Sunday, June 12, 2011

3QD semifinalists announced

Three quarks daily has announced the semifinalists for its 2011 3QD science blogging prize. The Earth and planetary science blogs generally fared well. Of the entries I listed last week, the following have advanced:

Geology word of the week: O is for Ophiolite, by Evelyn Mervine at Georneys.

Ocean acidify-WHAT!? By Sheril Kirshenbaum at Convergence (originally posted at the Intersection).

The Pelican's Beak, by Brian Switek at Laelaps.

Prehistoric Clues Provide Insight into Climate’s Future Impact on Oceans, by Allie at Oh for the love of science.

Rare Earth elements aren’t rare, just playing hard to get, by Sarah Zielinski at Surprising Science.

Levees and the illusion of flood control, by Anne Jefferson at Highly Allochthonous.

While five other nominations (including mine) failed to advance.

Overall, this is a 55% success rate for Earth science, significantly better than the 23% overall, or the 18% for non-geoscience. Way to go, geoblogospheroids! The 3 quark daily editorial team now whittles the 20 remaining entries down to six for the final judge. Good luck folks.

2 comments:

Ron Schott said...

It's too bad you weren't on Twitter to campaign for "Dear Hypothesis". I voted for it, but only because I looked at the whole list of entries after being directed to the voting site by a tweet from one of the other geo-nominees championing her own entry. I suspect a lot of the votes that were cast came from folks who didn't take the time to read or reread the actual entries.

Anyhow, for my money "Dear Hypothesis" was the best geologic entry on the list. It's a shame it won't get the recognition it deserves.

Chuck said...

Yes, but instead of cheap laughs, the above articles were skillful explanations of important or interesting scientific issues.

The only sore point was losing to the masturbation post. But then, it is a blogging contest, and playing to one's audience is a high percentage strategy...
(or so I've read)