Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for August, 2007

Reclining Squirrel and Nut

tags: eastern gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, Image of the Day Eastern Gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis. Students of the history of western civilization will surmise that the “reclining method” harkens back to antiquity. At the height Roman Empire eating while reclining was all the rage though I have no proof that these Central Park creatures are…

tags: evolution, helping behavior, cooperative breeding, suberb fairy-wren, Malurus cyaneus, birds A breeding male superb fairy-wren, Malurus cyaneus. Image: Martin Fowlie. Here’s a question for all of you: whose offspring would do better; those raised only by their parents, or those raised by their parents in addition to an extended family group?

Squirrel and Nut

tags: eastern gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, Image of the Day Eastern Gray squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis. Central Park Gray Squirrels congregated in an apparent celebration of the ripening of Black Walnuts. This particular contingent of eight excited furry mammals demonstrated the species preferred techniques and proper etiquette for the opening and eating of Black Walnuts. Here…

tags: vervet monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops, sexual harassment, Nachu, Kenya, behavior, interspecies communication A young vervet monkey, Chlorocebus pygerythrus. Image: shashamane. If you live in the small village of Nachu in Kenya, watch out, because a group of approximately 300 marauding monkeys is out to steal your food, sexually harass your women and attack and kill…

Friday Ark Available

tags: animals, photography, blog carnival For those of you who enjoy looking at animal images, the 153rd edition of the Friday Ark is now available for you to enjoy.

tags: Spanish, langauges, online quiz You Passed 8th Grade Spanish Congratulations, you got 8/8 correct! Could You Pass 8th Grade Spanish? How did you do? Did you think this online quiz was reflective of what one needs to know in eighth grade Spanish?

Is Piggybacking Stealing?

tags: ethics, wifi, piggybacking Recently, I have been following the stories of people who have been arrested for stealing internet access using their neighbor’s wireless connections. For example, a man was recently arrested in London and another man in St Petersburg, Florida is now facing trial for using unsecured wifi signals. These connections are usually…

Duckies in a Teacup

tags: mallard ducklings in a mug, birds, Image of the Day A pair of tiny abandoned ducklings found battling against waves after being washed out to sea are being nursed back to health — in a teacup. The fluffy birds were saved from a watery grave when they were found by passing canoeist Chris Murray.…

tags: books, AP-Ipsos poll, book reading As you know, I am trying to learn more about your reading habits and book choices, so I was surprised to learn that one in four adults say they have read no books at all in the past year. Of those who did read, women and seniors were most…

Dr Seuss Bible

tags: humor, Dr Seuss Bible, streaming video Amusing and my my, those green uniforms near the end of the video are really quite revealing, aren’t they? [2:29]