For those who celebrated the holiday season and the publication of a high quality sequence of the Pinot Noir grape genome in PLoS ONE with rather more wine than mistletoe and who are now feeling the consequences of their festive excesses, help is at hand.
Archives for December 2007
On Dec 26th, 2007, President Bush signed the Bill that requires all NIH-funded research to be made available to the public.
The Unlikely Tale of Hospital-Acquired Infections, Clothing and Faith: Guest Blog by Prof. Aziz Sheikh
I'm enormously excited to hear that the People's Open Access Education Initiative is taking off. PLoS will do all it can to support this project, which aims to "to build public health capacity in low- to middle-income countries, using open education resources freely available on the Internet."
As Frédéric Tangy and colleagues explained in their recent study in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, "The development of an affordable pediatric vaccine that could provide long-term protection against all four dengue serotypes remains a global public health priority."
Like any toddler, its parents are exhausted but looking forward to celebrating. During the past year, the milestones have come thick and fast and we’ve recorded them all with pride.
David Eagleman’s paper “Does Time Really Slow Down during a Frightening Event?” published in PLoS ONE this week picked up quite a bit of news coverage. The paper examined whether immediate danger really can slow down our perceptions of the passing of time (their result, incidentally, was negative, although unsurprisingly, most of the stories chose to highlight the Matrix/Keanu Reeves references instead). As far as I am aware, no one made the connection that Neo is an anagram of ONE…
Editors spend so much of every day with their heads thoroughly immersed, indeed swimming, in research papers, that it can be heartening to hear about initiatives that aim to prioritise the studies that really will make a difference. Yesterday I happenned to drop in to a press conference that was being held to launch the World Health Organization’s new initiative, “Make Medicines Child Size“.
Birdsong learning was admittedly my favorite area of neuroscience as a young scientist, not only because of the auditory aesthetic of chirping canaries, but also because the way juvenile songbirds learn to sing is intriguingly similar to how humans learn to speak. Thus I’m moved to give special notice to a paper in PLoS Biology by Sebastian Haesler, Constance Sharff and colleagues. This new study confirms in genetic detail the parallels between singing birds and human language.
The Zotero developers announced that Zotero is now compatible with all PLoS journals. The new Zotero translator allows users to capture metadata and full-text PDFs of PLoS articles. I’ve tried Zotero with PLoS ONE and PLoS NTD articles and it automatically gathers metadata information including the authors of an article, abstract, volume/issue and DOI. You’ll need to download the latest Zotero 1.0.1 release to get the new PLoS translator.