The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for March, 2011

Earlier this week, friend-of-the-blog and Open Lab 2010 finalist Stephen Curry tweeted this picture, with the caption “Reaching the next generation with #openlab” This is why I do what I do.

So I Was Interviewed…

…For a feature article in this week’s Nature on how scientists go about developing and managing online personas. You can check out the article – for free – here. It’s a good article, and you’ll probably recognize some other familiar faces (e-faces? blog-faces?) in it as well. While the interview, which I did back in…

In case you haven’t procured your copy of Open Lab yet, you might consider taking advantage of a Lulu site-wide sale. If you place an order by March 31, and enter the discount code SPLISH305, you can get 20% off, up to $100. Here is a direct link to the hard copy version of Open…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: From Jon Brock at Cracking the Enigma: How do siblings influence theory of mind development in children with autism? Did your gut bacteria make you read this post? From Mo at Neurophilosophy: Gut bacteria may influence thoughts and behaviour. A short, but interesting, post from…

A new piece by me today at the Scientific American Guest Blog, on some exciting news from the Jane Goodall Institute and Duke University: Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1960 – the same year that a US satellite snapped the first photo of the Earth from space, the same year that the CERN…

Open Lab on your e-Reader

Many people have inquired as to whether there is or will be an e-reader version of Open Lab. The short answer is: yes. But because of various technological constraints, the only e-book format available is PDF, and its already available. Since the link for the PDF download is not especially obvious on the Lulu website,…

I’ve got a new piece over at the Scientific American Guest Blog: On Friday, March 11, Japan was rocked by an earthquake. People were displaced, a nuclear reactor was in trouble, and the world watched as a tsunami flooded Japan, threatened the islands of the Pacific, and ultimately hit the western coasts of North and…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Dr. Sharma asks, at his eponymous blog, what are the psychological effects of exercise on adolescents? M&Ms as a strategy to overcome fear of dogs. No, really. Neurocritic has the details. Doctor Zen writes, “We’re smart. Octopuses are smart. But we have different kinds of…

THE OPEN LABORATORY!

You kept submitting your posts all year long and watching, every Monday, to see which other posts were also entered. Then we closed the submission form. Then we made you wait a month of “electoral silence” while the judges went through three rounds of judging, until we announced which 50 essays, plus poems and cartoons,…

Via the Smithsonian Channel: Gudrun Pflueger, first seen in A Woman Among Wolves, returns to wolf country after a grueling and terrifying bout with cancer. Determined to fight for the wolves who gave her the strength to survive her illness, Pflueger battles freezing temperatures and personal setbacks to track the wolves in the wild. The…