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Volume 11, Number 1
January 2, 2012


Physical sciences
Technology
Life sciences
Neuroscience, psychology, behavior
Health and medicine
Physical sciences

Global warming
Topology in condensed matter systems
Dark energy
Star-forming regions
Aerosols
Dark matter
Possible superluminal neutrinos
Magellanic Clouds
Dwarf galaxies with star streams
Rapidly rotating star
Extrasolar planets

Technology

Quantum computing
Graphene

Life sciences

Chromosome fragility
Climate change and mammalian evolution
Evolution of walking
Oxidative stress and DNA repair
Ric-8 and G-protein coupled receptors

Neuroscience, psychology, and behavior

Learning
Schizophrenia
Long-term memory, attention, and perception
Glia, learning, and memory
Ape decision-making

Health and medicine

Cancer
Eczema
Cancer vaccines
Obesity
Cardiovascular disease
AIDS
Diabetes
Diet and cognitive aging
Tuberculosis



Physical sciences


Global warming

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - France has had hottest year since 1900
  2. December 31, 2011 - 2011 Britain's second warmest year on record
Background


Topology in condensed matter systems

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - Flux flow reverses for lattice bosons in a magnetic field
Background


Dark energy

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - Is dark energy changing over time?
Background


Star-forming regions

References:
  1. December 28, 2011 - Wreath Nebula
Background


Aerosols

References:
  1. December 28, 2011 - Cloud droplets, ready for prime time
Background


Dark matter

References:
  1. December 29, 2011 - Dark Transmissions
Background


Possible superluminal neutrinos

References:
  1. December 30, 2011 - Neutrino parents call into question faster-than-light results
Background


Magellanic Clouds

References:
  1. December 30, 2011 - Milky Way's Large Companion Galaxies Stand Out
Background


Dwarf galaxies with star streams

References:
  1. December 30, 2011 - Little galaxies are big on dark matter
Background, Background


Rapidly rotating star

References:
  1. December 30, 2011 - Space Image: Fastest rotating star found in neighboring galaxy
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. December 30, 2011 - Subaru's sharp eye confirms signs of unseen planets in the dust ring of HR 4796 A
Background



Technology


Quantum computing

References:
  1. December 29, 2011 - Mind the Gap
Background


Graphene

References:
  1. December 30, 2011 - Graphene offers protection from intense laser pulses
Background



Life sciences


Chromosome fragility

References:
  1. December 26, 2011 - New light shed on chromosome fragility
Background


Climate change and mammalian evolution

References:
  1. December 26, 2011 - Over 65 million years North American mammal evolution has tracked with climate change
Background


Evolution of walking

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - A new theory emerges for where some fish became four-limbed creatures
Background


Oxidative stress and DNA repair

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - Oxidative DNA damage repair
Background


Ric-8 and G-protein coupled receptors

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - Scientists fixate on Ric-8 to understand trafficking of popular drug receptor targets
Background



Neuroscience, psychology, and behavior


Learning

References:
  1. December 26, 2011 - Staggered lessons may work better
  2. December 26, 2011 - Sea snails help researchers explore a way to enhance memory
Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - Schizophrenia: when experience doesn't help social interaction
  2. December 28, 2011 - Scientists discover a brain cell malfunction in schizophrenia
Background


Long-term memory, attention, and perception

References:
  1. December 28, 2011 - Long-term memory sets the stage for visual perception
Background, Background, Background


Glia, learning, and memory

References:
  1. December 29, 2011 - Brain's Connective Cells Are Much More Than Glue: Glia Cells Also Regulate Learning and Memory - also here, here
Background


Ape decision-making

References:
  1. December 29, 2011 - Great apes make sophisticated decisions
Background



Health and medicine


Cancer

References:
  1. December 26, 2011 - Record reaction cascade yields cancer drug candidate
  2. December 28, 2011 - Avastin disappoints against ovarian cancer - also here
  3. December 28, 2011 - Ovarian cancer study proves drug delays disease progression, may improve survival
  4. December 28, 2011 - Targeted therapy extends progression-free survival of patients with advanced ovarian cancer
  5. December 28, 2011 - Panels recommend gearing back on prostate-cancer screenings, cancer
  6. December 29, 2011 - New findings provide more complete picture of kidney cancer
  7. December 29, 2011 - Gene identified in increasing pancreatic cancer risk
Background


Eczema

References:
  1. December 26, 2011 - Three new eczema genes discovered
Background


Cancer vaccines

References:
  1. December 26, 2011 - Researchers shorten time for manufacturing of personalized ovarian cancer vaccine
Background, Background


Obesity

References:
  1. December 26, 2011 - Study links quality of mother-toddler relationship to teen obesity
  2. December 27, 2011 - How obesity alters the brain area involved in body weight control
  3. December 29, 2011 - Evidence found for brain injury in diet-induced obesity
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - Mutation in gene that's critical for human development linked to arrhythmia
  2. December 27, 2011 - Beneficial or not beneficial: that is the question for IL-1 inhibition in atherosclerosis
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. December 27, 2011 - Another potential obstacle to developing an HIV vaccine
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. December 28, 2011 - Innovative approach successfully maps susceptibility to type 2 diabetes
  2. December 30, 2011 - Researchers identify lipid profile characteristic of newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes
Background


Diet and cognitive aging

References:
  1. December 28, 2011 - Diet, nutrient levels linked to cognitive ability, brain shrinkage
Background, Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. December 28, 2011 - Study suggests new way to ensure effectiveness of TB treatment
Background


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