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Fossil Friday Roundup: June 24, 2016

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:33pm
CORRECTS MONTH OF ANNOUNCEMENT In this 2013 photo released by the Museo PaletontolÛgico Egidio Feruglio on Saturday, May 17, 2014, the head of the museumís technical laboratory, Pablo Puerta, lies alongside a sauropod dinosaur femur, believed to be the largest in the world, in Trelew, Argentina. Paleontologists from the Museo PaletontolÛgico Egidio Feruglio announced Friday, May 16, 2014, the discovery of the fossil remains of the sauropod dinosaur near Trelew. (AP Photo/Museo PaletontolÛgico Egidio Feruglio, Jose Maria Farfaglia)0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: June 24, 2016 Featured image: Pablo Puerta, the head of Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum’s technical laboratory in Trelew, Argentina, lies alongside a sauropod dinosaur femur. (AP Photo/Museo Paletontologico Egidio Feruglio, Jose Maria Farfaglia) Papers (all

What’s wrong with medical and science journalism

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:32pm
medical-headlines-550x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: What’s wrong with medical and science journalism AddThis Sharing Buttons above Medical journalist Julia Belluz was invited to give a talk on evidence-based medical journalism and has shared the gist of it with us

Research Roundup: Improving reproducibility, the usefulness of clinical research and more

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:30pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Research Roundup: Improving reproducibility, the usefulness of clinical research and more This week in science, academia and publishing: In an interview Philippa Sunders, Dean of Postgraduate Research at Edinburgh University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary

Agar Art: Creating Artwork With Microbial Paint

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:29pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Agar Art: Creating Artwork With Microbial Paint The second annual Agar Art contest, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology, fused science and design by encouraging entrants to “paint a little culture.” Scientists created unique artwork

iGEM Blogs: The DNA Typewriter | Edinburgh iGEM 2016

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:39pm
//www.flickr.com/photos/deepblue66/3222338148/0000-0002-8715-2896Source: iGEM Blogs: The DNA Typewriter | Edinburgh iGEM 2016 by Edinburgh iGEM 2016   In 2040, you will not be able to read this sentence. This isn’t because of some sci-fi apocalyptic event, or

Only 24 hours in the day PART TWO: Breakdown by type of institution

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:37pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Only 24 hours in the day PART TWO: Breakdown by type of institution The above image is of the Anthropology Museum at Beloit College (creative commons license).   Last week we covered some general

Alamosaurus: new discovery of massive neck vertebrae and the relationship of titanosaurs

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:37pm
21584893173_a286943531_o0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Alamosaurus: new discovery of massive neck vertebrae and the relationship of titanosaurs   Remember the Alamo? Well, it’s easy to forget when you are staring at this massive dinosaur. It makes that Tyrannosaurus look

PLOS Computational Biology T-Shirt Design Winner Announced

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:35pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: PLOS Computational Biology T-Shirt Design Winner Announced PLOS Computational Biology T-Shirt Design Winner Announced   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above PLOS Computational Biology is pleased to announce the winner of our 2016 t-shirt competition! This

New roles for science blogs in shifting sci-pub landscape: Paige Jarreau scrubs data from 2016 PLOSBLOGS Reader Survey

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:39am
2765597758_826a9e7c47_z-1-quapan-image-credit-500x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: New roles for science blogs in shifting sci-pub landscape: Paige Jarreau scrubs data from 2016 PLOSBLOGS Reader Survey 0000-0002-8715-2896 By Paige Jarreau Dr. Paige Jarreau is a science communication researcher and freelance science writer

Bill Gates on Biotech & Global Health @ ASM Microbe 2016

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:38am
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Bill Gates on Biotech & Global Health @ ASM Microbe 2016 Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, came to Boston last Thursday to open the ASM Microbe 2016

City of Philadelphia successfully passes a soda tax

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 3:21pm
4156261369_b0183b3b55_o-690x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: City of Philadelphia successfully passes a soda tax Last week, Philadelphia became the first major city to pass a “soda tax.” While other cities have tried and ultimately failed to pass similar pieces of

Guidelines! What are they good for?

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 3:19pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Guidelines! What are they good for? Travis’ note.  Today’s post comes from PhD student Negin Riazi, and continues to focus on Canada’s new 24-Hour Movement Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Youth.  You can find more

Canada releases world’s first 24-hour movement behaviour guidelines for children and youth

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 3:19pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Canada releases world’s first 24-hour movement behaviour guidelines for children and youth Yesterday Canada released the world’s first 24-hour movement behaviour guidelines for children and youth.  It was a massive undertaking, and I am

Research Roundup: Brazilian scientists protest, Dance your PhD and more

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 3:18pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Research Roundup: Brazilian scientists protest, Dance your PhD and more This week in science, academia and publishing: Brazilian scientists began street protests after interim president Michel Temer merged the country’s science ministry with the

Fossil Friday Roundup: June 17, 2016

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:21am
Ck6Q6YXWsAAyxT7-690x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: June 17, 2016 Featured image: new species of ichthyosaur, Wahlisaurus massarae. Image by James McKay, copyright James McKay. Papers (all Open Access): A new species of Propalaeotherium (Palaeotheriidae, Perissodactyla, Mammalia) from

Hack the Planet!

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:19am
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Hack the Planet! by Steven Burgess Hackathons are ‘hacking’ ‘marathons’, and traditionally bring people together to try and solve a defined problem in the field of software development over a period of several days.

Can drinking tea help us understand climate change?

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:18am
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Can drinking tea help us understand climate change? For the price of a cup of tea, or perhaps several, we are making strides towards better understanding climate change thanks to Judith Sarneel, a researcher

Ischemic stroke therapy – does the gut microbiota hold the key? by Sara Adães

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:18am
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Ischemic stroke therapy – does the gut microbiota hold the key? by Sara Adães As the world’s population grows older, the burden of stroke continues to increase. Epidemiological data indicates that around 17 million

PLOS Biology is at ASM Microbe 2016!

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 7:59pm
Blount-thumb-small0000-0002-8715-2896Source: PLOS Biology is at ASM Microbe 2016! AddThis Sharing Buttons above This year’s American Society of Microbiology conference, ASM Microbe 2016, kicks off on June 16th, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. PLOS BiologyPLOS Biology

Risk factors and therapeutic pathways for neurodegenerative diseases: a new PLOS research collection for #FENS2016

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 5:33pm
col sample image0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Risk factors and therapeutic pathways for neurodegenerative diseases: a new PLOS research collection for #FENS2016 0000-0002-8715-2896 The latest in PLOS neurodegenerative brain research now available as a collection Recently, PLOS asked its journal editors and