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Archives for January, 2009

President Obama’s inaugural address yesterday was met with enthusiasm by ScienceBloggers, who were particularly pleased by his promise to “restore science to its rightful place.” But it was the inclusion of “non-believers” among the nation’s religions that prompted the most discussion.William Connolley of Stoat called it “a token nod” in the midst of a mostly…

The annual ScienceOnline convention held in North Carolina concluded on Sunday after a weekend of rousing conversations on a variety of science- and blogging-related topics, and the blogosphere is abuzz in reflection. As pioneers in the science blogging comunity, ScienceBlogs ‘Sciblings’ were quite a presence at the event with 20 in attendance—many of whom led…

In this week’s Science Saturday, science writers Chris Mooney and Carl Zimmer look ahead at the scientific controversies and discoveries of the coming year. Will Craig Venter finally produce artificial life in 2009? Will NASA find proof of Martian life? Will the public become even less informed about science? And perhaps most importantly, will Obama’s…

Today kicks off the first day of events of the third annual ScienceOnline conference in North Carolina. Founded in 2007 by veteran ScienceBlogger, Coturnix from A Blog Around the Clock, ScienceOnline is the first conference devoted to discussing science as its role changes with the expansion of the internet. Several ScienceBloggers have traveled far and…

Scientists across the globe have put out a call to help two AIDS researchers being held prisoner in Iran. Accused of forming a “velvet revolution” and charged with “communicating with an enemy government,” the researchers were reportedly exchanging scientific information with colleagues—a crucial scientific practice—in order to successfully implement public health measures in Iran to…

In the emergent era of Big Science, will the work of small-scale genetics labs be overwhelmed—or worse, rendered obsolete—by massive genome studies like the International HapMap Project? Dan MacArthur of Genetic Future thinks that a happy equilibrium could be reached between the two approaches. “Big Genetics generates far more data than its participants can ever…

The Buzz: What is Science?

Lately some ScienceBloggers have taken to tackling the age-old philosophical question, “What is science?” The ScienceBlogs mothership itself, Seed Media Group, has tackled this definition by assuming the mantra “Science is culture,” while Matt Springer from Built on Facts argues the simplistic yet controversial view that science is “the testing of ideas,” and Chad Orzel…

The Buzz: Music as Morphine?

It’s been hypothesized that music may mitigate physical pain, a by-product of many medical procedures, but this has always been hard to test due to the wide range of music preferences. In a recent study that capitalized on mp3 player mania, researchers tested this theory by allowing subjects to listen to their own pre-made play…

This week, our regularly scheduled “Science Saturday” feature has become “Science Monday” due to some technical difficulties during our most recent upgrade. But the video is now up and features some of our very own bloggers, Janet (AKA Dr. Freeride) from Adventures in Ethics and Science, and Peter Lipson (AKA Dr. Pal) who contributes to…

Success! ScienceBlogs is now running on Movable Type 4. For now, everything should work just as it did prior to the upgrade (and hopefully more smoothly). In the next few weeks you’ll start to see some updates to the design of the site, and, as we figure out how best to make use of the…