The Best of February

I posted 29 times in February (hmmm, only about one per day in this shortest of all months).

My most important post of February was Circadian clock without DNA–History and the power of metaphor, an attempt at producing an “Explainer” that provides historical, philosophical, sociological, theoretical, methodological, and even linguistic context for a couple of recent papers. You judge if I was successful.

The second most important post of the month was Web breaks echo-chambers, or, ‘Echo-chamber’ is just a derogatory term for ‘community’ – my remarks at #AAASmtg – lots of stuff packed in there, but do you agree or disagree with some or all of it?

I made sure that the Scientific American Guest Blog was busy all month as well, full of great posts on a diversity of topics – check them all out:

The perception gap: An explanation for why people maintain irrational fears By David Ropeik

The Sundance Diaries: The Interrupters and Project Nim By Tamara Krinsky

Personalizing cancer medicine By Karen Ventii

Paradoxical Polyuria–when it comes to kidneys, sometimes more is less By Pascale Lane

A plea for basic biology By Holly Bik

The Huffington Post and the ongoing fear that vaccines might cause autism By Seth Mnookin

Evolution isn’t easy, even in Galapagos By Karen James

“Doctor, what’s wrong with my child?” What Guido Fanconi taught us about chemotherapy By Genomic Repairman

Of lice and men: An itchy history By Emily Willingham

You are what you bleed: In Japan and other east Asian countries some believe blood type dictates personality By Rachel Nuwer

The Sundance Diaries: Focus on the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation By Tamara Krinsky

New wave of MRI-safe pacemakers set to ship to hospitals By Mary Knudson

Pleasure, reward…and rabbits! Why do animals behave as they do? By Michael Lisieski

Climate research in the geologic past By David Bressan

Ugly animals need love, too By David Manly

Life 2.0? First let’s figure out Life 1.0 By Alaina G. Levine

Ecological opportunity: The seed of evolutionary change in your backyard–and in your veins By Jeremy Yoder

Heart interrupted By Jeanne Garbarino

Review: How the Internet is being used to hijack medical science for fear and profit By Dr. Valerie Jones

The impossibility of responsible nuance in the vaccine discussion By Seth Mnookin

Winter stoneflies sure are supercool By Holly Menninger

Reflections on biology and motherhood: Where does Homo sapiens fit in? By Carin Bondar

You’ll believe anything you read online, won’t you? By Colin Schultz

How conducting trauma therapy changes the therapist By May Benatar