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What Post(s) Should I Submit to Open Lab?

Every year, the best science blog posts are collected in a book, the Open Laboratory (here are the 2006 and 2007 editions). Last year’s edition included my cartoon, The Lab Fridge. It wasn’t my best post of the year, but it filled one of the niche categories published in the book.

Bora has been soliciting submissions for this year’s edition of Open Lab. I’ve dug through my archives and found a few posts that I think are worthy of submission. Unfortunately, I’m the worst judge of my own writing, so I need some help. I’ve provided links to the short list of my best blogging of 2008 (up ’til now). Go check them out and let me know which one you like best.

  • These Are the People at Your Departmental Seminar: Do you ever sit in a boring departmental seminar and scope out the other folks in the room? You’ll pick up some odd behaviors. Like the guy picking his nose — gross! Or the secret couple that can’t be open about their relationship because it breaks some university policy sitting a bit too close to one another. Well, here are a few folks that you’ll probably see in every departmental seminar.
  • Varmus Screws the Pooch: Harold Varmus was interviewed by Ira Flatow for NPR’s Science Friday program about the NIH’s new policy requiring that research publications presenting results funded by the NIH be deposited in PubMed Central (the NIH’s free online archive of biomedical journal articles) within a year of publication. Unfortunately, Varmus struggled to point out the big differences between open access and pay-access journals.
  • Whad’ya Know About Protists?: An episode of the NPR show Whad’ya Know contained a very egregious example of someone knowing just enough biology to get themselves in trouble. The sad part was that the person should have known better. Why? She teaches biology at the university level.
  • The Probability of Winning the NBA Draft Lottery: The lottery is weighted in favor of the worst teams, and sports journalists are often surprised when the worst teams do not win the first three picks in the draft.
  • How many genes do you share with your twentieth cousin?: It depends on how you define “gene”, and I explain why.

free polls What post should I submit to Open Lab?
These Are the People at Your Departmental Seminar
Varmus Screws the Pooch
Whad’ya Know About Protists?
The Probability of Winning the NBA Draft Lottery
How many genes do you share with your twentieth cousin?


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