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On "Media Refusal and Conspicuous Non-Consumption: The Performative and Political Dimensions of Facebook Abstention"

I just did something that I'm sure is not on any "helpful tips" list for aspiring science bloggers.To write this post, I just copied a title from an academic journal and hit <CTRL> V in the headline field of WordPress.I wouldn't usually do a cut and paste, but this title brought a big smile and, after all, isn't consummate fascination the sine qua non of search engine optimization?The headline above also happened to top an article by Laura Portwood-Stacer, a visiting professor at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, an article published online in the journal New Media and Society...

STAFFFebruary 22, 2013 — Gary Stix

Bees under the Microscope

Much has been written about the continuing disappearance of the honey bee, the corresponding demise of commercial beekeeping and the various culprits that account for the decline or colony collapse disorder (CCD) as it is known in the trade...

February 22, 2013 — Charles Crookenden

#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Testing Kids DNA, medical apps, Einstein Writings, 3-D Printed Octopus Suckers, Stormwater, ENCODE, and more.

- Ricki Lewis - New Guidelines on Testing Kids’ DNA – the Cliff’s Notes Version - Carly Goldstein - There’s an App for That: Policy and Technological Advances in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Ashutosh Jogalekar - ENCODE, Apple Maps and function: Why definitions matter and Physics Nobel Prizes and second acts - John R...

STAFFFebruary 21, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Karl Shuker s The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals

We’re all excited by, and interested in, ‘new’ species; that is, those that have been discovered and named within recent years, with “recent years” variously being considered synonymous with “since 2000”, “since the 1970s”, or “since 1899/1900”.In the modern age, species discovered within the 20 th century are generally considered ‘surprising’ and ‘recent’, and we often refer to them when making the point that new species are surely still out there to find...

February 21, 2013 — Darren Naish

Most zombie ant photographs are upside down

Since we're on the topic of zombies, a public service announcement:Most zombie ant photographs are upside-down.Few insect natural history stories capture public imagination as much as "zombie ants"...

February 21, 2013 — Alex Wild

Physics Nobel Prizes and second acts

A couple of days ago I wrote a post discussing chemists who did significant work after receiving a Nobel Prize. The examples are few but noteworthy; accomplishing one significant piece of scientific work is hard enough, so if you manage more than one you should definitely be recognized...

February 21, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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