Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for July, 2007

Are You an Atheist?

You Are An Atheist God? No thanks. You’re not buying into any religion. They’re all bunk to you. You rather focus on what you know is true. You may be a passive non-believer or a rabid atheist activist. But one thing is for sure… no one’s going to make you go to church! Are You…

tags: writers, writing, book reviews, blog carnivals The July 26th edition of the Writers from Across the Blogosphere is now available for your reading pleasure. Be sure to check it out and give them some support!

tags: researchblogging.org, animals, predict death, Oscar the cat, New England Journal of Medicine Oscar the cat provides comfort to the dying. According to an article that was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a two-year-old cat that lives in Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, can correctly predict…

tags: AOU, American Ornithologists’ Union, ornithology, checklist supplement The new AOU checklist update has been published and is available as a free PDF. The only major split that is obvious to a quick inspection is that the Bean Goose is now split into two species.

tags: Falcon Fascination, peregrine falcon, streaming video Powerful and fast-flying, the peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus, hunts medium-sized birds, dropping down on them from high above in a spectacular stoop. Virtually exterminated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century, restoration efforts have made this species a regular, if still uncommon sight…

tags: birds, blog carnivals For those of you who love birds, you will be pleased to know that the 54th issue of the blog carnival, I and the Bird is now available for your enjoyment. This was a graded assignment for those of us who contributed pieces to this carnival so be sure to go…

My Eyes Have It

I have been having a rough time this past month. Besides my usual (and sometimes dramatic) shifts in mood, I have been suffering from an eye infection. This eye infection started out where it felt as though I had road salt in my eyes but it progressively worsened to the point where it has driven…

Better Late Than Never

tags: Mother’s Day, humor, streaming video This is a little late for Mother’s Day but I watched this video while sitting in the library and was laughing so hard (and silently) that tears were coming out of my eyes. [2:08]

Gaillardia pulchra

tags: Gaillardia pulchra, Image of the Day This is a small Gaillardia pulchra bloom from a young plant I grew from wildseed and then placed in the W. 11th St. Park butterfly and pollinator garden. This is a long bloomer that will keep pushing out flowers even when one is neglectful of deadheading old blooms.…

Salt Water As Fuel

tags: salt water fuel, streaming video While seeking a cure for cancer, a researcher accidentally discovers that burning salt water acts as a fuel — will it revolutionize the world? [2:56]