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Liza Gross
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In my latest for #KQEDScience , I report on a study that found developmental flaws in #woollymammoth   #fossils , a sign the ice age giants may have been plagued by inbreeding and severe stress during their final days. Woolly Mammoth Fossils Raise Red Flags on the Road to Extinction | http://bit.ly/1ruxyEe
A surprising discovery in woolly mammoth fossils recovered from the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands suggests that inbreeding and harsh conditions plagued the ice age giants near the end of their reign on Earth.
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If you're in the SF Bay Area, don't miss the @Exploratorium's exhibition on mental health: "The Changing Face of What Is Normal,"
http://goo.gl/c9jQ5X
 
Rethinking Normal: An +Exploratorium Exhibit Takes on Mental Health

As scientists struggle to find better ways to diagnose and treat mental disorders, an Exploratorium exhibition, "The Changing Face of What Is Normal," experiments with a new way to encourage people to think about what is normal. 

Learn more at KQED Science from +Liza Gross: http://goo.gl/c9jQ5X
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Anyone interested in #science  and #openaccess  should check out this video of Jonathan Eisen and Mike Eisen talking about #PLOS , #PLOSBiology  and the future of scientific publishing  http://blogs.plos.org/biologue/2013/10/22/the-eisens-on-plos-biology/
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Craig Venter shares his thoughts on releasing the data on his individual #genome, which he did to set an example and show his field the type of information you might find: The First Individual Genome: One Is the Loneliest Number goo.gl/fb/NJU7V
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With more and more parents ignoring the recommended childhood immunization schedules, researchers are starting to look at the consequences of these "alternative" schedules. Not surprisingly, it's not good. #vaccines   #vaccination  #infectiousdisease
 
The Real Vaccine Roulette: Missing Your Baby’s Scheduled Shots

"Parents worried about vaccine safety are increasingly choosing to delay, space out or forgo their child's recommended vaccinations. But as a new study shows, every shot a parent chooses to skip greatly increases their child's risk of getting a potentially fatal infectious disease."

Read more from +Liza Gross at KQED Science: http://goo.gl/L7tDBn
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It's terribly frustrating. So many parents nurture these fears despite the facts. It's hard to know how to break through this resistance.
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Researchers and the journals they publish need to get serious about following guidelines on reporting animal research.
 
Please - if you have any role in any biomedical journal - do what you can to make sure it follows the ARRIVE guidelines on reporting animal research. See these two papers in plosbiology for more info on how the guidelines are not being followed and why they should be http://t.co/3WK4S74nZN http://t.co/b09SFsq1IL
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Many people get into science journalism through science. I asked data journalism guru +Peter Aldhous why we don't see more science journalists using their own data and research in their stories:  http://pitchpublishprosper.com/scientific-journalism-interview-peter-aldhous/ #journalism   #investigativereporting   #data  #CAR
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A recent visit to watch the overwintering #sandhillcranes  in #Lodi  inspired my latest piece for +KQED SCIENCE. At least 200 species of migrants and residents come to the wetlands, including this great egret. 
 
Farming for Cranes: Can Agriculture Save an Ancient Migration?

Every September, the majestic sandhill crane migrates by the thousands from their breeding grounds as far north as British Columbia to the San Joaquin Valley Delta to fatten up for the next breeding season. Their long-term survival depends on innovative collaborations between conservation biologists and farmers to manage agricultural land as high-quality habitat.

Learn more from +Liza Gross at KQED Science: http://goo.gl/clEheK
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When I learned that someone I was once very close to took his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, I looked into evidence for suicide prevention. It's unconscionable that a #suicide magnet like the #GoldenGateBridge doesn't have a barrier. http://slate.me/1gIdpoA
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“Many service members now live in a state of chronic stress, which increases their risk for mental health problems and suicide. Assuming that deployment is the only source of stress for military personnel, however, is a gross oversimplification that overlooks the realities of everyday life in the military.” http://bit.ly/18uZTiM #military   #suicide   #suicideprevention  
#iraq   #afghanistan  
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Freelance journalist, PLOS Biology editor
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I'm a SF Bay Area freelance journalist and senior editor at the open access journal PLOS Biology. I write mostly about environmental health, wildlife ecology, and conservation biology.

I blog for KQED Science, http://blogs.kqed.org/science/author/lizagross/ and am a contributor to Environmental Health News. One of my latest pieces, No Beba el Agua. Don't Drink the Water, was part of Environmental Health News' Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, which won honorable mention from the Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism.
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