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Key New Species Discoveries of 2014

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:47pm

While there’s no denying the ongoing global extinction of animals, microbes and plants, the discovery of new species provides critical information into the puzzle of earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history. Each year, thousands of new species are identified: 18,000 in … Continue reading »

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Barney Carroll on domesticating psychosis

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:31am

Although posted only a couple of days ago, my presentation from Royal Edinburgh Infirmary, Division of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh is now passing the benchmark of over 1000 views. You can also find an interesting Storify of my lecture by … Continue reading »

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Citizen Science for herptile fans!

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:20pm

Amphibians and reptiles, also known asherptiles or herps, are the focus of many citizen science projects. If you like frogs, turtles, and salamanders, just to name a few, join one of the projects below to help us better understand the … Continue reading »

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The Physician “Brain Drain” from Sub-Saharan Africa to the US: Reasons, Consequences, Potential Solutions

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:33pm

To read the completed 7-29 PLOS redditscience AMA with these authors go to http://plos.io/AMA16!  A recent PLOS One research article, “Monitoring Sub-Saharan African Physician Migration and Recruitment Post-Adoption of the WHO Code of Practice: Temporal and Geographic Patterns in the United States,” … Continue reading »

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Update to Blue Marble Health Collection

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:00pm

This week sees a major update to the PLOS Collection “Blue Marble Health: the mismatch between national wealth and population health” with the addition of 50 new papers, including two new editorials published today in PLOS Medicine and PLOS Neglected … Continue reading »

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Using math to make Guinness

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:03pm

If you ever read public health research, you’ve probably encountered the term “Student’s t-test,” or just “t-test.” The experimenters will do this magical test, and suddenly conclude that everything is awesome. But even when you’re familiar with the t-test and … Continue reading »

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PLOS Genetics’ Tenth Anniversary

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:13pm

2015 marks the tenth anniversary of publishing cutting-edge research at PLOS Genetics. Since the inaugural issue on the 25th of July 2005, PLOS Genetics has been dedicated to supporting the scientists that make up the genetics community with ethical rigour, … Continue reading »

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The ‘Dad Bod’ Explained: A Study of Weight Gain during Fatherhood

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:00pm

  Does a woman’s pregnancy affect the weight of her partner? And is weight gain sustained while the kids grow up? Anecdotally, many people would undoubtedly say yes from their own experiences. Lack of sleep, less time for exercise, and … Continue reading »

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Winner of the PLOS Genetics issue image campaign

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:55am

  Earlier this month we launched a campaign to solicit people’s favourite PLOS Genetics issue images, published over the last ten years, from a selection of five. The winning image depicts claudin 1, E-cadherin and keratin 14 in the tail … Continue reading »

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Hello, We’re Open

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:18am

Karin Purshouse (@karinpurshouse), a clinical and academic junior doctor in Oxford, invites you to join the conversation with other early career researchers at the next OpenCon Community Call, this Wednesday, July 29. It is not always easy, as a junior researcher, … Continue reading »

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We Want the Funk: The Ups and Downs of Wild Microbes in Beer

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:51pm

Funky, floral, complex. No, this is not a description of a piece of vintage wallpaper. These are some of the words that are used to describe the enormous variety that exists within the world of beer. Whether you are enjoying … Continue reading »

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Publishing Initiatives at PLOS: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:16pm

In January 2015, we wrote about exciting developments at PLOS specifically designed to improve the author and community experience.   The changes begun at the end of 2014 included a redesign of our PDF layout into a clean, single column design, … Continue reading »

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Three simple tips to survive grant writing

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 8:30am

Like any field, working in research has its ups and downs. Ask any scientist and they will likely identify the opportunity to guide their own inquiries through research as an upside, but grant writing as one of the main downsides. … Continue reading »

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First Americans mystery again plus $100 million search for extraterrestrials

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:44pm

DUELING PAPERS ABOUT THE FIRST AMERICANS Oh, goody. Dueling papers. Always a treat. And dueling papers in the same week in Science and Nature, an extra-special treat. The topic a hot one, as befits dueling papers: Based on genetic studies … Continue reading »

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Is Wayward Pines Genetically Plausible?

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 7:57am

Tonight is the final episode, ever, of Wayward Pines, the 10-episode FOX television show that’s the best sci-fi I’ve seen since the X-Files. The series, based on a trilogy by Blake Crouch, has a seemingly simple set-up. Random people, except … Continue reading »

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The BEKANT standing desk from IKEA: a review

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 6:00am

Despite the fact that Travis and I (though, mostly Travis) have been blathering on for years about the benefits of standing and treadmill desks, only in the past few months did I start regularly using a standing desk at my … Continue reading »

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The case against unlimited screen time

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 8:00am

PLOS Blogs colleague Beth Skwarecki has a post this week on the potential benefits of screen time for kids.  It’s makes points that are similar to those brought up by former PLOS Blogger Melinda Wenner Moyer over at Slate last year, and another … Continue reading »

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California Dreaming

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:48pm

Citizen scientists document in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles help document reptiles and amphbians in Southern California to aid in conservation efforts. Find more information about participating in RASCals, the citizen science project on SciStarter and … Continue reading »

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This picture captures why “no sugar added” is a meaningless concept

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 9:00am

It seems that every time I go to the grocery store I see more products proudly announcing that they have “no sugar added”.  Typically these claims are seen on juice and other products that contain a high sugar content. As Yoni … Continue reading »

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Behind the Scenes at PhyloPic

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:00am

Open science is about more than just tossing some publications and data notebooks into the digital ether. It’s all about communication–so, at this point I’m obligated to say that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” One of my favorite … Continue reading »

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