Open Laboratory 2010 – submissions so far

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A Blog Around The Clock: What does it mean that a nation is ‘Unscientific’?
A Blog Around The Clock: My latest scientific paper: Extended Laying Interval of Ultimate Eggs of the Eastern Bluebird
A Blog Around The Clock: Evolutionary Medicine: Does reindeer have a circadian stop-watch instead of a clock?
A Blog Around The Clock: A Farewell to Scienceblogs: the Changing Science Blogging Ecosystem

A Hot Cup of Joe: About Cognitive Archaeology
A Hot Cup of Joe: Application of Cognitive Archaeology

A Meandering Scholar: Back to basics: The Evolution of a Postdoc

A Wonderful Day for Anthropology: Sexual Dimorphism in Human Breasts: An Examination of Three Evolutionary Perspectives

Abstruse Goose: World View (cartoon)

Academic Ecology: Dear Menses

Addiction Inbox: Impulsivity and Addiction
Addiction Inbox: Heroin in Vietnam: The Robins Study
Addiction Inbox: Cannabis Receptors and the Runner’s High

Ambivalent Academic: Everything I Needed to Know About Grad School…

Anna’s Bones: The Ape That Wouldn’t Grow Up

The Anthropology of Everyday Life: Step Right Up and Give Us Your DNA
The Anthropology of Everyday Life: The Angels are Flying
The Anthropology of Everyday Life: Dancing by the Nile, Ladies Loved His Style….
The Anthropology of Everyday Life: If The Shoe Fits

Anthropology in Practice: The Irish Diaspora: Why Even Trinidadians Are a Little Irish
Anthropology in Practice: RSVP–A Cultural Construct?
Anthropology in Practice: Death 2.0: Digital Mourning
Anthropology in Practice: Is Your Time My Time? Deconstructing “Social” Time (2)
Anthropology in Practice: Dealing With ‘Digital Distractions’ in the Classroom
Anthropology in Practice: Extra! Extra! (Some) Print Media Is Not Dead!
Anthropology in Practice: Bullying and Emotional Intelligence on the Web
Anthropology in Practice: Standardized Time and Power Relations
Anthropology in Practice: The Psychology of Liking
Anthropology in Practice: Why Do Some Like It Hot?
Anthropology in Practice: Is Farmville Making Us More Neighborly?
Anthropology in Practice: Manufacturing The Coffee Culture

Archy: Mammoths, floods, and whatnot
Archy: The first trilobite

Back Re(action): To whom it may concern (poem)
Back Re(action): What is a scientific prediction?

Bad Science: Is it okay to ignore results from people you don’t trust?

Bjoern Brembs Blog: In which potatoes in France are like high-ranking journals in science

The Black Hole: Say NO to the Second Post Doc!
The Black Hole: Devils of Details: Getting Scientists to Understand How Policy Making Works
The Black Hole: Two heads are better than one: Making a case for jointly run labs

Blag Hag: In the name of science, I offer my boobs and A quick clarification about Boobquake and Head of Iran’s Guardian Council supports Sedighi’s earthquake hypothesis and And the boobquake experiment has begun…, And the Boobquake results are in!, Why boobquake isn’t destroying feminism and The Iranian and Muslim response to Boobquake collected and edited as a single entry.

Built On Facts: The Theory of Theory

Byte Size Biology: Highly Evolved
Byte Size Biology: Well, color me surprised
Byte Size Biology: Obesity: the Role of the Immune System
Byte Size Biology: Comparative Functional Genomics: Penguin vs. Bacterium
Byte Size Biology: Protein function, promiscuity, moonlighting and philosophy
Byte Size Biology: This is what it smells like when mice cry

C6-H12-O6: Menopause as an evolutionary strategy.
C6-H12-O6: I also dig their clever use of the word ‘sinister’.

Canadian GirlPostdoc in America: Dissent gets a fat lip.
Canadian GirlPostdoc in America: Slow Science Gets the Shaft – Part Deux

Cephalove: The heart of an octopus is a fickle thing…

Child’s Play: Don’t Bite: Self Control and the Classic Cookie Task and Don’t Bite: A Cognitive Primer and Don’t Bite: The Defenestration of Cookie and Don’t Bite: Does Self Control Determine Class? and Don’t Bite: A Personal Best and Don’t Bite: In Sum, Dear Reader edited into a single essay.

Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Crispy on the Outside (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Molecules of Song (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Cryosat-2, Orbital Mosquito Hunter (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Now You See It… (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Military Objective (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Avoiding the Sugar Buzz (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: 2010 GA6, Space Yacht (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Gut Instinct (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: The Search For Night Life (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Unruffled Tuxedos (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Her Sense of Timing (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Watching Their Backs (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Disorienteering (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Floral Rearrangement (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: In Development (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Power Plant (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Breathless Find (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Eyjafjallajökull (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: A Grain of Exposure (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: A Project With Teeth (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: A Head For Fashion (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Equatorial Engine (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Inherited Hunger (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Going the Distance (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Manipulations (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Current Events (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Pattern Masters (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Shutter Bug (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Rules of Virtual Engagement (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Reflections on 24-Themis (poem)

CMBR: Flu shots all around! But is it the best way?
CMBR: Attn: Science journalists. It’s time to break the mold.

Code For Life: Book sales, frumpy readers, and mental rotation of book titles

Computing Intelligence: Sloppy Language in Science on Human Uniqueness

Confessions of a (former) Lab Rat: On Peer Review
Confessions of a (former) Lab Rat: On unfortunate juxtapositions
Confessions of a (former) Lab Rat: On science, funding and budget cuts
Confessions of a (former) lab rat: On hot lemon action
Confessions of a (former) lab rat: On renewable energy
Confessions of a (former) lab rat: On dancing with Smurfs
Confessions of a (former) lab rat: On sex

CultureLab: Celebrating the real Einstein

Culturing Science: Octopuses doing tricks on the internet and our search for non-human ‘intelligence’
Culturing Science: Why Scientists Should Read Science Fiction
Culturing Science: Microbe biogeography: the distribution, dispersal and evolution of the littlest organisms

Darryl Cunningham Investigates: The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield (comic strip)

Deep Thoughts and Silliness: Branch Lengths and Species

Denim & Tweed: How Wright was wrong: When is it genetic drift?

The Digital Cuttlefish: A Batty Problem (poem)

Disease of the Week: Is it ethical to infect mentally-retarded children with hepatitis?
Disease of the Week: P. aeruginosa, Biofilms and Honey
Disease of the Week: Broken Heart Syndrome
Disease of the Week!: Scientific Casualties – Infectious disease research can be life threatening

The Dispersal of Darwin: The Discovery Institute needs a dictionary

The Dog Zombie: Why cortisol sucks as a measurement of stress

Dot Earth: My Second Half

Dot Physics: MythBusters’ energy explanation

Dr Aust’s Spleen: Poetry corner – subluxation special (includes poem)

Dr. Carin Bondar…biologist with a twist: Darwin’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’ meets the irresponsible Homo sapiens
Dr. Carin Bondar…biologist with a twist: Chemical Espionage, Anti-Aphrodisiacs and Hitchhiking…all in a Day’s Work for a Parasitoid Wasp!

Dr. Kaku’s Universe: The Bizarre and Wonderful World of Quantum Theory–And How Understanding It Has Ultimately Changed Our Lives

Endless Forms: Crown Jewel of Biodiversity on the Edge
Endless Forms: Saving face: Salamanders show why it’s important to know thy enemies
Endless Forms: Boozing Treeshrews: Heavyweight drinkers in small packages

The End Of The Pier Show: Stop Following Me!
The End Of The Pier Show: Building Bodies, By Instalments
The End Of The Pier Show: Three Ways to Split a Fish
The End Of The Pier Show: More News About Olds
The End Of The Pier Show: Cromercrox in China: Figured Stones
The End Of The Pier Show: Cromercrox In China: The Figured Stones of Chaoyang
The End Of The Pier Show: There Were Giants On The Earth In Those Days
The End Of The Pier Show: Why Don´t Scientists Teach Their Children How To Speak?

Ever Wondered? (Scienceline): How Does a Venus Flytrap Work?

EvolutionBlog: Rearrangements of Series

Faraday’s Cage is where you put Schroedinger’s Cat: Getting hot under the sheets

The Featured Creature: 6 Animals That Could Seriously Use a Nose Job

Free As In Science: ResearchBlogging or separating wheat from chaff

Freethinker’s Asylum: Alpha, Beta, and Power

Gene Expression: Genetics is One: Mendelism and quantitative traits

Genetic Maize: GMOs Could Render Important Antibiotics Worthless

Good, Bad, and Bogus: Why you REALLY can’t trust small studies: the small study effect
Good, Bad, and Bogus: ‘Gravity doesn’t exist’, says philosophically naive scientist/journalist
Good, Bad, and Bogus: Climate change and philosophy of science: Does climate science aim at truth?

Greg Laden: Are you are real skeptic, or are you just faithing it?

Gene Expression: 1 in 200 men direct descendants of Genghis Khan

HASTAC blog: Why is the Information Age Without the Humanities Like the Industrial Revolution Without the Steam Engine?

hgg: Anthology of science writing: now almost 4 % with ovaries!

Huffington Post (Eric Michael Johnson): Intelligent Design Creationists Abuse Science and Victims of the Holocaust

ICBS Everywhere: Fun Does Not Sell Smarts
ICBS Everywhere: BS for George Takei Fans and Consumers
ICBS Everywhere: There Must Be an Idiom
ICBS Everywhere: Narcissism + Incompetence = Ignorance and More Incompetence

I’m a chordata! urochordata!: Viva la Neo-Fisherian Liberation Front!

Ionian Enchantment: Anecdotes as evidence
Ionian Enchantment: The Cost of Truth is Eternal Vigilance
Ionian Enchantment: Are most experimental subjects in behavioral science WEIRD?

Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology: Premenstrual syndrome: understanding origin and variation
Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology: Which is more safe: home birth or hospital birth?

Laelaps: Off the prehistoric coast of Panama, a mega-toothed shark nursery
Laelaps: Prehistoric mammal Prolibytherium had a ‘butterfly face’
Laelaps: Prehistoric ‘bear-dog’ Amphicyon was built like a ‘bear-lion’

The Language of Bad Physics: The Language of Science – it’s ‘just a theory’
The Language of Bad Physics: Experiments in Non-Relativistic Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND)

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Made for Each Other: Evolution of Monogamy in Poison Frogs
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): UV, You See? Black Light Reveals Secrets in Fossils
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Fly Me to the Moon: The Incredible Migratory Journey of the Arctic Tern
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Darwin’s Finches Develop Immunity to Alien Parasites
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Is That A T. rex Up Your Nose? New Species of Nose-dwelling Leech Discovered
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): (How) Are Birds Affected by Volcanic Ash?
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): How Will You Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day?
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): What do Great Tits Reveal about the Genetics of Personality?
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Racehorse Research Identifies Speed Gene
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Fossil Feather Colors Really ARE Written In Stone
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Fetid Fish Revise Understanding of Fossil Formation
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Oiled SeaBirds: To Kill Or Not To Kill? What Is The Ethical Thing To Do?
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Newly Described Bird-like Dinosaur Predates Archaeopteryx by 15-20 Million Years
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Gulf Oil Spill Disaster: Spawn of the Living Dead for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna?
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Ancient DNA from Fossil Eggshells May Provide Clues to Eggstinction of Giant Birds
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Orange Stripey Dinosaurs? Fossil Feathers Reveal Their Secret Colors
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Migratory Monarch Butterflies ‘See’ Earth’s GeoMagnetic Field
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Colorful Tits Produce Speedier Sperm
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Doing It For the Kids: The Evolution of Migration
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Distressed Ravens Show That Empathy Is For The Birds, Too

The Loom: Skull Caps and Genomes

Mainly mongoose: Gangly games

Maniraptora: Tastes Like Chicken: Size Matters — Bigger is Better, Even for Male Pipefish
Maniraptora: Tastes Like Chicken: Gender-Bending Chickens: Mixed, Not Scrambled

The Martian Chronicles: How to cure the Avatar Blues
The Martian Chronicles: Frickin’ Laser Beams: Fact vs Fiction

Mauka to Makai: Barnacle Sex

Maxwell’s Demon: Spirographs and the third dimension
Maxwell’s Demon: The Laws of Gelada (How to be a grad student)

Medical & Bio-Inspired Innovations: Blood Pressure, Medication, Diet, And Dementia: What The Recent Research Tells Us

Mental indigestion: Your microbiome and you (part I): Gut
Mental indigestion: The grass isn’t always greener…

Mind Matters (Scientific American – Melody Dye): Why Johnny Can’t Name His Colors

Mind the Gap: In which I dream of revolution
Mind the Gap: In which I face up to crunch time

More Grumbine Science: When will Arctic ice be gone?
More Grumbine Science: Sea Ice Estimations
More Grumbine Science: But is it science?

Mr Science Show: For a healthy relationship, men should be ugly and rich, women pretty and mixed-race
Mr Science Show: Correlation of the Week: Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent
Mr Science Show: How do you spell goal?

The Natural Patriot: Approaching the ultimate limits?

Neurotopia: Attractiveness, anger, and warrior princess blondes
Neurotopia: A Letter to a Grad Student
Neurotopia: Friday Weird Science: Why does asparagus make your pee smell?
Neurotopia: On Animal Research

the Node: Of White and Ancient Feathers

Nutrition Wonderland: The Truth About Organic Farming
Nutrition Wonderland: Understanding Our Bodies: Insulin

Observations of a Nerd: Evolution: The Curious Case of Dogs
Observations of a Nerd: Psych FAIL
Observations of a Nerd: Evolution: Watching Speciation Occur
Observations of a Nerd: Ancient Sex Scandals: Did We Get It On With Neandertals?
Observations of a Nerd: Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill – Conversations With My Grandpa
Observations of a Nerd: Tuna

Opinionator (Olivia Judson): Laboratory Life
Opinionator (Olivia Judson): Evolving Sexual Tensions
Opinionator (Olivia Judson): Divide and Diminish
Opinionator (Olivia Judson): Enter the Chronotherapists

Oscillator: Knowledge is Power and Biology is Power, perhaps fused into a single essay.

Panda’s Thumb: Randomly growing an embryo. It can work.

Pharyngula: How to make a snake
Pharyngula: It’s more than genes, it’s networks and systems
Pharyngula: Blaschko’s Lines
Pharyngula: Ray Kurzweil does not understand the brain

Phased: Autistic Children Have Difficulty Interpreting Shadows

PodBlack Cat: Presenting, Minorities And The Token Skeptic At #AtheistCon

Poseidon Sciences: The Agony and the Ecstasy: Why science writing is like learning tango and Chinese brush painting

The Primate Diaries: How Can Haiti Be Sustainable?
The Primate Diaries: Cultural Transmission in Chimpanzees
The Primate Diaries: Chimpanzees Prefer Fair Play To Reaping An Unjust Reward
The Primate Diaries: Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation
The Primate Diaries: Prestigious Chimps and the Emergence of Cultural Innovation
The Primate Diaries: Scientific Ethics and the Myth of Stalin’s Ape-Man Superwarriors
The Primate Diaries: For Great Apes, Addressing Inequality is Child’s Play
The Primate Diaries: The scientist and the anarchist (part I) and The scientist and the anarchist (part II)

Prof-Like Substance: Can I get a Land’s End catalog, STAT?

Promega Connections: How do I Describe Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
Promega Connections: Mate Selection at Frog Cocktail Parties: Keep it Short, Low, Loud, and Stand Out from the Crowd (Oh, and have a colorful vocal sac, too)

Reciprocal Space: I have discovered Jupiter
Reciprocal Space: Judgement Days
Reciprocal Space: A molecule of life and death

The Renaissance Mathematicus: Extracting the stopper.
The Renaissance Mathematicus: The Book of Nature is written in the language of mathematics.
The Renaissance Mathematicus: Extracting the stopper.

Rennie’s Last Nerve: Blood Simple: Mammoths, mice, malaria and hemoglobin
Rennie’s Last Nerve: Energetically Batty

rENNISance woman: Personal genethics
rENNISance woman: Smart phonies
rENNISance woman: The trouble with Wyndham

Respectful Insolence: When what an acupuncture study shows is much more interesting than what acupuncture believers think it shows

Sandwalk: On the Origin of the Double Membrane in Mitochondria and Chloroplasts

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Epistemological Anarchists (comic/cartoon)

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: Lies, damned lies, and Clash of the Dinosaurs

Save Your Breath For Running Ponies: Your Friends Aren’t Just Going To Forget You Envenomated Them, Sinornithosaurus.
Save Your Breath For Running Ponies: You Should Probably Just Move Oceans, Male Gulf Pipefish
Save Your Breath For Running Ponies: Trust Me When I Say You’re Going to Need a Blow Torch and Some Rope, Amaurobius ferox Spiderlings.
Save Your Breath For Running Ponies: That’s Just Gross, Leviathan melvillei.

Science After Sunclipse: All the Physics Stories We’ll Ever Need

Sciencebase: Whatever happened to the audiophile
Sciencebase: Social Impact of Science

The Science Essayist: The Naming of Things (Part I) and The Naming of Things (Part II)

Science in Seconds: Africa’s Next Top Hominid

Science in the Mist: Falling down the rabbit hole!

Science In The Triangle (DeLene Beeland): Hibernation devastation: White-nose syndrome and our bats

Science Progress: Ecosystems In the Age of Cassandra

The Science Talent Project: Happy song scientists and sad song scientists

Science with Moxie: Musical Emotions: Chills Edition

The Scientist: On Public Relations
The Scientist: On making shit up

Skeptic Wonder: Social onycophorans!

Skulls in the Stars: Perpetual motion — nonsense for over 100 years
Skulls in the Stars: Rolling out the (optical) carpet: the Talbot effect
Skulls in the Stars: Mythbusters were scooped — by 130 years! (Archimedes death ray)
Skulls in the Stars: Singular Optics: Light chasing its own tail
Skulls in the Stars: Shocking: Michael Faraday does biology! (1839)
Skulls in the Stars: Invisibility physics: Kerker’s ‘invisible bodies’
Skulls in the Stars: Attack of the giant squid! (1874)

Slant Academia Digest: colaboration (poem)

Southern Fried Scientist: The Data Speak
Southern Fried Scientist: Tournament marlins get bigger?
Southern Fried Scientist: Oil Spill vs. Hypoxic Zone
Southern Fried Scientist: Louis Agassiz and a brief history of early United States marine biology
Southern Fried Scientist: The Southern Fried Scientist’s advice for new graduate students

Terra Sigillatta: Marking the magnificient memory of Henrietta Lacks

Testimony of the spade: Surveys on my mind
Testimony of the spade: Door to Door
Testimony of the spade: a few flashes from last week
Testimony of the spade: Pictures of yesteryears

Tetrapod Zoology: Testing the flotation dynamics and swimming abilities of giraffes by way of computational analysis

There and (hopefully) back again…: Everyday (lab) living

The Thoughtful Animal: Snakes on a Muppethugging Plane! (Monday Pets)
The Thoughtful Animal: Elephants Say ‘Bee-Ware!’
The Thoughtful Animal: Your Brain on Fast Food
The Thoughtful Animal: A Bonobo in the Hand or Two Chimps in the Bush?
The Thoughtful Animal: Social Cognition in Polar Bears

Three-Toed Sloth: In which Dunning-Krueger meets Slutsky-Yule, and they make music together

Through the Sandglass: Life and art, sand and glass: the wonders of Difflugia

Thoughtomics: Living fossils don’t exist…

The Tree of Life: Human genome project oversold? sure but lets not undersell basic science
The Tree of Life: PZ Myers will reveal his decision on free blogagency on live TV
The Tree of Life: Story Behind the Nature Paper on ‘A phylogeny driven genomic encyclopedia of bacteria & archaea’ #genomics #evolution
The Tree of Life: Enough w/ the good: here are the top10 problems w/ the #scio10 meeting

UCAR Magazine: Brrr: The AO is way low

Uncertain Principles: Science Is More Like Sumo Than Soccer

The Urban Ethnographer: When the Lights Go Down in the City

Water Numbers: Peter Gleick at SFGate.com: The best argument against global warming

wet: Save the Whale Poop

Wild Muse: Wolf recovery vs. ecosystem health
Wild Muse: Givin’ props to hybrids
Wild Muse: A new take on necking (in giraffes, that is)

WooFighters: My Inspiration for Woo Fighters

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