Open Laboratory 2011 – submissions so far

Open Laboratory 2011 – submissions so far
The submission form for the 2011 edition of Open Lab is now open. Any blog post written since December 1, 2010 is eligible for submission.

We accept essays, stories, poetry, cartoons/comics, original art.

Once you are done submitting your own posts, you can start looking at the others’, including on aggregators like, and

As I always do, I will keep posting the full list of submitted entries once a week until the deadline – see the listing under the fold.

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A Blog Around The Clock (guest post on SA Observations): Circadian clock without DNA–History and the power of metaphor
A Blog Around The Clock (guest post at SA Observations): The line between science and journalism is getting blurry….again
A Blog Around The Clock (guest post at SA Guest Blog): Me and the copperheads–or why we still don’t know if snakes secrete melatonin at night

American SciCo: Science Online Will Change the World

The Atavism: The origin and extinction of species

Boing Boing (Lee Billings): Incredible journey: Can we reach the stars without breaking the bank?

The Bunsen Boerner: Chemistry: this shit’s important

Context and variation: Iron-deficiency is not something you get just for being a lady
Context and variation: Even when we want something, we need to hide it.

Deep Sea News: DON’T PANIC: Sustainable seafood and the American outlaw
Deep Sea News: How To Cuddle Your Lady Right, by Smoove A

Denim and Tweed: Evolution’s Rainbow, from sparrows’ stripes to lizard lesbianism

Design. Build. Play.: Computers and the Homeless
Design. Build. Play.: Design Fridays: That’s a big prop

The Dispersal of Darwin: Sir Charles?

Faraday’s Cage is where you put Schroedinger’s Cat: A shocking experience

Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: L is for Lithosphere
Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: O is for Ophiolite

Highly Allochthonous: Ten million feet upon the stair
Highly Allochthonous: A flood is a disaster when people are in the way

Lealaps: The Dodo is Dead, Long Live the Dodo!

Lamentations on Chemistry: On the pitfalls of science outreach to the public

Looking For Detachment: Deep Time
Looking For Detachment: Like caterpillars, crawling or marching…

Magma Cum Laude: Eruption rates at volcanoes

NeuroanthropologyHuman (amphibious model): living in and on the water

NeuroDojo: Indie spirit
NeuroDojo: Ptarmigans on ptreadmills

Observations of a Nerd: Why do women cry? Obviously, it’s so they don’t get laid.
Observations of a Nerd: Reverse Bestiality: When Animals Commit Sexual Assault
Observations of a Nerd (guest-post on Nutrition Wonderland): The Truth About Organic Farming

Occ Psy Dot Com: Within boundaryless contexts, developmental relationships may positively impact upon optimism

Oscillatory Thoughts: How to be a neuroscientist

RRResearch: Arsenic-associated bacteria (NASA’s claims)

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: Tutorial 12: How to find problems to work on

Scientific American Guest Blog (Rob Dunn): The top 10 life-forms living on Lady Gaga (and you)
Scientific American Guest Blog (Marie-Claire Shanahan): An arsenic-laced bad-news letter: Who is the audience for online post-publication peer review?
Scientific American Guest Blog (Holy Bik): A plea for basic biology
Scientific American Guest Blog (Andrea Kuszewski): Could chess-boxing defuse aggression in Arizona and beyond?
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rose Eveleth): Can you hear me now? Animals all over the world are finding interesting ways to get around the human din
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rachel Nuwer): When animals attack: Death databases indicate that our fondest phobias may be misdirected
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly): Biting the hand that feeds: The evolution of snake venom
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly): The Ferret Hunters
Scientific American Guest Blog (Dan Bailey): In search of the origins of warfare in the American Southwest
Scientific American Guest Blog (Daniel Ksepka): 5 things you never knew about penguins!
Scientific American Guest Blog (Robin Ann Smith): The worms within

Sleeping with the Fishes: Self-Help for Seabirds: How to manage your time and outcompete your neighbors for maximum survival

Substantia Innominata: If you are a headbanger, you should listen to Céline Dion

Tattooed Science: Sex and math: You can integrate my curves any day

There and (hopefully) back again…: In the shadows of greatness

This is serious monkey business: “Bad-sad-bad” and other responses to death.
This is serious monkey business: Raison d’etre of the female undergraduate primatology blogger.
This is serious monkey business: Is habituation ethically permissible from a biocentric perspective?

This May Hurt a Bit: “Don’t You Want to Know What I Used to Do?”

This View of Life: Elements of an Effective Public Education Toolkit

Thoughtomics: We Are Nobody: Contingency and Convergence in Evolution

Tooth and Claw: Of Bad Odors and Good Yarns

Uncertain Principles: Science Is Not Irreducibly Complex

WhizBANG!: My Grandma’s Cure-All


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