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7 new “habitable” planets, plus scientists running for office

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:29pm
new-planets-artist-690x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: 7 new “habitable” planets, plus scientists running for office AddThis Sharing Buttons above HUZZAH! SEVEN “NEARBY” “HABITABLE” PLANETS! Not to denigrate the scientific achievement, which is noteworthy for its novelty and sophistication. Not to

Fossil Friday Roundup: February 24, 2017

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:27pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: February 24, 2017 Featured Image: The jaw of Eotaria, a Miocene seal from California. From Velez-Juarbe (2017), first paper listed below. Papers (All Open Access): Eotaria citrica, sp. nov., a new

To drink or not to drink, and if you do, how much–for healthy brain aging?

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:01pm
8384110298_da510e0347_z (1)0000-0002-8715-2896Source: To drink or not to drink, and if you do, how much–for healthy brain aging? Wisdom and grace come with age, but so do mental slowing and increased risk for dementia. As the elderly

Rare Disease Day 2017: Talia’s Story

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:56pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Rare Disease Day 2017: Talia’s Story This year for Rare Disease Day – February 28th – DNA Science honors Cure CMT4J: Advancing Gene Therapy for Rare Diseases, run by Jocelyn and John Duff. Their

Early baleen whales contended for title of ocean’s Barry White

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:55pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Early baleen whales contended for title of ocean’s Barry White Until now, it has been a bit of a mystery about the evolution of hearing capabilities in those graceful ocean behemoths, the baleen whales.

Accessing Academic Sources on Wikipedia: An interview featuring Jake Orlowitz

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 6:46pm
Orlowitz_Jake_March_2015_cropped-150x1500000-0002-8715-2896Source: Accessing Academic Sources on Wikipedia: An interview featuring Jake Orlowitz Wikipedia is the seventh most visited website on the Internet and the largest encyclopedia in existence. With so many people referencing and contributing to

Average Distance to the Nearest Forest is Increasing with Forest Loss in the US

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 6:43pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Average Distance to the Nearest Forest is Increasing with Forest Loss in the US According to a new study published in PLOS ONE by Sheng Yang and Giogros Mountrakis from the State University of

The Time is Right for Assertive Science: Scicomm in the Age of Trump

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:18pm
27383675564_4789bd5c0a_z0000-0002-8715-2896Source: The Time is Right for Assertive Science: Scicomm in the Age of Trump How ecologists and climate scientists can overcome despair and constructively respond to the installation of a climate denier as US president. What

Some emergency department physicians are three times more likely to prescribe opioids than their peers

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:17pm
2888484547_1ed97a0c92_z0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Some emergency department physicians are three times more likely to prescribe opioids than their peers A study came out last week that compared emergency department physicians on their opioid prescribing patterns. They found that

4 Reasons Graduate Students Shouldn’t Have to Work Weekends

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:14pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: 4 Reasons Graduate Students Shouldn’t Have to Work Weekends A new PhD Comic set science Twitter afire this weekend. The gist of the comic: in exchange for the flexibility of graduate school, students should

Antha: a platform for engineering biology

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:13pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Antha: a platform for engineering biology If you are a scientist, in particular a biologist, you might be very familiar with the frustration that comes from trying to reproduce an experiment described in a

Reactions to CRISPR patent decision

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:49am
CRISPR_patent_news_wordcloud0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Reactions to CRISPR patent decision 0000-0003-0319-5416 This week the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board decided that there is “no interference in fact” between the patent application of Jennifer Doudna and University of California and the

Genome-editing of designer babies OK in some cases; huge CRISPR patent fight decision, but who’s the ultimate winner?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:47am
doudna-charpentier-zhang-300x2000000-0002-8715-2896Source: Genome-editing of designer babies OK in some cases; huge CRISPR patent fight decision, but who’s the ultimate winner? AddThis Sharing Buttons above No politics this time! Unless science politics counts. DESIGNER BABIES ARE OK

Defying Mendelian Genetics and “Embryo Engineering”

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:46am
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Defying Mendelian Genetics and “Embryo Engineering” Mendel’s laws, like any laws in science, are wonderful because they make predictions possible. A woman and man both carry a recessive mutation in the same gene, and

Using ‘real life’ analogies to get past scientific uncertainty on climate change

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:15pm
15121150847_39f1a8361b_z0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Using ‘real life’ analogies to get past scientific uncertainty on climate change Guest post by Rose Hendricks Many people still treat global warming as a contentious political issue, instead of one backed by scientific

Counting Songbirds With Drones

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:14pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Counting Songbirds With Drones Gray Catbird. Photo: John Benson, via Wikimedia Commons. Distributed under a CC BY 2.0 license. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) are rapidly finding a place in ecological

Highly cited articles at PLOS ONE: Letting the community determine impact

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:14pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Highly cited articles at PLOS ONE: Letting the community determine impact AddThis Sharing Buttons above Accompanying the new 10 Highly Cited Articles Collection, PLOS ONE Senior Editor, Eric Martens discusses the history of citations

Researcher ‘First Person’: Why Context Matters When Assessing Autistic Traits

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:13pm
01-DW-The-Outsider_900 (1)0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Researcher ‘First Person’: Why Context Matters When Assessing Autistic Traits PLOSBLOGS Editor’s Note: From time to time we feature “first person” blog posts by PLOS journal authors, particularly when their newly published findings provide

Paleontology of Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:12pm
0000-0002-8715-2896Source: Paleontology of Bears Ears National Monument, Utah This is a guest post to the PLOS Paleontology Community by guest blogger Robert Gay. Rob is the Curator of Education at the Museum of Western Colorado, and also frequently

PLOS Neuro discusses breakthrough research from PLOS Biology: Brain-computer interface restores communication to the completely locked-in

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:56pm
1459055735_8121219fb4_o-690x3200000-0002-8715-2896Source: Brain-computer interface restores communication to the completely locked-in Imagine an existence without the ability to communicate. You cannot speak, gesture or even blink an eye. All means to share your thoughts, emotions and basic