The case against unlimited screen time

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PLOS Blogs colleague Beth Skwarecki has a post this week on the potential benefits of screen time for kids.  It’s makes points that are similar to those brought up by former PLOS Blogger Melinda Wenner Moyer over at Slate last year, and another … Continue reading »

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California Dreaming

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Citizen scientists document in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles help document reptiles and amphbians in Southern California to aid in conservation efforts. Find more information about participating in RASCals, the citizen science project on SciStarter and … Continue reading »

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This picture captures why “no sugar added” is a meaningless concept

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It seems that every time I go to the grocery store I see more products proudly announcing that they have “no sugar added”.  Typically these claims are seen on juice and other products that contain a high sugar content. As Yoni … Continue reading »

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Behind the Scenes at PhyloPic

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Open science is about more than just tossing some publications and data notebooks into the digital ether. It’s all about communication–so, at this point I’m obligated to say that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” One of my favorite … Continue reading »

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The Case for Unlimited Tablet Time for Toddlers

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This sounds extreme, but first let me ask: how many parents do you think actually keep track of their kids’ screen time? If the TV is on but one of the children wanders out of the room, does that count? … Continue reading »

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The Salamander Crossing Brigades: Citizen Science for Salamanders in Southwest New Hampshire

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Citizen scientists of the Salamander Crossing Brigades in New Hampshire help thousands of salamanders safely across dangerous roads in their migratory journey to the vernal pools. Find out how they contribute to conservation research by tracking and monitoring the salamanders on … Continue reading »

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Time of death

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I really hoped she was dead. It wasn’t personal. It was as far from personal as possible. I had never met the patient while she was alive.   Every four days, my team and I are on call at the … Continue reading »

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Simple but elusive – why are we still talking about HIV drug delivery?

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Ahead of the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference held in 2015 in Vancouver, Canada (July 19-22), Helen Bygrave of MSF discusses her frustrations with the lack of implementation of simple, programmatic strategies for improving HIV care. My main memory of … Continue reading »

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Snark-Hunters Once More: Rejuvenating the Comparative Approach in Modern Neuroscience

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By Jeremy Borniger 65 years ago, the famed behavioral endocrinologist Frank Beach wrote an article in The American Psychologist entitled ‘The Snark was a Boojum’. The title refers to Lewis Carroll’s poem ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, in which several … Continue reading »

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What you might not know about Pluto and the New Horizons mission

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Even with Iran nukes, and Greece surrender, and Donald Trump to absorb you this week, you can hardly have escaped immersion in NASA’s New Horizons mission and the triumphant Pluto flyby. Still, here are some bloggeries about this extraordinary space … Continue reading »

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