Contagions Round-up 13: A Grab Bag of Goodies

This has been quite the week and my RSS reader is chuck full of all kinds of stuff. The big news this past week was the unveiling of Scientific American’s new blog network featuring several bloggers that I usually mention here. Congratulations to Krystal D’Costa of Anthropology in Practice, Jennifer Frazer of the Artful Amoeba, James Byrne of Disease Prone and S.E. Gould of Lab Rat. Update your RSS readers for their new digs or just keep coming here.

My reader is so full of such diverse stuff since the last round-up, I’m just going to pick out things that particularly grabbed me earlier in the week or  appeal largely to the mood I happen to be in now.


Gold plague (1.5 cm) found at Bamburgh this week.

Bamburgh Research Project has had multiple excavation updates including the discovery of the gold above. See their website for the updates.

Past Horizons has a post up on the discovery of a Viking coin hoard in Furness in NW England.

Rosemary Joyce at Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives has an interesting post on gendered views of human muscle physiology.

Kristina Killgrove of Powered by Osteons write about gendered use of language and parenting, and she writes about Mortimer, a skeletal road-side attraction.

I have a post up here on the discovery of trench fever in a early 19th century German mass burial. and a discussion of paleomicrobiology.

History and History of Science

C M Doran, the Febrile Muse, brings us George Bernard Shaw’s paradoxical views on vaccination .

Jourdemayne brings us the Vampires of Rhode Island, who had a unique reaction to tuberculosis in their community.

Jo Merchant of Decoding the Heavens brings us a post on her talk from  the World Conference of Science Journalists about adding history to science journalism, and a set of interesting posts on how to write about science, part 1 and part 2.

I have a review of Holly Tucker’s Blood Work up here at Contagions and a discussion of Bede’s creationism  and a year of three natural disasters in Ireland at Heavenfield.

Tim Clarkson of Senchus has an interesting post on Welsh kings in the English court in the time of Alfred the Great’s grandsons.

Guy Halstall of Historian on the Edge is getting philosophical again. This time on judging history from Charlemagne to the Natzi!


The Dragonfly Woman brings us some of her SEM work on mites on blue orchard bees, and takes her flatbed scanner to live insects.

Razib Kahn of Gene Expression explains how genetic drift and infrequent intermarriage blends human migrations  into new populations.

Maryn McKenna of Superbug alerts us to a new multidrug-resistant strain of gonorrhea.

The Lab Rat brings us some electric bacteria in her first post at Scientific American.

Connar Bamford of the Rule of 6ix brings us a pair of posts on how live viruses are made safe for vaccinations and why they are less pathogenic .

Zoonotica writes about the colonization of chickens by Campylobacter and on the adaptability of Campylobacter

Tara Smith of Aetiology reviews Sonia Shah’s The Fever (malaria), a history of scarlet fever in light of recent outbreaks in Asia, and digs up a wartime Walt Disney short on mosquito control.

Jennifer Frazer of the Artful Ameoba brings us a post on rock snot at her new Scientific American digs.  I always wondered what that stuff was.  It looks like decaying pond scum on land. She also has a good post on the incredible, inedible pine cone at her old blog.

2 thoughts on “Contagions Round-up 13: A Grab Bag of Goodies

  1. Great round up, once again! I just wanted to ask you how you manage to curate these posts. Each time I read a cool post somewhere, I think of doing a round up like this but I never quite succeed in maintaining the list!

    How do you do it? Do you maintain an ever expanding post and add things as you go along or do you make it in one go?


  2. I use an RSS reader (Google Reader). When I read a good post for a round-up I “mark as unread” so that it stays in my reader until I’m ready to put together a round-up. I keep a lot of blogs (>90) in my reader but most are inactive in any given week.


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