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Adoring Nerds: Science Blogs and Bloggers

Okay, don’t tell anyone but I’m a sucker for nerds. Just show me a tall skinny guy with thick glasses hanging over books, computers, or a chess board and Lorelle goes a little wobbly in the knees. I love them so much I married one, though he hates to be thought of as a nerd and goes out of his way to not act or look like one. But I see through the fashion model clothes, contact lenses, and gorgeous looks to the nerdy soul underneath. When he starts talking numbers, I melt…and he loves it.

Like me, if you are a closet nerd lover, you will adore the blogging community I discovered: ScienceBlogs.

ScienceBlogs is the web’s largest conversation about science. It features blogs from a wide array of scientific disciplines, with new voices coming on board regularly. It is a global, digital science salon.

Powered by Seed Media Group, publishers of Seed Magazine, ScienceBlogs features dozens of blogs and bloggers blogging about science in one way or another. The range of topics is fascinating, covering everything from space to plants. Here are a few recent treats I discovered through ScienceBlogs.

Adventures in Ethics and Science by Janet D. Stemwedel, assistant professor of philosophy at San Jose State University, asks and answers the hard questions dealing with ethics and science. Highlights include Do We Need Lawyers to Resolve Scientific Disagreements?, How important is effective teaching to science professors anyway?, How to fix science education in the United States, Evaluating scientific credibility (or, do we have to take the scientists’ word for it?), and Serving Two Masters is Sometimes Impossible.

Afarensis is “a 3.5-2.8 million year old hominin from the Kada Hadar member of the Hadar formation in the Middle Awash, Ethiopia,” and this science blog covers anthropology and evolution with fun stories like Baby Cannibal Amphibians Eat Mom: The Next March of the Penguins? about flesh eating worms that can eat their mother. I know some teenagers who would love this story. Run for Your Lives, The Giant Rabbits Are Coming! exclaims “It’s like Night of the Lepus! A giant rabbit is running amok eating crops in Felton England. Think I’m kidding? Here is a picture of one of it’s buddies…” The article includes a photograph of a giant rabbit which can grow to three feet tall. Yikes! The article on Interesting Evolution News looks at the new information coming out that “the first, Freshwater Copepod May Be Several Species, Not Just One concerns rates of speciation in Copepods.” It seems that Copepods are a form of zooplankton and while it was once thought that there were very few species, scientists are finding that there is a very diverse variation in their genetics. What does this mean? Well, you will have to read it to see how this may impact our current view of evolution – the science kind, not religious.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars by Ed Brayton takes a different approach to science. Recent posts include Abramoff and the American Political System, Bush’s Unlimited Powers, The Coach Teaches History, and Bombshell Revelation in Plame Case. Brayton’s insights are delightful, examining factually, as well as scientifically, the politics and culture of today.

Respectful Insolence by a “humble pseudonymous surgeon/scientist”, tackles “medicine, quackery, science, pseudsocience, history, and pseudohistory”, a fascinating combination of science news and editorial commentary. Some interesting posts include By Seed prodded, or there’s less to these studies than meets the eye, The Geiers try to patent chemical castration as an autism treatment, Good WIFI, Bad WIFI, Your Morning Dose of Unintentional Creationist Humor, and Evidence Against an Autism Epidemic.

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) is a fascinating collection of scientific based posts that cover a wide spectrum of topics including The Bird Flu Pandemic, Hummingbirds and Torpor, Hermione vs Barbie – Who Would You Want to Be?, Darwin – Discovering the Tree of Life.

Gene Expression tackles topics from “population genetics to cognitive psychology” which dig into the science behind the science, and looks a lot at evolution and “what’s in our genes”. Highlights include Ancestry Testing on Crack, Pretend that Ghosts Don’t Exist, Come the Reductionist Revolution, The genius of stupidity, and Recent Human Evolution – Helen of a thousand ships didn’t look like Jessica Alba.

There are plenty more exciting and fun to read science blogs hosted by ScienceBlogs so check them out and maybe you might learn something. Or at least drool and swoon like I do. ;-)


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7 Comments

  1. Posted May 2, 2006 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Have you tried using the work “geek” on your better half ;)

  2. Posted May 2, 2006 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm…wonder if my happy site would be considered a science site

  3. Posted May 2, 2006 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Jtintle,

    You know you are near the top of my secret lustable nerds list. ;-)

  4. Posted May 2, 2006 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle … well I’m glad someone likes science blogs! I love those blogs and cite them frequently on my science blog (proudly using WordPress) http://www.homelyscientist.com, I have a less formal more fun take on science. Stop by, I’ll save a beaker of coffee for you.

  5. Posted May 3, 2006 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Hey…what about us geeks? We’re just as handy as nerds too. :)

  6. Posted May 3, 2006 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Why thanks you Lorelle. Glad I could be of a service. ;)

  7. Posted September 10, 2006 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the links. I was wondering where to start to stalk science blogs and find readers for my absidea blog.
    Joke aside, I am also fond of nerds, except I am always disappointed at how many biologists now occupy the front row as a comparison to physicists / astronomers / mathematicians (my favorites). Since the fifties, the center of gravity of the american scientific community has obviously shifted some, now that the top priority is not about making nuclear weapons anymore, but about genetically engineering supermen and feeding them superfood.
    By the way, I have taken the nerd test, and I score 86% — which obviously means nothing.
    Cordialement,
    mandarine


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