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The cockchafer speech

The what??? Well, you see, one of the traditional events at the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting is the annual cockchafer speech. Let me explain that. The first conference in 1951 ended with a gathering of all attending Nobel laureates and their host, Count Lennart Bernadotte, to take a group photograph. Unfortunately it turned out that…

Cute Inspired By Cute

When considering the virality of internet memes—that is, the likelihood that a given item of web goodness will be passed from one person to another as fast as you can press Control+C, Control+V and send—there are many theories as to what causes these explosions of web transference. But examining pieces of Internet phenomena from the…

Monday, January 26, ScienceBlogger Chris Mooney will be a guest on The Colbert Report, hosted by the one and only Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. Mooney and Colbert will discuss Bush’s “war on science” and how the Obama administration can change the scientific climate in America. Mooney is a contributor to The Intersection where he…

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…

Mac vs. PC Transformers Deathmatch

I came across this video floating in the ScienceBlogs back channels and decided it is way too cool to not post. Try watching this without feeling some kind of deep-seated nationalistic impulse stir within you. I never was much of a sporto, but I think this must be what frat boys feel when they watch…

(Many thanks to Ed for the photo!)

Hello from Day 1 of the 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference! I just had a late lunch at the hotel restaurant with Dave, Bora, and some other conference participants. As we were walking into the restaurant, and past a large and colorful buffet table, NC-native Dave says to me, “Yeah, people from North Carolina…

Meet freelance journalist Enrique J. Gili of commonground, who’d like to remind everyone that Payment Must Be Received Within 30 Days of Date on Invoice. What’s your name? Enrique J. Gili, third in a long line of Enriques. What do you do when you’re not blogging? I’m a gainfully under-employed freelance writer covering LOHAS (Lifestyle…

Lego My Scientist

Alan Saunders, a.k.a. Kaptain Kobold, is a 42-year-old computer programmer and former biology student from Staines, England. He uses Lego blocks to depict famous scientists at work. “I have no idea why I started making Lego scientist scenes,” says Saunders, who’s married with two children, one cat, two guinea pigs, “and couple of cockroaches.” His…

Hello, and welcome to the Sweet Sixteen round of the Science Spring Showdown—ScienceBlogs’ answer to March Madness. (Feeling confused? Catch yourself up on what this is all about, here). The phrase “Mad as a March Hatter” might be apposite. But be that as it may, Page 3.14 is nothing short of delighted to host the…