The Open Laboratory offers 50 of the best writing that science blogs gave over 2009.
You know the WWW is the source when the editor is listed by their pseudonym! Scicurious edits, with Blake Stacey as production editor and Bora Zivkovic the series editor.
It’s available for the princely sum of $US 15.50 from Lulu in either book form, or as a download. The PDF version includes links to sources. (Those new to Lulu may want my tips in the footnotes.)
The volume opens with with a poem (Beyond Energy, by Kristopher Hite), a refreshing start that caught me slightly off guard. It’s bookended with another poem: My Personal Genome Project by The Digital Cuttlefish.
Next in line, editor Scicurious’ Preface introduces science blogs, to quote, we scientists and science writers:
do our geeky best to fight ignorance and hype, and to show people just how useful, and cool, science can be
(I’d add that one more thing that people can get from science blogs is to they are ask scientists things and can engage in conversation. More than just seeing science and scientists for what they really are: they can interact with them. It’s something I don’t see enough of.)
She rightfully hopes that this volume can extend the reach of the science blogs further into ’living rooms and offices around the world’ and looking at it, I hope it does.
There’s 50 articles. That’s precisely 31¢ per article, if anyone cares.