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Zika Emergency Puts Open Data Policies to the Test

4 hours 19 min ago
stethoscope-640x320AddThis Sharing Buttons above The Zika outbreak comes at a time of ongoing advances in data sharing policy, including a new call by the Wellcome Trust for journals and research funders to support open sharing

Statement on Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies

4 hours 20 min ago
The following is a joint funder/journal statement released today on Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies. To learn about the special PLOS Zika virus publishing initiative, please read this Speaking of Medicine post. The arguments for

Anaesthesia Response, Controlling Cas9, and How to Use Github: the PLOS Comp Biol January Issue

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:58pm
social_norms_in_small_scale_societies-5-690x320AddThis Sharing Buttons above Here are our highlights from the PLOS Computational Biology January issue: Brain Connectivity Dissociates Responsiveness from Drug Exposure during Propofol-Induced Transitions of Consciousness Scientific understanding of how brain networks generate consciousness

Reading Research Roundup: ParsimonyGate, Flat to Fact and much more

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 2:57pm
Here is what’s been happening recently in academia, science and scholarly publishing: If you missed the #ParsimonyGate debacle on Twitter last week, Matt Simon from Wired has a good recap of this online debate over phylogenetic

Ice ages and suffocating ocean zones: reconstructing past oxygen minimums with an eye to the future

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:32pm
Vampire_des_abysses-600x320A recent paper published in PLOS ONE uses geochemical and fossil evidence from the period of global warming at the end of the last ice age to reconstruct the depth and extent of ocean areas

Be Heard: PLOS BLOGS Reader Survey

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:31pm
Be Heard: PLOS BLOGS Reader Survey   Posted February 5, 2016 by PLOS Guest Blogger in Open Access post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above PLOS serves its authors and readers through its suite of journals, community

Author Interview: Kelsey Stilson on Gnarly Rhino Bones

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:30pm
Black rhinoceros. Image by Vassil, public domain. Rhinos are an amazing group of animals, and have a rich fossil history, too. During the past 40 million years, they have transformed from fairly small ancestral forms

Is the government telling women not to drink? How many microbes in the human body?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:59pm
homepage_734x546pxThe headlines called it “incredibly condescending” (Alexandra Petri, ComPost),  “unrealistic” (Jia Tolentino, Jezebel), and “bonkers” (Olga Khazan and Julie Beck, The Atlantic.) The post from the aptly named Brandy Zadrozny at The Daily Beast) was

Of Mice and Men: Uncovering Cardiovascular Disease Genetics

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:58pm
RCA_atherosclerosis-690x320February is American Heart Month, a great time to take a closer look at cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 17.5 million people die each year from CVD, a figure representing

The Enduring Need for Cancer Treatment

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 2:02pm
INFOGRAFIC_twitter-slice_aim-burden-640x320Danielle Rodin is a Radiation Oncology Resident at the University of Toronto and co-founded the group GlobalRT, which is a group of young professionals dedicated to improving the availability and accessibility of radiation therapy resources

The Global Development Framework in Transition: Where are Mothers and Newborns in the Post-2015 Era?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 1:56pm
1488557811_360d3d97b9_o-690x320By Dr. Koki Agarwal, Dr. Ana Langer  & Joy Riggs-Perla While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) underlined the necessity of better policies and programs to improve maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other health conditions,

CF Rx: Exercise

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 1:54pm
We can’t change our genes – yet – but we can alter our environments to ease life with an inherited illness. Meet two young people whose love of dance, running, yoga, and more is helping

How Did That Make It Through Peer Review?

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:20pm
 AJC ajcann.wordpress.comThe title’s question is one I’ve heard asked many times over the years. It has been uttered by senior colleagues, grad students, amateurs, and just about everyone else, too. The query is usually raised in

The Zika Virus – what do you need to know?

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:36pm
zik-world-map_active_01-26-2016_web_2-690x320Countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission (CDC) The more I read up on a topic, the more complicated it ends up being. As you start trying to unravel the ball of yarn, every

How Synthetic Biology Will Solve Biological Mysteries and Make Humans Safer in Space by Lucas Hartsough

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:35pm
261578main_47_FirstAmerican_1024-7681-690x320The release of the hit movie The Martian highlighted the diverse engineering challenges in visiting the distant surface of another world. More recently, the historic landing of SpaceX’s Falcon first stage gives hope that access

Featured Paleoartist: Studiospectre’s Stephen R. Moore

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:28pm
IMG_0196Speaking on behalf of Andy, Jon, and myself, we are always striving to make the PLOS Paleo Community a useful venue for our readers (and you can help us even more by taking the PLOS

How Open Is It? An interview with Greg Tananbaum

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:28pm
As Open Access becomes more widespread, quantifying the range of OA options has become complex. In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Greg Tananbaum, the owner of ScholarNext, about the spectrum of Open Access, the tool available

What’s your excuse for being inactive?

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:27pm
When Travis and I started writing this blog back in 2008, our lives looked drastically different than they do today. We were both graduate students in our 20’s, with ample spare time, good health, few

Open Access 2015: A Year Access Negotiators Edged Closer to the Brink

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 2:40pm
Bastian_Inverse_impact_law-1024x582It’s the year many negotiators got seriously tough on double dipping – charging for both the ability to read (via subscriptions) and for publishing (author processing charges, or APCs). Last year it was France getting tough

City lights, urban sprawl, and uncovering the future of ecology with Dr. Peter Groffman

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 2:37pm
8247975848_9319234b38_k-690x320“For a long time in environmental science we’ve done a pretty good job of keeping people outside the box of ecosystems” says Dr. Peter Groffman, who studies the microbial and chemical ecology of urban landscapes