PLOS ONE’s Top 5 YouTube Videos of 2014

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As we reach the end of the year, it’s time to review some of the great research content published in PLOS ONE during 2014. Here, we’ve highlighted some of this year’s most popular videos, published in the Supporting Information of … Continue reading »

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Visualize PLOS ALM with Google Charts and Fusion Tables

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Learn to filter, sort, and visualize Article Level Metrics with Google Fusion Tables and Google Charts All scientific journal articles published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) have Article Level Metrics (ALM) collected about them. These metrics include citation … Continue reading »

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SciAm Blog Network revamp plus List of 2014 “best of” lists, Part I

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Big changes at the Scientific American Blog Network Revamping the Scientific American Blog Network is quite a big deal. As Knight Science Journalism Tracker Paul Raeburn reports, SciAm is eliminating about half the bloggers in the network and instituting a … Continue reading »

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Deep Ancestry: A source of inspiration by Michael Harris

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The second of our Deep Reads blog series follows the PLOS Genetics Deep Reads article, “Strands in the History of Molecular Genetics”, published yesterday. Deep Ancestry: A source of inspiration” was written by Michael Harris, a PhD student at the University … Continue reading »

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Dear Parents/Grandparents: Your Toddler Does Not Need a Screen for Christmas

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Christmas is upon us.  If you are a parent/grandparent/relative, you are likely scrambling for that last minute item that your child will love.  One thing I urge you to avoid: screens, and toys that incorporate screens.  Your toddler does not … Continue reading »

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2014: A Great Year for Hupehsuchia

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I just can’t get enough of those bizarre hupehsuchians! These ancient marine reptiles–known exclusively from ~248 million year old rocks in China–had a tubular, bone-encased torso, toothless jaws, and flippers often sprouting an extra finger and toe or two. In … Continue reading »

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Will following positive psychology advice make you happier and healthier?

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Smile or Die – the European retitling of Barbara Ehrenreich’s realist, anti-positive-psychology book Bright Sided:How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America – captures the threat of some positive psychology marketers’ advice: if you do not buy what we sell, you will … Continue reading »

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How to Use the Genetic Code for Passwords

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  Need a password for a new device or service? Try the genetic code. Messenger RNA triplets and the amino acids they specify provide nearly endless password possibilities. And it’s timely — the People’s Choice for Science magazine’s Breakthrough of … Continue reading »

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Chagas disease is turning up in (un)likely places. Who is ready for it?

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Please welcome another guest post by Charles Ebikeme. –Beth Chagas is a more dangerous and much more pervasive disease than we give it credit for. A tropical disease that is really no longer quarantined to the tropics, Chagas has been … Continue reading »

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3 tricks for preventing holiday weight gain

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Although only 1 in 10 individuals will gain 5 lbs or more during the holidays, most of us will put on some weight that tends to stay with us during the course of the following year. Thus, to help you … Continue reading »

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