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Volume 6, Number 7
February 12, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Superconductivity
Nanotechnology
DNA nanotechnology
Anisotropic nanofluidic sieving structure
Carbon nanotubes
Light-emitting quantum dot nanowire
Quantum optics
Optics on a chip
Hurricanes and global warming
CO2 sequestration
Computer writing
Dangers of "ambient intelligence"
Dark energy and cosmological models
Microfluidic computer
Major obstacles to sustainable energy
Plate tectonics
Graphene transistors
International Linear Collider
Milky Way's central black hole
Quantum computing
Long gamma-ray bursts
Distribution of quasars and dark matter
Axions
Type 1a supernovae
Water in Earth's mantle
Glacial melting

Life sciences

Importance of new neurons for learning
Inhibition to rate of gene evolution
Evolutionary advantages of inbreeding
Brain-imaging studies
Olfaction
Odor, caloric restriction, and longevity
Promoter and enhancer regions for gene expression
Notch signaling and cardiovascular development
Homo floresiensis
Mammalian egg cell maturation
Telomeres, aging, and cancer
Beta-amino acid peptides
DNA replication
Genes and behavior
Cancer biology
Horse genome
Transcription factor affecting cell division
Gender differences in aging
Efficiency of the genetic code
Biologically important genetic variation
Link between cognitive and motor information
Sleep deprivation and learning

Health and medicine

Avian flu
Cancer
Stem cell cancer therapy
AIDS
Gene affecting blood pressure regulation
Stem cells
Lycopene
Diabetes
Alzheimer's disease
Parkinson's disease
Nonprescription diet drug
Gene therapy
Cartilage repair
Sleep and weight problems
Fat cell production
Metabolism of fat
Rogue B cells
Autism
Nanobiotechnology
Antibiotic resistance
Statin therapy, lipid level changes, and atherosclerosis
Brain-optimizing gene and schizophrenia
Anti-aging effects of sirtuin activation
Staphylococcus aureus infections
MicroRNA and stem cells
Diabetes genes


Global warming

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - UN climate report: what we don't know
  2. February 5, 2007 - Game over on global warming?
  3. February 9, 2007 - January world's hottest on record: Japan
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Neutron Probe Yields Break In Superconductor Mystery
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Scientists Find Why Conductance Of Nanowires Vary - also here
  2. February 7, 2007 - Microprinting Technique For Patterning Single Molecules - also here
Background


DNA nanotechnology

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Self-assembling Nanostructures Of DNA -- A Biotechnologist's Dream - also here
Background


Anisotropic nanofluidic sieving structure

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - 'Microsieve' Device Promises To Speed Up Separation, Sorting Of Proteins
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Volcanoes And Nanotechnology: Direct Synthesis Of Carbon Nanotubes With Volcanic Rock
  2. February 7, 2007 - Nanotube Dermatology - also here
Background


Light-emitting quantum dot nanowire

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Quantum dot nanowire emits light
Background, Background


Quantum optics

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - In tiny supercooled clouds, physicists exchange light and matter - also here, here, here, here, here
  2. February 7, 2007 - Light and matter united - also here
  3. February 7, 2007 - Storing light here -- and retrieving it there
  4. February 7, 2007 - Atoms function as light-trappers and transporters
  5. February 7, 2007 - Stopped Laser Pulse Reappears a Short Distance Away
  6. February 7, 2007 - Quantum quirk heralds new generation of supercomputer
  7. February 7, 2007 - Quantum Quirk: Stopped Laser Pulse Reappears a Short Distance Away
  8. February 7, 2007 - Turning light into matter
  9. February 7, 2007 - Scientists make atoms trip the light fantastic
  10. February 8, 2007 - Wizardry at Harvard: Physicists Move Light
  11. February 8, 2007 - Cool clouds turn light to matter
  12. February 8, 2007 - Scientists make light pulses 'dance'
  13. February 8, 2007 - Physicists stop light, then restart it
  14. February 8, 2007 - A trick of the light
  15. February 8, 2007 - Scientists see the light then make it disappear
  16. February 8, 2007 - Light Changed to Matter, Then Stopped and Moved
  17. February 8, 2007 - Physicists stop light, then restart it
  18. February 20, 2007 - Slowed Light Handed Off
Background, Background


Optics on a chip

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - MIT 'optics on a chip' may revolutionize telecom, computing - also here, here
  2. February 11, 2007 - MIT Team Details Optics-On-A-Chip Device - also here, here
Background


Hurricanes and global warming

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Debate storms on possible warming-hurricane link
Background


CO2 sequestration

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - CO2 can be stored in aquifers for years: study
  2. February 7, 2007 - Cold Storage Solution For Global Warming? Carbon Dioxide Could Be Frozen In Underground Reservoirs - also here, here
  3. February 8, 2007 - Storing Carbon Dioxide Below Ground May Prevent Polluting Above - also here
  4. February 9, 2007 - Greenhouse gas ocean burial can start Feb 10
  5. February 12, 2007 - Burial at sea for CO2 given seal of approval
Background


Computer writing

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Computer writes its own fairytale
Background


Dangers of "ambient intelligence"

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Erosion Of Privacy: Safeguards In A World Of Ambient Intelligence
Background


Dark energy and cosmological models

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - New universes will be born from ours
Background


Microfluidic computer

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - Bubble-powered 'computer' may improve chemical testing
  2. February 8, 2007 - Bubbles compute in logical devices
  3. February 9, 2007 - Thinking Bubbles?
  4. February 14, 2007 - Flow of tiny bubbles mimics computer circuitry - also here, here
  5. March 8, 2007 - Tiny Bubbles Turn Microscopic Tubing into Liquid Computer
Background


Major obstacles to sustainable energy

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - What are the major obstacles for sustainable energy?
Background


Plate tectonics

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - New Data Shakes Accepted Models Of Collisions Of Earth's Crust - also here
Background


Graphene transistors

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - AMO Manufactures First Graphene Transistors
Background, Background


International Linear Collider

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - Multibillion-dollar collider plans unveiled
  2. February 12, 2007 - ILC Physics: The Analysis Has Already Begun
  3. February 14, 2007 - Smashing time: Physicists race to find dark matter and the Higgs boson
  4. February 16, 2007 - Physicists dream of next big particle smasher - also here
Background


Milky Way's central black hole

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Milky Way's black hole the ultimate particle accelerator
  2. February 28, 2007 - Milky Way Black Hole May Be A Colossal 'Particle Accelerator' - also here
  3. February 28, 2007 - Pinball on a Galactic Scale
  4. March 1, 2007 - The giant particle accelerator in the sky
  5. March 6, 2007 - The Milky Way's Pinball Wizard
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - Quantum computer to debut next week
  2. February 9, 2007 - Towards Quantum Computing: Artificial Atoms Make Microwave Photons Countable
Background


Long gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Magnetic Explosions In The Distant Universe
  2. February 14, 2007 - An Engine for Mind-Boggling Blasts
Background


Distribution of quasars and dark matter

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Dark Matter's Link to Brilliant Galaxies Confirmed
Background, Background


Axions

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - New particle resolves erratic sightings of axions
Background


Type 1a supernovae

References:
  1. February 10, 2007 - Astrophysicists Explain Differences In Brightness Of Supernova Explosions - also here, here, here
Background


Water in Earth's mantle

References:
  1. February 11, 2007 - Earth Mantle 'Ocean': 3-D Seismic Model Of Vast Water Reservoir Revealed
  2. February 28, 2007 - Huge 'Ocean' Discovered Inside Earth
  3. March 10, 2007 - Seismic signals reveal enormous reservoir
Background


Glacial melting

References:
  1. February 11, 2007 - Warming Threatens Double-Trouble in Peru - also here, here
  2. February 16, 2007 - Mountain glacier could 'vanish'
  3. February 18, 2007 - Peruvian Glacier May Vanish In 5 Years
Background



Importance of new neurons for learning

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - New brain cells love to learn
Background


Inhibition to rate of gene evolution

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Putting the brakes on evolution
  2. February 6, 2007 - Human Proteins Evolving Slowly Thanks To Multitasking Genes
Background, Background


Evolutionary advantages of inbreeding

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Inbreeding gives some an advantage
  2. February 6, 2007 - For Some Species, An Upside To Inbreeding - also here, here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Super Bowl ads fumble, brain scans show
  2. February 6, 2007 - Can a brain scan prove you're telling the truth?
  3. February 8, 2007 - I know what you're thinking...
  4. February 9, 2007 - Brain scans reveal intentions of calculating minds
  5. February 9, 2007 - Brain scan 'can read your mind'
  6. February 9, 2007 - The brain scan that can read people's intentions
  7. February 12, 2007 - Revealing Secret Intentions In The Brain
  8. March 5, 2007 - Scientists Try to Predict Intentions - also here, here, here
Background


Olfaction

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Rogue Odour Theory Could Be Right
Background


Odor, caloric restriction, and longevity

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Longevity By A Nose -- Or Odorant Receptor
Background, Background


Promoter and enhancer regions for gene expression

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Chemical Signatures Reveal Genetic Switches In Genome
  2. February 5, 2007 - Epigenetics mark regulatory elements
Background


Notch signaling and cardiovascular development

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - NOTCHing Up Heart Development
Background


Homo floresiensis

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Hobbit Skeptics Split on What a Second Skull Would Mean
Background


Mammalian egg cell maturation

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Lab Demonstrates Process Of Mammalian Egg Maturation - also here, here
Background


Telomeres, aging, and cancer

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - FISH-ing For Links Between Cancer And Aging - also here
Background, Background


Beta-amino acid peptides

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Nature Could Have Used Different Protein Building Blocks
  2. February 7, 2007 - Man-made Proteins Could Be More Useful Than Real Ones - also here
Background


DNA replication

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - With no plan for DNA replication, cells depend on random selection
Background


Genes and behavior

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Children's behavior problems may be in their genes
  2. February 7, 2007 - Parents' Genes, Not Parents' Arguing, May Cause Children's Conduct Problems - also here
  3. February 8, 2007 - Naughty kids can blame their genes
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Enzyme Wakes Sleeping Genes
  2. February 9, 2007 - New Protein Inhibitor Impedes Growth Of Cancerous Cells
  3. February 9, 2007 - Scientists discover new gene that prevents multiple types of cancer - also here, here
  4. February 9, 2007 - A chromosomal protein appears to help deactivate cell growth regulator p53
Background


Horse genome

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Horse Genome Assembled: Thoroughbred Mare's DNA Code Now Freely Available - also here
  2. February 7, 2007 - Horse genome sequence draft is issued
Background


Transcription factor affecting cell division

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Cancer Biologists Identify Major Player In Cell Growth - also here, here
Background, Background


Gender differences in aging

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Why Do Women Tend To Live Longer Than Men? Biologist's Model Offers New Ways To Study Gender Differences In Aging
Background


Efficiency of the genetic code

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Scientists Discover Parallel Codes In Genes
Background


Biologically important genetic variation

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Which Small And Large DNA Variants In Our Genome Matter? - also here
Background


Link between cognitive and motor information

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Decision-making: Demonstration Of Link Between Cognition And Execution - also here, here
Background, Background


Sleep deprivation and learning

References:
  1. February 10, 2007 - No sleep means no new brain cells
  2. February 11, 2007 - Sleep well before learning something new
Background, Background



Avian flu

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Experts hunt for bird flu source
  2. February 5, 2007 - Surveillance failure as bird flu hits UK farm?
  3. February 5, 2007 - Britain culls turkeys to stem bird flu spread
  4. February 5, 2007 - British Confronts Outbreak of Bird Flu
  5. February 6, 2007 - Nigerian death highlights West African bird flu risks
  6. February 6, 2007 - South Korea, Hong Kong join UK poultry ban
  7. February 7, 2007 - Indonesia Signs Bird Flu Vaccine Deal - also here
  8. February 8, 2007 - British H5N1 may be 'identical' to Hungarian: government
  9. February 9, 2007 - Turkish bird flu virus is H5N1 strain
  10. February 9, 2007 - H5N1 bird flu found in Pakistan after a year
  11. February 10, 2007 - Latest Bird Flu Blamed on Bird Trading
  12. February 10, 2007 - S.Korea Kills Birds After Flu Outbreak
  13. February 11, 2007 - Most bird flu victims under 40
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Lab disaster may lead to new cancer drug - also here, here, here
  2. February 5, 2007 - Selenium may cut prostate cancer risk in some men - also here
  3. February 5, 2007 - Saving More Breasts
  4. February 5, 2007 - Researchers Identify Gene Found In Two Of Five Breast Cancer Patients
  5. February 6, 2007 - FDA OKs test to predict breast cancer return - also here
  6. February 6, 2007 - FDA Approves New Breast Cancer Test - also here
  7. February 6, 2007 - Painkiller Helps Against Child Cancer
  8. February 6, 2007 - Sea Creature's Toxin Could Lead To Promising Cancer Treatment - also here, here
  9. February 6, 2007 - Toxin found to attack cancer, not healthy cells, in mice
  10. February 7, 2007 - FDA OK's genetic predictor of breast cancer relapse
  11. February 7, 2007 - Genetic test gets approval
  12. February 8, 2007 - Study Examines Second Cancer Risk Among Hairy Cell Leukemia Survivors
  13. February 8, 2007 - New Test May Better Identify Certain Colorectal Cancer Types
  14. February 8, 2007 - Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk Test Cleared For Marketing
  15. February 8, 2007 - Vitamin D Backed For Cancer Prevention In Two New Studies - also here, here
  16. February 8, 2007 - To Be Benign Or Malignant: mTOR Makes The Decision
  17. February 8, 2007 - The multi-tasking reovirus - also here
  18. February 9, 2007 - Vitamin D may cut risk of colorectal cancer
  19. February 9, 2007 - Gene Elevating Breast Cancer Risk Also Causes Prostate Cancer - also here, here
  20. February 9, 2007 - International Study Points To New Breast Cancer-susceptibility Gene - also here, here
  21. February 11, 2007 - HIV Protein Enlisted To Help Kill Cancer Cells
  22. February 11, 2007 - Gene may protect some women against breast cancer
  23. February 11, 2007 - Bugs help scientists fight cancer
Background


Stem cell cancer therapy

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Tumor-reactive T Cells Boosted By Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Background, Background


AIDS

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Immune Molecule Protects Cells Threatened by HIV
  2. February 6, 2007 - Protein Stops HIV-1 In Its Tracks In Hematopoietic Stem Cells
  3. February 8, 2007 - S. Africa launches biggest AIDS vaccine trial
  4. February 8, 2007 - Research Paves Way Toward Less Toxic HIV Drugs
  5. February 8, 2007 - First Large-scale HIV Vaccine Trial In South Africa Opens - also here
  6. February 8, 2007 - Africa's first large-scale HIV vaccine study launches
Background


Gene affecting blood pressure regulation

References:
  1. February 5, 2007 - Advance In Understanding Of Blood Pressure Gene Could Lead To New Treatments - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Stem cells from fat tissue transplanted into heart
  2. February 6, 2007 - Lead, Mercury Inhibit Critical Cell Function - also here, here
  3. February 6, 2007 - Stem Cells May Help Heal Joint Injuries
  4. February 7, 2007 - World's First Adult Stem Cell Study Using Patient's Own Fat Tissue
Background


Lycopene

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - The Tangerine: Top Tomato?
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Could Ancient Mushroom Magic Banish A Modern Medical Scourge?
  2. February 7, 2007 - Interfering With Vagal Nerve Activity In Mice Prevents Diabetes And Hypertension
  3. February 8, 2007 - Pycnogenol delays glucose absorption 190 times more potently than prescription medication
  4. February 8, 2007 - Scientists determine 3-dimensional structure of cell's 'fuel gauge'
  5. February 9, 2007 - Eye disease in diabetics tied to risk of dying
  6. February 9, 2007 - Exercise Pivotal In Preventing And Fighting Type II Diabetes - also here, here
  7. February 10, 2007 - Why exercise gets harder with age
  8. February 11, 2007 - New genes point to diabetes risk
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. February 6, 2007 - Loneliness link with Alzheimer's
  2. February 7, 2007 - Lab studies link anesthetics to Alzheimer's risk
  3. February 7, 2007 - Common Anesthetic May Induce Cell Death, Generation Of Alzheimer's-associated Protein
  4. February 7, 2007 - Loneliness Associated With Increased Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease - also here, here
  5. February 8, 2007 - Here's a more cerebral reason to lower your cholesterol
  6. February 8, 2007 - Can Alzheimer's disease be prevented?
  7. February 9, 2007 - 'Missing Link' In Process Leading To Alzheimer's Disease Identified - also here, here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Drug combo improves Parkinson's symptoms in mice
  2. February 8, 2007 - Enhancing Activity Of Marijuana-like Chemicals In Brain Helps Treat Parkinson's Symptoms In Mice - also here
Background


Nonprescription diet drug

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - First nonprescription diet drug wins approval
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Gene therapy tackles severe burns
Background


Cartilage repair

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Stems cells might help repair joints
  2. February 10, 2007 - Woven Scaffolds Could Improve Cartilage Repair - also here
Background, Background


Sleep and weight problems

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - Children Who Sleep Less More Likely To Be Overweight - also here
Background, Background


Fat cell production

References:
  1. February 7, 2007 - New Player In Commitment To Life As A Fat Cell
Background


Metabolism of fat

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - Researchers Discover Master Metabolism Regulator With Profound Effect On Fat Metabolism - also here
Background


Rogue B cells

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - Scientists Learn The Origin Of Rogue B Cells - also here, here
Background


Autism

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - Reversal of Fortune: Researchers Erase Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. February 8, 2007 - Autism-like disorder 'reversible'
Background


Nanobiotechnology

References:
  1. February 8, 2007 - Nanocapsules target tumours
  2. February 9, 2007 - Direct Synthesis Of Hollow Nanoscopic Spheres With Tailored Surfaces
  3. February 9, 2007 - Plastic nanospheres to hunt out cancer
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Exposure to antibiotics linked to resistance
Background


Statin therapy, lipid level changes, and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Statin Therapy Associated With Regression Of Coronary Atherosclerosis With Key Lipid Level Changes - also here
Background


Brain-optimizing gene and schizophrenia

References:
  1. February 9, 2007 - Common gene version optimizes thinking - but with a possible downside - also here, here
Background


Anti-aging effects of sirtuin activation

References:
  1. February 10, 2007 - Does A Component Of Niacin Point The Way To Anti-aging Drugs?
Background


Staphylococcus aureus infections

References:
  1. February 10, 2007 - No Reliable Risk Factors Found For Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections
Background


MicroRNA and stem cells

References:
  1. February 11, 2007 - Master Switches Found For Adult Blood Stem Cells - also here, here
Background, Background


Diabetes genes

References:
  1. February 11, 2007 - Type 2 diabetes genes mapped out
  2. February 12, 2007 - Novartis maps genome of type-2 diabetes patients
  3. February 12, 2007 - Researchers identify genes linked to diabetes
  4. February 13, 2007 - Breakthrough In Understanding Type-2 Diabetes As Key Genes Identified - also here
  5. February 14, 2007 - Elucidation of the genome for diabetics with DNA chips
Background


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