The Open Laboratory 2009 – the submissions so far

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As you may be aware, there was a non-review review of OpenLab 2008 in The New Scientist. I thought about fisking it line-by-line, but Passover interfered, and anyway, Brian, SciCurious, Ed and Blake already did it very, very well, so I can just move on…you can also see a discussion here. Any reputable media outlet out there that would be interested in doing a real review? Contact me.
In the meantime, the reaction to the review brought in some new sales of the book (as well as sales of the previous two anthologies), so it worked out fine in the end. You can buy the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions at
Here are the submissions for OpenLab 2009 to date. The “submit” buttons and codes are under the fold. Please use the submission form to add more of your and other people’s posts (remember that we are looking for original poems, art, cartoons and comics, as well as essays):
A Blog Around The Clock: Circadian Rhythm of Aggression in Crayfish
A Blog Around The Clock: Co-Researching spaces for Freelance Scientists?
A Blog Around The Clock: The Shock Value of Science Blogs
A Blog Around The Clock: Defining the Journalism vs. Blogging Debate, with a Science Reporting angle
a k8, a cat, a mission: Moms asking for help
a k8, a cat, a mission: What does good mentorship look like?
a k8, a cat, a mission: Praise and Appreciation
a k8, a cat, a mission: Proximate mechanisms
a k8, a cat, a mission: The lives of women in science
All my faults are stress-related: Scientiae: surviving getting shaked and baked
The Beagle Project Blog: What is the difference between HMS Beagle and RMS Titanic?
Beyond the Short Coat: Hard Conversations: Vaccines and Autism, Part 1
Biochemical Soul: Darwin and the Heart of Evolution
Birds and Science: Caged budgerigars and invasive parakeets
Birds and Science: How do huge bird colonies synchronize?
Birds and Science: Fight and coordination in bird duets
Brontossauros em meu Jardim: Navigation is required*: the incredible case of the desert ant
Coyote Crossing: Spermophilus
Evolutionary Novelties: The glamour of marine biology
Expression Patterns: A Squishy Topic
Expression Patterns: Mr. Darwin, you make me blush
Geófagos: Carbon sequestration by soils
Highly Allochthonous: Is the Earth’s magnetic field about to flip?
The Intersection: Singled Out
Island of Doubt: Sea level rise a red herring?
Island of Doubt: What goes up must come down
Living the Scientific Life: Plumage Color Influences Choice of Mates and Sex of Chicks in Gouldian Finches, Erythrura gouldiae
Living the Scientific Life: Let’s Give Three Bronx Cheers for Bumblebees!
Living the Scientific Life: Dead Birds Do Tell Tales
The MacGuffin: Topiramate Does Not Treat Alcohol Dependnece: Part 1
Made With Molecules: Hey Baby, what’s your AVPR1A like?
Mad Scientist, Junior: Pretty Pictures That Toaster Takes
Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets: An Interesting Patch of Quicksand
Masks of Eris: Mathematics instruction as a fish
Migrations: What Use is Half a Wing – Evolution of Flight
Mind the Gap: In which I ponder economies of scale
Mind the Gap: In which I tend a strange garden
Mind the Gap: In which I ramp up
Mind the Gap: In which I muster a hypothesis
Mind the Gap: In which I continue to suspend disbelief
Mind the Gap: In which the data back up our habitual suspicions
Mind the Gap: In which I wade through the fringes of textbook fact
Mind the Gap: In which I dally with both sides
Mind the Gap: In which I am given weird treasures
Mind the Gap: In which I confront the aging process
Neurophilosophy: Amnesia in the movies
Neurophilosophy: Brain & behaviour of dinosaurs
Neurophilosophy: Voluntary amputation and extra phantom limbs
Neurotopia: The Value of Stupidity: are we doing it right?
Neurotopia: Why I’m a Scientist
Neurotopia: Korsakoff’s Psychic Disorder in Conjunction with Peripheral Neuritis
New York Minutes: Be afraid, be very afraid…wait, why?
Nothing’s Shocking: Should authors decide whether their revised paper is re-reviewed??
Observations of a Nerd: How big things relate to sex, stress and testosterone
Observations of a Nerd: Why I am not a Darwinist, but we should celebrate Darwin Day
Observations of a Nerd: Darwin’s Degenerates – Evolution’s Finest
Pharyngula: A brief moment in the magnificent history of mankind
Prerogative of Harlots: He Blinded Me With Science
The Primate Diaries: The Nature of Partisan Politics
The Primate Diaries: Introducing a Primate
Reciprocal Space: This is not good enough
The Scientist: On the nature of faith: Part 1
The Scientist: On the last days
The Scientist: On the passing of reprints
The Scientist: On saying goodbye
The Scientist: Ontology
The Scientist: Ontology #2
The Scientist: On winding down
The Scientist: On the weekend
The Scientist: On small victories
The Scientist: On the nature of networking: reprise
The Scientist: Grey Council
The Scientist: On interfaces
The Scientist: Coincidental Chemistry
The Scientist: On the Future
The Scientist: The year of living dangerously–Part 1
The Scientist: The year of living dangerously–Part 2
The Scientist: The year of living dangerously–Finale
The Scientist: What I want to do when I grow up
The Scientist: Inspiration
The Scientist: In which I watch the Watchmen, and land a new job
The Scientist: Ongoing
Skulls in the Stars: Michael Faraday, grand unified theorist? (1851)
Song for jasmine: Charles Darwin’s first theory of evolution
Southern Fried Science: The ecological disaster that is dolphin safe tuna
Stripped Science: The right pairing (comic strip)
Stripped Science: Catfight (cartoon)
Suppertime Sonnets: In Which I Celebrate A Certain Member of the Lycaenidae Family (poem)
Tumors Galore: Tree Tumors The journal scope in focus — putting scholarly communication in context
White Coat Underground: Journeys
Why is science important?: Richard P. Grant: beautiful and essential
Why is science important?: Jennifer Rohn: severe skepticism, as natural as breathing
Why is science important?: Steffi Suhr: sure it’s pretty, but it’s much more impressive when you know why
xkcd: Correlation (cartoon)

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3 responses to “The Open Laboratory 2009 – the submissions so far

  1. New Scientist Review.
    Did you see that the Open Lab 2008 was reviewed last week in the “New Scientist” I have to say that the reviewers did an OK job with the piece but the reader gets the distinct feeling of boiling anger from this MSM outlet toward the Blogs in general. As they write bits like… “Overall, I suspect that the rise of blogging, far from improving people’s knowledge and understanding of science, has made matters worse” you get a sense that this writer is fearful of his/her own fate.

  2. Kris, check the very top of this post and the first several links…. 😉

  3. I recall Henry Gee saying nice things about OpenLab ’08, or at least about the posts selected for it, back in February.