The formal description of the prize is "6th annual prize for the best blog and online-only writing in the category of science." This is important because although the rules refer to "blog posts" and "blog entries" it's clear that most of the nominees are more like online poplar science articles than typical blog posts.
Here's a list of the current nominees ...
All I didn’t know about Cancer
Wonderful Latin Names, Part III: Two creatures named “merianae”
The Monarch Butterflies
Mo'orea Scavenger Hunt
Masters of deception: how spiders trick ants
The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence
The public subsidy of scientific publishing monopolies
David Kordahl on After Physics and The Island of Knowledge : The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning and Our Mathematical Universe : My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
Artificially Flavored Intelligence
Randomness: the Ghost in the Machine?
3 myths of physics, especially in textbooks
Proof that Hell is Exothermic [DANGER! Popup Quiz]
The fundamental philosophical dilemma of chemistry [Danger! This web site locks you on the page so you can't use the "back" button!]
On Optimal Paths & Minimal Action
Tambora 1815: Just How Big Was The Eruption?
Serotonin and the science of sex
From Discovery to Dust
How Does a Dog's Brain Respond to the Smell of a Familiar Human?
When a Giant Asteroid Impact Created Its Own Magma
Intemperate Planet: How Natural Systems Magnify the Effects of Global Warming
A gynandromorph moth comes to the light – and tells a story about science
Ants have group-level personalities, study shows
Infinite hotels in swirling beams of light
How 'unspecial' are you? What other animals have taught us about human uniqueness
The Saddest Thing I Know about the Integers"
Four-Legged Snake Shakes Up Squamate Family Tree – Or Does It?
Geoscience Column: The Oldest Eurypterid
Another Brick in the Wall
Why Is There Dark Matter?
Feeling Bipolar Disorder In Your Gut
Bezoars are gross bits of gunk that get stuck in your guts
CONFIRMED: The Last Great Prediction Of The Big Bang!
Both Beautiful and Disturbing, a New NASA Visualization Shows Carbon Dioxide Emissions Swirling Around the World
No Love in Boulder for Colorado’s GMO Labeling Proposition
The Beginning of the End: How Blow Flies find Corpses
Ask Ethan #96: Is the Multiverse science?
The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times
Editing Human Embryos: So This Happened
Your Guide to Pluto: Everything We've Learned From New Horizons So Far
Shadows on the Moon: an ephemeral archaeology
How a 19th Century Math Genius Taught Us the Best Way to Hold a Pizza Slice
The pain in the brain game
When Hubble Stared at Nothing for 100 Hours
What we need is a prize—or at least serious recognition—for blog posts exclusively from "amateurs," that is people who write for non-profit sites and who do not get paid for their posts. Surely we want to encourage scientists, graduate students, and post-docs to communicate about science? We aren't going to succeed if all the recognition for "science" writing goes to science journalists.
Also, let's make sure we distinguish between good science and good writing. Most people who vote for best articles don't know if what they are being told is accurate or not. All they know is that the article is a good read and it tells then something they didn't know.
2013: no prize given that year
I was thinking of nominating one of my posts so I looked over the past year's list and found four that I thought were suitable. I realized when I re-read them that they are very different from the ones that make the finalist list on 3 Quarks Daily.
- The mystery of Maud Menten
- Human mutation rates - what's the right number?
- Thinking critically about the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology
- Fixing CO2 fixation
- Non-coding half of human genome unlocked