Archives for December, 2010

Best Science Books 2010: The Economist

Another list for your reading, gift giving and collection development pleasure. Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming by Paul Edwards Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life by Rob Carlson…

Er, sorry. Apparently it’s one of those weird Internet twitter meme things today that all the kids think are really neet-o and groovy. Anyways, here’s a couple from the blastr post: @StuartPownall: Stormtrooper armour to be investigated after recent firefight leaves no survivors. @MaxReboYouKnow: Death Star construction oversight committee recognized vulnerable defense point in exhaust…

Welcome to YASBC: Occam’s Typewriter

Yes, it was quiet for a while there, but it seems that change and disruption are inevitable in the world of science blogging. Welcome to Yet Another Science Blogging Community: Occam’s Typewriter. Apparently born amidst much controversy and drama, it’s a new community formed mostly (all?) from former Nature Network bloggers. For at least a…

…Instead of a different Creative Commons license, such as CC-BY? Or just with normal copyright restrictions? (You can get an explanation of CC0 here: it implies relinquishing all rights and essentially means releasing something into the public domain.) A good question, one that I attempted to answer as part of my Exploring Open Science session…

Getting Rid of Books: A Heresy Arsenic-associated bacteria (NASA’s claims) The Gatekeeper is Dead! Long live the Gatekeeper The Library: Three Jeremiads The Future of Advertising Web Developers Get Real (Time): The massive amount of real-time information available is leading to new programming approaches Discover more than 3 million Google eBooks from your choice of…

Another bunch of shorter lists for your reading, gift giving and collection development pleasure. LaCrosse Tribune Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside by Brad Steiger Becoming a Doctor: From Student to Specialist, Doctor-Writers Share Their Experiences edited by Lee Gutkind How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We…

Another list for your reading, gift giving and collection development pleasure. This one really annoys me because the list is solely embedded in the text of the article, with no separate listing of the titles or even bolding or italicizing the titles. But that’s just me, I guess. Map of a Nation: A Biography of…

Another bunch of shorter lists for your reading, gift giving and collection development pleasure. Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery and the Genius of the Royal Society edited by Bill Bryson Chamber Four The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca…

Another list for your reading, gift giving and collection development pleasure. The Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot The Most Powerful Idea in the World:…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

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