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Volume 7, Number 6
February 11, 2008

Physical sciences and technology

Global warming
Earthquakes
Terahertz radiation
Neutron stars
DNA nanotechnology
Nanotechnology
Low-voltage integrated circuits
Methane on Titan
Galaxy without dark matter
Carbon nanotubes
Dark matter
Plasmonics
Precambrian environment
Lab on a chip
Galaxies
Quantization
Galactic plasma
Enceladus
Stellar dust disks
High-frequency CMOS circuits
Earth's core
Extrasolar planets
Gravitational waves
Quantum spectral ambiguity
Organic solar cells

Life sciences

Recent human evolution
Human genetic variation
DNA recombination
Language learning
Neuronal networks
Cloning
Brain-imaging studies
Long-term memory
RNAi gene silencing in agricultural biotechnology
Environmental epigenetics
Sleep deprivation and memory
Cholesterol regulation
Ion channels
Language representations of space
Cardiac shrinkage
Killer T cells
Cancer biology
Electrical stimulation and neuron survival
Genome sequencing
Metagenomics
Hormones, steroids, and the immune system
Bollworm resistance to Bt cotton
Parthenogenesis
Neanderthals
Infant number sense
Neurogenesis
Proteomics

Health and medicine

Avian flu
Schizophrenia
Hepatitis C
Serotonin and mood disorders
Psoriasis
Cancer
AIDS
Drug discovery
Alzheimer's disease
Cardiovascular disease
Depression, stress, and genetics
Gene therapy for prostate cancer
Drug addiction
Vaccines
Influenza
Obesity, appetite, leptin, and genetics
Cancer vaccines
Parkinson's disease
Hyperlipidemia
Health benefits of whole grains
Antioxidants
Autism
Childhood obesity
Diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Malaria
Muscle and fat
Antidepressants
Stem cells
Gene therapy
Excess body fat
Diabetes
Autism
Bipolar disorder



Physical sciences and technology


Global warming

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - "Tipping point" on horizon for Greenland ice
  2. February 4, 2008 - Climate set for 'sudden shifts'
  3. February 5, 2008 - Global meltdown: scientists isolate areas most at risk of climate change
  4. February 7, 2008 - Tipping Elements In Earth's Climate System - also here, here
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Earthquakes At Edges Of Tectonic Plates Can Trigger Second Earthquakes At Different Time And Place
  2. February 6, 2008 - Why Do Earthquakes Stop? - also here, here
Background


Terahertz radiation

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Researchers mine the 'Terahertz gap'
  2. February 5, 2008 - 'T-ray' breakthrough signals next generation of security sensors - also here
Background


Neutron stars

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Neutron Stars Join the Black-Hole Jet Set
Background


DNA nanotechnology

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Remote-control DNA 'pistons' could power tiny robots
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Entirely New Way Of Storing Gas Created - also here
  2. February 6, 2008 - New Process Makes Nanofibers In Complex Shapes And Unlimited Lengths
  3. February 6, 2008 - Scientists make breakthrough in single-molecule sensing - also here
  4. February 8, 2008 - Researchers produce nanowires easier, faster than before
Background


Low-voltage integrated circuits

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Energy-efficient Microchip Could Result In Cell Phones Staying Charged 10 Times As Long, Self-charging Electronics - also here
Background


Methane on Titan

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Titanic climate change in store
Background


Galaxy without dark matter

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Galaxy without dark matter puzzles astronomers
Background, Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Tweaking the Conductivity of Nanotube Composites
  2. February 10, 2008 - Carbon Nanotubes Produced In Bulk Using Commercially Available Polymeric Resins - also here, here
Background


Dark matter

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Dark matter may not be so dark
Background


Plasmonics

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Waves on a Plane
Background


Precambrian environment

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Ancient Proteins Rebuilt To Reveal Primordial Earth's Temperature - also here
Background, Background


Lab on a chip

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Lab-on-Chip Technology: Scientists Bring MRI/NMR To Microreactors
Background


Galaxies

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - A Cosmic Fossil? Brilliant But Fuzzy Galaxy May Be Aftermath Of Multi-Galaxy Collision - also here
Background


Quantization

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Pure mathematics behind the mechanics
Background


Galactic plasma

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Million-Degree Plasma May Flow throughout the Galaxy
Background


Enceladus

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Case Builds for Water on Saturnian Moon of Enceladus
Background


Stellar dust disks

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Star eats star and builds planets from the crumbs
Background


High-frequency CMOS circuits

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Engineers Create Record-setting High-frequency Circuit That Could Slash Costs For Detectors
Background


Earth's core

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Computer simulations strongly support new theory of Earth's core - also here, here
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Deep Impact Begins Hunt for Alien Worlds
  2. February 8, 2008 - NASA Probe Begins Hunt for Alien Planets
Background


Gravitational waves

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Listening for the cosmic symphony: New supercomputer will help scientists listen for black holes - also here, here
Background, Background


Quantum spectral ambiguity

References:
  1. February 9, 2008 - Hearing The Sound Of Quantum Drums - also here, here
Background


Organic solar cells

References:
  1. February 10, 2008 - Organic Solar Cells: Electricity From A Thin Film
Background



Life sciences


Recent human evolution

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Team Uncovers New Evidence of Recent Human Evolution
Background


Human genetic variation

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Tiny gene differences make us who we are
Background


DNA recombination

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Gene Variants May Help To Distribute The Work Of Evolution Between Men And Women
  2. February 4, 2008 - Inherited Individual Variations Influence Patterns Of Gene Shuffling
  3. February 5, 2008 - How Our Genomes Control Diversity
Background


Language learning

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - New Thoughts On Language Acquisition: Toddlers As Data Miners
Background


Neuronal networks

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Thinking too complicated? Neuronal activity is far more predictable than assumed
Background


Cloning

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Scientists create three-parent embryos - also here
  2. February 5, 2008 - Three-parent embryo formed in lab
  3. February 6, 2008 - Two mums plus dad made this embryo
  4. February 6, 2008 - A step towards three-parent babies?
  5. February 7, 2008 - Embryos Created With DNA From 3 People - also here, here, here, here here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Chronic pain seen altering how brain works
  2. February 6, 2008 - Chronic Pain Harms The Brain - also here, here
  3. February 8, 2008 - Chronic Pain Harms Brain's Wiring - also here, here
  4. February 8, 2008 - Video Games Activate Reward Regions Of Brain In Men More Than Women
Background


Long-term memory

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - New Method Probes Recollections In Memory-impaired Patients - also here
Background


RNAi gene silencing in agricultural biotechnology

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Tearless Onion Created In Lab Using Gene Silencing
Background, Background


Environmental epigenetics

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Environmental Epigenetics Has Potential For Preventing And Treating Disease
Background


Sleep deprivation and memory

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Four Days Of REM Sleep Deprivation Affects Forebrain, Long-term Memory In Rats
  2. February 7, 2008 - Brain Region That Can Be Stimulated To Reduce The Cognitive Deficits Of Sleep Deprivation Identified - also here
Background, Background


Cholesterol regulation

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Key Interaction In Cholesterol Regulation Discovered
  2. February 7, 2008 - Making Statins Even Better
Background


Ion channels

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - RNA-associated introns guide nerve-cell channel production - also here
  2. February 7, 2008 - Cellular pores offer openings for new disease treatments
Background


Language representations of space

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Breaking New Ground in Relationship of Language to Thought
Background, Background


Cardiac shrinkage

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Human hearts shrink at age 50
Background


Killer T cells

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - New Battleground For Viruses And Immune Cells Discovered - also here, here
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Gene Found To Play A Suppressor Role In Skin Cancer Development - also here
Background


Electrical stimulation and neuron survival

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Why nerve cells die in neurodegenerative diseases - also here, here
Background, Background


Genome sequencing

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Company claims to have sequenced man's genome cheaply
Background


Metagenomics

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Five New Metagenome Datasets Added To Joint Genome Institute Database
Background


Hormones, steroids, and the immune system

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - What Does And Doesn't Affect Immune System - also here, here
Background, Background


Bollworm resistance to Bt cotton

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - First Documented Case Of Pest Resistance To Biotech Cotton
Background


Parthenogenesis

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Apparently Immaculate Komodos Hatched - also here, here
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Tooth Scan Reveals Neanderthal Mobility - also here, here, here
  2. February 15, 2008 - Neanderthals Moved From Place To Place, Tooth Analysis Shows
Background


Infant number sense

References:
  1. February 9, 2008 - Babies reveal natural gift for numbers
  2. February 9, 2008 - Babies show neural signs of budding number sense
  3. February 10, 2008 - Neural Basis Of 'Number Sense' In Young Infants
Background


Neurogenesis

References:
  1. February 9, 2008 - Growing up to Prozac: drug makes new neurons mature faster
Background


Proteomics

References:
  1. February 10, 2008 - International Effort To Create 'Proteinpedia' For Scientists Underway - also here
Background



Health and medicine


Avian flu

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Indonesian woman dies of bird flu: health ministry - also here
  2. February 4, 2008 - Bird flu spreads in Bangladesh, compensation to rise
  3. February 4, 2008 - Bird flu spreads in Pakistan; new outbreak in birds
  4. February 4, 2008 - Cracking The Code Of Bird Flu Time Bomb
  5. February 4, 2008 - Indonesian Bird Flu Death Toll Hits 103
  6. February 5, 2008 - Pakistan poultry workers being tested for bird flu
  7. February 5, 2008 - Indian state bans poultry trade to curb bird flu
  8. February 5, 2008 - India says bird flu outbreak in east contained
  9. February 6, 2008 - Bird flu spreads to urban Bangladesh, officials say
  10. February 6, 2008 - Bulgaria vulnerable to bird flu outbreaks
  11. February 6, 2008 - Turkey confirms bird flu in villages in northwest
  12. February 7, 2008 - Bangladesh raises compensation as bird flu spreads
  13. February 10, 2008 - Bird flu spreads to another Bangladesh district
Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Nature and nurture play role in mental illness
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Grapefruit Compound May Help Combat Hepatitis C Infection - also here, here
Background


Serotonin and mood disorders

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - Why Serotonin Can Cause Depression And Anxiety - also here
Background


Psoriasis

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - New findings show Enbrel significantly reduced levels of C-reactive protein
  2. February 4, 2008 - Ustekinumab Phase 3 data show long-term improvement of chronic plaque psoriasis
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. February 4, 2008 - New evidence of occupational cancers: fruit and veg growers, hairdressers among those at risk
  2. February 5, 2008 - New Urine Test Detects Prostate Cancer Better Than Other Methods, Study Suggests
  3. February 5, 2008 - Prostate Cancer Vaccine Effective In Mice, Study Shows
  4. February 5, 2008 - Unsuspected Protein Determines Resistance To Breast Cancer Treatment - also here
  5. February 5, 2008 - Vet Medicine Researcher Examines Link Between Cancer, Down Syndrome - also here, here
  6. February 5, 2008 - Positron Emission Tomography Superior To Standard Evaluation Tools In Measuring Treatment Response
  7. February 5, 2008 - Online tool supports more dialogue on prostate cancer risk - also here
  8. February 6, 2008 - Widespread Vitamin And Mineral Use Among Cancer Survivors: Benefits Of Such Use Remain Unclear
  9. February 6, 2008 - Gene plays 'Jekyll and Hyde' in brain cancer - also here
  10. February 7, 2008 - Deodorants, Coffee And Artificial Sweeteners Not Linked To Cancer, New Risk Assessment Tool Suggests - also here
  11. February 7, 2008 - Discovery Could Lead To Urine Test To Detect Cancer Early, Better Prevention
  12. February 7, 2008 - PET Outperforms CT In Characterization Of Lung Nodules, Study Shows - also here, here
  13. February 7, 2008 - Model Found To Determine Cause, Possible Treatment Of Nerve Tumors
  14. February 8, 2008 - Natural Secretion Marks Difference Between Mole And Melanoma
  15. February 8, 2008 - Less Invasive Method Provides Highly Accurate Means To Determine Lung Cancer Stage, Study Suggests - also here
  16. February 8, 2008 - Cells Identified That Cause Nervous System Disease
  17. February 9, 2008 - Smoking Increases Breast Cancer Risk Based On Genes, Study Shows
  18. February 10, 2008 - Studies detect slew of new genes for prostate risk
  19. February 10, 2008 - Experimental Anti-cancer Drug Reduces Tumor Growth And Tumor Volume In Mice
  20. February 10, 2008 - Prostate cancer screening 'hope'
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Experts: AIDS Vaccine Research Has "Lost Its Way"
  2. February 7, 2008 - Study says genetic trick slows AIDS virus growth
  3. February 8, 2008 - 'Good Bacteria' In Women Give Clues For Slowing HIV Transmission - also here
  4. February 10, 2008 - New discovery in battle against AIDS
  5. February 10, 2008 - Scientists identify new cellular receptor for HIV - also here, here
Background


Drug discovery

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Analysis Of Successful Drug Targets Could Hasten Development Of New Medications
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Folate Deficiency Associated With Tripling Of Dementia Risk, Study Shows - also here
  2. February 5, 2008 - Key vitamin deficiency linked to tripled risk of dementia: study
  3. February 6, 2008 - Unraveling Alzheimer's Disease Plaques
  4. February 6, 2008 - Window opened on Alzheimer's conundrum
  5. February 6, 2008 - Alzheimer plaques precede neuron damage
  6. February 8, 2008 - Alzheimer's-associated Plaques Can Form In A Day, And Alzheimer's Symptoms Soon Follow - also here
  7. February 8, 2008 - Moss protein plays role in Alzheimer's Disease
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Dietary Evidence For Prevention And Treatment Of Cardiovascular Disease
  2. February 6, 2008 - Daily Glass Of Beet Juice Can Beat High Blood Pressure, Study Shows - also here
  3. February 7, 2008 - Reduced "exercise capacity" an ominous sign
  4. February 8, 2008 - Novel Compound May Lessen Heart Attack Damage, Initial Tests Show - also here, here
Background


Depression, stress, and genetics

References:
  1. February 5, 2008 - Gene protects adults abused as children from depression - also here
  2. February 6, 2008 - Gene Variants Protect Against Adult Depression Triggered By Childhood Stress
Background


Gene therapy for prostate cancer

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Research On Gene And Radiation Therapy For Prostate Cancer Expands, Clinical Trials Starting - also here
Background, Background


Drug addiction

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Subconscious Signals Can Trigger Drug Craving
  2. February 7, 2008 - Brain Circuitry That Drives Drug-seeking Compulsion Identified - also here
Background, Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Novel Molecules Can Boost Vaccine Potency - also here
  2. February 7, 2008 - Tattooing improves response to DNA vaccine - also here, here
Background


Influenza

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - New Target For Preventing And Treating Flu Discovered
  2. February 7, 2008 - Chemists Track How Drug Changes, Blocks Flu Virus - also here
  3. February 8, 2008 - U.S. expresses concern about vaccine as flu cases up
  4. February 10, 2008 - For this year, flu vaccine experts guessed wrong
  5. February 18, 2008 - Flu Season and Vaccine Looking Worse - also here, here, here, here
Background


Obesity, appetite, leptin, and genetics

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Obesity May Be Wired In The Brain, Rat Study Suggests - also here
Background


Cancer vaccines

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Resisting Lung Cancer Recurrence: Vaccine Booster Gives Persistent Immune Response - also here
Background, Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Treating Advanced Parkinson's: New Research Points To Serotonin - also here
  2. February 9, 2008 - High Blood Pressure Pill Cuts Risk Of Parkinson's Disease - also here
Background


Hyperlipidemia

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Disrupted genetic regulation causes common disturbance in metabolism of fat - also here, here
Background, Background


Health benefits of whole grains

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Whole grain diets lower risk of chronic disease - also here, here
  2. February 20, 2008 - Whole grains may curb belly fat, inflammation
Background, Background, Background


Antioxidants

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Button mushrooms contain as much anti-oxidants as expensive ones - also here
Background


Autism

References:
  1. February 6, 2008 - Brain study suggests way to measure, treat autism
  2. February 9, 2008 - Thin Bones Seen In Boys With Autism And Autism Spectrum Disorder
  3. February 10, 2008 - Poor Recognition Of 'Self' Found In High Functioning People With Autism - also here, here
Background


Childhood obesity

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Nature tops nurture in childhood obesity: study - also here
  2. February 7, 2008 - Obesity 'may be largely genetic'
  3. February 8, 2008 - Reduced Sleep Can Increase Childhood Obesity Risk - also here
Background


Diabetes and cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Diabetes And Cardiovascular Disease Trial Involving Intensively Lower Blood Glucose Stopped For Risk Of Death - also here, here
  2. February 7, 2008 - Claim: Diabetes study increases death risk
  3. February 8, 2008 - Deaths Partially Halt Diabetes Study - also here, here, here
Background, Background


Malaria

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Vitamin A And Zinc Supplement May Help Protect Children From Malaria, Study Suggests - also here, here
Background


Muscle and fat

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - 'Weight Training' Reduces Fat And Improve Metabolism In Mice - also here, here
Background


Antidepressants

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Antidepressants That Are More Efficient And Faster
  2. February 8, 2008 - Depressed Mice Reveal Critical Chemical Pathway For Treatment
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - Bone Marrow Stem Cell Release Regulated By Brain's Biological Clock
  2. February 8, 2008 - Carbohydrate Regulates Stem Cell Potency
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. February 7, 2008 - New direction for gene therapy
Background


Excess body fat

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Body fat determines need for weight loss
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. February 8, 2008 - Impaired Fat-burning Gene Worsens Diabetes, Study Shows - also here
Background


Bipolar disorder

References:
  1. February 10, 2008 - Chemical Signature Of Manic Depression Discovered - also here, here
Background, Background


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