bioephemera

Archives for February, 2010

Hump smarter and cover your tweedle!

From the Center for Biological Diversity, “Endangered Species Condoms”: To help people understand the impact of overpopulation on other species, and to give them a chance to take action in their own life, the Center is distributing free packets of Endangered Species Condoms depicting six separate species: the polar bear, snail darter, spotted owl, American…

Power in the sea

A visualization from NOAA representing the dissipation of energy from the Chilean earthquake.

One of the reasons little liberal arts colleges are awesome: this course at Lafayette. It’s part of their Values and Science/Technology Program.

Baby icebergs are so cute

A physicist with a baby iceberg in Qaanaaq, Greenland. (I think its enraged mother is just out of range of the camera, about to crush him.) Via Armed with Science.

Lessig’s Wireside Chat

In Cambridge, at a “Wireside chat” on “Fair Use, Politics, and Online Video” by legal scholar, IP expert and corrupt-government critic Lawrence Lessig. He’s comparing the addictivity/potential danger of wifi to smoking. Say it ain’t so! I need my wifi!

Owl kills sloth. No, really.

Sad, weird, and odd: a 1kg spectacled owl attacked, killed, and ate (part of) a defenseless three-toed sloth. Apparently the owl stabbed its talons in the sloth’s neck while it was on the way to the ground to defecate, and then pecked its organs out. I wish I was kidding.

The Universe comes to Scienceblogs

So I flatter myself that you *might* be missing lil’ ol’ me during my blogcation. (Come on, throw me a bone here). But there’s a new sibling who might distract you – Claire Evans, “a freelance science writer, science fiction critic, polymath, and musician,” who also blogs about the intersection of science and the arts!…

Feb 23rd (tomorrow) is the last day to snag advance tickets to the Seven on Seven conference in NYC: Seven on Seven will pair seven leading artists with seven game-changing technologists in teams of two, and challenge them to develop something new –be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagine– over…

AAAS Visualization Challenge Winners

FYI: the winners of the AAAS Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge are up! You may recognize some of them – including PhD (Piled Higher and Deeper) cartoonist Jorge Cham. Check ‘em out and share your opinions; I’ll have more to say when I’m back from blogcation!

A quick follow-up to my mention of Edward Tufte last week: you should be aware that Edward Tufte’s brief classic, Data Analysis for Politics and Policy, is available online as a PDF here. It’s worth a skim in your spare time – and worth sharing with people who don’t necessarily appreciate the limitations of statistics.