In an effort to build a community of bloggers that Contagions fits into, I’m going to try to put up some weekly round ups of stuff I’m reading. My reading interests are a bit eclectic so these posts are a bit all over the place. So here is what I’ve been reading the week of Feb 27 (plus a few of my favorite blogs).
- AmericanScience weighs into the debate on the nature of the ‘history of science’. Ether Wave Propaganda has a post on the same topic. It seems likely that the debate will go one for quite a while.
- In the same vein, a couple weeks ago The Dispersal of Darwin posted an hour long video of his session Making the History of Science Work for You from the ScienceOnline 2011 conference.
- Mystery Rays from Outer Space has an interesting discussion on microbe-host ecosystems. He focuses on a report this week in MMWR of a scientist infected and killed by a strain of Yersinia pestis that should have been attenuated / rendered harmless. The same issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (Feb 25 issue) has another atypical case of plague transmission where they conclude that a dog flea was the most likely vector.
- The Dragonfly Woman is one of my favorite nature blogs. I don’t study insects but she always has something interesting. Come on, who isn’t interested in dragonflies? Her enthusiasm is contagious. Looking forward to spring, the Dragonfly woman has making babies on her mind.
- Another nature blog that I read is Jonahtan Neal’s Living with Insects, probably the most prolific science blogger in my RSS feed. Usually mud daubers just make messes around my place, but he does have a couple amazing pictures of them here and here.
- The Artful Amoeba is another great nature blog. She writes mostly about microbes and biodiversity.
- ZombieMommeh creates cartoons from the blogs she reads. I particularly like this one ;-). Check out what she got for valentines day!
- Jonanthan Eisen of The Tree of Life had a bad day with Nature Publishing Group and actually got a rapid response on his blog. Now that is clout! He is still continuing his campaign here.
- The Rule of 6ix has moved and has a new post on viral diversity in bats.
- Kevin at We, Beasties (a group blog of grad students from Harvard) has also moved in the last few months and has a new post up on how fuzzy the term pathogen can be.
- The Lab Rat is also looking at what turns turns normal flora mean, in this case Neisseria meningitidis.
Turning to medieval history:
- Last week, Tim at Senchus put up a post on Pictish ethnicity and frontiers, and also has a post leading us to a 3D image of the Dupplin cross this week.
- Guy Halsall put up a post on Nennius’ Numbers from an upcoming book on King Arthur on his blog Historian on the Edge. Interesting how Arthur eventually pulls in so many historians of Late Antiquity.
- Richard Nokes put up the first call for manuscripts for the new e-book publisher Witan Publishing on his blog Unlocked Wordhoard. They are planning on specializing in e-books between 50 and 250 pages (too big for journal articles, too small for print publishers).
- Geoffrey Chaucer Hath A Blog and last week he had a post too.
Well, I warned you my reading tastes were a bit all over the place. I hope you found a new blog for you to follow. If you have a suggestion of a new blog you think I might like, leave a comment here.