Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2006

Caterpillar

Mystery Caterpillar on Gaura, Nelson Farms Preserve, Katy Prairie Conservancy, Texas. NABA Butterfly Count, 4 September 2006. Image: Biosparite. I thought this image was appropriate for the day, given this caterpillar’s sporty Hallowe’en stripes. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email…

Puritanical George

If I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect that the federal government’s “no sex without marriage” message was their idea of a very early April Fool’s Day joke. What am I talking about? Apparently, the feds are preaching their “no sex until marriage” message to single adults who are as old as 29 years old.…

Happy Hallowe’en!

This image was emailed by a friend so I could share it with you here.

Hallowe’en with Dunk Cheney

Backlit Saturn

Backlit photo of Saturn taken by the Cassini probe. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you’d like it to be credited. . tags: Astronomy, backlit Saturn, Cassini

Irreticences

I found this wonderful word (below) in a book by the amazing and incomparable Virginia Woolf, entitled Mrs. Dalloway. As soon as I read this word, I was certain that she had invented it for her own purposes, and a quick look in the online dictionary revealed that she had. So dear readers, this is…

Birds, bees, bats, butterflies and other species that pollinate North American plant life are steadily vanishing, according to a study released recently by the National Research Council. This “demonstrably downward” trend could damage dozens of commercially important crops, scientists warned, since three-quarters of all flowering plants depend on pollinators for fertilization.

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus, Nelson Farms Preserve, Katy Prairie Butterfly Count, 4 September 2006. Image: Biosparite. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you’d like it to be credited. .…

Disapprobation

This word is from the 29 October 2006 New York Times Magazine‘s feature, entitled “Islam and the Bomb” by Noah Feldman (now online). This week’s issue is particularly good because, in addition to the article that I cite (below), it also contains a piece about the Taliban, several articles about bipolar disorder, an interview with…

Carnival of the Godless Available

Carnival of the Godless number 52 is now available for your reading pleasure. This blog carnival celebrates atheism and agnosticism in favor of living a reality-based life. This particular issue of CotG is dressed up in holiday cheer, so be sure to mouse over the text to find the hidden links. tags: blog carnival