Call the Midwife Evokes Cystic Fibrosis in a Simpler Time

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Previous posts bashing SyFy’s Helix and Dan Brown’s Inferno might suggest that I’m hypercritical of TV and films. Happily, the third season premiere of BBC’s excellent Call the Midwife shows that it is indeed possible to get the science right …

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Morning workout vs breaks from sitting – which is better for blood sugar?

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Today’s guest post comes from Dr Meredith Peddie. You can find more on Meredith at the bottom of the post.

“Sitting is the new Smoking”… we’ve all heard it…. It even made an appearance on Criminal Minds last week …

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Magic for Dogs, and What That Says about Vision and Consciousness

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I just saw this cute video of a professional magician playing tricks with dogs.

It is striking to me just how much the dogs expect the treat to be there, to have fallen to the floor, and also check back …

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This Week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read how plant pathogens convert flowers to leaves, how gut bugs might suppress bowel inflammation, and how endocytosis pathways talk to each other.


Parasites are often able to modify the behaviour

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The Elderly: A neglected population with neglected tropical diseases

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According to the World Health Organization, many of the world’s developed countries consider 65 years as the chronological age when people are considered “elderly,” while the United Nations uses the ages of 60 and above.  However, in parts of sub-Saharan …

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Thesaurus evolution – a case study in “Synthetic biology”

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Science does not stand still and neither does the PLOS thesaurus. With more than 10,700 Subject Area terms, we use the thesaurus to index our articles and provide useful links to related papers, enhanced search functions, and, for PLOS ONE …

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To live longer, eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day

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A paper investigating whether the consumption of fruit and vegetables actually affects health in the general population of England was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health last week (1). The paper measured health as death due …

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Keeping zombie ideas about personality and health awalkin’: A teaching example

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Reverse engineer my criticisms of this article and you will discover a strategy to turn your own null findings into a publishable paper.

TYPE-D-HeartcurrentsHere’s a modest little study with null findings, at least before it got all gussied up for …

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Wearable science: The 2014 PLOS Comp Biol T-shirt competition

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What do you want to see on the front of this year’s PLOS Comp Biol t-shirt? Enter our fifth annual t-shirt competition by sending us an eye-catching, innovative design that highlights a recent development in computational biology, and your entry …

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Why Don’t You Love What I Love?

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There is an unexplainable phenomenon in the zoo world.  People will pass by an exhibit with an incredibly unique animal in it and  barely give it a glance. Put a human in there, even just cleaning the glass with a …

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