Science Blog Collective
Good bunch at scienceblogs.com, including Aetiology, Pharyngula and Uncertain Principles.
Worth bookmarking or blogrolling.
I don't know about this group assimilation thing, guess the days of wild and crazy free frontier blogging are coming to an end.
In the meantime it looks like Atrios has slashdotted Berube, can't get through to the latest, saw a link on Escathon.
Suspect server down...