A Blog Around The Clock

Well, The Day has arrived! After reading all of the 486 entries at least once (and many 2-3 times) and after calculating all of the judges’ ratings of all the posts, Reed Cartwright and I are happy to announce which blog posts will be published in the second science blogging anthology, the “Open Laboratory 2007”.

First, I want to thank the judges (at least those who do not wish to remain anonymous – let me know if I missed one of you) for spending their holiday break reading, commenting on and grading all the submitted posts and making our job that much easier. Those are: Anna Kushnir, Greta Munger, Tiffany Cartwright, Karen James, Anne-Marie, Michelle Kiyota, The Ridger, Abel PharmBoy, John Dupuis, Blake Stacey, Greg Laden, Michael Rathbun, Jeremy Bruno, Egon Willighagen, Martin Rundkvist, Arunn Narasimhan, Mike Dunford, Steve Matheson, Brian Switek, Kevin Zelnio, Alex Palazzo, John Wilkins and Mike Bergin (and one or more anonymous referees). Please visit their sites, look around, boost their traffic and say Hello.

Like last year, the book will be published by Lulu.com, the on-demand online book publisher based here in the Triangle area of North Carolina.

I will post occasional updates on the process of turning all these posts into a book, which should be published and up for sale just in time for the 2nd Science Blogging Conference. And now, here are the winners…drumroll please…

The Poem:

Digital Cuttlefish

Much Ado About…The Brain?

The Comic:


The Lab Fridge


10000 Birds

In Memory of Martha

Star Stryder

You are the Center of the Universe (and so am I, and so is Gursplex on Alpha Eck)

The Panda’s Thumb

Stuck on you, biological Velcro and the evolution of adaptive immunity and Behe vs Sea Squirts, fused into a single article.

Bad Astronomy

Happy New Year Arbitrary Orbital Marker!


Would you give your baby someone else’s breast milk?

Anterior Commissure

Why we bond – Individual recognition, evolution, and brain size

Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

How Much LSD Does It Take to Kill an Elephant


Visiting the Wenas mammoth and Looking for drowned mammoths fused into a single essay.


Science And Democracy III

The Questionable Authority

Adam, Eve, and why they never got married


Measure twice, average once

Bootstrap Analysis

Shrew party

Cocktail Party Physics

Genie in a Bottle

Evolving Thoughts


Coffee Talk

What is the meaning of (grad student) life?

A Blog Around The Clock

The Scientific Paper: past, present and probable future


Your Folks, My Folks in Prehistory

Creek Running North

Breathing in, breathing out

Thoughts from Kansas

Neither means, motive nor opportunity: a guide to dysteleology

Deanne Taylor’s blog

Faculty diversity in science

Deep-Sea News

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


SMILES and Aromaticity: Broken?

Duas Quartunciae

The Evolution of Wings

Effect Measure

Tamiflu resistance: digging beneath the headlines

The End Of The Pier Show

No Girrafes On Unicycles Beyond This Point

The Loom

Build Me A Tapeworm

The Pump Handle

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

Denialism blog

The Road to Sildenafil – A history of artifical erections

The Other 95%

Anemones Raise a Tentacle in Support of Evolution

Highly Allochthonous

Testability in Earth Science

Invasive Species Weblog

Square Pegs


Homo sapiens: What We Think About Who We Are (Redux)

Life of a Lab Rat

Riding with the King (also found here)

Living the Scientific Life

Schemochromes: The Physics of Structural Plumage Colors

The Primate Diaries

The Sacrifice of Admetus


The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times

All of My Faults Are Stress Related

The Sound of Mylonites


In the eyes of the Aye-ayes

Mind the Gap

In which I leap into the Void, In which I lift my finger from the ‘pause’ button, In which I contemplate the road taken, not taken, then re-taken and In which I rejoice in muscle memory fused into a single essay.

Omni Brain

How moving your eyes in a specific way can help you solve a problem

Minor Revisions



Sloppy Thinking about Homeopathy from The Guardian


An illustrated history of trepanation

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.


Segmentation genes evolved undesigned

Pondering Pikaia

Moving Mountains

Quintessence of Dust

They selected teosinte…and got corn. Excellent!

Adventures in Ethics and Science

Getting ethics to catch on with scientists

Schneier on Security



Shor, I’ll Do It

Stranger Fruit

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

Update: Thanks to people who have linked to this post and spread the news: Corie Lok, Karen James, Egon Willighagen, Martin Rundkvist, Steve Matheson, Brian Switek, Mike Bergin, RPM, Reed Cartwright, Phil Plait, Shelley Batts, John McKay, Sabine Hossenfelder, Josh Rosenau, Craig McClain, Carl Zimmer, Jennifer Forman Orth, Richard Grant, Grrrlscientist, Afarensis, Steve Higgins, post-doc, Mo, John Lynch, Neil Saunders, Seed Daily Zeitgeist, Edwin Bendyk, Microecos, crazyharp81602, Reed Cartwright (pick up your badges here), Chad Orzel, Carl Feagans, Larry Moran, The Ridger, John Dupuis, Jake Young, Massimo Morelli, Revere, King Aardvark, Grrrlscientist, Brandon, Podblack Cat, Alex Palazzo, Graham Steel, Sciencewoman


  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    January 2, 2008

    Hearty congratulations to all the lucky winners!

  2. #2 Phil Plait
    January 2, 2008

    Wow, what a great list! Thanks for picking one of mine, too. I’m looking forward to seeing them in print!

  3. #3 Steve Higgins
    January 2, 2008

    “lucky winners” pshh…. its sweet sweet blogging skillz – not luck! lol

  4. #4 Carl Zimmer
    January 2, 2008

    I thank you, and the tapeworms thank you too.

  5. #5 greensmile
    January 2, 2008

    Looks like some interesting reading. Standing by for my standing “buy” at lu-lu.

  6. #6 greensmile
    January 2, 2008

    the “Nestle’ Dark Matter” illustration from the Back Reaction post might have been a good cartoon entry all by itself!

  7. #7 Laelaps
    January 2, 2008

    Excellent picks! I can’t wait to see all the winning posts in print (and thanks for picking one of mine, too).

  8. #8 "GrrlScientist"
    January 2, 2008

    i am so pleased that one of mine was included, too! i can hardly wait to tell my readers how to purchase their copy of this book.

  9. #9 The Ridger
    January 2, 2008

    Lovely list of final choices. Great job.

  10. #10 Crazyharp81602
    January 2, 2008

    Shoot! I lost! 🙁

  11. #11 Coturnix
    January 2, 2008

    Thank you all. I wish we could include more. We could have made additional five volumes without reducing the overall quality. Making the decisions was really hard!

  12. #12 Shelley
    January 2, 2008

    Thanks for picking my drugged out elephants!

  13. #13 Kim
    January 2, 2008

    Thanks, Bora and Reed and all the judges, for spending your holidays reading so many submissions. Grading and judging, even when the writing is good, is hard work!

  14. #14 Andria
    January 3, 2008

    Thanks for your long list of suggestions! It must be excellent.

  15. #15 AAA
    July 29, 2009

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