Plosable Articles

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. We also have stories exploring articles in evolutionary medicine in our EvMed Edits section.

Written by: 
Wendal Kane
All over the world, plants are dependent on secret partners—bacteria and fungi—for their survival. But what happens to these relationships if new, exotic plants move into the area?
Cosmos bipinnatus flower
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Meghan Duell
When humans build cities, we change the environment a lot for many of the animals living in the area. What can we do to help out the insects and other pollinators living in the city?
The eyes of a jumping spider
Written by: 
Zack Graham
If you are a moth, seeing a spider is probably one of your worst nightmares. Biologists have learned that some moths pretend to be spiders to confuse other spiders. Learn more about how these moths survive by fooling their predators.
Written by: 
Han Duerstock

Most people believed that Neanderthals, a species related to humans, were hunters that only ate meat. By taking a look at the Neanderthal’s fossilized poop, scientists discovered that there was more to their diet than just meat.

Written by: 
Megan Berry

Are we armed with all the information to fight the worst diseases, even the ones that we’ve just discovered? Scientists wanted to create a list to identify the worst diseases to gain more information and be ready to help treat these diseases. 

Written by: 
Natasha Coult

There are different ecosystems all around the world. All of these ecosystems are supported by the animals, plants, and other things living there. Researchers are learning that even the very rare species are important for an ecosystem to survive. 

The front of a great white shark, swimming through the water
Written by: 
Chelsea Brzezinski
In Peru, how humans feel and what they know and do about sharks can have big consequences. How do human beliefs impact shark conservation?
Written by: 
Craig Trevor Johnson

Mutant robots with six arms and a mind of their own are stuff of science ficiton, right? Scientists are challenging that idea by creating robo-mutants in the lab and seeing how they evolve.

Written by: 
Viviane Callier

Scientists study the science of basketball teamwork and how different networks can make the difference between winning and losing.

A brown howler monkey on a tree branch
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Kathryn Michelle Benavidez Westrich
How do seeds travel if they do not have legs to carry them? We can find one answer in primate poop.


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