This week’s issue of Nature features a list of the top five science blogs, based on Technorati rankings for number of incoming links, narrowly defining its science blogs as blogs written by working scientists.

Not surprisingly, a ScienceBlogs blog Pharyngula came out on top at number one, followed by that stalwart resource for information about evolution and the debunking of creationism, The Panda’s Thumb. Coming in at number five is new ScienceBlog The Scientific Activist. Not a bad showing at all, with seven of the top ten science blogs belonging to the ScienceBlogs collective, particularly given ScienceBlogs’ representation by Carl Zimmer’s The Loom in a separate list of the top five blogs by science writers.

So who’s number six?

That’s right, baby, Orac is number sixalmost in the top five–with another fellow ScienceBlogger, Tara Smith right behind at number seven and other ScienceBlogs Cognitive Daily and Effect Measure behind her.

But, being the hard-driving surgeon, is that good enough? Of course not! Orac will not stop until the entire world is Respectfully Insolent™ (either that, or until he either dies, his job forces him to give up blogging, or he decides to be like Sherwin Nuland and start writing books or something).

But how can I break into the top five?

An old Star Trek episode comes to mind. Remember how officers advanced in the evil version of the Federation in Mirror, Mirror?

No need to worry, though, Nick. No need at all. I’m just kidding.


Trust me, I’m a surgeon. My blades are only used to heal.

Or maybe I just need to get off my duff and start writing more additions to my Medicine and Evolution series. It’s been a while.


  1. #1 Dan R.
    July 6, 2006

    You could always sell out like Jake (Pure Pedantry):

    A good public service announcement, Lindsey Lohan in a bikini.

    Could finish up that Derm residency, and increase your surgeon business as well… Its the best of all worlds 🙂

  2. #2 Dr. Free-Ride
    July 6, 2006

    Mirror Mirror is the Best. Star Trek. Episode. Ever. Spock with a goatee? ’nuff said.

  3. #3 Catherina
    July 6, 2006

    cool, can you put that on your CV?

    “editorial coverage in Nature”

  4. #4 David Harmon
    July 6, 2006

    The question is, did you get “docked” for the insolence, or for the respect? 🙂 Congrats! And also on your professional transition….

    PS: I still have to sign *out* from Typekey before I can comment here…

  5. #5 Dianne
    July 6, 2006

    Trust me, I’m a surgeon.

    That’s nearly as good a line as “I’m from the government. I’m here to help.”

  6. #6 Julia
    July 9, 2006

    “I am not a number! I am a case-sensitive alphanumeric identifier!”

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