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A Blog Carnival Carnival

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I’m beginning to immerse myself in the blog carnival scene.  Blog carnivals are a great way to see a round-up of recent posts on a particular topic to learn about developments outside your radar and to get introduced to new blogs and authors.

My favorite new discovery is Scientia Pro Publica, hosted at Mauka to Makai this week, which aims to highlight science writing understandable to the non-scientist.  Highlights include Priscilla Stuckey’s post entitled “Where science and religion meet: the natural world.”  I regularly mourn the loss of spirituality in nature, how the very thing that made many of us become scientists is now taboo, and  Priscilla beautifully articulates her “plea for natural history.”  I also recommend Studying the Deep, Deep Details of How We Age for a clear explanation of molecular aging, and a post on A Primate of Modern Aspect detailing the quest to discover the origins of a hominid foot eaten by a crocodile.

The Carnival of Evolution is up at the Springer Science Evolution Blog!  Lucas Brouwers of Thoughtomics highlights a beautiful article in a beautiful post about the evolution of our genetic code using the ribosome as a molecular fossil.  I tried just yesterday to explain this paper to a colleague and failed miserably – Lucas succeeds where I stumbled.  Margaret Morgan at My Growing Passion explains the evolution of the chloroplast, while Observations of a Nerd goes through some examples of speciation in our recent history.  My favorite photos from this carnival come from Scientist, Interrupted, who reports on the discovery of a leech species that LIVES IN HUMAN FACES.  So.. if you want to see a leech on someone’s eyeball or coming out of a nose, click here NOW.

At Carnival of the Blue hosted by Observations of a Nerd, Malaria, Bedbug, Sealice, and Sunsets gives us the lowdown on the recent CITES meeting on endangered species — and summarizes it “as one big middle finger to ocean health.”  The Thoughtful Animal tells us about the uses for whale poop (and, yes, there are photos), while the Marmokrebs blog explains parthenogenesis in the white-tipped bamboo shark.

Enough links for ya?  Hopefully you can find something up your alley.  Check out the host blogs for next week/month’s hosts and get caught up in the blog carnival hype yourself.

Written by Hanner

May 5, 2010 at 7:23 am

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  1. Thanks for the link! Glad you thought it was ok, since it’s your field after all.
    I found your blog through the carnival and love it! Will definitely be checking in regularly from now on.
    Also check out our “for scientists” blog:, I have a more detailed recap of the aging lecture there.


    May 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

  2. Thanks for the link and kind words! Glad you liked the post! The ribosome paper was interesting to write up, because I only ‘got it’ after writing about it. Funny how that works!


    May 9, 2010 at 4:17 am

  3. “I regularly mourn the loss of spirituality in nature, how the very thing that made many of us become scientists is now taboo.”

    I agree wholeheartedly with that, and I’m glad to see other scientists feel the same way.

    Great blog Hannah!

    ~a fellow former Soil Warrior

    Mark Luterra

    May 20, 2010 at 12:45 am

    • MARK! Thanks for the note. You haven’t updated your own blog in a while.. get on it! I hope you’re doing well. As a biological engineer PhD candidate – are you psyched about Craig Venter’s latest?

      I still show everyone I meet the LOTR bottles video



      May 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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