How many calories do you burn by laughing?

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I have been drawn to sketch comedy since my early teens. I religiously watched every episode of In Living Colour and Saturday Night Live (SNL) and subsequently tried to re-enact some of the scenes and characters with my friends. During … Continue reading »

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A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving

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We’ve updated and reposted this Thanksgiving Day treat,  from Lily Bui! Dig into this serving of Thanksgiving projects with your friends and family! Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Help researchers take census of winter Monarch butterflies. Count Monarchs in colonies, during the … Continue reading »

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Exercise physiologist needed

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The Department of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Prince Edward Island is looking for a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer or Certified Exercise Physiologist to coordinate labs in biomechanics and exercise physiology this winter (a BSc is required, an … Continue reading »

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Interview with Joan Bloch: The connection between bus travel and preterm birth

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I spoke with Joan Bloch, PhD, CRNP, about her work on the causes of disparities in preterm birth. Although premature births are declining in America, African-American women are still far more likely than white women to have a baby born … Continue reading »

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8 Days Left! Let’s Make More Citizen Science Journalism Possible!

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We’re working with Beacon, an independent platform for journalism, to crowdfund an expansion of SciStarter’s citizen science coverage. We have 8 days left to reach our goal of $6,000 to make this happen. Today, we’re 13 percent of the way there. Let’s get … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about the sequence of the centipede genome, alternative publication metrics, how we pay attention to our sense of touch, and the information bandwidth of human neurons.   What Goes “99-Thump”? The Centipede … Continue reading »

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Can penguins tell us how far the Cretaceous diving bird Hesperornis wandered?

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Don’t mess with Hesperornis. It was a flightless, aquatic Cretaceous bird that measured up to six feet long, had a beak lined with sharp teeth, and was partially responsible for the downfall of at least one scientific career*. It superficially resembled … Continue reading »

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PLOS @ BSI Annual Congress 2014

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Will you be attending the 2014 Annual Congress of the British Society for Immunology? If so, we look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts about immunology at PLOS, Open Access, open data, and open science. You will find … Continue reading »

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What day of the week do you weigh the most?

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Monday. According to a recent study by Orsama and colleagues, that’s the day when most people experience their maximum body weight. And your lowest body weight? That’s most likely to be recorded on Friday. The weekend certainly seems to play … Continue reading »

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iGEM 2014: The Challenges of Synthetic Biology and DIYBio

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I’m standing in a crowded arena full of posters at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. To my left, a poster titled, “BioLego: Toxin Cleaner” and a few more down, one called “Edible coli: The Untapped Food Resource of the … Continue reading »

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