Article-Level Metrics Highlight: Top 10 of the Summer

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summerHaving just published our 100,000th article, the staff at PLOS ONE realizes that easily finding research papers among our wide selection is very important to our diverse community. This is one reason we’ve now joined forces with the PLOS

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How Much of Your Genome Is Functional?

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On the 24th of July, 2014 PLOS Genetics published an article entitled: “8.2% of the Human Genome Is Constrained: Variation in Rates of Turnover across Functional Element Classes in the Human Lineage”. Two weeks later the article …

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Summer Highlights

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For folk who are interested in the ways that art and science relate to one another, this has been a wonderful summer to live in or pass through London. So without further ado, here are some of the highlights, all …

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Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV coinfection: Time for Concerted Action

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As PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases launches its Visceral Leishmaniasis-HIV Collection, Johan van Griensven discusses the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to tackling VL-HIV co-infection.

In 2013, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases decided to dedicate a special collection to VL-HIV co-infection. With …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: A Tide of Citizen Science History Revisited

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After sharknado 2, shark week, and Thiel’s review of the impacts and promises of citizen science for marine research, here is a second (historic) post about historic citizen science in the marine environment (originally at Scientific American).…

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Open to positive feedback

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I’m extremely happy to say that on the 1st October I’ll be taking up a lectureship at the Open University!

I’ll be sad to leave Bristol. I’ve spent all my years as a climate scientist there, ever since those running …

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Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Your Chance to Participate!

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August 28, 2014

In its history, the Earth has been repeatedly struck by asteroids, large chunks of rock from space that can cause considerable damage in a collision. Can we—or should we—try to protect Earth from potentially …

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about the generation of neural stem cells, compensatory evolution, the evolution of language and focusing of attention by the frontal and parietal areas of the cortex.


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Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency?

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At the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XIII) held in Mexico City earlier this month, we learned of a very serious and dangerous tropical disease situation now unfolding in Venezuela.   The most glaring public health failure has been a sharp …

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Wanted: You and Your Dog! For Science! – It’s National Dog Day! [GUEST POST]

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Editor’s Note: In honor of National Dog Day, we are featuring an article by Julie Hecht, the Dog Spies blogger for Scientific American.


A few years back, John Homans, former executive editor of New York magazine, published What’s

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