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Introducing the PLOS Early Career Researcher (ECR) Initiative and Year Two of the PLOS ECR Travel Awards Program

13 hours 41 min ago
ecr-banner-image-690x320Source: Introducing the PLOS Early Career Researcher (ECR) Initiative and Year Two of the PLOS ECR Travel Awards Program Between 2013 and 2014 graduate student enrollment in scientific fields increased by 5.5%, with an estimated

PLOS Supports Early Career Researchers with Travel Award and Broader Initiative

13 hours 43 min ago
Source: PLOS Supports Early Career Researchers with Travel Award and Broader Initiative PLOS supports the growth of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) as they build skills in science communication, become champions of Open Science and develop

Yes, to high-tech smartboards & tablets…but not enough $ for safety goggles?

13 hours 47 min ago
Source: Let Them Eat…Smartboards? Emily Schoerning, a microbiologist and science education research expert, is the Director of Community Organizing and Research for the National Center for Science Education. NCSE defends the integrity of science education

How Kevin Spacey is Altering Our Genes: media mistakes that drive me crazy

13 hours 48 min ago
Source: How Kevin Spacey is Altering Our Genes Ridiculous headline? It’s just about as ridiculous as the one that circulated widely late last week: “Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a

Research Roundup: The irreproducibility crisis facing biomedical research, history of science and more

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 3:22pm
Source: Research Roundup: The irreproducibility crisis facing biomedical research, history of science and more This week in research news: The irreproducibility crisis facing biomedical research has been gaining attention over the last few months. Monya

Orchid Observers: Tracking the Effect of Climate Change Through Citizen Science

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 3:22pm
Source: Orchid Observers: Tracking the Effect of Climate Change Through Citizen Science by Russ Campbell Orchids have long held an enigmatic mystique.  Perhaps their origins as tropical and subtropical plants found in exotic locales and

What Factors Protect Against Norovirus Infection and Gastroenteritis?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 3:21pm
Source: What Factors Protect Against Norovirus Infection and Gastroenteritis? Sasirekha Ramani, Mary Estes and Robert Atmar, from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA, discuss genetic factors and immune mechanisms that can protect from norovirus infections and

Norovirus – a tragedy of being common

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:27pm
norovirus-690x320Source: Norovirus – a tragedy of being common Ben Lopman, lead author of the PLOS Collection “The Global Burden of Norovirus & Prospects for Vaccine Development,” introduces the project and explains why finding a norovirus vaccine

What’s Norovirus Costing The World?

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:26pm
Source: What’s Norovirus Costing The World? Author Bruce Y. Lee discusses the global economic burden of norovirus, as reported in the PLOS Collection “The Global Burden of Norovirus & Prospects for Vaccine Development“. $60 billion.

If “Are GMOs Bad?” is the wrong question, what’s the right one? And how should scientists answer it?” By Erin Zess

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:26pm
Source: If “Are GMOs Bad?” is the wrong quesiton, what’s the right one? And how should scientists answer it?” By Erin Zess Originally posted as “What we talk about when we talk about genetic modification”

The lost history of Australia’s penguins

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:25pm
Source: The lost history of Australia’s penguins Penguins are amazing creatures. They belong to a group called Sphenisciformes, and are one of the few flightless groups of bird. They are beautifully adapted to life in

5 Tips For Avoiding P-Value Potholes

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 6:44pm
hbSource: 5 Tips For Avoiding P-Value Potholes   The hunt for p-values less than 0.05 has left many of science’s roadways riddled with potholes. More than 50% of them in the biomedical literature are wrong, according

Invasive Species Compete with Native Species for Room to Be Heard

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 6:43pm
Source: Invasive Species Compete with Native Species for Room to Be Heard Hyla cinerea. Photo by Geoff Gallice, via Wikimedia Commons. Distributed under a CC BY 2.0 license. Invasive species can wreak havoc on ecosystems.

From the Community: What we talk about when we talk about genetic modification: Erin Zess on Medium

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 6:43pm
Source: From the Community: What we talk about when we talk about genetic modification: Erin Zess on Medium The big conversation is coming. With rapid developments in gene editing technology we are beginning to see the

It’s Past Time for a More Holistic Response to Malaria

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 1:42pm
MSF152696-High-res-690x320Source: It’s Past Time for a More Holistic Response to Malaria AddThis Sharing Buttons above On World Malaria Day 2016, Estrella Lasry of Médecins Sans Frontières calls for a more holistic approach if we are

The Science Behind WeCureALZ: A Participatory Research Project Tackling Alzheimer’s Disease

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 1:41pm
Source: The Science Behind WeCureALZ: A Participatory Research Project Tackling Alzheimer’s Disease Image Credit: Human Computation Institute CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0, Graphic by PachecoDesignlab.com by Egle Marija Ramanauskaite Earlier this year, we introduced you to WeCureALZ – a groundbreaking

PLOS and Linked Data – What Happened Next?

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 1:40pm
Source: PLOS and Linked Data – What Happened Next? AddThis Sharing Buttons above Late last year we published a blog post in these pages – “PLOS and DBpedia – an experiment towards Linked Data” –

Fossil Friday Roundup: April 22, 2016

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 1:40pm
Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: April 22, 2016 Happy Earth Day! Papers: 3D Reconstruction of the fish Rhacolepis. From Maldanis et al (2016) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.14698.003 Heart fossilization is possible and informs the evolution of cardiac outflow

Researchers and Media Relations (on a Shoestring)

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:09pm
1282131777_b581c405c3_zSource: Researchers and Media Relations (on a Shoestring) I was invited to be part of a panel on working with the media at the 2015 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Meeting, speaking from the perspective of

No Pain and Extreme Pain From One Gene

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:08pm
Childrens_pain_scale-1-690x320Source: No Pain and Extreme Pain From One Gene The family from northern Pakistan is one of the strangest to appear in the scientific literature. At its center is a 10-year-old, a street performer who