Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for May, 2007

tags: pre-employment test, psychometric test, employment Just when you thought that employers had thought of everything, now there is a new pre-employment test that identifies individuals whose minds might wander while they are on the job. The test developer, Professor Nilli Lavie, of University College London, said that her psychometric test could help weed out…

tags: cheetahs, evolution Researchers studied 47 litters of cheetah cubs over nine years. Nearly half contained cubs from multiple fathers. Image: Sarah Durant [larger] DNA technology has revealed that female cheetahs, Acinonyx jubatus, often produce litters that are comprised of cubs sired by multiple fathers. This research, recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal…

Corroboree Frogs

tags: Corroboree Frogs, Image of the Day Baby Corroboree Frogs walk across the gloved palm of reptile keeper Stuart Kozlowski at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Around 130 of the endangered frogs are housed in a purpose built quarantine facility at the zoo to keep a safe population for genetic diversity. Image: Ian Waldie/Getty Images.

The Gay Agenda

tags: humor, politics, sexuality I know that many of you have heard Pat Robertson, Jerry Fallwell and others speak of the “Homosexual Agenda,” but no one has ever seen a copy of it. Well, I have finally obtained a copy directly from the Head Homosexual. It follows below:

tags: blog carnivals, education The 121st week of the Carnival Of Education is now available. As the school year winds down, there are fewer submissions than usual, but still enough to keep you busy. They also included a submission from me, so I am happy.

Vacuum Cleaning The Cat

tags: cat, pets, vacuum, streaming video Okay, this is truly strange .. have you ever met a housecat that tolerates even being in the same room with a vacuum? Well, this cat not only remains in the same room but she even allows her owner to vacuum her! [1:19].

tags: blog carnivals, best writing I was just made aware that the 244th issue of the Carnival of the Vanities is available and has been out for approximately one week now. This blog carnival links to the best blog writing available on the internet, regardless of topic, and they saw fit to include a piece…

Okay everyone, SEED magazine, my mothership (well, of sorts), is having a science writing contest that you all should know about. The best news about this contest is that first prize is $2500 and second prize is $1000. What do you have to do to win this tidy sum of cash?

tags: Darwin, Darwin Correspondence Project, evolution, biology I have mentioned this before when the project was first underway, but all of Darwin’s letters are now catalogued online for everyone to read. For those of you who don’t know, Darwin was a prolific correspondent, regularly writing to nearly 2000 people during his lifetime. Among his correspondents…

tags: blog carnivals, medicine The May edition of the new blog carnival, All Things Medical, has just been published. It’s rather large, so there is plenty there to read. They also include several pieces that I wrote.