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King of all blogmemery Drugmonkey has started another one this week. The rules for this blog meme are quite simple. Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year. Seems easy enough. Instead of just choosing the first blog entry this month, however, I’m going rogue…

Ah, Thanksgiving. A day full of turkey, cranberries, pie, and, of course, SCIENCE! After you fill your stomach with gravy and stuffing, stuff your mind with all this great Thanksgiving science. What’s any good Thanksgiving feast without some turkey? Emily Anthes of Wonderland starts the meal off with an offering of thanks for the turkey’s…

You may have noticed that I’ve stopped doing linkfests. I decided that the time put in to their curation (i.e. the ‘cost’) outweighs the value of doing so (i.e. the ‘benefit’). It also occurred to me that most of the things I would curate in my weekly linkfests were the same items I tweeted throughout…

Donors Choose Wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Donors Choose Science Bloggers for Students campaign. Twenty-two readers from this humble blog donated a total of $524, affecting a total of 904 students! And that’s not all, because HP is matching every dollar donated, so your $524 is actually worth $1048. Keep your eyes on your…

Check out this awesome David Attenborough video: So far the readers of this fair blog have managed to fully fund two Donors Choose science education requests. We can do better. Do you like the stuff that you read here? Do you like David Attenborough? Consider donating to this project. Mr. T teaches at a “high…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: “Young children are little scientists. They instinctively stretch, prod, observe and categorise the world’s offerings.” Christian Jarrett at BPS Research Digest discusses how early children can be exposed to scientific ideas. Dr. Shock asks, “Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use…

I’ve been interviewed…

…by DeLene Beeland, for the Raleigh News Observer and the Charlotte Observer (same interview, two papers).

Every year the science blogging community organizes the “Science Bloggers for Students challenge”, a month-long competition between science blogs to see which raise do the most to help low-income science classrooms through the DonorsChoose.org website. Through Donors Choose, teachers can go and make requests for specific supplies or materials that they otherwise can’t afford. I…

Extra, Extra

Science Someone had to ask it. Why do squirrels masturbate? Obviously, it’s a piece by Ed. Sentiment-sensing software could aid in weeding hostile online comments. If this comes to pass, I imagine most of Physioprof‘s comments will be weeded out, sadly. An important new study of mirror self-recognition in Japanese macaques, explained by Carl Zimmer.…

Aaron Rowe and I are organizing a tweet-up for LA-area science writers/communicators. Many of us interact daily through our blogs or through twitter, but rarely in person – so this is a chance to meet up face to face. If you’re interested, please click the link to this survey, which we’ll use to put together…