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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.

Happy Pi Day!

Today, March 14th (3.14, get it?), math geeks around the world are celebrating pi. Seed’s NYC headquarters did, too, with–what else?–pie!

Prismatic Soap Bubble ScienceBlogs fans will have surely noticed the stunning images featured on our Life Science, Physical Science (above), Environment, Humanities and Technology channels. They’re taken from On the Surface of Things: Images of the Extraordinary in Science, by Harvard organic chemist George Whitesides and photographer Felice Frankel. Frankel, who heads the Envisioning Science…

PZ Myers turned 51 on Sunday. His blog, Pharyngula, is one of our network’s most popular, with a impressive Technorati ranking of 2,491. So this week’s poll is for the PZ fanatics: How many reader comments has Pharyngula received since joining ScienceBlogs (as of March 10)? Click Here for PollOnline Surveys | Web Poll |…

(Many thanks to Ed for the photo!)

Can Kids Be Scared Off Drugs?

In 1986, 22-year-old Boston Celtics forward Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose. This week, DrugMonkey argued that Bias’ death—as opposed to educational programs like DARE—was the major reason why self-reported rates of cocaine use by 20-year-olds dropped from 20% in the mid-1980s to 7% in the early 1990s. So, what do you think: Click…

It’s winter. And here in NYC, that means it’s cold, icy, and generally miserable. Everyone I know is coughing, aching, sneezing, and blowing noses. Ten million sick readers undoubtedly want to know the answer to our latest “Ask A ScienceBlogger” question: What is a Disease? Four scibling responses below the fold…

(This is a guest post written by Mo, the Neurophilosopher.) I’m very pleased to announce that the fantastic Bioephemera has been “acquired” by ScienceBlogs. When I first started reading it, I knew that I had found a unique blog, and it soon became one of my favourites. (More below the fold…)

Latest Reader Survey—Win an iPod!

Take just five minutes to complete our ScienceBlogs reader survey and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a Seed iPod Nano! All survey responses are completely anonymous, and results will be used in the aggregate only. Thanks, and good luck! (Photo from Flickr, by riot jane)

At the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, while chatting with Canadian parliament member Scott Brison, Seed Magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief Adam Bly lamented the Canadian prime minister’s recent decision to fire the country’s science adviser, Arthur Carty. Shocked by the news, Brison brought up the matter on the parliament floor as soon as…

An Interview with PhysioProf

Today Page 3.14 interviews the anonymous PhysioProf, who writes (along with the anonymous DrugMonkey) at our new blog DrugMonkey. (For more about the blog, see Abel’s introductory post.) PP’s responses here are short and sweet—which is odd considering what’s supposedly PP’s “most marked characteristic.” So, PhysioProf, what do you do when you’re not blogging? Basic…