Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for December, 2006


Dogday Harvestfly cicada. Tibicen canicularis Found along the K&P Trail near Snow Road Station in eastern Ontario. Image:

Another Thanks to my Peeps

Today, I managed to drag myself out of my apartment where I’ve been hiding for the past four days, so I could pick up my mail from the post office. It turns out that I received several Christmas gifts from my peeps; a one year subscription to one of the top peer-reviewed journals, Science magazine…


Turritella perattenuata fossil, next to a nickel (for scale). Caloosahatchee fm[1]., Brandtley quarry, near Highway 31, Florida. This is a Caloosahatchee fossil, the remarkably elongate and now-extinct Turritella perattenuata. The Caloosahatchee is said to straddle the Plio-Pleistocene boundary, which, according to the Geological Society of America Geological Time Scale, occurs at 1.8 Myr. The Caloosahatchee…

Social Event During SICB

There will be a social event during the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) conference where you can meet me, PZ and John. It will take place in the evening of 6 January, 2007, from 530pm-800pm. For more details and to RSVP, check out the link provided.

Soldier Fly

Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens. One does not ordinarily think of a soldier fly as a pollinator, but this one, with some green camoflauge, was sipping from a Philadelphia fleabane last year at Anahuac NWR, Texas on 2 April 2005. Image: Biosparite. I am receiving so many gorgeous pictures from you, dear readers, that I am…

Chimp + Laura = Prozac

Housework Cuts Breast Cancer Risk?

. This study, carried out by Cancer Research UK, showed that women who did 16-17 hours of housework per week cut their risk of breast cancer by 20% for postmenopausal women and 30% for premenopausal women. Further, it was housework specifically that has this beneficial effect, not other forms of physical activity;

Even Glaciers are in on the Hoax

As was earlier noted, the bears in Spain are in on the global warming hoax, and now it appears that even inanimate objects, glaciers, are in on the hoax, too! I wonder what Michael Crichton has to say about this?

Eastern Dobsonfly

Eastern Dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus. Photographed alive after briefly chilling in a refrigerator. In her warmed-up state, she was more than a little intimidating. Image:


Northern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis, at Mill Pond Conservation Area, near Portland, Ontario. Image: