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A Step-by-Step Approach to Content Management

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:03pm

Today at PLOS, we celebrate an important milestone: We launched the first iteration of the new PLOS CMS (codename: Lemur). This first installment is a homepage editor for six of the PLOS journals (Biology, Medicine, Pathogens, …

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Unpredictable and Magical: The Allure of the Dragonfly Swarm [GUEST POST]

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:07pm

Chris Goforth, the creator of the Dragonfly Swarm Project, discusses how citizen science has impacted the study of dragonfly behavior.

Sometimes science is hard. If you want to study something that happens slowly, is rare, or requires thousands of observations, …

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Introducing a New Look for the Journal Homepages

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:30pm

Today sees the launch of our re-vamped homepages for PLOS Medicine, PLOS Pathogens and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. They’ve been designed to give easy access to all recently published work, and to better incorporate some of the beautiful images …

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Introducing a New Look for the Journal Homepages

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:22pm

Today sees the launch of our re-vamped homepages for PLOS Biology, PLOS Genetics and PLOS Computational Biology.

 

Biology mock upThey’ve been designed to give easy access to all recently published work, and to better incorporate some of the beautiful images …

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:21pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about how ‘killer sperm‘ might prevent inter-species breeding, a new observation in the process of making stem cells, and an insight into parasitic tolerance in a long-studied population

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Is dying a mental health issue?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:08am

Should a dying patient talking to a psychiatrist be diagnosed with adjustment disorder related to death?

 Dare we ask: Could impending death not be sufficiently psychologically distressing for patients to routinely benefit from psychotherapy?

2Presentation1Patients aware that they are dying …

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World Hepatitis Day 2014 – Think Again

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:46pm

A former hepatitis virus researcher reminisces on the progress made and challenges remaining in the fight to eradicate chronic viral hepatitis.

July 28, 2014.  “Hepatitis: Think Again.”  That is the motto for this year’s World Hepatitis Day, a program …

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Immigrant youth to Canada are less active than Canadians, but only for a little bit

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:56am

Regular readers of the blog and my Twitter profile will know that my PhD dissertation is focused on the health of young people to Canada. In particular, I’m interested in how their health changes over time – does it get …

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Visit PLOS at IUMS 2014 in Montréal

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 8:29am
Seth Mnookin of The Panic Virus blogs on the PLOS Blogs Network

We are pleased to announce that PLOS Pathogens will be exhibiting at the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), July 27th – August 1st in Montréal.

IUMS unites 3 international congresses of bacteriology and applied microbiology, mycology and eukaryotic microbiology, …

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The Relationships of Education, Health, and Skills in Improving the Lives of Adults and Their Families: A Call for Papers for a New PLOS Collection

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 8:04am
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The U.S. National Institutes of Health (the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child and Human Development (NICHD) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)) and the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Career, Technical, and Adult …

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Just Add Water: World Water Monitoring Challenge 2013 Results

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 9:25pm

The World Water Monitoring Challenge results are out!

Earlier this year, I found myself hanging over a concrete ledge by the Charles River. But not to worry – it was nothing dire. I was actually trying to collect a …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:11pm

Discover Magazine’s September print edition featured an infographic called “20 Things You Didn’t Know About Cats.” Felines seem to lead elusive, mysterious lives. Fortunately, the citizen science project Cat Tracker allows you to track your cat beyond what we can

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Making Biomolecular Simulations Accessible in the Post-Nobel Prize Era

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:45am

PLOS Computational Biology Editor-in-Chief Ruth Nussinov and Guest Editor Qiang Cui introduce a freely available interactive step-by-step guide for performing common molecular simulation tasks integrated into the CHARMM INterface and Graphics web user interface. The three papers are part of

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Inaugural Centromere Biology Gordon Conference: Beth Sullivan

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:43am

As part of its mission to encourage engagement within the genetics community, PLOS Genetics is sponsoring a number of conferences and meetings this year. In order to raise awareness about these conferences and the researchers who attend them we are

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A fix for GMO battles? Plus sexual harassment during field research

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:25am

 

Give us this day a fix for the GMO battles?

Two papers published in the last week were signal events for agricultural genomics. First was the draft of the huge, and hugely complex, genome of bread wheat, the …

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Delving into subject areas with PLOS Cloud Explorer

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:59pm

As discussed in a previous post in the PLOS Tech blog, PLOS uses a sophisticated approach to classify research articles according to what they are about. Using machine-aided indexing, articles are associated with subject areas from a thesaurus containing over …

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Millennium Development Goal 6: Measuring Progress

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:00pm

One of the most dramatic international responses to the Millennium Development Goals launched by then United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan in 2000 has been the global public health community’s response to MDG 6 “To combat AIDS, malaria and other diseases” [1].  …

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Citizen Science is a Shore Thing!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:44pm

Share jellyfish sightings, track stars during evening beach strolls, count fireflies, or report dragonfly swarms while you’re at the beach this summer. Or participate in dozens of other summertime citizen science projects and advance fields of research in the process! …

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Pseudo-poo! All that glitters isn’t fecal gold

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:49am

Fossil feces are the stuff of legend. Not only do they have the “gee-whiz-gross” factor, but they also preserve evidence of diet, parasites, and paleoecology in long-dead animals. An paleontological urban legend holds that the technical term–”coprolite”–was coined …

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Exploring a Culture of Health: Creating a Roadmap to Community Health

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:17am

This post is part of Exploring a Culture of Health, a citizen science series brought to you by Discover Magazine, SciStarter and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as an ally to help Americans work together to

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