The Value of 3 Degrees of Separation on Twitter






  The more interconnected our Twitter networks get, the more the distance between us and total strangers shrinks [PDF]. That’s not always a good thing. Twitter is fabulous. There’s fun, camaraderie, fascinating people, and ideas you wouldn’t otherwise encounter. Victoria Costello … Continue reading »

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Psychology cleans up its act, plus biohackers embrace gene editing, CRISPR, cyborgs






THE MESS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND OTHER SCIENCES TOO You’d think that the just-published Science paper, recounting a massive  attempt at replication of 100 selected research projects published in the top psychology journals in 2008, would be cause for much beating … Continue reading »

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Drinking water before meals leads to weight loss






Over the years, we’ve often recommended the simplest of behaviour changes to improve your health: drinking more water during the day. There’s certainly no downside to staying hydrated, plus the increased trips to the bathroom will ensure you get up … Continue reading »

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Launching the PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2015






What did you do when you turned 10? Throw a party? Have a sleepover? Eat chocolate cake? We would love to do all these things with our readers, authors and editors (especially the chocolate cake), but after much deliberation, we … Continue reading »

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The Holocaust intrudes into conversations about psychiatric diagnosis: Godwin’s rule confirmed






The President-elect of the British Psychological Association drops the N word and invokes the Holocaust in denouncing mental health professionals who embrace the biomedical model. The conversation concerning Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia  (hereafter UPS) took another wrong turn with extended … Continue reading »

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NeuroTribes: Steve Silberman on a haunting history and new hope for autistic people






To mark the publication of the book NeuroTribes (Aug 25, 2015; Avery/Penguin Random House) by Steve Silberman, whose blog of the same name has been hosted on the PLOS BLOGS Network since 2010, we invited independent science writer Emily Willingham, PhD to review the book and conduct an … Continue reading »

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The Narrative of Privilege






Today we welcome Luckett to the blog. Her biography is at the end of the post. ‘Miss,’ she said, as I bit my tongue. I was choking on the worst insult a female junior doctor can bear, ‘I know that crystal … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Scoop: Citizen science to study your dog, because your dog studies you






Thank you, Lassie for saving my life! And thank you Rover, Spot, Fido, Benji, and Snoopy. We can all shout this refrain, not just those pulled from a burning building or comforted by slobbery kisses. Dogs may have saved the … Continue reading »

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Introducing the New PLOS Video Shorts






In 2011, PLOS ONE launched a series of short instructional videos to help our authors, reviewers, and Academic Editors navigate Editorial Manager, our online submission system. We recently updated and expanded these video shorts to provide a resource for PLOS authors, … Continue reading »

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Climate Capital: Assessing the hidden value of coastal ecosystems






By Gordon Ober                 Measuring the fiscal value of ecosystems Ecosystems provide both direct and indirect services to the environment. Direct services are the ones we can essentially see, and are often given … Continue reading »

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