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Volume 5, Number 49
December 4, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Extrasolar planets
Evolution of oxygen tolerance
Global warming
Grid computing
Quantum computing
Nanotechnology
Heat flow into the lower mantle
Black hole eruption
Superconductivity
Periodic gamma ray source
Carbon nanotubes
Thermal assisted magnetic recording
Snowball Earth
Virtual reality
CO2 emissions
Large Hadron Collider
Solar cells
The Gulf Stream and climate variation
Brain-computer interface
Terahertz radiation
Photonic crystals
KT mass extinction
Recycling of Earth's crust
Earthquakes
Hydrogen production
International Linear Collder

Life sciences

Cancer biology
Copy number variants in the human genome
Neanderthals
Male/female differences in language processing
Stem cells
Human genomic variation map
Explosion of complexity in marine life
Evolutionary psychology
Déjà vu
Protein folding
Fruit fly sperm proteome
Possible precursor of life in meteorite
Sex selection
Dynein
Control of biological pattern formation
Hybridization of species
DNA transcription
Alternative splicing
Oscillating biological systems
Model of flocking behavior
Speciation

Health and medicine

Cancer
Cancer risk from stem cells
Diabetes
Stress and neurogenesis
Parkinson's disease
AIDS
Antibiotics
Folic acid and heart disease
Nanoparticle drug delivery
Anti-inflammatory drug
Atherosclerosis
Repair of motor neurons
Brain-imaging studies
Tuberculosis
Evolution of typhoid bacteria
Alzheimer's disease
Human genomic variation map
Statins and cardiovascular disease
Procyanidins and heart health
Avian flu
Drug delivery
Asthma and eosinophils
Bioinformatics
Gene therapy
Stem cell therapies
Neuroprotective protein
Regenerative medicine
RNA interference and prion disease
Folate absorption
Effects of diet on the immune system
Evolution of influenza virus
Sleep disruption and cardiovascular problems


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Plethora of Puffy Planets
Background


Evolution of oxygen tolerance

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Did snowball Earth's melting let oxygen fuel life?
  2. December 9, 2006 - Geobiologists Solve 'Catch-22 Problem' Concerning The Rise Of Atmospheric Oxygen
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Scientists: Climate change clues in sky - also here
  2. November 27, 2006 - Impact Of Climate Change In Africa
Background


Grid computing

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Doctors Finally Able To Share Digital Medical Images Instantly, Nationwide, With Full Patient Privacy Protection - also here
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - New Simulator Is Next Step On The Road To Developing Quantum Computers
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Bio-inspired Assembly Of Nanoparticle Building Blocks - also here
  2. November 27, 2006 - New nanoassembly technique is created
  3. November 29, 2006 - Brilliant Growth Without Gold: New Methods For Manufacturing Nanowires From Silicon
  4. November 30, 2006 - Huge Fields of Self-Assembled Molecular Ridges May Help Sensor Design
Background


Heat flow into the lower mantle

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Seismologists measure heat flow from Earth's molten core into the lower mantle
  2. November 27, 2006 - Seismolgists get handle on heat flow deep in Earth
  3. November 29, 2006 - 3-D computer models aid research of Earth's core
Background


Black hole eruption

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Astronomers Spot Black Hole's Tantrum
  2. November 28, 2006 - Gamma-ray Observatory Catches New Erupting Black Hole
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Superconductor's Odd Properties Confirmed - also here
Background


Periodic gamma ray source

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Astronomers Find First Ever Gamma Ray Clock - also here
  2. November 29, 2006 - Astronomers spot gamma ray clock
  3. December 1, 2006 - Binary star pulsates with high-energy gamma rays
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Dutch Scientists Make World's Smallest Piano Wire
  2. November 29, 2006 - Nanotubes Tracked In Blood And Liver: Study Finds No Adverse Effects - also here
  3. November 29, 2006 - Researchers Grow Their Longest Carbon Nanotube Ever - also here
Background


Thermal assisted magnetic recording

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Fujitsu Develops Optical Element for Thermal Assisted Magnetic Recording
Background


Snowball Earth

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Scientists study 'Snowball Earth'
Background


Virtual reality

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Geovirtual Lab Revolutionizes Information Sharing
Background


CO2 emissions

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Report Says CO2 Emissions Have Doubled - also here, here
  2. November 28, 2006 - Carbon emissions show sharp rise
  3. December 8, 2006 - Increase In Carbon Dioxide Emissions Accelerating, Australian Research Shows - also here, here, here
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Last LHC superconducting main magnet completes the suite at CERN
Background


Solar cells

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Professor devises new form of solar cell - also here
Background


The Gulf Stream and climate variation

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Climate change sceptics lose vital argument
  2. November 29, 2006 - Gulf Stream Slowed During Little Ice Age
  3. November 29, 2006 - Gulf Stream weakened in 'Little Ice Age'
Background


Brain-computer interface

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Scientists harness mysteries of the brain
Background


Terahertz radiation

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Metamaterial bridges the terahertz gap
  2. December 4, 2006 - Terahertz-controlling device is built
Background


Photonic crystals

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Optical Beehive
Background


KT mass extinction

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Just a Single Asteroid Strike Wiped out the Dinosaurs
  2. November 30, 2006 - Single massive asteroid wiped out dinosaurs: study - also here, here
  3. November 30, 2006 - Single Asteroid Impact, Not Two, Killed Dinos, Study Says
  4. December 1, 2006 - Single massive asteroid wiped out dinosaurs, scientists say
Background


Recycling of Earth's crust

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Evidence From Hawaiian Volcanoes Shows That Earth Recycles Its Crust - also here
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - New Type of Slow Earthquake Detected - also here, here
Background


Hydrogen production

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Genetically engineered blood protein can be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen
Background


International Linear Collder

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Scientists develop detector technology for International Linear Collider
Background



Cancer biology

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Sheltering Of Messages May Help Cancer Cells Defeat Therapy
  2. November 29, 2006 - Aging Gene Also Protects Against Prostate Cancer Development
  3. December 1, 2006 - Genomic 'Firestorms' Underlie Aggressive Breast Cancer Progression
  4. December 1, 2006 - 'Cancer Prognosis Gene' Found To Control The Fate Of Breast Cells - also here
Background, Background


Copy number variants in the human genome

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - New Technology Used To Construct First Map Of Structural Variation In Human Genome - also here
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Synchrotron Reveals How Neanderthal Teeth Grew - also here
Background


Male/female differences in language processing

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Study Of Language Use In Children Suggests Sex Influences How Brain Processes Words - also here
Background, Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Master Gene Makes Skeletal Progenitor Cells Differentiate Into Cartilage Cells - also here
Background


Explosion of complexity in marine life

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Mass Extinction 250 Million Years Ago Sparked Dramatic Shift To Complex Marine Ecosystems
  2. November 28, 2006 - Marine Life Leaped From Simple to Complex After Greatest Mass Extinction
  3. December 2, 2006 - Oceans' 'great dying' led to marine life explosion
Background


Evolutionary psychology

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Women pay more attention to others' gaze
  2. November 29, 2006 - One look says it all
Background


Déjà vu

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - A Stunning New Look At Déjà vu - also here
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Protein Folding in a Curved Space
Background


Fruit fly sperm proteome

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Seeds of Change
Background


Possible precursor of life in meteorite

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Carbon globules in meteorite may have seeded Earth life
  2. December 1, 2006 - Ancient Meteorites from Outer Solar System May Have Provided Raw Materials for Life
  3. December 1, 2006 - Meteorite yields life origin clue
  4. December 1, 2006 - Older than the sun, the meteorite scientists call 'the real time machine'
  5. December 5, 2006 - NASA Scientists Find Primordial Organic Matter In Meteorite
  6. December 18, 2006 - An Ancient Building Block of Life
Background


Sex selection

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Better Sperm, More Sons
Background


Dynein

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Scientists Solve Mystery Of How Largest Cellular Motor Protein Powers Movement - also here
Background


Control of biological pattern formation

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Control Mechanism For Biological Pattern Formation Decoded
Background


Hybridization of species

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Two Rapidly Evolving Genes Offer Geneticists Clues To Why Hybrids Are Sterile Or Do Not Survive
  2. December 1, 2006 - When two butterflies become one new one
Background


DNA transcription

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Nobel Laureate Finds 'Elegant' Explanation For DNA Transcribing Enzyme's High Fidelity - also here
Background


Alternative splicing

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Living View In Animals Shows How Cells Decide To Make Proteins - also here
Background


Oscillating biological systems

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Theory Of Oscillations May Explain Biological Mysteries - also here
  2. December 6, 2006 - Pendulums, Predators And Prey: The Ecology Of Coupled Oscillations - also here
Background


Model of flocking behavior

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Fish cells swim circles around physics lab
Background


Speciation

References:
  1. December 2, 2006 - New Butterfly: High-alpine species from low-life parents
Background



Cancer

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Bacon tied to greater bladder cancer risk
  2. November 28, 2006 - Overweight Young Women Have Reduced Risk Of Developing Breast Cancer Before Menopause - also here
  3. November 28, 2006 - 'Eating' Tumors From The Inside Out: Chemo Combo Fights Cancer
  4. November 29, 2006 - Sugar-packed diet may boost pancreatic cancer risk
  5. November 29, 2006 - Bacon link to bladder cancer risk
  6. November 30, 2006 - Abortion pill compound fights breast cancer: study
  7. November 30, 2006 - What cures your aches might prevent cancer - also here
  8. December 1, 2006 - Onions, garlic linked to lower cancer risks - also here
  9. December 1, 2006 - Abortion Pill Compound Prevents Breast Tumor Growth
  10. December 1, 2006 - Abortion pill could fight cancer
  11. December 1, 2006 - Multicenter study looks at colon polyps - also here
  12. December 3, 2006 - Hope of lung cancer therapy boost
Background


Cancer risk from stem cells

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Stem cell transplants from women raise cancer risk
  2. November 27, 2006 - Long-term Cancer Risk Follows Stem Cell Transplant Recipients - also here
Background, Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - New Data Confirms Protocol To Reverse Type 1 Diabetes In Mice - also here
  2. November 27, 2006 - Mangoes for diabetes?
  3. November 30, 2006 - Coffee drinkers show lower diabetes risk
  4. November 30, 2006 - Finding Offers New Path For Treatment Of Diabetes - also here
  5. December 1, 2006 - Immune responses spread from one protein to another in type 1 diabetes - also here, here
Background


Stress and neurogenesis

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Stressed Rats Cast Doubt on Sleep's Ability to Produce New Neurons
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Parkinson's Mutation Stunts Neurons - also here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Human Testis Harbors HIV-1 In Resident Immune Cells - also here, here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Old antibiotic is finally synthesized
  2. November 28, 2006 - Cloning Techniques Produce FDA-approved Antibiotic - also here, here
  3. November 28, 2006 - Fostering A New Medical Life For A Forgotten Antibiotic
Background


Folic acid and heart disease

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Use folic acid to cut heart disease, say experts
Background, Background


Nanoparticle drug delivery

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Nanoparticles Improve Drug Targeting to Skin
Background, Background


Anti-inflammatory drug

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - Gorilla Staple Adds Spice to New Drugs
Background


Atherosclerosis

References:
  1. November 27, 2006 - In Quest to Improve Heart Therapies, Plaque Gets a Fresh Look
  2. November 30, 2006 - Scientists work to identify genes that contribute to early heart attack risk
Background


Repair of motor neurons

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Carbohydrate enhances nerve repair in mice
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Brain takes less effort to recognize strong brands
  2. November 29, 2006 - Tales Of The Unexpected: How The Brain Detects Novelty
  3. November 30, 2006 - MRI Shows Brains Respond Better To Name Brands - also here
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Japanese scientists say identify anti-TB compound
Background


Evolution of typhoid bacteria

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Evolution Of Typhoid Bacteria: Researchers Warn Of Increased Spread Of Resistant Strains
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Higher Level Of Certain Fatty Acid Associated With Lower Dementia Risk
  2. November 30, 2006 - Complaints about memory are associated with Alzheimer-related brain damage - also here, here
Background


Human genomic variation map

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Researchers find wrinkles in human genome
Background


Statins and cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. November 28, 2006 - Statins reduce risk of heart attack and stroke in those without heart disease
Background


Procyanidins and heart health

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Why French red is best for the heart
  2. November 29, 2006 - Forget Resveratrol, Tannins Key to Heart Health from Wine
  3. November 29, 2006 - Procyanidins May Be the Factor Behind Red Wine's Cardioprotective Effect
  4. November 30, 2006 - Santé, the traditional way
Background, Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Flu viruses survive frozen in lakes, study finds
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Microcapsules Like It Hot And Salty
Background


Asthma and eosinophils

References:
  1. November 29, 2006 - Defensive White Cells Play Major Role In Asthma
Background


Bioinformatics

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Hi-Tech Initiative in Quest for Better Drugs - also here, here
Background, Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Study of gene transfer for erectile dysfunction shows promise
Background


Stem cell therapies

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - One-off treatment to stop back pain -- Using patients' own stem cells
Background


Neuroprotective protein

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Protein protects against nerve degeneration - also here, here
Background


Regenerative medicine

References:
  1. November 30, 2006 - Scientist spin human brain cell silicone
Background


RNA interference and prion disease

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Could RNA interfere with prion disease?
  2. December 1, 2006 - Gene silencing fights mad cow disease
  3. December 4, 2006 - New Approach To Mad Cow Disease Successful In Lab: Prion-infected Mice Survive Longer
  4. December 4, 2006 - Silencing the cause of mad cow disease
  5. December 4, 2006 - Revamp of brain 'could slow CJD'
  6. December 7, 2006 - Scientists find new treatment for scrapie
Background, Background


Folate absorption

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Researchers Discover How A Key Dietary Vitamin Is Absorbed
Background


Effects of diet on the immune system

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Healthy Bodies Help Fight Disease? Clues To How Diet Affects The Immune System - also here
Background, Background


Evolution of influenza virus

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Evolution Of Influenza A Virus - also here
Background, Background


Sleep disruption and cardiovascular problems

References:
  1. December 1, 2006 - Daytime Sleepiness From Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk For Cardiovascular Problems
Background, Background


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