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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538 Refugees: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: Lessons About Traumatic Brain Injury
538 Refugees: In the Wakefield
538 Refugees: Tales of Big Pharma: Synagis™ (Palivizumab)
538 Refugees: Science Marches On
538 Refugees: A Cure for AIDS, But at What Cost?

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

A leaf warbler’s gleanings: Tigers Are Less Important Than Warblers

Action-Reaction: Pseudoteaching: MIT Physics

Almost Diamonds: Rape Myth #1: She’s Probably Lying
Almost Diamonds: Sex, Science, and Social Policy

American SciCo: Science Online Will Change the World

Ancient Shore: The Beatles and the Cambrian Explosion

Anecdotes from the Archive: Protect yourself from the confidence man’s moonshine

The Artful Amoeba: Mosses That Move and the Rocks They Reveal

The Atavism: The origin and extinction of species

Beaker: Four Ways Patient Advocates Help Drive Research
Beaker: Setting the Record Straight on Meiosis
Beaker: Seeing is Believing

Beatrice the Biologist: Your cold symptoms are your fault

The Biology Files: Autism, RORA, and testosterone
The Biology Files: Sex, gender, and gender identity

Body Politic: Why pregnant women deserve drug trials
Body Politic: Cell phones, Cancer, and Scientific Oversimplification
Body Politic: A close look at the plastics industry’s spin on BPA

Boing Boing (Lee Billings): Incredible journey: Can we reach the stars without breaking the bank?
Boing Boing (Maggie Koerth-Baker): Nuclear energy 101: Inside the “black box” of power plants

Boundary Vision: Objectivity and ambivalence: The case of the Apollo scientists
Boundary Vision: Arsenic, cold fusion and the legitimacy of online critique

The Bunsen Boerner: Chemistry: this shit’s important

Clastic Detritus: The Long Beat of Rhythmic Sedimentation

Clear Sci: SOS: Save our Science – Last minute Christmas

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.

Culturing Science – biology as relevant to us earthly beings: The danger of appealing stories: anecdata, expectations, and skepticism

The Curious Wavefunction: Better extraterrestrial communication through chemistry: What do aliens want?
The Curious Wavefunction: How can we make the International Year of Chemistry successful?
The Curious Wavefunction: Aliens, arsenic and alternative peer-review: Has science publishing become too conservative?

Dangerous Experiments: On Beards, Biology, and Being a Real American

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

Denim and Tweed: Evolution’s Rainbow, from sparrows’ stripes to lizard lesbianism
Denim and Tweed: An adaptive fairytale with no happy ending
Denim and Tweed: How can you tell if a plant is carnivorous? Feed it!

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

The Digital Cuttlefish: BART Bugs! (poem)

The Dispersal of Darwin: Sir Charles?
The Dispersal of Darwin: Distilling “History of Science” to 140 characters…

Dot Physics: The Physics of a High-Speed Crash: 70 MPH vs. 85 MPH
Dot Physics: Here is an Awesome Moon Model

Drugmonkey: Pick ’em (poem)

Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist: Reflections on Biology and Motherhood: Where do Homo sapiens Fit In?
Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist: Mark Burnett VS Charles Darwin in an Epic Battle of Immunity

Clevelandpoetics: Dunkleosteus: three haiku (poetry)

Endless Forms: Woolly Bats Use a Carnivorous Roost

The Excuses I’m Going With: Up Malaria’s Sleeve
The Excuses I’m Going With: The New Madrid Seismic Zone: Much Ado About Something … Unexpected
The Excuses I’m Going With: Species Assault is a Go
The Excuses I’m Going With: Shaky Reasoning

Faraday’s Cage is where you put Schroedinger’s Cat: A shocking experience
Faraday’s Cage is where you put Schroedinger’s Cat: Moonscape Reminder: Owens Lake

The Febrile Muse: Human Papillomavirus: Driving Ms. HeLa, Henrietta Lack’s Cells
The Febrile Muse: Scientific Literacy in Children: Building the Basics

Genegeek: Can sport teach science about excellence?

Genomics, Evolution and Pseudoscience: It’s time to destroy our smallpox

Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: L is for Lithosphere
Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: O is for Ophiolite
Georneys: Technology Anachronisms in Science
Georneys: A Conversation with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan
Georneys: Bee-Bop the General Exam Bear
Georneys: A Million Random Digits
Georneys: Why are there Earthquakes and Volcanoes in Japan? In Response to: Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan

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

Inside Our Lab: A Letter from the Post-doc with One Foot in the Pipeline

It’s Okay To Be Smart: On Beards, Biology, and Being a Real American (also here)

Katie Ph.D.(ABD): A whole new RNA world
Katie Ph.D.(ABD): How do you solve a problem like a broken chromosome?
Katie Ph.D.(ABD): DNA origami gets curves

Kitchen Hacking: Blurring The Lines – Part I

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

Labcoat Life: Should Extremely Preterm Babies Be Saved?

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…

The Loom: The Human Lake

The Lord Geekington: Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales

Lounge of the Lab Lemming: Dear Hypothesis

Magma Cum Laude: Eruption rates at volcanoes

Mammoth Tales: Tabbert’s Sea-Mammoth

The Mother Geek: How “boner” is misleading: The science behind an erect penis
The Mother Geek: Science on the brain: Motor traffic and beads on a string

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

NeuroDojo: Indie spirit
NeuroDojo: Ptarmigans on ptreadmills

Neuroskeptic: Where Papers Come From

Neurotic Physiology: Dinosaur Inspiration

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

The Occam’s Typewriter Irregulars (ricardipus): Genome sequencing, Shakespeare style
The Occam’s Typewriter Irregulars (ricardipus): Genome Assembly – a primer for the Shakespeare fan

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

Oscillatory Thoughts: How to be a neuroscientist

PLoS Blogs Guest Blog (Delene Beeland): Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests”

Psydoctor8: Regarding Juvenile Comprehension of Miranda

Punctuated Equilibrium (guest post by Cath Ennis): The scientific method, in chromo-logical order

Reciprocal Space: Numb or Numbered? – great comment section to edit and include.

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

Rule of 6ix: On the origins of smallpox – where and when did variola virus emerge?
Rule of 6ix: An ecological perspective on bat viruses
Rule of 6ix: The ‘interactome’ of a host/pathogen triad

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

Sciencebase: Can we count on journal metrics?

Science Business: HSBC Takes Climate Change Research to the Bank

Sciencesounds: Cheerleaders, Rock Stars and Science Music: The Many Faces of Science Communication

Scientific American Guest Blog (Kristina Bjoran): Animal emotion: When objectivity fails
Scientific American Guest Blog (Khalil A. Cassimally): Superfetation: Pregnant while already pregnant
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rob Dunn): Man discovers a new life-form at a South African truck stop
Scientific American Guest Blog (Allie Wilkinson): Seafood at risk: Dispersed oil poses a long-term threat
Scientific American Guest Blog (Scicurious): Serotonin and sexual preference: Is it really that simple?
Scientific American Guest Blog (Holly Menninger): Winter stoneflies sure are supercool
Scientific American Guest Blog (Karen James): Evolution isn’t easy, even in Galapagos
Scientific American Guest Blog (Emily Willingham): Of lice and men: An itchy history
Scientific American Guest Blog (Jennifer Frazer): Excuse me, Sir. There’s a moss-animal in my Lake
Scientific American Guest Blog (Melissa C. Lott): Texas “Tea” becomes the Texas “E”?
Scientific American Guest Blog (Brian Switek): Breaking our link to the “March of Progress”
Scientific American Guest Blog (Casey Rentz): How to stop a hurricane (good luck, by the way)
Scientific American Guest Blog (Anne-Marie Hodge): Carnivore crossing: How predator species dominated mammal diversity on the Kuril Islands
Scientific American Guest Blog (Kelly Oakes): Habitable and not-so-habitable exoplanets: How the latter can tell us more about our origins than the former
Scientific American Guest Blog (Christina Agapakis): Mixed cultures: art, science, and cheese
Scientific American Guest Blog (Kathryn Clancy): I don’t have a 28-day menstrual cycle, and neither should you
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
Scientific American Guest Blog (Jennifer Frazer): Pimp My Virus: Ocean Edition
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly): Ugly animals need love, too
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly): Mirror images: Twins and identity

Seven Deadly Synapses: To Sleep, Perchance to Cause a Midair Collision
Seven Deadly Synapses: Liberally Thinking: Red Brain, Blue Brain
Seven Deadly Synapses: Iodine-131 in US Milk: Cause for Concern?
Seven Deadly Synapses: Seven Deadly Sins Sunday: Gluttony Part 3

Skulls in the Stars: The Saga of the Scientific Swindler! (1884-1891)
Skulls in the Stars: The birth of electromagnetism (1820)

Silvarerum: Chasing Daphnia: The Smallest Story on Earth

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

Superbug: Diseases and borders: Potatoes and St. Patrick’s Day

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

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

The Tree of Life: The story behind the story of my new #PLoSOne paper on “Stalking the fourth domain of life”
The Tree of Life: A “work” trip to Catalina Island: USC, Wrigley, C-DEBI, dark energy biosphere, Virgin Oceanic, Deep Five, & more

This is serious monkey business: Primate vaccines: help you to help me?
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

The Thoughtful Animal: Defending Your Territory: Be Smelly, Be Fast
The Thoughtful Animal: Might Pleistocene Fido Have Been A Fox?
The Thoughtful Animal: Perseverating on Perseverative Error: What Does The “A-not-B Error” Really Tell Us About Infant Cognition?

Thoughtomics: We Are Nobody: Contingency and Convergence in Evolution

Thoughts from Kansas: Does meditation make people act more rationally?

Through the looking glass: What’s this public ‘engagement’ with science thing then?
Through the looking glass: A brief history of awesome

Tooth and Claw: Of Bad Odors and Good Yarns

Uncertain Principles: Science Is Not Irreducibly Complex

Uncharted Atolls: Crushing predators reinvade the Antarctic benthos

WhizBANG!: My Grandma’s Cure-All
WhizBANG!: An Active Study

Worst Professor Ever: Why Humanities People Should Care About Math

Yes Means Yes!: Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research


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