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New content added to the Responding to Climate Change Collection

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:50pm
image.pcol_.v02.i36.g001_landscapeTo coincide with the upcoming Climate Change Talks in Paris we announce the latest update to the Responding Climate Change Collection. At a particularly crucial time for discussion and policy-making around climate change, this PLOS Collection –

Science and the Rise of the Co-Authors

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:44pm
Ensemble-930x1024  Leonhart Fuchs credited his illustrator collaborators in De Historia Stirpium, 1542 Physicists set a new record this year for number of co-authors: a 9-page report needed an extra 24 pages to list its 5,154 authors.

#SfN15 recap: Neuroethics and the Minimally Conscious State, by Cameron McKay

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:37pm
Many of us recall the tense legal battle over ten years ago surrounding the end-of-life medical care of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who went into a vegetative state after going into cardiac arrest in

When Biology and Policy are Moving Targets: The complex case of a potential success story

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:36pm
Listing and delisting of species under the endangered species act (ESA) is a delicate political and scientific dance that can play out over decades. Anyone who has paid attention to the listing, reintroduction, and delisting

Taking Action: Small Victories with Big Impacts

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:35pm
Ed Note: Today, we’re happy to welcome Jenn Lau to the blog. More information about Jenn can be found at the bottom of this post. Picture from Flickr user Pascal (pasukaru76). Click for source. The

Climate change and the catastrophic wildfire

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 3:18pm
4971832860_8c25345e37_z-640x320Image above:  Wildfire in the Florida Panther NWR (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Creative Commons license). Editor’s Note: In just 10 days world leaders will be converging on Paris, France to discuss the future of the

Questioning seasonal variation in antibiotic prescribing

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 3:17pm
In the Northern hemisphere, cold and flu season usually strikes in late fall and early winter. Both are really unpleasant, but can’t be treated by antibiotics because viruses cause the common cold and influenza. Antibiotics

PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2015: Winner Announced

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:29pm
Prize-Image1 (1)The PLOS Genetics Editors-in-Chief and Senior Editors would like to congratulate: João Barroso-Batista, Ana Sousa, Marta Lourenço, Marie-Louise Bergman, Daniel Sobral, Jocelyne Demengeot, Karina B. Xavier and Isabel Gordo, authors of the article chosen as

Place your bets: sea level rise from Antarctic ice sheet collapse

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 2:20pm
2015-03-03882B_cover_6-690x320I have a few bits of happy news! The BBC’s program Climate Change by Numbers on which I was one of the main scientific consultants has won the AAAS Science Journalism Award in the “in

Neural circuitry feeding into the lateral hypothalamus, by Matthew Soleiman

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 5:57pm
eating-pic-690x320At first blush, eating as a daily behavior may seem fairly straightforward. However, neuroscientists are still getting a handle on the complexities of how the brain controls eating – complexities which may explain how eating

Lungfishes Are Not Airheads!

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 5:50pm
2015-03-17-09.10.10-2-300x300It’s November, a month to ruminate on all of the things we are thankful for while we ruminate copious amounts of food (at least in the United States). I’ve been contemplating all of the things

Canada to ban junk food ads targeting kids?

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:04pm
fuel-690x320As you may have heard, we have a new Prime Minister here in Canada.  This week he gave marching orders to members of his cabinet, and as you might expect, he has some interesting goals

Four PLOS authors receive 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:03pm
Breakthrough-trophy-200x300Publishing in Open Access journals is not only ethically rewarding, it also can be financially rewarding. Through the Breakthrough Prize – initiated and funded in 2012 by Bay Area biotechnology innovators, social media venture capitalists

The Postdoc Crisis: An interview with Liz Silva

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:02pm
Universities are churning out newly minted PhDs much faster than they create faculty positions for them. In this episode, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Liz Silva, the Director of the MIND Program at University of California,

Fair Game: Is sport gambling with the minds of our children?

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 4:01pm
SPORTS-DRINKS-150x150In news unlikely to surprise any parent, research this week confirmed children are influenced by junk food, alcohol and gambling sponsorships of their favourite sports teams.   The study recruited children aged between 5 and

Yes, climate change causes extreme weather, and asteroid mining will be legal

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 2:58pm
climate-n-weatherDO CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING CAUSE WEIRD WEATHER? Yes. Some of it, anyway. So says a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This news is going to be a help to

Telling the Story of the World’s Most At-Risk Forests

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 3:23pm
forest_story_map_fig_1-690x320The most recent chapter of the World Wildlife Foundation’s Living Forests Report, Chapter 5:  Saving Forests at Risks, identifies 11 deforestation fronts where more than 80% of global deforestation between 2010 and 2030 is expected

Will Layla Save Gene Editing?

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 3:20pm
20150429-gene_editing-tech-300x200I had planned to blast last Thursday’s news of the use of gene-editing to save a British baby from aggressive leukemia. “Two months later, Layla was cancer-free,” proclaimed one of many enthusiastic reports. I’m always

Who’s in that vomit, anyhow?

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 3:20pm
throw-upEveryone likes “gross” fossils. Fossil poo always gets attention, and infected bones are cool to look at, but vomit is fairly unusual in the fossil record. One of the best known examples (at least to paleontologists

What does it mean to be an author in the age of distributed experiments?

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 2:10pm
8174197748_f71abe3050_b-690x320The image above is by Giulia Forsythe for the Wikipedia Educator Project (creative commons license). The following post is a guest post by Dr. Eric Lind (@elindie).   Recently at a “campus conversation” about how our strong