Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2006

Ctenuchidae

These beautiful creatures are day-flying moths from the family Ctenuchidae, in the process of mating. This picture was taken in Kerala, southern India by a reader, Basia. You can read more about these insects at India Ink. Image: Basia Kruszewska. . “Insects commonly remain together for hours when mating. However, the actual sperm transfer occurs…

Jurist

This word is from the 29 October 2006 New York Times Magazine‘s feature, entitled “Islam and the Bomb” by Noah Feldman (print; not yet 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…

Inside a Hard Drive

This interesting video shows you a little about how a computer hard drive works, and in the process, reveals what some of those weird little noises mean when your computer saves or deletes something for you.

Okay, I’ll admit this was an easy quiz, but I am an American afterall, so geography quizzes must be easy or I’d never pass them! My score is below the fold — I’d love to know what your score is, too!

Hitchhiker

A common garter snake, Thnmonphis sirtalis, with a hitchhiking ladybug, Hippodamia convergens, on its nose. This photo was taken in northeastern North Dakota. Image: Justawriter. 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…

Evanescent

This word is from one of the books that I am now reading, Mark Jerome Walters’ Seeking the Sacred Raven: Politics and Extinctions on a Hawai’ian Island. This book is a fascinating portrayal of the myriad difficulties involved with trying to save an endangered species.

. . Climate change could cause the world’s economy to fall into the worst global recession in recent history, according to a report that will be published next week.

Islam: Unadulterated Arrogance

. Sheikh Taj El-Din Hamid Hilaly, the mufti of Australia’s biggest mosque in Sydney who described unveiled women as “uncovered meat”, refused to step down after he was suspended from preaching for three months. The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, said that stronger action should be taken against Hilaly.

SchoolHouse Rock: Dem Bones

As a professor who (sometimes) teaches Anatomy and Physiology to nursing students, I think this is a great video. Bones are heard of, but seldom seen, ‘Cept each year ’round Hallowe’en. But I’ve got a shockeroo Right now there’s a skeleton locked up inside of you! (Ha-ha-ha) Minus bones you’re just a blob, Being framework’s…

LadyBug

Ladybug species, Neoharmonia venusta, which was photographed near “the willows,” a hot birding area at Anahuac NWR, Texas. 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…