Dragonfly Watch – Find Those Fast and Furious Insects

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Find out more about Dragonfly Monitoring and other great citizen science projects on SciStarter! “I’m an aquatic entomologist, and dragonflies and damselflies are the most colorful and noticeable insects in the habitats in which I work,” says Dr. Celeste A. … Continue reading »

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New Charges of Climate Skeptic’s Undisclosed Ties to Energy Industry Highlight Journals’ Role as Gatekeeper

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In theory, it shouldn’t matter where authors of scientific papers get their research funding, a longtime journal editor once told me. Papers should be judged on their own merits, not based on who funded the scientists who collected and analyzed the … Continue reading »

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Suffering for Science: Balancing the Costs and Benefits of Animal Research

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Think for a moment, if you will, of all the chemicals that you conscientiously and unconsciously are exposed to everyday. Banal, daily-life things like toothpaste, cosmetics, food additives, pharmaceuticals. They are composed of manufactured chemicals, synthesized and tested in a … Continue reading »

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“Genes in Space” Student Finalists Announced

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I thought for sure some of us would be living on the moon, or beyond, by now. In the late 1960s, it was easy for a kid to believe that. For many families back then, a launch was a special … Continue reading »

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Participants wanted for text message physical activity study

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Travis’ Note: University of Victoria student Chetan Mistry is looking for participants to take part in his text message intervention as part of his PhD thesis.  The details are below. Chetan Mistry and the Behavioural Medicine Lab at the University … Continue reading »

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Developments in the Treatment of PTSD Nightmares

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“What Dreams May Come: Treating the Nightmares of PTSD” was a blog post I published in November 2013. It remains a very popular post, which continues to receive many views and comments. Since publishing that post, I have received multiple questions … Continue reading »

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Small Talk: When Bacterial Chatter Gets Invasive

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Sticks and stones may break our bones but microbes’ “words” may hurt us. Breast cancer is a threat to men and women worldwide. Like all cancers, the known causes are attributed to genetics and carcinogens, but recently, scientists have begun … Continue reading »

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Let’s talk cancer: New live imaging shows how cancer communicates with other cells

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By Aditi Qamra The ability to track and observe live cells in the body has offered unprecedented opportunities to the scientific community to understand key biological processes. Until now, reporter systems to track cells, especially in diseases like cancer, have … Continue reading »

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‘Second Screen’ for Health Care Messaging: Looking for Lessons from #CancerFilm

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PLOS SciComm blog invited health and science journalist Sally James to write this post exploring lessons for science communicators learned from the large scale social media campaign mounted for the PBS documentary TV series, “Cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies.”  — Victoria Costello, PLOS Senior Social Media & Communities … Continue reading »

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Convex Clustering and Synaptic Restructuring: the PLOS CB May Issue

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Here are some highlights from May’s PLOS Computational Biology   Convex Clustering: An Attractive Alternative to Hierarchical Clustering The recently developed method of convex clustering preserves the visual appeal of hierarchical clustering while ameliorating its propensity to make false inferences … Continue reading »

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