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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.