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National Geographic announced today that it will be launching a new science blog network, titled Phenomena, featuring four high-octane science bloggers  - Virginia Hughes (Only Human), Brian Switek (Laelaps), Ed Yong (Not...

National Geographic announced today that it will be launching a new science blog network, titled Phenomena, featuring four high-octane science bloggers  - Virginia Hughes (Only Human), Brian Switek (Laelaps), Ed Yong (Not Exactly Rocket Science) and Carl Zimmer (The Loom).

The new network, assembled by the magazine's executive editor for science, Jamie Shreeve, is scheduled to debut on Tuesday, December 18.  It represents National Geographic's first serious move into the increasingly high-profile world of science blogging. (Although National Geographic acquired the old Scienceblogs network in 2011, it never showed any real enthusiasm for it).

But thanks to the quality of its debut bloggers, this new network, although small,  represents a...

Leon Jaroff, the founding editor of Discover magazine, died Saturday at the age of 85, according to The New York Times.

He...

Leon Jaroff, the founding editor of Discover magazine, died Saturday at the age of 85, according to The New York Times.

He ran the magazine for four years, beginning in 1980, after convincing Time Inc.'s editors that they should launch a science magazine. Before launching Discover, he worked at Time magazine, where he noted that newsstand sales jumped when a science story was on the cover. Still, it took him a decade to persuade the editors that such a magazine could be a success.

Discover has had its share of troubles recently, but, at age 32, it has long outlived its competitors, notably Science Digest and Science80/86....

Last week, I posted on the future of Discover magazine's blogs and bloggers, and the reassuring news seemed to be that nothing would change. It was reassuring because Discover's blog network is widely thought to be...

Last week, I posted on the future of Discover magazine's blogs and bloggers, and the reassuring news seemed to be that nothing would change. It was reassuring because Discover's blog network is widely thought to be among the best science blog networks anywhere.

"They set the standard for other bloggers," said David Dobbs, who blogs at Wired. "Anyone would like to move there, I think. They are one of the best supported logistically and financially, and it shows in the product."

My post last week addressed the quality of Discover's blog network. But since I posted it, several people have raised a different question: Will the compensation paid to Discover's bloggers change?

Kalmbach Publishing Co., Discover's owner, ...

[8:46 pm: Updates with more accurate description of Pamela Weintraub's role at the magazine.]

Following the news that Discover magazine will be moving to Waukesha, Wisconsin at the end of the...

[8:46 pm: Updates with more accurate description of Pamela Weintraub's role at the magazine.]

Following the news that Discover magazine will be moving to Waukesha, Wisconsin at the end of the year, I asked Editor in Chief Corey Powell what he could tell me about the transition and the magazine's future.

The executives at Kalmbach Publishing Co., which bought Discover two years ago, have told Powell that they "like the magazine as it is, and the intention is to keep the magazine intact." Several members of the staff have been offered the opportunity to move to Waukesha--including Powell--but no one has accepted that offer so far. Powell said he has decided not to make the move. "For all intents and...

Sometimes it's nice to browse through the morning's science news report without looking for...

Sometimes it's nice to browse through the morning's science news report without looking for occasions for darts or laurels, but merely for the pleasure of catching up on the news. In that spirit, here are some of the nice pieces I found this morning, when I happened to get an early start:

For starters, I ran across Extending healthy life by getting rid of retired cells, By Ed Yong, (or @edyong209, as he's known in some circles) on his Not Exactly Rocket Science blog for Discover. He's not talking about longer lifespan, but longer healthspan, in the current coinage. "Note that the...