Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for July, 2007

Now, now, now, say you, why would I go off on Google in such an unseemly manner? Well, it’s really very simple. Google no longer lists any scienceblog sites in their news feed, but they still list other blogs written by liars such as Stop the ACLU, WorldNet Daily and the Discovery Institute. WTF?? I…

tags: marijuana, pot, cannabis, medicine, health problems According to a group of experts from the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (who did not receive any funding from the NIH or any other American Health agencies), smoking one cannabis (marijuana) cigarette (“joint”) is as harmful to a person’s lungs as smoking up to five cigarettes.…

Wheel Bug

tags: Wheel Bug, Arilus cristatus, Image of the Day Wheel Bug, Arilus cristatus, a late-instar nymph. [Here are a couple pictures of] the Wheel Bug, also taken in the last week. The critter (a member of the Assassin Bug family, Reduviidae) is named for the gear-wheel structure on its thorax; only the adults have this…

Ghetto Science

tags: smoking, Ghetto Science, streaming video This video of a “ghetto science” experiment can help people understand why smoking isn’t such a good idea. Filmed in one take and completely produced in under an hour (also notice the music — Mozart’s beautiful Requiem). If you think the results are fake, go ahead and try it…

tags: Harry Potter spoilers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, books I waited to publish my review (and rant) of the last Harry Potter book until today because several friends and SciBlings wanted to also participate in the discussion, and further, I wanted to read the book one more time and think about it for…

Leafhopper

tags: Rhododendron Leafhopper, Graphocephala fennahi, Image of the Day I noticed you have been featuring insect images regularly on the blog. [This is] a pic of a Rhododendron Leafhopper, Graphocephala fennahi, that I took yesterday. These are quite common (but small, about 1/4 inch in length) cicadellids in North America, but have also colonized the…

Birds in the News 93 (v3n20)

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter A winning photo of a Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Galbula ruficauda. Image: Marcelo Ismar Santana.

tags: Huntsman spider, Australia, streaming video I hate to be all girly, but if I woke up and saw this thing hanging above my bed, I’d burn the place down (if I didn’t die of a heart attack first) [1:45]

tags: encephalon, neuroscience, psychology, blog carnivals The 25th edition of the blog carnival, Encephalon, the Neuroscience and Psychology Blog Carnival, is now available for your reading pleasure. Yes, I contributed something to this blog carnival, so go there and support them!

Boloria selene

tags: pearl-bordered fritillary, Boloria selene, Image of the Day Britain’s population of pearl-bordered fritillary, Boloria selene, has fallen by two-thirds over the past 30 years, according to Butterfly Conservation. At the start of its Save Our Butterflies Week, the charity has announced the UK’s largest project to reverse the decline of woodland species Image: Robert…