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Archives for February, 2011

n00b Science Blogging 101: Part 1

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of speaking via Skype with Dan Simons‘s graduate-level science writing class. We talked about the ins and outs of academic blogging, and the nature and ecosystem of science communication online, and the students asked some terrific questions. I had asked Dan to ask his students to compile some questions…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Let’s start out with something particularly morbid (though potentially the best lede ever): “What effect do thoughts of death have on a typical person’s desire for sex?” This fascinating post by Christian Jarrett of BPS Research Digest asks, when is death an aphrodisiac? If death…

Most dog owners think that their dogs can tell what they’re thinking. Or at least, in some sense, they will insist that their pet pooches can sense their emotions, and respond accordingly. Indeed, a man by the name of Karl Krall (say that three times fast) thought that there exist some sort of psychic connections…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. So much good stuff this week, it was hard to choose. But choose I must: To start us out, Dr. Sharma of his eponymous blog discusses a new finding in neuroscience: is there a gene that’s associated with the so-called sweet tooth? Livia Blackburne tackles…