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Is PeerJ Just Another Game-Player or Is It a Game-Changer?

In 2009 I had the pleasure of interviewing two luminaries in the Open Access publishing world, Peter Binfield and Jason Hoyt. Back then, Peter was the managing editor of PLOS ONE, the world’s largest scientific journal and arguably the leading academic Open Access journal, and Jason was the Chief Scientist and VP of R&D for Mendeley, a social reference manager that enhances the way scientists share information.

February 12, 2013 — Kirsten Sanford

Everything is (Old/New) Energy

The world's energy is primarily rooted in fossil fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal. Add in nuclear power, and you have the fuels behind the vase majority of the world economy.

February 12, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

#SciAmBlogs Monday - Toxic Couch, Evolutionary Psychology, Roundworms, Tubenosed seabirds, Pro-Vaccine Communication, and more.

- Sarah Janssen - My Toxic Couch’s Days Are Numbered: New Furniture Flammability Standard Proposed. - Chris Arnade - Too big to succeed - Bob Grumman - M@h*(pOet)?ica – Karl Kempton - Kate Clancy - 5 Ways to Make Progress in Evolutionary Psychology: Smash, Not Match, Stereotypes - Shara Yurkiewicz - Unkept Promises - Jennifer Frazer - Nematode Roundworms Own This Place - Scicurious - Dopamine goggles make the glass half full - Darren Naish - Tubenosed seabirds that shear the waves: of Calonectris, Lugensa, and Puffinus (petrels part VII) - Glendon Mellow - Pro-Vaccine Communication: You’re Doing it Wrong - Kalliopi Monoyios - What Would Audubon Paint Today? - Dana Hunter - Darwin: Geologist First and Last - John Horgan - Can the Singularity Solve the Valentine’s Day Dilemma? - Melissa C.

STAFFFebruary 11, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

A Very Altruistic Christmas? A Very Unique Biology Lesson!

As a judge in this year's USC Science Film competition, I had my work cut out for me. The annual event, which requires collaboration between students of different disciplines, drew some remarkable film-making talent that made selecting the winners quite difficult.

February 11, 2013 — Carin Bondar

Shouting for Sex: I'm Speaking on "Your Primal Instincts" at @MindshareLA Next Week

Mindshare LA Presents: "Your Primal Instincts" ...on the West Side!I'll be speaking at a special sciencey Valentine's Day version of Mindshare this month in Santa Monica along with Christopher Ryan (of Sex at Dawn fame) and science journalist Sharon Brock.We'll all be covering the science of love from our own perspectives, and my talk will be about how animals shout at each other for sex, how some types of shouts are more effective than other types of shouts, and what (if anything) it might tell us about how we humans go about finding that special someone.

February 11, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

What Would Audubon Paint Today?

There's a fascinating science art exhibit going on at Ironton Gallery in Denver, Colorado through the 23rd of February. It features paintings by Kevin Sloan, whose work explores the tension between the natural world and what most would call the unnatural, highly altered man-made world (I would argue, and perhaps he would too, that it's quite natural for organisms to alter their environment, but that's another story).

February 11, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Help Name Two Of Pluto's Moons

Pluto's currently known moons (Credit: NASA/HST) Far from the Sun planetary bodies can hold onto many more moons. The latest count for Pluto is five satellites, and the most recent two need names.Back in 2011 and 2012 it was announced that Hubble Space Telescope observations of the Pluto system had spied first one and then another new candidate moon.

February 11, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

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