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A Sense for Zinc

January 17, 2017

A Sense for Zinc

Kurt Warnhoff, Kerry Kornfeld and colleagues identify a nuclear receptor that uses zinc ions as a physiological ligand and mediates high zinc homeostasis in nematodes, establishing a new class of ligands for nuclear receptors and a new role as nutritional sensors.

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01/19/2017

primer

Cortical Synaptic Connections and Their Plasticity: Is That What Makes Us Human?

What distinguishes the human brain from that of other mammals? This Primer by Joana Lourenço and Alberto Bacci examines the implications of the recent demonstration of the exclusive plasticity of a specific synapse between pyramidal neurons and fast-spiking interneurons of the human neocortex.

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Cortical Synaptic Connections and Their Plasticity: Is That What Makes Us Human?

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01/12/2017

research article

What Drives Alien Bird Species Richness?

A new global database of alien bird distributions, compiled and analysed by Ellie Dyer, Tim Blackburn and colleagues, shows which parts of the world are rich in alien bird species, and why. 

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What Drives Alien Bird Species Richness?

01/11/2017

unsolved mystery

Where Have All the Giants Gone?

This Essay by Taylor Dick and Christofer Clemente proposes that animals have a limited number of biomechanical strategies to reduce musculoskeletal stress; this fact probably constrained the locomotor speeds of extinct giant animals.

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Where Have All the Giants Gone?

01/12/2017

research article

Wearables Reveal Useful Health-Related Information

By tracking personal activities and physiology, Xiao Li, Jessilyn Dunn, Denis Salins, Michael Snyder and co-workers show that wearable biosensors can provide information useful in managing human health.

Wearables Reveal Useful Health-Related Information

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01/12/2017

Research Article

Planning Your Route through a Maze

Using neuroimaging and computational modelling, this study by Raphael Kaplan, Karl Friston and colleagues explains how the human brain represents initial versus subsequent choices during spatial planning in novel environments.

Planning Your Route through a Maze

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01/13/2017

research article

Hippocampus and Neocortex in Memory Consolidation

Lisa Genzel, Richard Morris and colleagues show that hippocampal memory traces followed by novelty are more dominant by default but are liable to interference; by contrast, sleep engages a lasting stabilization of cortical traces and consequent trace dominance after pre-exposure.

Hippocampus and Neocortex in Memory Consolidation

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01/09/2017

open highlights

A Swarm of Bee Research

Bees are amazing little creatures; Lauren Richardson discusses some of the recent advances in our understanding of these fascinating insects.

A Swarm of Bee Research

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01/12/2017

perspective

The SEARCH Framework: Encouraging the 3Rs

The economic, ethical and academic case for an innovative approach towards making surplus material derived from animal studies more visible and accessible to the scientific community.

The SEARCH Framework: Encouraging the 3Rs

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01/05/2017

research article

Marine Reserve Targets for Sustainable Fishing

Scaling up no-take marine reserve coverage to 20-30% of fished habitat should benefit both biodiversity and fisheries where they are most threatened.

Marine Reserve Targets for Sustainable Fishing

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12/22/2016

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Celldance Videos at ASCB 2016

PLOS sponsored the production of the Celldance videos at ASCB 2016. Ines Alvarez-Garcia discusses these visually astounding works and discovers the motivation behind them


Celldance Videos at ASCB 2016

Image credit: Renaud Chabrier

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