“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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No Ice Buckets or Pink Ribbons for Very Rare Genetic Diseases

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As enthusiasm for dumping ice on one another fades with autumn and October brings pervasive pink, I wish that attention would turn to families confronting diseases not as well known as ALS and breast cancer. HOW RARE IS RARE? According … Continue reading »

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Lancet editorial misses the boat

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Just came across an interesting editorial in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology via @Dr_Burr and @Skeila on Twitter. The article focuses on physical activity and dietary guidelines, but takes a moment to critique the recent Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology position stand … Continue reading »

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When Dog Vomit Smells Delightful

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Editor’s note: The Smell Experience Project is one of more than 800 projects on SciStarter. Use our project finder to search and participate in citizen science that interests you! I hate the smell of a mall. Everything reeks of that seemingly incurable lust for … Continue reading »

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Following the Water: Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark

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Water is the stuff of life on Earth. And perhaps beyond—when venturing to search for life beyond our planet, NASA has sought to ‘follow the water’. Indeed, researchers recently discovered the presence of bacteria in a lake sealed hundreds of … Continue reading »

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This Week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about social learning in chimps, how the central and peripheral nervous systems stay separate, how the bird wrist evolved, synchronising circadian clocks and a protein essential to the TFIIH complex. Social Learning of … Continue reading »

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