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Permit me a wee bit of nepotism. My brother Ben is on ABC News: World News tonight to celebrate National Dictionary Day. He talks about how language evolves in weird ways. It’s already on their web cast here

Chris Sloan, a senior editor at National Geographic Magazine, points me to a cluster of new blogs he and others at NG have just launched. Sloan’s own blog includes a refreshingly frank discussion of the forged-fossil controversy NG was involved in a few years ago. Science Blogs meanwhile continued to absorb blogs in Borg-like fashion.…

Talking to Craig Venter

Last week I appeared on bloggingheads.tv, talking about life in all its weirdness with science writer John Horgan. The folks at bloggingheads.tv wondered if I’d come back, perhaps bringing along a scientist to talk to. I said, Of course. The scientist I’ve invited along is Craig Venter. In the 1990s Venter pioneered methods for sequencing…

Science Writing: A Workshop

In January I’ll be running a workshop for science graduate students at Yale about how to write about science for non-scientists. It’s going to be the second time around for me; last year’s trial run was a wonderful experience, which confirmed to me that scientists-in-training these days want very much to be engaged in the…

New Banner, Little Bugs

I just installed a new banner from Carl Buell up top. Sort of 2001 meets parasitoid wasps. It’s making the rest of the blog act funny for reasons I cannot divine, so the tech gods have been appealed to.

The Scientist recently asked me to name the three best life-science blogs. I just sent them three ones I enjoy and read a lot–I find this sort of ranking to be interesting but fundamentally artificial. (I’d recommend all of the blogs on my blogroll on the left of your screen.) I didn’t realize that the…

My first book, At the Water’s Edge, was graced by illustrations by the marvelous Carl Buell. He’s got a lot of irons in the fire these days, including Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters, which publishes this month. Paleontologist Donald Prothero is the author, and it’s packed with illustrations such as this…

Link Love: Surrender Your Data!

I just took a survey about blogs about science, and you should too. Here’s the description: This survey attempts to access the opinions of bloggers, blog-readers, and non-blog folk in regards to the impact of blogs on the outside world. The authors of the survey are completing an academic manuscript on the impact of science…

Link Love: Pulse of the Planet

You may be familiar with Pulse of the Planet as a radio show about nature, but Jim Metzner, its producer, just let me know that it now sports a pretty extensive web site, including a selection of diaries from scientists studying everything from lightning to sea turtles. Check it out.

As I’ve mentioned before, my brother Ben also blogs. An editor at Oxford American Dictionaries, he writes about words over at “From A to Zimmer.” Not surprisingly, our blogs usually don’t overlap. But Ben’s latest entry–on very, very long words, has prompted me to pose a question of my own here. In his post, “Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism!”,…