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Study Report, Study Reality, and the Gap Between

14 hours 44 min ago

We take mental shortcuts about research reports. “I read a study,” we say. We don’t only talk about them as though they are the study – we tend to think of them that way, too. And that’s risky. Even the … Continue reading »

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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro: A Personal Account (Part 2)

17 hours 19 min ago

Click here to read part 1 of this story. Like a procession of overdressed zombies holding walking poles, we’ve been staggering uphill on this loose volcanic rock since midnight. My watch reads 4:14am. Although our pace rivals that of a … Continue reading »

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Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar

22 hours 5 min ago

Interested in more spring themed citizen science projects? Check out the ones the SciStarter team has handpicked for you here! Or use SciStarter’s project finder to find one that piques your curiosity! In 1998 Tim Sparks, a research biologist at … Continue reading »

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How Articles Get Noticed and Advance the Scientific Conversation

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:00pm

By Victoria Costello, PLOS Senior Social Media & Community Editor The good news is you’ve published your manuscript! The bad news? With two million other new research articles likely to be published this year, you face steep competition for readers, … Continue reading »

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Who Let the Microbes Out: A Paw Print of Doggy Skin Bacteria

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:31pm

A house is not a home without a dog, and a dog isn’t a “D-O-double-G” without its microbial “crew.” Human microbiome research is progressing rapidly, and we are always learning how the bacteria living on and inside of us contribute … Continue reading »

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Games That Teach You Something About Public Health

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:30am

Reading is great, but sometimes it’s more fun to learn by playing. Here are a few games that will end up teaching you something about public health: Spent: This game is for anybody who feels like they know how they … Continue reading »

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Amazingly spun mindfulness trial in British Journal of Psychiatry: How to publish a null trial

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:20am

Since when is “mindfulness therapy is not inferior to routine primary care” newsworthy?   Spinning makes null results a virtue to be celebrated…and publishable. An article reporting a RCT of group mindfulness therapy Sundquist, J., Lilja, Å., Palmér, K., Memon, … Continue reading »

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: A Personal Account (Part 1)

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:36am

When most people think of vacations, they envision themselves lounging on a sunny beach, sipping a drink out of a coconut, while hotel staff tend to their every need. Although there is nothing especially wrong with this type of holiday, my … Continue reading »

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Nature’s Notebook: Through the Eyes of a Citizen Scientist

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:00am

This guest post by Sharman Apt Russel describes a citizen science experience with the the project, Nature’s Notebook featured on our recent Spring themed newsletter. Check out the rest of the projects on that list here. Nature’s Notebook is also one … Continue reading »

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‘Open Source, Open Science’ meeting report – March 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:34pm

On March 19th and 20th, the Center for Open Science hosted a small meeting in Charlottesville, VA, convened by COS and co-organized by Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) and Titus Brown (UC Davis). People working across the open science ecosystem … Continue reading »

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Do AA and other 12-step programs work? Does breastfeeding raise IQ?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:57pm

Do 12-step programs for addiction treatment work? Are 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous effective treatments for addiction? That long-time dispute has just popped up again, prompted mostly by an Atlantic article with the click-worthy title “The Irrationality … Continue reading »

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Understanding Images: Golden Retrievers Contribute to Cancer Research

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:22am

This continues our series of blog posts from PLOS Genetics about our monthly issue images. Author Kerstin Lindblad-Toh discusses February’s issue image from Tonomura et al Author: Kerstin Lindblad-TOH, Professor Uppsala University, Co-Director SciLifeLab Sweden and Director of Vertebrate Genome Biology, … Continue reading »

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Autism Gene Discovery Recalls Alzheimer’s and BRCA1 Stories

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:27pm

Discovery of a new gene behind autism cleverly combines genetic techniques new and classic. Autism has been difficult to characterize genetically. It is probably a common endpoint for many genotypes, and is a multifactorial (“complex”) trait. That is, hundreds of genes … Continue reading »

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Drink makers are squirrely about ingredients, even when they share nutrition info

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:20pm

Alcoholic beverage manufacturer Diageo made headlines recently for announcing they will put nutrition labels on their products, including Guinness and Smirnoff brands. But the buzz about nutrition information (which I wrote about, briefly, for Lifehacker) skipped over what should be … Continue reading »

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Spring is the Season for Citizen Science

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:26am

Here are six projects in need of your help as you walk the dog, work in your garden, clean the gutters, or do spring cleaning. And check out these  new citizen science projects just added to the Project Finder on … Continue reading »

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Time for a jumpstart: accelerating access to new and promising DR-TB drugs

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:00am

On World TB day, Grania Brigden (@TBbrigden) of Médecins Sans Frontières (@MSF) calls for improved global access to MDR-TB drugs. World TB Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made in beating this ancient disease. … Continue reading »

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Happy Unplug and Play Week

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 8:37am

March 23-29 is Unplug and Play Week (hat tip to Dr Jamie Burr for posting to twitter). I’ve gone on and on (and on) about screen time here on the blog, and the damaging effects that it has on everyone, … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Scoop: Tweeting about Spring Citizen Science

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 9:39pm

With the occurrence of the spring equinox, there are many cultural and religious celebrations of life, renewal, bounty, and freedom. Over 300 million people celebrate the Persian festival of Nowruz. In South Asia, there are festivals for Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, … Continue reading »

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Journey North: Tracking the Stories of Survival with Citizen Science

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 5:00am

It was a crisp morning following a cold night in Goleta’s Coronado Monarch Butterfly Preserve. As Luke crossed a beam that had been dropped across a swampy area, he looked up at the Eucalyptus grove and sighed quietly. “Where are … Continue reading »

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Apple Watch ResearchKit ethics, NYT flubs cellphone risks, scientists urge halt to human genome work

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:15pm

An Apple all day keeps the doctors monitoring you 24/7 I wasn’t paying much attention to the miasma emanating from last week’s Apple presentation, which seemed to consist entirely of The Watch and its astonishing pricing. So the news about … Continue reading »

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