Wescott’s Wednesday Round Up: Best of the science blogs.

Hi, it’s Dave again. Hope you liked my last weekly round up of links to interesting science blog posts!

I’m back for another week as a guest contributor to SciCheer. Soon I hope to be sharing news about some people who will help me share the best in science blogging, and a way to collect and share all the links you can find here.  There’s a little bit for everyone this week – I hope you enjoy the links.

The Great Gummy Bear Breakup
.  Joanne Manaster proves that liquid nitrogen + gummy bears + hammers = great video.  If you’re looking for a blog that helps kids feed their interest in science, this is a great find.

NDM-1 – a new “superbug.” You know how public health experts keep telling us we should use antibiotics sparingly?  This is why. Maryn McKenna is the author of the book Superbug and knows how to talk about very sophisticated scientific issues in a way that doesn’t incite panic but makes sure you have the right level of concern.

On the Origin of Science Writers. Some people want careers in science, and the path toward a career in science is reasonably clear.  For those who write about science, the path is a bit murkier – until now.  Ed Yong invited science writers to share how they got started in their careers, and 130 responded.  Read the comments on this post – some really great stories here.

Scientists keeping BP – and the government – honest. Scientists from The University of Georgia have been doing some very important work in the Gulf of Mexico lately.  They’ve been debunking a lot of the claims that BP and the federal government have been making about the oil spill there.  Their latest work shows that up to 79 percent of the oil spilled into the gulf remains in the gulf, despite claims from the government that only 25 percent of the oil remains.   The big takeaway – “dispersed” oil is still oil, and it’s still toxic.

Participatory Technology Assessment: panel discussion follow ups and insights from one founding member of ECAST on how pTA can pass to pass the smell test.