Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2006

Codeine Dreams

I had meant to write more about my experiences at NYU last night, dear readers, but that will have to wait a little while because I went home early last night (tired) and because I have been struggling with a pinched nerve in my back that acts up whenever I become exceptionally stressed out (or…

How Your Computer Works

I am working on my course syllabus for my conservation genetics course today. I have a deadline Thursday that I must meet. But before I start, I wanted to share this graphic with you. This graphic explains how your computer works in one easy to understand “Where’s Waldo” type picture. Presumably, there is sound with…

Spermatogenocide

Horrors! The Martian Landers, Spirit and Opportunity, are filming on the planet Mars RIGHT NOW with their electron microscope-cameras, but not sharing this important information with us. However, my army of spies found a classroom biology documentary from the future that you will enjoy (follow the link or view the embedded video above by clicking…

Temporarily Interrupted

The sun and the moon over the North Pole. Photographer: Unknown. I am teaching a graduate journalism class at NYU today, so I won’t be back at the keyboard until this afternoon or evening. Today’s lecture? The wonders of writing about science on a blog. This will be an interesting experience for me because I…

Senses Challenge

Do your eyes deceive you? Can you really trust your senses, or do they sometimes deceive you? Take this quiz to find out! It’s a lot harder than you think. This quiz also includes an explanation for each question that helps you understand how your brain is “tricked” by your senses.

Slapdown

So, dear readers, it appears that there is a movement underway to convene a congressional hearing to investigate the current administration’s hostility towards scientists whose data are not in harmony with the party line. Do you know of any examples of scientists who have been muzzled by the current administration? Or perhaps you are one…

Not Extinct Yet

The Good News: Not extinct — YET! Portrait of the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Didermoceros sumatrensis. Photo by Alain Compost (WWF-Canon). For those of you who like to read about endangered species that have somehow managed to survive despite our best efforts to exterminate them, I have some good news! A small but apparently viable population of…

The Seed Media Offices recently sent a book to me to review. This book, What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today’s Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty (2006, Harper Perennial) is edited by John Brockman, publisher of Edge. The book is a collection of essays written by more than 100 scientists and…

In the Bigs Boyz’ Wake

This graph shows what two links from Daily Kos and one link from Instapundit in the span of two days can do for your blog traffic. For those of you who don’t know, Daily Kos is a high-traffic politically liberal team-written blog, whereas Instapundit is a high-traffic politically conservative single-author blog.

This was sent to me by a friend so I rewrote it a little and posted it here because I thought it might be useful to my blog sibling, Afarensis, in particular;