Any Questions about our Data Policy?

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by PLOS Biology, PLOS Genetics and PLOS Computational Biology Publication is the end of one journey, but the beginning of another (longer) one, where the ideas and the underlying data that shaped them take on a life of their own. … Continue reading »

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Ready or Not: Here Come the Data

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Michael W. Painter of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asks if you are ready for the data explosion in health care, and announces the release of the Foundation’s Data for Health Advisory Committee report. You are aware that your devices … Continue reading »

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Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Helps Citizen Scientists Build Connections to Nature

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This guest post by Eva Lewandowski describes her experiences with citizen scientists from the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which was featured in our recent Spring themed newsletter. Check out the rest of the projects on that list here. The Monarch … Continue reading »

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Study Report, Study Reality, and the Gap Between

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We take mental shortcuts about research reports. “I read a study,” we say. We don’t only talk about them as though they are the study – we tend to think of them that way, too. And that’s risky. Even the … Continue reading »

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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro: A Personal Account (Part 2)

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Click here to read part 1 of this story. Like a procession of overdressed zombies holding walking poles, we’ve been staggering uphill on this loose volcanic rock since midnight. My watch reads 4:14am. Although our pace rivals that of a … Continue reading »

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Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar

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Interested in more spring themed citizen science projects? Check out the ones the SciStarter team has handpicked for you here! Or use SciStarter’s project finder to find one that piques your curiosity! In 1998 Tim Sparks, a research biologist at … Continue reading »

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How Articles Get Noticed and Advance the Scientific Conversation

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By Victoria Costello, PLOS Senior Social Media & Community Editor The good news is you’ve published your manuscript! The bad news? With two million other new research articles likely to be published this year, you face steep competition for readers, … Continue reading »

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Who Let the Microbes Out: A Paw Print of Doggy Skin Bacteria

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A house is not a home without a dog, and a dog isn’t a “D-O-double-G” without its microbial “crew.” Human microbiome research is progressing rapidly, and we are always learning how the bacteria living on and inside of us contribute … Continue reading »

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Amazingly spun mindfulness trial in British Journal of Psychiatry: How to publish a null trial

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Since when is “mindfulness therapy is not inferior to routine primary care” newsworthy?   Spinning makes null results a virtue to be celebrated…and publishable. An article reporting a RCT of group mindfulness therapy Sundquist, J., Lilja, Å., Palmér, K., Memon, … Continue reading »

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Games That Teach You Something About Public Health

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Reading is great, but sometimes it’s more fun to learn by playing. Here are a few games that will end up teaching you something about public health: Spent: This game is for anybody who feels like they know how they … Continue reading »

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