Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2006

It has just come to my attention, dear readers, that two days ago, on Wednesday, federal agents from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Orange County, Florida, shot and killed a pair of nesting red-shouldered hawks, Buteo lineatus (pictured, photo by Bob Gress), after they had previously removed the birds’ nest and eggs. [NOT…

London Underground

WARNING: NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Sound, flash, gratuitous use of vulgar language, including the dreaded c-word. Pretty funny, though. Seeks to answer all your questions about public transit. Original source: London Underground.

Birds in the News 53 (v2n4)

Canada Goose, Branta canadensis, with reflection. Click image for larger view in another window. Photo: TFlockhart.

Keep your Prayers to Yourself!

“I’ll pray for you.” How many times in your life have you heard that comment? Have you ever wondered what, if anything, prayer actually accomplishes? Have you occasionally felt somewhat .. uncomfortable? .. or threatened, perhaps? .. knowing that complete strangers were praying for you? A scientific study will be published next week that examines…

Cockroaches: Group Thinkers?

As some of you know, I live with a large group of cockroaches that boldly infest my apartment, along with those of all my neighbors. Call me crazy, but it always seemed to me that the smaller, more numerous, German cockroaches, Blattella germanica, made decisions together, or they appeared to at least consult with each…

Audubon’s Aviary

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker trio, Campephilus principalis, by John James Audubon. Hey everyone, it might surprise you to learn that I saw ivory-billed woodpeckers in NYC recently! Even better, I saw a trio, and I stood so close that I could have reached out and touched them! I clearly saw the spectacular iridescent flash of red from…

I and the Bird #20 Available!

The newest edition of I and the Bird, the “bird.icio.us!” edition, is now available at Bootstrap Analysis. I and the Bird is a blog carnival that celebrates the best writing about wild birds recently published on a blog and this issue includes a piece that I wrote. tags: bloog carnival

Fossilized mosasaur skull (source linked from image). Mosasaurs are marine reptiles, not dinosaurs. But the reason I show this fossil here will (hopefully) become more obvious after you read the story. A 2 kilometer-long treasure trove of fossilized bones, teeth and claws from dinosaurs and ancient reptiles was recently unearthed on the Chatham Islands, approximately…

A new study will be published tomorrow revealing that, on average, human brains mature later in those people who have the greatest intelligence. This research was done using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize the regions of children’s brains as they matured (example of an MRI pictured, right. Source linked from image). The scientists’ data…

Tangled Bank #50 Available

The 50th edition of the long-running blog carnival, the Tangled Bank, is now available at Island of Doubt. As always, TB is packed full of great information about science, nature and medicine, including a piece that I wrote (and forgot that I’d submitted). tags: blog carnival