Whoa! Its amazing how blogosphere has themes even with blogs on such diverse topics. This week the topic seems to be War! Anthropology, history, science… all taking on the media and society at large, or finding inspiration in other types of war.
From the Social Sciences (History, Anthropology and History of Science):
The History of Vaccines blog brings us reports of smallpox vaccination gone awry in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
Michael Barton of The Dispersal of Darwin brings us a slew of new anti-evolution / anti-Darwin books that should raise the temperatures of a more than a few biologists.
William Eamon of Labrynth of Nature writes on Sir Francis Bacon’s interest in the myth of Pan’s hunt as a metaphor for scientific inquiry. He sees the advent of the concept of science as a hunt reflective a basic philosophical changes in the nature of science.
The Quack Doctor brings us accounts of a fraudulent ear doctor scheme from the 1850s.
Mak Wilson of Badonicus is continuing his series on 5th century Anglo-Saxons as potential combatants at the battle of Badon with four more posts. Linking to the first one this week here.
Jon Jarrett of A Corner of Tenth Century Europe writes up a seminar by Jane Kershaw on small artifacts of Viking women found in Britain.
Curt Emanuel of The Medieval History Geek has a book review up on Wind and Water in the Middle Ages.
Clas Merdin (Clas Merdin means Mryddin’s Precinct) has a book review of Patrick Sims-Williams new book Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature and another interesting post on the battle of Bangor Orchard / battle of Chester.
Esmeralda’s Cumbrian History and Folklore has a biography of Owain ap Urien, King of Cumbria and another interesting post on Eveling: Cumbria’s Fairie King. I’ve read quite a bit about Afallach over the years but some of this was new to me.
Carl Prydum’s Got Medieval gives us some relief from all this serious business this week with a look at medieval fools.
Guy Halstall of A Historian on the Edge takes a look at tainted sources of university funding this week.
Other bloggers have gotten involved in the political drama going on in Wisconsin this week. Ether Wave Propaganda has a post in support of historian Bill Cronan, author of Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, who is being attacked by the Republicans in Wisconsin for trying to put some historical perspective into the current tactics of the Republicans. AmericanScience also has a series of posts on Bill Cronan and the role of the historian in public discourse, the first post is here. In a related post, they also start a discussion on the relationships between historians and science, for example whether historians of science and scientists should necessarily agree on how to view the past.
Four Stone Hearth, the Anthropology carnival, is also up at Mick Morrison’s blog.
Chris at Echinoblog summarizes the scientific battle over the evolution of starfish. How we do love to classify! He weighs into the debate by producing a DNA based tree that is sure to stir the debate and redraw the battle lines.
Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba brings us graptolite fossils and how they relate to living species.
Connor Bamford at The Rule of 6ix looks at the evidence for an Ebola superantigen.
Kevin at We, Beasties writes about gaining immune tolerance to what we eat.
Suzanne Winter at Small Things Considered posted on Geobacter, a bacteria that uses iron as an electron acceptor and may have considerable industrial uses.
Vincent Racanciello of The Virology Blog writes about the third discovered virophage and how virophages may regulate microbial communities.
I managed to get one post in this week here on Contagions on antimicrobial properties of two different medicinal honeys.
The Dragonfly Woman tells us why she loves her two favorite Madagascar hissing cockroaches (and methods to get children to pet them) and a post on a visit to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
And my reader is now finally empty!