Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2007

According to a recent Newsweek poll, only 3% of Americans claim to be atheists. I know a lot of atheists, so I am wondering if I know all of the atheists in America? Do they all know each other?

According to this creationist video, peanut butter, which has been subjected to high temperatures to render it sterile, disproves that life can come from non-life. The silliness of this argument reminds me of Kirk Cameron’s ‘banana proof’ of creationism.

Red Milkweed Beetle

Tetraopes sp. red milkweed beetle (Cerambycidae). Nixon, Nevada. Photographer: Alexander Wild. As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world…

The White House is livid with Nancy Pelosi because she will visit Syria next week — presumably to fraternize with terrorists. Snert. Nevermind that the 911 terrorists were mostly Saudis, that for decades the Bush family has been on kissing terms with the Saudi Royal Family and other Saudi elites, and that the bin Laden…

Architect’s rendition of the completed College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum and Mesozoic Gardens. At a time when creationists are dumping money into so-called prehistoric “museums” that tell lies to the public about evolution, it is refreshing to see a real museum gain more monetary support and prominence, especially in a “red state”. An official…

120-million-year-old fossilized footprints made by a roadrunner-like bird, Shandongornipes muxiai, discovered in Shandong Province, China. (Track four). In the past few years, China has become famous for the number and quality of bird fossils from the Early Cretaceous that have been discovered there. This week, another such discovery has been reported by an international team…

Dogbane Leaf Beetle

Chrysochus auratus, the dogbane leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae). Naples, New York. Photographer: Alexander Wild. As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the…

Blog Carnival Available

The 57th edition of the Skeptic’s Circle is now available for your reading pleasure. This edition features a nice picture in addition to all the great reading.

Andrewsarchus was the largest carnivorous land mammal that ever lived. It lived about 32-60 million years ago. (Image: BBC Walking With Beasts) Contrary to popular belief, a new study shows that the rise of mammals was not connected to the extinction of dinosaurs that occurred 65 million years ago. The evidence challenging this connection comes…

LeConte’s Sparrow

Another lovely little brown bird, LeConte’s Sparrow, Ammodramus leconteii. The photographer writes; I heartily agree that sparrows deserve more attention! Here [is a] pic of a freshly-plumaged LeConte’s Sparrow that we banded in KS in the fall of 2005, as well as a link to a photo essay about another lovely grassland sparrow, the Grasshopper…