David Wescott here. I’m very pleased to announce that the Weekly Wrap-up has its very own advisory committee. These outstanding bloggers know just where to look for the most interesting and engaging science content on the web. They’ve earned the praise of their contemporaries in their own online communities, and now they’re helping me bring you some of the best the web has to offer. In no particular order, the band of bloggers I’m now calling “the Weekly Group” includes:
Susan Niebur. Susan is an astrophysicist (i.e., an actual rocket scientist who worked for NASA) and the heart and soul of the Women In Planetary Science blog. She’s also known as the author of Toddler Planet, a blog where she talks about everything from her family to her online pals to the fact that she’s kicking cancer’s ass AGAIN. She was just named a “Voice of the Year” at BlogHer’s annual conference last month.
Thea Joselow. Thea is a new mom and the author of nutgraf, the Internet’s most underrated blog ever. Thea was once part of the team that brings you the popular NPR radio show “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and she likes to blend her humor with her unabashed desire to conduct scientific experiments in her house. You can also find her writing about non-science topics on the Huffington Post.
Julie Marsh. Julie is the author behind The Mom Slant, and writes columns on politics and parenthood at Imperfect Parent and The Stir at Cafe Mom. She’s also a co-founder of Blog With Integrity and one of the women behind Cool Mom Picks. Julie is a unique blend of smart, sweet, and badass. This mom of 3 was an Air Force officer who worked on a nuclear weapons program at the Pentagon. In her spare time – yes, she has spare time – she trains for triathlons.
This week’s round of links include:
Ten back-to-school-projects for citizen scientists. Michael Gold over at The Cheerleader’s sister site Science For Citizens has some great ideas for getting your kids’ hands dirty in a good way.
What falling from space looks like. Seriously – someone strapped a video camera on one of the Space Shuttle’s rocket boosters and hit “record.” Seven minutes of free fall.
How do search and rescue dogs find people? This is a great story about training dogs as well as the science behind why they have such powerful sniffers.
When a deaf man has Tourette’s. This is from Emily Anthes at Wonderland, one of the blogs on the new PLoS Blogs network. I’ve taken a look at some of the content there and it’s really impressive – the title of her post drew me in right away, and this post is worth a read even if you don’t know a thing about Tourette’s.