Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for August, 2007

tags: Marc van Roosmalen, primatology,monkeys, Brazil, research, biopiracy Dutch scientist Marc van Roosmalen (pictured) was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for trying to auction off the names of several monkey species and for keeping monkeys at his house without proper authorization. Image: Eraldo Peres (AP). In a surprising move, the Brazilian government…


tags: zebras, Image of the Day Two zebras merge in this image in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Image: Bob Immitt.

tags:, bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus, fishing, fishery, overfishing, sushi Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus. Orphaned image [larger image]. The western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna fishery in the Gulf of Maine is in danger of collapse, according to University of New Hampshire (UNH) researchers. Further, the team found that the number and quality of the captured fish…


tags: dahlia, Image of the Day Dahlia. Image: Martin Richard. [larger].

Birds in the News 96 (v3n23)

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, preparing to land on its nest, Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Image: US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Corn Fed Parrot

tags: parrots, birds, streaming video Below the fold is a sweet video of Bibi, a one year old African Grey Parrot, as she eats corn on the cob. This bird loves corn, absolutely loves it! [3:18]

tags: natural science, blog carnivals The first edition of the new Natural Sciences blog carnival is now available for your reading pleasure. Be sure to drop in and give them support by reading the linked stories! You will be glad that you did.

tags: PRISM, open access, OA Because you are here and reading this blog, I assume that you value being informed about science and having the opportunity to access original research articles yourself, if you so choose. However, not everyone agrees that providing the public access to this information is important, nevermind that most of this…

One Million Plus

Sometime last night, my blog received its one millionth visitor. I had predicted that the one millionth visitor would arrive here in approximately two weeks’ time, but thanks to slashdot, which linked to one of my stories, it happened earlier. I am so pleased and impressed with this blog and especially with you! Thanks for…

Defying Gravity

tags: eastern gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, Image of the Day Eastern Gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis. Last but not least was a demonstration of the so-called “gravity assist” method. It was obvious that this required the most skill but was not always as effective as the the other methods. In fact I watched three squirrels drop…