When Dog Vomit Smells Delightful

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Editor’s note: The Smell Experience Project is one of more than 800 projects on SciStarter. Use our project finder to search and participate in citizen science that interests you! I hate the smell of a mall. Everything reeks of that seemingly incurable lust for … Continue reading »

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Following the Water: Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark

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Water is the stuff of life on Earth. And perhaps beyond—when venturing to search for life beyond our planet, NASA has sought to ‘follow the water’. Indeed, researchers recently discovered the presence of bacteria in a lake sealed hundreds of … Continue reading »

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This Week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about social learning in chimps, how the central and peripheral nervous systems stay separate, how the bird wrist evolved, synchronising circadian clocks and a protein essential to the TFIIH complex. Social Learning of … Continue reading »

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IUDs and implants have checkered pasts but a pretty awesome present

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This week, US pediatricians (in agreement with a previous report from US gynecologists) announced a set of recommendations on contraceptives for young women. The headline grabber: IUDs and implants should be first-line choices. After all, they’re safe, effective, and as … Continue reading »

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Global Health Security and the NTDs

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Peter Hotez, co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on President Obama’s call for global action to prepare for future disease outbreaks and to treat biological threats as issues of national and global security. In a landmark White House summit … Continue reading »

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Eyes on the Rise: Sea Level Rise Rally

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Robert Gutsche, Jr., Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University and a part of the team at Eyes on the Rise, a crowd-hydrology citizen … Continue reading »

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Expanding the Homepages of Knowledge: the Topic Pages Collection in PLOS Computational Biology

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Back in 2012 PLOS Computational Biology began an experiment that aimed to combine the prestige and rigorous peer review associated with publishing in a scientific journal and the dynamic nature and easily accessible language of Wikipedia. Over two years and … Continue reading »

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MozFest: Bringing the Web to Science

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In just a month’s time from now, Mozilla will be hosting their annual Mozilla Festival (“MozFest” for short), which for the 2nd year will feature a Science Track. MozFest is where communities working in technology, design, education, journalism, and research come … Continue reading »

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DNA and Dating: Buyer Beware

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Last week’s post dealt with three very serious types of DNA tests. But not all DNA tests detect health-threatening conditions. A few years ago “Born to Run? Little Ones Get Test for Sports Gene” ran on the front page of the New York … Continue reading »

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How to love uncertainty in climate science

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This is the script of my TEDxCERN talk, a 12-13 minute talk I did from memory. When the video is put online in a week or so, you’ll be able to follow along and see where I fluffed it improvised. … Continue reading »

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