How it Works: the PLOS Computational Biology April Issue

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Here are some highlights from April’s PLOS Computational Biology   How We Hear Time within Sound How does our auditory system represent time within a sound? Daniel Bendor investigates how temporal acoustic patterns can be represented by neural activity within … Continue reading »

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Weighing Up Anonymity and Openness in Publication Peer Review

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    Scientists are in a real bind when it comes to peer review. It’s hard to be objective when we’re all among the peer reviewing and peer-reviewed, or plan to be. Still, we should be able to mobilize science’s repertoire to solve our problems. Yet, … Continue reading »

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Beware the bad survey: Science literacy isn’t as bad as the statistics make it look

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Read the catchy one-line statistics that circulate in the headlines and on social media and you’d be forgiven for thinking that public understanding of science is in a sorry state. A few months back, we heard that 80% of Americans … Continue reading »

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Biting Off What They Can Chew: Scientists Use 3D Reconstructions to Study Animal Jaw Mechanics

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                 Studying the muscles that animals use to bite and chew can tell us a lot about their eating habits. In the past, researchers often undertook painstaking dissection of animal specimens by hand … Continue reading »

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Emerging doctors call for action on global epidemic: non-communicable disease

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This week, special guest-bloggers and Australian doctors-in-training, Rebecca Kelly and Tim Martin of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, call for greater focus, discussion and action on the world’s leading causes of death. In March this year, the Australian government released … Continue reading »

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Level up! Mr Epid is now Dr Epid!

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I’m back! I took an extended hiatus from the blog while I finished up my PhD, but, at the end of March, I successfully defended my PhD, and after making the changes suggested by the examining committee I submitted in … Continue reading »

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Sharing Paleodata (Part 4): MorphoSource

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Today I continue my series highlighting repositories for paleontological raw data. Previous posts in this series can be found here, here, and here.   MORPHOSOURCE ( MorphoSource is a data repository for 3D data – raw CT and microCT data, but … Continue reading »

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iSeeChange: documenting the weather around us

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From shoveling the third heavy snowfall of winter to spotting the first crocus of spring, each day without fail we experience our environment. Meaning each of us is a potential wealth of information about our local environment. Information that if … Continue reading »

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Torture and psychologists; picture the universe with Hubble and Webb telescopes

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The worst bioethics scandal of the 21st century (to date) We may have to wait until its own official independent report in June to know for sure whether the American Psychological Association really did collude with the Central Intelligence Agency … Continue reading »

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Restoring vision with a new optogenetic tool

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Millions of people worldwide suffer from progressive degeneration of the eye’s photoreceptors (the light-sensing cells), leading ultimately to blindness. A recent therapeutic approach for restoring vision in blind retinas involves introducing light-sensing proteins into surviving retinal cells that normally cannot sense light, … Continue reading »

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