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Volume 5, Number 48
November 27, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Black holes
Supernovae
Chemical computing
Quantum computing using spin
Nanotechnology
Large Hadron Collider
Atmospheric methane
Controlled fusion
Dark matter
Carbon nanotubes
Hydrogen storage
Superconductivity
Robotics
Magnetic data storage
Lab on a chip

Life sciences

Cancer stem cells
Language and gesture
Memory and THC
Large-scale gene sequencing
Human-chimp genome differences
Research on stromatolites
Social cueing
Development of cholinergic neuronal circuits
Long-term potentiation
Stem cell biology
Cancer biology
Neanderthals
Variability of the human genome
Heart stem cells
Synaesthesia
Role of zinc in neuronal signaling
Sex, aggression, and genetics in fruit flies

Health and medicine

Alzheimer's disease
Ghrelin
Inflammation
Avian flu
Antibiotics
Cancer stem cells
Cancer
Omega-3 fatty acids
Adult neurogenesis
Diabetes
Inadequate sleep and weight gain
Stem cells
Vitamin E and mortality risk
Gene therapy
Autoimmune disease
Parkinson's disease
Tuberculosis
Folic acid and heart disease


Black holes

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Scientists Spot a Merry-go-Round at Near Warp Speed
  2. November 20, 2006 - Spinning black hole is fastest on record
  3. November 20, 2006 - Pushing the Limit: Black Hole Spins at Phenomenal Rate
  4. November 21, 2006 - Clocking Cosmic Eyewalls
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Supernovae explode in rare double-whammy
  2. November 23, 2006 - 'Firecracker galaxy' has double blast
  3. November 24, 2006 - Twin Star Explosions Fascinate Astronomers - also here, here
Background


Chemical computing

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Molecular 'extension cord' for chemical computing
Background


Quantum computing using spin

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - A Quantum (Computer) Step: Study Shows It's Feasible To Read Data Stored As Nuclear 'Spins' - also here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - A Simple Method For Making Lilliputian Cups - also here
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - World's Largest Superconducting Magnet Switches On, To Help Answer Universe's 'Big Questions' - also here, here
  2. November 20, 2006 - Scientists get ready to hunt for Higgs particle
Background


Atmospheric methane

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - Mysterious Stabilization of Atmospheric Methane May Buy Time in Race to Stop Global Warming
  2. November 22, 2006 - Emissions of key greenhouse gas stabilise
  3. November 22, 2006 - Level Of Important Greenhouse Gas Has Stopped Growing: Seven-year Stabilization Of Methane May Slow Global Warming - also here
  4. November 22, 2006 - Global methane rise slowing down
Background


Controlled fusion

References:
  1. November 21, 2008 - ITER fusion reactor gets final approval
Background


Dark matter

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Milky Way's dark matter modelled in best detail yet
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - On The Cutting Edge: Carbon Nanotube Cutlery - also here
Background


Hydrogen storage

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Hydrogen storage goes metal-free
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Silicon becomes a superconductor
  2. November 23, 2006 - Silicon now a frigid superconductor
  3. November 25, 2008 - Top semiconductor turns into a superconductor
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Scientists Try to Make Robots More Human - also here
Background


Magnetic data storage

References:
  1. November 23, 2006 - Magnetic vortex flipping made easy
Background


Lab on a chip

References:
  1. November 24, 2006 - Lab-on-a-chip Could Speed Up Treatment Of Drug-resistant Pneumonia
Background



Cancer stem cells

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Cancer stem cells start tumors in mice
  2. November 20, 2006 - Targeting leukemic stem cells by Bcl-2 inhibition
Background, Background


Language and gesture

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Gestures say so much, whatever your language
Background


Memory and THC

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Marijuana wreaks havoc on brain's memory cells
  2. November 20, 2006 - Marijuana's High Times Not Memorable with Neurons Out of Sync
  3. November 29, 2006 - Marijuana may affect neuron firing
Background, Background


Large-scale gene sequencing

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Next Chapter in Sequencing Launched
Background


Human-chimp genome differences

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Humans and chimpanzees, how similar are we?
Background


Research on stromatolites

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Origins Of Life: New Approach Helps Expand Study Of Living Fossils - also here
Background, Background


Social cueing

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - A Classic Magic Trick Fools Expectations, Not Eyes
  2. November 20, 2006 - Study Reveals How Magic Works
  3. November 21, 2006 - Social Cues And Illusion: There's More To Magic Than Meets The Eye
  4. November 29, 2006 - Watch my hands deceive you
Background, Background


Development of cholinergic neuronal circuits

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Nerve Fibers Need Specific Growth Factor Chemical To Form Connections Within The Brain - also here
Background


Long-term potentiation

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - While Signals Keep Firing, Memories Hold Still in the Brain
  2. November 22, 2006 - Proteins anchor memories in our brain - also here
Background


Stem cell biology

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - Advance Helps Explain Stem Cell Behavior - also here, here, here
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - Innovative movies show real-time immune-cell activity within tumors
  2. November 21, 2006 - Gene Sequence Grant Aims to Fight Cancer - also here, here
  3. November 24, 2006 - Finding A Cure For Cancer: The Holy Grail Of Science - also here
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - Scientists Unveil Beginnings Of Neanderthals' Genetics
  2. November 22, 2006 - Mining Ancient Molars
  3. November 22, 2007 - Fossil molars add to Neanderthal debate
Background


Variability of the human genome

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Human DNA is far more varied than thought
  2. November 22, 2006 - New map on human genetic variation unveiled
  3. November 22, 2006 - New human gene map shows unexpected differences
  4. November 22, 2006 - Human genome more variable than previously thought
  5. November 23, 2006 - Human DNA surprisingly diverse
  6. November 23, 2006 - Humans show big DNA differences
  7. November 24, 2006 - Genetic Variation: We're More Different Than We Thought - also here
Background


Heart stem cells

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Heart stem cells discovered by three teams
  2. November 22, 2006 - Master cell could mend a broken heart
  3. November 23, 2006 - Study identifies possible master heart stem cell
  4. November 23, 2006 - Discovery Of Cardiac Stem Cells May Advance Regenerative Heart Therapy - also here
  5. November 27, 2006 - Researchers identify master cardiac stem cell
Background


Synaesthesia

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Think of a concept, taste it on your tongue
  2. November 22, 2006 - A Special Few Can "Taste" a Word Before They Can Say It
Background


Role of zinc in neuronal signaling

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Zinc plays important role in brain circuitry - also here, here
Background


Sex, aggression, and genetics in fruit flies

References:
  1. November 25, 2006 - Fighting Styles: Gene gives flies his, her conflict moves
Background



Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Could lack of oxygen trigger Alzheimer's?
  2. November 22, 2006 - More Insight Into Alzheimer's Disease With Discovery Of Possible Cause - also here
  3. November 26, 2006 - Blame Myelin For Many Neuropsychiatric Disorders - also here
Background


Ghrelin

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Lupin-enriched bread sticks to the ribs
Background


Inflammation

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Research Suggests Beta Agonists May Alter The Immune System
  2. November 27, 2006 - Asthma drugs cause immune cell build-up
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Satellite Observation Tracks Avian Flu - also here, here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Researchers develop novel method to find new antibiotics
Background


Cancer stem cells

References:
  1. November 20, 2006 - Colon cancer stem cells identified
Background, Background


Cancer

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - Contraceptives protect against endometrial cancer
  2. November 21, 2006 - High HPV Concentrations Combined With Smoking Significantly Raise Risks Of Cervical Cancer
  3. November 21, 2006 - Testosterone Replacement Therapy Appears Safe For Prostate
  4. November 22, 2006 - Obesity may improve survival rate of kidney cancer
  5. November 22, 2006 - Risk After Colon Cancer Higher For The Very Fat And Very Thin
  6. November 22, 2006 - Diabetes linked to lower prostate cancer risk
  7. November 22, 2006 - Fresh Use Of Targeted Therapy Advances Treatment Of Early HER2-positive Breast Cancer - also here
  8. November 24, 2006 - Dietary fat may not raise breast cancer odds
Background


Omega-3 fatty acids

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - High blood DHA levels may lower dementia risk
  2. November 23, 2006 - Fish oils, vitamins, herbs helpful for depression
Background


Adult neurogenesis

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - Adult Neurogenesis Newly Adult-born Neurons Are Functionally Similar To Mature Neurons - also here, here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. November 21, 2006 - Childbirth is a type 2 diabetes risk factor
  2. November 21, 2006 - Dragonfly's Metabolic Disease Provides Clues About Human Obesity - also here
  3. November 24, 2006 - Can We Prevent Type 1 Diabetes By Modifying Infant Nutrition? - also here, here
  4. November 26, 2006 - Panic Attacks Linked To Poor Outcomes For Diabetic Patients, Study Finds
Background


Inadequate sleep and weight gain

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Lack of sleep may spur weight gain
Background, Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Company clarifies controversial stem cell study
Background


Vitamin E and mortality risk

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Vitamin E levels linked to mortality risk
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Gene Therapy For Hereditary Lung Disease Advances - also here
Background


Autoimmune disease

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Autoimmune Disease Triggered If T Cells Miss A Single Protein Early On
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. November 22, 2006 - Parkinson's mutation stunts neurons
  2. November 23, 2006 - Ties between cholesterol and Parkinson's in women
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. November 23, 2006 - Drug-Resistant TB Spreads in S. Africa - also here
Background, Background


Folic acid and heart disease

References:
  1. November 24, 2006 - Folic acid can cut heart attack risk
  2. November 28, 2006 - Use Folic Acid To Cut Heart Disease, Say Experts
Background


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