Thursday, March 26, 2009

Eureka! Introducing the Scientia Blog Carnival

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.

Since Tangled Bank has gone the way of the Dodo (Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker -- name your favorite extinct species here) and will probably never be seen again, despite promises to the contrary, there is a huge hole in the science writing blogosphere. A hole that must be filled. So I (GrrlScientist) am proposing to do just that: I am proposing to start a new science blog carnival, Scientia, which will be be THE science blog writing carnival.

The purpose of this blog carnival is simple: to provide a public platform that celebrates the best science writing published within the previous month in the blogosphere. This means the host should be able to understand what you've written. If the host can't understand it, neither will the public. Acceptable submissions include "translations" of scientific papers, original essays about a scientific topic or theme, and reviews of books about science. Other submissions may or may not be accepted at the current host's discretion. Topics range from basic to applied sciences; from physics, chemistry and biology to pharmacology and medicine. Scientia is published on the first and third Monday of each month, and of course, this blog carnival is seeking hosts.

To send submissions to Scientia, either use this automated submission form or send it directly to ScientiaBlogCarnival at gmail. Be sure to include the URL or "permalink", the essay title and a brief summary.