Welcome back (to me). Vacations are funny things - while I did spend some more time offline, I did not shy away from being online. It's just that I felt just fine surfing the Web and reading interesting articles without feeling guilty in the sense of "you should be working instead". Now I am back to work, here in the NYC office, catching up with everything, especially with editing and scheduling Guest Blog posts. But first, some updates....

We have a new blog on the network. Please welcome Maria Konnikova and Literally Psyched!

The judging for the Open Laboratory 2012 is finally done, and the final list of 51 blog posts that will be published in the anthology is now public (also here).

Heather Doran wrote a nice piece about three of our blogs (The SA Incubator, Creatology, and the Guest Blog) for the Association of British Science Writers - New science writers get a place in the sun at the Scientific American Incubator Blog.

We put up the new Image of the Week last Monday and again today and also the new Video of the Week on Wednesday.

And the bloggers were busy all week. If you think a daily summary is incredible, just check out when it is presented as a weekly compendium - you'll need to take a vacation to read all this awesome stuff (I know I did):

- Amy Maxmen - Bedbugs get away with incest


- Dagomir Kaszlikowski - New Theory Explains How Objective Reality Emerges from the Strange Underlying Quantum World


- Judy Stone - Molecules to Medicine: FDA at a Crossroads—a Tough Place to Be


- Samuel McNerney - Jonathan Haidt and the Moral Matrix: Breaking Out of Our Righteous Minds


- Vilay Khandelwal - 1 Percent versus the 99 Percent–A Case for Open Access


- Pamela Ronald - Lets Talk: A story of interspecies communication


- John R. Platt - Illegal Deforestation Threatens the Last 23 Hainan Gibbons [Video] and Endangered Ozark Hellbender Salamanders Breed in Captivity for the First Time and Do PCBs Still Threaten Humans? A Turtle Study Suggests They Might


- David Bressan - Mammoth Mummies Mysteries and A Dirty War We Can´t Win and Can Animals Sense Earthquakes?


- Lucas Brouwers - Yeti Crabs grow bacteria on their hairy claws


- Mary Beth Griggs - Scienceline’s First Ever App is Finally Available


- Scott Huler - The Secret Problem With That Testing Column


- David Wogan - The Westinghouse/Edison Rivalry – stray dogs, circus elephants, and getting “Westinghoused” and The impracticality of a cheeseburger and Energy source transitions over time – what comes next?


- Melissa C. Lott - Technology Transfer – From Lab to Marketplace and (A Lack of Good) Electricity Outage Data and Good and Possible: Climate Talks, Carbon Capture


- Caleb A. Scharf - Kepler 22-b: Another step closer to finding Earth-like worlds and You Can’t Always Tell an Exoplanet by its Size


- Jennifer Ouellette - Anatomy of a Stradivarius and Open Lab 2011: And the Finalists Are…. and Open Lab 2012: Kill Your Darlings


- Allyson Beatrice - Gifts for the Little Scientists on Your List


- Scicurious - One chemical makes you crawl, another makes you swim, if you are C. elegans and Early life stress and drug reward: look to the glia and Friday Weird Science Book Review: Dirty Minds and Motivation, Inattention, and ADHD


- Kevin Zelnio - Evolution’s Tempo, Movement II: Allegro


- Cassie Rodenberg - Sex Addiction’s Moral Battleground


- Jennifer Frazer - Toxic Red Tides Can Attack By Air, Too


- Rob Dunn - Scientist Spots Missing Link in his Basement, But is too Sleepy to Catch it


- Alex Wild - How To Attract An Entomologist and Most of the wildlife photography you see is fake


- Darren Naish - All the whales of the world, ever (part I) and All the whales of the world, ever (part II)


- Davide Castelvecchi - Where’s My Higgs? LHC Physicist Joe Lykken Speaks and The Man Who Put the “Big” in “Big Bang”: Alan Guth on Inflation and Waiting for the Higgs, With the Man Who Built the LHC


- Eric Michael Johnson - The WEIRD Evolution of Human Psychology


- Maria Konnikova - An Introduction to Psych You Up. Literally.


- John Horgan - In Physics, Telling Cranks from Experts Ain’t Easy


- Jesse Bering - Retro Science Jargon: Negroes, Retards, Morons, Feeble-minded Idiots and Perverts


- Psi Wavefunction - Carnival of Evolution #42: Answers to life, the universe and everything


- DNLee - Holiday Gift Suggestions to inspire the scientist/engineer within


- Jennifer Jacquet - Shifting Baselines: The Past and the Future of Ocean Fisheries


- Christina Agapakis - “The Future of Food is Microbiology?!!”


- Carin Bondar - Mythbusters Cannonball Experiment Goes Horribly Wrong – Can We All Say OOOPS?!


- Joanne Manaster - Moon-day Mood Music Video and The Sloths are Coming! Behind the Scenes of A New Program on Animal Planet


- Jason G. Goldman - Open Lab 2011! (but really 2012) and Sunday Photoblogging: Curious about Curiosity and Editor’s Selections: Fear, Mentors, Exercise and Your Brain


- Glendon Mellow - Curiosity’s Storybook Wishes For Mars and ScienceOnline2012 Call for Entries: Science-Art Show! and Science-Art Scumble #28


- Kalliopi Monoyios - The SciArt Buzz


- S.E. Gould - For all your blogging needs…


- Bora Zivkovic - What is a ‘natural’ sleep pattern? and Circadian Rhythms in Human Mating and Data for #drunksci: Daily rhythm of alcohol tolerance and Science + Storytelling + Good (Food & Drink) = The Monti at ScienceOnline2012 Banquet and Books: ‘The Poisoner’s Handbook’ by Deborah Blum and Books: ‘Bonobo Handshake’ by Vanessa Woods


- Bora Zivkovic - Welcome Literally Psyched – the newest blog at #SciAmBlogs and The Open Laboratory 2012 – the final entries


- Mariette DiChristina - Scientific American Defends Marie Curie—and Women Scientists—in 1911


- Angela Cesaro - Scientific American Expands Its Mobile Offering with Launch on Google Currents


- Lena Groeger - Poor Design Can Be Bad—for Your Health


- Sarah Fecht - Lab Sabotage: Some Scientists Will Do Anything to Get Ahead


- Katherine Harmon - Mouth’s Many Species Decoded in Living Color and Stunted Growth from Common Causes Threatens Children’s Later Achievement and Paul Farmer’s Prescription for Restoring Health in Haiti–and Beyond and Four Infective Fungi, Three Nematodes, Two Burrowing Bugs, and a Host of Other Tropical (Dermatological) Diseases


- Mariette DiChristina - Student Experiments for the International Space Station


- Philip Yam - Evolution and Miss USA: Science Role Models Explain Why Evolutionary Biology Is So Important [Video] and Trapped in a Car during the Japan Tsunami: Dash Cam Captures the Terror [Video]


- David Biello - Carbon Onset: CO2 Debt of Climate Conferences Grows and Grows and Grows


- Larry Greenemeier - Is Carrier IQ’s Data-Logging Phone Software Helpful or a Hacker’s Goldmine?


- Gary Stix - Will You Live Forever—or Until Your Next Software Release—By Uploading Your Brain into a Computer? and Are Psychopaths ‘Brain Damaged’? and Ritalin and Other Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs Probably Won’t Make You Smarter


- Mark Fischetti - Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Is Called a “Prescription for Disaster” and Federal Agency Encourages Its Scientists to Speak Out


- The Editors - Who Should Explore Space: Astronauts or Astro-bots? and Which Is Your Favorite Gadget from the 2011 Scientific American Gadget Guide?



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