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Volume 6, Number 14
April 2, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Climate change
Fuel cells
Earthquake prediction
Paleoclimatology
Photovoltaic technology
Nanotechnology
Star formation
Ocean acidification
Virtual reality
Pioneer anomaly
Robotics
Polaritonics
Global warming
Planets in binary star systems
Gamma-ray bursts
Consistency of climate sensitivity to greenhouse gases
Terahertz light
Carbon nanotubes
Alternatives to dark energy
Infrared astronomy
Temperature at Earth's core-mantle boundary
Large Hadron Collider

Life sciences

Cloning
Brain asymmetry
Olfaction in flies and humans
Microbial taxonomy
Biological clocks
Brain encoding of abstract concepts
Sexual selection and genetic diversity
Sexual development in fruit flies
Metagenomics
Regulation of cell death in development and the immune system
Brain-imaging studies
Evolutionary psychology of emotions
Attention and distraction
MicroRNA
Interferon gamma and interleukin-1
Evolutionary developmental biology
DNA damage and replication
Nucleosomes and gene regulation
Short-term vs. long-term memory
Retrovirus replication
Evolution of insecticide resistance
Developmental genetics
Tissue and organ regeneration
Inhibiting tumorigenesis by p53-mediated senescence

Health and medicine

Atherosclerosis
Cancer
Anti-cancer foods and supplements
Antibiotics
Health benefits of aspirin
Trans fat and cardiovascular disease risk
Schizophrenia
Tissue engineering
Simulating evolution of disease genes
Antioxidants and polyphenols in kiwifruit
Cardiovascular benefits of flavonoids
Vegetable oils and cardiovascular health
Immune system response to bacteria
AIDS
Heart tissue regeneration
Diabetes and Parkinson's disease
Autism
Stem cells
Alcoholism, dopamine, and alpha synuclein
Avian flu
Hypertension
Malaria
Gene therapy
Nanoparticle cancer drug delivery
Hypertension and stroke
Dichloroacetate
Inhibiting bacterial resistance to antibiotics
Cholesterol regulation
Alzheimer's disease
Drug delivery
Rheumatoid arthritis
Diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure
Anti-anginal therapy
Depression
Stem cells and cancer
Bipolar disorder
Fatty acids, inflammation, and depression
Proteomics
Chromosomal microarray analysis
MiRNA and schizophrenia
Sleep disruption and cardiovascular risk
Diabetes
Plant sources of omega-3 fats and cardiovascular benefits



Physical sciences and technology


Climate change

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Global climates face threat of fearsome changes
  2. March 26, 2007 - 100-Year Forecast: New Climate Zones Humans Have Never Seen
  3. March 26, 2007 - New, unknown climate zones seen by 2100: study
  4. March 27, 2007 - Expect 'weird climate zones' by 2100
  5. March 27, 2007 - Global Warming Forecasts Creation, Loss Of Climate Zones - also here
  6. March 28, 2007 - New modeling study forecasts disappearance of existing climate zones
  7. March 28, 2007 - Study Maps Those At Greatest Risk From Cyclones And Rising Seas
  8. March 31, 2007 - Scientists Work To Refine Global Climate Models
Background


Fuel cells

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Sugar Could Power IPods, Cell Phones And Other Electronics More Efficiently
  2. March 27, 2007 - Hydrogen Fuel: Removing The Hydrogen-cell Roadblock - also here
  3. March 29, 2007 - Gold, Copper Nanoparticles Take Center Stage In The Search For Hydrogen Production Catalysts - also here, here
  4. March 29, 2007 - Giving Platinum Catalysts A Golden Boost For Fuel Cells - also here
Background


Earthquake prediction

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Modeling Faults: Predicting Earthquakes
Background


Paleoclimatology

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Microfossils Unravel Climate History Of Tropical Africa
Background


Photovoltaic technology

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Universities Work To Cut Cost Of Solar Power
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Two-photon absorbing molecules fabricate polymer features just 65 nanometers wide - also here
  2. March 27, 2007 - Researchers Find A New Way To Read Nanoscale Vibrations - also here
Background


Star formation

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Scientists Closer to Understanding How Stars Are Formed
Background


Ocean acidification

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Whatever The Warming, Ocean Acidifies From Carbon-dioxide Buildup
Background, Background


Virtual reality

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - The Most Realistic Virtual Reality Room In The World - also here, here
Background


Pioneer anomaly

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Newfound Data Could Solve NASA's Great Gravity Mystery
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - In the Lab: Robots That Slink and Squirm
Background


Polaritonics

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Polariton laser reaches room temperature
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - One in 10 at risk from rising seas, storms: study
  2. March 28, 2007 - Global warming study: Rising sea levels a threat to major cities - also here, here, here
  3. March 28, 2007 - Gravity Measurements Help Melt Ice Mysteries - also here
  4. March 28, 2007 - Himalayan Glacier Melting Observed From Space - also here, here
  5. March 29, 2007 - Scientists say Antarctic ice sheet is thinning
  6. March 29, 2007 - Thinning Antarctic Ice Needs Improved Monitoring To Reduce Uncertainty Over Sea-level Rise
  7. March 30, 2007 - Measuring Changes In Arctic Sea Ice
  8. March 30, 2007 - Aircraft Document Decline Of Arctic Ice Cover
  9. March 30, 2007 - Warm winter also in the Arctic - also here
  10. March 31, 2007 - Climate Data Shows California Has Been Heating Up - also here
  11. April 1, 2007 - Global warming could bring hunger, melt Himalayas
  12. April 1, 2007 - Poor Nations to Bear Brunt as World Warms
Background


Planets in binary star systems

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Planets are common around tight stellar pairs
  2. March 29, 2007 - Spitzer Finds Planets Thrive Around Stellar Twins
  3. March 29, 2007 - Worlds with Double Sunsets Common
  4. March 29, 2007 - Many planets may have double suns
  5. March 30, 2007 - Tatooine's Twin Suns Not So Far Fetched
  6. April 5, 2007 - NASA Telescope Finds Planets Thrive Around Stellar Twins
Background


Gamma-ray bursts

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglows Detected Only Minutes After Discovery - also here
Background


Consistency of climate sensitivity to greenhouse gases

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Greenhouse Gas Effect Consistent Over 420 Million Years - also here
Background


Terahertz light

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Quasicrystals are selective with terahertz light
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Nanotubes chill chips
  2. March 30, 2007 - Nanotubes Could Improve Thermal Management In Electronics - also here, here
  3. March 30, 2007 - New Nanomaterial, 'NanoBuds,' Combines Fullerenes and Nanotubes
  4. April 1, 2007 - Cells Selectively Absorb Short Nanotubes - also here, here
Background


Alternatives to dark energy

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Is dark energy an illusion?
Background


Infrared astronomy

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Wealth Of New Results From AKARI Infrared Sky-surveyor - also here
Background, Background, Background, Background, Background


Temperature at Earth's core-mantle boundary

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Earth's Inner Temperature Taken: It's Hot!
Background, Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Large Hadron Collider faces delay
Background



Life sciences


Cloning

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - South Korean Researcheres Clone a Wolf
  2. March 26, 2007 - SKorean researchers say they cloned wolf
Background


Brain asymmetry

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Are You Right Eyed Or Left Eyed?
Background


Olfaction in flies and humans

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Humans, flies smell alike, neurobiologists find
Background


Microbial taxonomy

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Genomics throws species definition in question for microbes - also here, here
Background


Biological clocks

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - What Makes A Simple Biological Clock Tick? - also here
Background


Brain encoding of abstract concepts

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Scientists Discover Concept Cells for "Nest" in the Mouse Brain
Background, Background


Sexual selection and genetic diversity

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Why Some People Are More Attractive Than Others - also here
Background


Sexual development in fruit flies

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Fruit fly gene research may shed light on human disease processes - also here, here
Background


Metagenomics

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - New science of metagenomics 'will transform modern microbiology' - also here, here
Background


Regulation of cell death in development and the immune system

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Fruit Flies, Death, and Immunity
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Arthritis Pain, The Brain And The Role Of Emotions - also here
  2. March 29, 2007 - New Insights Into How The Brain Processes Pain Location
Background


Evolutionary psychology of emotions

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Anthropologist Studies Evolution's Disgusting Side - also here
Background, Background


Attention and distraction

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - One brain region focuses, another gets distracted - also here, here, here, here, here
Background, Background


MicroRNA

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Critical Gene Factor In Heart Development Identified - also here, here
Background, Background


Interferon gamma and interleukin-1

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Immune System Employs 'Dual Key' Activation To Launch A Potent Antiviral Weapon
Background


Evolutionary developmental biology

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Biologists Call For Better Choice Of Model Organisms In 'Evo-devo' - also here
Background


DNA damage and replication

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Protein Averts Cell Suicide But Might Contribute To Cancer - also here
Background, Background


Nucleosomes and gene regulation

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Scientists Reveal Structure Of Gateways To Gene Control - also here
Background, Background


Short-term vs. long-term memory

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Why Too Much Memory May Be A Bad Thing - also here
Background


Retrovirus replication

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Researches solve virus puzzle - also here
Background


Evolution of insecticide resistance

References:
  1. March 31, 2007 - How selfish DNA saved the fruit fly
Background


Developmental genetics

References:
  1. March 31, 2007 - How Different Species Can Use The Same Genes Yet Develop Distinct Features - also here
Background


Tissue and organ regeneration

References:
  1. April 1, 2007 - Salamanders Re-grow Lost Limbs, Could Human Medicine Benefit From Understanding Regeneration? - also here
Background


Inhibiting tumorigenesis by p53-mediated senescence

References:
  1. April 1, 2007 - Preventing Cancer Without Killing Cells - also here
Background, Background



Health and medicine


Atherosclerosis

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Crestor slows plaque growth in low-risk patients
  2. March 26, 2007 - Drugs for 'Good' Cholesterol Fail Tests - also here, here, here, here
  3. March 27, 2007 - Combination HDL/LDL therapy has no effect on plaque build-up
  4. March 27, 2007 - Despite significantly raising HDL, torcetrapib failed to slow the progression of coronary plaques
  5. March 27, 2007 - Drug that mimics 'good' cholesterol has mixed effect on coronary atherosclerosis - also here
  6. March 29, 2007 - Statin Therapy Slows Progression Of Arterial Thickening; Halts But Does Not Reverse Atherosclerosis
  7. March 30, 2007 - Novel Anti-oxidant And Anti-inflammatory Agent Shows Effectiveness On Key Endpoints In Trial - also here
  8. March 30, 2007 - Diabetes drug 'protects arteries'
  9. March 31, 2007 - Infusion With Reconstituted HDL May Have Some Benefit For Atherosclerosis
  10. April 4, 2007 - Crestor Effective At Halting Early Atherosclerosis
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - A Better Breast Cancer Detector
  2. March 26, 2007 - New Approaches To The Diagnosis Of Oral Cancer
  3. March 26, 2007 - 'Triple negative' breast cancers linked to the young, minority - also here
  4. March 28, 2007 - Heavy men fare poorly with prostate cancer
  5. March 28, 2007 - Early menopause related to bladder cancer risk
  6. March 28, 2007 - Lack Of A Protein In Lung Tumors May Increase Risk Of Death
  7. March 28, 2007 - Rice Bran Could Reduce Risk Of Intestinal Cancer - also here, here
  8. March 28, 2007 - Light-based Probe 'Sees' Early Cancers In First Tests On Human Tissue - also here
  9. March 28, 2007 - Radiofrequency Ablation Effective Treatment For Inoperable Lung Cancer
  10. March 29, 2007 - Scientists identify cells responsible for relapse after treatment in common childhood cancer - also here
  11. March 29, 2007 - Obesity boosts prostate cancer mortality
  12. March 29, 2007 - Biopsy May Underestimate Prostate Cancer In Obese And Overweight Men
  13. March 29, 2007 - Natural Mechanism For Immune Suppression Paves Way For Cancer Trials
  14. March 29, 2007 - FDA Advisers OK Prostate Cancer Vaccine - also here
  15. March 30, 2007 - Panel Recommends FDA Approve Prostate Cancer 'Vaccine'
  16. March 31, 2007 - A Sweet Step Toward New Cancer Therapies - also here, here
  17. April 1, 2007 - Study identifies multiple genetic risk factors for prostate cancer - also here, here
  18. April 1, 2007 - Researchers find genetic links to prostate cancer
  19. April 1, 2007 - Gender linked to development of skin cancer - also here
Background


Anti-cancer foods and supplements

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Grape seed extract may help prevent skin cancer
  2. March 26, 2007 - Blueberry-rich diet may keep the colon healthy
  3. March 26, 2007 - Blueberries Contain Chemical That May Help Prevent Colon Cancer - also here li> March 26, 2007 - New Research On Cancer-fighting Foods, Supplements
  4. March 28, 2007 - Calcium, vitamin D may ward off colorectal cancer
  5. March 29, 2007 - Low-cal ketogenic diet slows brain cancer in mice
Background, Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Battling Bacteria with a Viral Protein
  2. March 26, 2007 - Researchers Find New Superbug Weapon For Near-empty Antibiotics Arsenal
Background


Health benefits of aspirin

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Long-term aspirin use lowers women's mortality
  2. March 27, 2007 - New evidence backs aspirin's lifesaving reputation
  3. March 27, 2007 - Long-term Aspirin Use Associated With Reduced Risk Of Dying In Women - also here
Background, Background


Trans fat and cardiovascular disease risk

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Trans fats linked to greater heart disease risk
  2. March 28, 2007 - Higher Trans Fat Levels In Blood Associated With Elevated Risk Of Heart Disease - also here, here
Background, Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Cannabis-related Schizophrenia Set To Rise, Say Researchers - also here
Background


Tissue engineering

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Tissue Engineering For Craniofacial Reconstruction
Background


Simulating evolution of disease genes

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Simulated Populations Used To Probe Gene Mapping
Background, Background


Antioxidants and polyphenols in kiwifruit

References:
  1. March 26, 2007 - Organic Is Healthier: Kiwis Prove That Green Is Good
Background


Cardiovascular benefits of flavonoids

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Flavonoid-rich diets may help reduce heart disease - also here
Background, Background


Vegetable oils and cardiovascular health

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Corn oil products can claim heart benefit
Background, Background


Immune system response to bacteria

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Researchers identify key protein in immune response to malaria and TB
Background, Background


AIDS

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Researchers develop quick, cheap HIV/AIDS test
Background


Heart tissue regeneration

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Engineering the heart piece by piece
Background, Background


Diabetes and Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Type 2 diabetes may raise Parkinson's risk: study
Background, Background


Autism

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - New Protein Implicated In Autism
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Muscle Stem Cells May Offer A New Treatment Option For Congestive Heart Failure
  2. March 28, 2007 - Heart Attack Patients Treated With Novel Stem Cell Therapy Experience Significant Improvement in Heart and Lung Function
  3. March 28, 2007 - First Human Trial Tests Stem-cell-based Treatment For Heart Attacks
  4. March 28, 2007 - Stem Cells Speed Growth Of Healthy Liver Tissue - also here, here
  5. March 29, 2007 - Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise For Rescuing Deteriorating Vision - also here, here
Background


Alcoholism, dopamine, and alpha synuclein

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Sequence Variation In Gene Contributes To Alcohol Craving
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Migratory Birds: Innocent Scapegoats For The Dispersal Of The H5N1 Virus - also here
  2. March 29, 2007 - Baxter says data promising on pandemic flu vaccine
  3. March 29, 2007 - China confirms 15th bird flu death
  4. March 31, 2007 - Third Egyptian child tests positive for bird flu
  5. April 1, 2007 - 'Random' bird flu baffles Indonesian scientists
Background


Hypertension

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - First Step In Developing Heart Hormone-based Pill To Control High Blood Pressure - also here
  2. March 27, 2007 - Dual renin system blocking drug combo provides additional blood pressure-lowering effects
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Multiple Malaria Infection Inhibits Spread Of Parasite
  2. March 30, 2007 - 'Spiteful' gene manipulation could combat malaria
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Polymers show promise for gene delivery, tissue scaffolds, other biomedical applications
  2. March 28, 2007 - Ultrathin Films Deliver DNA As Possible Gene Therapy Tool
Background


Nanoparticle cancer drug delivery

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Nanoparticles for Delivery of Prostate Cancer Treatment
Background, Background, Background


Hypertension and stroke

References:
  1. March 27, 2007 - Common gene mutation linked to tripled stroke risk
  2. March 29, 2007 - Blood pressure predicts stroke risk for all groups
  3. April 2, 2007 - Gene Linked To Increased Risk Of Stroke
Background


Dichloroacetate

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Cancer therapy: When all else fails
Background


Inhibiting bacterial resistance to antibiotics

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Resistance Is Futile
Background


Cholesterol regulation

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Toward Improved Forms Of A Time-tested Cholesterol-fighter
  2. March 29, 2007 - Novel Therapy For Lipid Disorders Shows Mixed Results In Early Clinical Trials
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Blocking Immune Cell Action Increases Alzheimer's-associated Protein Deposits - also here, here
  2. March 29, 2007 - Alzheimer's vaccine works on mice: Japan scientist
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Tequila Raw Ingredient Being Developed Into Drug-carrier That Targets Colon Diseases
  2. March 28, 2007 - Polymers Show Promise For Gene Delivery, Tissue Scaffolds, Other Biomedical Applications
  3. March 29, 2007 - Tequila plant may provide colon relief
Background


Rheumatoid arthritis

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - A Newly Identified Immunosuppressive Protein In Rheumatoid Arthritis
Background


Diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Who Gets Heart Failure? Race Takes Back Seat To Diabetes And High Blood Pressure
Background, Background


Anti-anginal therapy

References:
  1. March 28, 2007 - Study Provides New Safety & Efficacy Data For Unique Anti-anginal Therapy - also here
Background


Depression

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Depression with dysphoria may need two drug types
Background


Stem cells and cancer

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Immune Response To Cancer Stem Cells May Dictate Cancer's Course - also here
Background, Background


Bipolar disorder

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Antidepressants don't help bipolar patients, study finds
  2. March 30, 2007 - Anti-Depressants, Mood Stabilizers: What Works Best For Bipolar Disorder?
  3. March 31, 2007 - Bipolar Surprise: Mood Disorder Endures Antidepressant Setback
Background


Fatty acids, inflammation, and depression

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect Risk Of Depression, Inflammation - also here
Background, Background


Proteomics

References:
  1. March 29, 2007 - Unique Partnership Produces Life-critical 3D Structures
Background


Chromosomal microarray analysis

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Chromosomal Microarray Analysis Proves Accurate - also here, here
Background


MiRNA and schizophrenia

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Brain Tissue Reveals Possible Genetic Trigger For Schizophrenia - also here, here
Background, Background


Sleep disruption and cardiovascular risk

References:
  1. March 30, 2007 - Researchers Identify Connection between Sleep Disruption and Increased Cardiovascular Risk
Background, Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. March 31, 2007 - Merck diabetes pill combination wins U.S. approval
  2. March 31, 2007 - Merck Wins FDA's OK for Diabetes Pill - also here
Background


Plant sources of omega-3 fats and cardiovascular benefits

References:
  1. March 31, 2007 - New Sustainable Plant Source Of Omega-3
Background, Background


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