It's a short week because of the holiday, but I still have a few science stocking stuffers for you:
TU scientists in Nature: Better control of building blocks for quantum computer
Turning fat cells into stem cells
Ever-sharp urchin teeth may yield tools that never need honing
Genome of extinct Siberian cave-dweller linked to modern-day humans
Can human athletic performance improve indefinitely?
Using cornstarch to stop oil spills
Making UV lasers
Genomes while you wait
Electronic nose detects cancer
Taking plasmon lasers out of deep freeze
And to celebrate the holiday, here's Straight No Chaser singing -- or trying to sing--"The Twelve Days of Christmas." We got to see them perform this live a couple of weeks ago:
Happy holidays, everyone! Please stop by next week if you have time to revisit the Best of Blog Chain before I wrap up the year.