Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Scientia Pro Publica 21 Now Available

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

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

Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) blog carnival was just published! The "Darwin's 201st Birthday" edition of Scientia Pro Publica is hosted by me at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted). As I state in my opening remarks to this edition of the carnival, this is the best edition yet: filled with lots of excellent writing targeted to the public. The generally excellent writing amazes me because writing a blog is not how any of the contributors earn their living; they all support themselves by doing something else. Writing as such, is a hobby. So let's all be sure to leave comments on at least one essay that was linked from the carnival to encourage the contributors to continue writing for us.

We are luck to have this edition: this blog carnival was almost completely lost yesterday evening when I hit the "publish" button only to find that my wireless connection at home had unexpectedly ceased to function. Rebooting the router several times was ineffective, and early morning phone calls to T-mobile were also worthless. Fortunately, I was able to reclaim the text of the unsaved blog carnival and publish it this morning, after a local restaurant that provides me with free wireless had opened for business.

To send your science, nature or medical writing to Scientia Pro Publica, either use this automated submission form or use the cute little widget on the right or you can email it directly to the carnival email address; ScientiaBlogCarnival@gmail.com. [Apparently, the blog carnival automatic submission form has been restored to functionality] Be sure to include the URL or "permalink", the essay title and, to make life easier for the host, please include a 2-3 sentence summary. Remember, this blog carnival focuses on communicating to the public, so your essays must be understandable to non-specialists. Further, this blog carnival is not a vehicle for transmitting pseudoscience or advertising -- there are plenty of venues available for that.

The next issue will be published on 1 March by a host I've yet to identify. If you are interested in rescuing everyone out there from my minimalist blog carnival style by hosting this carnival yourself, please contact me as soon as possible or send email to the Scientia email account (link provided earlier in this blog entry). I need hosts for all editions that will publish in 2010. Scientia Pro Publica is published on the first and third Monday of each month, so feel free to choose a particular date, or I'll assign you the first available date.

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