Blog Profiles: Science Blogs
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Over the holidays, I got to spend some time with my family. Today, I’m thinking about my young, 16-year-old nephew, who aspires to do something within the science field.
He’s already got his eye on an astrophysics internship in the DC area that could lead to awesome opportunities. (When I was 16, my brain was far from planning my future, much less considering anything in the realm of science. So I’m kind of in awe of his drive and smarts.)
This got my brain to thinking about what I can do: Look closer at fascinating science blogs.
ScienceBlogs is a network that houses quite a bunch of interesting blogs. It was created by Seed Media Group in 2006.
The site covers an incredible amount of information, including life science, physical science, environment, humanities, education, politics, medicine, brain and behavior, and technology.
I found several interesting posts on ScienceBlogs.
“Using 3D simulations of the hummingbird flight, [researchers] discovered that the tiny birds stir up air around their wings in a way similar to insects like mosquitoes and dragonflies,” the post said.
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Confessions of a Science Librarian is one of the ScienceBlogs that particularly caught my eye.
The blog is written and managed by John Dupuis, science librarian at Steacie Science & Engineering Library at York University in Toronto.
You might expect a science librarian to write about science books. In this case, you’d be absolutely correct.
It’s the reason I like this blog so much. I love books.
Wired’s Science Blogs presents a network of all-star science bloggers.
This site has an awesome amount of science information.
One of the first posts to catch my eye was about Italy’s Etna, which had its first intense eruption in more than a year. The post was written by Erik Klemetti, an assistant professor of geosciences at Denison University; Klemetti’s passion in geology is volcanoes.
Under Social Dimension, I especially enjoyed Computational Creativity and the What-If Machine, which talks about the field of computational creativity with scientists probing whether machines have the capacity for creative thought.
And then there was this little nugget that I know my husband would appreciate: Geologists Are Going to Measure Seattle Seahawks Fans’ Feetquake.
Follow @wiredsciblogs on Twitter.
Notes & Theories is The Guardian’s blog on scientific research and controversies.
I liked this blog for a lot of reasons, but it starts with the writing.
I found incredibly fascinating David Cox’s piece, Unbroken: what makes some people more resilient than others?
In it, Cox writes that Louis Zamperini’s life story provides “certain clues to one of the most complex biological mysteries – what makes some people more resilient than others?”
“It has been estimated that around 50-60% of people in the US will experience severe trauma at some time in their lives,” he says. “Around one in 10 goes on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is permanent in a third of cases. But some people who have lived through major traumatic events display an astonishing capacity to recover.”
Other notable posts include The medieval bishop who helped to unweave the rainbow and Delusions and hallucinations may be the keys that unlock psychosis.
Follow @guardianscience on Twitter.
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Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her @cpcube.