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Oldest Homo sapiens a “nothingburger”? Plus US health care policy approaches The End

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 1:56am
0000-0002-8715-2896 Oldest Homo sapiens a “nothingburger”? Plus top journos blast secrecy on health care law   Posted June 16, 2017 by Tabitha M. Powledge in Uncategorized post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above OLDEST HOMO SAPIENS? It’s

Fossil Friday Roundup: June 16, 2017

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 1:55am
0000-0002-8715-2896 Featured Image: Skull of specimen MCP-PV-1600-T (holotype of Probelesodon kitchingi) in lateral view. From Martinelli et al. (2017). Papers (All Open Access): Dating early animal evolution using phylogenomic data (Scientific Reports) Tiny pollen grains:

Epicentre/ Médecins Sans Frontières Scientific Day 2017: Research and Discussion from the Malaria Session

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 1:55am
0000-0002-8715-2896 Epicentre/ Médecins Sans Frontières Scientific Day 2017: Research and Discussion from the Malaria Session   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above PLOS Medicine Specialty Consulting Editor, Lorenz von Seidlein, reports research highlights and his own

Promoting reproducibility by emphasizing reporting: PLOS ONE’s approach

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 5:00pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Promoting reproducibility by emphasizing reporting: PLOS ONE’s approach   Posted June 14, 2017 by Jenna Wilson in Editorial and Publishing Policy post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above As we celebrate PLOS ONE’s ten year anniversary,

Getting the Impact Factor Genie Back in the Box

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 1:55am
Getting the Impact Factor Genie Back in the Box   Posted June 5, 2017 by Sheryl P. Denker in Uncategorized post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above 0000-0001-7318-5892 On occasion The Official PLOS Blog presents Thought Leadership

PLOS Medicine Announces a Call for Research Papers, on the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 1:55am
0000-0002-8715-2896 PLOS Medicine Announces a Call for Research Papers, on the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above Guest editors Nicola Low of the University of Bern, Switzerland

Can US Cities, States Reduce Carbon Emissions without Feds? Coping with Trump and Climate Change

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:17pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Lizards, microbes, and climate change after leaving the Paris accord   Posted June 9, 2017 by Tabitha M. Powledge in Uncategorized post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above LIZARDS AND GLOBAL WARMING Been reading about how

How do you define sedentary behaviour?

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:15pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 In the past 20 years, the amount of research published using the term sedentary behaviour has grown exponentially. In 1997, there were 61 papers published on Pubmed using the term sedentary behaviour. Last year

Synthetic Biology: Step by Step Towards its Democratization

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:15pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 An interview with Julie Legault: Founder and CEO or Amino Labs Inc.   As an enthusiast and synthetic biology practitioner, what attracts me most of our field is how fast is spreading and how

Tips on Nominating an Article for the $5,000 PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2017

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:15pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Tips on Nominating an Article for the $5,000 PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2017   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above Nominations are open until Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11.59 PM Eastern Time. To assist

Invasive Lionfish Feast on Unknown Fish Species

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 7:41pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Lionfish. Photo: Michael Gäbler, via Wikimedia Commons. Distributed under a CC BY 3.0 license. Invasive lionfish in the Caribbean Sea are preying on fish species that scientists have not even described yet. Researchers from the

Wolf Evolution and “Settled Science”

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 7:38pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Are the red and eastern wolves separate species, or hybrids with coyotes? And what has that got to do with climate change? Actually a lot, in illustrating what scientific inquiry is and what it

The secret, hidden pricetag on your cola bottle

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 7:38pm
0000-0002-8715-28960000-0002-1767-4576 The line at the convenience store is three people deep. Standing in front of me is a 40-something man with a bottle of cola and a newspaper. In front of him, a mother paying

Can the Laws of Robotics be Adapted for Paleontology?

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 7:38pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 The Laws of Robotics, created by writer Isaac Asimov, are one of the widely-known ethical concepts to spring forth from science fiction. These three guidelines (or four, depending on if you accept the Zeroth Law) set forth

New ICMJE Requirements and the PLOS Data Policy

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:02pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 New ICMJE Requirements and the PLOS Data Policy   Posted June 5, 2017 by Larry Peiperl in General post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above PLOS Medicine Chief Editor Larry Peiperl discusses the PLOS data policy in relation

Repost: Celebrating Brian Druker (ASCO 2017) and Basic Research | DNA Science Blog

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:47pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Repost: Celebrating Brian Druker (ASCO 2017) and Basic Research – June 5, 2017 post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above Chronic myeloid leukemia cells (NCI). In recognition of Dr. Brian J. Druker’s receipt of the ASCO 2017 Science

Getting the Impact Factor Genie Back in the Box

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:46pm
0000-0002-8715-28960000-0001-7318-5892 On occasion The Official PLOS Blog presents Thought Leadership interviews with scientists leading the way on issues integral to the transformation of science communication and advancement of Open Science. Previous interviewees include Bruce Alberts

Diandongosuchus: the Strange-Faced Transitional Phytosaur

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:44pm
This guest post was contributed by David Moscato, a freelance science writer. This guest post reflects the views solely of its author, which are not necessarily shared by PLOS. Thank you, David, for contributing to the

Understanding Images: Human nose shape and climate adaptation

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:44pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Understanding Images: Human nose shape and climate adaptation   Posted June 5, 2017 by Guest Contributor in Biology, Climate, Environment, Evolution, Genetics, Image, Open access, Outreach, PLOS Genetics, Research post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above

US to leave the Paris Climate Accords: What now for ecologists? | PLOS Ecology Community

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:40pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 UPDATED June 1, 2017 Well he’s gone and done it. In light of President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the 2016 Paris Climate Change Accord, PLOS Ecology will focus our blogging this