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Archives for July, 2006

Movable Type Empowerment

It looks like everyone has a new angle on the recent Nature science blog rankings. Now, my blogging platform, Movable Type, is claiming its own bragging rights, noting that 30 of the 50 top science blogs are “powered” by Movable Type. (I guess Movable Type’s idea of empowerment is making you deal with so many…

Celebrating Nikola Tesla

As you may have seen, the web is all abuzz today with news and commentary on the 150th birthday of the scientists and inventor Nikola Tesla. Tesla is probably best known as the inventor of the modern radio, but he had his hands in almost every area of electronics and magnetism research in his day.…

Posting Problems Fixed

It looks like the good folks at Seed (thanks, Tim!) have fixed some of the posting problems that were plaguing ScienceBlogs over the weekend. This means that the system is no longer keeping me from, among other things, using the word “drugs” in my posts. Therefore, I’d encourage you to go back to the now…

This week’s Ask a ScienceBlogger question is: 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? In short, my answer is yes. Although the number of species of mammals cloned has increased, slowly but surely, nobody is cloning their…

On the 29th of June, the Senate finally announced an upcoming vote on HR 810, a bill which would overturn President Bush’s current prohibitions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. As I reported before, the announcement has been anticipated for some time, and many were disappointed when the one year anniversary of the…

Commenting Problems?

Word on the street is that people have had trouble commenting on some of the ScienceBlogs. I don’t think there has been any trouble here, but if you have had any issues, give me an email at scientific.activist@gmail.com so I can fix any problems. Either way, there are a few people back at Seed working…

Since all of my Fantastical Fridays posts so far have been about chemistry or physics, I think it’s time for a change of pace. Here’s a post I wrote a couple of months ago about some more “political” science that had been in the news. (24 January 2006) Now I have an excuse for my…

The Purpose of Nuclear Test Bans

Since I recently wrote about nuclear disarmament, I thought a story from this week’s issue of Nature would be especially relevant. In a news piece and accompanying editorial, Nature discusses the ongoing question of how the US is going to maintain its nuclear arsenal, considering its voluntary moratorium on nuclear testing. The news article lays…

The Next Matt Drudge?

Yes, it’s true. I’ve been called a “budding Matt Drudge.” In a post on the recent Nature science blog rankings, The Tech Chronicles wrote: And Nick Anthis is a budding Matt Drudge. His revelations about a NASA official who was accused of squelching interviews about global warming contributed to the official’s resignation. I’m not really…

This Thursday’s issue of Nature ranks the top 50 science blogs on the internet and, somewhat surprisingly, The Scientific Activist lands in the #5 spot. The top 5, with their Technorati ranks in parentheses, are as follows: Pharyngula (179) The Panda’s Thumb (1,647) RealClimate (1,884) Cosmic Variance (2,174) The Scientific Activist (3,429) You can guess…