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The Corporate Masters have decreed a new question Ask a ScienceBlogger question, and this one’s right up my alley: What do you see as science fiction’s role in promoting science, if any? If you look over in the left sidebar, you’ll see a SF category, which is all about, well, science fiction stuff. I read…

The Corporate Masters have posted a new Ask a ScienceBlogger question: The question (submitted by a reader) is this: There are many, many academic bloggers out there feverishly blogging about their areas of interest. Still, there are many, many more academics who don’t. So, why do you blog and how does blogging help with your…

There’s a new “Ask a ScienceBlogger” question out: “A question from a friend’s 9-year old son: What is in the air we breathe? What is it’s chemical composition?” The short answer to this is “a little bit of everything.” Pretty much any substance we have on Earth can be found in the atmosphere somewhere. The…

I’ve been kind of bad about responding to the “Ask a ScienceBlogger” questions lately, but they’ve had a lot of stuff up there that I just don’t have a response for. The most recent question is something I probably ought to post about, though: What’s a time in your career when you were criticized extremely…

Election Rule

I’m officially about three “Ask a ScienceBlogger” questions behind, but I didn’t want to pass this one up completely: What’s the most important local political race to you this year (as a citizen, as a scientist)? It’s tough to say, because the answer is either “all of them” or “none of them.” I thought about…

Nobel Prize Betting Pool

Well, not really. That wouldn’t be legal. But the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2006 is scheduled to be announced next Tuesday, and this clearly calls for some irresponsible speculation. Who do you think will win? How about a guess as to what field of physics will be honored this year? If you think it’ll…

This year marks 25 years since the identification of AIDS as a disease, and Seed is going with blanket coverage. The latest print issue is devoted to AIDS coverage, there’s a temporary group blog covering the International AIDS conference, and this week’s Ask a ScienceBlogger is AIDS-related: To what extent do you worry about AIDS,…

Ask a ScienceBlogger: Science Movies

This week’s Ask a ScienceBlogger is right up my alley: What movie do you think does something admirable (though not necessarily accurate) regarding science? Bonus points for answering whether the chosen movie is any good generally…. A bunch of my co-bloggers have weighed in already, and it’s hard not to duplicate thier choices, so I…

This week’s Ask a ScienceBlogger question breaks a three-week string of topics I have no real opinion on: If you could have practiced science in any time and any place throughout history, which would it be, and why? I have two answers to this question: the true answer, and the answer they’re looking for (below…

This week, Seed asks: On July 5, 1996, Dolly the sheep became the first successfully cloned mammal. Ten years on, has cloning developed the way you expected it to? Answer behind the cut: