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Archives for April, 2008

These top stories rounded out the month of April at our European partner site, ScienceBlogs.de. This will also be the last installment of the weekly update prepared and translated by ScienceBlogs.de assistant Anwen Roberts. She’ll be greatly missed. Look for a slightly different format and feel starting next week. Dynamic Science Blogs Benedikt Köhler of…

Rev your engines- ERV has arrived!

ScienceBlogs is proud to announce the newest member of our blogging community: ERV is the pseudonym of Abbie Smith, an Oklahoma-based graduate student who was bound for medical school until a summer internship turned her on to the research track. She now studies HIV and its evolution from a molecular and biochemical perspective. She also…

About a week ago, ScienceBlogger Randy Olson (documentary filmmaker of “Flock of Dodos” fame) left a comment on Shifting Baselines suggesting that the best way to combat anti-science propaganda like “Expelled” is with a pro-science film festival. “Right now, if a high school kid makes a really great video about evolution, where is he or…

For your viewing pleasure, here are the large versions of this week’s channel photos. (Have a photo you’d like to send in? Email it to photos@scienceblogs.com, or assign the tag “sbhomepage” to one of your photos on Flickr. Note: be sure to assign your photo an “attribution only” or “share and share alike” Creative Commons…

Spring has sprung, and so have these stories on our European partner site, ScienceBlogs.de: Nobelist Eric Kandel: “Psychoanalysis needs to move on.” Scienceblogs.de Managing Editor Beatrice Lugger and Klaus Korak from JoVe.com spoke to Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel in Frankfurt. Psychology today still relies on Freud, Kandel says, but should learn to take advantage…

Thank god. Earth Day 2008 has come and gone and we can go back to leisure drives in our Suburbans and liberal watering of our front lawns. Time to ditch those canvas grocery bags- who thinks that far ahead?- and return to good old plastic. It’s not like we’re completely undoing all the good we…

That Whole Pseudonymity Thing

Of the 83 bloggers currently featured on ScienceBlogs.com, 20 write under pseudonyms. Since many of our bloggers frequently write about highly scientific and/or highly controversial topics, some wondered: But but…Can anonymous bloggers be trusted?! On a non-ScienceBlog (gasp!) Greg Laden commented that “The cost to the anonymous blogger is that they should expect to be…

For your viewing pleasure, here are the large versions of this week’s channel photos (but don’t lose the love for the little ones!). (Have a photo you’d like to send in? Email it to photos@scienceblogs.com, or assign the tag “sbhomepage” to one of your photos on Flickr. Note: be sure to assign your photo an…

A forgotten Soviet spaceship finds a permanent home in a German museum, Researchblogging.org opens a European branch, portraits of Nobel Laureates come to ScienceBlogs.de, and a blogger reasons about the causes for soaring global food prices. It’s this week’s top stories from our partner site, ScienceBlogs.de: Final Home for a Space Shuttle The Speyer Museum…

Last Wednesday, Nature released the results of an informal survey about cognitive enhancers—drugs known to improve concentration and counteract fatigue. Twenty percent of the 1,400 international respondents said they had used cognitive enhancers (such as Ritalin and beta blockers) for non-medical reasons to stimulate their focus, concentration or memory. Eighty percent thought that healthy adults…