Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
— Sir Francis Bacon.

Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) blog carnival was just published! The 23rd edition of Scientia Pro Publica is hosted by Bjørn at Pleiotropy. Bjørn writes about this edition;

It has been a pleasure reading all the submitted posts. It always is. I have increased both my factual knowledge about nature – and thus my horizon – in ways that I think would not be nearly as easy if it wasn’t for the science bloggers. Thank you all.

This time there was a fair number of submissions (I’ve used a couple of statistical methods to estimate the number, which gave a value of 263.29 ± 41 SD), so I’ve separated them into eight different posts to make it easier to navigate them. Use the links above to find the other pages.

As always, let’s make sure that each one of us leaves at least one comment on at least one essay that was included in this carnival. The authors write for us for the love of it, and they love your feedback, too. Since these writers are learning how to better communicate about science, medicine, environment and technology with the public — that’s you and me — they need our help to improve their skills, and they also our encouragement to continue writing for us.


Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) is a traveling blog carnival that celebrates the best science, environment, and medical writing targeted specifically to the public that has been published in the blogosphere within the past 60 days.

Your host for the upcoming 5 April edition is Andrew, author of 360 Degree Skeptic (formerly; The Evolving Mind). To send your submissions to Scientia Pro Publica, either email your submission directly to Scientia Blog Carnival at gmail, use this automated submission form or use the cute little widget on the right (sometimes that widget doesn’t upload when the mother site is nonfunctional). Be sure to include the URL or “permalink”, the essay title and, to make life easier for the host, please include a 2-3 sentence summary. Remember, this blog carnival focuses on communicating to the public, so your essays must be understandable to non-specialists. Further, this blog carnival is not a vehicle for transmitting pseudoscience or advertising — there are plenty of venues available for that.

Since this is a traveling blog carnival, it needs host sites to travel to. If you are interested in hosting this carnival on your blog, please contact me as soon as possible or email Scientia directly. Scientia Pro Publica is published on the first and third Monday of each month, so feel free to choose a particular date, or I’ll assign you the first available date. We are in need of hosts for upcoming issues, starting on 19 July (working schedule for Scientia hosts). You can view the complete archives at the Scientia blog.

Because we’ve received such a large number of submissions once again (50+), we will follow a weekly publishing format starting on 5 April and going through 7 June, when Scientia will resume its twice-monthly publication schedule for the summer. Of course, this means we will need yet more hosts, so please let me know soon if you wish to volunteer for newly available slots.