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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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  • October 12, 2009
  • 12:45 PM
  • 685 views

An Unrecognized Type of Chemical Bonding

by Michael Long in Phased

Sason Shaik (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and coworkers have reviewed a type of chemical bonding that is generally unknown to the scientific community, emphasizing that even concepts thought to be resolved long ago are always open to question and revision. This news feature was written on October 12, 2009.... Read more »

Shaik, S., Danovich, D., Wu, W., & Hiberty, P. C. (2009) Charge-shift bonding and its manifestations in chemistry. Nature Chemistry, 1(6), 443-449. DOI: 10.1038/nchem.327  

  • October 11, 2009
  • 03:10 PM
  • 482 views

Ultrasound Facilitates Molecular-Based Cancer Diagnosis

by Michael Long in Phased

Sanjiv Gambhir, Gary Glazer (Stanford University, California) and coworkers have used low-frequency ultrasound to enhance cancer biomarker levels in blood, while also providing information on the location of the tumor. This news feature was written on October 11, 2009.... Read more »

D'Souza, A. L., Tseng, J. R., Pauly, K. B., Guccione, S., Rosenberg, J., Gambhir, S. S., & Glazer, G. M. (2009) From the Cover: A strategy for blood biomarker amplification and localization using ultrasound. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(40), 17152-17157. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0903437106  

  • October 10, 2009
  • 08:35 PM
  • 570 views

Easily Detecting Fake Antimalaria Drugs

by Michael Long in Phased

Jean-Robert Ioset and Harparkash Kaur (London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine) have developed a quality control assay for antimalaria drugs that is suitable for use in the field and in remote locations. This news feature was written on October 10, 2009.... Read more »

  • October 10, 2009
  • 01:00 PM
  • 627 views

A Racial- and Class-Based Solution for Private Environmental Conservation Efforts

by Michael Long in Phased

Patricia Zaradic (Red Rock Institute, Pennsylvania) and coworkers suggest that large non-governmental environmental conservation organizations need to recruit people other than rich white folk to their cause if they want to remain financially viable in the long-term. This news feature was written on October 10, 2009.... Read more »

  • October 4, 2009
  • 08:30 PM
  • 581 views

Identifying Pigments for Preserving Artwork

by Michael Long in Phased

Richard Van Duyne (Northwestern University, Illinois) and coworkers have utilized surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy towards characterizing dyes in artwork, for the purposes of artist identification and preservation. This news feature was written on October 4, 2009.... Read more »

Brosseau, C. L, Rayner, K. S., Casadio, F., Grzywacz, C. M., & Van Duyne, R. P. (2009) Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: A Direct Method to Identify Colorants in Various Artist Media. Analytical Chemistry, 81(17), 7443-7447. DOI: 10.1021/ac901219m  

  • September 27, 2009
  • 01:30 PM
  • 601 views

Violating the Principles of Open Access

by Michael Long in Phased

Caroline Savage and Andrew Vickers (Memorial-Sloan Cancer Research Center, New York) have shown that many scientists who publish in technical science journals, under an open access agreement, are noncompliant with explicit data sharing requirements. This news feature was written on September 27, 2009.... Read more »

  • September 12, 2009
  • 06:55 PM
  • 692 views

The Cost and Duration of Drug Discovery Must Decrease

by Michael Long in Phased

Ray Dorsey (University of Rochester, New York) and coworkers have shown that biomedical scientists are not making optimal use of the money they receive for research. This news feature was written on September 12, 2009.... Read more »

Dorsey, E. R., Thompson, J. P., Carrasco, M., de Roulet, J., Vitticore, P., Nicholson, S., Johnston, S. C., Holloway, R. G, & Moses III, H. (2009) Financing of U.S. Biomedical Research and New Drug Approvals across Therapeutic Areas. PLoS ONE, 4(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007015  

  • September 11, 2009
  • 04:50 PM
  • 781 views

Rugged Enzymes for Chemical Synthesis

by Michael Long in Phased

Zhi Li (National University of Singapore) and coworkers have enhanced the utility of enzymes for chemical synthesis, through the aid of metal nanoparticles. This news feature was written on September 11, 2009.... Read more »

  • September 10, 2009
  • 08:30 PM
  • 750 views

Microalgae: Biodiesel Factories of the Future?

by Michael Long in Phased

Laurent Lardon (INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research) and coworkers have investigated the prospects of harvesting microalgae as biodiesel production factories, and recommend technical improvements necessary to improve their fuel production efficiency and reduce their environmental impact. This news feature was written on September 10, 2009.... Read more »

Lardon, L., Hélias, A., Sialve, B., Steyer, J. P., & Bernard, O. (2009) Life-Cycle Assessment of Biodiesel Production from Microalgae. Environmental Science , 43(17), 6475-6481. DOI: 10.1021/es900705j  

  • September 3, 2009
  • 04:05 PM
  • 953 views

Towards Cheap, Efficient Solar Cells

by Michael Long in Phased

Brian Krogel (University of Texas at Austin) and coworkers have worked towards developing efficient solar cells via cheap materials and protocols. This news feature was written on September 3, 2009.... Read more »

Steinhagen, C., Panthani, M. G, Akhavan, V., Goodfellow, B., Koo, B., & Korgel, B. A. (2009) Synthesis of Cu2ZnSnS4 Nanocrystals for Use in Low-Cost Photovoltaics . Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(35), 12554-12555. DOI: 10.1021/ja905922j  

  • August 31, 2009
  • 02:45 PM
  • 664 views

Using Chemistry to Track the Source of Seized Methamphetamine

by Michael Long in Phased

Niamh Daeid (University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom) and coworkers have identified the chemical impurities which arise from different synthetic routes to methamphetamine, aiding efforts aimed at drug network disruption. This news feature was written on August 31, 2009.... Read more »

  • August 31, 2009
  • 11:15 AM
  • 679 views

Cautionary Note on the Toxicity of Titanium Oxide Nanofilaments

by Michael Long in Phased

Arnaud Magrez (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland), Beat Schwaller (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), and coworkers have shown that titanium nanofilaments can be toxic, serving as a further warning that the toxicity of nanomaterials needs to be fully investigated for the sake of public health and the environment. This news feature was written on August 31, 2009.... Read more »

Magrez, A., Horváth, L., Smajda, R., Salicio, V., Pasquier, N., Forró, L., & Schwaller, B. (2009) Cellular Toxicity of TiO2-Based Nanofilaments. ACS Nano, 3(8), 2274-2280. DOI: 10.1021/nn9002067  

  • August 30, 2009
  • 10:15 AM
  • 844 views

Mucus Promotes Biochemical Reactions

by Michael Long in Phased

Michael Gozin (Tel Aviv University) and coworkers have shown that proteins in mucus promote biochemical reactions under physiological conditions, possibly overturning the assumption that the only role of the mucosal barrier is to provide physical protection for organs. This news feature was written on August 30, 2009.... Read more »

Shraga, N., Belgorodsky, B., & Gozin, M. (2009) Organic Reactions Promoted by Mucin Glycoproteins. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(34), 12074-12075. DOI: 10.1021/ja9040626  

  • August 21, 2009
  • 03:15 PM
  • 661 views

Single Cell Analyses on a Limited Budget

by Michael Long in Phased

Shih-hui Chao (Arizona State University) and coworkers have developed a cheap, easy technique to pattern arrays of individual cells, which are required to extract useful biological information that would be lost in the average behavior of a large population of cells. This news feature was written on August 21, 2009.... Read more »

  • August 21, 2009
  • 12:30 PM
  • 701 views

Improving the Efficacy of a Common Medical Diagnostics Tool

by Michael Long in Phased

Tania Vu (Oregon Health and Science University) and coworkers have improved the efficacy of western blotting, a technique widely utilized in medical and biological laboratories for cheaply and reliably quantitating protein concentrations in blood serum and cell extracts. This news feature was written on August 21, 2009.... Read more »

  • August 20, 2009
  • 04:20 PM
  • 896 views

Biodiesel Production Aided by a Shrimp Shell Catalyst

by Michael Long in Phased

Xinsheng Zheng (Hua Zhong Agriculture University, China) and coworkers have shown that the environmental impact of biodiesel production can be reduced today via a catalyst based on shrimp shells. This news feature was written on August 20, 2009.... Read more »

Yang, L., Zhang, A., & Zheng, X. (2009) Shrimp Shell Catalyst for Biodiesel Production. Energy , 23(8), 3859-3865. DOI: 10.1021/ef900273y  

  • August 20, 2009
  • 01:40 PM
  • 723 views

Cheap and Easy Chromium Ion Detection in Water

by Michael Long in Phased

Yuqing Wu (State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, China) and coworkers have developed a cheap, easy-to-use sensor for chromium ions in water, which can conceivably be rejiggered to detect other toxic metal ions besides chromium. This news feature was written on August 20, 2009.... Read more »

  • August 20, 2009
  • 11:35 AM
  • 695 views

Retaining Protein Biological Activity on Magnetic Nanoparticles

by Michael Long in Phased

Shik Tsang (University of Oxford, United Kingdom) and coworkers have developed an easy, versatile method for preparing protein-coated nanoparticles that retains the function of the protein, rendering these constructs more useful for biological applications. This news feature was written on August 20, 2009.... Read more »

  • August 19, 2009
  • 05:15 PM
  • 676 views

Improving the Efficiency of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

by Michael Long in Phased

Neil Pschirer (BASF Research, Germany), Gerrit Boschloo (Uppsala University, Sweden), and coworkers have improved the power conversion efficiency of solid-state solar cells that utilize derivatives of the cheap, stable, light-absorbing molecule perylene. This news feature was written on August 19, 2009.... Read more »

Cappel, U. B., Karlsson, M. H., Pschirer, N. G., Eickemeyer, F., Schöneboom, J., Erk, P., Boschloo, G., & Hagfeldt, A. (2009) A Broadly Absorbing Perylene Dye for Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113(33), 14595-14597. DOI: 10.1021/jp906409q  

  • August 16, 2009
  • 02:45 PM
  • 596 views

Long-Term Automated Probing of Insulin Waves in Living Cells

by Michael Long in Phased

Kendra Reid and Robert Kennedy (University of Michigan) have begun to unravel the biochemical basis of one of the physiological changes observed in diabetics which has thus far evaded characterization. This news feature was written on August 16, 2009.... Read more »

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