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13.7 Billion Years: We Are Stardust
13.7 Billion Years: Report from 2050: Gardening on Mars
13.7 Billion Years: Report from 2050: Epilogue - Why This Century Is Special
538 Refugees: In the Wakefield
538 Refugees: Tales of Big Pharma: Synagis (Palivizumab)
538 Refugees: Science Marches On
538 Refugees: A Cure for AIDS, But at What Cost?
A Blog Around The Clock (guest post on SA Observations): Circadian clock without DNA--History and the power of metaphor
A Blog Around The Clock (guest post at SA Observations): The line between science and journalism is getting blurry....again
A Blog Around The Clock (guest post at SA Guest Blog): Me and the copperheads--or why we still don't know if snakes secrete melatonin at night
A leaf warbler's gleanings: Tigers Are Less Important Than Warblers
The Abstract - What Do Bees See? And How Do We Know?
Action-Reaction: Pseudoteaching: MIT Physics
Addiction Inbox: Cigarette Sadness
Addiction Inbox: That Pesky Gambling Question
Addiction Inbox: Smoking and the Slave Trade
Almost Diamonds: Rape Myth #1: She's Probably Lying
Almost Diamonds: Sex, Science, and Social Policy
Ambivalent Academic (guest post): An Optic Cup in a DISH
American SciCo: Science Online Will Change the World
Ancient Shore: The Beatles and the Cambrian Explosion
Anecdotes from the Archive: Protect yourself from the confidence man's moonshine
Anna's Bones: A Reason to Smile
Anthropology in Practice: Unraveling The Fear o' the Jolly Roger
Anthropology in Practice: Power, Confidence, and High-Heels
Anthropology in Practice: The Social Functions of Blushing
Anthropology in Practice: “It’s Hard for Me to Say I’m Sorry”: Rituals of Reconciliation
Anthropology in Practice: To Be or Not to Be Monogamous?
Anthropology in Practice: Does Your Beer Glass Matter?
Anthropology in Practice: Scent of a Woman
Anthropology in Practice: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Will Industrialized Foods Be the End of Us?
Anthropology in Practice: Communicating Meaning Online: A Digital Expression of Theory of Mind
The Artful Amoeba: Mosses That Move and the Rocks They Reveal
The Artful Amoeba: Bombardier Beetles, Bee Purple, and the Sirens of the Night
Astrobioloblog: The Invention of Sex
Astrobioloblog: Why Pluto isn’t a planet anymore… get over it.
Astrobioloblog: How to sex a pterosaur
Astrobioloblog: What is the Universe?
The Atavism: The origin and extinction of species
Beaker: Seeing is Believing
Beatrice the Biologist: Your cold symptoms are your fault
Beatrice the Biologist: Sleep Deprivation (cartoons)
Beatrice the Biologist: My Week without Plastic
Beatrice the Biologist: Jurassic Park, for realsies?
Beatrice the Biologist: Element Recycling
The Biology Files: Autism, RORA, and testosterone
The Biology Files: Sex, gender, and gender identity
Black Ink Obelisk: Somata (poem)
Body Politic: Why pregnant women deserve drug trials
Body Politic: Cell phones, Cancer, and Scientific Oversimplification
Body Politic: A close look at the plastics industry’s spin on BPA
Boing Boing (Lee Billings): Incredible journey: Can we reach the stars without breaking the bank?
Boing Boing (Maggie Koerth-Baker): Nuclear energy 101: Inside the "black box" of power plants
Boundary Vision: Objectivity and ambivalence: The case of the Apollo scientists
Boundary Vision: Arsenic, cold fusion and the legitimacy of online critique
Bug Girl’s Blog: Will Brazilian Waxing Make Pubic Lice Extinct?
The Bunsen Boerner: Chemistry: this shit’s important
CABI invasives blog: Wild gingers – beastly beauties
Cassandra's Tears: Bubble Ring Play of Dolphins
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Ancestor Points the Way (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Neurospora Lullaby (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Tiny Captains (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: The Ballad of Big Bug Ranch (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: How's That Again? (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Spore Richard's Almanack (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Second Sight (poem)
Chronicles From Hurricane Country: Scent and Sensibility (poem)
Clastic Detritus: The Long Beat of Rhythmic Sedimentation
Confusedious; a science blog: Genetic diversity and ecosystem recovery; there is more to biodiversity than species count.
Context and variation: Iron-deficiency is not something you get just for being a lady
Context and variation: Even when we want something, we need to hide it.
Cosmic Variance: Physics and the Immortality of the Soul
Culturing Science – biology as relevant to us earthly beings: The danger of appealing stories: anecdata, expectations, and skepticism
The Curious Cub: Hello...?
The Curious Cub: Building A Virtual Brain: A Dialogue
The Curious Cub: Censorship And Deleting Comments
The Curious Wavefunction: Better extraterrestrial communication through chemistry: What do aliens want?
The Curious Wavefunction: How can we make the International Year of Chemistry successful?
The Curious Wavefunction: Aliens, arsenic and alternative peer-review: Has science publishing become too conservative?
The Curious Wavefunction: On chemistry's multiple cultures
Dangerous Experiments: On Beards, Biology, and Being a Real American
Darwin vs The Machine: How The Stock Market Influences The Hot 100 Billboard Charts
Deep Sea News: DON’T PANIC: Sustainable seafood and the American outlaw
Deep Sea News: How To Cuddle Your Lady Right, by Smoove A
Deep Sea News: Inside the Outside
Denim and Tweed: Evolution's Rainbow, from sparrows' stripes to lizard lesbianism
Denim and Tweed: An adaptive fairytale with no happy ending
Denim and Tweed: How can you tell if a plant is carnivorous? Feed it!
Design. Build. Play.: Computers and the Homeless
Design. Build. Play.: Design Fridays: That's a big prop
Design. Build. Play.: Future of Spaceflight: No single point sollution
The Digital Cuttlefish: BART Bugs! (poem)
Dinner Party Science: Who's afraid of the Universe?
The Dispersal of Darwin: Sir Charles?
The Dispersal of Darwin: Distilling “History of Science” to 140 characters…
The Dispersal of Darwin: PBS vs. NASA: Thoughts on popular science education at a local museum
Dot Physics: The Physics of a High-Speed Crash: 70 MPH vs. 85 MPH
Dot Physics: Here is an Awesome Moon Model
Dot Physics: Where Does the Carbon Come From?
Dot Physics: How To Brute Force a Car Talk Puzzler
The Dragonfly Woman: Ode to an Odonate on Valentine’s Day (poem)
Drugmonkey: Pick 'em (poem)
Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist With a Twist: Reflections on Biology and Motherhood: Where do Homo sapiens Fit In?
Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist With a Twist: Mark Burnett VS Charles Darwin in an Epic Battle of Immunity
Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist with a Twist: Do Not Sex Your Sibs: Lessons from a Butterfly
Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist with a Twist: Don’t discriminate against handicapped spiders just because their webs look a little different…
Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist with a Twist: Nice eggs…come here often?
Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist with a Twist: Two is cozy – Eleven is a crowd. Benefits to polyandry in a foam-nesting treefrog…
Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist with a Twist: The astounding strength of homosexual bonds in Zebra Finches: Ladies need not apply…
Dr. Mark Van Stone: Glyphs – Evidence for 2012 Apocalypse
Clevelandpoetics: Dunkleosteus: three haiku (poetry)
Electron Caf: Scientific Process Rage (cartoon)
Empirical Zeal: What it feels like for a sperm
Endless Forms: Woolly Bats Use a Carnivorous Roost
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: An Unlikely Heroine
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Romeo: A Lone Wolf’s Tragedy in Three Acts
The End Of The Pier Show: One Of Our Sea Serpents Is Missing
Engineer Blogs: Noise of Aviation
The Euroscientist: Pivot points – The big cheese and the director’s cut
The Euroscientist: Political will closes our eyes
The Excuses I'm Going With: Up Malaria's Sleeve
The Excuses I'm Going With: The New Madrid Seismic Zone: Much Ado About Something ... Unexpected
The Excuses I'm Going With: Species Assault is a Go
The Excuses I'm Going With: Shaky Reasoning
The Excuses I'm Going With: Pornography Terms in Google Searches by Democrats and Republicans
Faraday's Cage is where you put Schroedinger's Cat: A shocking experience
Faraday's Cage is where you put Schroedinger's Cat: Moonscape Reminder: Owens Lake
The Febrile Muse: Human Papillomavirus: Driving Ms. HeLa, Henrietta Lack's Cells
The Febrile Muse: Scientific Literacy in Children: Building the Basics
From The Lab Bench: Hiding Place for the Artsy-Scientist
From The Lab Bench: Out of Hiding: The Artsy-Scientist's Mid-life Crisis
From The Lab Bench: We Want More Science, said the American Public
From The Lab Bench: The Science of Chocolate
From The Lab Bench: Life, Death, and Silver Bullets
The Gene Gym: Re-awakening enemy sleepers...
Genomics, Evolution and Pseudoscience: It's time to destroy our smallpox
Georneys: Technology Anachronisms in Science
Georneys: Bee-Bop the General Exam Bear
Georneys: A Million Random Digits
Giga thoughts...: Singularity
Glass Petal Smoke: Inside the Olfactory Mind of Dr. Roman Kaiser
Guardian Science Blog (Scicurious) The postdrome: migraine's silent sister
Guardian Science Blog (Karen James): Space shuttle launch: 'I feel the percussive roar on the skin of my face'
The Haystack: Front-line Antibiotics To Fight E. Coli
Highly Allochthonous: Ten million feet upon the stair
Highly Allochthonous: A flood is a disaster when people are in the way
The Imagination Age: The Unthinkable Sometimes Occurs
Inside Our Lab: A Letter from the Post-doc with One Foot in the Pipeline
Inside Our Lab: If At First You Don't Succeed ...
- It is NOT junk - Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies
It's Okay To Be Smart: “There’s no crying in baseball” . . . the status quo of Ph.D. programs?
It Takes 30: Teflon bacteria
It Takes 30: How to read a genome
It Takes 30: Not sisters, under the skin
It Takes 30: Microbes that see the future
It Takes 30: The wisdom of cellular crowds
Just Like Cooking: Rare Earths, Common Problem
Just Like Cooking: Dirty Jobs: Why Don't Chemists Wear Suits?
Katie Ph.D.(ABD): A whole new RNA world
Katie Ph.D.(ABD): How do you solve a problem like a broken chromosome?
Katie Ph.D.(ABD): DNA origami gets curves
Katie Ph.D.(ABD): How to make the most of your PhD: The road less traveled.
Kitchen Hacking: Blurring The Lines - Part I
Kitchen Hacking: I Want An Empty Waiting Room
Lealaps: What Death Means to Primates
Labcoat Life: Should Extremely Preterm Babies Be Saved?
Labcoat Life: Science Blogs Are Good For You
Labcoat Life: Define Science
Labcoat Life: Brains Breathe: Dopamine's Role In Preterm Infants
Lamentations on Chemistry: On the pitfalls of science outreach to the public
The Last Word On Nothing (Ann Finkbeiner): Science Metaphors (cont): Resonance
Looking For Detachment: Deep Time
Looking For Detachment: Like caterpillars, crawling or marching...
The Loom: The Human Lake
The Lord Geekington: Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales
Lounge of the Lab Lemming: Dear Hypothesis
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: Scaphognathus crassirostris: A Pterosaur in the Historical Record?
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: Goertzen's Case for the Historical Scaphognathus
Magma Cum Laude: Eruption rates at volcanoes
Mammoth Tales: Tabbert’s Sea-Mammoth
The Mother Geek: How “boner” is misleading: The science behind an erect penis
The Mother Geek: Science on the brain: Motor traffic and beads on a string
Networking Embedded Systems: Build your own gyroscope messenger as Christmas present
NeuroanthropologyHuman (amphibious model): living in and on the water
Neuroanthropology: 'The last free people on the planet'
Neuroanthropology: Getting around by sound: Human echolocation
NeuroDojo: Indie spirit
NeuroDojo: Ptarmigans on ptreadmills
Neuron Culture: Free Science, One Paper at a Time
NeuroPsydoctor8: Regarding Juvenile Comprehension of Miranda
NeuroPsydoctor8: Interested In Neuroethics and National Security? Well here you go:
Y U NO (cartoon)
NeuroPsydoctor8: Last thoughts and Consciousness
NeuroPsydoctor8: New neuroimaging technique: Mapping Myelination
Neuroself: Jonah Lehrer is not a neuroscientist
Neuroskeptic: Where Papers Come From
Neurotic Physiology: Dinosaur Inspiration
Neurotic Physiology: In which Sci is WRONG, you guys. Follow up on bees and cell phones
Observations of a Nerd: Why do women cry? Obviously, it's so they don't get laid.
Observations of a Nerd: Reverse Bestiality: When Animals Commit Sexual Assault
The Occam's Typewriter Irregulars (ricardipus): Genome sequencing, Shakespeare style
The Occam's Typewriter Irregulars (ricardipus): Genome Assembly – a primer for the Shakespeare fan
Oh, For the Love of Science!: Zombie Ants and The Bite of Death
Oh, For the Love of Science!: Friday Weird Science GUEST POST: The distance between your testicles and your anus, 'taint unimportant
One Small Step: A supermassive star, all by its lonesome
One Small Step: Churnalism: Bad for Science?
One Small Step: Modelling comets, kittens and the Universe
Oscillatory Thoughts: How to be a neuroscientist
Pharyngula: Dear Emma B
PLoS Blogs Guest Blog (Delene Beeland): Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests”
The Primate Diaries (at Times Higher Ed): Ariel casts out Caliban
The Primate Diaries: The Science of Sexism: Primate Behavior and the Culture of Sexual Coercion
Punctuated Equilibrium (guest post by Cath Ennis): The scientific method, in chromo-logical order
Q Space: Juno: Journey to Jupiter
Quantum Diaries (US LHC): Helicity, Chirality, Mass, and the Higgs
Quintessence of Dust: What a selfish little piece of...
Quintessence of Dust: Evolution cheats, or how to get an old enzyme to do new tricks
Reality and Psychiatry: The Mind Body Problem and The Boundaries Between Normal Behavior And Mental Illness
Reciprocal Space: Numb or Numbered? - great comment section to edit and include.
The Renaissance Mathematicus: The Empty Building
Research at a Snail's Pace: Thurs-Demo: The one with the Earthquake Machine
RRResearch: Arsenic-associated bacteria (NASA's claims)
Rule of 6ix: An ecological perspective on bat viruses
Rule of 6ix: The ‘interactome’ of a host/pathogen triad
Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: Tutorial 12: How to find problems to work on
Scepticemia: Rifaximin in IBS: A Quick Fix?
Sciencebase: Can we count on journal metrics?
Science Business: HSBC Takes Climate Change Research to the Bank
Science Business: One Nation, Under Geeks
Science Business: Campaign Begins to Boost Public Support for Biomed Research
Science Sushi: Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture
Science with Moxie: The power of rock n roll.
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rob Dunn): Biologist Spending Way Too Much Time Thinking about Discovery He Made on Jon Stewart’s Body
Scientific American Guest Blog (Cheryl Murphy): Will Carrots Help You See Better? No, but Chocolate Might
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rita J. King): Failure of imagination can be deadly: Fukushima is a warning
Scientific American Guest Blog (Jeremy Yoder): The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Natural Selection and Evolution, with a Key to Many Complicating Factors
Scientific American Guest Blog (Cindy Doran): Short Story Science: Lenina versus the Pneumococcus
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly and Lauren Reid): Good Dads and Not-So-Good Dads in the Animal Kingdom
Scientific American Guest Blog (Bradley Voytek): What Bats, Bombs and Sharks Taught Us about Hearing
Scientific American Guest Blog (R. Douglas Fields): Curing Paralysis--Again
Scientific American Guest Blog (Kristina Bjoran): Animal emotion: When objectivity fails
Scientific American Guest Blog (Khalil A. Cassimally): Superfetation: Pregnant while already pregnant
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rob Dunn): Man discovers a new life-form at a South African truck stop
Scientific American Guest Blog (Allie Wilkinson): Seafood at risk: Dispersed oil poses a long-term threat
Scientific American Guest Blog (Scicurious): Serotonin and sexual preference: Is it really that simple?
Scientific American Guest Blog (Holly Menninger): Winter stoneflies sure are supercool
Scientific American Guest Blog (Karen James): Evolution isn't easy, even in Galapagos
Scientific American Guest Blog (Emily Willingham): Of lice and men: An itchy history
Scientific American Guest Blog (Jennifer Frazer): Excuse me, Sir. There's a moss-animal in my Lake
Scientific American Guest Blog (Melissa C. Lott): Texas "Tea" becomes the Texas "E"?
Scientific American Guest Blog (Brian Switek): Breaking our link to the "March of Progress"
Scientific American Guest Blog (Casey Rentz): How to stop a hurricane (good luck, by the way)
Scientific American Guest Blog (Anne-Marie Hodge): Carnivore crossing: How predator species dominated mammal diversity on the Kuril Islands
Scientific American Guest Blog (Kelly Oakes): Habitable and not-so-habitable exoplanets: How the latter can tell us more about our origins than the former
Scientific American Guest Blog (Christina Agapakis): Mixed cultures: art, science, and cheese
Scientific American Guest Blog (Kathryn Clancy): I don't have a 28-day menstrual cycle, and neither should you
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rob Dunn): The top 10 life-forms living on Lady Gaga (and you)
Scientific American Guest Blog (Marie-Claire Shanahan): An arsenic-laced bad-news letter: Who is the audience for online post-publication peer review?
Scientific American Guest Blog (Holy Bik): A plea for basic biology
Scientific American Guest Blog (Andrea Kuszewski): Could chess-boxing defuse aggression in Arizona and beyond?
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rose Eveleth): Can you hear me now? Animals all over the world are finding interesting ways to get around the human din
Scientific American Guest Blog (Rachel Nuwer): When animals attack: Death databases indicate that our fondest phobias may be misdirected
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly): Biting the hand that feeds: The evolution of snake venom
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly): The Ferret Hunters
Scientific American Guest Blog (Dan Bailey): In search of the origins of warfare in the American Southwest
Scientific American Guest Blog (Daniel Ksepka): 5 things you never knew about penguins!
Scientific American Guest Blog (Robin Ann Smith): The worms within
Scientific American Guest Blog (Jennifer Frazer): Pimp My Virus: Ocean Edition
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly): Ugly animals need love, too
Scientific American Guest Blog (David Manly): Mirror images: Twins and identity
Scientific American Observations (David Biello): What Was in the Oil Spilled during BP’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster?
Self-Organizing Networked Systems: Langton's Ant - from simple rules to complex behavior
Seven Deadly Synapses: To Sleep, Perchance to Cause a Midair Collision
Seven Deadly Synapses: Liberally Thinking: Red Brain, Blue Brain
Seven Deadly Synapses: Iodine-131 in US Milk: Cause for Concern?
Seven Deadly Synapses: Seven Deadly Sins Sunday: Gluttony Part 3
Seven Deadly Synapses: Mother’s Little Helper, the Brainstem
Silvarerum: Chasing Daphnia: The Smallest Story on Earth
Skulls in the Stars: The Saga of the Scientific Swindler! (1884-1891)
Skulls in the Stars: The birth of electromagnetism (1820)
Skeptikai: Oz and Eastern Wizardry
Sleeping with the Fishes: Self-Help for Seabirds: How to manage your time and outcompete your neighbors for maximum survival
Southern Fried Science: The Global Extinction Crisis – species area relationships, habitat loss, and population dynamics
Southern Fried Science: Climbing Mount Chernobyl
Southern Fried Science: The importance of failure in graduate student training
Spiritualscientific.com Blog: Angela Ronson Part 1: Not a Vegetable at All, but a White Crow
Stages Of Succession: Teaching The Art Of Tequila Shots
Stages Of Succession: Anthropogenic Global Warming In The Classroom
Stages Of Succession: The Thin Evolutionary Line
Stripped Science: Microbiology and the Old Spice guy (cartoon)
Substantia Innominata: If you are a headbanger, you should listen to Cline Dion
Tattooed Science: Sex and math: You can integrate my curves any day
Tetrapod Zoology: Necks for sex? No thank you, we're sauropod dinosaurs
There and (hopefully) back again…: In the shadows of greatness
This is serious monkey business: Primate vaccines: help you to help me?
This is serious monkey business: “Bad-sad-bad” and other responses to death.
This is serious monkey business: Raison d’etre of the female undergraduate primatology blogger.
This is serious monkey business: Is habituation ethically permissible from a biocentric perspective?
This is serious monkey business: The Curious Case of the Present Hymen.
This May Hurt a Bit: "Don't You Want to Know What I Used to Do?"
This View of Life: Elements of an Effective Public Education Toolkit
This View of Life: Narrating Science and Fear
The Thoughtful Animal: Defending Your Territory: Be Smelly, Be Fast
The Thoughtful Animal: Might Pleistocene Fido Have Been A Fox?
The Thoughtful Animal: Rats, Bees, and Brains: The Death of the “Cognitive Map”
The Thoughtful Animal: Mathematics, Cities, and Brains: What Can A Highway Engineer Learn From A Neuroscientist
The Thoughtful Vegetable: Ask The Retard
The Thoughtful Vegetable: A Developmental Profile
Thoughtomics: We Are Nobody: Contingency and Convergence in Evolution
Thoughts from Kansas: Does meditation make people act more rationally?
Thoughts from Kansas: On interfaith outreach and atheists
Thoughts from Kansas: Biopunks, biohackers, and the movement to own your own DNA
The Throckmorton File: Do You Know the Most Remarkable Thing About Penguins? (You Don't.)
Through the looking glass: What’s this public ‘engagement’ with science thing then?
Through the looking glass: A brief history of awesome
Tooth and Claw: Of Bad Odors and Good Yarns
Uncertain Principles: Science Is Not Irreducibly Complex
Uncharted Atolls: Crushing predators reinvade the Antarctic benthos
Universe: Moon Arts, Part Two: Fallen Astronaut
WhizBANG!: My Grandma’s Cure-All
WhizBANG!: An Active Study
Worst Professor Ever: Why Humanities People Should Care About Math
Yes Means Yes!: Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research
YourBrainonDrugs.net: Welcome to the future of recreational drug use.