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The Chariot jogging/cycling/skiing stroller is what every parent needs to stay active

4 hours 51 min ago

A few months ago my wife gave birth to our first baby.  It’s been a steep learning curve.  As expected, getting much physical activity has been tough at times. However, the single most helpful tool we’ve had has been our … Continue reading »

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PLOS Public Health Perspectives Holiday Special 2014

7 hours 18 min ago

The holiday season is here. We’ve compiled a short list of wintertime concerns that many people have: 1. Nutrition If you’re lucky, the holiday season tends to be a time of over-nutrition. Knowing your body and what your energy requirements … Continue reading »

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Applied Anthropology as Limit

8 hours 12 min ago

Of late I’ve been saying that the constraints that come with applied work are useful for doing good theoretical and empirical work. Just as experimental models bring demands to the research process that can clarify methods and outcomes, so too … Continue reading »

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PLOS ONE’s Top 5 Videos of 2014

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:57pm

Throughout the year we highlight research images that are worth a thousand words. For this year-end list, we’d like to extend the category to our research videos. Here, we’ve highlighted some of this year’s most popular videos, published in the Supporting … Continue reading »

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Visualize PLOS ALM with Google Charts and Fusion Tables

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:54pm

Learn to filter, sort, and visualize Article Level Metrics with Google Fusion Tables and Google Charts All scientific journal articles published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) have Article Level Metrics (ALM) collected about them. These metrics include citation … Continue reading »

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SciAm Blog Network revamp plus List of 2014 “best of” lists, Part I

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:07pm

Big changes at the Scientific American Blog Network Revamping the Scientific American Blog Network is quite a big deal. As Knight Science Journalism Tracker Paul Raeburn reports, SciAm is eliminating about half the bloggers in the network and instituting a … Continue reading »

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Deep Ancestry: A source of inspiration by Michael Harris

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39pm

The second of our Deep Reads blog series follows the PLOS Genetics Deep Reads article, “Strands in the History of Molecular Genetics”, published yesterday. Deep Ancestry: A source of inspiration” was written by Michael Harris, a PhD student at the University … Continue reading »

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Dear Parents/Grandparents: Your Toddler Does Not Need a Screen for Christmas

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:46am

Christmas is upon us.  If you are a parent/grandparent/relative, you are likely scrambling for that last minute item that your child will love.  One thing I urge you to avoid: screens, and toys that incorporate screens.  Your toddler does not … Continue reading »

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2014: A Great Year for Hupehsuchia

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:43am

I just can’t get enough of those bizarre hupehsuchians! These ancient marine reptiles–known exclusively from ~248 million year old rocks in China–had a tubular, bone-encased torso, toothless jaws, and flippers often sprouting an extra finger and toe or two. In … Continue reading »

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Chagas disease is turning up in (un)likely places. Who is ready for it?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:42pm

Please welcome another guest post by Charles Ebikeme. –Beth Chagas is a more dangerous and much more pervasive disease than we give it credit for. A tropical disease that is really no longer quarantined to the tropics, Chagas has been … Continue reading »

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Will following positive psychology advice make you happier and healthier?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:40am

Smile or Die – the European retitling of Barbara Ehrenreich’s realist, anti-positive-psychology book Bright Sided:How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America – captures the threat of some positive psychology marketers’ advice: if you do not buy what we sell, you will … Continue reading »

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3 tricks for preventing holiday weight gain

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:50am

Although only 1 in 10 individuals will gain 5 lbs or more during the holidays, most of us will put on some weight that tends to stay with us during the course of the following year. Thus, to help you … Continue reading »

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How to Use the Genetic Code for Passwords

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:56am

  Need a password for a new device or service? Try the genetic code. Messenger RNA triplets and the amino acids they specify provide nearly endless password possibilities. And it’s timely — the People’s Choice for Science magazine’s Breakthrough of … Continue reading »

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The truth about holiday weight gain

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:05am

Today I’d like to revisit an issue which is becoming a bit of a holiday tradition here at Obesity Panacea. How much weight do people gain over the holidays?   If you ask many people, they will say that the … Continue reading »

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Science’s Water Coolers: Turning Up the Volume On Journal Clubs

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:00am

  London, 1835 – 1854.  Sometimes they just played cards. But mostly, they would gather in a small room over a baker’s shop and read journals. The doctors had formed “a kind of club” because the hospital library didn’t have a … Continue reading »

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Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:42pm

Michelle Mello, Maria Merritt, and Scott Halpern discuss healthcare institutions’ responsibilities to support their employees’ volunteer efforts in Ebola-affected regions. This is a pre-publication version of a manuscript that has been accepted by PLOS Medicine as a Guest Editorial. The … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:01pm

In PLOS Biology this week you can read about life without microbes, host-parasite coevolution, the temporal precision of distinguishing odours and how viruses package their genomes.   Life in a World without Microbes According to Louis Pasteur, “Life would not … Continue reading »

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In defense of Santa’s weight

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:46pm

“Santa’s behaviour and public image are at odds with contemporary accepted public health messages,” argues a British Medical Journal editorial written by Dr. Scrooge and colleagues. Given Santa’s tremendous popularity, particularly among children, the authors of the editorial argue the … Continue reading »

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Hello world!

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:26pm

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Time to combine physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep guidelines into one holistic guideline?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:00am

Sitting is bad for you.  Exercise is good for you.  Sleep is too. At present, we have 3 separate guidelines targeting these 3 separate behaviours.  However, when combined these behaviours make up the full 24 hour period, so it seems … Continue reading »

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