Leukemia Patients - also here
  21. October 6, 2006 - Higher Levels Of Cells Originating In Bone Marrow May Be Useful In Prognosis Of Liver Cancer
  22. October 6, 2006 - Natural Anti-viral Enzyme Helps Keep Cancer Cells Alive, Researchers Find
Background


Osteoarthritis and aging

References:
  1. October 2, 2006 - Osteoarthritis linked to premature ageing
  2. October 2, 2006 - Osteoarthritis May Be Sign Of Faster 'Biological Aging' - also here
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. October 2, 2006 - Tuberculosis Strain Subverts Immune Response
  2. October 2, 2006 - New blood tests aid detection of latent tuberculosis
Background


Evolution of bilateral symmetry in flowers

References:
  1. October 2, 2006 - Geneticists study symmetry in flowers
  2. October 5, 2006 - How Did Bilaterally Symmetric Flowers Evolve From Radially Symmetric Ones? - also here
  3. October 10, 2006 - Pollinators Power Flower Evolution
Background


Advantages of DNA as genetic material

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Uncovering DNA's 'Sweet' Secret - also here
Background


Australopithecus afarensis

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Anthropologist Challenges Species Identification Of Ancient Child Skeleton Found In Ethiopia - also here
Background


Evolution of shorebird breeding systems

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Evolutionary Tug-of-war Decides Which Sex Provides Care - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Chemical Found In Curry May Help Immune System Clear Amyloid Plaques Found In Alzheimer's Disease - also here, here
  2. October 4, 2006 - Optics Tests For Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis Make Significant Advances - also here, here
  3. October 5, 2006 - Marijuana's Key Ingredient Might Fight Alzheimer's
  4. October 6, 2006 - Marijuana may stave off Alzheimer's - also here, here
  5. October 6, 2006 - Red wine may protect against Alzheimer's
  6. October 9, 2006 - Marijuana's Active Ingredient May Slow Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Investigators identify a new protective action for the powerful anti-HIV factor, APOBEC3G
  2. October 3, 2006 - Experts Test Drugs That Fight NeuroAIDS - also here
  3. October 5, 2006 - Teaching HIV a New Trick
  4. October 6, 2006 - Roche AIDS drug shows benefits when combined
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - GPS New Weapon in Fight against Avian Flu
  2. October 4, 2006 - Bird flu vaccine shows good results in early trial
  3. October 4, 2006 - Baxter says bird flu vaccine safe in early trial
  4. October 4, 2006 - Molecule blocks flu infection, U.S. researchers say
  5. October 5, 2006 - China reports second bird flu outbreak in a week
  6. October 6, 2006 - New Drug Blocks Influenza, Including Bird Flu Virus
  7. October 8, 2006 - Final tests confirm bird flu strain in Montana: USDA
Background


Myosin motor protein

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Tidy motor protein folds away when the job is done
Background


'Protecting virus' anti-virals

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Treatment 'to neutralise all flu'
  2. October 5, 2006 - 'Protecting Virus' Offers Instant Flu Protection And Converts Flu Infections Into Their Own Vaccines - also here
Background


Brain-stomach interaction in overeating

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Study Offers New Clues To Brain-stomach Interaction In Overeating - also here
  2. October 3, 2006 - Overeating 'like drug addiction'
  3. October 4, 2006 - Brain's unlikely trigger to overeat
Background


Failure of anti-obesity drugs

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - Another promising obesity drug bites the dust
  2. October 5, 2006 - Promising Antiobesity Drug Fails To Produce Clinically Meaningful Weight Loss - also here, here
Background


Appropriate targets for LDL cholesterol reduction

References:
  1. October 3, 2006 - How Low Should We Go? Researchers Find No Clear Evidence For Ultra-low Cholesterol Targets - also here
Background, Background


Appetite regulation

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Food Or Its Expectation Sparks Brain's Hunger Centers - also here, here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Power of diabetes 'cure' fades over long term
Background


Egg fertilization

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Cracking The Egg: Unraveling Our First Transitions - also here
Background


Amnesia

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Scientists Debate The Neurobiological Underpinnings Of Amnesia - also here
Background


Rapid genome sequencing

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - $10 million prize aims to inspire gene race
  2. October 5, 2006 - $10 million prize for fast genome sequencing
  3. October 5, 2006 - $10 Million Prize Set Up for Speedy DNA Decoding
Background


Reshuffling of plant genomes

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Genome Archaeology Illuminates The Genetic Engineering Debate - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Stem Cell Technique To Arrest Urinary Incontinence - also here
  2. October 6, 2006 - Key Regulator For Skin Stem Cells Identified
Background


Regulation of emotional response

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Serotonin Receptor: A Rheostat In Brain For Emotion That May Be Linked To Depression - also here
Background, Background


Prions

References:
  1. October 4, 2006 - Deer saliva and blood can carry prions
Background


Emotions and decision making

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Sense of justice discovered in the brain
  2. October 5, 2006 - Selfish Impulse Set Free by Magnetic Pulse to Brain
  3. October 5, 2006 - Brain blast squelches the desire to punish
  4. October 5, 2006 - Shocking Makes the Brain More Selfish
  5. October 5, 2006 - Brain's Selfishness Spot Revealed
  6. October 5, 2006 - Study Spots the Brain's Selfishness 'Off-Switch' - also here
  7. October 6, 2006 - Brain region may override economic self-interest
  8. October 7, 2006 - Why say no to free money? It's neuro-economics, stupid
  9. October 7, 2006 - Three ways science tells us that we're not as rational as we think
Background


Drug discovery

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - U.S. launches program to better pinpoint drugs
Background


Variation in rates of evolution

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - When Genes Evolve, a Staccato Rhythm
  2. October 6, 2005 - Genetic evidence for punctuated equilibrium
Background


West Nile virus

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Study Unveils How West Nile Virus Evades Immune Defenses, Points To Vaccine Development - also here
Background


Mapping protein interactions

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Cutting-edge Methods For Analyzing Complex Molecular Interactions - also here
Background


Misfolded proteins and neurodegenerative diseases

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Researchers Make Major Advancement in Lou Gehrig's Disease and FTD
  2. October 6, 2006 - Misfolded Protein Clumps Found To Be Common To Dementia, ALS
  3. October 6, 2006 - Key link discovered in dementia, ALS
  4. October 8, 2006 - Researchers Find Protein Behind Lou Gehrig's Disease and Dementia
Background


Allergy vaccine

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - DNA allergy vaccine shows promise
Background, Background


Immune response evolution

References:
  1. October 5, 2006 - Tiny Tampa Bay Fish Key To Evolution Of Immune System - also here
Background


CD8+ T-cells

References:
  1. October 6, 2006 - How White Blood Cells Cannibalize Virus-infected Cells - also here
Background


Biological computer models of the brain

References:
  1. October 6, 2006 - Human Brain Region Functions Like Digital Computer
Background


Timing of brain cell development

References:
  1. October 6, 2006 - Novel Pathway Regulates Timing Of Brain Cell Development - also here
Background, Background


Improved protein mass spectrometry

References:
  1. October 7, 2006 - New Technique Boosts Size Of Proteins That Can Be Analyzed - also here
Background


Evolution of plant life cycles

References:
  1. October 8, 2006 - Hail To The Hornworts: New Plant Family Tree Sheds Light On Evolution Of Life Cycles
Background


Evolution of multi-chambered hearts

References:
  1. October 8, 2006 - Hearts Or Tails? Genetics Of Multi-chambered Heart Evolution
Background


Cell fusion

References:
  1. October 8, 2006 - Researchers Uncover Cell Fusion Mechanism
Background


Extremophiles

References:
  1. October 8, 2006 - Life on the edge
Background


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