Archive for July 20th, 2010

"Beauty" in the "Real" World?

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | July 20, 2010 2:08 pm

More at Newsweek

Interested in readers take on this…

MORE ABOUT: beauty, Newsweek

An Open Invitation to Seed's Ex-Sciencebloggers

By The Intersection | July 20, 2010 12:41 pm

Given the recent Scienceblogs diaspora, we want to do our part to help old friends struggling regain blog traffic at their new sites.

So this is an open invitation to our scibling refugees (as the Blogfather Bora says, “Once a scibling, always a scibling!”):

The Intersection would be happy to host guest posts and link back to your new digs around the web. Sure we may disagree online at times, but we always consider you valued colleagues and appreciate the tremendous support you’ve shown us over the years. It’s the least we can do.

Here’s a list of those who’ve left Sb linking to their new sites where possible (H/T Carl). Go visit them!

Abel Pharmboy bids Sb farewell

A Blog Around the Clock: Read his epic farewell.

Deborah Blum

David Dobbs

Good Math/Bad Math: Mark Chu-Carroll is leaving. Will post his destination soon.

GrrlScientist Follow her at @grrlscientist

Highly Allochthonous


Jonah Lehrer: Moving to Wired this summer

Obesity Panacea

Peter Lipson

Primate Diaries in Exile

The Quantum Pontiff

Questionable Authority Follow him @questauthority


Science After Sunclipse

Rebecca Skloot


Brian Switek, Laelaps

Thus Spake Zuska

Alex Wild

Interested bloggers should email or tweet and we’ll arrange your guest post.

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Who gets the credit for the BP container cap? YOU do.

By Chris Mooney | July 20, 2010 8:37 am

This is a guest post by Darlene Cavalier, a writer and senior adviser at Discover Magazine. Darlene holds a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader. She founded and cofounded to make it possible for lay people to contribute to science.

The world may never know for certain who sparked the idea for the current BP oil containment cap.  Professor Robert Bea, from the University of California, Berkeley, however, has a strong hunch:

Six weeks ago, Robert Bea, an engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, received a late-night call from an apologetic “mystery plumber.” The caller said he had a sketch for how to solve the problem at the bottom of the Gulf. It was a design for a containment cap that would fit snugly over the top of the failed blowout preventer at the heart of the Gulf oil spill. Read More


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