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SciBlog Anthology suggestions so far

Update: Deadline for submissions is January 2nd at noon EST.

Wow! I posted the call for suggestions on Friday night, it is a weekend and a holiday, the traffic is down to a half, yet I got so many suggestions already, both in the comments and via e-mail! I am also very happy to see how many people are suggesting not just their own but other people’s posts. This is going to be heckuva job for me! All science bloggers are my friends and I will have to dissappoint so many of them in the end. I wish I could collect 500 posts instead of just 50.

As I stated in the original post, I am looking to showcase the diversity of science blogging. I got a lot of it already, but some things are dominating, while others are still missing. Can I get a poem? Something funny or satirical? Something about teaching science? A how-to recipe for a science experiment to do at home? Science for kids? Some history and philosophy of science? Check the original post for more ideas.

I understand that posts debunking Creationism and other types of pseudoscience are very popular. So are the posts dealing with political/religious assaults on science. A few of those will certainly make it, but there is a wealth of such stuff out there, the competition is really tough. On the other hand, if you can think of something unusual or unique, something that nobody else does, it may have a greater chance of making it into the blook than your best smack-down of Dembski.

I will try to find a way to let you help me make the choices, perhaps with some kind of a poll later on that will cut down the numbers to a little bit over 50. But in the end, the final fine-tuning of the final 50 will be up to me. While some bloggers are more popular than others, except in a case where a 2-parter can be fused into a single post, I don’t want to include more than one post by the same person. I still want more suggestions – keep them coming. Dont’ forget very old posts from 2, 3 or 4 years ago! Not everything needs to be from the last few months.

Below the fold are all the suggestions that have arrived so far (and I’ll keep adding more over the next few days as they keep coming in). Hover the cursor over the title to reveal the name of the blog. Checking these out may give you an idea of what is missing – what areas of science, what types of posts. Some of these posts may refresh your memory and remind you of another post that is really good. Alternatively, you may want to browse the archives of Tangled Bank, Grand Rounds, Carnival of the Green, Skeptic’s Circle, Mendel’s Garden, Bio::Blogs, The Synapse, Encephalon, Animalcules, Circus of the Spineless, I And The Bird, Panta Rei, Philosophia Naturalis, Change Of Shift, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Radiology Grand Rounds, Four Stone Hearth and Festival of the Trees for inspiration.

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The Write Stuff or Cause celebre or Flea Collar or In Perpetuity

Who’s duping whom? or What’s the point of a college education?

Musical scientists

Why do Elephants have Big Ear Flaps?

Lab meetings are cool and geeky, and I am just geeky and Lab craziness, fused into one post.

I’m A Professional, Don’t try this at Home

A Year in Texas: Monarch Migrations

The scientist as mad artist – an example using DNA for musical composition

Sexual Rhythms

Blind Watchmaker or Swiss Designer? (Part I) and Blind Watchmaker or Swiss Designer? (Part II) fused into a single post.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Emergency Department

Campeador Diem or Science Friday: For Those We Love

Humility among scientists

Whitebark pine/corvid coevolution and paleoecology or Climate change and mapping of hardiness zones and ecological limiting factors or Abeka’s horrible creationist biology textbook

An object lesson in Wiki research or Bring back the mammoth or Did blonde mammoths have more fun? or Local mammoth in the news or Mammoths, mastodons, and killer hippos

The Condimentary Preferences of Drosophila or Waterbear Down

False confessions: Not as rare as you might think

Floyd Landis and Testosterone Testing: All the Background You Want and Need (updated X 7)

Quantum interrogation or The Science of Coffee or Detectors 101

How Does Emergency Contraception Work?

When it comes to brains, does size really matter?

Cicatrix or First Do No Harm or To Human Cruelty.

Micro Black Holes

Snail shells are made of this or The master of its domain

Magnetic Bacteria and More on Magnetic Bacteria fused into a single post, or Lessons From Kennewick: Fitting it all Together

How I learned the difference between farts and boners

This was my experiment and I hope you enjoyed it or Waste not, want not or The little farter

Pick one from this: Top Eleven: Time to Vote!, or Physics Funding Fundamentalism or Thoughts on the LHC and ILC or Atheist Church Socials? or Local Realism, Loopholes, and the God Delusion or The Grad School Application Process or Science Is A Scary Place to Work or
Notes Toward a User’s Guide to Synthetic Chemistry Talks or Real Clock Tutorial: History

Bipolar Disorder: A View From the Inside

Once Upon a Time or Science Fare

Hummingbirds and Torpor or Intuition

Eyes, Part One: Opening Up the Russian Doll and Eyes, Part Two: Fleas, Fish, and the Careful Art of Deconstruction fused into a single post, or Getting The Mooney Treatment or An Old Fave: The Wisdom of Parasites

Winning Greater Influence for Science or Axon Guidance: perspectives and relation to other observations of cell migration or Fun with polymer chemistry at the State Fair

Isn’t Anaximander Wonderful?

The discovery of the neuron or 100 years of Alzheimer’s Disease or Book review: “In Search of Memory,” by Eric Kandel

Beware the catfish from hell? Not really or Darwin, Marx and Bad Scholarship

Zero or Ω: my favorite strange number or An Introduction to Information Theory (updated from Blogspot)

Training the Expert Mind and Training the Expert Mind, Part II: Medical Diagnosis fused into a single post.

Sunday Sermon: Home, sweet oikos or Hurray for being eaten by a bear! or Human Achievement or Belief in things not seen

Crabzilla! Queen Of The Deep! or The ‘Beauty’ Industry Is Destroying Our Society With Their Lies or Chris Gets His Questions Answered or It is always about money or A Response to Anonymous or How Are Seamounts Islands? or God of the Sea (and Horses)

Part One: Introduction to Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses and Part Two: Introduction to Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses continued fused into a single post, or Public health, defense, what will *really* make us safer or Viral eradication and the evolution of smallpox or Simple evolutionary study may predict path of Ebola outbreaks or Emerging Disease and Zoonoses #18: spread of H5N1 in Nigeria

BREAKING NEWS: George Deutsch Did Not Graduate From Texas A & M University and NASA Science Censor Resigns fused into a single post, or Speak No Evil or Deutschgate in the Media or Caught in the Line of Fire: Animal Rights Activists Take Over Oxford or Oxford Scientists Bite Back at Animal Rights Activists and Oxford Scientific Activists Take Their Message to the Streets fused into a single post.

The Egyptian Chariot: Part 1 and Egyptian Chariots – Part 2 of 2 fused into a single post, or Review- Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life

The Worst Parts of Scientific Life and The Best Parts of the Scientific Life fused into a single post, or Explorers & Crusaders

Coulter’s Science: Let the Criticism Commence or A Case Study in Creationist Distortion or Answering Dean Esmay on ID in Science Classrooms

Ode to a tree or The abstract and the concrete in biology (1 of 2) and Evolving representations (2 of 2) fused into a single post, or The Demarcation Problem… again or Against units in biology or Methodology, domains and disciplines or A Darwinian history or Is nature democratic? or Popper on evolution or When is a species worth conserving? or Essentialism revisited or Peer review, stem cells and science

Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt, part I and Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt, part II fused into a single post, or A particularly egregious misrepresentation of a study or Medicine and evolution, part I: Introduction or A field guide to biomedical meeting creatures, part 1: Any questions? and A field guide to biomedical meeting creatures, part 2: Poster time! fused into a single post (or separately).

It’s not just the genes, it’s the links between them or Thank you, Michael Behe or Niobrara or The proper reverence due those who have gone before

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sleep (But Were Too Afraid To Ask) or Chossat’s Effect in humans and other animals or Influence of Light Cycle on Dominance Status and Aggression in Crayfish or Jumping on the ‘omics’ Bandwagon or Biology and the Scientific Method or The Clock Metaphor or BIO101 – Lecture 5: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology or Blogs and the Future of Science

‘Big Bang’ is a terrible name for a great theory

Footnotin’ frenzy

What We Talk About When We Talk About Probability or Minos observes neutrino mass

Why You Weigh So Much: Dynamical Breaking of Chiral Symmetry or Physics, Sex, and People in a Box-shaped Room or How Physicists Probe the World

The Value of Algebra

Cognitive Neuroscience and Education Today or Cognitive Neuroscience and ADD/ADHD Today or Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg on Brain Fitness Programs and Cognitive Training

Dionysus and Despair or Neglect or Lazarus, arise! or Johns Lament

The curse of the One Rabbit: Tree rings corroborate Aztec folklore

All Together Now: ‘Penis’


Where Does Health Begin and End? or Just a Nurse With a Patient

Weekend Fun

Did humans evolve from apes? or Homeopathy: Responses and Rebuttals

Ticks and Time

How the mind works: the cheeky topical version

Part I: Future Shock and Selenocysteine and Part II. Future Shock and Selenocysteine: it’s time again to update the databanks fused into a single post, or I hear the cottonwoods whispering above…

Coolest… Experiment… Ever or Ortega y Gasset On Science

The Cognitive Map : How Mice and Men learn when in the Mouse Trap

Michael Denton and Molecular Clocks or E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak in Taco Bell Restaurants, or a (partial) fusion of posts from this series: Three Domain Hypothesis, Part 1, Three Domain Hypothesis, Part 2, Three Domain Hypothesis, Part 3, Three Domain Hypothesis, Part 4, Three Domain Hypothesis, Part 5 and Three Domain Hypothesis, Part 6.

Diagnosis of Darth Vader or Restless Leg Syndrome

How do old genomes learn new tricks? or The garden’s patient hunters

Unexpected arrival of a mythical beast

Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Twelve)

The global cooling myth or Short and simple arguments for why climate can be predicted

Confessions of a Science Librarian

Water, Water, Everywhere; Not A Drop….. or Periodic Table of Political Mischief

Breaking the Forma Aedificii Gatesensis

The Fraud of Homeopathy

The Field-Archaeological Paradox

Opening up the scientific process

Prayer still useless or What the (Bleep) Were They Thinking? or Pretty soon…

How to Get Pregnant, How to Get Pregnant (Part II): The Biological Time Clock and How to Get Pregnant, Part III – The Male Factor fused into one post, or The Good News about Birth Control Pills

Males prefer older females! (??)

What Good Science Looks Like or Unfalsifiable and falsified

A series: 10 assertions about evolution and 10 Assertions about Evolution (or Can you marry your half-sister’s daughter?) and 10 Assertions About Evolution (or Whatever Happened to the Fisher-Wright controversy?)

Selection, nuclear genetic variation, and mtDNA

Denton vs Squid; the eye as suboptimal design

Science Fair, Or, ‘Isn’t This What Science Is All About?’

A Guide to Grading Exams


  1. #1 cfeagans
    December 24, 2006

    I’m still looking through the submissions above (a great collection they are!), but you know I’d like to see more archaeology!

    From my own posts, I’d offer my Egyptian Chariots two-parter:

    But I also think if you want something a bit different, I’ve done a couple of book reviews. This one of McGrath is one I felt good about:

  2. #2 cfeagans
    December 24, 2006

    I’d have to say that among the best archaeology blogging is with Afarensis, Archaeoastronomy, and Abnormal Interests. But the only one of the three that I have bookmarked a particular post (other than their main page, of course) is Duane’s Table of Contents for Friday Pot Blogging Posts

    Of particular interest, and perhaps easy to reproduce in print, would be the last section of short posts: Special Topics. There are five posts there which I think are great examples of good archaeological blogging. I’m sure afarensis and Alun both have good stuff too.

  3. #3 John Dupuis
    December 24, 2006

    I think this one is my best post: Confessions of a Science Librarian.. It’s a bit different, more on the diversity of science-related career paths.

    I also really remember a bunch of great posts in various places when that newspaper columnist (Richard Cohen?) wrote about how useless math is. I’ll hunt around and find a good one and post here.

  4. #4 Chris Hallquist
    December 24, 2006

    If you want philosophy of science, I have done one post that fits the bill: Unfalsifiable and falsified. It’s nothing special, but it’s a start on collecting submissions in this area.

  5. #6 JYB
    December 26, 2006

    This is my personal favorite, from Janet:

    What’s the point of a college education?

  6. #7 afarensis
    December 26, 2006

    Most of my readers suggested the Kennewick series. I think it would be too long for inclusion so I am going with Magnetic Bacteria and More on Magnetic Bacteria.

  7. #8 Nuthatch
    December 26, 2006

    A bit of humor/teaching science: “This was my experiment and I hope you enjoyed it”. And some stuff that is a little off-beat, if you need some variety: butterflies feeding on feces and why a Cuban bird is called “the little farter”.

  8. #9 Jennifer Ouellette
    December 26, 2006

    Almost forgot: Back in August, I read the following personal essay/short story (fiction) by Karmen at Chaotic Utopia. It’s one of the most original pieces of writing I’ve yet encountered in the science blogosphere, and I hereby nominate it for consideration…


  9. #10 Sean Carroll
    December 26, 2006

    A few more nominations; first from my co-bloggers:

    Mark Trodden on The Science of Coffee
    JoAnne Hewett on Detectors 101

    and a couple more:

    Rob Knop on “Big Bang” is a terrible name for a great theory
    Michael Berube on Thomas Kuhn.

  10. #11 John Dupuis
    December 26, 2006

    I would suggest the following post from EvolutionBlog about the whole Richard Cohen/learning math controversy:


  11. #12 Dr. Wes
    December 28, 2006

    Here’s one for Bernoulli’s Principle. It a puzzle with great entertainment potential!


  12. #13 Daniel
    December 28, 2006

    You mention asking for posts on teaching science and science for kids – I have one such post from this past summer, when I helped run a science booth at the New York State Fair

  13. #16 Carel
    January 1, 2007

    For a charming bit of biological poetry, you can’t do much better than this: http://capacioushandbag.blogspot.com/2006/04/waterbear-down.html

  14. #17 tbtam
    January 2, 2007

    May I respectfully submit the following for consideration. This is a three part post on how to get pregnant, mixes humor with fact and opinion:



    Also, this post about the Good News About Birth Control that gets the most hits of all my posts.




  15. #18 Angry Lab Rat
    January 3, 2007

    I hope it’s not too late. Just read your call for entries today.

    Here’s a post I wrote last month that I wish to submit, about life working as a lab technician, entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins of Lab Rats”:


    Happy New Year!

    — Angry Lab Rat

  16. #19 Angry Lab Rat
    January 3, 2007

    Here’s one from my blog that I wish to enter. I hope it’s not too late. As a scientist, I decided lab techs like myself needed our own “Seven Deadly Sins of Lab Rats”:


    Happy New Year!

  17. #20 Odile
    January 6, 2007


    Simply for creating this list, you’re great!
    I now have a long supply of reading to comment upon. BTW I do once in a while write posts discussing thinking puzzles for smart children and I love books that attract children to science.
    I have a ‘hang out blogspot’ for scientists and writers. I write three, one in English, one in French and one in Dutch.

  18. #21 Charles Daney
    January 7, 2007

    OK, it’s way past your “deadline”, but I just wrote something I think is pretty good, and it’s kind of off the beaten path, so maybe it’s worth considering: Art: fractal and otherwise

  19. #22 coturnix
    January 7, 2007

    Sorry, my panel of 12 judges, all busy people, have already turned in their evaluations of all 218 entries to me by now, so nothing entered after January 2nd at noon EST was included. Save your best posts for next year.

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