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Phased presents science journalism written for a lay audience, intending to cover technical subjects in an accessible manner. It covers science directly from the technical literature, and a wide range of subject areas.

Michael Long
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  • September 9, 2010
  • 06:30 PM
  • 685 views

Predicting Drug Tolerance via Biochemical Feedback Elucidation

by Michael Long in Phased

Peer Bork (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany) and coworkers' computational analysis suggests that at least 8% of proteins are subject to drug-induced feedback loops, and therefore less susceptible to effective drug targeting. This news feature was written on September 9, 2010.... Read more »

Iskar, M., Campillos, M., Kuhn, M., Jensen, L. J., van Noort, V., & Bork, P. (2010) Drug-Induced Regulation of Target Expression. PLoS Computational Biology, 6(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000925  

  • September 9, 2010
  • 10:58 AM
  • 471 views

The Younger Dryas Cooling was Limited to the Northern Hemisphere

by Michael Long in Phased

Michael Kaplan (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States) and coworkers report that the dramatic Younger Dryas cooling in the Northern Hemisphere was not manifested globally. This news feature was written on September 9, 2010.... Read more »

Kaplan, M. R., Schaefer, J. M., Denton, G. H., Barrell, D. J. A., Chinn, T. J. H., Putnam, A. E., Andersen, B. G., Finkel, R. C., Schwartz, R., & Doughty, A. M. (2010) Glacier retreat in New Zealand during the Younger Dryas stadial. Nature, 467(7312), 194-197. DOI: 10.1038/nature09313  

  • September 7, 2010
  • 07:50 PM
  • 555 views

Detecting Explosives with Nematodes

by Michael Long in Phased

Stephen Trowell (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Entomology and Food Futures Flagship, Australia) and coworkers have shown that nematodes exhibit a selective positive chemotaxis response to airborne cyclohexanone, a solvent present in some explosives, in at least the low parts per million range. This news feature was written on September 7, 2010.... Read more »

  • September 5, 2010
  • 01:45 PM
  • 656 views

Antibiotic Resistance via Bacterial Charity

by Michael Long in Phased

James Collins (Boston University, United States) and coworkers have investigated the basis of antibiotic resistance from a communal perspective. This news feature was written on September 5, 2010.... Read more »

Lee H. H., Molla M. N., Cantor C. R., & Collins J. J. (2010) Bacterial charity work leads to population-wide resistance. Nature, 467(7311), 82-5. PMID: 20811456  

  • September 2, 2010
  • 11:33 AM
  • 540 views

Racial Bias of Adult Sensitivity to Infant Facial Care-Seeking Cues

by Michael Long in Phased

John Hodsoll (Queen Mary University, United Kingdom) and coworkers have shown that preferential adult attention to infant facial features is affected by the race of the infant relative to that of the adult, suggesting an influence of experience and environment. This news feature was written on September 2, 2010.... Read more »

Hodsoll, J., Quinn, K. A., & Hodsoll, S. (2010) Attentional Prioritization of Infant Faces Is Limited to Own-Race Infants. PLoS ONE, 5(9). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0012509

  • August 31, 2010
  • 08:50 PM
  • 399 views

Seabird Bycatch via Deep Sea Longlines is Vastly Understated

by Michael Long in Phased

Eric Gilman (Hawaii Pacific University, United States) and coworkers' 15-year study strongly suggests that deep sea longlines understate seabird bycatch by approximately 50%, reinforcing the serious threat to birds posed by longline fisheries. This news feature was written on August 31, 2010.... Read more »

Brothers, N., Duckworth, A. R., Safina, C., & Gilman, E. L. (2010) Seabird Bycatch in Pelagic Longline Fisheries Is Grossly Underestimated when Using Only Haul Data. PLoS ONE, 5(8). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0012491

  • August 30, 2010
  • 10:05 PM
  • 687 views

All Thirteen Priority Elemental Pollutants Emitted via Oil Sand Extraction

by Michael Long in Phased

David Schindler (University of Alberta, Canada) and coworkers have thoroughly destroyed the claim that oil sand extraction, as currently practiced, is safe for the environment. This news feature was written on August 30, 2010.... Read more »

Kellya, E. N., Schindlera, D. W., Hodsonb, P. V., Shortc, J. W., Radmanovicha, R., & Nielsena, C. C. (2010) Oil sands development contributes elements toxic at low concentrations to the Athabasca River and its tributaries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1008754107

  • August 29, 2010
  • 04:45 PM
  • 840 views

A Mathematical Description of Cell Aggregate Mechanical Deformation

by Michael Long in Phased

Luigi Preziosi (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) and coworkers have developed a mathematical model for the mechanical stress experienced by cell aggregates, relevant to cellular function in normal health (blood flow) and disease (cancer). This news feature was written on August 29, 2010.... Read more »

Preziosi, L., Ambrosi, D., & Verdier, C. (2010) An elasto-visco-plastic model of cell aggregates. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 262(1), 35-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.08.023  

  • August 28, 2010
  • 03:40 PM
  • 462 views

Social vs Physical Causality Cognition in Chimpanzees and Bonobos

by Michael Long in Phased

Esther Herrmann (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany) and coworkers have found that, relative to each other, bonobos possess a superior grasp of social causality, while chimpanzees possess a superior grasp of physical causality. This news feature was written on August 28, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 26, 2010
  • 07:20 PM
  • 583 views

Improved Protein Minimotif Prediction for Drug Development

by Michael Long in Phased

Sanguthevar Rajasekaran (University of Connecticut, United States), Martin Schiller (University of Nevada Las Vegas, United States), and coworkers have improved upon Minimotif Miner computer software for predicting functional relationships among proteins, relevant to drug discovery. This news feature was written on August 26, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 25, 2010
  • 06:50 PM
  • 758 views

Correlating Drug Side Effects, Biochemical Pathways, and Diseases

by Michael Long in Phased

The computational model of Izhar Wallach, Navdeep Jaitly, and Ryan Lilien (Unversity of Toronto, Canada) will accelerate drug development, and help scientists understand the origin of adverse drug side effects. This news feature was written on August 25, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 24, 2010
  • 08:15 PM
  • 365 views

Ant Nestmate Recognition is Fast and Dynamic with Minimal Neural Processing

by Michael Long in Phased

Nathalie Stroeymeyt (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and coworkers have shown that ant chemical recognition of nestmates can be fast, is adaptable to evolving conditions, and does not require extensive neural processing. This news feature was written on August 24, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 23, 2010
  • 09:05 PM
  • 688 views

A Web Server for Identifying the "Hot Spot" of Protein-Protein Interfaces

by Michael Long in Phased

Narcis Fernandez-Fuentes (University of Leeds, United Kingdom) and coworkers' web server will greatly accelerate the development of drugs which target protein-protein interfaces. This news feature was written on August 23, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 23, 2010
  • 04:00 PM
  • 476 views

Why Do Orb-Weaving Spiders Decorate Their Webs?

by Michael Long in Phased

Daiqin Li (National University of Singapore) and coworkers have shown that silk decorations help orb-weaving spiders attract prey, although the jury is still out on the effect of dead plant matter decorations and their effect on predator defense. This news feature was written on August 23, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 21, 2010
  • 01:20 PM
  • 404 views

Reef Heterogeneity Can Mask No-Take Marine Reserve Efficacy

by Michael Long in Phased

Brittany Huntington (University of Miami, United States) and coworkers have disentangled the complexity underlying a rigorous evaluation of no-take marine reserve efficacy, demonstrating conservation benefits that are commonly overlooked. This news feature was written on August 21, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 20, 2010
  • 04:10 PM
  • 889 views

Genome-Scale Epigenetic Marker Detection Across Populations

by Michael Long in Phased

Lior Pachter (University of California at Berkeley, United States) and coworkers have developed MetMap software for uncovering epigenetic data hidden by standard MethylSeq analysis, which will advance our understanding of the role of epigenetics in human health and medicine. This news feature was written on August 20, 2010.... Read more »

Singer, M., Boffelli, D., Dhahbi, J., Schoenhuth, A., Schroth, G. P., Martin, D. I. K., & Pachter, L. (2010) MetMap Enables Genome-Scale Methyltyping for Determining Methylation States in Populations. PLoS Computational Biology, 6(8). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000888  

  • August 18, 2010
  • 09:20 PM
  • 560 views

PAINTing Individual Protein Molecules in Neural Synapses

by Michael Long in Phased

Laurent Cognet (Universite de Bordeaux, France) and coworkers have used PAINT microscopy to track tens of thousands of protein binding events in cell membranes within a few minutes, extremely useful for unraveling secrets of cell membrane physiology. This news feature was written on August 18, 2010.... Read more »

Giannone, G., Hosy, E., Levet, F., Constals, A., Schulze, K., Sobolevsky, A. I., Rosconi, M. P., Gouaux, E., TampĂ©, R., & Choquet, D. (2010) Dynamic Superresolution Imaging of Endogenous Proteins on Living Cells at Ultra-High Density. Biophysical Journal, 99(4), 1303-1310. DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2010.06.005  

  • August 18, 2010
  • 03:00 PM
  • 464 views

Direct Yearly Cost of Scientific Misconduct in the United States May Exceed $100 Million USD

by Michael Long in Phased

Arthur Michalek (Roswell Park Cancer Institute, United States) and coworkers show that scientific misconduct costs a tremendous amount of money, and is definitely not a "victimless crime." This news feature was written on August 18, 2010.... Read more »

  • August 17, 2010
  • 03:25 PM
  • 506 views

The Future of Scientific Research in the United States

by Michael Long in Phased

Is science "unimportant" to your life? Really? Eugene Kolker (Seattle Children's Research Institute, United States) and coworkers have shown that science and engineering research, critical for the advancement of human civilization, has recently been dominated by the United States, but faces increasing competition from the European Union and China. This news feature was written on August 17, 2010.... Read more »

Hather, G. J., Haynes, W., Higdon, R., Kolker, N., Stewart, E. A., Arzberger, P., Chain, P., Field, D., Franza, B. R., Lin, B.... (2010) The United States of America and Scientific Research. PLoS ONE, 5(8). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012203  

  • August 16, 2010
  • 01:30 PM
  • 454 views

Epigenetics of Blood Stem Cell Differentiation

by Michael Long in Phased

Andrew Feinberg (John Hopkins University, United States) and coworkers have investigated the epigenetic basis of blood stem cell differentiation into leukocytes and lymphocytes. This news feature was written on August 16, 2010.... Read more »

Ji, H., Ehrlich, L. I. R., Seita, J., Murakami, P., Doi, A., Lindau, P., Lee, H., Aryee, M. J., Irizarry, R. A., Kim, K.... (2010) Comprehensive methylome map of lineage commitment from haematopoietic progenitors. Nature. info:/10.1038/nature09367

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