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Goodbye to Scienceblogs

A few weeks ago, I was notified that if I wished to continue blogging at Scienceblogs/National Geographic, I’d have to agree to new terms. After considering these terms, as well as the decision to ban pseudonymous blogging, I don’t feel that the new management and I are on the same page. I have therefore decided…

Why I no longer trust Yelp

One of the much-hyped benefits of social networking is that it provides a way to get personalized recommendations about businesses from a wider network. If I want to tell the world that the coffee place in my neighborhood has the best cappuccino this side of Seattle, I can do that (and it does)! That’s what…

Ok, what are the people at Quirk Books on? I have to say, I love the cover of the book, and the typographical trailer is cute – but isn’t this just blatant meme abuse? Quirk explains The Meowmorphosis thus. . .

Surrender, don’t cull

From Linda Holmes, a poignant post about how the deluge of information makes it impossible to scratch the surface in a single lifetime: there are really only two responses if you want to feel like you’re well-read, or well-versed in music, or whatever the case may be: culling and surrender. Culling is the choosing you…

A BioE million-stone!

Yesterday, bioephemera got its one millionth visit.* Thanks so much to everyone who reads, shares, and enjoys my posts – you’re why I keep blogging, in whatever spare time I can find. There’s just too much interesting stuff out there to keep it to myself when I find it, and I’ve met far too many…

Hellz yeah!

This is the biologist googly-eyed dazzled-with-biological-complexity effect that my friends and I used to describe as “because little fishes have eyes!” Be warned: once infected with the appreciation for biological beauty, there is no cure. This is why I love xkcd. How is it possible I still run into people all the time who don’t…

Let’s be honest: the past two weeks have been horrible. On Thursday and Friday, for example, I worked for over 24 hours straight (who needs sleep) on a single project. You may have noticed BioE’s silence – no, when I don’t have time to sleep, shower or go to the gym, I generally don’t find…

ScienceBlogGRRRRL Power!

I’m honored to get a brief shout-out today from the awesome Ed Yong in his post on female bloggers. I mention this not to toot my own horn, but to call attention to the amazing number of women blogging about scientific research – something I rarely do anymore at BioE, but which is very important…

Endangered species?

Poor, outnumbered moderates. . . I decided to wait until the election mayhem abated before reviewing Carl Schoonover’s EXTREMELY outstanding new book Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century. If you’re tired of looking at red and blue Rorschach tests, drop by tomorrow for my review.

Bye Bye . . . for now

Everything is ephemeral – including bioephemera. As of today, May 31, I’m going on hiatus for at least this summer – and probably longer. While I’ve met many wonderful fellow bloggers and faithful readers through the blog, keeping BioE going has become a significant investment of time that I just don’t have. Since I started…