PLoS ONE News and Blog Round-Up

In this media digest: your flaws are my pain, increased gold mining threatens the Peruvian Amazon and more.

The manuscript, Your Flaws Are My Pain: Linking Empathy To Vicarious Embarrassment, by Soren Krach et al., received media attention from: The Body Odd, Toronto Sun, Indian Express and US News & World Report. The featured image is from Figure 1 of this manuscript.

Jennifer Swenson and colleagues published a paper on, Gold Mining in the Peruvian Amazon: Global Prices, Deforestation, and Mercury Imports.  Their research was covered by Discovery News, Mongabay, and Treehugger.

In addition to the media coverage for the article, Antidepressants and Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk: A Review of the Literature and Researchers’ Financial Associations with Industry from last week.  This paper was also covered by the Boston Globe.

Colored Motifs Reveal Computational Building Blocks in the C. elegans Brain by Jifeng Qian, Arend Hintze, and Christoph Adami1 was covered by Live Science.

Colin P. Groves, Prithiviraj Fernando, and Jan Robovský published a paper earlier this month called, The Sixth Rhino: A Taxonomic Re-Assessment of the Critically Endangered Northern White Rhinoceros. It has received coverage from Mongabay.

Partners with Bad Temper: Reject or Cure? A Study of Chronic Pain and Aggression in Horses by French researchers Carole Fureix, Hervé Menguy, and Martine Hausberger received coverage from Horsetalk and Horse Yard.

The manuscript, Getting the Grip on Nonspecific Treatment Effects: Emesis in Patients Randomized to Acupuncture or Sham Compared to Patients Receiving Standard Care was covered on About.com.

US News & World Report and Estonian Public Broadcasting covered the manuscript, Carotid Plaque Age Is a Feature of Plaque Stability Inversely Related to Levels of Plasma Insulin.

Diet-Independent Remodeling of Cellular Membranes Precedes Seasonally Changing Body Temperature in a Hibernator was covered by Xinhua and Cordis News.

The view from Helicon covered Ingroup-Outgroup Bias in Contagious Yawning by Chimpanzees Supports Link to Empathy.

Andrew Farke interviewed Josh Miller about his paper, Ghosts of Yellowstone: Multi-Decadal Histories of Wildlife Populations Captured by Bones on a Modern Landscape.  The interview can be read on his blog, The Open Source Paleontologist.

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