Category Archives: OpenLab09

Open Laboratory – old Prefaces and Introductions

One difference between reading Open Laboratory anthologies and reading the original posts included in them is that the printed versions are slightly edited and polished. Another difference is that the Prefaces and Introductions can be found only in the books. They have never been placed online.
But now that four books are out and we are halfway through collecting entries for the fifth one, when only the 2009 book is still selling, I think it is perfectly OK to place Prefaces and Introductions that I wrote myself online. I wrote Prefaces for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 book, as well as the Introduction for the 2006 one. The introductions for the subsequent editions were written by the year’s guest editor, i.e., Reed Cartwright in 2007, Jennifer Rohn in 2008, and SciCurious in 2009.
So, under the fold are my three Prefaces and one Introduction. See how the world (and my understanding of it) of the online science communication has changed over the last few years:

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Another Open Laboratory 2009 review

David Bradley read the book and liked it.
Perhaps you’ll like it, too. If you use the code “SHOWERS” in April during check-out you will get 10% off. Just go here right now and click on “Buy now” 😉
Under the fold – OpenLab2010 entries so far, and the submission buttons:

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Second review of Open Laboratory 2009

And it is good! Written by Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing: Best science writing from the blogosphere! Check it out. Post a comment….

Blog posts about Open Laboratory 2009 so far

Code of Life
The Culture of Chemistry
The Loom
Urban Science Adventures
The Flying Trilobite
Rigor Vitae
Bench TwentyOne
Page 3.14
The Scientific Activist
Science After Sunclipse
Mr Science Show
Byte Size Biology
A Blog Around The Clock

The first review of Open Laboratory 2009

OpenLab09The fourth anthology barely managed to hit the virtual shelves when the very first book review was published. Of course, considering the speed, this was done by a blogger – Grant Jacobs from the ‘Code for Life’ blog on New Zealand sciblogs. Read his review here.
You liked what you just read? Buy the book!
And if that is not enough for you, check out the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions. Or buy a few now and save them for presents for next Christmas….

The Open Laboratory 2009 – It is Live!

OpenLab09coverart.jpgYes, the day has finally arrived! The anthology is now up for sale!
Just go ahead right now and click on this link right here, then click on the “Add To Cart” button and one copy (or more!) of this amazing book will be yours!
SciCurious did a fantastic job as this year’s editor – and it shows. You’ll see when you get your copy. Really.
Also, huge props to Blake and his LaTeX and generally tech-savviness for putting the book together so it looks really good (and is actually loaded on the site!).
Cover art was done by Glendon Mellow who used the cover design by Dave Ng.
The list of judges is so long, I cannot possibly link to everyone here, but they are all acknowledged in the book.
If you wish to publish a book review of Open Lab 2009, please contact me directly for a review copy. Or just buy one by clicking here – paperback or PDF download. I will also let you know when it is available on and will also explore the ways for putting it on Kindle.

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Announcing the posts that will be published in The Open Laboratory 2009!

The time has come….the moment many of you have been waiting for, for months!
The most amazing 2009 guest editor Scicurious and I are ready to announce the 50 posts that have made it through a grueling judging process to emerge as winners to be included in the Open Laboratory 2009, the anthology of the best writing on science blogs of the past year.
Out of 760 posts, all of amazing quality (we could have collected something like ten anthologies, all good), the survivors of all the rounds, the posts that will actually get printed on physical, dead-tree paper, are:
Breastatistics, by Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde.
Beyond Energy, by Tom Paine’s Ghost.
Making the Archeological Record, by Aarvarchaeology.
I want to be Carl Sagan but Can’t by NeuroDojo.
The Weird History of Vaccine Adjuvants by Neuron Culture.
Why you didn’t really want the job, the Waiting for Godot Edition at The Oyster’s Garter.
Cosmopithicus at The Beagle Project.
Blood and brains – can vampires survive a zombie apocalypse? by Southern Fried Science.
Pressure to Preserve by the Culture of Chemistry.
Bittersweet, from Beyond the Short Coat.
How research saved the large blue butterfly, from Not Exactly Rocket Science.
How science reporting works, from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
Good Head (Don’t worry, it’s about beer!) from Bayblab.
Brain and behavior of dinosaurs, from Neurophilosophy.
The Origin of Big from the Loom.
Stripped, part II, the Aquiline Nose, by Anna’s Bones.
Male chauvinist chimps or the meat market of public opinion? from The Primate Diaries.
Seagulls at Sunset, from Partiallyclipse.
Astronomical art: representing planet earth, from 10 Days of science.
Addiction and the Opponent-Process theory, at Neurotopia.
Academia: slowing down the search for cures? at Respectful Insolence.
It’s official: we really have saved the ozone layer, at Highly Allocthonous.
The Cuttlefish Genome project, by the Digital Cuttlefish.
Why social insects do not suffer from ill effects of rotating and night shift work by Blog Around the Clock.
Does faking amnesia permanently distort your memory? from Cognitive Daily.
Why swine flu is resistance to adamantane drugs by the Scientific Activist.
Betting on the poor boy: whorf strikes back by the Language Log.
A sorry saga, the crumbling cookie from the Mr. Science Show.
The rightful place of the science and the African-American community from the Young Black Professional Guide.
Friday (Isaac) Newton blogging: Monday/Newton+Darwin Edition from the Inverse Square Blog.
The glamour of marine biology from Evolutionary Novelties.
Impediments to dialogue about animal research, parts 2, 3, and 4 from Adventures in Ethics and Science.
What exactly am I ambivalent about, parts 1 and 2 from Ambivalent Academic.
Eye-opening access by Reciprocal Space.
Aspartame and Audrey by Bench Twentyone.
The incredible shrinking genome, at Byte Size Biology.
Genital mimicry, social erections, and spotted hyenas, from Wild Muse.
A squishy topic, by Expression Patterns.
Start seeing micro-inequities by Female Science Professor.
Darwin’s degenerates – evolution’s finest, by Observations of a Nerd.
The first great mammoth, by archy.
In which I ramp up, at Mind the Gap.
Sleep paralysis, from Wired.
Because as we all know, the green party runs the world, by no moods, ads, or cutesy fucking icons.
Deep sea corals and methane seeps, by Deep Sea News.
Maiacetus, the good mother whale, by Laelaps.
More of the science of the influenza “cytokine storm” by Effect Measure.
And The Old World Passed Away… The Geologic History of the Colorado Plateau from Geotripper.
Spermophilus (it’s about squirrels, really!) by Coyote Crossing.
The Grid of Disputation from Cosmic Variance.
Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone whose posts were submitted over the past year.
We would especially like to thank our distinguished panel of judges – people who had to, in short order, read and evaulate many, many posts and provide us with useful comments we needed in making the final decision. The judges are:
Joshua Rosenau of Thoughts from Kansas and the National Center for Science Education.
Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News.
Greg Laden of Greg Laden’s Blog.
Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds.
Comrade Physioprof
Dr. Isis
The Digital Cuttlefish
T. DeLene Beeland of Wild Muse.
Christie Wilcox of Observations of a Nerd.
Suzanne Franks of Thus Spake Zuska.
Anne Jefferson and Chris Rowan of Highly Allocthonous.
Brian Switek of Laelaps.
Jean-Claude Bradley of Useful Chemistry.
Peter A. Lipson, MD of White Coat Underground.
Michael D Barton of the Dispersal of Darwin.
Anna Kushnir of Lab Life.
Moheb Costandi of Neurophilosophy.
Revere of Effect Measure.
Liz Borkowski of the Pump Handle.
Carl Feagans of A Hot Cup of Joe
Carel P. Brest van Kempen of Rigor Vitae.
Laurent of Seeds Aside.
Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science
Janet Stemwedel of Adventures in Ethics and Science.
Greg Gbur of Skulls in the Stars
Pamela Gay of Starstryder
Ethan Siegal of Starts with a Bang
Female Science Professor
Ambivalent Academic
Art Kilner of AK’s Rambling Thoughts.
It will take another couple of weeks for all the posts to get edited and ‘typeset’ and for the book to be ready for sale. Watch this blog and Neurotopia for the announcement.
And in the meantime, while waiting, you can go back and re-read (of course you have them already! Don’t you?!) the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions.