Climate Capital: Assessing the hidden value of coastal ecosystems




By Gordon Ober                 Measuring the fiscal value of ecosystems Ecosystems provide both direct and indirect services to the environment. Direct services are the ones we can essentially see, and are often given … Continue reading »






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Jimmy Carter’s cancer, female sexual desire, and Donald Trump’s trumpery




IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR JIMMY CARTER’S  CANCER The immunotherapy Jimmy Carter is getting in addition to radiation for the metastisized melanoma that has invaded his brain and liver is startlingly effective in some patients and not at all in others. As yet, … Continue reading »






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Understanding Images: Plants Limit Crossovers




Authors: Javier Varas and Mónica Pradillo from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Competing interests: Javier Varas and Mónica Pradillo are authors of the work discussed in this blog. In the July issue of PLOS Genetics, the regulation of meiotic … Continue reading »






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Another Evil TV Geneticist on Netflix’s “Between”




Ten years ago this month, I attended the Catalyst Workshop at the American Film Institute. The week-long program taught screenwriting to a dozen scientists, with the hope that we’d somehow help Hollywood get the science right. But what we learned … Continue reading »






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Seeing Antarctica’s future more clearly




Are you a details person? Do you love to lose yourself in little things? To read every footnote of a book, watch ants in a patch of grass,  memorise every mole on a lover’s skin? I’m undecided. I often fall … Continue reading »






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The Trouble with Transparency




Last week we posted an article by two journalists, Paul D. Thacker and Charles Seife, who argued that the integrity of the scientific and medical literature depends on protecting tools that ensure greater transparency about financial ties to industry that … Continue reading »






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By how much does light alcohol consumption increase cancer risk?




The relationships between alcohol and long-term health outcomes such as cardiovascular disease and cancer are controversial and confusing. Regular alcohol consumption has been associated with increased risks for many cancers, including breast, colorectal, stomach, liver, prostate, esophageal, and pharyngeal cancers … Continue reading »






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Legionnaire’s in 2015: Cutting Edge Research Clashing with Public Health Unpreparedness




By Meredith Wright In 1976, the American Legion, a veterans group still active today, met in Philadelphia, PA for a three-day convention. Shortly after the convention ended many of the Legionnaires became ill. By the end of the outbreak, 182 … Continue reading »






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Make a Difference by Counting Croaks




This is an except of a story that ran in the February 2015 issue of Association of Zoos and Aquariums monthly magazine, Connect. Looking for amphibious citizen science projects? Look no further! SciStarter has some lined up for you right here. … Continue reading »






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Crowdsourcing a Language for the Lab




Neither human nor machine communication can happen without language standards. Advancing science and technology demands standards for communication, but also adaptability to enable innovation. ResourceMiner is an open-source project attempting to provide both. From Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press … Continue reading »






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