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February 2009 from Clarivate Analytics takes you behind the scenes of highly cited research in these interviews, essays, and rankings featuring researchers in a variety of fields. Author commentaries come from all areas of There are also interviews with authors featured within every Special Topic and corresponding Research Front Map. In addition, there are comments from authors who have papers featured in Emerging Research Fronts, Fast-Moving Fronts, New Hot Papers, Fast-Breaking Papers, Current Classics, and Top Topics. Search for an author by year, month, or alphabetically.

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Akyildiz February 2009
Ian F. Akyildiz, & Tommaso Melodia; "after discussing futuristic applications of WMNSs, we analyze the state of the art in algorithms, protocols, and hardware for wireless multimedia sensor networks, and discuss open research issues in detail. Furthermore, we discuss architectures for WMSNs..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Belz February 2009
Regina G. Belz; "The prospect of "crops that fight weeds," in terms of crop plants that exude natural herbicides to suppress competing weeds, is attracting increased attention. The potential economic and environmental benefits may be striking if this trait is exploited in much the same way as defense..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
February 2009
Ewan Birney; "ENCODE was one of a series of projects that followed on the human genome project. At the end of 2003, people knew the human genome was going to be finished; they knew the path forward for the mouse and rat genomes. There was a kind of logical follow-up for other important organisms. The question..."
Science Watch® Newsletter Interview
Brooker The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.February 2009
Rob W. Brooker; "The paper focuses on facilitative (i.e., beneficial) plant-plant interactions. Over the last 10 to 15 years, this topic has received increasing interest in the field of plant ecology, and facilitative interactions are now recognized as important processes in many plant communities..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Chiverrell February 2009
Richard C. Chiverrell; "The paper examines an issue identified in the geomorphological development of upland northwest Britain, in which there appears to have been a significant increase in hillslope instability in the last 3,000 years. The paper presents new data that place this interpretation..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Dai The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.February 2009
Liming Dai; "In our paper, we demonstrated that vertically-aligned single-walled carbon nanotube arrays can be used for a successful synthetic approach to mimic gecko foot-hairs to develop advanced dry adhesives with fairly reversible semiconducting behaviors under load and provide an excellent..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
DeMott February 2009
Paul J. DeMott; "the paper highlighted a growing recognition that mineral dusts may play complex roles in affecting climate, due not only to their impacts on radiative transfer but also due to their action as favored nuclei for forming warm and cold clouds. Our paper confirmed, through actual airborne..."
Emerging Research Front, February 2009
Devereaux February 2009
Philip J. Devereaux; "...substantial advances in noncardiac surgery (i.e., all surgeries except surgeries performed directly on the heart) have improved disease treatment and patients' quality of life. As a result, the number of patients having noncardiac surgery is growing. Worldwide, over 200 million adults annually..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Eeles February 2009
Ros Eeles; "There are probably many different factors that influence the development of prostate cancer, but particular combinations of genes are thought to play a major part. These results represent the largest number of genetic risk factors found in one genome-wide cancer association study to date...."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Fischbacher February 2009
Urs Fischbacher; "a free software, that I developed, which is used to program and to conduct behavioral—and in particular economic—experiments. Experiments play an increasingly important role in economics, and the software is widely used in experimental economics. It is a methodology..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Gordon February 2009
Stephen Gordon; "This paper described a range of gene-deletion events from the pathogens that cause tuberculosis, a.k.a. the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. The work gave us our first insight into how this complex of bacteria has evolved over time, uncovered molecular markers for the tubercle bacilli..."
Special Topic of Tuberculosis
Guillen February 2009
Mauro Guillen; "My research is always international in nature. I develop theory and test it with international, cross-national, or comparative data. I am primarily interested in how country-level institutions affect economic and business issues, and how globalization is changing country-level institutions..."
Featured Scientist Interview
Hahn February 2009
F. Ekkehardt Hahn; "This research has led to the development of ruthenium-carbene-alkylidene complexes, which are a highly efficient catalyst for the olefin-metathesis, a discovery which, among others regarding olefin-metathesis, was honored with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005, jointly to Yves Chauvin..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
February 2009
Pei-Ming Ho, Yosuke Imamura, and Yutaka Matsuo; "Superstring theory is the only candidate for the theory of everything. It is also the only theory that admits a consistent perturbative formulation of quantum gravity. People used to think that there are five different superstring theories, but it was later realized..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Irizarry February 2009
Rafael Irizarry; "Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are used to discover genes underlying heritable disorders. The number of GWAS has skyrocketed in the past two years. Microarrays are the genotype calling technology of choice in GWAS as they permit exploration of more than a million single..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Jayaraman February 2009
Valadi K. Jayaraman, Bhaskar D. Kulkarni, Piyushkumar Mundra, Madhan Kumar, and Krishna Kumar Kandaswamy; "This paper studies different methods for extracting knowledge from sequence information in the form of features for machine learning algorithms. These include evolutionary..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Kodama The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.February 2009
Eiichi Kodama; "we present a new discovery, a profile of elvitegravir through its mechanism of action and resistance. Elvitegravir shows strong anti-HIV activity, even with multi-drug resistance, indicating that it may suppress replication of resistant HIV, which is hardly blocked by previous anti-HIV drugs, such as..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Lindsay February 2009
Stuart Lindsay; "Our interest was (and still is) in building molecular photovoltaic devices for energy conversion. We are now using single-molecule electronic measurements to develop a new way of sequencing DNA. The switching phenomenon opens a new way to make measurements of tunneling through..."
Emerging Research Front, February 2009
Figure of the brain February 2009
Jon M. McClellan; "In this paper, we demonstrated that schizophrenia may be caused by many different, individually rare severe mutations. My colleagues at the University of Washington, and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, used new technologies to screen genome-wide for rare genomic deletions..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Konstantin Novoselov February 2009
Konstantin Novoselov; "The field is developing extremely fast. Considering that the field is only four years old, we’ve made enormous progress. Virtually every month, it seems, someone comes up with an entirely new observation and so a completely new area of research on graphene..."
Special Topic of Graphene
Nuñez February 2009
Gabriel Nuñez; "This article represents one of the first reviews on NODs, currently called Nod-like receptors (NLRs), a new and fast-growing topic in the field of innate immunity. The high citation rate probably also reflects that fact that genetic variation in some NLR family members such as NOD2 is linked..."
Emerging Research Front, February 2009
Satoh February 2009
Nori Satoh; "The publication of our paper had an impact among ordinary people, especially children, as amphioxus is highly likely to be among our vertebrate ancestors. In Japan, numerous media outlets—particularly newspapers for primary school children—along with TV, radio, and magazines, publicized..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Sohn February 2009
Keehoon Sohn & Jonathan D. G. Jones; "most significant and new observation in the paper is that oomycete effectors can be delivered by bacterial T3S and the T3S-delivered oomycete effectors can activate or suppress plant innate immunity to bacterial pathogen. This creates a method that might be used..."
Fast Breaking Paper, February 2009
Spiegelhalter February 2009
David Spiegelhalter; "Bayesian methods for data analysis allow great flexibility for handling complex problems and including multiple sources of evidence, but had been hampered for years by computational problems. Around 1990 it was realized that simulation-based techniques could be adapted..."
Featured Paper Interview
Vos February 2009
Willem Vos; "A photonic crystal is like a crystal of atoms—silicon, for instance—but magnified 10,000 times. The nice thing about colloidal crystals is they have just the right length scales for these photonic crystals. You can make really big crystals, fairly easily; you don’t need any complicated fabrication infrastructure..."
Special Topic of Photonic Crystals

(Additional interviews/commentaries may be added during February 2009.)


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