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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.

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Jumping Genes of the Kangaroo

By Sarah Ly

Have you ever wondered how different animals are related? Marsupials like kangaroos live in Australia, but scientists think they may have traveled there from as far away as South America.

A wheeled animal sculpture from Eastern Mexico

Larval Beetles Spin Their Wheels on the Beach

By David L. Pearson

Wheels are common in our lives but rare in nature. A larval tiger beetle is one of the few animals in the world that turns into its own wheel to help it move along sandy beaches.

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Lazy Eyes Hard at Work

By Juliana Goenaga

Mom might have told you that video games would rot your brain, but scientists are finding ways to use video games to make your brain stronger. This is especially true when it comes to treating vision disorders like a "lazy eye."

Looking for E. T.

By Courtney Bruce

Life on other planets. Is it possible? Are there going to be little green people, or a friendly Martian? This PLoS article is the story about how scientists are looking for life beyond our planet.

Amanita mushroom

Making Medicine from Mushrooms

By Megan Turnidge

Mushrooms can be mysterious. You might know that some are poisonous while others can be tasty, but did you know that a few kinds can be used as medicine? Learn more about the new ways scientists are using mushrooms to treat cancer. 

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Milk - It Does a Baby's Immune System Good

By Tyler Quigley

They say mother knows best; this may be especially true when it comes to moms sharing protective immune molecules with their babies.

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Money Matters: How Wealth Affects Offspring Success

By Kimberly Olney

Does being born a son or a daughter mean your reproductive success might be different? In some societies, it does. 

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Motions of Magic

By Patrick McGurrin

Magic might be real, at least in the brain, for some people. Scientists are finding that magicians' brains are wired differently than those of the average person.

Nature's Balancing Act

By Stephanie Vera

When humans change an environment, it means we can lose species. And losing species is bad news for humans, animals, and the environment.

New World Under the Sea

By Savanah McMahon

Sea life might not appear to be restricted to living in certain areas. But often they can only live in specific areas, even in the deepest parts of the ocean.

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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.

Want to write a PLOSable story? Take a look at our Notes to Authors & Artists.

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Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.