Many users have seen the "undergoing routine site maintenance" page splashed across their browsers a bit too often recently when browsing to the PLoS ONE, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases or PLoS Hub Clinical Trials journals. We've taken some steps to resolve the problems and the TOPAZ developers are digging deep into code. We won't have a full fix in place until TOPAZ RC 0.8.2.1 is released at the end of February, but bandaids are in place that should make the site outages much less frequent. If you're interested in the gorey details, read on….
Archives for January 2008
Did Christopher Columbus and his men introduce syphilis into Renaissance Europe, after contracting it during their voyage to the New World? Or does this pathogen have a much older history? A study by Kristin Harper and colleagues published last week in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases lends support to what’s known as the Columbian theory of syphilis’s origin while suggesting that the non-sexually-transmitted subspecies arose earlier in the Old World.
The study spread throughout both mainstream press and science blogosphere alike, as did a related Expert Commentary, written by Connie Mulligan and colleagues, that challenged the methods and findings of the syphilis study.
Guest Blog: Sign the Cape Town Open Education Declaration and Unlock the Promise of Open Educational Resources
This declaration calls on educators, learners, and policy makers to increase participation in the open sharing of educational materials
This was one of many questions debated at the second annual scientific blogging conference in North Carolina this weekend which I attended together with over 200 other folks who work in scientific communication.
Last week, we made a little upgrade to the PLoS Blog.
If you look at any individual post you will see that we added the “e-mail this page” and “Printer-friendly version” buttons on the bottom of each post.
Back in September, PLoS ONE published an article (Chimpanzees Share Forbidden Fruit), by Kimberley Hockings and colleagues, who found that male chimpanzees steal desirable fruits, like papayas, to impress their female counterparts, who trade sexual favours in return for a share of the spoils. The Animal Cognition Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, recently discussed the paper and posted their thoughts and observations as a series of comments on the Web version of the paper.
On January 11th, the NIH announced their new public access policy, which has now been strengthened to a mandate as required by the appropriations bill signed by President Bush in December.
Following the recent blog that related a PLoS paper to end of year excess, this week a PLoS Medicine study evaluating the combined impact of four healthy forms of behaviour was devoured by journalists keen to remind us to stick to New Year resolutions. This was certainly the approach of the New Scientist who let their readers know that no matter how “fat or unhealthy you already are” the conclusions of the study by Kay-Tee Khaw and colleagues are important. Conducted amongst 20,000 participants in the UK, the study found that those who are non-smokers, take exercise, have a moderate alcohol intake and eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day live on average an additional fourteen years of life compared with people who adopt none of these behaviours.