Tagged: PLoS

Ebola outbreak – updates and links - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 03, 2014

As the Ebola outbreak worsens, the WHO has announced a US$100 million response plan to help bring the outbreak under control by scaling up control measures and helping neighbouring at-risk countries prepare for any cases. According to the latest WHO update, between 24 and 27 July, a total of 122 new cases of Ebola and 57 … Read More

Monday micro – evolution in action! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 16, 2013

This week’s Monday Micro is all about microbial adaptation, with two interesting new papers just out. The first relates to the H7N9 strain of bird flu that appeared in China earlier this year; as of the most recent WHO report there have been 137 lab confirmed cases with 45 deaths. There is currently no vaccine available against H7N9, … Read More

Open Access – A Challenge - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 28, 2012

This post originally appeared on the Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand website as part of Open Access Week. A few days ago I was asked what my role is in science. It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately*. So, who am I and what is my role? I am a publicly … Read More

Ravens and Empathy: The Role of Bystanders After Conflict - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 23, 2010

At the same time as we were learning that Vegetarians and Vegans might be more empathic than Omnivores we were also discovering the nature of empathy in Ravens. Published in PLoS One recently was a paper called “Do Ravens Show Consolation? Responses to Distressed Others” looking at the behaviour of Ravens and the implications for [...] … Read More