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A milestone for Abel PharmBoy and Happy Birthday to Olduvai George! Chris asks: how to get alienated kids from inner cities interested in nature? This year saw a sharp rise in the number of multi-author scientific papers. This reflects the increasingly collaborative nature of science – no more crazy loners tinkering in their basements. Thus,…

When Wilhelm Johannsen coined the word “gene” back in 1909 (hmmm, less than two years until the Centennial), the word was quite unambiguous – it meant “a unit of heredity”. Its material basis, while widely speculated on, was immaterial for its usefulness as a concept. It could have been tiny little Martians inside the cells,…

There are 52 days until the Science Blogging Conference. The wiki is looking good, the Program is shaping up nicely, and there is more and more blog and media coverage already. The anthology should be published in time for the event. There are already 146 registered participants and if you do not register soon, it…

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Until the 20th century, few people needed money. Apart from salt and iron, everything could be paid for in kind. Economic activity was more a means of making the time pass than of making money, which might explain why one of the few winter industries in the Alps was clock-making. Tinkering with tiny mechanisms made…

New and Exciting in PLoS ONE

There are 35 brand new papers on PLoS ONE tonight and it is difficult for me to pick the most exciting for the week. So, here is one on the effects of night-shift, one on melanopsin and light perception, one on time perception, one on limb regeneration in the Axolotl, a meta-analysis of the soil…

My picks from ScienceDaily

Bear Hunting Altered Genetics More Than Ice Age Isolation: It was not the isolation of the Ice Age that determined the genetic distribution of bears, as has long been thought. This is shown by an international research team led from Uppsala University in Sweden in the latest issue of Molecular Ecology. One possible interpretation is…

Today’s carnivals

Carnival of Space #30 is up on Bad Astronomy Blog The 79th Edition of Carnival of the Godless is up on Sexy Secularist! Friday Ark #166 is up on Modulator Grand Rounds 4.10 are up on Prudence, M.D. Carnival of the Green #105 is up on Great Green Goods Carnival of Homeschooling – Centennial Edition…

There are 53 days until the Science Blogging Conference. The wiki is looking good, the Program is shaping up nicely, and there is more and more blog and media coverage already. The anthology should be published in time for the event. There are already 145 registered participants and if you do not register soon, it…

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The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein

Blogrolling for Today

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