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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
Aetiology: Pigs with Ebola Zaire: a whole new can o’ worms
Almost Diamonds: Rape Myth #1: She’s Probably Lying
Almost Diamonds: Sex, Science, and Social Policy
Ambivalent Academic (guest post): An Optic Cup in a DISH
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
Anna’s Bones: A Reason to Smile
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
Confusedious; a science blog: Genetic diversity and ecosystem recovery; there is more to biodiversity than species count.
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.
Cosmic Variance: Physics and the Immortality of the Soul
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
Design. Build. Play.: Future of Spaceflight: No single point sollution
The Digital Cuttlefish: BART Bugs! (poem)
Dinner Party Science: Who’s afraid of the Universe?
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
Dot Physics: Where Does the Carbon Come From?
Dot Physics: How To Brute Force a Car Talk Puzzler
The Dragonfly Woman: Ode to an Odonate on Valentine’s Day (poem)
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)
Electron Café: Scientific Process Rage (cartoon)
Endless Forms: Woolly Bats Use a Carnivorous Roost
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: An Unlikely Heroine
Engineer Blogs: Noise of Aviation
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
From The Lab Bench: Hiding Place for the Artsy-Scientist
From The Lab Bench: Out of Hiding: The Artsy-Scientist’s Mid-life Crisis
From The Lab Bench: We Want More Science, said the American Public
From The Lab Bench: The Science of Chocolate
From The Lab Bench: Life, Death, and Silver Bullets
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
Guardian Science Blog (Scicurious) The postdrome: migraine’s silent sister
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)
It’s Okay To Be Smart: “There’s no crying in baseball” . . . the status quo of Ph.D. programs?
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
Kitchen Hacking: I Want An Empty Waiting Room
Lealaps: The Dodo is Dead, Long Live the Dodo!
Lealaps: What Death Means to Primates
Labcoat Life: Should Extremely Preterm Babies Be Saved?
Labcoat Life: Science Blogs Are Good For You
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
Neuroanthropology: ‘The last free people on the planet’
NeuroDojo: Indie spirit
NeuroDojo: Ptarmigans on ptreadmills
Neuron Culture: Free Science, One Paper at a Time
Neuropoly: The case of the man who couldn’t find the beat
NeuroPsydoctor8: Things were just simpler in the Dark Ages. Two Neuroscientific Challenges to Retributivism
NeuroPsydoctor8: Regarding Juvenile Comprehension of Miranda
NeuroPsydoctor8: Interested In Neuroethics and National Security? Well here you go:
Neuroself: Jonah Lehrer is not a neuroscientist
Neuroskeptic: Where Papers Come From
Neurotic Physiology: Dinosaur Inspiration
Neurotic Physiology: In which Sci is WRONG, you guys. Follow up on bees and cell phones
Neurotribes: Woof! John Elder Robison, Living Boldly as a “Free-Range Aspergian”
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
How do you ID a dead Osama anyway?
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
Oh, For the Love of Science!: Zombie Ants and The Bite of Death
Oh, For the Love of Science!: Friday Weird Science GUEST POST: The distance between your testicles and your anus, ‘taint unimportant
Oscillatory Thoughts: How to be a neuroscientist
Phased: Black Women Perceived as Being More White Receive Judicial Leniency in the United States
PLoS Blogs Guest Blog (Delene Beeland): Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests”
Primate Diaries (at Times Higher Ed): Ariel casts out Caliban
Providentia: The Turing Problem (Part 1), The Turing Problem (Part 2) and The Turing Problem (Part 3) fused into a single essay.
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.
The Renaissance Mathematicus: The Empty Building
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
Science Business: One Nation, Under Geeks
Sciencesounds: Cheerleaders, Rock Stars and Science Music: The Many Faces of Science Communication
Science with Moxie: The power of rock n roll.
Scientific American Guest Blog (R. Douglas Fields): Curing Paralysis–Again
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
Southern Fried Science: The Global Extinction Crisis – species area relationships, habitat loss, and population dynamics
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
Tetrapod Zoology: Necks for sex? No thank you, we’re sauropod dinosaurs
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 is serious monkey business: The Curious Case of the Present Hymen.
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
Universe: Moon Arts, Part Two: Fallen Astronaut
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
YourBrainonDrugs.net: Welcome to the future of recreational drug use.