PLoS has been around for just short of a decade and has peer-reviewed and published over 50,000 articles. This is not a small achievement but PLoS says, “We still have a lot of work ahead of us–only a small proportion of the world’s scientific and medical research is open access.”
As PLoS moves both its business model and its cause forward we have seen many great additions to science. But did you know that they also have awesome photographs? I will feature a few of them just so that you can get an idea of what I mean.
1. We all have our own ideas about what a flytrap looks like but have we seen one up close? Catapulting Tentacles in a Sticky Carnivorous Plant is the “first detailed documentation and analysis of such catappult-flypaper traps in action…”
2. Though olfaction is one of the oldest sensory abilities there is an incredible underlying complexity. Striking Similarities in Fly and Vertebrate Olfactory Network Formation shows us that despite the complexity of the electrical networks the pathways found in invertebrates are quite similar to those found in vertebrate specimen.
3. Biology 101 may be teaching developmental themes of symmetry but there are many fascinating exceptions to the rule. It seems the sea urchin embryo is asymmetrical in its entirety, giving rise to adult characters from let-sided structures. Left-Right Asymmetry in the Sea Urchin Embryo: BMP and the Asymmetrical Origins of the Adult shows us this important exception along with some beautiful pictures.