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It is now expected by the science blogosphere that I post the full updated listing of all the submissions every Monday morning. This serves as a reminder for bloggers to submit their (and other people’s) posts, and to some extent prevents duplicate entries. But most importantly, it presents a growing listing of some of the most exciting work on science blogs. This is a weekly post where bloggers can discover each other and discover blogs they were not previously aware of. Thus it is also a promotion for all the bloggers involved.

The submission form for the 2013 edition of Open Lab is now open. Any blog post written since October 1, 2011 is eligible for submission. We will close the form on October 1st, 2012.

We accept essays, stories, poetry, cartoons/comics, and original art.

Once you are done submitting your own posts, you can start looking at the others’, including on aggregators like, and

You can buy the last five annual collections here. You can read Prefaces and Introductions to older editions here.

Help us spread the word by displaying these badges (designed by Doctor Zen):

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3 Quarks Daily (Julia Galef): My Little Pony: Reality is Magic!

The II-I- blog: We, the pioneers.
The II-I- blog: The Great Revolution

A Blog Around The Clock: The New Meanings of How and Why in Biology?
A Blog Around The Clock: #scio12: Multitudes of Sciences, Multitudes of Journalisms, and the Disappearance of the Quote.
A Blog Around The Clock: Books: ‘Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science’ by Michael Nielsen
A Blog Around The Clock: Myths about myths about Thanksgiving turkey making you sleepy

A Hippo on Campus: Why men don’t listen and women are great at maths

A Schooner of Science: Fever dreams – the true tale of Richard Spruce

Addiction Inbox: Reward and Punish: Say Hello to Dopamine’s Leetle Friend
Addiction Inbox: Army Doctor Sees Victory, and a Dangerous Drug Bites the Dust—Almost.

Anthropology in Practice: Beware: The Ides Have Come. No, Really. This Time It’s True.

Artologica: From the Cells to the stars

The Bug Chicks (Michael Barton): A taste for collecting beetles is some indication of future success in life!

Bug Girl’s Blog: How to get free media coverage for a bogus beehive design
Bug Girl’s Blog: Transcript of my ESA talk about Social Media

Cedar’s Digest: Purple Doesn’t Exist: Some thoughts on Male Privilege and Science Online

The Cellular Scale: The “Human Neuron”, not so special after all?

CENtral Science IYC 2011: Chemistry Carnival: Your Favorite Chemical Reactions!

Chemjobber: How do institutions change? Not easily

Cocktail Party Physics: The Science of Mysteries: Of Granular Material and Singing Sands

Contagions: Mapping Malaria in Anglo-Saxon England
Contagions: Did India and China Escape the Black Death?

Cosmic Variance (Sean Carroll): Everything is Connected

The Curious Wavefunction: The unstoppable Moore hits the immovable Eroom

Deep Sea News (Miriam Goldstein): A wicked bad idear: National Geographic hunts bluefin tuna for entertainment and Eating Wicked Tuna: A marine scientist tries to figure out what the heck is going on fused into a single post.
Deep Sea News (Alistair Dove): On common names
Deep Sea News (Kevin Zelnio): #IamScience: Embracing Personal Experience on Our Rise Through Science
Deep Sea News (Alistair Dove): No fish is an island
Deep Sea News (Craig McClain): What knowledge of the deep sea tell us about life on other planets
Deep Sea News (Alistair Dove): A (fetid) river runs through it, the Brooklyn edition
Deep Sea News (Alexis Rudd): True Confessions of a Dolphin-Loving Marine Biologist
Deep Sea News (Craig McClain): Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Deep Sea News (Craig McClain and Alistair Dove): James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge: a scientific milestone or rich guy’s junket?

Deep Thoughts and Silliness: The Problems of Interpreting Data

DiverseScholar: #SCIO12 Policy Report: Academia is Productive but Messy – Effects on (Mis)Communication

EvoEcoLab: The Message Reigns Over the Medium
EvoEcoLab: Trying to Catch His Breath With a Hole-Ridden Safety Net

The Febrile Muse: Inflammatory Language No 1. The ongoing cycle

From The Lab Bench: Google Search Engine Software goes ‘Chemistry’
From The Lab Bench: Old News for Carbon Dioxide, New Threats for Climate Change

Gaines, on Brains: Seeing into the future? The neuroscience of déjà vu

Galileo’s Pendulum: If You Love a Flower Found on a Star

GeoSphere: The Art of Geology

Green Tea and Velociraptors: What is a Fossil Species..?
Green tea and Velociraptors: Dinosaurs: Then and Now

The Haystack: How Jagabandhu Das made dasatinib possible
The Haystack: On Birth Control,“Plan B,” and…Batman
The Haystack: Biogen Idec Reveals Clinical Data for (Really) Small Oral MS Drug BG-12

io9 (Maria Konnikova): What Happens When Alice and Anti-Alice Meet? (A Celebration of Lewis Carroll’s 180th Birthday)
io9 (Annalee Newitz): You are bitching about the wrong things when you read an article about science

Just Like Cooking: Petition Expedition – Cancer in Laundry Detergent?
Just Like Cooking: This Just In – File Under ‘Huge Marine Polyethers’
Just Like Cooking: Did Someone Say Pink Slime?
Just Like Cooking: hERG: Legs, Drugs, and Heartbeats
Just Like Cooking: Super Tasters and Smells in Space
Just Like Cooking: The Chemistry Popularity Conundrum

Last Word on Nothing (Sally Adee): Better Living Through Electrochemistry
Last Word on Nothing (Christie Aschwanden): What beer and running taught me about science (part 1 of 2) and/or Life without beer: part 2 of my beer & running science experiment

Life Traces of the Georgia Coast: Georgia Life Traces as Art and Science

Listen to Us!: Moby the Manta Ray

Literally Psyched: Our Storytelling Minds: Do We Ever Really Know What’s Going on Inside?

Magma Cum Laude: This is what a geologist looks like

My Growing Passion: When Plants Parasitise Fungi: myco-heterotrophy

Neurophilosophy: Sleights of hand, sleights of mind

Neurotic Physiology: Do you love Science? Well, that depends, do you like sleep?
Neurotic Physiology: Friday Weird Science: Does your menstrual blood attract BEARS?!
Neurotic Physiology: Friday Weird Science: Laptops and WIFI are coming for your SPERM. Again.
Neurotic Physiology: Overeating and Obesity: Should we really call it food addiction?
Neurotic Physiology: Friday Weird Science: The Social Psychology of Flatulence

Observations (Ferris Jabr): Animals Exposed to Virtual Reality Hold an Emergency Meeting

The Organometallic Reader: Ligand Field Theory & Frontier Molecular Orbital Theory

Powered by Osteons: From Birth to Burial: the Curious Case of Easter Eggs
Powered by Osteons: Childbirth and C-Sections in Bioarchaeology
Powered by Osteons: Line on the left, one cross each: Bioarchaeology of Crucifixion
Powered by Osteons: A Brief History of Bioarchaeology – Part I: America
Powered by Osteons: Lead Poisoning in Rome – The Skeletal Evidence

PsySociety: Why Jersey Shore Won’t Make You Dumber: The Importance Of Responsible Science Journalism
PsySociety: If I Were A Well-Off White Man… I Might Not Understand Other People Very Well.

Reportergene: Where are your cells from?
Reportergene: Packaging madness

The Scicurious Brain: Cocaine and the sexual habits of quail, or, why does NIH fund what it does?
The Scicurious Brain: It hurts so good: the runner’s high

Science. How hard can it be?: A tale of generations
Science. How hard can it be?: When we become nature’s mice.

Science Is Everyone’s Story: The Health Cost of Black Women’s Hair Products
Science Is Everyone’s Story: Energy Journalism: Cleaning up the Numbers

Science Sushi: Evolution: The Rise of Complexity
Science Sushi: Time – and brain chemistry – heal all wounds
Science Sushi: The Joke Isn’t Funny – It’s Harmful

Scientific American Guest Blog (Meera Lee Sethi): Internet Porn Fills Gap in Spider Taxonomy
Scientific American Guest Blog (Cheryl Murphy): Learning the Look of Love: That Sly “Come Hither” Stare
Scientific American Guest Blog (Cheryl Murphy): Music can change (the way we see) the world
Scientific American Guest Blog (The Dog Zombie): The Hearty Ingredients of Canis Soup
Scientific American Guest Blog (Paige Brown): Catalytic Clothing–-Purifying Air Goes Trendy
Scientific American Guest Blog (Melanie Tannenbaum): Trayvon Martin’s Psychological Killer: Why We See Guns That Aren’t There
Scientific American Guest Blog (Melanie Tannenbaum): If It Looks Like a Compliment, and Sounds Like a Compliment…Is It Really a Compliment?

The Scorpion and the Frog: The “Love Hormone” Pageant and The “Love Hormone” of 2012 fused into one.

Skulls in the Stars: François Arago: the most interesting physicist in the world!

Social Dimension: New Ways to Measure Science
Social Dimension: The Fractal Dimension of ZIP Codes

Southern Fried Science: If fish evolved on land, where did they all go? Evolution and Biodiversity in the Ocean

Speakeasy Science: Cough Syrup, Dead Children, and the Case for Regulation

Squid A Day: Neurotoxins In Stranded Squid (With Bonus Rant About Academic Publishing)
Squid A Day: Why Aren’t Humboldt Squid Giant?

The Starving Neuron: Fooled by the senses.
The Starving Neuron: 24 hours in the lab
The Starving Neuron: Bad behaviour

This View of Life: There is Grandeur (Really)

Token Skeptic: Eye-Witness To A Crime And Not Raisins – Reflections On The Bystander Effect In Helping Behaviour

We Beasties: Allergies 101
We Beasties: Allergies 101 – Part deux
We Beasties: Allergies 101: Part the Third

Words in mOcean: I’m a marine biologist, but sometimes I wish that what I did sounded a bit less interesting…

Zoonotica: How do we know what causes an infectious disease? Part 1 and How do we know what causes an infectious disease? Part 2

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