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Archives for July, 2010

Write a Science Poem

PZ Myers tipped me off to a science poetry contest: Dr. Charles is having a Poetry Contest, with wonderful prizes to be awarded to the winner with the best poem about “experiencing, practicing, or reflecting upon a medical, scientific, or health-related matter.” Rules, details, and submission guidelines here. And if you do come up with…

The Vision of Scienceblogs

Did you know that Scienceblogs has a vision statement? It might be hard to find. You have to scroll alllllllll the way down to the very bottom of any page on the network, and click About Scienceblogs. Here is what it says:

Open Lab 2010!

So this year, super science blogger Ben Young Landis was supposed to be guest editor for Open Lab, but alas, he has gotten a new job and will be moving and will no longer be able. So that meant that series editor Bora, aka the Blogfather, aka Papa Smurf, needed a new editor. And he…

There’s been lots of talk lately about the future of science blogging, in general, and the purpose and nature of blogging communities or networks, more specifically. If you haven’t read Bora’s post, you should. Even if you aren’t specifically interested in SCIENCE blogging, as it relates to new media in general. From the outset I…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Scicurious delights and entertains while explaining a study all about rat urine, in song and rhyme. She instructs: If You’re Happy And You Know It, Smell Some Pee. Christian Jarrett of BPS Research Digest asks, Did you see the unicycling clown? More Vodka! It should…

From the archives… Figure 1: Does Mickey feel empathy? It probably depends on how you define empathy. Empathy, by any definition, implies emotional sensitivity to the affective state of another. Sometimes the empathy response is automatic or reflexive, like when babies start to cry upon hearing another baby crying. Sometimes a strong cognitive component is…

Dogs on the ‘Net

Only a few minutes today to get out a few interesting links, because I’m busy writing up an IACUC proposal. First, a post on dogs from one of the Psychology Today blogs. I think he’s mostly wrong. And will probably spend some time over the weekend writing a post about it. Second, another post on…

It’s been a pretty long stressful week around here, and not just because of Pepsipocalypse and the resulting fallout. But, well, I’m back, and I have an awesome paper to tell you about. When I saw it I just KNEW it had to be blogged. Mythbuster Adam Savage sets the yawning in motion in Mythbusters…

Here are my ResearchBlogging Editor’s Selections for this week. First, something near and dear to our hearts. BPS Research Digest explains a recent paper investigating the links between bloggers’ personalities and their word choices. “Some commentators have suggested that the internet allows people to present idealised versions of themselves to the world. Contrary to that…

Still here, for now

Well, well, well. After spending the day dismantling and rebuilding my lab (which, to my slight surprise, was actually super fun), I return to some good news (relative to the bad news that’s been flying around here over the last couple days). 1. The Pepsi blog has been shuttered. Here’s the official notice from SEED/SB…