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Top of the blog 2012

21 Dec, 2012


Twenty-twelve: not just a number, not just a ‘year of sport’. It’s been another bumper crop of exciting stuff in the world of science, medical history, public engagement and all the stuff in and around our wonderful Wellcome world.

These were the most popular blog posts published this year:

  1. Why can’t we talk to the animals?

Ben Ambridge’s entry to the 2012 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize proved a hit with animal lovers across the interwebs, garnering plenty of discussion and pingbacks from the likes of Hacking News. The WordPress blog network also picked it as one of their highlights of the month.

  1. Working out who’s top dog

How does the brain interpret information about social hierarchy? Our Senior Media Officer, Dr Jen Middleton picked out this gem from her daily clutch of science papers, telling us a bit about her adventurous early school life in the process.

  1. The Science of Public Engagement

Scientist does research in zoo, includes public engagement as part of it, writes peer-reviewed paper evaluating the public engagement, then blogs about it. Perfect.

  1. New short film Centrefold tackles the ethics of labiaplasty

“Wall of vaginas”. That is all.

  1. What World War I and medical history brought to our game

When games and science combine, it’s often great. Our games consultant Tomas Rawlings is also a developer. His research into the medical practices used in the field during the Great War not only improved the historical accuracy of one of his games, but made for a fascinating blog post. This was also one of the WordPress team’s highlights for the month.

  1. From growth media to news media

Scientist Katherine Lougheed tried journalism for a few weeks. It’s harder than it looks. This post was understandably popular with science journalists everywhere, especially those at Nature News…

  1. Figshare: a new way to publish scientific research data

Lots of people are trying to find better ways to share open research data. We asked those at Figshare to explain what their approach is.

  1. Malaria: Where’s the problem?

The Malaria Atlas Project combines maps and data to find new insights into malaria control measures. They’re now sharing everything through their open web portal.

  1. Focus on stroke: Making a campaign out of a crisis

May was Action on Stroke Month, so we dedicated the whole month to an in-depth look at what stroke is and how scientists, doctors and others are working to treat and prevent it. Long-form features, infographics, videos and interviews. Read all about it.

  1. Engaging Fellows: Kevin Fong

Meet television’s Dr Kevin Fong. You might remember him hanging around NASA or plunging himself into icy waters in the name of science documentary. He’s also one of our first Public Engagement Fellows. We did the meta thing and got our other Fellow, Dr Richard Barnett, to interview him about his unusual career and how two doctors ended up doing very different things. We included some audio so you can also hear their lovely voices!

And finally, some of our personal favourites, you may have missed:

Happy holidays to all. See you in 2013!

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