Which were the most popular 2020 Science blogs of 2010? In reverse order, based on page views, here are the ten most-read posts:
10. Just how risky can nanoparticles in sunscreens be? Friends of the Earth respond
A guest blog from Georgia Miller and Ian Illuminato at Friends of the Earth, responding to a challenge I set them on addressing the safety of nanomaterials in sunscreens. https://2020science.org/2010/06/15/just-how-risky-can-nanoparticles-in-sunscreens-be-friends-of-the-earth-respond/ The post responds to this blog, and I respond in turn here.
9. Have iPad, will travel – 48 hours on the road with Apple’s iPad
Celebrating the launch of Apple’s iPad, I try and justify its use as a serious productivity tool. I must have bought into my own hype, because I ended up purchasing my own later in the year. So far – no regrets! https://2020science.org/2010/04/17/have-ipad-will-travel/
8. Texas Instruments Graphing calculators – essential math teaching aid, or a scam?
A piece on my continuing unease over the use of graphing calculators in US middle schools. https://2020science.org/2010/07/11/texas-instruments-graphing-calculators-essential-math-teaching-aid-or-a-scam/
7. Lost in the Maize – First Person Shooter video games
My son’s justification as to why he should be allowed to play first person shooters (in response to this, I relented and lifted the ban!) https://2020science.org/2010/12/10/lost-in-the-maize-13/
6. Knitting science
A slightly whimsical piece about the surprisingly rich intersection between knitting and science. https://2020science.org/2010/07/25/knitting-science/
5. UK House of Lords scrutinizes nanotechnology and food
British Lords apply their insight and common sense to the use of nanotechnology in food products. https://2020science.org/2010/01/07/uk-house-of-lords-scrutinizes-nanotechnology-and-food/
4. Engaging the public on science? Surely you’re joking!
Some excellent publications from Research Councils UK on science and public engagement. https://2020science.org/2010/03/10/engaging-the-public-on-science-surely-youre-joking/
3. Ben Goldacre, what were you thinking?!
I question some of sound science-champion Ben Goldacre’s remarks – he questions my comments, and a rare old flame-fight ensues! https://2020science.org/2010/05/01/ben-goldacre-what-were-you-thinking/
2. Nanotechnology researchers at sea when it comes to safety
Rather than being about the safe handling of nanomaterials, this blog examined a paper in the journal Nature Nanotechnology on safe working practices, and found it somewhat wanting. https://2020science.org/2010/02/02/nanotechnology-researchers-at-sea-on-safety-issues/
1. The secrets of engaging teens with science
Sophia Collins’ guest post on I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here. https://2020science.org/2010/04/13/im-a-scientist-get-me-out-of-here/ Interested in participating in the most exciting and innovative science engagement event of 2011? – you can still sign up for the next rounds of I’m A Scientist here.
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