Ed Yong is one of the world’s best science bloggers. Maybe the best. He’s the name that should come first to mind whenever anyone asks whether blogging counts as “real” science writing.
Yong, who writes “Not Exactly Rocket Science” for Discover Magazine’s blog site of course argues that it does, but decided that since bloggers are unpaid, he’d choose ten blogs each month and contribute £3 to their authors. He urges his own readers to contribute as well.
There are no formal criteria for making the list, says Yong, “other than I found them unusually interesting, enjoyable and/or important.”
In today’s post, headed “Science Writing I’d Pay to Read,” Yong lists his most recent picks:
• Brian Switek for a wonderful series of posts on primate “grief”, the evolution of mammal ear bones from reptile jaws, the world’s oldest toothache, and why people should stop comparing every dino to T.rex.
• Al Dove for a beautifully told account of his own research involving an amazing mob of 420 feeding whale sharks
• Jennifer Ouellette on the challenge of cryogenics, taking in zombie dogs, antifreeze proteins and, er, Demolition Man
* Jeremy Yoder on meat-eating geraniums and other sorta-carnivorous plants.
• Craig McClain with a brilliant post drawing parallels between a 1st century Germanic chieftain and a baby coral.
• Christie Wilcox for her thorough critique of a CEO who shot an elephant and bragged about it
• Jonah Lehrer, who made making the psychological case for knowing more about wine
• Jennifer Frazer for a wonderful tribute to the legendary Tom Eisner and a cool tour through the chemical world of insects & plants, featuring bombardier beetles, bolas spiders and more.
• Maryn Mckenna for an eye-opening post on just how hard and expensive it is to stop an outbreak of measles, and the vivid cost of vaccine refusal
• Eric Michael Johnson for his discussion on the allure of gay cavemen and “third gender” people.
See “Posterous,” Yong’s blog for “stuff that’s too silly or unformed for my [Not Exactly Rocket Science] blog but too long for Twitter.”
A recent example: “Not Exactly Royal Wedding Science.”
We wait with baited breath to see what Yong might have to say about Osama Bin Laden.