Contagions Round-up 8

There won’t be a round-up next week while I’m away at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamzoo, MI. I am planning on blogging about the Congress and the Medica sessions will be here at Contagions.


Rosemary Joyce of Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives is keeping track of the female Coptic graffiti and ponders how blogs and the internet are changing how scholarship is publicized in the media.

Kristina Killgrove (aka the Bone Girl) has renamed her blog Powered by Osteons. She takes on the interpretation that one young female stab victim illustrates how the stab-happy Romans murdered Britons. She also has another recent post on the relics of the warship Mary Rose heading into space.

Krista D’Costa of Anthropology in Practice has posts on color and gender, couple pages on Facebook,  and art at 14 St and 8th Ave subway station in New York.

And I examine a 19th century report of the examination of the remains of St Cuthbert  and  aDNA from a plague crypt in late medieval Bavaria here at Contagions.


As the world is fixated by the royal wedding this week, Christine Goforth, The Dragonfly Woman, brings us her entomological wedding. Wow! What a lot of bugs! 🙂 She also has a post on using aquatic insects to measure water purity.

Tara Smith of Aetiology is still fighting the good fight against the anti-vaccinationists jumbotron ad in New York City.

James at Disease Prone investigates whether zombies meet the criteria to be “alive” and in part 2 brings some examples of zombies in the natural world.

The Lab Rat is hosting the Carnival of Evolution on her blog. She also has a post on social evolution of bacteria.

Jennifer Frazer, the Artful Amoeba, brings us Richard Branson’s latest sightseeing enterprise… deep sea exploration and how something as useful as Rhodopsin bounces around the tree of life.

Connor Bramford of The Rule of 6ix has an interesting post on the blood-brain barrier and viral infections in the CNS and another post on interferon.

Get ready for an unexpected expansion of your field sociologists, Small Things Considered has a post on the “emergent science of Microbial Sociology” and how bacterial programmed cell death is a social activity. and how bacteria shed unnecessary genes, and another on some king-size bacterial genes.

Kevin at We, Beasties! has posted his yearly NSF grant activity report and guest blogger Matt Woodruff has a post on complement (the immunological kind).

Vincent Racaniello of the Virology Blog posted this past week on the association of the retrovirus XMRV with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome here and here.

History and History of Medicine

Anna Zeide of  AmericanScience has an interview with Christine Keiner who won the book prize for History of Science with the conversion of her dissertation into the book The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880.

Jiapreet Virdi of From the Hands of Quacks has posted her paper Constructing the (Naked) Social Body from a course on the Philosophy of Nudity.

William Eamon of Labrynth of Nature writes on alchemical cures in The Marvelous Virtues of Precipitato.

Jonathan Jarrett of A Corner of Tenth Century Europe brings us the book bequests of Bishop Riculf I of Elna (885-915) in Catalonia, a post on ritualized Anglo-Saxon kingship, and an update on Irish archaeology collected during rescue excavations from the ‘Celtic tiger’ years.

Tim Clarkson of Senchus brings us a biography of Queen Alchflaed (fl. 650s), and a post on interpreting Pictish pictographs.

Guy Halstall of Historian on the Edge wrote this past week on how historians should respond to evil deeds (in the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden), and posts lectures given on  Warfare and Society in the Early Medieval West and the specialist version on Warfare, the State and Change around 600.

Antiquarian’s Attic updates us on recent Norse archaeological discoveries in Ireland and on Skye.

With all that has gone on this past week, its almost possible to forget that there was a royal wedding just last weekend.  Clas Merdin turns our attention to the Abduction(s) of Guinevere.

I also do a little musing on royal weddings and proving enemies dead, both then and now on my other blog Heavenfield.

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