Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2006

Our Solar System — To Scale

“Space,” wrote The Bard,”is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-boggingly big it is.” And who can argue with that? But seriously, how big is “vastly hugely mind-boggingly big”?

Outrageous Subtitles

I thought you all would enjoy this silly video of a British journalist interviewing several members of the Iraqi resistance in the swirling sands near Tikrit. tags: satire, humor, streaming video, interview, Iraq

Another Origin of Species

Wild specimen of the butterfly species, Heliconius heurippa. Researchers recently demonstrated that this species is a naturally-occurring hybrid between H. cydno and H. melpomene. Image: Christian Salcedo / University of Florida, Gainesville. Speciation typically occurs after one lineage splits into two separate and isolated breeding populations. But it is has been hypothesized that two “parental”…

Question: What makes a good science teacher? It took me forever to answer this question, mostly because I don’t know the magic formula that makes a good science teacher, but I finally came up with a useful answer. Well, I think.

A Pep-Talk by George W Bush

Am I unpatriotic if I don’t own a TV? . tags: satire, humor, George Bush, politics

Twinkie Burritos??

Or .. how to gross out your friends at dinnertime and make them wish they never met you!

Harry Potter: Final Chapter

JK Rowling (pictured), the author of the successful Harry Potter series of books, says that, even though she has not finished the last book yet, she is “well into it now.” When asked how she felt about Book Seven when she gave a reading at Buckingham Palace in honor of the Queen’s 80th birthday, she…

Birds in the News 64 (v2n15)

Six flamingos, Phoenicopterus ruber, bored with people-watching at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. (Can you see all six birds?) Image appears here with the kind permission of the photographer, Michael C. Hamilton (contact).

Obituary

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment and the fine family dining communities. The Pillsbury Dough boy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.