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Archives for January, 2009

ScienceBlogs taking a short break…

Hi folks, ScienceBlogs has grown an incredible amount since we got started—our 75 bloggers have composed over 88,000 posts, and as a community we have generated over a million comments. With all this activity, we’ve been feeling some growing pains recently, so this weekend we will be upgrading the software that drives the site. Starting…

With rumors swirling that President-elect Barack Obama has offered CNN Chief Health Correspondent Sanjay Gupta the nomination of Surgeon General—a position that involves serving as the operational head of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps—ScienceBloggers are divided with respect to their support. While some bloggers have described the appointment as “cool” and “a good pick,”…

Though it seems like I’ve been with Seed for an eternity, I’ve actually only been here for three months. I’m pretty excited to be joining some of the ScienceBloggers at ScienceOnline09, but must admit I am a tad nervous about giving a presentation to a whole room of them. That’s why I was especially drawn…

On Tuesday, President Bush garnered favor with marine conservationists in a last-minute move to protect over 195,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean—more than any president in history. The new marine reserve, which includes parts of the Mariana Trench in addition to several coral reefs and atolls, will be protected from mining, fishing, oil exploration…

When Dr. Isis first joined ScienceBlogs, she attracted attention with her bombastic commentary, gravity-defying shoes and a persona that steamrolled the stereotypical image of the safety goggle-wearing white male scientist. Those who oppose her are immediately forced to face their preconceived notions of what it means to be a scientist and acknowledge the gender barriers…

It’s common for students to take tests in large groups, but a new study suggests being exposed to greater competition may inhibit individuals from excelling. ScienceBlogger Jonah Lehrer attributed this finding to a common tendency of the brain to shut down when intimidated instead of working harder. “When it knows that it won’t win the…

Recently, a discussion has sparked on ScienceBlogs over how the word “addiction,” could be used to describe some substances that aren’t necessarily harmful such as antidepressants. Scicurious from Neurotopia points out that if a substance changes one’s physical self, there will be physical effects if that drug is discontinued—a property of addiction. Likewise, PalMD from…

Since December 26, seismologists have observed over 400 seismic events at Yellowstone National Park—a record number of earthquakes for the hot spot which houses the largest supervolcano in North America. Data is still being analyzed to determine what this “swarm”—a sequence of earthquakes similar in magnitude—could mean. ScienceBlogger Greg Laden will be following the events…

In this week’s featured episode of Science Saturday from Bloggingheads, George Johnson and John Horgan returned with new insight on the controversy provoked by their last appearance, including some negative comments directed toward ScienceBlogger Abbie from ERV.

Science writer Rebecca Skloot—who contributes to Popular Science, the New York Times, and Discover, among other publications—is also a blogger, and starting this week she’ll be moving her blog Culture Dish over to ScienceBlogs. Her blog covers a wide array of science issues, with a particular focus on biology and medicine—which are also featured in…