Short List

The Narcissism of De-Extinction
Scientific American blog post
Attempts to resurrect extinct species are more about human guilt and romanticism than the species themselves.
Winner of Best Biology Blog Post of 2013 from Scienceseeker.org

Cats Are Ruthless Killers. Should They Be Killed?
Scientific American blog post
Cats kill billions of birds every year. But they’re not managed like other invasive species because they’re too damn cute.
Syndicated on Salon as Death to the house cat!; Featured on The Browser and BBC Future

Graphic design in pharma ads traces the history of healthcare
Nature Medicine Blog Post
Unrecognizable by today’s pharma ad standards, in the mid-20th century there was a place for the Don Drapers of the world in the pharmaceutical halls.

Can Seabirds Overfish a Resource? The Case of Cormorants in Estonia
Culturing Science blog post
Cormorants were nearly harvested to extinction in Estonia. But now that they’ve made a comeback, they may be overfishing local fish stocks.
Published in Open Lab 2010, a print compilation of the best science blog posts of the year.

Breaking Down the Myths and Misconceptions About the Gulf Oil Spill
Smithsonian.com article
Separating fact from fiction when talking about ecosystem and seafood health after the Gulf oil spill.

Our Biases in the Gulf’s Recovery from the Oil Spill
Scientific American blog post
In reporting on the Gulf spill, I learned that it wasn’t an ecological apocalypse as predicted—and was forced to examine my held biases.
Invited onto the Katie Couric Show to discuss my views in this post.

Can a DNA Test for HPV Replace the Pap Smear?
Popular Science article
A new test for HPV has been cleared as way to screen for cervical cancer, but doctors are concerned that it doesn’t do enough to protect younger women.

Mad Science?
The Scientist News (Formatted version)
A documentary about the research of neuroscientist Robert White goes beyond his macabre head-transplant experiments to highlight his contributions to science

Autism, Authenticated
Nature Medicine Feature (PDF)
Genetic tests for autism are on the market—but do they actually benefit people with the disorder?

An Unlichenly Pair
The Scientist
A young lichenologist honors his mentor by naming a rare lichen after him.

The Enchanting Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps
Smithsonian.com article
Fictitious animals on 16th and early 17th century maps hint at how people’s perception of the ocean has changed over time

The Joint Collector
The Scientist
Forget stamps: one bioengineer amasses broken artificial joints to learn why they failed and how to build better ones.

Amazing Sea Butterflies Are The Ocean’s Canary in the Coal Mine
Smithsonian.com article
These delicate and stunning creatures are offering Smithsonian scientists a warning sign for the world’s waters turning more acidic

Cigarette Butts in Nests Deter Bird Parasites
Scientific American Blog Post (edited for print)
Used cigarette filters in nests may protect nestlings

The Dark Matter of Disease (Formatted version)
The Scientist News Feature
DNA sequences that don’t encode proteins may, nonetheless, influence disease risk

Better animal models needed for malaria vaccine development, experts say
Nature Medicine Blog Post
Mouse models for malaria haven’t changed since the 1960s — a fact that may be hindering vaccine development

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