Who are science bloggers?

There’s nothing like a good blog in the morning.

I’m a voracious reader (and, yes, a bit of a nerd). So for me, there are few greater pleasures than digesting the latest posts from my favorite blogs—whether they’re scientific, political, or news from the RPG world. (Okay, maybe I undersold the nerd part a little.) As the 21st century rolls on, the number of great blogs continues to grow—with ever more people spilling their passion onto the (web)page, just waiting for readers like me to devour.

Even as a frequent blog consumer, though, the process feels a little opaque at times. Sitting alone in front of a screen, it’s not always clear who else is out there. Who really makes up that blog’s community, of which I’m unwittingly a part?

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Among Scientists, More Consensus for Public Engagement. But What’s the End Goal?

For some years now, voices in the scientific and journalism communities have been asking scientists to expend more energy reaching out to the public.

The contention that scientists communicate poorly with non-academics isn’t new. But judging anecdotally by the frequency the message now appears in print—and the high profile venues broaching the subject—there seems to be a consensus building that scientists need to do a better job engaging with those outside of their academic circles.

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How Would 2016 Have Looked if the Electoral College Was Mathematically Proportional?

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The vote tallies are (mostly) in for the 2016 election cycle, and we’ve hit another anomalous event. Twice now in the 21st century, the winner of the Electoral College vote (and hence the presidency) lost the national popular vote. Prior to 2000, the last time a split vote happened was 1888 and, not surprisingly, the increasing frequency of its occurrence has led to yet more pontifications against the Electoral College per se.

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