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When Dog Vomit Smells Delightful

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:30am

Editor’s note: The Smell Experience Project is one of more than 800 projects on SciStarter. Use our project finder to search and participate in citizen science that interests you! I hate the smell of a mall. Everything reeks of that seemingly incurable lust for … Continue reading »

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Following the Water: Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:50am

Water is the stuff of life on Earth. And perhaps beyond—when venturing to search for life beyond our planet, NASA has sought to ‘follow the water’. Indeed, researchers recently discovered the presence of bacteria in a lake sealed hundreds of … Continue reading »

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This Week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:04pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about social learning in chimps, how the central and peripheral nervous systems stay separate, how the bird wrist evolved, synchronising circadian clocks and a protein essential to the TFIIH complex. Social Learning of … Continue reading »

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IUDs and implants have checkered pasts but a pretty awesome present

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:59am

This week, US pediatricians (in agreement with a previous report from US gynecologists) announced a set of recommendations on contraceptives for young women. The headline grabber: IUDs and implants should be first-line choices. After all, they’re safe, effective, and as … Continue reading »

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Global Health Security and the NTDs

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:50pm

Peter Hotez, co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on President Obama’s call for global action to prepare for future disease outbreaks and to treat biological threats as issues of national and global security. In a landmark White House summit … Continue reading »

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Eyes on the Rise: Sea Level Rise Rally

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 10:07am

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Robert Gutsche, Jr., Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University and a part of the team at Eyes on the Rise, a crowd-hydrology citizen … Continue reading »

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Expanding the Homepages of Knowledge: the Topic Pages Collection in PLOS Computational Biology

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:29pm

Back in 2012 PLOS Computational Biology began an experiment that aimed to combine the prestige and rigorous peer review associated with publishing in a scientific journal and the dynamic nature and easily accessible language of Wikipedia. Over two years and … Continue reading »

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MozFest: Bringing the Web to Science

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:26pm

In just a month’s time from now, Mozilla will be hosting their annual Mozilla Festival (“MozFest” for short), which for the 2nd year will feature a Science Track. MozFest is where communities working in technology, design, education, journalism, and research come … Continue reading »

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DNA and Dating: Buyer Beware

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:16pm

Last week’s post dealt with three very serious types of DNA tests. But not all DNA tests detect health-threatening conditions. A few years ago “Born to Run? Little Ones Get Test for Sports Gene” ran on the front page of the New York … Continue reading »

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How to love uncertainty in climate science

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:33am

This is the script of my TEDxCERN talk, a 12-13 minute talk I did from memory. When the video is put online in a week or so, you’ll be able to follow along and see where I fluffed it improvised. … Continue reading »

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How to critique claims of a “blood test for depression”

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:30am

Special thanks to Ghassan El-baalbaki and John Stewart for their timely assistance. Much appreciated. “I hope it is going to result in licensing, investing, or any other way that moves it forward…If it only exists as a paper in my … Continue reading »

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Alternative Tracking of Scholarly Impact: the Altmetrics Collection

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:22am
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The PLOS Altmetrics Collection launched back in 2012 with an aim to provide a forum for the dissemination of innovative research on metrics. Today along with the original altmetrics architects, we reissue a call for papers under the topic of … Continue reading »

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The Top Eleven Ways to Tell that a Journal is Fake

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 2:00am

I am delighted to offer Mind the Brain readers a guest blog written by my colleague, Eve Carlson, Ph.D.  Eve Carlson is a clinical psychologist and researcher with the National Center for PTSD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,

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The rising global burden of dementia

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:50pm

The World Alzheimer’s Report has just been released. The report, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International and led by Prof. Martin Prince at King’s College London in the UK contains staggering, yet not well-known statistics about dementia (1,2):

- Worldwide, 44 …

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Climate Summit 2014 – live update from New York City

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:51pm

This week’s post comes from Dr Alessandro Demaio who is postdoctoral fellow in Global Health and NCDs at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Professor at the Copenhagen School of Global Health.

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Groundbreaking pledges of funding from the French, 120+ …

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:07pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about a new mechanism for incomplete puberty and infertility, and the control of embryonic tissue separation by ephrin/Eph pairs.

 

Rab3α Scaffolding and the Control of Puberty

Brooke Tata, Lukas Huijbregts, …

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Hey, Excuse Me… Is This Guy Boring You?

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:32pm

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Imagine that you’re sitting on a Cretan beach. The sun’s shining and waves are lapping on shore, when suddenly a set of jaws dripping copious amounts of saliva appear above you like some sort of CGI horror masterpiece, wanting to …

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Participants Needed: Standing desk edition

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:00am

Exciting news – researchers at the University of PEI (myself included) are beginning a study on the impact of standing desks.  If you live in the Charlottetown area (or know someone who does) and work a desk job, we’d love …

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Wisconsin’s Water Action Volunteers – Making Waves for Action [GUEST POST]

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:42pm

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Kris Stepenuck, Wisconsin’s Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring Program Director. Monitor the quality and quantity of Wisconsin’s streams with Water Action Volunteers. Interested in water monitoring projects? We’ve got you covered!

 

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Your Citizen Science Idea Could Fly to Mars and Win You $20,000 from NASA!

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:06pm

Buckle up folks, ‘cause NASA is coming to you with a challenge. On Saturday, NASA announced at the World Maker Faire in New York that it has opened up registration for the ‘Mars Balance Mass Challenge’. The space agency has …

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