Climate Summit 2014 – live update from New York City

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This week’s post comes from Dr Alessandro Demaio who is postdoctoral fellow in Global Health and NCDs at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Professor at the Copenhagen School of Global Health.


Groundbreaking pledges of funding from the French, 120+ …

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about a new mechanism for incomplete puberty and infertility, and the control of embryonic tissue separation by ephrin/Eph pairs.


Rab3α Scaffolding and the Control of Puberty

Brooke Tata, Lukas Huijbregts, …

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Hey, Excuse Me… Is This Guy Boring You?

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Imagine that you’re sitting on a Cretan beach. The sun’s shining and waves are lapping on shore, when suddenly a set of jaws dripping copious amounts of saliva appear above you like some sort of CGI horror masterpiece, wanting to …

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Participants Needed: Standing desk edition

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Exciting news – researchers at the University of PEI (myself included) are beginning a study on the impact of standing desks.  If you live in the Charlottetown area (or know someone who does) and work a desk job, we’d love …

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Wisconsin’s Water Action Volunteers – Making Waves for Action [GUEST POST]

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Editor’s Note: This post was written by Kris Stepenuck, Wisconsin’s Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring Program Director.

Monitor the quality and quantity of Wisconsin’s streams with Water Action Volunteers.

Interested in water monitoring projects? We’ve got you covered!


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Your Citizen Science Idea Could Fly to Mars and Win You $20,000 from NASA!

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Buckle up folks, ‘cause NASA is coming to you with a challenge. On Saturday, NASA announced at the World Maker Faire in New York that it has opened up registration for the ‘Mars Balance Mass Challenge’. The space agency has …

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PLOS Medicine launches a new Collection on Universal Health Coverage

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A new PLOS Medicine collection, Monitoring Universal Health Coverage, provides technical details and country-level experience of the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Universal Health Coverage, adding much needed insight to the global conversation on this topic.

Universal Health Coverage …

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Psychosocial care focuses too much on young, attractive patients successfully coping with cancer.

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 The YAVIS bias reconsidered: Young, attractive, verbal, intelligent, successfully coping with cancer preferred.

For related slide presentations, see

Rethinking, rebuilding psychosocial care for cancer patients.

Why screening cancer patients for distress will increase disparities in psychosocial services.

purchase of friendshipWilliam Schofield’s …

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Ebola: a Blind Outbreak

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Grazia Caleo of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK describes her experiences as a medical epidemiologist during the Ebola outbreak in Kailhun, Sierra Leone.

In José Saramago’s book, Blindness, he describes an epidemic of an unknown infection that causes people to …

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How do paleontologists access the (non-open access) literature?

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It is no secret to those who know me that I am strongly supportive of open access (OA)–published data and personal experience alike show that OA is strongly beneficial to science. That said, it’s not as if we can ignore …

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