Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for May, 2007

tags: albino moose Like a spectre floating out of the woods, a rare albino moose was spotted recently by Kurt Nikkinen in northern Norway, approximately 30 kilometers east of Karasjok in Finnmark County. Nikkinen was on his way home after a fishing trip when he saw the animal. He had a video camera in his…

Thou Shalt Not Lie

tags: religion, creationism museum While a small airplane flew overhead, towing a banner that read, “Thou shalt not lie,” Ken Ham and his cronies opened their $27 million “museum” near Cincinnati today, and were met with condemnation from the country’s scientists. This so-called “museum” portrays God as creating the heavens and the Earth in six…

Is Our Government Deaf?

tags: Keith Olbermann, political opinion, streaming video Everyone in our government has failed the American people and ignored their demand to extricate us from this war based on lies. [Keith Olbermann 7:52]

Cicadas Plead for Love

tags: cicada, 17-year cicada, Magicicada “Cicada” Image: Wikipedia. After seventeen years underground, immature cicadas are now emerging as full-fledged adults, ready to breed. Adult cicadas live, feed, and breed above ground for approximately two to six weeks before they die. The dark-colored insects are between one and two inches long with transparent veined wings, prominent…

tags: insects, cicada, streaming video In case you haven’t heard yet, the cicadas are coming this year. In the next few months you will be hearing about the impending emergence of the 17 year cicada, mistakenly called 17 year locusts. If you don’t remember the last outbreak, or if you are new to the east…

Battle of The Giant Reptiles

tags: snake, alligator, reptiles A Burmese python swallows an alligator and then bursts open. Image: BBC News. An unusual struggle between a 6 foot (1.8 meter) alligator and a 13 foot (3.9 meter) python killed two of the deadliest predators in Florida’s swamps. The alligator is native to the Florida swamps, while the python is…

Well, ScienceBlogs is recovering from a system-wide crash, so some of your comments were lost and some of my colleagues’ entries were lost, too. (I lucked out, because one of my entries published itself six times, instead of being lost). Sorry about that, but you’ll be pleased to know that we all complained loudly about…

tags: snakes, smuggling, airplane Did you hear about the guy who was trying to carry a bag containing 700 snakes in it onto a plane in Cairo? His stash of snakes included two deadly cobras — the stuff of a good terror spoof. He was apparently trying to smuggle these snakes on board with him…

The Insect Warrior

tags: insects, hive mind, Insect Warrior, streaming video This streaming video is a mini-documentary showing how humanity appears to be headed towards the hive-mind of the social insects. Is this really what we want to become? [3:39].

tags: Monica Goodling, Alberto Gonzales, US Attorney General, US Attorney firings, politics So what is Monica Goodling’s excuse for her poor memory? She’s a terrible liar if the best she can come up with is that she “didn’t intend to commit a crime,” that she “crossed the line, but didn’t mean to.” Meanwhile, Justice Department…