[Bumped up for visibility - and it makes it easier for me to keep updating with new entries] Now that the Science Blogging Conference is getting very close, it is time to remind you that the new edition of the Science Blogging Anthology, "Open Laboratory 2007", is in the works and is (still) accepting your suggestions.
Although the entire process, from the initial idea all the way to having a real book printed and up for sale, took only about a month, the Open Laboratory 2006 was a great success. This year, we have had much more time so we hope we will do an even better job of it.
180 329 410 entries have come in so far (see under the fold) and we are looking for more. I have read them all and written my annotations about each, while Reed Cartwright is in the process of reading them closely as we speak. He is recruiting several other bloggers to act as referees and help him decide - if you want to be a referee, post a comment here or here.
In the end, he will be the final aribiter of which 50 posts, plus one poem and one cartoon, will make it into the anthology. Think of me as a 'series editor' and Reed as the '2007 editor'.
As we are bloggers, we like transparency. As much as the automated submission form makes our lives easy, we decided that it would be best if, like last year, we made the list of entries public. That way, you can all see them, read them, comment about them, and see what is missing and needs to be entered before the deadline comes (December 20th 2007).
Please, use the submission form to enter your submissions (i.e., putting a link in the comments of this post will not do you any good) and pick up the code for the cool badges (like the one on top of this post) here to help us spread the word.
As I wrote earlier:
Clicking on the button will take you to the submission form. Reed and I will get e-mail notification every time there is a new entry and we will read them all and jot down some 'notes to self'. Since we have ten months to do this, we will not need a jury of 12 bloggers to help us read all the entries, but do not be surprised if we ask you to vet/factcheck/peer-review a post that is in your domain of expertise (and not ours) later in the year.
So, go back to December 20th, 2006 and start looking through your archives as well as archives of your favourite science bloggers and look for real gems - the outstanding posts. Many have been written recently for the "Science Only Week", or for the "Basic Terms and Concepts" collection.
Try to look for posts that cover as many areas of science blogging as posssible: mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, chemistry, earth science, atmospheric/climate science, marine science, biochemistry, genetics, molecular/cellular/developmental biology, anatomy/physiology, behavior, ecology, paleontology, evolution, psychology, anthropology, archaeology, and/or history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science, science ethics and rhetorics, science communication and education, the business of science, the Life in Academia (from undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, faculty or administrative perspective), politics of science, science and pseudoscience, science and religion, etc.
Also, try to think of different post formats: essays, personal stories, poems, polemics, fiskings, textbook-style prose, etc. For now, let's assume that color images cannot make it into the book (I'll let you know if that changes) and certainly copyrighted (by others) material is a No-No. Posts that are too heavily reliant on multiple links are difficult to turn into hardcopy as well. Otherwise, write and submit stuff and hopefully one of your posts will make it into the Best 50 Science Posts of 2007 and get published!
Under the fold are the entries so far. About half have been submitted by authors, the rest by readers. I hope you don't need to ask us to remove an entry of yours, but if that is the case (e.g., you intend to include it in your own book), please contact me about it.
Reading all the entries so far will help you think of other posts, yours or others', that may fit in here. Perhaps a big story of this year is not covered in any of the submissions so far. Perhaps you remember a post which covers a story better than the entry we already have. Have we missed a really popular post that everyone loved and linked to?
Also, if you are an expert in an area and you have BIG problems with one of the entries in your field, please let us know soon so we can send it out for further peer-review. As was the case last year, only English-language posts are eligible. If you have written an awesome post in another language, please make a GOOD translation available before submission.
We are looking especially for more poems and more original cartoons.
The entries are arranged in alphabetical order of the name of the blog (because all attempts at categorization failed), which makes it easy to get my own out of the way first, and let you go on quickly to see all the really cool writers of the science blogosphere. If a blog has multiple contributors, the author of the submitted post(s) is named in parentheses.
A Blog Around The Clock (and no, not all of my posts were submitted by myself!)
What is an 'Author'?
On my last scientific paper, I was both a stunt-man and the make-up artist.
Basics: Biological Clock
A Huge New Circadian Pacemaker Found In The Mammalian Brain
Sex On The (Dreaming) Brain
A Pacemaker Is A Network
Framing Science - the Dialogue of the Deaf
The Scientific Paper: past, present and probable future
A Cat Nap
A Drunkard's Walk Through Modern Science
A Hot Cup of Joe
Adventures in Applied Math
Adventures in Ethics and Science
Mail harmless bacteria, go to jail
Egnor just doesn't know when to quit
Would you give your baby someone else's breast milk?
Environmental Change and Infectious Disease
Introduction to Marburg virus: history of outbreaks
All of My Faults Are Stress Related
Thanks, Dad - behave well and you may shape your kids' lives forever, Thanks, Dad - you're a changed man and Thanks, Dad - the paternal brain and his selfish genes fused into a single article.
'Sex? Yes please' - a primates-only dissociation between sex and reproduction
Why we bond - Individual recognition, evolution, and brain size
Anthropology.net (Kambiz Kamrani)
Behavioral Ecology Blog
Belgrade and Beyond
CABI Blogs: hand picked ... and carefully sorted
Catalogue of Organisms
Cocktail Party Physics
Confessions of a Science Librarian
Corie Lok's blog
Cosmic Variance (Sean Carroll)
Cosmic Variance (Heather Ray)
Cosmic Variance (Daniel Holz)
Cotch dot net
Creek Running North
Daily Kos (Darksyde)
Daily Kos (Mark H)
Darwin says just so
Deanne Taylor's blog
Our Ocean Future: The Glass Half Empty and Our Ocean Future: The Glass Half Full fused into a single article.
Boring?...Hardly...Lifeless & Barren?...Not Even Close
De Rerum Natura
Dinosaurs and The bible A Creationist's Fairy Tale
Dr. NO and the world of science
Dr Petra Boynton
Saving the lives of six of our colleagues (The Tripoli Six), Tripoli Six campaign's new and perilous phase (with Addendum) and Tripoli 6: Free at last fused into a single post.
Influenza virus, science background, I. Influenza virus, science background, II and Influenza virus, science background, III fused into a single post.
Flu biology: receptors, I and Flu biology: receptors, II fused into a single post.
Pathogenicity, virulence, transmissibility and all that
Mathematical models of antiviral resistance spread
H5N1 Crystal Ball is Cloudy
Another 'big' H5N1 science story
Must H5N1 moderate its virulence as it evolves?
Bird flu in Pakistan, the picture at this point
Tamiflu resistance: digging beneath the headlines
Enro, scientifique et citoyen
Epidemiology of Cancer
FairerScience Web Blog
Global Brain by Howard Bloom
Greg Laden's Blog
Hairy Museum of Natural History
History News Network (Alun Salt)
Hodges model: Welcome to the QUAD
Hope for Pandora
Humans in Science
Hypography Science Forums
In The Pipeline
Invasive Species Weblog
Island of Doubt
John Hawks Anthropology Weblog
Knowing and Doing
'There is grandeur in this view of life...'
Homo sapiens: The Evolution of What We Think About Who We Are
Thylacoleo carnifex, ancient Australia's marsupial lion
Convergence or Parallel Evolution?
The Branching Bush of Horse Evolution
Land of Yajeev
Life of a Lab Rat
Living the Scientific Life
Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets
Metamagician and the Hellfire Club
Mind the Gap
In which I leap into the Void
In which I lift my finger from the 'pause' button
In which I contemplate the unsung scientific record
In which I contemplate the road taken, not taken, then re-taken
In which I rejoice in muscle memory
Mother of All Scientists
N@ked Under My Lab Coat
Bringing Out-Of-Body Experiences Down To Earth
Intelligent Design and the Argument from Ignorance
Sloppy Thinking about Homeopathy from The Guardian
Mediocrity and Meritocracy
Still No Association Between Autism and Mercury in Vaccines
The Basics: History of Hormone Therapy and Menopause, The Basics: History of Hormone Therapy and Menopause and The Basics of Menopause and Hormone Therapy III: Cognitive Consequences, either each alone, or all three fused into a single article.
Nano-aluminium and Rocket Science
Halogen Family - a science and fiction toon
Objectives of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
How to quickly cool a bottle of drink using seven equations
Protocol for Permeability Measurement
Not Exactly Rocket Science
Notes from Ukraine
The Chernobyl liquidators: incredible men with incredible stories (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3) and Musings about the liquidators fused into a single article.
Q & A about ICARR and Chernobyl
On Being a Scientist and a Woman
One scientist, one yeti
O'Reilly Radar (Andy Oram)
O'Reilly Radar (Tim O'Reilly)
Peanut Butter Cabal
Pharma's Cutting Edge
The Phineas Gage Fan Club
Pimm - Partial immortalization
PLoS Blog (Gavin Yamey)
PLoS Blog (Laurie Garrett)
PLoS Blog (Chris Surridge)
Harry Potter Science #1: The Genetics of Wizards, Harry Potter Science #2: Dracorex hogwartsia, Harry Potter Science #3: Conservation Biology, Harry Potter Science #4: The Botany of Wands, Harry Potter Science #5: Kin selection, Harry Potter Science #6: Harry Potter and the Hypertonic Cephalopod, Harry Potter Science #7: Does This Horcrux Make My Soul Look Fat? and Harry Potter Science #8: Scar Biology all fused into a single article.
Out of the frying pan, into the fire
Pure Pedantry (Jake Young)
Principles of Neurobiotaxis
Principles of Parsimony
Quintessence of Dust
RealClimate (Gavin Schmidt)
Reflections, Ideas, and Dreams
Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog
The Neuroscience of ADHD
On Religion and Taking the Red Pill
Fibonacci Numbers, the Cochlea, and Poetry
Science Vault: 60s Flashback, LSD as a Treatment for Autism
The Curious Case of Phineas Gage
How Much LSD Does It Take to Kill an Elephant
Schneier on Security
Science After Sunclipse
Science To Life
Scientia Natura: Evolution and Rationality
See Jane Compute
On not fitting in
To stay or go, Part 1: Framing the issues and To stay or go, Part 2: Institution and department, fused into a single post.
Learning (and teaching) about technical writing
Happy Woman Professor Day!
How do you pick research problems?
Sheldon: The Daily Comic
Spoonful of Medicine
The Beagle Project Blog
The Chem Blog
The Daily Transcript
The End Of The Pier Show
The Ethical Palaeontologist
The Executioners Thong
The Greater Good Blog
The Ignoble Gases
The inverse square blog
The Mouse Trap
The Other 95%
What the hell is a chaetognath?! Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 fused into a single article.
Sea Squirt Chics Have No Inhibitions
Anemone's Raise a Tentacle in Support of Evolution
How to Retard Scientific Progress
All I want for Darwin Day is Real Science Books
The Panda's Thumb (Ian Musgrave)
The Panda's Thumb (Wesley R. Elsberry)
The Panda's Thumb (Nick Matzke)
The physics arXiv blog
The Planetary Society Weblog
No, the Chang'e image isn't fake! -- but there's no new feature in it, either
More on the Chang'e image flap
Iapetus closest approach images are online!!!
Voyager in the Kitchen Sink
Watching changes near Mars' south polar cap
A fifth planet for 55 Cancri
MSL: Landing Site Downselections
The Primate Diaries
The Principles of Neurobiotaxis
The Pump Handle
The Quantum Pontiff
The Questionable Authority
The Science of Love
The Scientific Activist
Animal Rights Activists Hijack the Brains of Three Respectable Scientists!
Ask a ScienceBlogger: A Sun Ray a Day....
Bush Administration Bravely Fights the New Communist Threat of Children's Health Insurance
The Seven Stones
The skeptical alchemist
Don't get wooed by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)
Framing science: to frame, or not to frame?
The secrets of vision and obesity in the ciliated neurons of C. elegans
Oncolytic viruses as new therapies for cancer
The Tree of Life
The Voltage Gate
The Well-Timed Period
Thus Spake Zuska
Mapping a Redwood Forest with LIDAR
Dan Rather Makes Questionable Case Against Science Behind Boeing Dreamliner
Powerful New Poison found in Deadly Sea Snails
Fish Poison makes Hot Things Feel Icy and Cold Things Feel Burning Hot
World of Psychology
WTTF: Welcome to the future
OK, OK, I submitted a couple entries! I mean, it's not like you're going to suffer a lack of good writing, or anything, but I'd feel like a slacker if I didn't.
Thank you. Added above already!
Okay... I'm no scientist and my science blogging is mostly links to other people's stuff, but you said you wanted poetry.
I'll find some entries since, judging by the list above with nominations from Bad Astronomy and so on, it doesn't seem to be confined to those blogs actually hosted by ScienceBlogs (or if it is, could this be clarified?).
What a cool thing! I will definitely be wanting a copy of this, whether I'm featured in it or not.
I hope people are considering supporting the wide variety of entries by including poetry, as The Ridger says. I've just thrown in quite a few entries on the blog 'Digital Cuttlefish', who has caught some attention this year with not only a win with a 'Molly', but a regular commentator on about a dozen blogs with fantastic verse contributions. Let's get relevant variety going! :)
Yes, there is definitely going to be a poem included.
I update this post every couple of days as sufficient number of new entries accumulate. The judges will work directly from the Submission form, but I wanted to make the entries public and the best way appears to be this post and its updates.
I submitted a two articles ~2 weeks ago, but haven't received a notification concerning their status (i.e. whether they were received, etc.)