PLOS Recommended Data Repositories

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In line with our updated Data Policy, we are pleased to announce a PLOS Data Repository Recommendation Guide. To support the selection of data repositories for authors, PLOS has identified a set of established repositories, which are recognized and trusted within their respective communities. To … Continue reading »

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Aicardi Syndrome: Genome Sequencing Illuminates Another Rare Disease

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As my inbox fills with ever more updates on the number of human genomes sequenced and the plummeting time and cost of next next next generation sequencing, I find myself hitting delete more and more often. Instead, I’m drawn to … Continue reading »

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Fossil Lizard Showcases Wyoming’s Tropical Wonderland

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Wyoming is a beautiful place, but usually it is associated more with open range, cowboys, mountains, and skiing than it is with palm trees and alligators. What a difference 48 million years makes! Fossils in the rocks of the Bridger Formation, spanning … Continue reading »

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Another 5 Things to Know About Meta-Analysis

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  Last year I wrote a post of “5 Key Things to Know About Meta-Analysis”. It was a great way to focus – but it was hard keeping to only 5. With meta-analyses booming, including many that are poorly done or misinterpreted, … Continue reading »

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Can Lightning Strike an Indoor Pool?

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Two swimming pool weather policies have surprised me in recent years. One was when I showed up to swim laps at an outdoor pool as it was beginning to drizzle. “Come on in,” I was told; as long as there … Continue reading »

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Advocating CBT for Psychosis: “Ultimately it is all political.”

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Political… Or just cynical? Professor Paul Salkovskis and his colleagues organized a lively, thought-provoking conference at University of Bath “Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: How well do we understand and what should we do to improve how we help?” Presenters and … Continue reading »

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Do allergy meds contribute to weight gain?

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“Achoo!!” Some folks have allergies that flare up on a seasonal basis. This spring has certainly not been kind to this group. But if you’re like me, battling your allergies is a year-round affair. The common antihistaimnes available at every … Continue reading »

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‘Does that mean you’re not a scientist anymore?’ Getting Science Communication Right

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PLOS BLOGS welcomes Sam Illingworth, a professor of physics and science communication, with this guest post. Read his full bio below. By Sam Illingworth This is a snippet from a recent dinner party conversation: Random: So, what job do you do? Me: … Continue reading »

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Using Video Games to Model Real Life Outbreaks

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Those of you who know me know that I’m a video game nerd. And comic book nerd. And just nerdy nerd in general. So when I read an article that used World of Warcraft to model disease outbreaks, I jumped … Continue reading »

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Did you know ‘storm spotters’ in your community keep you safe during severe weather?

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Civic minded citizen scientists in your community help meteorologists and the National Weather Service stay abreast of inclement weather with on-the-ground data. Earlier this week, the Midwest and Northeast were slammed with tornados and thunderstorms that grounded planes and held … Continue reading »

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