Here’s a list of blogs I’ve discovered over the past year. Some are well-known. Some are diamonds in the rough. Check them out. Tell me what you think.
This is a blog about the origins of speech, a topic that intrigues me. He has posts on
- Beyond Dictionaries and Rules
- What Shapes Language Besides Genes?
- The Minimum Requirements for an Acceptable Theory
- A New Account of Human Origins?
- A Lifetime of Wondering
- Encephalon #90
Who wouldn’t find those interesting?
An entirely readable take on ‘thoughts, reviews and other tidbits from the world of science’. The blogger is a student with an inquirers approach to scientific topics. There have been few posts I’ve not enjoyed. I’m disappointed that the author doesn’t post more often.
The webmaster, Carl Zimmer, writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist. He is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is A Planet of Viruses. His blog covers an eclectic mix of scientific topics which I find appealing. For example, this week he’s collecting scientific tattoos. Who else would do that?
This blog is the modern version of a field journal, a place for reports on the daily progress of scientific expeditions — adventures, misadventures, discoveries. As with the expeditions themselves, you never know what you will find.
This blog, also covers language, but with a down-to-earth approach I appreciate–even humor. Nice to find in science blogs. I’ve noticed that my posts on words always receive an inordinate amount of attention from readers (they’re over at my writing blog, WordDreams). This trend is borne out by Stan who got 23 comments on a post about the difference between which and that. Probably no one reading this post is surprised. We’ll leave that to the rest of the world.