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News & Opinion: New W.H.O. Director General is Dr. Tedros of Ethiopia

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:28pm
0000-0002-8715-2896In this post we offer the latest news on the election of a new Director General for The World Health Organization, beginning with this headline from today’s New York Times; followed by excerpts from a 2016 PLOS

Social Media, Preprints, and a Dinosaur Tooth

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:58pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Map showing the maximum extent of the Western Interior Seaway that split North America during the Late Cretaceous. The location of the new tooth from Mississippi is indicated by a red dot. Researchers have debated

Food Evolution documentary looks at science, money, and fake news around GMOs

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:48pm
0000-0003-0319-5416 Food Evolution aims to take a look at the science underlying the heated rhetoric of the GMO debate. Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson and on-camera experts walk through the major claims

The Interdisciplinary Research Collection

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:47pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 The Interdisciplinary Research Collection   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above Accompanying the new PLOS ONE 10 Year Anniversary Collection: Interdisciplinary Research, PLOS ONE Senior Editor Renee Hoch discusses her article selections from the journal.

Contemporary issues in global health

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:47pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 The global health community recently descended on Washington DC for the discipline’s annual conference held under the capable auspices of the ‘Consortium of Universities for Global Health’. Many of the session topics, satellite sessions,

Toward designer babies and creating (human?) genomes

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:08pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Toward designer babies and creating (human?) genomes   Posted May 19, 2017 by Tabitha M. Powledge in Uncategorized post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above NO SEX, NO PAIN: TOWARD LAB-GROWN DESIGNER BABIES It gives new

The Crowd and The Cloud: The impact of citizen science

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:07pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 More than any other product of human scientific culture scientific knowledge is the collective property of all mankind.             Konrad Lorenz New technology has enabled science to progress at an unprecedented speed. Advancements previously

Fossil Friday Roundup: May 19, 2017

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:07pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Featured Image:  The ammonite Subplanites rueppellianus, from Lomax et al (2017) Papers (All Open Access): Carbonaceous and siliceous Neoproterozoic vase-shaped microfossils (Urucum Formation, Brazil) and the question of early protistan biomineralization (Journal of Paleontology) Lygistorrhinidae

From Muriqui to Malagasy Rosewood: Endangered Species Research Around the World

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:07pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 From Muriqui to Malagasy Rosewood: Endangered Species Research Around the World   Posted May 19, 2017 by Hanna Shea in PLOS ONE Listicle post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above Scientific research and communication through publication

PLOS Appoints Alison Mudditt Chief Executive Officer | The Official PLOS Blog

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:20pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 PLOS Appoints Alison Mudditt Chief Executive Officer   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above PLOS is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Mudditt as its Chief Executive Officer, effective June 19, 2017.  For the

10th Anniversary Video Series: Shaking Things Up

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:16pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 10th Anniversary Video Series: Shaking Things Up   Posted May 18, 2017 by PLOS ONE Editors in 10th Anniversary post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above As PLOS ONE celebrates its tenth birthday, we take a

Will Short Term and Long Term Treatments for Single-Gene Diseases Survive?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:16pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Two weeks and several political disasters ago, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act of 2017, and soon lists of “pre-existing conditions” festooned news feeds. We all ticked off a few.

Let sleeping dragons lie

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:16pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Mistaken identity In Palaeontology, there is perhaps no greater story of an accidental mix-up than the story of Oviraptor. When this dinosaur was first discovered back in 1924, it was alongside a clutch of

PLOS Paleo: Whales, dolphins, and seals all follow the same evolutionary patterns

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:00pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 From the poles to the equator, marine mammals such as seals, dolphins, and whales, play an important role in global ecosystems as apex predators, ecosystem engineers, and even organic ocean fertilisers. They occupy a

Nominations open for the PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2017

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:00pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Nominations open for the PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2017   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above Have you read a 2016 PLOS Genetics Research Article that stood out for you in terms of the strength

Silent killers: the scourge of noncommunicable diseases in Africa by Kofi Gunu

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:43pm
0000-0002-8715-28960000-0002-8715-2896   By Kofi Gunu When global health leaders gather in Geneva this month to elect a new head of the World Health Organization, President Trump’s shadow will hang over the conclave. His “America First”

Cell-free synbio: a technology whose time has come by Steven Burgess

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:43pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 By former PLOS Synbio Community Editor Steven Burgess ‘It’s like instant noodles – just add water’ exclaims Dr. Keith Pardee, now an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He is describing a small

Can Graduate Students Be Entrepreneurs?

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:43pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 One of the most challenging aspects of graduate school is exploring opportunities that go beyond the traditional academic science path. To understand these paths better, I started researching different opportunities in which other graduate

Beyond Slogans: After the March for Science Has Passed

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:42pm
0000-0002-8715-28960000-0001-7318-5892 “Science and democracy are logical allies, they both flourish with an open network of ideas, evidence and an uncompromising examination of results.” – Cindy Schaffer, former microbiologist with the Environmental Protection Agency Clever slogans,

How Americans View Impact of the March for Science plus more news about ancient humanity: Homo naledi (cont’d) and the Hobbit

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:39am
0000-0002-8715-2896 Breaking news about the March for Science plus more news about ancient humanity: Homo naledi (cont’d) and the Hobbit   Posted May 12, 2017 by Tabitha M. Powledge in Uncategorized post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons