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Volume 6, Number 6
February 5, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Galactic mergers
Climate change report
Melting glaciers
Soft-bodied robots
Nanotechnology
Cosmological models
Chaos in photonic integrated circuits
Extrasolar planets
Storage of greenhouse gases
Hurricanes and global warming
Rising sea levels
Plate tectonics
Semiconductor production of entangled photons
Hydrocarbons on Titan
Modeling potential malaria drugs using grid computing
Quantum computing
Carbon nanotubes
Microelectromechanical systems
Strongly interacting Fermi condensates
Geometry of string theory
Planck satellite

Life sciences

Polyomaviruses
Horizontal gene transfer and rate of evolution
New angiogenic mechanism
Homo floresiensis
Hybrid speciation
Energy generation by bacteria
Modeling of human metabolism
Genes affecting growth rate
Evolution of sexual size dimorphism
Hallucinogens
Gene copy number variation
Processing of verbs
Microtubules
Internal timing in the brain
Cell membrane fusion
Computer modeling of cell division
Cancer biology
Brain control of movement
Hormones and the brain's reward system
Ceramide and early embryonic development

Health and medicine

Avian flu
Vitamin D and the immune system
Better sleep drugs
Treatment of inflammatory diseases
Bacteriophage assist for antibiotics
Antigene RNA for gene regulation
Nanoparticle cancer therapy
Cannabis-derived obesity drug
Diabetes
Prion disease
Grape juice, polyphenols, and cardiovascular health
Oligo fructose, GLP-1, and weight control
Cancer
Antibiotic resistance of salmonella
1918 influenza virus
Cancer stem cells
Caloric restriction and longevity
Conjugated linoleic acid and weight loss
Dopamine receptor oversimulation and addiction
Blocking bacterial communication
Regulation of cholesterol
AIDS
Stem cells
Parkinson's disease
Neuronal mitochondrial dysfunction
Crohn's disease
Allergy vaccine
Obesity, metabolic syndrome, and mTOR


Galactic mergers

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Evidence Of Ancient Galactic Collision Found
  2. January 29, 2007 - Andromeda Involved In Ancient Galactic Collision
Background


Climate change report

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Major climate change report looks set to alarm
  2. January 29, 2007 - World leaders urged to act on global warming study
  3. January 29, 2007 - Study: Next decade 'crucial' on warming
  4. January 29, 2007 - World Scientists Near Consensus on Warming
  5. January 30, 2007 - Millions to go hungry, waterless: climate report
  6. January 30, 2007 - Clouds a puzzle for U.N. global warming panel
  7. January 31, 2007 - Global Warning: As Paris Blooms in Winter, Scientists Debate Climate Change
  8. January 31, 2007 - Science by Committee: Wrangling Over Climate Change in Paris
  9. February 1, 2007 - Climate Change Science Moves from Proof to Prevention
  10. February 1, 2007 - Climate Report Marks New Era in Global Warming Battle, Science Historian Says
  11. February 1, 2007 - Earth Will Survive Global Warming, But Will We?
  12. February 1, 2007 - U.N. panel blames humans for warming
  13. February 1, 2007 - Global Warming 'Very Likely' Man-Made
  14. February 2, 2007 - 113 Nations Agree: Climate Change 'Very Likely' Caused by Humans
  15. February 2, 2007 - Warming 'Likely' Man-Made, Unstoppable
  16. February 2, 2007 - Report says global warming very likely man-made, to continue 'for centuries'
  17. February 2, 2007 - Global Warming Man-Made, Will Continue - also here
  18. February 2, 2007 - Landmark Climate Report Released by World's Scientists
  19. February 2, 2007 - Global Warming Unstoppable, Report Says
  20. February 2, 2007 - Evidence For Human-caused Global Warming Is Now 'Unequivocal'
  21. February 2, 2007 - Blame for global warming placed firmly on humankind
  22. February 2, 2007 - Key climate report sparks global call to action
  23. February 2, 2007 - Final Report: Humans Caused Global Warming
  24. February 2, 2007 - It's Getting Hotter in Here ... And It's Your Fault
  25. February 2, 2007 - Climate report released
  26. February 2, 2007 - New report presents strongest evidence yet of human link to global warming - also here
  27. February 2, 2007 - Mankind to blame for global warming says IPCC
  28. February 2, 2007 - Humans blamed for climate change
  29. February 2, 2007 - Humans blamed for climate change
  30. February 2, 2007 - Panel Issues Bleak Report on Climate Change
  31. February 2, 2007 - Models 'key to climate forecasts'
  32. February 3, 2007 - Science Panel Calls Global Warming 'Unequivocal'
  33. February 3, 2007 - Global-Warming Report Gets U.S. Emphasis
  34. February 4, 2007 - Climate Change Only One Symptom Of A Stressed Planet Earth
  35. February 10, 2007 - Earth's Warming to Accelerate
Background


Melting glaciers

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Melting glaciers show climate change speeding up: UN, scientists
  2. January 30, 2007 - Melting of mountain glaciers is accelerating
  3. January 30, 2007 - Glaciers melting faster as planet warms
  4. February 1, 2007 - China warns of disasters from warming
Background


Soft-bodied robots

References:
  1. January 30, 2007 - Biomimetic Technologies Project Will Create First Soft-Bodied Robots
  2. February 2, 2007 - 'Caterpillar' robots to spring into action
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Scientists build nanomachine envisioned 150 yrs ago - also here, here
  2. January 31, 2007 - Maxwell's demon tamed
  3. February 1, 2007 - Nano machine of the future captures great scientist's bold vision - also here, here, here
  4. February 1, 2007 - Chemists take 150 years to build nanomotor
  5. February 2, 2007 - Nanotech Biological Sensors Become Easier to Build
  6. February 3, 2007 - Breakthrough In Nanodevice Synthesis Revolutionizes Biological Sensors - also here
Background


Cosmological models

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Endless Universe Made Possible By New Model
Background


Chaos in photonic integrated circuits

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Chaos On A Chip - also here
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Hubble Probes Layer-cake Structure Of Alien World's Atmosphere - also here, here, here
  2. January 31, 2007 - Recipe Revealed for Layer-Cake Atmosphere of a Baking Planet
Background


Storage of greenhouse gases

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Storage Of Greenhouse Gasses In Siberian Peat Moor - also here, here
Background


Hurricanes and global warming

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Global Warming Linked to Stronger Hurricanes - also here
Background


Rising sea levels

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Sea level rise outpacing key predictions
  2. February 1, 2007 - Seas rising faster than U.N. predicts - also here
  3. February 1, 2007 - Sea level on the rise - in real and virtual worlds - also here, here
  4. February 1, 2007 - Sea levels 'rising faster than predicted'
  5. February 5, 2007 - Seas may rise faster than UN says
Background


Plate tectonics

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Earth-shattering Proof Of Continents On The Move - also here
Background


Semiconductor production of entangled photons

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Two-photon emission seen in semiconductor
Background


Hydrocarbons on Titan

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Cassini Images Mammoth Cloud Engulfing Titan's North Pole
Background


Modeling potential malaria drugs using grid computing

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - From Sheffield To Singapore, International Computing Grid Battles Malaria - also here
  2. February 9, 2007 - Malaria - More than 4.3 million medicines tested thanks to calculation grids
Background, Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Artificial atoms make microwave photons countable
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - NIST develops rapid method for judging nanotube purity - also here
Background


Microelectromechanical systems

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Tiny mass detectors come out of the cold
Background


Strongly interacting Fermi condensates

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Strongly interacting Fermi condensates are put on trial
Background


Geometry of string theory

References:
  1. February 4, 2007 - Physicists Find Way To 'See' Extra Dimensions - also here, here, here
  2. February 12, 2007 - Satellite could see shadow of extra dimensions
  3. February 14, 2007 - Extra dimensions could leave trace in Big Bang's aftermath
Background, Background, Background, Background


Planck satellite

References:
  1. February 4, 2007 - Satellite prepares to go super-cold
  2. February 9, 2007 - Introducing the 'coolest' spacecraft in the universe - also here, here
Background



Polyomaviruses

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Scientists Reveal Virus' Secret Weapon: Sheds Light On How Brain, Kidney Viruses Infect
Background


Horizontal gene transfer and rate of evolution

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Does Evolution Select For Faster Evolvers? Horizontal Gene Transfer Adds To Complexity, Speed Of Evolution - also here
Background


New angiogenic mechanism

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Important Mechanism Identified In Formation Of Blood Vessels - also here
Background


Homo floresiensis

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Anthropologist Confirms 'Hobbit' Indeed A Separate Species - also here
  2. January 29, 2007 - 'Hobbit' human 'is a new species'
  3. January 29, 2007 - Hobbit Declared a New Species as Debate Continues
  4. January 30, 2007 - Hobbit is new species, brain study shows
  5. January 31, 2007 - "Hobbit" Resting Site Reopened--and Newly Expanded
Background


Hybrid speciation

References:
  1. January 30, 2007 - Hybrid Speciation Discovered In Butterflies In Sierra - also here
Background


Energy generation by bacteria

References:
  1. January 30, 2007 - Cholera Pathogen Reveals How Bacteria Generate Energy To Live - also here
Background


Modeling of human metabolism

References:
  1. January 30, 2007 - Simulating human metabolism to find new diets to new drugs
  2. January 30, 2007 - Human metabolism recreated in lab
Background, Background, Background


Genes affecting growth rate

References:
  1. January 30, 2007 - Genes behind animal growth discovered - also here
Background


Evolution of sexual size dimorphism

References:
  1. January 30, 2007 - How does one sex grow larger than the other?
Background


Hallucinogens

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - How Hallucinogens Play Their Mind-Bending Games
  2. February 2, 2007 - Mechanism Of Hallucinogens' Effects Discovered
Background, Background


Gene copy number variation

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - New Technique Assesses Effects Of Multiple Copies Of Genes On Disease Risk - also here
Background


Processing of verbs

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - How Listeners Perceive Verbs - also here
Background


Microtubules

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Molecular Motors And Brakes Work Together In Cells
Background


Internal timing in the brain

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - How Does Your Brain Tell Time? Study Challenges Theory Of Inner Clock
  2. February 1, 2007 - Brain's Clock Has Millisecond Hand
  3. February 4, 2007 - At Split-Second Intervals, Brain Has Sense of History
Background


Cell membrane fusion

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Together, Biological Membranes Prevail - also here
Background


Computer modeling of cell division

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Supercomputer Provides Super Tool For Simulation Of Cell Division - also here
Background, Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Scientists Uncover Enzyme's Dual Role In Cancer Metastasis
  2. February 2, 2007 - Obesity drug helps unlock clues about cancer - also here
Background


Brain control of movement

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - 'Electric' Fish Shed Light On How Brain Directs Movement - also here
Background


Hormones and the brain's reward system

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Brain's reward circuit activity ebbs and flows with a woman's hormonal cycle - also here, here, here
  2. February 11, 2007 - Influence Of The Menstrual Cycle On The Female Brain - also here
Background


Ceramide and early embryonic development

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Lipid plays big role in embryonic development - also here, here
Background



Avian flu

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Bulgaria builds up defense against bird flu
  2. January 29, 2007 - Russia finds H5N1 bird flu strain in southern yards
  3. January 29, 2007 - China meeting warns of bird flu mutation risk
  4. January 29, 2007 - Bird flu returns to EU as case confirmed in Hungary
  5. January 29, 2007 - EU lab confirms Hungary bird flu
  6. January 30, 2007 - Nigeria keeps mum on new human bird flu tests
  7. January 30, 2007 - Australia's CSL says bird flu vaccine test a success
  8. January 30, 2007 - Mild avian flu strains cause disease in wild birds
  9. January 30, 2007 - Experts call for monitoring of cats, dogs for H5N1
  10. January 31, 2007 - Low-pathogenic forms of bird flu do cause illness among birds
  11. February 1, 2007 - Don't ignore less virulent bird flu strains: experts
  12. February 1, 2007 - Bird flu strikes again in Thailand
  13. February 1, 2007 - Mild Form Of Bird Flu Slows Down Migration Of Swans
  14. February 1, 2007 - Mayor of Jakarta Claims Bird Flu Victory
  15. February 1, 2007 - Japan confirms fourth bird flu outbreak this year
  16. February 2, 2007 - Bird flu can infect people via upper airway: expert
  17. February 2, 2007 - Japan confirms year's 4th deadly H5N1 bird flu outbreak
  18. February 2, 2007 - Japan Confirms Deadly Bird Flu Outbreak
  19. February 3, 2007 - H5N1 bird flu outbreak confirmed on English farm
  20. February 3, 2007 - Tests show bird flu is H5N1 virus
  21. February 3, 2007 - Bird flu virus is Asian strain
  22. February 3, 2007 - How did avian flu reach the UK?
  23. February 3, 2007 - Deadly Bird Flu Virus Found in Britain - also here
  24. February 3, 2007 - UK Confirms First Bird Flu Case At Farm
  25. February 3, 2007 - Britain battles H5N1 bird flu outbreak in poultry
  26. February 4, 2007 - Vets working to contain bird flu
  27. February 4, 2007 - Deadly Bird Flu Confirmed in British Turkeys
Background


Vitamin D and the immune system

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - The Good Sun
Background


Better sleep drugs

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - A Better Road to Dreamland?
Background


Treatment of inflammatory diseases

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Discovery May Lead To Novel Treatments For Autoimmune And Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
Background


Bacteriophage assist for antibiotics

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - New Approach Could Lower Antibiotic Requirements By 50 Times - also here, here
Background


Antigene RNA for gene regulation

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Novel Laboratory Technique Nudges Genes Into Activity - also here
Background


Nanoparticle cancer therapy

References:
  1. January 29, 2007 - Polymer Nanoparticles Create Potential Anticancer Vaccine
  2. February 2, 2007 - Toward Development Of An 'Eggshell-and-yolk' Anticancer Nanomedicine
Background, Background, Background


Cannabis-derived obesity drug

References:
  1. January 30, 2007 - Cannabis drug may help fight obesity
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. January 30, 2007 - A Virtual Map to the Root of Diabetes and Other Metabolic Disease
  2. February 1, 2007 - Oral Insulin To Prevent Type 1 Diabetes Tested In Study - also here
  3. February 2, 2007 - Obesity poses larger diabetes risk than inactivity
Background


Prion disease

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Protein blocking reverses 'mad cow disease' in mice
  2. January 31, 2007 - Prion disease reversed in mice
  3. January 31, 2007 - Prion disease remedied in mice
  4. February 1, 2007 - Prion Disease Treatable If Caught Early
  5. February 1, 2007 - Scientists 'reverse' vCJD signs
  6. February 7, 2007 - Early treatment may thwart mad cow-type disease
Background


Grape juice, polyphenols, and cardiovascular health

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Grape juice good for the heart: study
Background, Background


Oligo fructose, GLP-1, and weight control

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Natural Fibre May Take Extra Pounds Away; Researcher Launches Human Trials On Promising New Diet Product - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Esophageal Cancer Rates Climb With Obesity; Esophagectomy Found Safe In Obese Patients - also here
  2. February 1, 2007 - Hormone Drug Type Makes Survival Difference In Advanced Breast Cancer - also here
  3. February 2, 2007 - New biomarker test could predict outcome for bladder cancer patients
  4. February 3, 2007 - Gut Research Yields New Anti-cancer Approach
Background


Antibiotic resistance of salmonella

References:
  1. January 31, 2007 - Salmonella survives better in stomach due to altered DNA - also here
Background, Background


1918 influenza virus

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Pandemic flu may be only two mutations away
  2. February 1, 2007 - Clipping the Wings of 1918 Flu Virus Hints at Roots of Pandemics
  3. February 2, 2007 - Small Changes In 1918 Pandemic Virus Knocks Out Transmission
  4. February 2, 2007 - Altering Virus Coats May Halt Flu Spread - also here
  5. February 6, 2007 - Changes In Amino Acids In 1918 Influenza Virus Cut Transmission
  6. February 17, 2007 - Small tweaks prevent 1918-flu transmission
Background


Cancer stem cells

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Researchers identify stem cells in pancreatic cancer - also here
  2. February 1, 2007 - Scientists identify pancreatic cancer stem cells
  3. February 1, 2007 - Researchers find pancreatic cancer stem cells
Background, Background


Caloric restriction and longevity

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Whiff of Food Cancels Longevity from Caloric Restriction
  2. February 2, 2007 - Researchers find link between food odors and lifespan in fruit flies - also here
Background, Background


Conjugated linoleic acid and weight loss

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Weight-loss Supplement Shows Good And Bad Traits
Background


Dopamine receptor oversimulation and addiction

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Research Links Change in Brain with Addiction
Background


Blocking bacterial communication

References:
  1. February 1, 2007 - Chatter Key To Fight Superbugs - also here, here, here
Background, Background


Regulation of cholesterol

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Toxin-binding Protein Linked To Cardiovascular Health
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - New Compound Shows Promise In Halting HIV Spread
  2. February 4, 2007 - Men's testicles 'HIV hiding spot'
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Adult Stem Cells To Repair Hearts Damaged By Severe Coronary Artery Disease Investigated - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Find Yields Further Insight Into Causes of Parkinson's Disease - also here, here
  2. February 2, 2007 - Sentry enzyme blocks two paths to Parkinson's disease - also here
Background


Neuronal mitochondrial dysfunction

References:
  1. February 2, 2007 - Researchers develop marker that identifies energy-producing centers in nerve cells - also here
Background


Crohn's disease

References:
  1. February 4, 2007 - Withdrawal Drug Offers Symptom Relief To Crohn's Sufferers
Background


Allergy vaccine

References:
  1. February 4, 2007 - Vaccine zaps allergy in record time
Background


Obesity, metabolic syndrome, and mTOR

References:
  1. February 4, 2007 - Two Proteins Stop Mice Getting Fat
Background, Background


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