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Scientists are learning new things every day. They are also writing about their discoveries. In most cases they publish in science magazines called journals like the Public Library of Science (PLOS). In our PLOSable section you will find stories that will help you read and explore the articles written by scientists.

Now jump in and start exploring PLOSable - a place where firsthand science is only a mouse click away. If you're interested in diving even further into the world of the scientific article, check out our Anatomy of an Article story.

Half Man, Half Machine: Becoming Robotic

By Daniel Maas

Have you wondered if it was possible to be a cyborg? Half man and half machine? Scientists are conducting experiments to see how brains control robotic limbs.

How humans match voices and faces

Hey, I Know You!

By Melissa Brisbin

Even a toddler can recognize his mother's voice on the phone, but what parts of the brain help match voices and faces in your brain?

Cancer cell dividing

How Stem Cells Affect Cancer

By Heather Geissel

Cancer is a disease that affects a lot of  people. But there are still many things that scientists don’t understand about it. The goal of this experiment was to see how stem cells are involved with the growth and spread of cancer cells. 

this image shows a cartoon depiction of a mosquito

Hungry Mosquito Habits

By Chanapa Tantibanchachai

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes and becomes more common in humans during the summer months. Is there a connection between the feeding habits of mosquitoes and the spread of the virus to humans?

The hippcampus might be watching over your stuff.

I Spy With My Little Eye...

By Juliana Goenaga

Do you notice when your brother or sister take stuff from your room? Even if they put it back, you can still see those small differences. Scientists are studying what part of your brain is responsible for seeing those kind of changes.

Fast Food

If You Give a Mouse McDonalds...

By Samantha Hauserman

Have you ever wondered what makes one animal different from another?  Scientists conducted an experiment and found that food is one of the reasons chimpanzees and humans are so different.

Is a City Slicker Sicker?

By Pierce Hutton

City life can be stressful for people, but what about for other animals? Learn what scientists found out about the effects of city life on the stress and health levels of birds. 

Poison Dart Frog

Is it Easy Being Green?

By Brett Seymoure

The story of a frog's life in the rainforest can be one filled with danger. Some frogs are brightly colored and other blend into the forest. Do bright colors work better than dull colors for keeping a frog from being eaten?

Isn't it Ionic?

By Ryan LaMarca

Mud may look boring, but it has a lot more going than you might think. Some clays can kill bacteria, but exactly why they could wasn't clear. Scientists tested whether bacterial killing ability of some clays is due to the ions attached to them.

A carnivorous Australian Sundew plant

Jaws of Death: When Plants Bite Back

By Veerta Singh

They snap, they trap, they stick and they suck. This is the bizarre world of carnivorous plants.  They snap, they trap, they stick and they suck. This is the bizarre world of carnivorous plants. The carnivorous sundew from southern Australia has a particularly effective method of capturing its insect prey.

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Anyone can use PLOS and PLOS Biology. You do not have to pay to read articles online or to download and print them. With PLOS and PLOS Biology you have first-hand access to the latest science.

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