Bony body tube for a bizarre marine reptile

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Prehistoric marine reptiles were a weird lot, especially in light of their lizard-like ancestors on land. You take something that roughly looks like an iguana, and evolve it into the shape of a dolphin (icthyosaurs), or evolve it …

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Chromosomal Clues to Past Pregnancy Loss

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Genetics is, in a sense, timeless. DNA sequences stay mostly the same in an individual over a lifetime. Minus the inevitable somatic mutations, the genome of a fertilized ovum is much the same as that of the 80-year-old it might …

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Claire Underwood From Netflix’s House of Cards: Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

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Last month I used the character of Frank Underwood as a “case study” to illustrate the misunderstood psychiatric diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder, and many of you asked: Well, what about his wife, Claire?

Good question!  You asked, and so …

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read how two independent research teams have identified a new gene involved in circadian rhythms, and how we can improve the power of participatory medicine.

 

Circadian rhythms are biological processes which

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Are meta analyses conducted by professional organizations more trustworthy?

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gold standardA well done meta-analysis is the new gold standard for evaluating psychotherapies. Meta-analyses can overcome the limitations of any single randomized controlled trial (RCT) by systematically integrating results across studies and identifying and contrasting outliers. Meta-analyses have the potential to …

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Awl be Darned: Metal Arrived in the Southern Levant Long Before Previously Thought

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The Copper Age, sometimes referred to as the Chalcolithic period, was a time of technological transition for humans. As stone tools gave way to metal ones, the Levant—which includes parts of modern-day Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria—emerged …

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3, 2, 1…Project MERCCURI Blasts Off to the ISS Today!!

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What happens when you combine professional cheerleaders, microbiologists, and astronauts? The answer is Project MERCCURI and the Microbial Playoffs… in SPAAACE!

SPACE FLORIDA, FL — Today, something  amazing is headed toward the ISS—microbial life from earth!This moment is the culmination …

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Learning from the South: influenza immunization in pregnancy

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Writing from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jocalyn Clark celebrates the impact of a paper by Bangladeshi researchers on Western medical provision.

When two worlds collide in global health it can be a marvelous thing. Take for example the fact that although countries …

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Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability

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Every year, I make a point of rounding up students in my department and encouraging them to volunteer one evening judging our local science fair. This year, the fair was held at the start of April, and featured over 200 …

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Thinspo, eating disorders and the seedy underbelly of The Internet

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Trigger warning: I’m going to avoid triggering language as much as possible, but I will be discussing eating disorders and body image in this post.

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We’ve all seen those photos. The inspirational quote, set to a background of a …

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