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Worms in the Big Apple: Identifying Patterns of Toxocariasis Infection in New York City

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:12pm

For thousands of Americans, roundworm infection may pose a serious threat to their health. Toxocariasis, an illness caused by a parasitic roundworm, can potentially cause chronic health problems, including ocular infections, diminished lung function, and poor cognitive development. It …

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Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am

Recently, a mild-to-severe respiratory illness in children in the Southeast and Midwest United States has been emerging. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that between mid-August and September 11th, 2014, their laboratory has confirmed

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The Figure Makes the Fossil

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:37am

As I wrap up revisions on a manuscript, as well as continuing the day to day work in “my” museum collection, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good figure of a fossil. The thought is driven in …

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Citizen Science in the Classroom: Mapping Mars and Be a Martian with NASA [GUEST POST]

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:49am

Editor’s Note: This post has been republished and shared in celebration of SciStarter’s Back To School campaign where you will find 10 citizen science projects aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Students Explore the Surface of Mars and Contribute

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Ethical dilemmas of giving Ebola drugs to the people who need them most

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:29pm

Although the outbreak is bursting beyond efforts to contain it, and daily finds ways to reach whole new levels of scary (for example, there have been a handful of cases in Lagos, a city the size of New York), …

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Catch the Katydid if You Can

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:21pm

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It’s too fast to catch, spears smaller insects with spiny legs, and sings a song that mirrors the syllables of its name, “Ka-ty-did, Ka-ty-didn’t.­ Its music is so catchy, it has even been used as the …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The Key to Unlocking Collaborative Conservation for Birds

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:12am

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This was a big week in the news for citizen science in bird conservation. Audubon released a report on projected impacts of climate change on birds. The annual State of the Birds report was released at an event in …

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Jack the Ripper, more poison at NIH, Rosetta & the comet

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:26am

 

Ripped from the headlines

Scientists have greeted with hoots and catcalls the claim that Jack the Ripper, the near-mythical late-19th Century London serial killer, has been identified from DNA as an immigrant Polish baker named Aaron Kosminski.

The DNA …

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Alcohol: breaking up is hard to do.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:29pm

There are many absurdities in society that we overlook or come to accept. For me, there are few though more absurd than our relationship with alcohol. Addictive, harmful, carcinogenic and associated with a raft of social, economic and health consequences …

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When Retroviral Research Goes Viral

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:20pm
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The PLOS Pathogens team reflects on their most widely shared article and the benefits and pitfalls of sharing science research on social media.

Social media has taken the science world by storm. Or maybe it’s the other way around; but …

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Black Pee Disease Offers New View of Arthritic Joints

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:48am

AlkaptonuriaA new cause of osteoarthritis identified by research on a rare disease,” ran the headline of a news release a few weeks ago. I was drawn to “rare disease,” even though I actually have osteoarthritis. When I read “alkaptonuria,” …

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Modelling cell interaction, deciding on optimal paths and tracking tumour evolution: The PLOS Comp Biol August Issue

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:52am

Here is our selection of PLOS Computational Biology highlights for August.

During the embryonic development of multicellular organisms, millions of cells cooperatively build structured tissues, organs and whole organisms, a process called morphogenesis. It is still not entirely understood …

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Further Integration: The latest update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:14am
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In November 2013, PLOS Medicine and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) called for submissions to the third year of the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce an exciting new update to the Year 3 Collection

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Asifa Majid on language and olfaction

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:09pm

When I first ran across Asifa Majid’s  article with Ewelina Wnuk in Cognition, about how speakers of Maniq, a language indigenous to southern Thailand, have a vocabulary for talking about smell, I was taken aback. In anthropology, especially since …

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:01pm

In PLOS Biology this week you can read about citizen science oceanography, de-differentiation and drug resistance in cancer, fine-tuning of DNA repair and action potential initiation in cortical neurons.

Crowdsourcing the Collection of Oceanographic Data

In a new Community …

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Time is of the essence: How to best spend 30 minutes for your health

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:00am

Today’s post comes from Jonathan Kurka and Matthew Buman, discussing a recent paper that they published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.  Below is a video of Dr Buman explaining the main findings of his study, which was recorded

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Citizen Science for the Classroom: Special Edition

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 6:30am

Your citizen science backpack is here!

Here are 10 citizen science projects you can use in your classroom. SciStarter’s Karen McDonald aligned them with the new Next Generation Science Standards!

Click the title of each project to link to detailed

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Detection by Dung: Don’t Eat the Brown Snow

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:11pm

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Researchers in Antarctica on a mission to locate penguin colonies found two groups of seabirds, thanks to a little help from satellites, helicopters, and the detection of more “primitive” evidence: penguin poop.

Our favorite tuxedo-clad Emperor penguin is native to …

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PLOS Resources on Ebola

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 8:35am
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Virginia Barbour, Medicine & Biology Editorial Director at PLOS, on the urgent need for Open Access research into the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa probably began in Guinea in 2013, but it was only …

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Who Should Contribute to Funding of Global Health R&D and How Much?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 7:27am
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The international community recently gave WHO a mandate to advance global health R&D by creating a pooled international fund for a first set of four Demonstration Projects. Mari Grepstad, Suerie Moon and John-Arne Røttingen consider how it could be funded.

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