Science blogging at Scientific American ramps up

By Grant Jacobs 06/07/2011

Late last night–in the wee hours of morning actually–I received an email announcing a new science blogging network.

In a massive expansion and replacement of an old network, 39 new bloggers have been added to the dozen-plus already writing on-line at Scientific American, in a new web interface. You’ll want to head on over and check them out.

I’d start with Bora’s long post[1] introducing the network and it’s bloggers. It’s worth reading – you’ll glimpse something of the reasons behind the choices and get a feel for their content. There’s also a press release.

Running my eye down the list of bloggers, I see some familiar names whose blogs I have enjoyed following, along with many that are new to me. Taking nothing away from those that are new to me–I simply am not familiar with their content–let me give a taste of the wide variety of content on offer, by giving a shout out to a small number of their independent bloggers that I know of better.

Jennifer Ouellette’s Cocktail Party Physics is a great place for light-hearted takes on physics. Even the odd post on cocktails.

Writer of the long-running Myrmecos Blog, Alex Wild, is under the banner Compound Eye featuring science photography. His insect photos are stunning and well-known to many. If you doubt me, check out his introductory post. (I’d include a ‘sample’ image but I’m too busy–read ‘lazy’ if you like; I won’t mind–to scurry around tracking down their copyright status.)

It’s great to see Janet Stemwedel on board under Doing Good Science. Bora describes her as ’the Cool Aunt of the scienceblogging community’ (the title of an interview with her). Her patch is philosophy of science; her posts on ethics in science are clear and thoughtful and I know I’m not alone in that opinion.

Newly-minted Ph.D. synthetic biologist Christina Agapakis writes Oscillator. She starts of by saying that she hates blogging about blogging and so simply takes off with an excellent brief take on the origins of synthetic biology.

Scicurious writes in an eclectic style, blending videos, photographs, quotes and of course her own words, covering a mix of research papers, topical issues and the just plain silly. One feature of her scientopia blog are her Friday Weird Science posts. At Scientific American she is writing under The Scicurious Brain (she’s a physiologist working in neuroscience).

Leaving the independent writers for a moment, I like the concept behind the Creatology group blog, a place for recent graduates from science writing courses to run a blog for a year and experiment. They’re being chosen as ’good colleagues to one another, members of the same cohort in school and living in the same town so they can easily work together and help one another.’ I have to admit I did a slight double take at the name at first, being similar to Creationism.

I’d introduce more, but work and the taxman[2] call…

Check them out. They’re popular, as Bora reported on twitter:

@BoraZ (Bora Zivkovic)

#sciamblogs hammered by traffic – refresh if oyu get an error

Twitter followers should note the hashtag (#sciamblogs) – you can follow their offerings and developments via this twitter stream.


  1. I’m left ruminating if he ever writes short posts!
  2. I am still hoping something closer to my normal blogging activity will resume in a few days. It’s frustrating not to have enough time to write original posts. But first, I have to make sure that the tax man is happy…

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