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Citizen Science and Tequila Help Bring an Endangered Bat Back From the Brink

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:14am
Lesser_Long_nosed_Bat_Leptonycteris_curasoa_USFWS_FPWC-690x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: Citizen Science and Tequila Help Bring an Endangered Bat Back From the Brink Lesser long-nosed bat. Photo: USFWS. Public Domain. Collaborative conservation efforts, including research, bat-friendly tequila production, and citizen science, have led to

PLOS ONE 10 Year Anniversary: Staff Editors’ Favorites

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:13am
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: PLOS ONE 10 Year Anniversary: Staff Editors’ Favorites AddThis Sharing Buttons above In the first of the PLOS ONE 10th Anniversary Collections, the Staff Editors of the journal have each chosen their favorite PLOS ONE article

Fossil Friday Roundup: January 13, 2017

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:13am
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: January 13, 2017 Featured Image: The hyolith “Haplophrentis” could extend the tentacles of its feeding organ, lophophore, from between its shells. The paired spines, or helens, rotated downwards to prop the animal

Ten tips to stay on top of your reading during grad school

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:35pm
paper-690x320-1Source: Ten tips to stay on top of your reading during grad school 0000-0002-4493-1136 In grad school we tend to focus on experiments: planning, performing, analyzing and interpreting them. While keeping up with relevant literature

A Necessary Retelling of the Smallpox Vaccine Story

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:32pm
Edward_Jenner_vaccinating_patients_against_smallpox_Wellcome_V0011069-512x320Source: A Necessary Retelling of the Smallpox Vaccine Story A curious confluence of events unfolded Tuesday night. Just hours before President Obama uttered the powerful “science and reason matter” in his farewell address, Robert F.

Engineered Probiotics as Living Medicine

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 1:28pm
gut_engineered_probiotic_1-690x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: Engineered Probiotics as Living Medicine 0000-0003-0319-5416 Modern medicine has found many ways to use a pill of chemicals to improve human health for people around the world. Drugs are taken for infections, cancer treatment, metabolic disorders,

Where to begin with the Tablet-Holding Stationary Bike For Toddlers?

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 1:27pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Where to begin with the Tablet-Holding Stationary Bike For Toddlers? This afternoon friend and colleague Dr Jamie Burr helpfully pointed out a new Fisher-Price exercise bike aimed at toddlers, called a Think & Learn Smart

beta-Asarone: a promise for cognitive impairments induced by environmental pollutants?

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 1:26pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: beta-Asarone: a promise for cognitive impairments induced by environmental pollutants? Long-term exposure to environmental pollutants is worldwide acknowledged as a major risk factor for health diseases. Indeed, pollution has become a plague. Many clinical

What can the anti-vaccination movement teach us about improving the public’s understanding of science?

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:01pm
anti-vax-society-690x320Source: What can the anti-vaccination movement teach us about improving the public’s understanding of science?   Guest post by Jeanne Garbarino, PhD orcid.org/0000-0001-5816-9771 The ubiquitous impact of science-based information and technologies in everyday life suggests

The annual list of lists: Top/best/noteworthy science and medical events of 2016

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:58am
cloned-sheep-690x320Source: The annual list of lists: Top/best/noteworthy science and medical events of 2016 By Tabitha M. Powledge AddThis Sharing Buttons above Here’s the annual On Science Blogs look back at some of last year’s  doings

Ebola Modeling, Microbial Community Cross-Feeding, and Detecting Concussion: the PLOS Comp Biol December 2016 Issue

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 2:31pm
pic-0703-690x320Source: Ebola Modeling, Microbial Community Cross-Feeding, and Detecting Concussion: the PLOS Comp Biol December 2016 Issue AddThis Sharing Buttons above Check out our highlights from the last PLOS Computational Biology issue of 2016: Cumulative incidence

Fossil Friday Roundup: January 6, 2017

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 2:26pm
ximage.phpqimage_images_uploads_2017_01_2_3D-printouts-2-1.jpgawidth600aheight600.pagespeed.ic_.HhGmdKcPyN-1Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: January 6, 2017 Featured Image: 3D printout of the Dwykaselachus brain case. Image courtesy University of Chicago. For more info, see first article under News Happy New Year everyone! Papers (All Open Access): The Importance

Lessons that Last, and Last, and Last: 400 Pearls and Still Counting

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:13pm
PEarls-560x320Source: Lessons that Last, and Last, and Last: 400 Pearls and Still Counting AddThis Sharing Buttons above In conjunction with the publication of the 400th Pearls article, PLOS Pathogens Pearls Editor Joseph Heitman reflects on the continued success

Gene Action Tracks an Autoimmune Disease: Systemic Sclerosis

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:49pm
ARNpolymerase-690x320Source: Gene Action Tracks an Autoimmune Disease: Systemic Sclerosis Systemic sclerosis (Ssc) is a rare disease in which collagen gloms up internal organs and toughens the skin into an armor of sorts. It’s also called

When Science Polarizes: A Personal Activist Story with Evidence

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:47pm
Source: When Science Polarizes: A Personal Activist Story with Evidence   There was another one of those “we’re living in echo chambers” papers recently. It’s from the same data on science and conspiracy theory social media that triggered a

Where did science go last year? PLOSBLOGS’ top 16 in 2016

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 9:19pm
15578838238_9d08ae43c8_z0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Where did science go last year? PLOSBLOGS’ top 16 in 2016 0000-0002-8715-2896 Certain science categories and subjects typically dominate the content of our PLOS Blogs Network. Among these, basic research and its clinical translation, critically endangered creatures

Winter Wonderland: Life in the Cold

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:28pm
15042633420_75638f0e7d_o-690x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: Winter Wonderland: Life in the Cold AddThis Sharing Buttons above With much of the Northern Hemisphere in the midst of winter, the long dark nights make for a perfect opportunity to stay in and

Terrestrial Mesozoic ninja turtles

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:27pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Terrestrial Mesozoic ninja turtles Turtles are an incredible evolutionary success story, with about 350 extant species that inhabit all major oceans and landmasses and from tropical to temperate climates. The fossil record of turtles

The Grey Zone: Napoleon Dynamite and what makes a species

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:27pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: The Grey Zone: Napoleon Dynamite and what makes a species When most people think of a species they assume it is a unique, inviolate category of organism. Most of us learned in middle and

PLOScast Highlights of 2016 and Thank you!

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:26pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: PLOScast Highlights of 2016 and Thank you! As we wave goodbye to 2016, the PLOScast team wants to say thank you to all of the guests and fans of the show.  With your support,