#SciLogs Weekly Roundup: Beer, Earth Is Never Dark, Lasting Effects Of Hunting Primates, Dogs’ Sense Of Smell

20 April 2013 by Khalil A. Cassimally, posted in SciLogs

Every weekend, I publish a roundup of the week’s SciLogs.com blog posts along with some reactions from the comment feeds and social media.

This week, two new bloggers joined SciLogs.com! Make sure you welcome public health student Tania Browne who blogs about epidemiology on Epilogue and filmmaker and journalist Kerstin Hoppenhaus who is blogs from the heart of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology on I, EVA.

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Akshat Rathi: Sexual strategies: The numbers game

Lee Turnpenny: Libel reform at risk… again

Lesley Kemp:

Thank you for highlighting my circumstances. It seems that my case may be the tip of the iceberg with countless others going through what I am. I cannot even begin to describe the stress I have suffered but worse, what my kind, loyal, supportive husband has had to endure. Thanks to the generosity of spirit and donations from good folk for which I shall always be grateful, I now have a chance to stand up for myself and with clear conscience say, NO I will not be bullied.


This is happening so often nowadays. The majority of libel cases (and I mean the majority) end up being dismissed by the courts. In 2010 out of 20 cases which were reported 18 were won by defendants. That gives hope to defendants even when the libel law has not been changed yet. The judges in preparation for the changes are interpreting the present outdated law more favourably to defendants - presumably because like everybody else they are sick and tired of the sheer number of hopeless and vexatious cases they see [...]

Michael Blume: Was Parental Investment Theory discovered only by male scientists?

Rayna Stamboliyska: #aMomentaryLapseOfReason: Beer Fans United

Tanie Browne: Watching The Detectives

Stephanie Swift: Stem Cells Wanted: Alive Not Dead


Graham Morehead: Strong Theory of Artificial Stupidity

Kerstin Hoppenhaus: Welcome, fellow explorers!

Kerstin Hoppenhaus:

Let me know, if you have any questions for the scientists here. Consider me your liaison officer;)  Will try and find answers.

Lee Turnpenny: Pseudoscience Awareness Week

Lowell Goldsmith: Editors’ Picks from Experimental Dermatology (February and March issues)

Tom Webb: Precision Phrased

Dr. Allison L. Stelling:

One thing I learned doing research and grant writing in Germany was the huge, huge difference between the USA and European funding systems. The grants I helped with in Prof. Tonge's lab at SBU in NY were deliberately left quite vague, so there was flexibility in how the money could be spent. You never know what you'll find out in the lab- that's why it's called "discovery science"! Asking interesting questions was more important than producing correct answers, since asking the questions is what furthers the scientific endeavor.

Kerstin Hoppenhaus: I, EVA: My field site

Liz O’Connell: VIIRS as an Arctic Nightlight

Matt Shipman: How Dinosaurs Actually Lived: an Interview with Brian Switek

Lee Turnpenny: Libel reform – Lords Amendment 2 rejected

Mićo Tatalović: Inside Croatia’s science: a rare glimpse into most debated issues

Alex Brown: Scientific coathangers

Viktor Poór: Cell count pun

Kerstin Hoppenhaus: A Ta-ka-ti-ki Afternoon

Jalees Rehman: Bone Marrow Cell Infusions Do NOT Improve Cardiac Function After Heart Attack

Tania Browne: No Business Like Snow Business

Malcolm Campbell: Ahead by a nose

Mićo Tatalović: EU’s Horizon 2020 should pay researchers in Eastern Europe the same salaries as in Western Europe

Anne-Marie Hodge: Constant Gardeners: Primates Shape African Forest Structure

Malcolm Campbell: Morsels for the mind – 19/4/2013

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