Cancer: Bad luck, bad writing, and maybe a bad paper

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  Few papers have stimulated bloggery like the one on the randomness of cancer  by Bert Vogelstein and Cristian Tomasetti, which Science published January 2 (paywall). That doubtless has something to do with the fact of Vogelstein. It’s hard to … Continue reading »

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Is Margaret Chan Really to Blame for the Delayed Ebola Response?

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Sara Gorman (@saragorm) discusses recent criticism of WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and whether the focus should be on failures in preparation rather than response. A January 6 article in the New York Times suggested that WHO Director-General Margaret Chan’s response to the … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week you can read about modelling Ebola containment measures, a conceptual framework for IPBES, and new insights into how the injectisome works.   Fighting Ebola in Liberia In 2014, a major epidemic of human Ebola virus … Continue reading »

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Summary of ALM data quality work

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Article-level metrics data, like any other data, is subject to errors, inconsistencies, and bias. Data integrity is the foundation of trust for these metrics.  Making sure data is correct is a difficult task as collecting and providing article-level metrics data involves not … Continue reading »

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Could the Ebola epidemic end this year?

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Although the Ebola epidemic is still raging in west Africa, US and European buzz about the disease spiked briefly and then all but disappeared, according to Google search data published in Vox’s in-depth report. Liberia’s situation is the most promising, … Continue reading »

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Under the hood at PLOS

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You may have noticed some changes to various pages on the PLOS journal websites over the last few months. Last April we launched new mobile-optimized sites for all of our journals, and in July we released a major update to … Continue reading »

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Publishing to Keep up with Ebola

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As you read this, thread-like viruses less than one micron in length are spreading through human populations in West Africa, taking lives, wrecking communities and generally creating havoc in the countries affected. Infection with the Ebola virus results in an … Continue reading »

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Playing With Canines: Ancient Dog Teeth Reveal Early Human-Dog Interactions

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Even though our favorite pet dogs are now well-domesticated, we can still catch glimpses of their primal past when we watch them devour a bone or hunt those pesky squirrels. Sadly, new research shows that the status of dogs in … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Try it, you might like it

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Margaret Mead, the world-famous anthropologist said, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” The sentiment rings true for citizen science. Yet, recent news in the … Continue reading »

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My new standing desks

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CBC came to visit Dr Jamie Burr and I last week to chat about our study on standing desks.  During that chat they asked to see my new standing desks, which can be seen in the video below (email subscribers … Continue reading »

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