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Volume 6, Number 2
January 8, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Nanotechnology
Global warming
Supernovae
Pulsars
Methane on Titan
Measurement of gravitational constant
"Prompt" Type Ia supernovae
Black holes
Star formation cycles in dwarf galaxies
Dark matter
Paleoclimatology
Visible light metamaterials
Extrasolar asteroid belt
Sea level rise
Unexpected size of M31

Life sciences

Zebrafish and organ development
Brain-imaging studies
Brain development
Flu virus epitopes
Dangerous DNA sequences
Glutamate and synapses
Food deprivation and brain activity
Social congnition in dogs
Memory formation
MicroRNA
Stem cells and cancer
Hydrogen peroxide and life

Health and medicine

Cancer
Cancer vaccines
Bacterial drug resistance
Obesity and cancer
Alzheimer's disease
Parkinson's disease
AIDS
Avian flu
Prions
Gender and hypertension
Estrogen and appetite
Stem cells
Diabetes
Clearing fats from the bloodstream
Cholesterol and heart attack risk
Coenzyme Q10


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 2, 2007 - Easing Concerns About The Toxicity Of Diamond Nanoparticles
  2. January 4, 2007 - Nanoscale Cubes And Spheres: Uniform Porous Silicon Oxide Nano-objects Formed By Controlled Disassembly Of A Lattice Structure
  3. January 4, 2007 - Cheaper LEDs From Breakthrough In Zinc Oxide Nanowire Research - also here
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Climate change faster in Australia - also here
  2. January 3, 2007 - Himalaya's receding glaciers suffer neglect
  3. January 4, 2007 - 2007 to be 'warmest on record'
  4. January 4, 2007 - 2007 predicted to be world's warmest year
  5. January 4, 2007 - 2007 could be warmest year yet: British experts
  6. January 4, 2007 - Scientists Say 2007 May Be Warmest Yet - also here
  7. January 5, 2007 - 2007 To Be Warmest Year Yet, Say UK Forecasters
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Brightest supernova discovery hints at stellar collision
Background


Pulsars

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Swirly Shock Waves May Spin Pulsars like a Top
  2. January 7, 2007 - Computer Scientists Discover New Way To Spin Up Pulsars
Background


Methane on Titan

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Saturn's Moon Titan a World of Rivers and Lakes
  2. January 3, 2007 - Titan's Polar Surface Dotted with Lakes of Methane
  3. January 4, 2007 - Liquid Lakes On Saturn's Titan
  4. January 4, 2007 - 'Proof' of methane lakes on Titan
  5. January 4, 2007 - Lost lakes of Titan are found
  6. January 4, 2007 - Below Haze, Saturn's Biggest Moon Has Lakes
  7. January 5, 2007 - Lakes of methane spotted on Titan
Background


Measurement of gravitational constant

References:
  1. January 4, 2007 - Free-Falling Atoms Offer New Test of Gravity's Strength
  2. January 13, 2007 - Gravity gets a quantum boost
Background


"Prompt" Type Ia supernovae

References:
  1. January 4, 2007 - X-ray Evidence Supports Possible New Class Of Supernova
  2. January 5, 2007 - Scientists Discover Stellar Bombs with Short Fuses
  3. January 5, 2007 - Stellar Bang with a New Twist
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Scientists Spot Black Hole in Unlikely Place
  2. January 4, 2007 - Black Hole Boldly Goes Where No Black Hole Has Gone Before
  3. January 4, 2007 - Black hole found in ancient lair
  4. January 7, 2007 - Small Galaxy Packs Massive Black Hole
  5. January 8, 2007 - Astronomers Detect Black Hole In Tiny 'Dwarf' Galaxy
  6. January 9, 2007 - Tiny galaxy hosts huge black hole
Background


Star formation cycles in dwarf galaxies

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - Dying galaxy destined to be reborn
Background, Background


Dark matter

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - Detecting Dark Matter No Longer a Massive Task
  2. January 7, 2007 - Dark matter mapped in 3D for first time
  3. January 7, 2007 - Astronomers Create 3D Map of Dark Matter
  4. January 7, 2007 - Hubble makes 3D dark matter map
  5. January 8, 2007 - Mapping the Invisible
  6. January 8, 2007 - Hubble Maps The Cosmic Web Of 'Clumpy' Dark Matter In 3-D
  7. January 8, 2007 - Dark-matter map points to galaxy formation
  8. January 8, 2007 - The universe gives up its deepest secret
  9. March 5, 2007 - The first 3-D map of the universe
Background


Paleoclimatology

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - A Bumpy Shift From Ice House To Greenhouse - also here
  2. January 5, 2007 - Ancient global warming was jarring, not subtle, study finds
Background


Visible light metamaterials

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - Metamaterials found to work for visible light - also here
Background


Extrasolar asteroid belt

References:
  1. January 6, 2007 - Evidence of Extrasolar Asteroid Belt
  2. January 6, 2007 - Evidence of Extrasolar Asteroid Belt
Background


Sea level rise

References:
  1. January 6, 2007 - Glaciers give major boost to sea level
Background, Background


Unexpected size of M31

References:
  1. January 7, 2007 - Andromeda Galaxy Five Time Bigger Than Thought
  2. January 8, 2007 - Vast halo extends galaxy's size
  3. January 10, 2007 - Astronomers Discover An Enormous Halo Of Red Giant Stars Around Andromeda
Background



Zebrafish and organ development

References:
  1. January 1, 2007 - Zebrafish Study Yield Novel Genes Critical In Organ Development
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. January 1, 2007 - Scan shows how brains plot future
  2. January 2, 2007 - How the Brain "Sees" the Future
  3. January 2, 2007 - Time past, time future intricately connected in brain
  4. January 4, 2007 - Brain Scans Predict When People Will Buy Products - also here
  5. January 4, 2007 - When Your Brain Goes Shopping
  6. January 5, 2007 - This Is Your Brain on Shopping
  7. January 5, 2007 - Brain Studies Reveal Mechanisms Of Voluntary Control Of Visual Attention - also here, here
  8. January 7, 2007 - Imaging Pinpoints Brain Regions That 'See The Future' - also here, here
  9. January 8, 2007 - Brain science shows which brands excite us but it doesn't mean we'll buy them
Background


Brain development

References:
  1. January 2, 2007 - Regulatory Pathway In Brain Development Possible Basis For Malformations
Background


Flu virus epitopes

References:
  1. January 2, 2007 - Researchers complete world's most comprehensive analysis on influenza virus data
  2. January 3, 2007 - New Details On How The Immune System Recognizes Influenza - also here here
Background, Background


Dangerous DNA sequences

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - The DNA so dangerous it does not exist
Background


Glutamate and synapses

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Bisexual Fruit Flies Show New Role For Neurochemical - also here
Background, Background


Food deprivation and brain activity

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - How appetite-stimulating brain cells work overtime during fasting
  2. January 3, 2007 - New Year, New Understanding of How Fasting Affects the Brain
  3. January 4, 2007 - Brain triggers hunger during fasts
Background, Background, Background


Social congnition in dogs

References:
  1. January 4, 2007 - Fido Can Place Your Face
Background


Memory formation

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - What Memories Are Made Of: Researcher Studies Plasticity Of Recall - also here
Background


MicroRNA

References:
  1. January 6, 2007 - Renegade RNA: Clues To Cancer And Normal Growth - also here, here
Background


Stem cells and cancer

References:
  1. January 7, 2007 - Cancer warning over stem cell therapies
Background, Background


Hydrogen peroxide and life

References:
  1. January 7, 2007 - Report Suggests Mars Microbes Overlooked - also here, here
  2. January 8, 2007 - Did We 'Kill' Martian Microbes? New Analysis Of Viking Mission Points To Life On Mars
  3. January 8, 2007 - Mars Mission Missed Microbes, Report Claims
Background



Cancer

References:
  1. January 1, 2007 - Gene doubles breast cancer risk
  2. January 1, 2007 - New Model To Aid Pancreatic Cancer Research
  3. January 3, 2007 - Gene test predicts lung cancer relapse
  4. January 3, 2007 - Diet seen to affect liver cancer risk
  5. January 3, 2007 - Fast growing melanomas have distinct traits
  6. January 3, 2007 - Berry Compound Thwarts Enzyme Linked To Cancer
  7. January 3, 2007 - Poniard says to begin late-stage trial for lung cancer
  8. January 4, 2007 - Gene Test May Help Lung Cancer Patients - also here, here
  9. January 4, 2007 - Gene linked to childhood kidney cancer identified
  10. January 4, 2007 - Risk Of Soft Tissue Sarcomas In Hereditary Retinoblastoma Survivors - also here
  11. January 4, 2007 - Hybrid Molecule Causes Cancer Cells To Self-destruct - also here, here
  12. January 4, 2007 - Men With No Sons More At Risk For Prostate Cancer, According To New Study - also here
  13. January 5, 2007 - Herceptin does cut cancer deaths
  14. January 5, 2007 - Researchers find new gene associated with Wilms tumor - also here, here, here, here, here
Background


Cancer vaccines

References:
  1. January 2, 2007 - New Vaccine Stimulates Colorectal Cancer Patient's Immune Systems To Fight Cancerous Cells
Background, Background


Bacterial drug resistance

References:
  1. January 2, 2007 - How Bacteria Can Escape Destruction: Scientists Discover Mechanism Used To Pump Out Drugs
Background, Background


Obesity and cancer

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Body Composition May Be Key Player In Controlling Cancer Risks
Background, Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Cold Sore Virus Might Play Role In Alzheimer's - also here, here
  2. January 3, 2007 - Can Fish Intake Predict Chances Of Developing Dementia?
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Skin patch eases Parkinson's symptoms
  2. January 3, 2007 - Drug Improves Tremors, Involuntary Movements In Parkinson Patients - also here, here
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Rats Join Search for AIDS Drugs
  2. January 7, 2007 - Drug-resistant HIV battled in a new way
  3. January 7, 2007 - New HIV test may predict drug resistance - also here
  4. January 7, 2007 - Researchers develop new HIV test
  5. January 8, 2007 - New Assay Test Exposes Tiny Pockets of Drug-Resistant HIV in the Blood
  6. January 9, 2007 - Researchers Hail New HIV/AIDS Test - also here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - Researcher Develops Avian Flu Vaccine For Poultry
  2. January 4, 2007 - DNA Vaccine For H5N1 Avian Influenza Enters Human Trial - also here, here
  3. January 4, 2007 - Avian Flu Virus Unlikely To Spread Through Water Systems - also here, here
  4. January 5, 2007 - Dead bird in Hong Kong tests positive for H5N1 virus
Background


Prions

References:
  1. January 3, 2007 - New tool removes agent of brain disease
Background


Gender and hypertension

References:
  1. January 4, 2007 - Gender affects genes' influence on blood pressure
Background


Estrogen and appetite

References:
  1. January 4, 2007 - Estrogen Curbs Appetite In Same Way As The Hormone Leptin - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - Cancer-killing Invention Also Harvests Stem Cells
  2. January 7, 2007 - 'Ethical' stem cells that arrive with baby
  3. January 7, 2007 - 'New stem cell source' discovered
  4. January 7, 2007 - New Source of Stem Cells: Amniotic Fluid
  5. January 7, 2007 - Stem cells derived from amniotic fluid show great promise in the lab
  6. January 8, 2007 - Scientists Discover New, Readily Available Source Of Stem Cells
  7. January 8, 2007 - Amniotic Fluid Yields Stem Cells
  8. January 8, 2007 - Stem Cells Discovered in Amniotic Fluid - also here, here
  9. January 8, 2007 - Human stem cells found in amniotic fluid
  10. January 8, 2007 - Stem cells in amniotic fluid show promise
  11. January 9, 2007 - Stem Cells Found in Amniotic Fluid
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - Glucose Levels Trigger Compensation For Type 2 Diabetics - also here
Background


Clearing fats from the bloodstream

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - Sugars In Liver Found To Clear Fats From The Bloodstream - also here
Background, Background


Cholesterol and heart attack risk

References:
  1. January 5, 2007 - Study Links Form of 'Bad' Cholesterol with Heart Attack Risk
Background, Background, Background


Coenzyme Q10

References:
  1. January 7, 2007 - Coenzyme Q10 benefits people with heart failure
Background, Background


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