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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Let it go – Cancelling subscriptions, funding transitions

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A central question for many people involved in Open Access is whether it can, or will save money. Most analyses suggest that a fully OA environment is cheaper (or at worst similar in cost) for institutions (see below for the catch … Continue reading »

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Updates: Comet landing, #shirtstorm, virus moratorium, Jonah Lehrer

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For today, bringing you up to date on a few past posts. Adieu, Philae. Or is it au ‘voir? In our last episode, the plucky little lander Philae was finally on the surface of  Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. But Philae wasn’t getting … Continue reading »

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Push for Better Death Data Bears Fruit: Largest Ever Global Dataset of Individual Deaths Released

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Jocalyn Clark @jocalynclark comments on the INDEPTH Network’s release of the largest ever dataset of individual deaths in Africa and Southeast Asia, and the importance of equality in health data. Enthusiasts of global health research will have observed various battles … Continue reading »

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Economists should focus on the economy, not public health

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We get it.  Maclean’s Editor-at-Large Peter Shawn Taylor thinks that public health people (e.g. myself) should stay away from chronic disease (I guess it’s time to wrap up my research program and call it a career!).  And he thinks that … Continue reading »

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