Using Video Games to Model Real Life Outbreaks

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Those of you who know me know that I’m a video game nerd. And comic book nerd. And just nerdy nerd in general. So when I read an article that used World of Warcraft to model disease outbreaks, I jumped … Continue reading »

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Did you know ‘storm spotters’ in your community keep you safe during severe weather?

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Civic minded citizen scientists in your community help meteorologists and the National Weather Service stay abreast of inclement weather with on-the-ground data. Earlier this week, the Midwest and Northeast were slammed with tornados and thunderstorms that grounded planes and held … Continue reading »

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Consistently poor coverage of mental health issues in The Guardian

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Issuing a readers’ advisory: The Guardian provides misleading, badly skewed coverage of mental health issues vitally important to mental health service users. Stories in The Guardian can confuse and disempower mental health service users seeking information for difficult decisions about … Continue reading »

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Highlights from the 2015 Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society

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Going to conferences is one of my favorite aspects about being a scientist. As a PhD student, I spend a lot of my life in solitude: when I read new literature, when I program new experiments, or when I conduct … Continue reading »

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Obamacare lives and Kennewick Man is a Native American

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WHEW! The Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, aka Obamacare) subsidies to help people buy health insurance got saved by the US Supreme Court after all, with the somewhat unexpected help (unexpected by me, anyway) of Chief Justice John Roberts. Here’s … Continue reading »

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Calling All Bloggers for ISMB/ECCB 2015

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ISMB/ECCB 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, is fast approaching and we invite you to be involved in the live coverage of the event.   In previous years, ISMB has been way ahead of the social media curve with microblogging in 2008, … Continue reading »

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Heading to Dublin for ISMB/ECCB 2015? Swing by Booth 1 and say hello to PLOS! Many of the journal’s academic editors will be in attendance, and PLOS Computational Biology staff Gary Beardmore and Bethany Coates will be manning the booth, … Continue reading »

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Research Matters

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Research Matters is a new article series in which active scientists speak directly about why basic research in their field matters. It bridges the gap between academic research and the public by explaining how diverse fundamental research assures real and … Continue reading »

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The problem with P values: defining clinical vs. statistical significance

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  Today we warmly welcome guest writer Sean Sinden to PLOS Public Health Perspectives. His biography is at the end of the post. The practice of null hypothesis testing has traditionally been used to interpret the results of studies in … Continue reading »

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Healthcare In Danger: what happens when it all goes wrong?

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This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, emergency physician and humanitarian & global health doctor, Jenny Jamieson, writes about some of the tacit dangers of delivering healthcare in low-resource settings. As healthcare workers, some of us travel to resource-limited settings … Continue reading »

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