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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“Saving Eliza” Campaign Helps Another Child

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Valerie Byers had long suspected that her son Will’s diagnosis of autism was wrong. So when she saw a clip on the homepage of the Today Show about a little girl named Eliza, in late February, she knew instantly that 5-year-old … Continue reading »

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Lucrative pseudoscience at the International Positive Psychology Association meeting

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A plenary session dripping with crank science may be an outlier, but it’s on a continuum with the claims of mainstream positive psychology.  Follow the conference attendees following the money, does it take you to science? Imagine… Imagine a PhD … Continue reading »

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NASA and SciStarter enlist citizen scientists for nationwide research that examines soil moisture conditions and water availability

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Philadelphia, PA – NASA scientists are on a mission to map global soil moisture, and through SciStarter, they’re teaming up with citizen scientists to gather valuable data from the ground to complement and validate what is seen from space. Known … Continue reading »

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The Outrage Factor – Then and Now

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  There’s a lot of outrage about outrage storming around women in science and science journalism at the moment. And fear of causing it, too. It’s easy to cast outrage as inimical to thinking and discussion. It’s not unusual to want … Continue reading »

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Dismantling gains in global health?

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As the Third International Conference on Financing for Development begins in Ethiopia, Áine Markham of Médecins Sans Frontières warns that basing funding decisions on country-level finance indicators could be a step backwards for global health, especially in middle-income countries.  This month signals a critical … Continue reading »

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Questioning the link between citrus fruit and skin cancer

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  A research article titled ‘Citrus Consumption and Risk of Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma’ was just published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (1). You may have seen the several news headlines associated with the research. It caught my eye, as … Continue reading »

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What’s your favourite PLOS Genetics issue image?

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PLOS Genetics is celebrating its ten year anniversary in July. Over the last decade, we have seen some eye-catching issue images and we would like to know which one is your favourite. The winning image will then be featured on … Continue reading »

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Knowledge is where you find it: Leveraging the Internet’s unique data repositories

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By Chris Givens Sometimes, data doesn’t look like data. But when circumstances conspire and the right researchers come along, interesting facets of human nature reveal themselves. Last.fm and World of Warcraft are two entities made possible by the Internet, both … Continue reading »

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