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Weekly PLoS ONE News and Blog Round-Up

In this week’s PLoS ONE media digest: soccer, Komod dragons, Vesuvius erruption, ants using Velcro, organic pesticides, cancer diagnosis by digital camera, and much more:

Quantifying the Performance of Individual Players in a Team Activity by Duch et al, was covered by UPI, Washington Post, National Geographic, Chicago Sun-Times, Forbes, MSNBC, Media Newswire, AP, LiveScience and AFP.

Deathly Drool: Evolutionary and Ecological Basis of Septic Bacteria in Komodo Dragon Mouths by Bull et al., was blogged by NeuroDojo, Neurotopia, Mike the Mad Biologist and right here at everyONE.

Lethal Thermal Impact at Periphery of Pyroclastic Surges: Evidences at Pompeii by Mastrolorenzo et al, was covered by Greg Laden, io9 and here at everyONE blog.

Arboreal Ants Use the “Velcro® Principle” to Capture Very Large Prey, by Dejean et al, was covered by Ars Technica, LiveScience and Wired Science.

Choosing Organic Pesticides over Synthetic Pesticides May Not Effectively Mitigate Environmental Risk in Soybeans by Bahlai et al, was covered at CBC, GuelphNow, Alberta Express, Nutritional Blogma, Sify news, Phased and Journal Watch Online.

A Fiber-Optic Fluorescence Microscope Using a Consumer-Grade Digital Camera for In Vivo Cellular Imaging by Shin et al, was covered at, Scope, ShutterVoice, UPI, HealthJockey, DNAIndia and OneIndia.

Location-Specific Responses to Thermal Stress in Larvae of the Reef-Building Coral Montastraea faveolata by Polato et al, was highlited in Physorg, UPI and Our Amazing Planet.

Do Ravens Show Consolation? Responses to Distressed Others by Fraser and Bugnyar was covered at Living the Scientific Life and Scepticon

A Locomotor Innovation Enables Water-Land Transition in a Marine Fish by Hsieh was discussed at NeuroDojo.

The Brain Functional Networks Associated to Human and Animal Suffering Differ among Omnivores, Vegetarians and Vegans by Filippi et al., was covered at Scepticon (NZ sciblogs), Scepticon and The Neurocritic.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST398 in Veal Calf Farming: Human MRSA Carriage Related with Animal Antimicrobial Usage and Farm Hygiene by Graveland et al., was covered by Emerging Health Threats Forum.

Sexual Dimorphism of the Zebra Finch Syrinx Indicates Adaptation for High Fundamental Frequencies in Males by Riede et al, was covered by Salt Lake Tribune and RedOrbit.

The Political Gender Gap: Gender Bias in Facial Inferences that Predict Voting Behavior by Chiao et al, was covered at The Psychology of Beauty.

Metabolic State Alters Economic Decision Making under Risk in Humans by Symmonds et al, was covered at Economix (NYTimes blog).

Rhythmicity in Mice Selected for Extremes in Stress Reactivity: Behavioural, Endocrine and Sleep Changes Resembling Endophenotypes of Major Depression by Touma et al, was covered at Brain Posts.

Thinking Outside a Less Intact Box: Thalamic Dopamine D2 Receptor Densities Are Negatively Related to Psychometric Creativity in Healthy Individuals by de Manzano et al, was covered at Science and Reason.

The discussion of Prestige Affects Cultural Learning in Chimpanzees by Horner et al, continues on The Primate Diaries and HealthCanal.

Evolution of DNA Replication Protein Complexes in Eukaryotes and Archaea by Chia et al, was covered by Lab Rat.

Marine Reserves Enhance the Recovery of Corals on Caribbean Reefs by Mumby and Harborne, was covered at Ars Technica.

Can Preening Contribute to Influenza A Virus Infection in Wild Waterbirds? by Delogu et al, was covered at Journal Watch Online and CIDRAP.

Evolutionary Dead End in the Galápagos: Divergence of Sexual Signals in the Rarest of Darwin’s Finches by Brumm et al, was covered at Ars Technica.

Testing Evolutionary and Dispersion Scenarios for the Settlement of the New World by Hubbe et al, was discussed on, Softpedia and ScienceNOW.

Integrative Approach to Quality Assessment of Medical Journals Using Impact Factor, Eigenfactor, and Article Influence Scores by Rizkallah and Sin was referred to at O’Really?

The Lagoon at Caroline/Millennium Atoll, Republic of Kiribati: Natural History of a Nearly Pristine Ecosystem by Barott et al, was covered at Practical Fishkeeping.

Detection of Large Numbers of Novel Sequences in the Metatranscriptomes of Complex Marine Microbial Communities by Gilbert et al, was blogged by Lab Rat.

Metabolic State Alters Economic Decision Making under Risk in Humans by Symmonds et al., was covered at BPS Research Digest.

Serum S100B: A Potential Biomarker for Suicidality in Adolescents? by Falcone et al, was noted by Phased.

CD8+ T Cell Priming by Dendritic Cell Vaccines Requires Antigen Transfer to Endogenous Antigen Presenting Cells by Yewdall et al, was blogged at Mystery Rays from Outer Space.

Phytoplankton Biogeography and Community Stability in the Ocean by Cermeno et al, was covered by Culturing Science.

Ecosystem Carbon Stock Influenced by Plantation Practice: Implications for Planting Forests as a Measure of Climate Change Mitigation by Liao et al, was covered by Conservation Maven.

Coevolution in Action: Disruptive Selection on Egg Colour in an Avian Brood Parasite and Its Host by Yang et al, was discusses on Denim and Tweed.

Genetic Divergence across Habitats in the Widespread Coral Seriatopora hystrix and Its Associated Symbiodinium by Bongaerts et al, was covered in Practical Fishkeeping.

Lowering β-Amyloid Levels Rescues Learning and Memory in a Down Syndrome Mouse Model by Netzer et al, was blogged on Phased.

Marginal Eyespots on Butterfly Wings Deflect Bird Attacks Under Low Light Intensities with UV Wavelengths by Olofsson et al, was covered by Conservation Maven.

SUBTLEX-CH: Chinese Word and Character Frequencies Based on Film Subtitles by Cai and Brysbaert was written about by Greg Laden.

Comparative Influence of Ocean Conditions on Yellowfin and Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Catch from Longlines in the Gulf of Mexico by Tao and Block was covered at Living the Scientific Life.

Follow-Up of Patients with Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis Four Years after Standardized First-Line Drug Treatment by He et al, was covered by International Health Research.

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