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I know many of you are trembling in anticipation: “Did I make it this year?”. Well, it’s like the Oscars – the Academy Awards are kept tightly under wraps until the moment the envelope is opened.

The list of entries was long, and full of excellent posts – this was hard to judge!

And, Jennifer Rohn, this year’s Editor, just handed me the envelope. Trust me – I have not seen the list of winners myself until now.

And, the winners are…..

Adventures in Ethics and Science: Research with vulnerable populations: considering the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (part 1).

All My Faults are Stress-Related: Data, Interpretations and Field Work

Bad Astronomy: WR 104: A nearby gamma-ray burst?

Bayblab: A History of Beardism and the Science that Backs It

Cabinet of Wonders: A Rule of Thumb

Catalogue of Organisms: Are You Sucking on a Lemon or a Lime?

Charles Darwin’s Blog: Someone should invent a device to look at the micro world

Cognitive Daily: How to make your eye feel like it’s closed, when it’s actually open

Cosmic Variance: The First Quantum Cosmologist

Dear Blue Lobster: Bloop: A Crustacean Phenomenon?

Denialism blog: Fountain pens

Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde: Why I blog….

Effect Measure: Important new flu paper in Cell: part I

Green Gabbro: The Igneous Petrology of Ice Cream

Hope for Pandora: Dear Reviewer

The Beagle Project Blog: Detecting natural selection: a pika’s tale

Laelaps: Who scribbled all over Darwin’s work?

Life, Birds, and Everything: Do we see what bees see?

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Audubon’s Aviary: Portraits of Endangered Species

Mad Scientist, Jr.: Brain Extractions

Marmorkrebs: How Marmorkrebs can make the world a better place

Mind the Gap: In which science becomes a sport – hypothetically speaking

Minor Revisions: To Whom it May Concern

Nano2Hybrids: What IS a carbon nanotube?

Neurotic Physiology: Uber Coca, by Sigmund Freud, (reposted on Neurotopia 2.0: Uber Coca, by Sigmund Freud)

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Space Invader DNA jumped across mammalian genomes

Nothing’s Shocking: Poster session paparazzi

Observations of a Nerd: Having Some Fun With Evolution

Plus magazine – news from the world of maths: United Kingdom – Nil Points

Podblack Blog: Smart Bitches, Not Meerly Sex

Pondering Pikaia: Social Clocks: How do cave bats know when it is dark outside?

Providentia: Dr. Fliess’ Patient

Quintessence of Dust: Finches, bah! What about Darwin’s tomatoes?

Reciprocal Space: I get my kicks from thermodynamicks!

Rubor Dolor Calor Tumor: Calor?

Science After Sunclipse: Physics Makes a Toy of the Brain

Sciencewomen: A reckless proposal, or ‘Scientists are people too, and it’s time we started treating them that way.’

Terra Sigilatta: Liveblogging the Vasectomy Chronicles

The End Of The Pier Show: On The Hardness of Biology

The Loom: Even Blood Flukes Get Divorced

The OpenHelix Blog: The Beginnings of Immunofluorescence

The Oyster’s Garter: How a coccolithophore without its plates is like a grin without a cat

The Scientist: On the Nature of Networking

The Tree of Life: What is so bad about brain doping? Apparently, NIH thinks something is.

Tom Paine’s Ghost: Biochemistry of Halloween: Installment 1

Tomorrow’s Table: 10 Things about GE crops to Scratch From Your Worry List

Uncertain Principles: We Are Science

Wired Science Blog: Correlations: The Third Branch of Science?

A canna’ change the laws of physics: Expect The Unexpected

The winners in the poetry and cartoon categories will be announced tomorrow, right here, same place, same time.

Update: the winners in the cartoon and poetry categories are:

xkcd: Purity

Digital Cuttlefish: The Evolutionary Biology Valentine’s Day Poem


  1. #1 Stephanie Z
    January 3, 2009

    W00t! There is some truly excellent writing here (and the rest is just writing I haven’t gotten to reading yet, I’m sure).

  2. #2 Blake Stacey
    January 3, 2009

    I know many of you are trembling in anticipation: “Did I make it this year?”.

    Actually, I’d almost entirely forgotten about it — but it’s good to be anthologized, anyway! 🙂

  3. #3 Coturnix
    January 3, 2009

    If you are an author of one of the above 50 posts, check your e-mail (especially whatever e–mail address you have displayed on your blog). If you did not get anything, or you do not display any contact information, please e-mail me ASAP. The posts are in their rough form right now – we need you to get busy editing and formatting, so the book can come out in two weeks!

  4. #4 Mary
    January 3, 2009

    Wow, thanks so much–what a day brightener!

    I will look for the email and have the edits in ASAP. That might be something fun to do while I’m at Jury Duty on Wednesday….

  5. #5 Coturnix
    January 3, 2009

    Correction: the e-mails with detailed formatting instructions will be sent out tomorrow.

  6. #6 Mimi
    January 3, 2009

    Congratz everyone! 😀

  7. #7 Podblack
    January 3, 2009



    I is recognised Science Blogger!!! With SEXY post!!! 😀

  8. #8 Coturnix
    January 3, 2009

    Feel free to (self)congratulate on your blogs 😉

  9. #9 Podblack Blog
    January 3, 2009

    I think it’s only apt that this comes out at the same time as the announcement of a new Doctor Who…


  10. #10 Coturnix
    January 3, 2009

    I think once we purged out spam, duplicates, etc. we had 518 entries in the running. It was not easy cutting that down to 50. But all 50 (and a couple of hundred more, which, unfortunately cannot be included) are excellent. Thank you all.

  11. #11 Toaster
    January 3, 2009


    Thanks, y’all. I submitted my post without really expecting anything, I figured that my rarely updated blog would be easily eclipsed by the larger, more prolific, and more experienced science bloggers. But still, even though my expectations were low, I am flabbergasterly honored. Thanks a lot.

  12. #12 Romeo Vitelli
    January 3, 2009

    Thanks for the honour. I’ll look forward to that email.

  13. #13 Sheri Williamson
    January 4, 2009

    WOO HOO! And what auspicious company – I’m having a Sally Field moment!

    I haven’t received the formatting e-mail, but I’ll be looking for it tomorrow. Now, if I can just find a photo of a crowing rooster for my self-congratulatory post on LB&E…

  14. #14 Karen James
    January 4, 2009

    This totally takes the sting out of having to go back to work tomorrow. Thank you Bora and Jennifer, and thank you judges!

  15. #15 Kamel
    January 4, 2009

    Wow, that’s exciting news! Thanks to Bora, Jennifer and the judges. I’m looking forward to catching up on the rest of those excellent posts!

  16. #16 Sean Carroll
    January 4, 2009

    Thanks for all the work, Bora and Jenny. It’s great to be selected!

  17. #17 GrrlScientist
    January 4, 2009

    wow, i am thrilled. i was certain i would not make it into this year’s OpenLab — but I always think this! — so being included is an amazing and wonderful accomplishment, as it always is! many thanks to the judges and to the nominators who enjoyed my writing enough to submit and vote to include it in this year’s collection!

  18. #18 Marilyn Terrell
    January 5, 2009

    Congratulations all! Now I have so much more reading to do. I love everything on GrrlScientist’s excellent blog, Living the Scientific Life(Interrupted) so I’m glad her Audubon review was a winner; I also enjoyed “The Igneous Petrology of Ice Cream” on Green Gabbro, which I sent to BoingBoing: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/08/21/ice-cream-is-an-igne.html

  19. #19 Heather
    January 5, 2009

    So far, a consistently excellent selection in the sample I’ve read so far. It will make for many hours of procrastination. Many kudos to the whole volunteer staff for winnowing the entries down – and thank you for keeping both lists up, Bora, as it’s fun to dip back from time to time.

  20. #20 Miriam
    January 5, 2009

    Eeeee! Thank you!

  21. A glass of sherry raised in the direction of all concerned.

  22. #22 Podblack
    January 25, 2009

    I was just wondering… will there be a little badge, like last year? To put on the blog? 🙂 I’d like one, please! 🙂

  23. #23 Coturnix
    January 25, 2009

    Yes, there will be!

  24. #24 thomas
    February 14, 2009

    When will the anthology be available?

  25. #25 Kris
    March 5, 2009

    Entering this competition and subsequently being selected as one of the top 50 has inspired me to host a competition of my own on the blog Tom Paine’s Ghost. Posting subject matter is broad – free thought. The theme is multimedia integration. creating a post that fluidly integrates as many forms of media as possible – text, photos vidoeo, ppt etc etc. Read more and enter your submissions through the blog at http://www.tompainesghost.com/2009/02/post-with-most-on-tom-paines-ghost_23.html

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