I’ve been so busy at the moment, preparing for university, reading, listening to music, exercising, indulging the Doctor Who-obsessed part of my brain… that I haven’t done a Monday Science Link in a while. And I’m still busy, so here’s a non-standard one.
Ed Yong runs the excellent science communication blog Not Exactly Rocket Science and a short while ago he put out a lovely list of science blogs that he believes everyone should read. As it turns out, the list was completely composed of female-authored science blogs, which are a minority in the science blogosphere – but that’s what made the list so great! Underrepresented deserve to be noticed. Now I have heaps more excellent science blogs in my feed reader, and I thought you should too. Who doesn’t love having more science to read about every day?
Plus, Ed took the time to highlight some of their specific posts, so you can be introduced to a representation of their writing style and content before you make the decision to follow them. All the more reason to take his opinion seriously here.
Here’s a short excerpt from Ed’s post, so you know I’m not lying to you. But make you check out the complete list and pick up some more blogs to follow, they’re all great.
SciCurious has taken the conversational nature of blogging and run with it, producing a hilarious, offbeat neuroscience blog that amuses and informs in equal measure. Sci recently figured out she was awesome when the rest of us had known it for ages. Her primers are still some of the best intros to neuroscience around, and let’s not even start on the Friday Weird Science posts.
Maryn McKenna is a journalist specialising on infectious diseases. Her blog (which really should be called Typhoid Maryn, but instead is called Superbug) is home to eye -opening science of the Skloot mould – the type that everyone else should be reporting but no one actually is, and all beautifully told to boot. Don’t miss this incredible story about a surprising 1918 autopsy, this one on “vaccine-derived polio”, and anything involving the terrifying NDM-1
Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prize winner and author of The Poisoner’s Handbook. Her blog, Speakeasy Science is a literary playground, where Deb experiments and tinkers with different writing styles and story forms, fusing linguistic alchemy with the topic of chemistry. Don’t miss this personal post on cigarette-smoking, or this calendar of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Mary Carmichael is currently binge-learning about genetics as a Knight Fellow. In this field, her stuff is some of the best science journalism out there, including this classic 6-part series about her quest to decide whether to do a personal gene test, and this profile on Harvard geneticist George Church. Also, because some people have forgotten, she was the one who broke last year’s story on the dodgy “longevity genes” Science paper. She blogs at Wild Type.