Weekly Round-up 4

Bloggers came out in force this week filling up my reader just about every day. Well, you know you can’t really fill it up, but you know what I mean, over 30 posts a day takes a while (most from magazines that don’t appear here but still…). So this is a good time to mention the types of posts that typically won’t be found in round-ups: pure diary posts, local event announcements, family stuff etc.

From History and History of Science:

Jai Virdi of From the Hands of Quacks has Part 3 of Objects of Philosophical Discourse: Deafness and Language in the 1600s.

The History of Vaccines Blog has a post on polio vaccination in Cold War Hungary

William Eamon at The Labyrinth of Nature was posts on a practical alchemy text from 1535 and on the charisma of a good charlatan.

Krystal at Anthropology in Practice writes about the use of ashes as religious symbols (inspired by Ash Wednesday).

Derek at Haligweork has a post on Riddel posts in early Anglican churches.

Tim Clarkson of Senchus reviews some Arthurian sources online and has a post on stowaway mice on Viking ships showing up in genetics of mice on the Orkney Isles. Of course you know when I read this I’m thinking about stowaway rodents carrying the plague in other eras….

Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of Tenth Century Europe is wondering about teaching the feudal transformation and another post on post-Visigothic law.

Curt Emanuel at Medieval History Geek writes about what a good resource Pollington’s Leechcraft is for Anglo-Saxon medicine (and I agree!), and wonders about the lack of watermills in post-Roman Britain.

Magistra et Mater writes about what small archaeological finds can tell us about Scandinavian women in Britain during the Danelaw period.

Mak Wilson at Badonicus reviews the history of Romano-British Wroxter (near modern Shrewsbury) and is starting a series of posts on the reputed peace that followed the battle of Badon.

From Science:

Open Lab 2010, an anthology of the best science blog writing in 2010, is available here. Instructions for reading the PDF version on an e-reader can be found here.

The Science of Blogging asks if replying to comments are worth it.

Elaine Westwick of The Stuff of Life offers us genetic poetry.

Tara Smith of Aetiology writes about testing pets for MRSA.

The Dragonfly Woman writes about her involvement with an Insect Discovery Program and outreach to kids, and a little creepily writes about some insects found in her home.

Jennifer of The Artful Amoeba brings us subterranean orchids and their fungal friends, and shedding unwanted photosynthetic genes. She also brings us a cool video of slime molds, or how to become multicellular in real-time.

Alexandra at ZombieMommeh is worried about lost sea turtles (even in Nebraska) and offers more of her artwork.

Merry at Small Things Considered is considering bacteria that live in hot volcanic springs and yes, the viruses that infect them. These extreme viruses have a unique lysis system that looks out of this world.

Siouxsie Wiles of Infectious Thoughts writes about her favorite New Zealand place where glowworms are found to remind us of the earthquake in Christchurch recently. She has a nice picture of them in all their¬† bioluminescent glory and some good information.¬† She also takes on calls for “natural ” health care creeping into New Zealand.

Connor Bramford of The Rule of 6ix writes about theories on the origins of smallpox.

Kevin at We, Beasties writes about Salmonella‘s methods of evading the macrophage and its weapons.

And last but not least, Vincent Racaniello of the Virology Blog brings us the virophage, a virus that preys on other viruses. With viruses named Sputnik and mavirus (for maverick virus) how can you not love them. How cool!

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