Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Open Lab reviewed by Nature

Nature reviews Open Lab 2007:
The editor of this second anthology of the best scientific communiques from the blogosphere thinks blogs offer new ways to discuss science. The Open Laboratory 2007: the Best Science Writing on Blogsopen lab 2007 (Lulu.com, 2008) takes the curious approach of using dead tree format to highlight the diversity of scientific ideas, opinions and voices flowing across the Internet. Every year a different guest editor — here Reed Cartwright, a blogger and genetics and bioinformatics postdoc from North Carolina State University---picks the best posts to coincide with the Science Blogging Conference (in North Carolina on 19 January). First-hand accounts bring to life the stresses of a graduate student, a mother returning to the bench and an archaeologist's joy at unearthing mammoth fossils. Topics tackled are as varied as the writers, from Viagra and tapeworms to trepanning. Explanations are often offered with a personal twist, such as a father's tale of his child's Asperger's syndrome. The measured voices of trustworthy academics make medical research easy to swallow. If you are overwhelmed by the surge in science-related blogging and don't know where to start, then this compilation may help you steer a course through the sea of perspectives on offer---or inspire you to start a blog yourself.
Reed Cartwright announced today that the book is basically here. Bora and he got to review the proof of the anthology today. "The printing came out great," he said, saying that "means that by March you should hopefully be able to go to your local bookstore and request it to be stocked. Hopefully, Amazon will be carrying it for less than the Lulu.com price next month." (Of course, scienceblogging.com and the conference make 3 times more money off of Lulu.com purchases than anywhere else - so buy there if you want to help out.)

Read about it here and buy from Lulu here!

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