Over on Student Voices, my latest blog post has been published, entitled Some Like It Very, Very Hot. It’s all about the crazy world of hyperthermophiles – organisms that can comfortably live in temperatures exceeding 60ºC – and some of the current record-breakers in the field: Pyrococcus furiosus, Geogemma barossii and Methanopyrus kandleri. There are few things more fascinating than these microbes, people, and their extreme biology continues to astound the scientific community.
Here’s a little taste:
To put these hyperthermophiles’ biochemical achievements in perspective, proteins in our [...]
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Some extremely exciting news: I’ve been offered to become a part of the team over at The Panda’s Thumb!
For those unaware, The Panda’s Thumb is the single greatest evolution-defending/intelligent design-attacking blog out there. It’s been running since 2004, and features such contributors as PZ Myers, John Wilkins, Nick Matzke, Jason Rosenhouse, Wesley Elsberry, Jeffrey Shallit… The list goes on. These are the big players, the ones who have been fighting against the Discovery Institute since [...]
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The Carnival of Evolution for March is up at Genome Engineering! No posts by me (because I’m lazy/I forgot/I secretly hate evolutionary biology, but make sure you check out some great posts on breaking Dollo’s Law, the evolution of lizard colouration, an animal phylum’s possible loss of their anuses and disgusting worm sex. Then again, just check them all out! Do it!
The next Carnival of [...]
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Another Carnival of Evolution is out, this time at This Scientific Life, one of the blogs of Bob O’Hara (the CoE author) and Grrlscientist (not the CoE author). I actually got a post into this edition, having remembered to send one as soon as the last one was posted – but don’t worry about my submission, go read the submissions of others, that’s what’s important!
The next CoE is at The Dispersal of Darwin, on the 1st of [...]
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The Carnival of Evolution is a monthly blog carnival about, well, evolutionary biology, and its 28th incarnation is out at the Carnival of Evolution blog (blog carnivals are usually hosted on a different blog every week, but for some reason the CoE’s home blog was chosen this time around – not that it really matters anyway, it’s all about the content).
It has a feature on Sandwalk, which you should probably follow if you like blogs about evolution and religion written by biochemistry professors, [...]
» Continue reading “Carnival of Evolution No. 28 is out – Genomic viruses to eusociality”
Well, it depends what you mean by “making it”. I would consider that to be being taken seriously by the people you want to reach out to and communicate with, so I’m not sure I’ve achieved that lofty height yet. But being quoted in a Guardian piece is one step closer, right?
Riazat Butt writes on the Guardian’s science blog, about the new Centre for Intelligent Design in the UK:
In 2006 Elanor Taylor wrote that » Continue reading “I guess I’ve made it as a blogger now?”
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That’s right, I’ve been selected by judges as one of the ten finalists in the Big Blog Theory, a science blogging competition for Australia’s National Science Week! This was truly unexpected. I’m still in shock, actually.
From the Big Blog Theory website:
We are pleased to announce the following ten finalists for the blogging category of The Big Blog Theory (in no particular order).
Marc West [...]
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Oh dear. The semi-infamous blog You’re Not Helping, which criticises the tactics of prominent bloggers such as PZ Myers and Greg Laden, has met a nasty fate – the author (yes, singular) revealed himself (yes, himself) as William, a student from the University of Alabama, as well as the person behind many of the suspected sockpuppet commenters on the site.
It’s all rather sad, really. He made some legitimate points, but those points were spread thinly upon a backdrop of whiny [...]
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