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Virginia Hughes

www.virginiahughes.com

Virginia Hughes is a journalist who writes about brains, genes, medicine and history for the likes of Nature, New Scientist, and Popular Science. Before coming to Phenomena, she contributed to the delightfully quirky science blog The Last Word on Nothing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, land of artisanal basketball stadiums and rich dog walkers, with her husband and whip-smart dog.

Celebrate One Million Comments!

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed by now, we’ve reached more than 1,000,000 comments on our network! W00t! To celebrate, from September 14-29, our bloggers are setting up parties all over the U.S. and abroad. Click on the map below to see if there’s a party near you. Below the fold is the complete list of where…

1,000,000 Comments!!

Well, we’ve done it. Just over one year has passed since we hit 500,000 comments, and now, September 16, 2008, at 8:32 a.m. Eastern Time, we’ve reached 1,000,000. Hooray! Check out the ScienceBlogs homepage throughout the day; we’ll be rotating some of what we thought were the best of the million. If you’re near a…

As everybody’s talking about, the snazzy new version of ResearchBlogging.org launched on Tuesday. Powered by Seed Media Group Technology, ResearchBlogging now has a host of new features, including multi-language capability, subject-specific RSS feeds, and profiles of registered users. ResearchBlogging was the brain child of Dave Munger, a writer, a science educator, and half of the…

Live From Netroots Nation!

I’m blogging live from a very hot Austin, Texas, at the Netroots Nation conference! Officially, Netroots Nation (formerly YearlyKos) “amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate.” They’re certainly right about that free exchange of…

How To Read ScienceBlogs

ScienceBlogs is, without question, the largest online conversation about science. We have 71 blogs, almost 70,000 posts and 850,000 comments. How does one reader keep up?! One of the easiest ways is to subscribe to the ScienceBlogs Weekly Recap, a fun email newsletter that summarizes the previous week’s happenings. Find out more ways to read—with…

Last week, a bunch of sciblings wrote about a study from Purdue psychologists suggesting that high consumption of artificial sweeteners is linked to obesity. In the study—published in Behavioral Neuroscience in February—rats fed a sugar substitute gained significantly more weight than those fed regular glucose. Not gonna lie: As someone who consumes those sweet yellow…

Are you a homebody?

Last week, the ScienceBloggers wrote about a new study in Nature in which scientists tracked the cellphone habits of 100,000 Europeans and found that people rarely strayed from familiar locations—their homes and workplaces. It made me wonder….Are our readers homebodies, too? Click Here for PollSurveys | Online Polls | Idea ManagementView MicroPoll Want to know…

New Reader Poll: Mac or PC?

Everybody loves those Mac commercials…you know, with Mac and PC anthropomorphized? (Greg Laden’s got a few spoofs with Ms. Linux, too.) Many of the ScienceBloggers swear by Macs and the Mac OX operating system. Others say that they have to use Windows for a lot of specialized lab software. I thought it’d be an interesting…

Phoenix Lands!

After a 10-month, 420-million-mile journey, NASA’s Phoenix probe touched down on Mars’ northern Arctic Circle at 4:53 p.m. Pacific Time Sunday, becoming the first to ever successfully reach a polar region of the Red Planet. And boy are the ScienceBloggers excited! For the next three months, Phoenix will dig into the soil to find out…

Monday night, the British Parliament voted on embryo science laws for the first time in nearly 20 years. After weeks of debate, the House of Commons voted 336 to 176 to reject a proposed ban on the use of human-animal hybrid embryos in scientific research. Human-animal hybrids were first created in 2003, by Chinese scientists…