A little bit of everything this week.
The Science of Blogging is pondering how to be quantitative about the impact of blogs. In the past week or so they have interviewed three science bloggers: Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News, Daniel Lende of Neuroanthropology, Patrice Bassard of Le Physiologiste.
Perhaps they should check out Elaine Westwick’s women science bloggers database called WILMA on The Stuff of Life.
Bone Girl by Kristina Killgrove is a new blog in my reader that I think I’m going to like a lot. In the past week she has had posts on the discovery of the reputed bones of saints Chrysanthus & Daria, on the discovery of women among the war dead at an Iron Age hillfort in Derbyshire, and reviewed a recent episode of Bones.
Krystal D’Costa at Anthropology in Practice has fashion in mind with posts on the anthropology of high-heeled shoes, on the history and anthropology of cloth dyes and especially the color black, and on the illusion of wealth and counterfeit goods. Krystal is interviewed at We are NY Tech today.
James at Disease Prone reminds us of the importance of bacteria on this Earth Day 2011.
Connor Bamford of The Rule of 6ix has a post on VaccinApe, a group trying to save the gorillas through vaccination against Ebola.
The group blog Small Things Considered has had a number of good posts over the last couple weeks: cyanobacteria’s maximization of photosynthesis, and some strange microbial embraces detected by electron microscopy, and CRISPRs and bacterial phage defenses.
Vincent Racaniello at the Virology Blog takes on the assertion of sexual transmission of arboviruses, and explores the role of viral reverse transcriptases in ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Can you hear me now? Christine Goforth, The Dragonfly Woman, brings us five different types of insect antennae and hosts An Inordinate Fondness #15, the entymology carnival. She also walks us through building a house for native non-honey bees.
History and History of Science
Etherwave Propaganda has a three part series on the The Post-Marxist Social History of Science of Morris Berman, first post is here.
William Eamon of The Labrynth of Nature has a post on monsters/birth defects in the Renaissance and early modern period.
Mak Wilson at Badonicus explores the Welsh term Wledig and why Arthur wasn’t one.
And I have a post up on Heavenfield on some Anglo-Saxon news from excavations at Bamburgh.