OpenLab 2006 Reviewed for Nature

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The OpenLab 2006 has been reviewed for Nature by nuclear physicist and PT reader Paul Stevenson: “Blogger’s Unite.” (Don’t miss the editor’s summary as well: “Brought to blook”).

The review is pretty positive for something that was put together at the last moment using material that wasn’t made for print media.

The entries highlight the great variety of styles that can thrive in the blogosphere. Most of the pieces are a little chattier than the usual book or magazine article, but those chosen are formal enough not to grate on the printed page. Occasionally, the prose is loftier than a typical popular science book. Some even veer too much towards the tone of a research article — leaving terms like suprachiasmatic nucleus or a zygomaticomaxillary suture unexplained.

The book works well enough as a standalone anthology of science writing, but I share the editor’s hope that it will prompt eager print readers hitherto unfamiliar with the vibrant young medium that is science blogging to have a look, and maybe even have a go.

I am serving as the editor for the 2007 edition and Bora serves as series editor. As the Nature review mentions, we are already accepting nominations for next year. Click the image below to submit something. We’ll probably be making an early cut in July, so get your favorite posts from the first half of the year in.

Openlab 2007

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(Hat Tip: Neurophilosophy)

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Attila (read the entire transcript of our chat) alerted me to a new book review of 'The Open Science 2006' science blogging anthology. MC and Reed have already blogged about the review. Let me know what you think. And keep... Read More


I wonder why that little editor’s summary points to my old dead blog.…?

It’s flattering that Stevenson says I taught him a lot about mitochondria…except for the fact that I was writing about the eye.

(Kind of undercuts the complaint about poor editing in blogs, don’t you think?)

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