Will exercising during pregnancy cook the baby?

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A few weeks ago Dr Zach Ferraro presented an excellent guest lecture via Google Hangout for my students on the topic of exercise during pregnancy.  Zach is no stranger to this blog, taking part in a podcast last year on … Continue reading »

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Earth Day 2015: Celebrating Our Awe Inspiring World

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We share Earth with millions of amazing plants and animals. Whether we’re relaxing in a hot spring like a Japanese macaque, or catching a glimpse of a rare bird, our exposure to Nature’s diversity enriches our lives and makes us … Continue reading »

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Busting foes of post-publication peer review of a psychotherapy study

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As described in the last issue of Mind the Brain, peaceful post-publication peer reviewers (PPPRs) were ambushed by an author and an editor. They used the usual home team advantages that journals have – they had the last word in … Continue reading »

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A ‘Facebook for Science’? Neuroskeptic talks with Brett Buttliere

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In this guest post, PLOS Neuro Community Contributing Editor, Neuroskeptic, discusses a novel proposal for simplifying and improving the dissemination of scientific research, using insights from social psychology.  By Neuroskeptic In order to motivate scientists to adopt best practices such as data … Continue reading »

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SciStarter and Citizen Science at Philly Tech Week and the Philadelphia Science Festival!

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Wednesday, April 22 9:00am – 12:00pm  Excite Center 3401 Market St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 In partnership with Drexel University’s Center for Science, Technology & Society and the ExCITe Center, this event will workshop digital projects and their platforms to improve … Continue reading »

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Help us choose the PLOS Comp Biol Tenth Anniversary T-shirt!

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In June 2015 PLOS Computational Biology will be ten years old, and as part of our celebrations, we’d like you to help us pick the image for our official tenth anniversary t-shirt from these past PLOS CB designs:     … Continue reading »

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Peer Review BC (Before Citations)

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  In theory, science isn’t just self-interested. We’re all driven by curiosity and pure motives to strive together to unlock the secrets of the universe and solve problems. Which is true. But it’s for others to determine whether or not we’ve unlocked or solved anything. … Continue reading »

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Plastics, tiny penises, and human evolution

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By Greg Downey.  (5000 words) An Italian study in 2012 found that men’s penises were growing smaller over time — two centimetres lost from grandfather to grandson in the twentieth century. Conservative radio bloviator Rush Limbaugh knew who to blame: … Continue reading »

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Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data

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PLOS Medicine’s Senior Research Editor, Clare Garvey, recently caught up with Francis Ouellette, the Associate Director of Informatics and Biocomputing at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) to find out about progress in cancer genomics, the issues surrounding the … Continue reading »

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Rifts and Bright Spots in Evidence-Based Medicine

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It all starts and ends with the patient. That was a strong message from the first day of Evidence Live. Trisha Greenhalgh walked that walk on day 2. She showed the limits of evidence-based medicine (EBM) with the story of one patient’s … Continue reading »

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