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

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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

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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

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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 …

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MozFest: Bringing the Web to Science

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Mozilla_infographic_D5R3In 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 …

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DNA and Dating: Buyer Beware

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128px-Emoji_u1f4b0.svgLast 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 …

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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.

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How to critique claims of a “blood test for depression”

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Special thanks to Ghassan El-baalbaki and John Stewart for their timely assistance. Much appreciated.

“I hope it is going to result in licensing, investing, or any other way that moves it forward…If it only exists as a paper in my

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Alternative Tracking of Scholarly Impact: the Altmetrics Collection

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The PLOS Altmetrics Collection launched back in 2012 with an aim to provide a forum for the dissemination of innovative research on metrics. Today along with the original altmetrics architects, we reissue a call for papers under the topic of

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The Top Eleven Ways to Tell that a Journal is Fake

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I am delighted to offer Mind the Brain readers a guest blog written by my colleague, Eve Carlson, Ph.D.  Eve Carlson is a clinical psychologist and researcher with the National Center for PTSD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,

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