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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Guest post: Economists should focus on the economy, not public health

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Ed note: Please welcome Dr Travis Saunders back for another guest post. Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the health impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. He blogs … Continue reading »

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The Rights Stuff: Copyright, Scientific Debate, and Reuse

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We’ve all monkeyed around trying to sort out the ownership of published content. In the scientific community, copyright and its (mis)application in publishing has authors, publishers, and readers grappling with questions of what is legally possible, what is desirable, and … Continue reading »

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Does Exposure to Smoking (either passive or active) Lead to Increased Allergies?

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Charles Ebikeme interviews Dr. Bahi Takkouche of the University of Santiago de Compostela and reviews his research on smoking and allergies, which was published earlier this year in PLOS Medicine. Dr. Takkouche’s paper is included in the PLOS Clinical Immunology Collection, which … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about brain folding in mammals, misfolded proteins in human genetic disease, and mechano-transduction.   Evolution of the Mammalian Cortex – Folded or Unfolded? The neocortex of the brain is highly expanded in … Continue reading »

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