That All-Nighter is not without Neuroconsequences

By Emilie Reas, PLOS Neuroscience Community Editor As you put the finishing touches on your paper, you notice the sun rising and fantasize about crawling in bed. Your vision and hearing are beginning to distort and the words staring back … Continue reading »

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Blog, Tweet and get the details on our #SVP2015 Thurs eve PLOS Paleo Social!

We’re still looking for PLOS Paleo Blog contributors at #SVP2015! Are you active on social media platforms (such as blogging or Twitter), love paleontology, attending the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting, and want to be more involved here in the … Continue reading »

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Mapping obesity and poverty in the United States

  More than one in three adults in America are obese (1). The prevalence of obesity grew dramatically throughout the 1990s, and has slowly levelled off over the early 2000s. Obesity is one of the biggest and most controversial public … Continue reading »

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iGEM 2015 weekend competition begins with PLOS announcement

By Grant Vousden-Dishington, PLOS Synbio Community Blogger The 2015 iGEM Giant Jjamboree began with an opening ceremony on September 25th, during which PLOS announced its new joint-venture with the iGEM organization. “We are very excited to work with IGEM,” said PLOS ONE … Continue reading »

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A new role for an old Alzheimer’s-related protein

A new role for an old Alzheimer’s-related protein Loss of memory is a well-established symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Also, cognitive impairment and personality changes are also observed in these patients [1]. Many studies investigating the causes of Alzheimer’s have focused … Continue reading »

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Drug price hikes: revolt on the way? Also, the Pope, climate change, and a super eclipse

WILL DARAPRIM DISPUTE TOPPLE DRUG PRICES? Will the rage over Martin Shkreli’s extortionate overpricing of the old reliable toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim trigger a rebellion over the cost of our medicines? That’s what Dan Diamond argues at Vox. He hails Shkreli … Continue reading »

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One more step along the long road towards brain-to-brain interfaces

Imagine being able to communicate with others through only your thoughts. No words, no signs are exchanged: only pure information travelling directly from one brain to another. Of course, that is the stuff of dreams and science-fiction flicks: in the … Continue reading »

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Precision Medicine: Much More Than Just Genetics

When President Obama uttered the words “Precision Medicine” in the state-of-the-union address, I scoffed at a politician’s finally noticing a field that’s been around for decades: medical genetics. Was it another case of rebranding, as chemistry has morphed into nanotech? … Continue reading »

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Health and the Sustainable Development Agenda: Leaving No One with Disability Behind

On the eve of the UN summit on Sustainable Development goals, Alarcos Cieza of the WHO reminds us that disability is part of the human experience contributing to human diversity. On September 25-27 the United Nations Member States will meet … Continue reading »

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Promoting a positive psychology self-help book with a Wikipedia entry

This edition of Mind the Brain continues an odd and fascinating story of an aggressive promotion of a positive psychology self-help book. In this chapter, I tell how the promotion is being aided by the author’s son creating a laudatory … Continue reading »

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