Even though I haven’t quite finished my first CellTweet for ASCB that is due tomorrow; even though my bum is sore because I insist that I can only be productive while sitting on the floor; even though I need some sleep before another gruelling day of Gaussia luciferase assays in the lab; even though I still haven’t got round to finishing my next proper Blobologist post; I’m still making time to tell you what to read. That’s how dedicated I am to your reading pleasure. You’re welcome.
Make me happy
If you want to make me happy, you’ll read this New York magazine article about distraction. It’s hilarious, interesting and very distracting.
If you really want to make me happy, you’ll join the NYT Science Times in jumping on the ‘solution journalism’ bandwagon. The series is called Small Fixes and is a collection of stories about feel-good, low-tech, high-impact global health solutions. Fold saris into water filters and save the world!
Science, I promise
I keep meaning to write something up about bugs-within-bugs-within-bugs. But then I found this nice piece at Small Things Considered and decided just to link to it.
The second issue of the Science/Lifesyle magazine Guru is out. It looks gorgeous.
If I ever found the time to read a whole book, I would read this book about an epic journey to make the most humble of domestic appliances from scratch. Or I would watch the video highlights.
I’ve always wanted to read this Victorian mathematical fantasy. Instead, I just read about a nice article about it on the Public Domain Review.
The debate about copy-checking and fact-checking in science journalism still hasn’t died down. For example, David Kroll’s follow-up post asks for scientists to join the debate. Some of them even do.
OK, really not science, this time
Finally, I wouldn’t normally link to myself, but this time the narcissism is for a good cause. At Steel City Science we’ve decided to join the Science Bloggers for Students challenge, and try to raise some sorely-needed cash for local science classrooms. Honestly, you should read what kind of things these schools are trying to raise money for. You could probably spare a few dollars for some pencil sharpeners.