On science blogs

Alleluia! Next week is the blogger's Holy Week: ScienceOnline 2012. Here's how you can be there even if you're not there. Also links to the program, the people, and everything else #SciO12. Including a session on how to create an eBook, organized by Carl Zimmer and me.

Hurray, NASA has found Earth's twin orbiting a sun-like star! Or is it? Should we be searching only for life-as-we-know-it? Pardon Alan Turing. Open Lab 2012 winners. Once more, are bloggers journalists? Big news about the Higgs boson next week?

Canids galore: Where did dogs come from? Bad news for bulldogs. Pleiotropy, pre-adaptation, and the domestication of silver foxes. Silver Fox, blogging geology. It's Sand Dune Week!

Neutrinos continue to be faster than light. Perhaps. A flood of stem-cell blogging: At the American Heart Association meeting, one small trial yields positive results, another doesn't, and the media fumble coverage. Stem-cell pioneer Geron shuts down its tiny clinical trial and flees the field. Some bloggers mourn, while others jump for joy.

Asteroid 2005YU55 didn't hit Earth after all, but another one might. Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars moon probe might too. How stupid is Daylight Saving Time? Very. Updates on fraud in social science research and the reopening of the National Practitioner Data Bank.

More untrustworthy social science research, only this time outright fraud. That database of naughty docs has been restored to public view, thanks to journalism organizations. The government appears to have taken it down after pressure by one of them, a neurosurgeon with 16 malpractice complaints.

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