Contagions Round-up 7

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.

Science Smorgasbord

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.

Tara Smith at Aetiology takes on some recent statements by Lynn Margulis on evolution, and a post on Staphylococcus aureus found on raw meat.

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.

The Lab Rat has an interesting posts this week on bacterial dormancy, and  the symbiosis between insects and bacteria.

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.

Shelly at MObugs is starting a new bee hive, introduced her new queen , and has a post on how honey bees are packed and shipped.

History and History of Science

Jaipreet Virdi of From the Hands of Quacks hosts the recent edition of Giant’s Shoulders, the History of Science carnival, and concludes her series on Deafness and Language in the 1600s.

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.

Antiquarian’s Attic has a computer reconstruction of the face of a Viking woman from York, and the discovery of two early Anglo-Saxon spearmen from Colchester.

Jonathan Jarrett at A Corner of Tenth Century Europe summarizes four Oxford history seminars in one jet-lagged post and then another on the rise and fall of the Normans in Africa

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.

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