Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for May, 2007

Dissing The French

tags: Bill Maher, French dissing, politics, streaming video This hilarious streaming video of Bill Maher discusses the bad habit that American conservatives have for dissing anything that is “French” — especially their health care system, which is the best in the industrialized world, which means that America should steal it from them [3:47].

Harry Potter Postage Stamps

tags: Harry Potter, books, postage stamps

Godfather IV

tags: Ashcroft, Gonzales, politics, streaming video This streaming video satirizes the Godfather by comparing it to the Ashcroft-Gonzales situation [1:03].

tags: limbless lizard, reptiles, snakes, India A new species of limbless lizard was discovered in a forested region about 1,000 km southeast of New Delhi, India. The 18-cm (7-inch) lizard resembles a small snake. Image: Sushil Kumar Dutta. A new species of limbless lizard was discovered in eastern India, an Indian zoologist revealed today. The…

tags: Harry Potter, Natural History Museum, books, contests As an evolutionary biologist who has held a postdoctoral fellowship in a Natural History Museum, I cannot think of a better place in the world for a reading and signing of the last book in the Harry Potter series than the Natural History Museum in London. At…

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Pied Avocets, which returned to nest in Britain in 1948, now nest widely around the south-east coastline. Image: BBC News.

tags: Simpsons, liberals, streaming video This streaming outtake from a Simpson’s episode about FOX news is amusing [1:13].

This is Memorial Day weekend in America, a time when we supposedly remember all of America’s war dead. NYC celebrates Memorial Weekend by embedding it firmly in the middle of its annual “Fleet Week.” So during this week, NYC is crawling with military people, mainly Navy and Marines. Basically, NYC is a huge celebration of…

tags: nonfat dairy cow, marge To meet the demands of the health-conscious consumer, how about developing cows that produce skim milk? Well, scientists have identified a cow that does this, and they hope to establish herds of the animals to meet the increased health demands from the public. The cows, which carry a particular genetic…

An Evening in New York City

“Wow! are you really reading that book, or is it just for show?” I blinked and looked hard at a woman who, like me, was sitting at the bar. She sat several bar stools away, and was looking quizzically at my copy of Catch-22. This book had recently arrived in the mail, thanks to a…