Virginia Hughes is an editorial assistant here at ScienceBlogs who was especially helpful in moving Laelaps over to it's new home, and now she's brought her excellent writing to The Gist on Smithsonian.com. The first story? A 30-pound hunk of the Willamette Meteorite appraised at $1.3 million was withdrawn from auction after it failed to receive more than $300,000 in bids. The main body of the meteorite, weighing 15.5 tons, is on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Thanks for the shout-out, Brian--you rock!