Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for April, 2007

Eleven species of giant tortoise are found throughout the Galapagos Islands. The (Lonesome George) Pinta tortoise is one of the smaller species. Image: BBC News. Do you remember “Lonesome George”; the male giant Galapagos tortoise from the island of Pinta? Well, it appears that he is not so lonesome afterall, since researchers discovered a first-generation…

O’Reilly Interviews Dawkins

This is a rather civilized conversation between Bill O’Reilly and Richard Dawkins, a self-professed christian and an atheist, respectively, although O’Reilly is rather absurd at times.

Scientists say that that an Ebola-like virus, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), is killing all species of fish in the Great Lakes. Due to a lack of genetic resistance to VHS, fish populations could ultimately be damaged in the same way that the smallpox virus struck Native Americans and Dutch elm disease decimated elm trees, says…

Formica incerta

Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants? Formica incerta Gannett Hill, Ontario Co., New York, USA Photographer: Alexander Wild, 2003. 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…

Birds in the News 81 (v3n8)

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Burrowing owls, Athene cunicularia. The photographer writes; While driving up to Colorado, I spotted a pair of Burrowing Owls trying in vain to stay dry in the drizzle. Highway 385 North of Brownfield, Terry County, TX. Image appears here with the kind permission of the…

tags: cuttlefish, Indonesia, nature, streaming video According to my sources, the cuttlefish (which is closely related to squid and octopi) has exquisite control over its pigmentation, such that it can change its patterning on the fly (as you will see in the streaming video below the fold).

Greenhead Ant

Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants? Rhytidoponera metallica — Greenhead ant Victoria, Australia. Portrait of a metallic green ant. Photographer: Alexander Wild, 2005. 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…

tags: dogs, pets, antidepressant, SSRI, Reconcile, separation anxiety Did you hear that Eli Lilly, the company that was caught in a big kerfuffle over Zyprexa (Olanzapine), recently released an antidepressant for dogs? The product, called Reconcile (fluoxetine hydrochloride), is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that is prescribed for dogs that suffer separation anxiety. It…

For the Birds

tags: birds, cartoon, humor, streaming video Okay, I’ve linked to this video before, but this version includes dialogue that you might find amusing. Needless to say, I am hoping this will give you a smile as you go about your workday.

Army Ant Queen

Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants? Neivamyrmex opacithorax — Army Ant Queen Arizona, USA A worker army ant (top left) carries a queen army ant in the same style as army ants carry brood and prey items, slung under the body and dragged across the substrate. Notice the difference in…