Just Add Water: World Water Monitoring Challenge 2013 Results

Bookmark and Share

The World Water Monitoring Challenge results are out!

Earlier this year, I found myself hanging over a concrete ledge by the Charles River. But not to worry – it was nothing dire. I was actually trying to collect a …

Category: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats

Bookmark and Share

Discover Magazine’s September print edition featured an infographic called “20 Things You Didn’t Know About Cats.” Felines seem to lead elusive, mysterious lives. Fortunately, the citizen science project Cat Tracker allows you to track your cat beyond what we can

Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making Biomolecular Simulations Accessible in the Post-Nobel Prize Era

Bookmark and Share

PLOS Computational Biology Editor-in-Chief Ruth Nussinov and Guest Editor Qiang Cui introduce a freely available interactive step-by-step guide for performing common molecular simulation tasks integrated into the CHARMM INterface and Graphics web user interface. The three papers are part of

Category: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Inaugural Centromere Biology Gordon Conference: Beth Sullivan

Bookmark and Share

As part of its mission to encourage engagement within the genetics community, PLOS Genetics is sponsoring a number of conferences and meetings this year. In order to raise awareness about these conferences and the researchers who attend them we are

Category: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A fix for GMO battles? Plus sexual harassment during field research

Bookmark and Share

 

Give us this day a fix for the GMO battles?

Two papers published in the last week were signal events for agricultural genomics. First was the draft of the huge, and hugely complex, genome of bread wheat, the …

Category: Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Delving into subject areas with PLOS Cloud Explorer

Bookmark and Share

As discussed in a previous post in the PLOS Tech blog, PLOS uses a sophisticated approach to classify research articles according to what they are about. Using machine-aided indexing, articles are associated with subject areas from a thesaurus containing over …

Category: Technology | Leave a comment

Millennium Development Goal 6: Measuring Progress

Bookmark and Share

One of the most dramatic international responses to the Millennium Development Goals launched by then United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan in 2000 has been the global public health community’s response to MDG 6 “To combat AIDS, malaria and other diseases” [1].  …

Category: General, Global Health, Neglected Diseases, Policy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pseudo-poo! All that glitters isn’t fecal gold

Bookmark and Share

Fossil feces are the stuff of legend. Not only do they have the “gee-whiz-gross” factor, but they also preserve evidence of diet, parasites, and paleoecology in long-dead animals. An paleontological urban legend holds that the technical term–”coprolite”–was coined …

Category: Paleontology | Tagged , | Leave a comment

This picture captures why “no sugar added” is a meaningless concept

Bookmark and Share

It seems that every time I go to the grocery store I see more products proudly announcing that they have “no sugar added”.  Typically these claims are seen on juice and other products that contain a high sugar content.

As Yoni …

Category: Miscellaneous, news, nutrition, Obesity Research | Tagged | Leave a comment

“Oh no! What happened?” “W220.2XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.”

Bookmark and Share

Last week, I ran across this very entertaining piece over in Healthcare Dive about the new ICD-10 codes. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is an incredibly useful tool in public health that basically can reduce an injury to …

Category: Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment