The BMC Series advent calendar

As we approach Christmas day and the year starts to draw to a close, we look back at some of our most viewed BMC Series blogs. Bringing you one a day for advent, make sure you stay tuned not to miss what’s been talked about this year!

Christmas is coming…

15 images from 15 years of the BMC series

24th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 24 , 2015Craul-et-al.-BMC-Evolutionary-Biology-2007-620x342

BMC Series celebrated its 15th birthday in 2015 and to mark this fantastic milestone, we looked back on 15 memorable images from papers published in the BMC Series journals.

For the final post of this advent calendar, we highlight our most…

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What can chimpanzee tracking tell you about climate change?

23rd December 2015
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New research finds that the most endangered chimpanzees may experience drastic habitat loss within five years due to climate change.

If environmental variation and differences in habitat have shaped chimpanzee populations over time, then how…

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The fascinating plants of BMC Plant Biology

22nd December 2015
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Fascination of Plants Day 2015 and another very popular blog for BMC Series. We looked at some of the fascinating examples of the plant world from our journal BMC Plant Biology.

They tolerate metal. They can armor themselves. They go…

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The oldest and the scariest sea scorpion: a giant discovery

21st December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 21 , 2015Eurypterids-3-1-Horizontal-Cropped-CREDIT-Patrick-Lynch-Yale-University-620x342

Eurypterids, or ‘sea-scorpions’ are an extinct group of chelicerates: the group containing the terrestrial arachnids (such as spiders and scorpions). BMC Evolutionary Biology described a new eurypterid and guest blogger and expert in the…

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Cat got your tongue? Not according to new research

20th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 20 , 2015Cat-taste

Research published in BMC Neuroscience represented the first glimpse into how cats perceive bitterness in food at a molecular level, and could explain why they are sometimes such fussy eaters.

The ability to detect bitter chemicals is…

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Seafaring spiders set sail for distant shores

19th December 2015
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Surprising new findings, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, show that spiders can glide across water like ships, using their own legs as sails and their silk as an anchor.

For the arachnophobes among us, a flying spider might sound like…

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The science of rowing: improving performance naturally

18th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 18 , 2015rowing-620x342

This year, BMC Sport Science, Medicine & Rehabilitation published its first supplement, presenting abstracts from the Sport Science and Medicine Conference for Rowing. First published on British Rowing’s website, Annamarie Phelps, Chairman…

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Solving the obesity crisis: knowledge, nudge or nanny?

17th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 17 , 2015Obesity_flickr_Tony-Alter

In this guest blog Dr Helen Walls, Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, covers key themes from The 5th Annual Oxford London Lecture (17 March 2015), delivered by Professor Susan Jebb from Oxford University….

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Stillbirth: the elephant in the room

16th December 2015
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The death of a baby in the late stages of pregnancy (20-24 weeks or later) is devastating for parents, and the cause often remains largely elusive. A supplement published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth on both the causes and psychological…

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Celebrating 150 years of Mendelian Genetics

15th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 15 , 2015Mendel

On March 8, 1865, Gregor Mendel presented his findings “Experiments in Plant Hybridization” at the Natural History Society of Brno. His experiments in pea plants allowed him to elucidate the laws of genetic inheritance, which pre-dated the…

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TV in the time of an epidemic: understanding individual social distancing behaviour

14th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 14 , 2015childrentv-300x199

Quantifying the benefit of social distancing in a disease epidemic can be difficult, due to the unpredictable nature of individual behavioural responses. However, research at the University of California has demonstrated an innovative…

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Diet and Mental Health: Does food affect your mood?

13th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 13 , 2015Fruit and Veg

The benefits of a healthy balanced diet on physical health are well established. But does diet affect your mental health? In the past ten years research on the effect of diet and nutrition on mental health has skyrocketed, with mounting…

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Get up, stand up – the risks of sedentary behavior

12th December 2015
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A systematic review published in BMC Public Health suggests anxiety is linked sedentary behavior. This adds to a growing body of evidence which says we should all be spending more time on our feet.

In today’s society, particularly in…

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Up in smoke: the truth about shisha pipe smoking

11th December 2015
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A study published in BMC Public Health found that smoke from shisha contains heavier metals than previously thought. In this guest blog, Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at British Heart Foundation told us that there is no safe way…

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Veterinary neurology experts collaborate to publish consensus statements in pets with epilepsy

10th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 10 , 2015Fig-6-International-Veterinary-Epilepsy-Task-Force-recommendations-for-a-veterinary-epilepsy-specific-MRI-protocol-620x237

A group of international veterinarians and scientists joined forces to form the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force (IVETF), with the goal to improve research in canine and feline epilepsy. In this blog we discovered why the IVETF…

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Does alcohol consumption predict future health among older adults?

9th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 9 , 2015bar-209148_1280-620x342

Research published in BMC Public Health investigated the association between alcohol consumption and self-rated health. Co-author of the work, Martin Frisher, explained more, reporting that older people who drink substantially more than the…

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Understanding the male sex industry

8th December 2015
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The male sex industry has become an increasingly visible part of society, assisted by factors such as globalisation and technology. With few resources and little support readily available for male sex workers, this population may be at higher…

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A history of Aloe vera: from the Arabian desert to hand cream

7th December 2015
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Aloe vera has been widely used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Yet why this species, rather than one of its 500 relatives, came to have such a dominant position in these markets is unclear.

Research published in…

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The mortality risks of cigar smoking

6th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 6 , 2015cigar-628322_1280-620x342

The harms of cigarette smoking are well-reported, but those of cigar smoking are discussed less often. Here Cindy M. Chang of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told us more about her systematic review on cigar smoking and…

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Beautiful science: winners of the BMC Ecology image competition 2015

5th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 5 , 2015image comp

BMC Ecology launched its third image competition during 2015. The science of ecology helps us make sense of the natural world and our place in it.  Ecologists see the world with a unique perspective, and our Image Competition allows them to…

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Limbless triumph: The origin and diversification of snakes

4th December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 4 , 2015snake

The original snake ancestor was a nocturnal, stealth-hunting predator that had tiny hindlimbs with ankles and toes, according to research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. Authors tell us more in this blog.

Snakes have long captured the…

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The impact factor’s ill effects on health systems work

3rd December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 3 , 2015IF

Does the impact factor have undue influence? Prof Jeffrey V. Lazarus explored the negative effects of the impact factor on health systems research, both now and in the future.

“What’s the impact factor?”

On perusing PubMed, I was struck by…

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E-cigarettes and teens: how concerned should we be?

2nd December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 2 , 2015closeup of woman smoking electronic cigarette outdoor

Following the publication of a study in BMC Public Health on the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers, Dr Wilson M. Compton of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, tells us more about the risks e-cigarettes pose to the next…

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What does a giraffe sound like?

1st December 2015
Announcement Date : Dec 1 , 2015

Whether giraffes can communicate vocally is a controversial topic. Research published in BMC Research Notes, finds the best evidence yet that they do – by humming. Undoubtedly, giraffes are far less vocal than many other related…

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