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Archives for August, 2006

The “Proust Questionnaire” refers to a nineteenth-century parlor game involving a list of personal questions about the respondent’s values and preferences, to be answered in rapid-fire succession. Marcel Proust didn’t invent it, but he may be the most famous person ever to have played. These days, a certain venerable magazine prints an adapted version of…

New Blog: The Scientific Indian

Not only is it a temperate, low-humidity day in New York City, but it’s a beautiful day in cyberspace as well, because today ScienceBlogs has welcomed the 48th member of its community of blogs. The Scientific Indian, written by Selva, won “Best Science/Technology Indiblog” in the Indibloggies awards of 2005. The blog’s tagline is “Science…

Quick Picks on Science Blogs, August 14

“Smacking down more lies about Plan B” “It’s really not that hard to understand, but what’s blocking acceptance are the amazing lies people say about Plan B emergency contraception.” PZ sets it straight, here. “The real Heathrow story….” From A Blog Around the Clock: “Shakes has the quickest, clearest summary (with good additional links) about…

A few tender morsels of readability to get your weekend started out right: “Creationist Turkey should not be let into the EU!” “The headline says, Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds, but here is the money shot: ‘The only country included in the study where adults were more likely than…

From a working journalist’s perspective on the ground in Toronto, to a bench scientist’s appraisal of the hottest research abstracts, three bloggers deliver running commentary on the 16th International AIDS Conference. As part of Seed’s exclusive coverage of the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, ScienceBlogs is hosting a special, short-term blog…

Ask A ScienceBlogger, August 11

To what extent do you worry about AIDS, either with respect to yourself, your children, or the world at large?

New Blog!

Ladies and germs, please say hello to the latest addition to the ScienceBlogs family circus, Molecule of the Day.

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, August 11

“Taxicab Confessions: The Earwax Episode” “I usually try to avoid the subject [of what i do] with some people, because when i say “I study the inner ear” a lot of people feel the need to unload their medical problems regarding earwax upon me.” And: is it a coincidence? Sandra Porter also has a post…

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, August 10

“Platensimycin: Putative New Class of Antibiotic Medication” Scientists from Merck report on a previously unknown class of antibiotic. “A Necessary Twist (Values, part IV)” Why can’t we picture a fifth dimension? Stretch your mind with the fourth installment in Karmen’s series, complete with illustrations by the author. “Debunking the Upper Tail: More on the Gender…

Quick Picks on ScienceBlogs, August 9

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring seven recent ScienceBlogs posts with you, well, these would be the ones to choose. “Extra Special K?” This just in: treatment-refractive depressives respond reall well to…ketamine!? “Where’s the threshold for action?” Kevin Vranes on why overwhelming scientific consensus alone isn’t enough to spur…