Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Your Chance to Participate!

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August 28, 2014

In its history, the Earth has been repeatedly struck by asteroids, large chunks of rock from space that can cause considerable damage in a collision. Can we—or should we—try to protect Earth from potentially …

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about the generation of neural stem cells, compensatory evolution, the evolution of language and focusing of attention by the frontal and parietal areas of the cortex.


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Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency?

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At the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XIII) held in Mexico City earlier this month, we learned of a very serious and dangerous tropical disease situation now unfolding in Venezuela.   The most glaring public health failure has been a sharp …

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Wanted: You and Your Dog! For Science! – It’s National Dog Day! [GUEST POST]

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Editor’s Note: In honor of National Dog Day, we are featuring an article by Julie Hecht, the Dog Spies blogger for Scientific American.


A few years back, John Homans, former executive editor of New York magazine, published What’s

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: fishermen, sailor, beachcomber, diver – the seas of research helpers

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Many of you have had summer fun with citizen science at the beach, intertidal zone, and ocean. What do your efforts contribute to? In a new chapter, Martin Thiel and colleagues tallied the contributions of citizen science …

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The Citizen Science Funding Resource Guide

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Looking for ways to fund citizen science research? Check out the Citizen Science Funding Resource Guide!

242px-Environmental_Protection_Agency_logo.svgJessica Clemente, an environmental science graduate thought she would be doing work outside of her community once she got her degree. But she is …

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Reanalysis: No health benefits found for pursuing meaning in life versus pleasure

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NOTE: After I wrote this blog post, I received via PNAS the reply from Steve Cole and Barbara Fredrickson to our article.  I did not have time to thoroughly digest it, but will address it in a future blog post.

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Planting a Cretaceous Pond, South American Edition

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If you close your eyes and visualize Mesozoic foliage, a few particular types of plants might spring to mind. There are probably some palm trees, a few ferns, a cycad (“sago palm”) or two, and if you are particularly in-the-know, …

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On our way to @FEBSEMBO2014

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PLOS is heading to the FEBS EMBO 2014 meeting starting next Saturday, 30th August through Thursday 4th September.

If you’re going to be there please stop by to say hello, we’ll be at Booth 72

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Gluten-free does not equal healthy. But the food industry doesn’t want you to know that.

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In the late 1990’s, my grandmother who lived with my family was diagnosed with celiac disease. The experience of planning meals became mildly traumatic for all of us. My most vivid recollection that of is breakfast time: my grandmother …

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