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A fun talk about sex, death and evolution at LA’s Natural History Museum. It’s free and ticketless — so please bring friends and colleagues! WHEN: Thursday, December 2, 6-7:30pm. WHERE: LA Natural History Museum in the Times Mirror Room. WHAT: Australian paleontologist John A. Long is the recently appointed vice president of research and collections…

This week marked the release of Brian Switek’s (blog, twitter) first book, Written in Stone. I got my hands on a review copy a few weeks ago, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. (Disclaimer: I was provided with a free review copy of the book, without any expectation that I’d…

“When men wish to construct or support a theory, how they torture facts into their service!” Even in 1852, psychologists like Charles Mackay, who wrote those words in his book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, were well aware of the dangers of confirmation bias. I was reminded of the pervasiveness of this…

As I’m sure many of you did, I recorded Phil Plait’s (twitter, blog) Bad Universe pilot last week, and it was so good that I watched it twice. And then two more times as I tried to figure out why it was so compelling. Why am so interested in picking apart these particular 44 minutes…

The universe is expanding, and so is the science blogosphere. Directly on the heels of the announcement last week of the big daddy meta-aggregator to end all aggregators, scienceblogging.org, there are not-one-but-two new science blogging networks that have launched in the last forty-eight hours. Before I get to the networks, my Scibling (once a scibling,…

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…