olivia fringe.jpgFigure 1: So what did everyone think of the Fringe season finale last night? I'll tell you what I thought: J.J. Abrams can bite me. (image source)

Okay, so maybe part of the reason I am so annoyed is because I'm kind of obsessed with Anna Torv's character, and I'm pissed about that twist at the end. Damn. Anyway, here's this week's round-up.

Did you catch my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week? Here's a link.

Another reminder: we're relaunching Ask A Scienceblogger. Have any burning questions about science? Do you stay awake at night wondering about something? Ask us. There's a few decent questions already, but I know there could be more!

Most importantly:

The lines are drawn. Which side will you take in the Bacon Blog Wars? In one corner, on the side of all things good and bacony in the world, me, Southern Fried Scientist, and Scienceblogs overlord Erin Johnson. In the opposite corner, on the side of darkness and evil, Scicurious and Kevin Zelnio. How will this play out? We'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, let it be known that "blasphemy against one bacon is blasphemy against all!"


Figure 2: Choose wisely.


The Divine and Glorious Army of the King of all Meats - @sfriedscientist, @jgold85, @palmd, @whysharksmatter, @bomaiblat, @hectocotyli, @doc_becca, @ebamignone, @_colins_, @nerdychristie,

The Morally Questionable Anti-Baconites - @scicurious,@kzelnio, the traitor @hectocotyli, @doctorzen

Read more about it at Southern Fried Science.

Follow the shenanigans.

Awesome Things, Science and otherwise:

The Facts in the Case of Andrew Wakefield. Told in comic book format. Awesome. (h/t: Bora)

An interesting take on the Montessori educational system, from a friend of mine who had not yet been exposed. Not sure how useful it is to compare today's Montessori to the day school education my friend and I received nearly twenty years ago...but an interesting read, nonetheless.

I asked a question on twitter regarding the potential relationship between life in science and loneliness. And in doing so, prompted Zen Faulkes to write a post about it. And there's this post (and this one, from Drugmonkey) addressing a distinct-but-related issue, and a related question posed by Scibling David Ng at The World's Fair (with some interesting stuff down in the comments). It is always good, though, to remember Physioprof's (now ancient) admonition.

I want this.

Dr. Isis considers possible circuitous or otherwise alternative routes to academic science. Also, required reading from the goddess: how women came to serve on study sections.

In case you've missed it, check out my post at LAist this week on the winning illusion from last week's VSS conference.

Last, who will be at APS next week in Boston? Let me know! And follow (and contribute to) the shenanigans on twitter with the #apsconv hashtag, starting next Wednesday.

Finally, a little housekeeping:

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