Best of December

I posted 67 times in December. I reviewed the entire year yesterday, but here is just the last month.

This is usually a busy time for me. There is ScienceOnline2011 to organize, Open Laboratory to edit, to upgrade, and SciAm blogging network to build. Oh, and holidays and family!

That does not leave too much time for writing original pieces. But I did write one in December – and it’s a big one: The line between science and journalism is getting blurry….again, my first article at Scientific American, also cross-posted at Science Progress.

I was interviewed by a Staten Island Academy student for their Extreme Biology blog – read the interview here.

The latest two in the series of interviews with the participants of ScienceOnline2010 came in December – with Kelly Rae Chi and Princess Ojiaku.

The big event of the month in science was the brouhaha over arsenic in bacteria – so I collected a linkfest of the key articles and blog posts on the topic.

We closed submissions for Open Laboratory 2010 on December 1st, you can see all the entries here.

I went to NYC again and lived to tell about it.

While I may not have written much myself, I certainly made sure that the SciAm Guest Blog kept busy all month. Here are the December posts there – check them all out:

Excuse me, Sir. There’s a moss-animal in my Lake By Jennifer Frazer
Texas “Tea” becomes the Texas “E”? By Melissa C. Lott
Breaking our link to the “March of Progress” By Brian Switek
How to stop a hurricane (good luck, by the way) By Casey Rentz
Carnivore crossing: How predator species dominated mammal diversity on the Kuril Islands By Anne-Marie Hodge
Waste to Energy: A mountain of trash, or a pile of energy? By Melissa C. Lott and David M. Wogan
The worms within By Robin Ann Smith
5 things you never knew about penguins! By Daniel Ksepka
Scientific accuracy in art By Glendon Mellow
Pimp My Virus: Ocean Edition By Jennifer Frazer
I don’t have a 28-day menstrual cycle, and neither should you By Kathryn Clancy
How to name a dinosaur By David Orr
Mixed cultures: art, science, and cheese By Christina Agapakis
Habitable and not-so-habitable exoplanets: How the latter can tell us more about our origins than the former By Kelly Oakes.