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Fossil Friday Roundup: May 27, 2016

9 hours 31 min ago
foundations_1-7Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: May 27, 2016 Featured image: Black Beauty, the T. rex fossil on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, AB, Canada. Image courtesy Royal Tyrrell Museum. Papers: An enigmatic aquatic

It’s the little things in life: Microbiology at PLOS

9 hours 32 min ago
Source: It’s the little things in life: Microbiology at PLOS   Microbiology – the study of small, but mighty microscopic organisms – is an expansive and complex discipline fundamental to basic and applied life sciences

iGEM REPORT: Combining the Biological Unnatural Amino Acid (UAA) Orthogonal Genetical System with Logic “AND” Gate Gene Circuit to Kill Bladder Cells Precisely

9 hours 32 min ago
Source: iGEM REPORT: Combining the Biological Unnatural Amino Acid (UAA) Orthogonal Genetical System with Logic “AND” Gate Gene Circuit to Kill Bladder Cells Precisely Note for Reviewers This work has been submitted for open review

Stadium speakers and psychologists: a survey for scientists in tenured and tenure-track positions

9 hours 32 min ago
Source: Stadium speakers and psychologists: a survey for scientists in tenured and tenure-track positions The image above is taken of a Baruch College lecture hall that seats 500 students (creative commons license). In today’s academic job

Health in Flight: Medicine and Migration at the MSF Scientific Days

9 hours 35 min ago
Source: Health in Flight: Medicine and Migration at the MSF Scientific Days AddThis Sharing Buttons above Rebecca Lockhart, PLOS Medicine Publications Assistant, reflects on Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Scientific Days 2016. At this year’s annual

Easing Discovery: A New Website for PLOS

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:10am
Home-page-690x320Source: Easing Discovery: A New Website for PLOS 0000-0001-7318-5892 PLOS has a history of moving forward on initiatives designed to benefit diverse stakeholders, from authors, reviewers, editors and librarians to policy makers, educators and the

Cow Embryos Reveal New Type of Chromosome Chimera

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:07am
Source: Cow Embryos Reveal New Type of Chromosome Chimera I’ve often wondered what happens between the time an egg is fertilized and the time the ball of cells that it becomes nestles into the uterine

Open research unlocks career opportunities: An interview featuring Meredith Niles

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:06am
Source: Open research unlocks career opportunities: An interview featuring Meredith Niles In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Meredith Niles, an early career researcher and a member of the Board of Directors at PLOS. They discuss

Young Swiss scientists take a position on synthetic biology by Dr. Franziska Oeschger

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:06am
Source: Young Swiss scientists take a position on synthetic biology by Dr. Franziska Oeschger By Dr. Franziska Oeschger What are the hopes and fears connected to synthetic biology? Who should decide how this technology will

Unusual tusks in a new species of dicynodont from the Permian of Brazil

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 2:37pm
Source: Unusual tusks in a new species of dicynodont from the Permian of Brazil Featured image above courtesy Mario Quiñones Faúndez May has been a spectacularly busy month. And a lot of awesome research was

WHA69: Leave no one behind, World Hepatitis Alliance

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 2:36pm
Source: WHA69: Leave no one behind, World Hepatitis Alliance Raquel Peck is the CEO of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), she shares her hope thats stronger action on viral hepatitis will be high on the

Science By Donation: Tips for successful research crowdfunding

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 6:47pm
//www.flickr.com/photos/spacing/2126966039/Source: Science By Donation: Tips for successful research crowdfunding   What does it take to get ordinary people to fund your science? This is the third in a series of posts that will explore the

Fighting addiction through the gut-brain axis…the future?

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:03pm
Featured image courtesy of the Imperial College of London.Source: Fighting addiction through the gut-brain axis…the future?   “We are what we eat”. This piece of folk knowledge is true in more ways than one. In fact, it is well known that food, through

Don’t Call Me Tarpan

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:02pm
Source: Don’t Call Me Tarpan Note: This guest post was contributed by Andrea Castelli. Andrea had published this in an earlier version elsewhere, but has updated it for PLOS Blogs. Thank you, Andrea! If you

Conservation Research: Aiming at the Wrong Target?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:00pm
Gibbon_symphalangus_syndactylus,_Chiba_Zoo,_JapanSource: Conservation Research: Aiming at the Wrong Target? AddThis Sharing Buttons above Six years ago, the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, which included 20 specific goals, known as the Aichi

PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2016: Nominations open

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:59am
Source: PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2016: Nominations open AddThis Sharing Buttons above With the launch of the PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2016, I talked to João Barroso-Batista, one of the first authors of last year’s

The cost of being poor, as told by toilet paper

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:56am
Source: The cost of being poor, as told by toilet paper From David Pursehouse (reproduced under creative commons licences) One of the greatest fictional stories isn’t a summer blockbuster and doesn’t star a big-budget Hollywood celebrity. It’s

Is ecotourism an effective conservation tool?

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:56am
Source: Is ecotourism an effective conservation tool? Nature is in trouble. Across the globe, degradation and loss of habitat, over-exploitation of natural resources, and human-induced changes in climate are causing species to decline at an

Fossil Friday Roundup: May 20, 2016

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:06pm
spiclypeus-690x320Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: May 20, 2016 This week’s featured image is the skull of the new horned dinosaur Spiclypeus, from Mallon et al. 2016. Papers: Data Sources for Trait Databases: Comparing the Phenomic Content of

Is the new GMO report the last word? Also, John Oliver explains science news for you

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:02pm
john-oliver-p-hackingSource: Is the new GMO report the last word? Also, John Oliver explains science news for you AddThis Sharing Buttons above THAT NEW GMO REPORT IS QUITE A BIG DEAL If there can be a