Grade 1 class using standing desks

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Very cool story out of Saskatchewan this week, with a grade 1 classroom that has converted to standing desks.  Unfortunately I can’t embed the full interview, although it can be seen here. A short video from CBC is included below, … Continue reading »

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From Amateur Biologists, Data for All

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How much of an impact can average citizens have on wildlife biology research and conservation? As it turns out, they’re the workhorses behind some of environmental science’s most important datasets, old and new. The value of citizen scientists in wildlife … Continue reading »

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Valentine’s Day Couples in the Animal Kingdom

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While humans may be the only ones with a day dedicated to celebrating romantic love, rest assured that the semblance of ‘love’ is alive and well in the animal kingdom too. While ‘love’ in this context may not hold the … Continue reading »

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Understanding images: A giant single-celled plant

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This continues our series of blog posts from PLOS Genetics about our monthly issue images. Author Daniel Chitwood discusses January’s issue image from Ranjan et al Author: Daniel H. Chitwood Competing interests: Daniel H. Chitwood is an author of the … Continue reading »

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Climate modification is insane, chronic fatigue is not insane, those supplement tests might be wrong

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  Hacking Planet Earth Blogger responses to the National Academy of Sciences’ two voluminous new reports on geoengineering–the reports want to change that name to “climate intervention,” but what it means is hacking the Earth in hopes of beating back … Continue reading »

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Would Charles Darwin Have Used Tinder?

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In honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday today, and VD (Valentine’s Day) looming, I’m thinking about how we choose partners. A mobile dating app called Tinder, it turns out, seems to echo sexual selection, Darwin’s idea expounded in The Descent of … Continue reading »

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Capacity Crowd for Citizen Science 2015 Conference

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SAN JOSE, CA – A global audience is gathering this week, intent on changing the way science is done. Over 600 people from 25 countries will convene February 11 and 12, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center for “Citizen … Continue reading »

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Let’s stop playing politics with vaccines

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Please welcome a guest post from Sriram Ramgopal, a resident physician in the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is interested in pediatric advocacy and is pursuing a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Politically motivated fearmongering about vaccination is … Continue reading »

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Translating Research into Practice Series: From Inaction to Advocacy: Placing Women and Children at the Center of Sustainable Development

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Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post written by: By Alicia Ely … Continue reading »

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Common Brain Mechanisms in Mental Illness

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An important new meta-analysis of brain imaging research came out this week in JAMA Psychiatry, “Identification of a Common Neurobiological Substrate for Mental Illness” which highlights the importance of the insula and anterior cingultate in healthy brain function. Neuroscientist News … Continue reading »

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