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Wanted: You and Your Dog! For Science! – It’s National Dog Day! [GUEST POST]

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:52pm

Editor’s Note: In honor of National Dog Day, we are featuring an article by Julie Hecht, the Dog Spies blogger for Scientific American.

 

A few years back, John Homans, former executive editor of New York magazine, published What’s

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Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:09pm

At the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XIII) held in Mexico City earlier this month, we learned of a very serious and dangerous tropical disease situation now unfolding in Venezuela.   The most glaring public health failure has been a sharp …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: fishermen, sailor, beachcomber, diver – the seas of research helpers

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:22am

Many of you have had summer fun with citizen science at the beach, intertidal zone, and ocean. What do your efforts contribute to? In a new chapter, Martin Thiel and colleagues tallied the contributions of citizen science …

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The Citizen Science Funding Resource Guide

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:10pm

Looking for ways to fund citizen science research? Check out the Citizen Science Funding Resource Guide!

242px-Environmental_Protection_Agency_logo.svgJessica Clemente, an environmental science graduate thought she would be doing work outside of her community once she got her degree. But she is …

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Reanalysis: No health benefits found for pursuing meaning in life versus pleasure

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:34am

NOTE: After I wrote this blog post, I received via PNAS the reply from Steve Cole and Barbara Fredrickson to our article.  I did not have time to thoroughly digest it, but will address it in a future blog post.

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Planting a Cretaceous Pond, South American Edition

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:13am

If you close your eyes and visualize Mesozoic foliage, a few particular types of plants might spring to mind. There are probably some palm trees, a few ferns, a cycad (“sago palm”) or two, and if you are particularly in-the-know, …

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Gluten-free does not equal healthy. But the food industry doesn’t want you to know that.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am

 

In the late 1990’s, my grandmother who lived with my family was diagnosed with celiac disease. The experience of planning meals became mildly traumatic for all of us. My most vivid recollection that of is breakfast time: my grandmother …

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On our way to @FEBSEMBO2014

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 6:15am

PLOS is heading to the FEBS EMBO 2014 meeting starting next Saturday, 30th August through Thursday 4th September.

If you’re going to be there please stop by to say hello, we’ll be at Booth 72

I’ll …

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The Global Response to the Ebola Fever Epidemic: What Took So Long?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:49pm

Mark J. Siedner of Harvard Medical School and John D. Kraemer of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, discuss the impact of the delayed global response to the Ebola epidemic.

On August 8, twenty weeks …

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Exploring a Culture of Health: Repurposing Medicine to Help More People

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:22pm

This post is part of Exploring a Culture of Health, a citizen science series brought to you by Discover Magazine, SciStarter and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as an ally to help Americans work together to

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Things That Make a Vertebrate Paleontologist Weep with Joy

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:14am

There are times when I really wish I were born an invertebrate paleontologist. For many of them*, a few kilograms of rock can contain dozens or even hundreds of specimens of a single species. This is awesome, because some of …

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Prostate cancer screening dispute, microbiome hype

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:17am

Once more, screening for prostate cancer

It’s pretty much conventional wisdom among the experts that routine prostate cancer screening for the prostate-specific antigen can cause more harm than good. The recent results of the European study of routine PSA screening …

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Ebola: Liberians Destined for Extinction

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 6:28pm

Liberian medical student Gondah Lekpeh gives us his perspective from the front lines of the Ebola outbreak.

On July 22 of this year, the Liberian Minister of Health informed us and the world that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in …

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Do multivitamin supplements increase mortality risk?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:11am

Earlier this week, I was innocently scrolling through the latest research on the JAMA Internal Medicine website. The top headline on the ‘Most Read’ side panel instantly caught my eye: ‘Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women’. …

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:25pm

In PLOS Biology this week you can read about a survival strategy employed by Salmonella bugs, transcript capping in the cytoplasm and differences in the architecture of the visual cortex between rodents and higher mammals.

 

The mammalian visual

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On due dates (Or: why confidence intervals are often better than means)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:00pm

As regular readers will know, my wife is pregnant.  In fact, today is the due date.  As of this writing (2:30 EST), labour has yet to commence.

Throughout the pregnancy, my wife and I have constantly reminded ourselves that …

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I Smell Green, You Smell Blue

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:35pm
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Color Palate

In elementary school, we all learn about our five senses: taste, smell, touch, sight, and sound. Together, they continuously provide us with massive amounts of sensory input. One way we make sense of all this is by forming associations: between …

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#NoNewLicenses Update

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:31pm

Since our coalition of over 50 signatories first released our letter to the STM Association calling on them to withdraw their new model licenses there has been overwhelming support. We’ve added new signatories daily to now reach 85. The most …

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Why the ice bucket challenge is different

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:07pm

When something starts to show up enough on your Facebook or Twitter feed, you get sick of it. I get it. The ALS ice bucket challenge is now so big that TV news shows, while reading tweets to fill time …

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