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Remember the bloggies, aka The Weblog Awards? Over the last couple of years, climate science denialists gamed the system to ensure that most of the nominees, and the top “winners,” would be recognized by the Weblog Awards as the top science site. Rumor has it that they cheated to do this, but I don’t know…

Trolls = Sadists?

I don’t have time to dissect or expand on this, and I don’t have the original paper, but I thought it worth noting: Trolls just want to have fun Erin E. Buckels, Paul D. Trapnell, Delroy L. Paulhus Abstract In two online studies (total N = 1215), respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of…

Outing A Pseudonymous Blogger

A few weeks ago, senior Nature Editor Henry Gee “outed” “Isis the Scientist,” an anonymous pseudonymous blogger. I say “anonymous pseudonymous” because “Isis” is a pseudonym but she was also anonymous in that her true identity was not known. Apparently, Isis’s identity has been known to the Internet since 2012. But whatever. Gee took a…

The News From The Great White North

Science Bowl First, I’m very proud to announce that the Wayzata Science Bowl team won in the statewide tournament last night and will be going to Washington DC for the nationals. I mention this because my wife, Amanda, is the coach for the team. This is the only season she’s been their coach, so that’s…

It’s Alive!!!!!!!

You may resume your enjoyment of Scienceblogs.com. Our new servers are up and running.

Danger, Danger Will Robinson!!! Danger!!!

Tonight, November 19th, at the “end of the day” (not clear when that is, probably depends on time zones) Scienceblogs.com will be put in a coma while a server upgrade is implemented. The site will be revived some time tomorrow, November 20th, and after that everything will be fine. NOTHING CAN GO WRONG BECAUSE WE…

Final Update: From Scientific American: Bora Zivkovic resigns from Scientific American STATEMENT FROM SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN October 18, 2013 Bora Zivkovic resigns from Scientific American Following recent events, Bora Zivkovic has offered his resignation from Scientific American, and Scientific American has decided to accept that resignation. The Scientific American Blog Network is a vibrant group of…

#StandWithDNLee … Internet Melt Down

DN Lee is a scientist and science blogger. She was asked to write for one of those annoying re-posting and aggregating sites that we bloggers are often approached by. I’m shocked to find out that this site is actually linked to, business-wise, a reputable site like Scientific American, but that’s another story. Point is, she…

I was recently engaged in a blog battle with Anthony Watts over his insufficiently skeptical (in my opinion) treatment of a discredited report of a meteorite of Martian origin bearing the remains of microscopic organisms. As this argument progressed, some dude on Twitter noted that the credibility of a blog post was determined by the…

Blogger: Be more twitter friendly

Dear Blogger, You should have a “tweet this” button on each blog post. It should open a window with the title of your post and a shortened URL to it. Extra stuff on there is OK but not necessary. Here is what the button with the bird on it (indicating twitter) should NOT do: 1)…