This is a new series I am going to try in the tradition of Newsie8200's "Week's Best Diaries You Didn't Read", jotter's "Most Recommended Diaries", and Tomtech's "This Week in Fascism."

Each week I will try to list the diaries that focused either on science or a problem science will be used to solve. I'm calling this series "Nerd Network News" or "NNN." That is, if it gains in recognition and members want to see it continue. I am experimenting with the format, which will change as I get suggestions and when I figure out a system.

The categories I have listed cover what I consider to be the most politically relevant sciences. If there is a category you would like to see included, altered, or removed please leave the suggestion below and I will consider it. I am very flexible.

More below the fold.

There will also be a featured diary every week. This will be the one that either generated the greatest discussion or had what I consider the most important or interesting subject for that week/day. This is, for now, completely subjective and only due to my whim of the moment. You are welcome to disagree and suggest which one you thought it should have been below.

These diaries are not listed in any particular order and I am not vouching for their quality. Next week I will try to write a summary or cut and paste what I consider relevant passages from the diary itself. I also will somehow highlight the diaries that have more research, links or the most substance. This will allow you to quickly find the most educational diaries if you do not have the time to view them all. This week was spent figuring out a format.

If Newsie8200 ever tells you, "This really is not difficult," or "It does not take me long," you can tell them, from me, that they are full of crap. I have gained a whole new level of amazement that the "week's missed diaries" ever gets done.

Some criteria for future diaries I will be including in "NNN" (Others may be added):

  • Diary must have verifiable sources.
  • Copyright standards must be followed. The sources must be quoted in part and referenced (no complete articles).
  • Writer must comment or show some analysis of the article (no "link only" diaries)
This is to try to keep the diaries as useful and legal as possible. There may be exceptions if an important subject was brought up and there were no other diaries covering the subject.

I may also include commentary of my own when I feel like it.

I will be adding to a list of dKos writers. These are people that consistently post quality diaries on a scientific subject matter, or I know they are well versed in science. I am still trying to figure out who everyone is, so this will take awhile. If you are on the list and do not want to be, let me know and I will remove you. A list of science based blogs will also be added as I get to know them and find the most accurate and educational. If you have any favorite writers or blogs list them below and I will consider adding them (if I like them or you can convince me they are worth adding). The list of dKos writers and blogs will be at the bottom.

Please feel free to make suggestions, as this is a work in progress. Or let me know by the poll if you find this series helpful.

If I missed someone's diary, I apologize in advance.  Please feel free to add it in the comment section. This, of course, is not going to be nearly as fun as C&J, although science humor is always welcome.


Featured dKos Diary

Tsunami deaths should have been prevented by peeder This diary discusses a tsunami warning system.

Picture of the week

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Quote of the Week

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. - Stephen Jay Gould

This Week in Science History (from TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY)

Sir Isaac Newton is born on December 25, 1642.

Born 25 Dec 1642; died 20 Mar 1727.
English physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the scientific revolution of the 17th century. In optics, his discovery of the composition of white light integrated the phenomena of colours into the science of light and laid the foundation for modern physical optics. In mechanics, his three laws of motion, the basic principles of modern physics, resulted in the formulation of the law of universal gravitation. In mathematics, he was the original discoverer of the infinitesimal calculus. Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), 1687, was one of the most important single works in the history of modern science.

Categories Click on it to take you there.

Ecology and Global Climate Change
Social Science and Psychology

dKos Writer's

Ecology and Global Climate Change

A Rosetta Stone to the Culture Wars: Lead Poisoning by Troutfishing

Bald Eagles, Rico Suits and the Justice Dept. by Mike S

Act for Oceans in Trouble by darkprint

Does EPA stand for "Environmental Pollution Agency"? by BobsAdvice

Tony Soprano wacks residential roadways by k9disc

New Rules Issued for National Forests by norm

New greenhouse-gas emissions from China, India, and the US will swamp cuts from the Kyoto treaty. by nonverbalcoma

The US Sinks to a New Low on Coal Pollution by Descrates

Action O' the Day by saint


Please Stop Feeding the Trolls by jsmdlawyer this is snark.

Genetic Savings and Clone: Little Nicky -w/poll & cute pics by Feanor

what do students of intelligent design study by rasbobbo

'Intelligent design': the creationists keep trying! by Plutonium Page

Fundamentalists for Intelligent Design by wwcohen

Evolution As Theory AND Fact--Intro To Talk Origins by Paul Rosenberg


brilliant NY Times article on autism by kid oakland

Blacks dying for lack of health care (886,000 deaths preventable in the last decade) by rukkus

FDA Concerns: is this a good issue for DEMS? by bonddad

Good News: Bush won't force drugs down kids throats by turtle

Sick Soldiers: Unusual Diseases by dnamj

Is anyone using the Medicare Drug Plan? by makemefree

Congress to Let Big Pharma off the Hook? by jillian

Gaming the Rx reimportation debate by Septic Tank

White House says NO to Re-importation by JP2

Bush Drug Law Robs Poor, Fiscally Worse Than Social Security by Descrates

Moore at it again: pharmaceuticals running scared by muertepiscina

Big Pharma's Dirty Little Secret is Out by JollyBuddah

Recovering stroke victim: why gay marriage matters by sheba

Drug Companies: Be on the Lookout for a Scruffy, Fat Man! by meanandgreen

Spectacular, Spectacular! by Magorn


All Your Oils Are Belong To Us by georgia10


Tsunami deaths should have been prevented by peeder



Social Science and Psychology


Meet Greensboro, NC : Blog-friendly city promotes alt-media by anonyMoses

Forget body armor: Technology exists to disable IEDs by ttagaris

On the Open Internet, a Web of Dark Alleys by agincour

The Su-37 Super Flanker versus the F-22 Raptor by cskendrick

Dick Durbin Disses Dopey Defense Decisions by Antioch


How to Write an Op-Ed by shirah not science but good information to improve writing.

Nothing to do with politics, everything to do with reality by cskendrick

Asteroid Closing In On Earth by polsci major to be


Monsanto is the enemy of Academic Freedom by upstate NY

Students Sue Over Academic Freedom by chriscummings

Bush Admin cutting Pell Grants...wasn't he supposed to increase them? by Explodingkitchen

EdExchange: What is learning? (long and boring) by Liberation Learning

'The Grinch who stole my education' by Aria

dKos Writer's (Listed by id#)


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Originally posted to SeattleLiberal on Mon Dec 27, 2004 at 07:30 AM PST.


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