Climate Change By Numbers

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Happy New Year (er…)! Sorry for the total lack of posts since September – I’ve been busy settling into my new lectureship at The Open University, a UK distance learning university based in Milton Keynes. I’ve joined the research group … Continue reading »

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GAN Gene Therapy Trial Gets Green Light

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Last Friday, February 13th, Lori Sames couldn’t stop crying as she stared at her screen in a coffee shop near her home in Rexford, New York. The announcement had just gone up at clinicaltrials.gov: NCT02362438: Intrathecal Administration of scAAV9/JeT-GAN for … Continue reading »

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Plain packaging tobacco: a global battle not yet won

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This week, we hear from Dr Genevieve Bois, MD and spokesperson for the Québec Coalition for Tobacco Control on the important but unfinished battle that is plain packaging of tobacco products. Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable … Continue reading »

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Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves

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Seth M. Holmes from University of California Berkeley and Molly Hales from University of California San Francisco and Berkeley review Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us by S. Lochlann Jain. Much as we might want to render cancer an external threat to … Continue reading »

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Warming in Our Winter Wonderland: The Role of Ice in Penguin, Polar Bear, and Ivory Gull Survival

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As winter grips the Northern Hemisphere tightly, many of us are happy to retreat to the comfort of our warm homes. But for some animals, this season plays a vital role in the formation of something necessary for their survival, … Continue reading »

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Updated: The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

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Wonderful update: When Susan first told me that she still had this sketchbook in her attic while I was writing the introduction to her book Icons, I became tremendously excited. I asked her to please bring it to me so … Continue reading »

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Will Google’s new health search function change the way we manage health?

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  Google says that one in twenty searches is for health information (1). For many people, the Internet has become the first port of call when a strange symptom, the common cold, or morbid curiosity in the ‘Google Images’ bar … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Scoop: the STEAM of citizen science

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Last week the Citizen Science Association held its first conference ever, with 600 people attending from 25 countries. Topics covered in talks, posters, panels, and stories, ranged from do-it-yourself projects to the technical aspects of managing data crowd-sourced in large-scale … Continue reading »

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2014: By the Numbers

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PLOS enters its 12th year poised to deliver innovations that will make science publishing easier, faster and more satisfying. Thanks to everyone involved, we draw on a robust peer review community, high author satisfaction and global reach to be a … Continue reading »

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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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