#SciLogs Weekly Roundup: Frightening Cryptococcus, Defining Terms When Writing, TEDMED, Our Obsession With Light
Every weekend, I will publish a roundup of the week’s SciLogs.com blog posts along with some reactions from the comment feeds and social media.
This week SciLogs.com was listed by TED as one of the 19 websites “you should know and use!” We’re tremendously honoured to be in such great company.
Enjoy the weekend reading!
Kausik Datta’s series on the frightening fungus Cryptococcus neoformans:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fascination with - and poem about - fungal infections http://t.co/E0F4MB2HiR
— Slate Vault (@SlateVault) April 2, 2013
"But as he planned, and as he worked / The fungus spore within him lurked." Fungus poetry by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: http://t.co/gn4Nk8bPfY
— Mindy Weisberger (@LaMinda) April 2, 2013
"Where now the wit? Where now the will?/The fungus is the master still." Arthur Conan Doyle's poem @ fungal pathogen http://t.co/QvqYeaDYaj
— Jenny McPhee (@Jennymcphee) April 2, 2013
Akshat Rathi: Response to comments on the Aakash Op-Ed
Paige Brown: Photo of the Week: Spinning Silk
— Malcolm M. Campbell (@m_m_campbell) April 1, 2013
Mićo Tatalović: Balkan science journalists form a regional association
Matt Shipman: The Importance of Defining Terms
“Thanks, excellent reminder of the importance of identifying and describing concepts and the terms associated to them to ensure precise and consistent communication.
I’d like to add that terminologists try to differentiate between words (the lexicon of everyday, general language) and terms (the specialized vocabulary of a particular subject field) [...]”
— Peter Edmonds (@peterdedmonds) April 2, 2013
— Jon Tennant (@Protohedgehog) April 2, 2013
GrrlScientist: New innovation to ease springtime mudflat-squidging
Alex Brown: Since you asked.... March 13
Ivana Gadjanski: The Hive @TEDMED
Laura Nielsen: Plants march north
BookwormSkates on Reddit:
“So if I'm reading this right, permafrost contains enough carbon to potentially double atmospheric CO2 from its already dangerously high levels?”
... to which A_Connecticut_Yankee replied:
“Indeed. The CO2 trapped in the peat and accumulated dead plant matter (which has been collecting since the hydrological conditions allowed) is substantial. There is a huge rush in northern universities to research the relationship between global warming and the change to the permafrost and boreal regions because of the vast amount of CO2 stored in the natural system itself.”
— Simon Goudie (@fiftyninenorth) April 4, 2013
— SciLogs.com (@scilogscom) April 4, 2013
Stephanie Swift: Eating too much salt sends immune system haywire
Marc Kuchner: What’s Your Science Maturity Level?
Malcolm Campbell: Let there be light
Malcolm Campbell: Morsels for the mind – 5/4/2013
This week in Science - from Turing's pattern model to duck penises http://t.co/ALjfizL7id
— Kittiphat Chanthong (@Kittiphat_C) April 5, 2013
— Matt Shipman (@ShipLives) April 5, 2013
Lee Turnpenny: BMC Cancer, WDDTY and homeopathy: ‘new’ comment
Kausik Datta: RightsLink: my distressing travails with Fair Use