Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for April, 2007

tags: cookie monster, computers, streaming video What did the cookie monster eat before he ate cookies? Um .. for some odd reason, this video reminds me of my parrots .. not sure why. Anyway, here’s a little about the film; This funny computer video, titled “Coffee Break Machine”, was created by Jim Henson in 1967…

Army Ants on the Run

Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants? Eciton burchelli — army ant Captive colony at the California Academy of Sciences (from Trinidad) Army ants on the run. Photographer: Alexander Wild, 2004. As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to…

What is “Disturbing”?

tags: disturbing essay, writing, teaching, mental health, freedom of speech In the wake of the recent Virginia Tech tragedy, it was revealed that Cho, the gunman, had written several essays in his English class that were perceived by his professor as “disturbing.” Even though I am aware of the gist of Cho’s writings, I haven’t…

Hagfish and Their Slime

tags: hagfish, slime, streaming video I learned about hagfish in my vertebrate zoology courses. Basically, hagfish are mysterious jawless fishes that live in the ocean. Despite being classified as vertebrates by many zoologists, they lack vertebrae, thus they are considered to be very primitive fishes. When threatened, hagfish secrete a mucus that forms threadlike fibers…

tags: conservation, environment, plastics, oil, petroleum products … Stop using plastics — especially those flimsy plastic grocery bags — unless you plan to reuse reuse reuse them.

Free Avian Anatomy Handbook

tags: online books, ornithology, birds, anatomyAvian Anatomy Handbook, Julian Baumel For those of you who study birds or who like to look at them, Julian Baumel’s celebrated Handbook of Avian Anatomy: Nomina Anatomica Avium, 2nd Edition, published in 1993 by the Nuttal Ornithological Club, is now available as a free PDF download. It’s a big…

Wing

Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants? Eciton sp. Male wing venation, inverted color. 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 is to…

tags: Iraq war, profiteering, Halliburton, KBR, politics, streaming video WAR PROFITEERING. No one, including Bush, his wife, nor their smarmy cronies, cares about our troops, the Iraqis, nor the thousands of grieving American and Iraqi families out there, NO! Nor did they ever care! For weeks, I have been alluding what I think has us…

tags: honeybees, insects, agribusiness, colony collapse disorder, CCD Domestic honeybee, Apis mellifera. Image: Scott Bauer, USDA, ARS. Contrary to what the cell phone alarmists would have you believe, a team of scientists recently identified a virus and a parasite that might be the cause of the recent and sudden collapse of honeybee colonies throughout the…

How the Dinosaurs Really Died

tags: humor, streaming video, dinosaurs Okay, I couldn’t resist sharing this silly video with you all. It’s just one of those things that makes you go, Hmmmm.