Blobologist-approved Reads: Self-promoting shamelessly, eating sustainably, cleaning virally and failing taxonomically

My ScienceSeeker picks for this week:

Is writing up your science in blog form “the antithesis to scientific culture”? That was the implication of Paul Berg’s comments at the ASBMB’s science communication panel at Experimental Biology 2012 last week. In Science & self-promotion, Biochembelle describes the incident pretty fairly (I was there) and gives a thoughtful response to the unexpected discovery that she is

 “…an attention-seeking whore.”

I guess that makes me one, too.


Eating fish is not something I normally encourage, because as far as I can tell, eating fish sustainably is bloody difficult. But to my surprise, over at Deep Sea News, Miriam Goldstein tells us How to eat sardines sustainably in response to a plea to forgo the sardine sandwich at Mother Jones. Goldstein argues that instead of canning the whole idea,

“Americans should eat more sardines directly, and fewer sardines indirectly.”


In THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPER: GBV-C CO-INFECTION WITH HIV at Body Horrors, there is a fascinating story about the friendliest Flavivirus, GBV-C.

“If HIV is an unwelcome houseguest in the human body, then infection with GBV-C is like waking up one day and unexpectedly finding a housekeeper doing the dirty dishes and containing the mess created by this destructive guest”


Finally, who doesn’t like to engage in a bit of taxonomy one-up-manship when identifying heinous taxonomy fails in the press? Southern Fried Scientist has a doozy of a  #TaxonomyFail: Salps, Jellyfish, and the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and lays down the challenge to beat him (there’s even a prize!).  Don’t miss the slightly hairy comments section, either, where SFS concludes that:

“…salps are more human-like than jellyfish-like, humans are more salp-like than jellyfish-like. Jellyfish are equally salp-like and human-like.”



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s