The Loom's Top Ten of 2010

By Carl Zimmer | December 31, 2010 5:14 pm

Happy New Year to one and all. 2010 has been a busy one here, full of tattoos, duck privates, and cannibal Neanderthals. Here are the top posts of the year at the Loom…[P.S.–These are top posts as measured by readership]

1. Kinkiness Beyond Kinky (Why Darwin would have loved the extreme genitals of ducks)

2. Simply Impossible (An uncanny illusion)

3. The X-Woman’s Fingerbone (The Denisovans–the first shoe. Here’s the second)

4. Oh Pepsi, What Hath Thou Wrought? (A science blogging trainwreck that led to the birth of several new blog networks)

5. Linux vs E. coli (Networks in computers and cells)

6. Dawn of the Picasso Fish (A fossil fills in the evolution of flounders)

7. I For One Welcome Our Microbial Overlords (How the microbiome may control our behavior)

8. Skullcaps and Genomes (The Neanderthal genome turns up in the most unexpected places. Like in Craig Venter)

9. Feathers That Sing (Another example of sexual selections’ creative powers)

10. Of Arsenic and Aliens (which is then followed by this)


Comments (6)

  1. HP

    Reading through #4, I’m reminded of a) how much I hate soap opera, and b) how much ScienceBlogs satisfied my need for soap opera. Pepsigate offered the perfect balance between elitism and schadenfreude. I suppose this makes me a horrible person. But, on the other hand, I’m glad I witnessed the whole fiasco.

    Judge me? Judge me.

  2. johnk

    No Neuroscience?

    Actually, aside from Carl’s work, I don’t think there’s much interesting Neuroscience in the blogoshere.

  3. gaddeswarup

    May be my tastes in science writing are still developing but there are some other posts that I liked more. For example, the ones on Madagascar Tapeworms, Superweeds, and several articles in the Mind-Brain series which may not be strictly parts of the blog. And of course ‘How Microbes Defend and Define Us’.

  4. Gaythia

    Like 2 and 3 above, I think that this list misses many great posts. Going backwards was an opportunity to re-read some of them. But it was still difficult to think of narrowing it down to just a few top posts. So I think I’ll use the anticipatory method. My favorite will be the next one, and then the one after that. You always have come up with interesting and enlightening topics, and enlightening explanations. Keep up the excellent work!

  5. Just to clarify, these are the top ten most-read posts, not my personal top favorites.

  6. Gaythia

    Do you have any particular posts that you would have liked to have seen on this list? Things that you think should have had us all abuzz? Although it would be hard to forget those ducks, readership clicks don’t measure informed inspiration. It is the depth and the breadth that keep me coming back.


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The Loom

A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

About Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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