Weekly Round-up 3

Here is this week’s round-up of posts from my reader. The blogosphere must have spring fever since there is a bit of a Caribbean  (or at least the beach) theme this week.  And to think I thought this week was starting off slow…

For History and History of Science:

Jaipreet Virdi of From the Hands of Quacks continues her series on Objects of Philosophical Discourse: Deafness and Language in the 1600s II focusing on early ideas of deaf education.

Jo Marchant of Decoding the Heavens has a post on the many treasures found in shipwreck of the Antikythera along with the astronomical calculator that the wreck is famed for.

Michael Barton of the Dispersal of Darwin has a post on the sale of a Darwin cartoon by the artist to raise money for the disaster in Japan. and a debate over how many historians does it take to change a light bulb which exemplifies (to me) why historians consider a 20 page paper to be a short discussion.

The author of the Parliament and Women in the 20th Century blog has a post on the History Blogging Project about why History PhD students should blog.  What I don’t get though is, it if you are going to blog about your PhD research, why be anonymous?

Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of Tenth Century Europe has a post on what history and anthropology can teach each other about kinship.

Krystal D’Costa of Anthropology in Practice dug into her archives this week to repost some oldies but goodies, first uncovering the Dutch foundations of New York City and then on the forced presence (even sale) of Irish in the colonial Caribbean. Krystal is also a Research Blogging.org editor for the social sciences, here are her editor’s picks this week.

Medieval News has a story this week on the possible Irish origins for the name Hamlet.


For the Science blogs:

Living with Insects has a post on insect recovery and response in the wake of a tsunami, and one on allergies to mosquitoes, and another on zombie ants, and on engineering a fungus to kill malaria mosquitoes, and last but not least on the discovery of chitin-protein cuticles in 400 million year old fossils.

The Science of Blogging has its own round-up of mini-stories this week.

Christine Goforth, the Dragonfly Woman, has a post to support NSF STEM GK-12 that puts science undergraduate and graduate students in K-12 classrooms. The goal of this program is to break down barriers between scientists and the general public. And her Friday 5 this week is great insect art works by seven year olds in her Insect Discovery Program.

Captain Skellet of A Schooner of Science brings us kitten pictures of test-tube African black footed cats and the frozen zoo.

S. Marvin Friedman of Small Things Considered has a post on how Plasmodium falciparum develops resistance to anti-malarial drugs.

Connor Bamford at The Rule of 6ix is also going after mosquito transmitted diseases with a post on fighting dengue fever with mosquito semen.

The Virology blog has a poll up on whether the smallpox stocks should be destroyed or not.

Radwa Sharaf of Micro Writers brings us a post on a unique method of decontaminating dental implants with electricity (while in the patient’s mouth).

Jennifer at The Artful Amoeba has a post up with videos of feasting rotifers and this inspired Alex at ZombieMommeh to create some amazing art.

HA Wright of Phytography has a post up on the importance and implications of seasonal phytoplankton blooms .

Elaine Westwick of The Stuff of Life has a post up on the effect of newborn genetic testing on parents and parenting.

Jonathan Eisen of The Tree of Life has a post up telling the story behind his latest paper (published Friday) on stalking the fourth domain of life.

The History of Vaccines Blog has a post up on projections for the current cholera outbreak in Haiti.

And last, but hopefully not least, I have a post up this week on famine and epidemic anthrax on Saint-Domingue (Haiti) after the earthquake of 1770.

That is it for this week. These weekly round-up posts will appear on Friday evening or Saturday as time permits.

3 thoughts on “Weekly Round-up 3

  1. Fairly recent reader, first time commenter. I really like your round ups, as a great addition to your (already great) blog. I’m not in academia, I have no real background in sciences, anthropology, history, etc. – merely an interest in this sort of thing. I think I found you through the Four Stone Hearth, which I found through Anna’s Bones, which I found through… Well, I’m not sure.

    Anyway, glad I did. Keep up the good work!


  2. People are just becoming aware of allergies to mosquitoes. I suspect research will find that mosquitoes present a lot more health problems than we know about today. Thanks for the update.


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