A Blog Around The Clock

Open Laboratory 2008

Openlab 2007
Now that the registration for the Science Blogging Conference is open, it is time to remind you that the new edition of the Science Blogging Anthology, “Open Laboratory 2007”, is in the works and is accepting your suggestions.

Although the entire process, from the initial idea all the way to having a real book printed and up for sale, took only about a month, the Open Laboratory 2006 was a great success. This year, we have much more time so we hope we will do an even better job of it.

More than 100 entries have come in so far (see under the fold) and we are looking for more. I have read them all and written my annotations about each, while Reed Cartwright is in the process of reading them closely as we speak. In the end, he will be the final aribiter of which 50 posts, plus one poem and one cartoon, will make it into the anthology. Think of me as a ‘series editor’ and Reed as the ‘2007 editor’.

As we are bloggers, we like transparency. As much as the automated submission form makes our lives easy, we decided that it would be best if, like last year, we made the list of entries public. That way, you can all see them, read them, comment about them, and see what is missing and needs to be entered before the deadline comes (December 20th 2007).

Please, use the submission form to enter your submissions (i.e., putting a link in the comments of this post will not do you any good) and pick up the code for the cool badges (like the one on top of this post) here to help us spread the word.

As I wrote earlier:

Clicking on the button will take you to the submission form. Reed and I will get e-mail notification every time there is a new entry and we will read them all and jot down some ‘notes to self’. Since we have ten months to do this, we will not need a jury of 12 bloggers to help us read all the entries, but do not be surprised if we ask you to vet/factcheck/peer-review a post that is in your domain of expertise (and not ours) later in the year.

So, go back to December 20th, 2006 and start looking through your archives as well as archives of your favourite science bloggers and look for real gems – the outstanding posts. Many have been written recently for the “Science Only Week”, or for the “Basic Terms and Concepts” collection.

Try to look for posts that cover as many areas of science blogging as posssible: mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, chemistry, earth science, atmospheric/climate science, marine science, biochemistry, genetics, molecular/cellular/developmental biology, anatomy/physiology, behavior, ecology, paleontology, evolution, psychology, anthropology, archaeology, and/or history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science, science ethics and rhetorics, science communication and education, the business of science, the Life in Academia (from undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, faculty or administrative perspective), politics of science, science and pseudoscience, science and religion, etc.

Also, try to think of different post formats: essays, personal stories, poems, polemics, fiskings, textbook-style prose, etc. For now, let’s assume that color images cannot make it into the book (I’ll let you know if that changes) and certainly copyrighted (by others) material is a No-No. Posts that are too heavily reliant on multiple links are difficult to turn into hardcopy as well. Otherwise, write and submit stuff and hopefully one of your posts will make it into the Best 50 Science Posts of 2007 and get published!

Under the fold are the entries so far. About half have been submitted by authors, the rest by readers. I hope you don’t need to ask us to remove an entry of yours, but if that is the case (e.g., you intend to include it in your own book), please contact me about it.

Reading all the entries so far will help you think of other posts, yours or others’, that may fit in here. Perhaps a big story of this year is not covered in any of the submissions so far. Perhaps you remember a post which covers a story better than the entry we already have. Have we missed a really popular post that everyone loved and linked to?

Also, if you are an expert in an area and you have BIG problems with one of the entries in your field, please let us know soon so we can send it out for further peer-review. As was the case last year, only English-language posts are eligible. If you have written an awesome post in another language, please make a GOOD translation available before submission.

I will occasionally update this post as new entries keep coming in, so keep coming back every week or so to see what is new. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order of the name of the blog (because all attempts at categorization failed), which makes it easy to get my own out of the way first, and let you go on quickly to see all the really cool writers of the science blogosphere. If a blog has multiple contributors, the author of the submitted post(s) is named in parentheses.


A Blog Around The Clock (and no, not all of my posts were submitted by myself!)

Basics: Biological Clock
A Huge New Circadian Pacemaker Found In The Mammalian Brain
Sex On The (Dreaming) Brain
A Pacemaker Is A Network
Framing Science – the Dialogue of the Deaf

A Cat Nap

University and depression, Part I: the undergrad years

A Hot Cup of Joe

The Bosnian Pyramid: a Brief Summary
The Rise of the Sumerian Culture


Your Folks, My Folks in Prehistory


Retention of American Women in Science


Deep Time For Dummies

Adventures in Applied Math

Ask an Applied Mathematician


Egnor just doesn’t know when to quit
Would you give your baby someone else’s breast milk?
Environmental Change and Infectious Disease
Introduction to Marburg virus: history of outbreaks


The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times

Anterior Commissure

Thanks, Dad – behave well and you may shape your kids’ lives forever, Thanks, Dad – you’re a changed man and Thanks, Dad – the paternal brain and his selfish genes fused into a single article.
‘Sex? Yes please’ – a primates-only dissociation between sex and reproduction
Why we bond – Individual recognition, evolution, and brain size

Anthropology.net (Kambiz Kamrani)

Reconstructing Prehistoric Behavior & Ecology of Northern Fur Seals


Visiting the Wenas mammoth
Looking for drowned mammoths


The World’s Largest Microscope
The Marketplace of Ideas

Bad Astronomy

Is it hot in here, or is it just me?

Balancing Life

What does it take to be a pioneering scientist
Why is a PhD this long and hard

Behavioral Ecology Blog

Why theists make poor scientists

Catalogue of Organisms

Insects Never Fail to Amaze
Relict Frog Sex

Cosmic Variance (Sean Carroll)

Boltzmann’s Anthropic Brain

Cosmic Variance (Heather Ray)

MiniBooNE Neutrino Result

Cosmic Variance (Daniel Holz)


Creek Running North

River of fire, river of stone
Breathing in, breathing out

Cumbrian Sky

Titan – the new New World

Daily Kos (Darksyde)

A Rose By Any Other Name
When Good Cells Go Bad

Daily Kos (Mark H)

Tropical Strays

Darwin says just so

How human got so brainy

DC’s Goodscience

Science in an Age of Endarkenment

Deep-Sea News

Our Ocean Future: The Glass Half Empty and Our Ocean Future: The Glass Half Full fused into a single article.

De Rerum Natura

Logarithmic Gap Costs Decrease Alignment Accuracy

Dr. NO and the world of science

Can we truly understand signalling networks?

Duas Quartunciae

The Evolution of Wings

Effect Measure

H5N1 Crystal Ball is Cloudy
Tamiflu resistance: digging beneath the headlines

Enro, scientifique et citoyen

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes: homage to a scientific style

Epidemiology of Cancer

Bi-modal hazard rate


Careful with that Creationist Claim! Its an antique!


Nonoverlapping Magisteria and Extremism
Science & Technology
I Got Your Distribution Right Here
The Lab Fridge

Evolving Thoughts

Atheism and agnosticism again
The Song of the Scientist

FairerScience Web Blog

News Media Spreads the Wrong News, Again

Freethinker’s Asylum

Lost Tomb of Jesus?

History News Network (Alun Salt)

The Orientation of Roman Camps

Hodges model: Welcome to the QUAD

Hodges model: What is it? [3] The science of sailing…

Hope for Pandora

Objectivity in Studying Abortion
Not So Extinct

Humans in Science

(multimedia sounds of digestion here)
Foie gras might promote arthritis, Alzheimer’s or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Hypography Science Forums

Re: Terra Preta, Time to Master the Carbon Cycle

Inkblot Earth

My Robot is Your Congressman

Invasive Species Weblog

Square Pegs

Island of Doubt

I’m meltinnnnng ….

Knowing and Doing

Good Writing, Good Programming
Hype, or Disseminating Results?

Lab Life

Lab Gourmet


It is a cliche that the world is getting smaller, but…


Homo sapiens: The Evolution of What We Think About Who We Are
Thylacoleo carnifex, ancient Australia’s marsupial lion
Convergence or Parallel Evolution?

Life of a Lab Rat

Riding with the King

Living the Scientific Life

A Rare Dodo Comes to Light
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day
The Return of the Rimatara Lory or Rimatara Lorikeets: Returning From the Edge

Minor Revisions


N@ked Under My Lab Coat

The Miniprep Song


The rise and fall of the prefrontal lobotomy
An illustrated history of trepanation


The Basics: History of Hormone Therapy and Menopause, The Basics: History of Hormone Therapy and Menopause and The Basics of Menopause and Hormone Therapy III: Cognitive Consequences, either each alone, or all three fused into a single article.

Nonoscience (Arunn)

Nano-aluminium and Rocket Science
Scientific Mahabharatha
Halogen Family – a science and fiction toon
Objectives of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
How to quickly cool a bottle of drink using seven equations

Northstate Science

More On Ham’s Creation Museum, Tyrannosaur Teeth And The Scientific Process
Hadza Diary

Not Exactly Rocket Science

An entire bacterial genome discovered inside that of a fruit fly

Notes from Ukraine

The Chernobyl liquidators: incredible men with incredible stories (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3) and Musings about the liquidators fused into a single article.
Q & A about ICARR and Chernobyl

On Being a Scientist and a Woman

Bringing baby to the field

One scientist, one yeti

The Teacher

Peanut Butter Cabal

Work, Life, Vagina: Pick Two

Pharma’s Cutting Edge

The Afterword of Rimonabant


Segmentation genes evolved undesigned
We stand awed at the heights our people have achieved


Buzzword Bingo!

Pondering Pikaia

Harry Potter Science #1: The Genetics of Wizards, Harry Potter Science #2: Dracorex hogwartsia, Harry Potter Science #3: Conservation Biology, Harry Potter Science #4: The Botany of Wands, Harry Potter Science #5: Kin selection, Harry Potter Science #6: Harry Potter and the Hypertonic Cephalopod, Harry Potter Science #7: Does This Horcrux Make My Soul Look Fat? and Harry Potter Science #8: Scar Biology all fused into a single article.

Successful stats = happy student

Pure Pedantry (Jake Young)

Participation Explains Gender Differences in the Proportion of Chess Grandmasters

Principles of Parsimony

The Tyrannosaurus and the Lettuce: A Parable

RealClimate (Gavin Schmidt)

1934 and all that

Respectful Insolence

The deadly deviousness of the cancer cell, or how dichloroacetate (DCA) might fail


What is Evolution?

Science To Life

Addiction-an HBO documentary


PTC124, a Drug Against Genetic Diseases: Overview
Pompe disease, a rare but important genetic condition
10 Tips for How to Use Web 2.0 in Medicine
7 Tips: How to track the information you need!

Scientia Natura: Evolution and Rationality

The healing crusade: A skeptic’s view
On mental illness and some common misconceptions
Faith healing : Nothing more than wishful thinking
A long time ago…

Sentient Developments

The Fermi Paradox Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, either one of them alone, or all three fused into a single article.

Stranger Fruit

Pithecophobes of the World, Unite! Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV, either one of them alone, or all four fused into a single article.

The ‘Verse

One Week

The Daily Transcript

Analysis of tip-usage methods

The Executioners Thong

Cause and Effectiveness
Science Fried days, hope and hype edition

The Other 95%

What the hell is a chaetognath?! Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 fused into a single article.
Sea Squirt Chics Have No Inhibitions
Anemone’s Raise a Tentacle in Support of Evolution
How to Retard Scientific Progress

The Primate Diaries

The Sacrifice of Admetus

The Principles of Neurobiotaxis

On the appopriateness of Paul MacLean’s ‘triune brain’ theory

The Pump Handle

Popcorn Lung Coming to Your Kitchen? The FDA Doesn’t Want to Know

The Questionable Authority

The limits of tolerance
Adam, Eve, and why they never got married
Species and The Economist

The Scientific Activist

Ask a ScienceBlogger: A Sun Ray a Day….
Bush Administration Bravely Fights the New Communist Threat of Children’s Health Insurance

The Tree of Life

Why I am ashamed to have a paper in Science
Adaptationomics Award #1 – Wolbachia DNA sneaking into host genomes

The Voltage Gate

Cutting Down Trees to Save the Forest

Thus Spake Zuska

The Feminist Scientist
Distinguished Schmuck Visits, Misbehaves
Debbie Does Laundry


Why I got into science

WTTF: Welcome to the future

Armani Organs


  1. #1 Chris Clarke
    September 14, 2007
  2. #2 Chris Clarke
    September 14, 2007

    And then he reads the rules more closely. And turns away slightly embarrassed.

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