Congrats to two award-winning Discover Mag bloggers!

By Phil Plait | June 22, 2010 2:00 pm

Two of my Hive Overmind Discover Magazine co-bloggers took home the top two awards from Three Quark Daily’s science blogging contest: Carl Zimmer of The Loom, and our new blogger Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science. They both wrote about interbreeding of sorts, clearly pandering to the judge, squishy science advocate Richard Dawkins.

OK, seriously, this is very cool. It’s nice to see science blogging get recognized (some major web awards still don’t have a science category), very nice to see good science blogging get recognized, and very very nice that two of the three awards went to folks here at Discover.

When I first moved my blog to Discover a couple of years ago now, I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I trusted the brand and the people at the magazine. This was clearly a good decision — I’m happy here, and I’m really proud of Carl and Ed. They deserved those awards… and I bet we’ll be seeing a few more coming this way over time. We have an excellent group of writers here, and I suspect Discover Magazine will be a force among online science journalism and opinion writing for a long, long time to come.

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Comments (9)

  1. Oooh! Is that a Komodo dragon skull?

  2. Congratulations!

    Now if we could just get the advertising department to not allow all the really crappy woo pedlers to appear (take their money and promise to only psychically advertise their wares… that would be fair turnabout). 😛

  3. rob

    hey Phil! i thought this was a blog about *science* and not about science awards!


    p.s. congrads to Carl and Ed!

  4. Thanks, Phil. I think the contest should be judged next year by Neil deGrasse Tyson or some other non-biologist scientist. Dawkins and Steven Pinker are quite enough from the biological side of science for now.

  5. Monkey

    Yeah, biology and the squishy stuff…..where are the hard sciences? The true truth seekers of our cosmos? The fundamnetal questions are being uncovered and answered by a host of non-biology disciplines, yet none get a hat-tip from Dawkins? Astrology, scientology, prayer healing, quantum-nano-reiki-distance-alternative-natural-astral-projectal-physics? Where is the representation for these, i ask!!


    congrats to not only the two award winners, but to science journalism in the blogosphere in general.

  6. Nigel Depledge

    Of course, what Phil does not realise is that, compared to astronomy, biology is really, really complicated. 😉

    Just kidding, Phil, I know you really love biology after all.

    Full disclosure: I’m a biochemist.

  7. I’m particularly glad that Dawkins judged this because The Selfish Gene was probably one of the key things standing between me and the prospect of becoming something horrendous, like a physicist 😉

    Thanks for the shout-out Phil. Lovely sentiments about the quality of blogging in the world at large, and at Discover in particular. Very happy to have joined this collective.

    Also, @Boingo – yes, it’s a Komodo dragon skull. Awesome, eh?


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