Pupil size and decision making, timing evolutionary innovation and understanding ATP allosteric functions: the PLOS Comp Biol September issue

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Here’s our pick of the highlights from September’s PLOS Computational Biology. The precision with which people make decisions can be predicted by measuring pupil size before they are presented with any information about the decision. According to Peter Murphy and … Continue reading »

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Fear vs. apathy as Ebola expands beyond Africa

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Should you be afraid? How afraid? While it’s tough to report well on any public health issue, it’s especially tough in the case of Ebola, where the essential messages seem to be contradictory: First, that Ebola is dangerous and devastating; … Continue reading »

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The Sound of Science! 5 Citizen Science Projects That Need Your Ears

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In our latest newsletter we’ve picked citizen science projects where you can collaborate with scientists and use sounds and radio waves to track environmental health, understand our solar system, and even search for extraterrestrial intelligence. And don’t forget to tune into … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about the notion of the “balance of nature“, female mate choice in fruit flies, and the role of heterochromatin in chromosome cohesion.   The “Balance of Nature”—Evolution of a Panchreston In this … Continue reading »

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Making Data Count: PLOS, CDL, and DataONE join forces to build incentives for data sharing

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In partnership with the University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library,and DataONE, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new project to develop data-level metrics. This project is funded by an EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation. … Continue reading »

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“No sugar added” candy lists sugar as first ingredient

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Add this to the #facepalm files. I took the above photo at a convenience store in Charlottetown this summer.  As you can see on the package, the candy is proudly advertised as “no sugar added”.  The package also announces that … Continue reading »

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Is There a Role for PPPs in Cancer Control?

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This week, Harvard graduate and World Bank consultant Toni Kuguru writes on the role of Public-Private Partnerships in cancer control, focusing on resource-poor settings. Pan Africa Life Cancer Challenge 2014 In July, nearly 500 people ascended onto the grounds of … Continue reading »

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Water, Words and Weather Reports

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“Big enough to get lost on. Small enough to find myself. That’s how to use this island. I come here to place myself in the world. Iceland is a verb and its action is to center.” American artist Roni Horn, … Continue reading »

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Altmetrics: What are they good for?

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Last week, along with a number of PLOS folks, I attended the 1AM Meeting (for “First (UK) Altmetrics Conference”) in London. The meeting was very interesting with a lot of technical progress being made and interest from potential users of … Continue reading »

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Very old new species, hospice v. hospital, & once more: how many microbes in the human body?

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New animal, perhaps from before the Cambrian Explosion They look sort of like mushrooms, but they are animals. All hail discovery of not just a new species, but possibly a new phylum. Possibly even an animal remnant, thought to be … Continue reading »

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