Alcohol: breaking up is hard to do.

Bookmark and Share

There are many absurdities in society that we overlook or come to accept. For me, there are few though more absurd than our relationship with alcohol. Addictive, harmful, carcinogenic and associated with a raft of social, economic and health consequences …

Category: Sandro | Leave a comment

When Retroviral Research Goes Viral

Bookmark and Share

The PLOS Pathogens team reflects on their most widely shared article and the benefits and pitfalls of sharing science research on social media.

Social media has taken the science world by storm. Or maybe it’s the other way around; but …

Category: General | Leave a comment

Black Pee Disease Offers New View of Arthritic Joints

Bookmark and Share

AlkaptonuriaA new cause of osteoarthritis identified by research on a rare disease,” ran the headline of a news release a few weeks ago. I was drawn to “rare disease,” even though I actually have osteoarthritis. When I read “alkaptonuria,” …

Category: Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Modelling cell interaction, deciding on optimal paths and tracking tumour evolution: The PLOS Comp Biol August Issue

Bookmark and Share

Here is our selection of PLOS Computational Biology highlights for August.

During the embryonic development of multicellular organisms, millions of cells cooperatively build structured tissues, organs and whole organisms, a process called morphogenesis. It is still not entirely understood …

Category: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Further Integration: The latest update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection

Bookmark and Share

In November 2013, PLOS Medicine and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) called for submissions to the third year of the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce an exciting new update to the Year 3 Collection

Category: General | Leave a comment

Asifa Majid on language and olfaction

Bookmark and Share

When I first ran across Asifa Majid’s  article with Ewelina Wnuk in Cognition, about how speakers of Maniq, a language indigenous to southern Thailand, have a vocabulary for talking about smell, I was taken aback. In anthropology, especially since …

Category: Announcements, Culture, Skill | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This week in PLOS Biology

Bookmark and Share

In PLOS Biology this week you can read about citizen science oceanography, de-differentiation and drug resistance in cancer, fine-tuning of DNA repair and action potential initiation in cortical neurons.

Crowdsourcing the Collection of Oceanographic Data

In a new Community …

Category: Biology, cancer, Cell signalling, Climate, Environment, Molecular biology, Neuroscience, PLoS Biology, research | Leave a comment

Time is of the essence: How to best spend 30 minutes for your health

Bookmark and Share

Today’s post comes from Jonathan Kurka and Matthew Buman, discussing a recent paper that they published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.  Below is a video of Dr Buman explaining the main findings of his study, which was recorded

Category: news, Obesity Research, Peer Reviewed Research, Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour | Leave a comment

Citizen Science for the Classroom: Special Edition

Bookmark and Share

Your citizen science backpack is here!

Here are 10 citizen science projects you can use in your classroom. SciStarter’s Karen McDonald aligned them with the new Next Generation Science Standards!

Click the title of each project to link to detailed

Category: Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Detection by Dung: Don’t Eat the Brown Snow

Bookmark and Share


Researchers in Antarctica on a mission to locate penguin colonies found two groups of seabirds, thanks to a little help from satellites, helicopters, and the detection of more “primitive” evidence: penguin poop.

Our favorite tuxedo-clad Emperor penguin is native to …

Category: Aggregators, Images, Topic Focus, Worth A Thousand Words | Tagged , , | Leave a comment