#SciLogs Weekly Roundup: Frightening Cryptococcus, Defining Terms When Writing, TEDMED, Our Obsession With Light

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

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.

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Enjoy the weekend reading!


Kausik Datta’s series on the frightening fungus Cryptococcus neoformans:

Cryptococcus, the Silent Menace: A Primer

Cryptococcal Virulence Factor: Capsule 1

Cryptococcal Virulence Factor: Capsule 2

Akshat Rathi: Response to comments on the Aakash Op-Ed

Paige Brown: Photo of the Week: Spinning Silk

Matt Shipman: Zoos, Twitter, Outreach and Interviews: 2013 First Quarter Roundup

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) [...]

GrrlScientist: New innovation to ease springtime mudflat-squidging

GrrlScientist: Maria Sibylla Merian: artist whose passion for insects changed science

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.

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

Lee Turnpenny: BMC Cancer, WDDTY and homeopathy: ‘new’ comment

Kausik Datta: RightsLink: my distressing travails with Fair Use

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