Public Library of Science

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) was founded in 2000 by biomedical scientists Harold E. Varmus, Patrick O. Brown and Michael Eisen for the purpose of granting open access to the public about scientific research papers. An open letter was sent to scientific publishers encouraging them to all distribution of their research literature through an on-line publication like the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central. In response to a less than receptive response, PLOS launched a nonprofit scientific and medical publishing venture in 2003. PLOS articles are available free on-line and appear immediately on the web site for no charge. PLOS received start-up funds from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations and has received various other foundation endowments for their not for profit enterprise.

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Finding Nemo, Paleozoic style

As the parent of a three-year-old, I am quite familiar with the animated film Finding Nemo. These adventures of the young clownfish Nemo are of course heavily fictionalized, but the movie does present a biological reality: ...

dateSep 02, 2016 in Ecology
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How are pollinators faring with Anthropogenic change?

Pollinators provide irreplaceable ecosystem services. One out of every three bites of food are attributable to pollination. Pollinators bring us many of our favorite fruits and vegetables (see this list of crops that use ...

dateAug 31, 2016 in Ecology
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A busy year for a little dinosaur

Take a walk around the Free State of South Africa, or, if you fancy it, Lesotho (le-sOO-tOO), and you might just come across some genuine dinosaur fossils. Trudge around the exposed layers of red/purple rock that make up ...

dateAug 31, 2016 in Archaeology & Fossils
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