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Volume 6, Number 3
January 15, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Triple quasars
Carbon nanotube optical coax cable
Higgs boson
SETI
Computer acquisition of background knowledge
Planet formation
Hypergiant stars
Star birth
Neutron stars
The galactic neighborhood
Gravitational waves from cosmic strings
Extrasolar planets
Global warming
Earthquakes
Supernovae
Milky Way's central black hole
Supercomputer projects
Dissolution of open star clusters
Evolution of globular clusters
Nanotechnology
Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope
The strong force
Carbon nanotubes
3D electronics
Fuel cells
Lab-on-a-chip

Life sciences

Acquisition of visual skills
Cancer biology
Visual perception
Molecular basis of long-term potentiation
Ethnicity and gene expression
Stem cells and cancer
Protein dynamics
T cell tolerance
Sexual selection
Stress granules
First stem cells in embryonic development
Sexual dimorphism and condition dependence
MicroRNA and cancer
Trichomonas vaginalis genome
Genetics and the sleep cycle
Sound-action association and mirror neurons

Health and medicine

Alzheimer's disease
Drug delivery
Diabetes
Nanoparticle cancer therapies
Cancer
Avian flu
Excess weight and cardiovascular disease risk
Ethnic differences in gene expression
Toluene addiction
Gene therapy
Retinal prostheses
Neutrophils
Capsaicin, mitochondria, and cancer
Virus therapy for cancer
Telomeres and heart disease
Regulatory T cells
Antibiotic resistance


Triple quasars

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Tight-knit trio of quasars discovered
  2. January 8, 2007 - Large Telescopes Team Up To Help Astronomers Discover A Trio Of Quasars - also here
  3. January 8, 2007 - Black Hole Triplets Spotted
  4. January 9, 2007 - Astronomers see first quasar trio
  5. January 9, 2007 - Triple quasar hints at violent past
  6. January 10, 2007 - The First Triple Quasar
  7. January 10, 2007 - Quasar Light Variability Linked To Black Hole Mass - also here
  8. January 10, 2007 - Triple Interactions Of Supermassive Black Holes Found To Be Common In Early Universe - also here, here
Background


Carbon nanotube optical coax cable

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Nanoscopic 'coaxial cable' transmits light
  2. January 8, 2007 - Physicists Transmit Visible Light Through Miniature Cable
  3. January 8, 2007 - Tiny new cable may spur big technological advances
  4. January 10, 2007 - Light squeezes through nano coax
Background, Background


Higgs boson

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - The Higgs boson just got lighter
  2. January 9, 2007 - Physicists Make New Precise Measurement Of Mass Of W Boson, Carrier Of Weak Nuclear Force - also here
  3. January 9, 2007 - Shrinking Higgs brings optimism to US lab
  4. January 19, 2007 - Physicists Closing In On Mysterious Missing Particle That Gives Matter Mass
Background


SETI

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Eavesdropping On The Universe: New Radio Facility Could Detect Earth-like Civilizations Around 1,000 Nearest Stars
  2. January 8, 2007 - Space life search turns to TV, radio signals - also here
  3. January 17, 2007 - FM radio gives away aliens
Background


Computer acquisition of background knowledge

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Researchers Use Wikipedia To Make Computers Smarter
Background


Planet formation

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Hubble Observations Provide Insight Into Planet Birth
  2. January 8, 2007 - Key to Planet Formation Found in Space Lint
  3. January 9, 2007 - Gas Giants Jump Into Planet Formation Early - also here, here
  4. January 11, 2007 - Dust Around Nearby Star Has Fluffiness Of New-fallen 'Powder' Snow
Background, Background


Hypergiant stars

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Astronomers Map a Hypergiant Star's Massive Outbursts
Background


Star birth

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - New stars shed light on the past - also here
  2. January 8, 2007 - Hubble Observes Infant Stars in Nearby Galaxy
  3. January 10, 2007 - Large Survey Identifies Young Binaries To Test Models Of Star Formation
Background


Neutron stars

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Neutron star may sport four magnetic poles
  2. January 9, 2007 - Bizarre Pulsar Blasts In Crab Nebula: Is This A Third Magnetic Pole? - also here
  3. January 10, 2007 - Star may have four magnetic poles
Background


The galactic neighborhood

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Speeding dwarfs upset galactic family picture
  2. January 9, 2007 - Speedy Discovery Fuels New Milky Way Mystery
  3. January 9, 2007 - Hobbits in Space
  4. January 10, 2007 - Magellanic Clouds 'just passing'
  5. January 10, 2007 - Getting to know the galactic neighbours
  6. January 11, 2007 - Astronomers Find Eight New Dwarf Galaxies, Seven Of Them Satellites Orbiting Milky Way
  7. January 15, 2007 - New 'Hobbit' Galaxies Discovered Around Milky Way
  8. January 28, 2007 - Magellanic Clouds May Be Just Passing Through
Background


Gravitational waves from cosmic strings

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Superstrings Could Add Gravitational Cacophony To Universe's Chorus - also here, here, here
  2. January 9, 2007 - Cosmic Superstrings Might Sing in Gravity Waves
Background, Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Giant Planets Pack Supersonic Winds
  2. January 9, 2007 - First Detection of a Planet-Forming Disk Near Environment of a Dying Star - also here
  3. January 10, 2007 - Earth's Strongest Winds Wouldn't Even Be A Breeze On These Planets - also here
  4. January 10, 2007 - Dying Star Builds Planets
  5. January 10, 2007 - Is There Anybody Out There?
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Record Warm Year for U.S. in 2006
  2. January 9, 2007 - 2006 Breaks U.S. Temperature Record
  3. January 10, 2007 - Warm December Pushes 2006 to Record Year - also here
  4. January 10, 2007 - NOAA Reports 2006 Warmest Year On Record For U.S.
  5. January 10, 2007 - Agency Affirms Human Influence on Climate
  6. January 10, 2007 - Climate Experts Worry as 2006 Is Hottest Year on Record in U.S.
  7. January 11, 2007 - NASA Scientist Urges Action on Warming
  8. January 11, 2007 - Climate-change breaks records in Prague, not Philadelphia
  9. January 12, 2007 - Big Melt Threatens India's Water
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - New Data Overturn Common View That Great Earthquakes Only Occur In Fast, Young Subduction Zones
  2. January 13, 2007 - New Method Provides Better Earthquake Warnings - also here, here
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Superbubble Of Supernova Remnants Caught In Act Of Forming - also here
  2. January 10, 2007 - Rethinking Last Century's Closest, Brightest Supernova - also here
  3. January 10, 2007 - A star's death comes to light - also here
  4. January 11, 2007 - Stars Cooperate to Blow Super Space Bubble
  5. January 11, 2007 - AAS Supernova Roundup
  6. January 27, 2007 - Solving a 400-year-old supernova riddle
Background


Milky Way's central black hole

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Chandra Discovers Light Echo From The Milky Way's Black Hole - also here
  2. January 11, 2007 - For Milky Way's black hole, it's feast or famine
  3. January 11, 2007 - Black Hole Grabs Planet-Sized Snack
  4. January 16, 2007 - The Milky Way's Hungry Monster
Background, Background


Supercomputer projects

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Supercomputers to Take on New Research
Background


Dissolution of open star clusters

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Hubble Sees Star Cluster 'Infant Mortality'
Background


Evolution of globular clusters

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Faraway Galaxy Plays Peekaboo
  2. January 14, 2007 - Astronomers Find The Most Distant Star Clusters Hidden Behind A Nearby Cluster - also here
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Platinum nanoclusters go magnetic
Background


Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - Probe studies 'extreme physics'
Background, Background, Background


The strong force

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - The Case of the Disappearing Mass
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - Hybrid Structures Combine Strengths Of Carbon Nanotubes And Nanowires - also here
Background


3D electronics

References:
  1. January 12, 2007 - Silicon 'Lego bricks' used to build 3D chips
  2. January 17, 2007 - Silicon Wafers Which Can Be Aligned 'Like Lego'
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. January 12, 2007 - Scientists Stabilize Platinum Electrocatalysts For Use In Fuel Cells - also here
Background


Lab-on-a-chip

References:
  1. January 12, 2007 - Microscopic Plumbing Set to Unclog the Cell's Tangled Web of Connections
Background



Acquisition of visual skills

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Vision Following Extended Congenital Blindness: New Study Challenges 'Critical Period' In Childhood Vision Development
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Scientists Find Guardian Gene's Choices Crucial To Stopping Cancer Process - also here
  2. January 9, 2007 - Scientists Discover How Body Fights To Control Spread Of Cancer - also here, here
  3. January 12, 2007 - Novel regulation of the common tumor suppressor PTEN
Background


Visual perception

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Trusting Your Instincts Leads You To The Right Answer - also here
  2. January 9, 2007 - Your snap judgments are spot on
  3. January 9, 2007 - Snap decisions sometimes the best
  4. January 12, 2007 - Why a Quick Look Can Be Better than a Deep Study
Background


Molecular basis of long-term potentiation

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Researchers Investigate The Molecular Basis Of Memory In Living Mice
  2. January 15, 2007 - Memories are made of this molecule
Background


Ethnicity and gene expression

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Ethnicity tied to gene expression
Background


Stem cells and cancer

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Study Supports Stem Cell Origin Of Cancer - also here
  2. January 14, 2007 - Researchers first to map gene that regulates adult stem cell growth - also here, here
Background, Background


Protein dynamics

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Scientists Reveal Dynamic Map Of Proteins, Possibilities For New Drugs - also here
Background, Background


T cell tolerance

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Why Doesn't The Immune System Attack The Small Intestine? New Study Provides Unexpected Answer - also here
Background


Sexual selection

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Sexual Selection Not Just for Males Anymore
Background


Stress granules

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Destructive enzyme shows a benevolent side
Background


First stem cells in embryonic development

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - Scientists Discover Stage At Which An Embryonic Cell Is Fated To Become A Stem Cell - also here
Background, Background


Sexual dimorphism and condition dependence

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - How Are Phenotypic Differences Between Sexes Related To Phenotypic Variation Within Sexes?
Background


MicroRNA and cancer

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - Micro Molecules Can Identify Pancreatic Cancer - also here
Background, Background


Trichomonas vaginalis genome

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - Scientists Sequence Genome Of Parasite Responsible For Common Sexually Transmitted Infection
  2. January 11, 2007 - Genetic Secrets of the World's Most Common Sexually Transmitted Infection Revealed
  3. January 12, 2007 - Scientists crack the genome of the parasite causing trichomoniasis - also here
  4. January 12, 2007 - Scientists decode sex bug genes
  5. January 19, 2007 - Microbiologists crack genome of a parasite that causes a common STD
Background


Genetics and the sleep cycle

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - Early to Bed, Early to Rise: Scientists Determine How Gene Behind Sleep Cycle Works
Background


Sound-action association and mirror neurons

References:
  1. January 13, 2007 - New Study Shows Brain Rapidly Forms Link Between Sounds And Actions That Produce Them - also here
Background, Background



Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - People At Genetic Risk For Alzheimer's Age Mentally Just Like Noncarriers
  2. January 8, 2007 - Alzheimer gene kicks in only in old age
  3. January 8, 2007 - Study finds folate may reduce Alzheimer's risk
  4. January 9, 2007 - Higher Folate Levels Linked To Reduced Risk For Alzheimer's Disease - also here, here
  5. January 9, 2007 - Genetic Variation May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk - also here, here
  6. January 14, 2007 - Study Links Gene to Risk of Alzheimer's - also here
  7. January 14, 2007 - New gene linked to Alzheimer's identified - also here
  8. January 15, 2007 - Researchers discover new Alzheimer's gene
  9. January 15, 2007 - New Gene Uncovered For Late-onset Alzheimer's - also here
  10. January 15, 2007 - Genetic search closes in on 'Alzheimer's mutation'
  11. January 15, 2007 - Alzheimer's gene identified
  12. January 15, 2007 - Scientists find new genetic clue to cause of Alzheimer's disease
  13. January 15, 2007 - Study Detects a Gene Linked to Alzheimer's
  14. January 15, 2007 - New gene in Alzheimer's disease
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Toward A New Oral Delivery System For Insulin Using Nanoshell Shields - also here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Antibody Therapy Prevents Type 1 Diabetes In Mice - also here
  2. January 9, 2007 - Published study shows benefits of Diachrome for people with type 2 diabetes
  3. January 10, 2007 - Researchers Identify Gene Associated With Severe Kidney Failure In Diabetes - also here
  4. January 10, 2007 - Insulin pill is 'on the horizon'
Background


Nanoparticle cancer therapies

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Homing Nanoparticles Pack Multiple Assault On Tumors - also here
Background, Background


Cancer

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Obesity Increases Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer
  2. January 8, 2007 - Obesity, weight gain tied to prostate cancer death
  3. January 8, 2007 - Follow-Up Data Indicate Low-Fat Diet May Significantly Reduce Recurrences in ER-Negative Breast Cancer
  4. January 8, 2007 - Gene signature may predict lung cancer survival
  5. January 9, 2007 - Turning Green Gunk To Gold, Anti-cancer Gold - also here
  6. January 9, 2007 - Arsenic Triggers Unique Mechanism In Rare Leukemia, Researchers Find - also here
  7. January 9, 2007 - Gonorrhea linked to male bladder cancer risk - also here
  8. January 10, 2007 - Tumor-suppressor Gene Is Critical For Placenta Development
  9. January 10, 2007 - New Anti-angiogenesis Treatment: Combination Therapy Obliterates New Vessel Growth In Tumors And Retinopathy - also here
  10. January 10, 2007 - Study Examines Genetic Factors Associated With Head And Neck Cancer - also here
  11. January 10, 2007 - Tumor-free breast tissue can have precancerous changes
  12. January 10, 2007 - Gonorrhoea 'raises cancer risk'
  13. January 10, 2007 - ImClone says Erbitux drug works as initial therapy
  14. January 10, 2007 - Drugs show promise against kidney cancer
  15. January 11, 2007 - Role for proteomics in identifying hematologic malignancies - also here
  16. January 12, 2007 - Send in the clots to kill off cancer
  17. January 12, 2007 - Excess Weight And Adult Weight Gain Increase Risk Of Dying From Prostate Cancer
  18. January 12, 2007 - Prenatal infection may up leukemia risk in child
  19. January 13, 2007 - Lung cancer vaccine to be tested
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. January 8, 2007 - Future flu pandemic toll could be "very scary": U.S
  2. January 9, 2007 - China reports first human bird flu case in months
  3. January 10, 2007 - Bird Flu Resurfaces in Vietnam - also here, here
  4. January 11, 2007 - Bird flu epidemic rumbles on around the world
  5. January 12, 2007 - Japan confirms bird flu case
  6. January 12, 2007 - New Outbreak of Bird Flu Hits Nigeria - also here
Background


Excess weight and cardiovascular disease risk

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Overweight Girls At Risk For Cardiovascular Disease - also here
Background, Background


Ethnic differences in gene expression

References:
  1. January 9, 2007 - Ethnic Differences Traced to Variable Gene Expression
Background


Toluene addiction

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - A Huff Equals a Puff
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Dramatic Results From Combo Therapy For Rapid, Fatal Neurodegenerative Disorder
Background


Retinal prostheses

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Researcher Placing Eye Implants In Cats To Help Humans See
  2. January 22, 2007 - 'Bionic' Cat Eyes May Help Humans - also here
Background


Neutrophils

References:
  1. January 10, 2007 - Programmed Cell Death Protects Against Infections - also here
  2. January 12, 2007 - White Blood Cells In Lung Produce Histamine Seen In Allergies - also here
Background


Capsaicin, mitochondria, and cancer

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - A Curry A Day Keeps The Doctor Away?
Background, Background


Virus therapy for cancer

References:
  1. January 11, 2007 - Common cold virus may be new weapon to fight cancer
Background


Telomeres and heart disease

References:
  1. January 12, 2007 - Shrinking telomeres linked to heart disease
  2. January 12, 2007 - Telomeres may predict heart disease risk
  3. January 15, 2007 - Chromosome tips tell tales on heart
Background


Regulatory T cells

References:
  1. January 12, 2007 - Regulatory T cells require WASp if they are to prevent self-destruction
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. January 12, 2007 - Stealth Technology Maintains Fitness after Sex: How 'DNA Parasites' Can Increase Spread Of Antibiotic Resistance - also here
Background


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