Weekly Round-up

Lets try another weekly roundup. In case you are wondering, this medieval lab tech is my avatar here at Contagions (but I also have a purple thistle for my medieval site that may appear in comments around). Here is some of the posts I’ve been reading since March 5th.

From the science blogs:

Science of Blogging has started its own weekly round-up. If you are interested in becoming a better blogger, it’s definitely a site to keep an eye on. They also have an interview on blogging and copyright that is worth a close read.

Jonathan Eisner of The Tree of Life is busy writing on open access and the future of scientific publishing here and here.

The Dragonfly Woman brings us molting cockroaches and 5 books to make you fall in love with insects.

Micah Manary at Small Things Considered has a fascinating post on the influence of intestinal microbes and the developing brain of young mammals.

Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba introduces us to the tricky peanut worm and resolves a taxonomic conundrum, and some videos of protist predators.

Jonathan Neal at Living with Insects is fascinated with ants this week with a trio of posts here, here, and here .

Siouxsie Wiles at Infectious Thoughts has a post on the making of super bugs (microbes).

Connar Bambord at The Rule of 6ix is starting a new virus of the week series. This week we have measles, his primary research topic, and also a post introducing the inflammasome. I’d love to know what the rule of 6 actually is…

Kevin at We, Beasties is fed up with news alerts of E. coli contamination.

Vincent Racaniello at the Virology Blog has a post up on his Virology course, making several videocasts of his lectures available.

James at Disease Prone writes about his recent publication on the capsule of pneumococcus.

From the medieval blogs:

Curt Emanuel at  Medieval History Geek is back this week with what he calls a foo-foo post, but looks like a book review (on medieval paganism) to me. If this is foo-foo I can’t imagine what he thinks of my book reviews.

Alexandra at ZombieMommeh also appreciated Curt’s book review and it inspired her to offer a new theory on the concern over the magic of weaving women. She was also up to a little monkey business this week too

Tim Clarkson at Senchus has a post on King Dunmail of Strathclyde.

Derek Olson at Haligweork is back and writing on the medieval expectations for the laity during lent.

I have a post up at Heavenfield speculating on Lérins as a source for books in the monastic library of Wearmouth-Jarrow.

Jonathan Jarrett at A Corner of the Tenth Century is also back to update us on his current projects.

Medieval News has had a couple interesting stories this week — two stories on a 9th century Arab ship wreck from Indonesia that show how active the maritime silk road was and how early the Chinese were producing ceramics for the western markets .

From the History of Science:

American Science has a post on the continuing debate on the nature and direction of the history of science and an interview with Audra Wolfe on archiving the papers of Cold War geneticist Bentley Glass.

Ether Wave Propaganda has a post on connections between the history of science and economics.

Jaipreet Virdi at the From the Hands of Quacks has an interesting post on the philosophy of language influenced the perception of deafness in the 17th century and a post on an inspector auris from 1825 .

Michael Barton at Dispersal of Darwin brings us some Darwinian humor this week.

So this is the round-up for the last week. I’ll do my best to get a new post or two up here at Contagions over the next week.