Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV coinfection: Time for Concerted Action

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In 2013, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases decided to dedicate a special collection to VL-HIV co-infection. With Ed Zijlstra, Asrat Hailu, and myself as guest editors, they sent out a call for papers. Today the Visceral Leishmaniasis-HIV Collection is launched, …

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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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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: fishermen, sailor, beachcomber, diver – the seas of research helpers

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Many of you have had summer fun with citizen science at the beach, intertidal zone, and ocean. What do your efforts contribute to? In a new chapter, Martin Thiel and colleagues tallied the contributions of citizen science …

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The Citizen Science Funding Resource Guide

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Looking for ways to fund citizen science research? Check out the Citizen Science Funding Resource Guide!

242px-Environmental_Protection_Agency_logo.svgJessica Clemente, an environmental science graduate thought she would be doing work outside of her community once she got her degree. But she is …

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Reanalysis: No health benefits found for pursuing meaning in life versus pleasure

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NOTE: After I wrote this blog post, I received via PNAS the reply from Steve Cole and Barbara Fredrickson to our article.  I did not have time to thoroughly digest it, but will address it in a future blog post.

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