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How Much of Your Genome Is Functional?

4 hours 24 min ago

On the 24th of July, 2014 PLOS Genetics published an article entitled: “8.2% of the Human Genome Is Constrained: Variation in Rates of Turnover across Functional Element Classes in the Human Lineage”. Two weeks later the article …

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Summer Highlights

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 2:32pm

For folk who are interested in the ways that art and science relate to one another, this has been a wonderful summer to live in or pass through London. So without further ado, here are some of the highlights, all …

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Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV coinfection: Time for Concerted Action

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:27pm

As PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases launches its Visceral Leishmaniasis-HIV Collection, Johan van Griensven discusses the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to tackling VL-HIV co-infection.

In 2013, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases decided to dedicate a special collection to VL-HIV co-infection. With …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: A Tide of Citizen Science History Revisited

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:41am

After sharknado 2, shark week, and Thiel’s review of the impacts and promises of citizen science for marine research, here is a second (historic) post about historic citizen science in the marine environment (originally at Scientific American).…

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Open to positive feedback

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:38am

I’m extremely happy to say that on the 1st October I’ll be taking up a lectureship at the Open University!

I’ll be sad to leave Bristol. I’ve spent all my years as a climate scientist there, ever since those running …

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Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Your Chance to Participate!

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:00am

August 28, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In its history, the Earth has been repeatedly struck by asteroids, large chunks of rock from space that can cause considerable damage in a collision. Can we—or should we—try to protect Earth from potentially …

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Wanted: You and Your Dog! For Science! – It’s National Dog Day! [GUEST POST]

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:52pm

Editor’s Note: In honor of National Dog Day, we are featuring an article by Julie Hecht, the Dog Spies blogger for Scientific American.

 

A few years back, John Homans, former executive editor of New York magazine, published What’s

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Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:09pm

At the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XIII) held in Mexico City earlier this month, we learned of a very serious and dangerous tropical disease situation now unfolding in Venezuela.   The most glaring public health failure has been a sharp …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: fishermen, sailor, beachcomber, diver – the seas of research helpers

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:22am

Many of you have had summer fun with citizen science at the beach, intertidal zone, and ocean. What do your efforts contribute to? In a new chapter, Martin Thiel and colleagues tallied the contributions of citizen science …

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The Citizen Science Funding Resource Guide

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:10pm

Looking for ways to fund citizen science research? Check out the Citizen Science Funding Resource Guide!

242px-Environmental_Protection_Agency_logo.svgJessica Clemente, an environmental science graduate thought she would be doing work outside of her community once she got her degree. But she is …

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Reanalysis: No health benefits found for pursuing meaning in life versus pleasure

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:34am

NOTE: After I wrote this blog post, I received via PNAS the reply from Steve Cole and Barbara Fredrickson to our article.  I did not have time to thoroughly digest it, but will address it in a future blog post.

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Planting a Cretaceous Pond, South American Edition

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:13am

If you close your eyes and visualize Mesozoic foliage, a few particular types of plants might spring to mind. There are probably some palm trees, a few ferns, a cycad (“sago palm”) or two, and if you are particularly in-the-know, …

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Gluten-free does not equal healthy. But the food industry doesn’t want you to know that.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am

 

In the late 1990’s, my grandmother who lived with my family was diagnosed with celiac disease. The experience of planning meals became mildly traumatic for all of us. My most vivid recollection that of is breakfast time: my grandmother …

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On our way to @FEBSEMBO2014

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:15am

PLOS is heading to the FEBS EMBO 2014 meeting starting next Saturday, 30th August through Thursday 4th September.

If you’re going to be there please stop by to say hello, we’ll be at Booth 72

I’ll …

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The Global Response to the Ebola Fever Epidemic: What Took So Long?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:49pm

Mark J. Siedner of Harvard Medical School and John D. Kraemer of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, discuss the impact of the delayed global response to the Ebola epidemic.

On August 8, twenty weeks …

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Exploring a Culture of Health: Repurposing Medicine to Help More People

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:22pm

This post is part of Exploring a Culture of Health, a citizen science series brought to you by Discover Magazine, SciStarter and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as an ally to help Americans work together to

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Things That Make a Vertebrate Paleontologist Weep with Joy

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:14am

There are times when I really wish I were born an invertebrate paleontologist. For many of them*, a few kilograms of rock can contain dozens or even hundreds of specimens of a single species. This is awesome, because some of …

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Prostate cancer screening dispute, microbiome hype

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:17am

Once more, screening for prostate cancer

It’s pretty much conventional wisdom among the experts that routine prostate cancer screening for the prostate-specific antigen can cause more harm than good. The recent results of the European study of routine PSA screening …

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Ebola: Liberians Destined for Extinction

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 6:28pm

Liberian medical student Gondah Lekpeh gives us his perspective from the front lines of the Ebola outbreak.

On July 22 of this year, the Liberian Minister of Health informed us and the world that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in …

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