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Best of June 2011 at A Blog Around The Clock

I posted 35 times in June.

There were some announcements last month.

Early in the month, I went to World Science Festival in New York and did a panel. There was coverage of it.

I teamed up with Perrin Ireland and reported from The Bezos Scholars Program at the World Science Festival.

I keep interviewing attendees of ScienceOnline2011 – see the latest Q&As with Bonnie Swoger and John Hawks.

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:

Living Interplanetary Spaceflight Experiment–or Why Were All the Strange Creatures on the Shuttle Endeavour? By David Warmflash

Cell Phones, Cancer and the Dangers of Risk Perception By David Ropeik

Does Quantum Mechanics Flout the Laws of Thermodynamics? By Vlatko Vedral

Thorium, Polonium, Radium, Oh My! Marie Curie and Maggie Gyllenhaal Kick Off the 2011 World Science Festival By Neda Afsarmanesh

Too Hard for Science? Joan Slonczewski–Reshaping Ourselves for Our Changing World By Charles Q. Choi

All about Stories: How to Tell Them, How They’re Changing, and What They Have to Do with Science By Lena Groeger and Perrin Ireland

Too Hard for Science? Seeing If 10,000 Hours Make You an Expert By Charles Q. Choi

Simply Brilliant Science: Creating Healthier Eggs for a Healthier You By Kiyomi Deards

What Does the New Double-Slit Experiment Actually Show? By Matthew Francis

The Renaissance Man: How to Become a Scientist Over and Over Again By Ed Yong

A World Ocean By Kevin Zelnio

To Turn Up the Music, Cochlear Implants Need a Software Update By Allison Bland

It’s Your Virtual Assistant, Doc. Who Is Watson? By Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Lindau Nobel meeting – courting Minerva with Ragnar Granit By Lucas Brouwers

Too Hard for Science? Regaining the Element of Surprise By Charles Q. Choi

Ant Thrills: Seeing Leaf-Cutter Ants through an Artist’s Eyes By Jessica Wapner

Weinergate: Private Records in a Public Age By Krystal D’Costa

When Cells Discovered Architecture By Jennifer Frazer

What Bats, Bombs and Sharks Taught Us about Hearing [Video] By Bradley Voytek

Stranded Whales on the Key Largo Shore By Michelle Bialeck

Linking Erosional and Depositional Landscapes By Brian Romans

The Power of Theory in Science By Ethan Siegel

From the Shadows to the Spotlight to the Dustbin–the Rise and Fall of GFAJ-1 By Rosie Redfield

Arsenic-Eating Bacteria Have Changed Science Education By Marie-Claire Shanahan

Too Hard for Science? Neutrinos from the Big Bang By Charles Q. Choi

Good Dads and Not-So-Good Dads in the Animal Kingdom By David Manly and Lauren Reid

Stem Rust Ug99–the Agricultural Bully By Tiffany Stecker

Book Review: The Future of Water By Matthew Garcia

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Natural Selection and Evolution, with a Key to Many Complicating Factors By Jeremy Yoder

#WSF11: The Invisible Language of Smell By Bora Zivkovic and Perrin Ireland

Close Encounters of Science and Medicine By Iwona Fijalkowska

Too Hard for Science? Experimenting on Children Like Lab Rats By Charles Q. Choi

Lindau Nobel Meeting–The Cross-Pollination of Ideas By Christine Ottery

Stick to the Science By Michael E. Mann

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Bearing the fruits of global health research By Christine Ottery

Education Reform in the Wrong Direction: High-Stake Consequences for New York State Teachers and Their Students By Jeanne Garbarino

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Monday’s Researcher: Madhurima Benekareddy by Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Stressed Mind, Stressed DNA by Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Beef Bug to Blame for Bowel Cancer? by Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Ada Yonath: Climbing the Everest with polar bears By Lucas Brouwers

Lindau Nobel Meeting–If HIV Is Attacked, It Adapts By Lucas Brouwers

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Sentences That Win Nobel Prizes By Lucas Brouwers

A Journey in Sharing Science: From the Lab to Social Media and Beyond By Jason A. Tetro

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Joke van Bemmel, Chromatin and Epigenetics By Christine Ottery

Beauty Pageants and the Misunderstanding of Evolution Meet….Again By Susanna Speier

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Evolutionary Chemistry with Jean-Marie Lehn By Lucas Brouwers

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Peter Agre and Torsten Wiesel: Nobel laureate scientific diplomacy builds bridges By Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Buckminsterfullerene and the Third Man By Lucas Brouwers

Overprescribing the Healthy Elderly: Why Funding Research and Drug Safety is Paramount By Laura Newman

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Cowboy hats and countesses By Lucas Brouwers

Lindau Nobel Meeting–The future of biomedicine By Christine Ottery

Lindau Nobel Meeting–Glowing brainbows By Lucas Brouwers

This month we said good-bye to the USC scientific diving class – Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife – written by a whole collection of instructors and students:

Reflections at the Edge of the Pacific Ocean By David Ginsburg

Making a Difference: Environmental Students in Palau By Patrick Talbott and Gabrielle Roffe

Preserving Biodiversity By Wendy Whitcombe

Palau Protects and Conserves By Kirstie Jones

Peleliu: 67 Years after the Battle–a New and Different Conflict By Jim Haw

Last Child in the Reef By Emilie Moore

Just When You Think It Can’t Get Any Better By Genivieve McCormick

Looking Ahead By David Ginsburg

Experiential Learning and Communicating By Jim Haw

Thank You, Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife by me.

The South Pacific Islands Survey continues with new posts, written by Lindsey Hoshaw:

One Illness Threatens a Cook Islander’s Way of Life

And we started two new expeditions on the Expeditions blog – first one is from Montana – New Expedition–MSU Student Research with Dinosaur Eggs in China, posted by me.

New season starts with division of egg duties, petrified trees, soybean Popsicles by Betsy Kruk

Beautiful window serves as escape hatch for baby dinosaur by Betsy Kruk

Fossil hunting in China very different than in Montana by Ashley Poust

Incredible Find in Temple Museum, Harrowing Rescue on Crumbly Mudstone By Betsy Kruk

Rock Mapping a Challenge for Biology Student By Amanda Wregglesworth

Go to Landfill, Find a Dinosaur Footprint! By Christi Lorang

We Visit Fishy Relatives, Geology Wonderland By Ashley Poust and Hannah Susorney

The other new Expeditions trip is all about squid, all posts written by William Gilly:

Squid Studies: Back to the Sea of Cortez

Squid Studies: Scientists Seeking and Savoring Squid

Squid Studies: Changing Seas and Shrinking Squid

Squid Studies: Correction, Connections and Calamar

Squid Studies: “It Is Not Down in Any Map; True Places Never Are”–Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Previously in the “Best of…” series:







Best of May at A Blog Around The Clock

I posted only 35 times in May.

In May I committed scienceblogging: Cicadas, or how I Am Such A Scientist, or a demonstration of good editing.

I also could not resist blogging something about the journalistic mindset – Is education what journalists do?

I went to Wake Forest University to give a workshop on science communication and compiled resources shown there: Scientific Communication all-you-can-eat Linkfest.

It was my birthday.

I keep interviewing attendees of ScienceOnline2011 – there are five new ones this month: Robin Lloyd, Thomas Peterson, Pascale Lane, Holly Bik and Seth Mnookin.

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:

Too Hard For Science? Recreating What Killed Pompeii By Charles Q. Choi

Kids Learn Better When You Bring Science Home By Peggy Ashbrook

Slabs, Sneakers, Gyres and the Grotesque By Matthew Garcia

Overboard: 28,800 toys and one man lost at sea By Lindsey Hoshaw

A True Duck Hunt: interview with Donovan Hohn By David Manly

How does a floating plastic duckie end up where it does? By Eric Heupel

How do you ID a dead Osama? By Christie Wilcox

Threat of Future Cyber Attacks by Al Qaeda Remains Low By Scott Borg

Did Rapid DNA Analysis Verify Osama Bin Laden’s Death? By Susanna Speier

Too Hard for Science? Dean Kamen–Defying Gravity By Charles Q. Choi

Too Hard for Science? Simulating the Human Brain By Charles Q. Choi

When, and Why, Did Everyone Stop Eating Gluten? By Diana Gitig

Bedbug Revival 2011: What You Need to Know By Amy Maxmen

Flying in the Coffin Corner–Air France Flight 447 By Keith Eric Grant

Too Hard for Science? Freeman Dyson–ESP By Charles Q. Choi

Too Hard for Science? Bora Zivkovic–Centuries to Solve the Secrets of Cicadas By Charles Q. Choi

So You Think You Know Why Animals Play… By Lynda Sharpe

Looking for Empathy in a Conflict-Ridden World By Kristina Bjoran

Too Hard for Science? An Early Warning System for Killer Asteroids By Charles Q. Choi

Levees and the illusion of Flood Control [Explainer] By Anne Jefferson

Curing Paralysis–Again By R. Douglas Fields

Too Hard for Science?–Journey to the Core of the Earth By Charles Q. Choi

The Data Are In Regarding Satoshi Kanazawa By Khadijah Britton

Physics and the Immortality of the Soul By Sean M. Carroll

The Evolution of Common Sense by John Wilkins.

The Politics of the Null Hypothesis By Stephanie Zvan.

Too Hard for Science? E. O. Wilson–A Vertical Map of Life on Earth By Charles Q. Choi.

Helium Hokum: Why Airships Will Never Be Part of Our Transportation Infrastructure By Joseph A. Dick.

Too Hard For Science? The Genetic Foundations of Intelligence By Charles Q. Choi.

Health Reporting and Its Sources By Hadas Shema.

We finished the Arctic series on the Expeditions blog: The Catlin Arctic Survey: Going home

And we started two new expeditions on the Expeditions blog – first one is from The South Pacific Islands Survey, with all posts written by Lindsey Hoshaw:

Destination: The Cook Islands!
Forecast: Stomach Turbulence
South Pacific Flotsam
We discover what’s floating in the Pacific Ocean!
Pop Quiz
5 Things You Didn’t Know about Life on a Boat
Our First Student Questions!
We’re in the Cook Islands!

The second one is a USC scientific diving class – Problems Without Passports: Scientific Research Diving at USC Dornsife – also in the Pacific, written by a whole collection of instructors and students:

Getting Ready for Guam and Palau By Jim Haw
Why Guam? By Jim Haw
Why Palau? By David Ginsburg
Catalina Island, by Caitlin Contag
The Endangered Endemics and the Aggressive Invader By Jim Haw
Some History Should Not Repeat Itself By Wendy Whitcombe
Contrasting Reef Ecosystems in Guam By Mareika Vandeveer and Justin Bogda
The News from Guam By Caitlin Contag

Previously in the “Best of…” series:







Best of April 2011

I posted only 25 times in April.

The big news of the month is that The Open Laboratory project has a new publisher and a new guest editor.

April was not as busy month travel-wise as March (or upcoming May), but I did go to NYC once, and packed the two days with lots of work and fun which, among else, resulted in a new blog post at SciAm: Giant Dino exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, or, why I should not be a photojournalist.

I keep interviewing attendees of ScienceOnline – there are two new ones this month: Dave Mosher and Alice Bell. More to come tomorrow…

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:

Under-represented and underserved: Why minority role models matter in STEM By Danielle N. Lee

Too Hard for Science?: Making astronauts with printers By Charles Q. Choi

What’s the deal with male circumcision and female cervical cancer? By Michelle Clement

Short Story Science: Lenina versus the Pneumococcus By Cindy Doran

World Health Day: Combat Drug Resistance By Gozde Zorlu

Radiation levels explained: An exposure infographic By Lena Groeger

Dear chemists By David Ropeik

Too Hard for Science?: The sense of meaning in dreams By Charles Q. Choi

Bambi or Bessie: Are wild animals happier? By Christie Wilcox

Regeneration: The axolotl story By David Manly

Too Hard for Science? The adventures of a biomolecule in a cell By Charles Q. Choi

Blaming parents: What I’ve learned and unlearned as a child psychiatrist By Justine Larson

Too Hard for Science? Creating naked singularities By Charles Q. Choi

Seafood At Risk: Dispersed Oil Poses a Long-Term Threat By Allie Wilkinson

Should everyone have access to life saving medicines? By David Ng

Trains, nukes, marriage, and vaccines (and anything else): Why the facts don’t matter By David Ropeik.

Too Hard for Science? Philip Zimbardo–creating millions of heroes By Charles Q. Choi.

Too Hard for Science? A digital panopticon By Charles Q. Choi.

Man discovers a new life-form at a South African truck stop By Rob Dunn.

Superfetation: Pregnant while already pregnant By Khalil A. Cassimally.

Animal Emotion: When Objectivity Fails By Kristina Bjoran.

Too Hard For Science? David Brin – Raising Animals to Human Levels of Intelligence By Charles Q. Choi.

And we continued the Arctic series on the Expeditions blog: The Catlin Arctic Survey: The science, The Catlin Arctic Survey: Thermohaline circulation, The Catlin Arctic Survey: A melting ocean by Victoria Hill.

Previously in the “Best of…” series:







Tentative calendar

I am really bad with using my various Google and other calendars, so this is mostly a Note To Self, so have it handy if/when I get invitations etc. to know when I am actually free….

April 12-13 – NYC monthly trip

April 16 – NCWC (BIO101 lab)

April 18-19 – Passover

April 23rd – Washington DC – D.C. Science Writers Association

May 3rd – Boston – annual meeting of the advisory group for PRI/BBC/NOVA/SigmaXi Science.

May 7th – an important wedding

May 12-13th – Wake Forest University workshop on science writing in the Biology department

June 2nd – World Science Festival, New York City

June 25-28th – Doha, Qatar – World Conference of Science Journalists

September 2-3rd – London, UK – Science Online London

October 14-18th – Flagstaff AZ – CASW/NASW Science Writers 2011

November 5 – an important wedding

Best of March at A Blog Around The Clock

I posted 35 times in March.

The most important event in March – The Open Laboratory 2010 is now up for sale!

I posted again on the SA Observations blog, twice: Book review: Pink Boots and the Machete by Mireya Mayor and A “sixth sense” for earthquake prediction? Give me a break!

I was interviewed for Peer Review Radio and a blog Jekyll in Italian (but you can listen in English).

I have re-started the annual tradition of interviewing attendees of ScienceOnline – so this month I posted the first few of those – with Taylor Dobbs, Holly Tucker, Jason Priem, David Wescott, Jennifer Rohn and Jessica McCann.

Our franchise is spreading – Announcing Science Online NYC!

Also, ScienceOnline2011 videos are now all available online

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:

Cheerleader for science: A chat with Mireya Mayor, author of Pink Boots and the Machete By Darlene Cavalier

A pill to remember By R. Douglas Fields

You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential By Andrea Kuszewski

Science in the neighborhood: How to make really good coffee By Summer Ash

From fuel to film: The story of energy and movies By David Wogan

Nature: Earthquake dispatches from the correspondent in Japan [Updated] By Bora Zivkovic

The essential lesson from the Japan earthquake for the U.S. By Richard Allen

Beware the fear of nuclear….FEAR! By David Ropeik

Failure of imagination can be deadly: Fukushima is a warning By Rita J. King

Japan earthquake: The explainer By Chris Rowan

The worst nuclear plant accident in history: Live from Chernobyl By Charles Choi

Deja vu: What does the Gulf oil spill tell us about the Japanese nuclear crisis? By David Wogan

Mirror images: Twins and identity By David Manly

Smaller, cheaper, faster: Does Moore’s law apply to solar cells? By Ramez Naam

Art in the service of science: You get what you pay for By Kalliopi Monoyios

Social media for science: The geologic perspective By Kea Giles

The Asian long-horned beetle: Hopefully not coming to a neighborhood near you By Beth Jones

Learning from Tinka: Able-bodied chimps cop a back-scratching technique from a handicapped friend By Matt Soniak

Poor risk communication in Japan is making the risk much worse By David Ropeik

Impact of the Japan earthquake and tsunami on animals and environment By Jason G. Goldman

Stealth percussionists of the animal world By Nadia Drake

Dressing the meat of tomorrow By James King

Serotonin and sexual preference: Is it really that simple? By SciCurious

Digitizing Jane Goodall’s legacy at Duke By Jason G. Goldman

Why we live in dangerous places By Tim De Chant

Amber Waves of…ah…ah…achoo! What you need to know about allergies by Kiyomi Deards

Can we declare victory in the participation of women in science? Not yet. by Marie-Claire Shanahan.

Barberry, Bambi and bugs: The link between Japanese barberry and Lyme disease By Beth Jones

Earthquake triggering, and why we don’t know where the next big one will strike By Christie Rowe

Museum brings citizens and scientists together through a blogging project: Experimonth By Beck Tench

Too Hard for Science?: Asking scientists about questions they would love the answers to that might be impossible to investigate By Charles Q. Choi

Can we capture all of the world’s carbon emissions? By Ramez Naam

Walking the Line Between Good and Evil: The Common Thread of Heroes and Villains By Andrea Kuszewski

And we started a new series on the Expeditions blog: Destination: Arctic!, The Catlin Arctic Survey: Arrival at ice camp, and The Catlin Arctic Survey: Challenges by Victoria Hill.

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

Best of January

I posted 57 times in January.

January was dominated by ScienceOnline2011, of course, and I let others do all of the in-depth blogging (so far), But before it started I got one last ScienceOnline2010 interview in – with Steve Koch.

Open Laboratory 2010 is almost ready. But while you wait – we announced the new cover art: And now…. the brand new Open Lab cover!. And we have opened up for submissions for the next year: Open Laboratory 2011 – open for submissions.

I also asked Can WordPress do this?

I made sure that the Scientific American Guest Blog was busy all month as well – check them all out:

The discovery of the ruins of ice: The birth of glacier research By David Bressan
The Ferret Hunters By David Manly
In the wake of Wakefield: Risk-perception and vaccines By David Ropeik
Can sitting too much kill you? By Travis Saunders
The Emperor’s New Missile Defense By Lawrence M. Krauss
Anecdotes from the Archive: From the basement to the blog By Mary Karmelek
Could chess-boxing defuse aggression in Arizona and beyond? By Andrea Kuszewski
Anecdotes from the Archive: Bed bugs are vintage, and vintage is in By Mary Karmelek
Invisibility: After several years of research, it’s just gotten weirder By Greg Gbur
Words, pictures, and the visual display of scientific information: Getting back to the basics of information design By Lena Groeger
An arsenic-laced bad-news letter: Who is the audience for online post-publication peer review? By Marie-Claire Shanahan
The Lady and the Trump–without hungry puppies: The science of stray dog sterilization By Cynthia Mills
Anecdotes from the Archive: Taking On the Monocle Problem By Mary Karmelek
The mores of makeup By Christine Ottery
Anecdotes from the Archive: Diesel milk By Mary Karmelek
Can you be both obese and healthy? By Peter Janiszewski
Psychotherapy and the healing power of narrating a life By May Benatar
The low-carbon diet: One family’s effort to shrink carbon consumption By Robynne Boyd
Anecdotes from the Archive: Bad news for sneak thieves, porch climbers and window workers By Mary Karmelek
Can you hear me now? Animals all over the world are finding interesting ways to get around the human din By Rose Eveleth
Anecdotes from the Archive: When zookeepers looked like doormen By Mary Karmelek
When animals attack: Death databases indicate that our fondest phobias may be misdirected By Rachel Nuwer
Biting the hand that feeds: The evolution of snake venom By David Manly
The Higgs boson particle meets Shakespeare By Laura Neuhaus
Me and the copperheads–or why we still don’t know if snakes secrete melatonin at night By Bora Zivkovic (yes, that’s me – I wrote a science post!)
How to humanize technology: from the scatological to the sublime By Laura Neuhaus
Anecdotes from the Archive: Relief for Writers By Mary Karmelek
In search of the origins of warfare in the American Southwest By Dan Bailey.