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(even more) Science Blogs Reviewed – the F’s, G’s, and I’s

January 18, 2007


Framing Science: Assistant Professor of Communications. Tries to examine the way science is presented in the media on behalf of various lobby groups. Stem Cells is the current topic, with careers, mega-dollars, patents, pharmaceutical supremacy, and just all-out glory on the line. Here’s Harvard’s 250 Acre Life Sciences Campus.

Frontal Cortex: editor. Some really cool neuroscience. The stuff reads like straight pop science, and scans easily. The Pentagon and Neuroscience is a guaranteed attention grabber. Has a book due for birth this year.


Gene Expression: no personal info except a bad blue shirt. A bit clever by half.

Good Math, Bad Math: computer scientist. There was pop science, now there’s pop math. Here’s his library card.


Integrity of Science: new blog, representing a think tank. Stated aim is to cut through the political bias surrounding climate change and national security. Probably needs to post a bit more frequently, currently averaging a couple of clips per week. I don’t know how to evaluate “their” bias. What exactly is non-partisan? ie I am right and you are wrong – it just becomes opinion, like this blog.

Intersection: journalist and author. I’ll let his bio page do the talking.

Island of Doubt: freelance writer. Bit wordy. I’m glad someone remembered Carl Sagan’s passing.

Alright! we’re getting up a head of steam now. Onward science soldiers!


(more) Science Blogs Reviewed – the E’s

January 15, 2007

I hope I’m not boring everyone to tears with these Science Blog reviews. I’ll be the first to admit that science isn’t for everyone, but when it’s done well, it can offer a glimpse into the world of some of finest analytical minds alive, as well as revealing some of the wondrous beauties of nature’s kingdom. I’ll be forever indebted to the likes of Paul Davies, Matt Ridley, and Jared Diamond for showing us how well science can be portrayed. OK, enough chit-chat, onto the reviews –

Effect Measure: public health scientists. Their main work is on bird flu, although they are interested in all outbreaks. Here’s a striking post on pandemic planning. I’m glad these guys are watching out for us.

evolgen: PhD student. The blog name is a clever condensation of the terms evolution and genetics, and the author is indeed a bright spark. Absolutely fearless in his pursuits, he lines up here against Edward O Wilson, and here in defence of the Public Library of Science. Molecular Biology is a fascinating field, and the evolutionary process cannot really be studied at a lower level. Top notch.

EvolutionBlog: Assistant Professor of Mathematics writing about evolution. I think he’s out of his depth.

Evolving Thoughts: postdoc, taxonomy. Wanders a bit everywhere, needs more focus.

Examining Room: physician. Has an interesting collection of personal stories, all with a medical angle. Here’s a highly debated post on John Edwards (presidential candidate) regards his previous career as a personal injury lawyer.

We’re slowly getting there.

Science Blogs Reviewed – the D’s

January 13, 2007

There’s a batch of 8 in this installment of Science Blogs reviewed. So take a seat, sit down, and enjoy.

Daily Transcript: researcher, cell biology. I found this a bit everywhere, no coherence.

Deep Sea News: two researchers, marine science. I absolutely love their “25 Things you should know about the Deep Sea” series. Really well done, and gives their blog a long time drive. Ten more to go guys!

Deltoid: computer scientist. Again, too much everywhere.

Developing Intelligence: postgrad, neuroscience. Writes lengthy essays trying to distill the latest research. Can be quite technical, so not really for a lay audience.

Discovering Biology in a Digital World: biologist. Too much everywhere!

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: freelance writer. Has some intriguing writing examining the conflict between reason and non-reason. This could all too easily become philosophical hogwash, except Ed always starts his article from a real-world incident. And he pulls in some extraordinarily out of the way material, like this post on The Faiths of the Founding Fathers.

Dr Bushwell: has a post on spider sex.

Dynamics of Cats: astrophysicist. I don’t really see the connection between the blog name and what he writes about (space and stars). Anyone?

That’s it!

Science Blogs Reviewed – the C’s

January 11, 2007

The world of Science Blogs rolls on, and we are onto the C’s.

Chaotic Utopia: student and freelance writer. Has a fascination with the world of fractals, and glorious images pop up every second article. An enchanting site, with good balance between images and text. Pop Art Mosaic is a rainbow spiral of dazzling colour.

Cheerful Oncologist: lyrical doctor who mixes cancer with poetry (though not in the same posts). He lives up to his moniker of being bright and happy, knowing full well that attitude can affect the disease state. Has a long list of full posts on the main site, saving clickthroughs and other annoyances. And I’ll take milk with my tea thanks.

Cognitive Daily: a husband and wife power team. In my mind, the original “Science Blog”. I was reading Cognitive Daily in the days before they made the professional move, and these guys have proven their consistency and talent over a two year period. It’s kind of hard to pick a representative post, but the Munger team chose this article to celebrate their first year at Science Blogs. It speaks for itself.

Corpus Callosum: psychiatrist who’s a little mad himself. A bit here, there, and everywhere, but always good fun. Has one of the longest blogrolls I’ve seen in a long time, well demonstrating his eclectic and diverse nature. His Two Views of Richat Structure is inscrutable. You can add one more reader to your Feedburner stats Mr Corpus.

That’s over and out for the C’s.

Science Blogs Reviewed – the A’s

January 10, 2007

Science Blogs is a semi-professional network of people blogging about science. Most of them are in the university system as graduates or academics, but there is the odd journalist having their say. All up there are more than 50 blogs fairly regularly updated, and the network itself has been up for a year.

I thought I would give them the eye over, and here they are, starting fom the a’s.

A Blog Around the Clock – PhD student. Writes administrative posts and links to stuff around the net. Here’s the latest from the Science Blogging Conference.

Aardvarchaeology – PhD graduate. Fairly new, only a couple of weeks. Has had his first “google hit“.

Adventures in Ethics and Science – Assistant Professor. Tries to blog about responsible science, and the issues of a scientific career.

Aetiology – Assistant Professor. Writes about the causes of disease, especially from a microbiology point of view. She has an Emerging Diseases Series which is quite comprehensive.

Afarensis – Outside the system. Interested in anthropology and has a keen sense of humour. His stuff has been anthologised.

That’s the a’s! I know you’re dying for more, and more will be forthcoming.