Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2007

Video Memorial of Alex The Parrot

tags: Irene Pepperberg, Alex, African grey parrot, streaming video Alex was a famous African grey parrot who could count to six, identify colors and even express frustration with repetitive scientific trials. He died about five weeks ago, after 30 years of helping researchers better understand the avian brain. This streaming video below the fold has…

My New Roommate

tags: birds, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus, hawk-headed parrot, red-fan parrot, Image of the Day This is a picture of my new roommate, a young hawk-headed (red-fan) parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus. This bird was captive born and raised. This picture was taken when the bird was only seven weeks old, and was growing her(his?) first feathers. (S)he…

Red-Fan Parrot Comes Home

tags: hawk-headed parrot, red-fan parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus, streaming video I just added a four-month-old hawk-headed (red-fan) parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus, to my household. Since I don’t have a camera or video camera at my disposal (yet) I decided to share a video with you of another young Hawk-headed parrot, named Scooter, who was approximately five…

Birds in the News 103

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Falconer Geoff Clayton with eight-year-old golden eagle Shirko as they attend the Inter-Governmental Conference on Migratory Birds of Prey in Loch Lomond. Image: PA [larger view]

tags: football training camp, ballet, streaming video This amusing like video was filmed and edited by a Kansas City Chiefs football fan who clearly has too much time on his hands. It has clips of training sessions set to ballet music .. interestingly, it gives us a glimpse into the amount of fitness work that…


tags: flamingos, Ciconiiformes, Phoenicopterus ruber, birds, Image of the Day Is this image photoshopped? (You can blow it up for a closer look, if you like). If it is photoshopped, someone sure did a good job. Image: Robert B. Haas/National Geographic [wallpaper size]

End World Hunger Vocabulary Quiz

tags: vocabulary, United Nations, free rice, online quiz This linked online vocabulary game has an interesting premise; for every correct answer you provide, ten grains of rice will be donated to the United Nations to end world hunger. How many grains of rice did you donate?

tags: America’s Got Talent, magician, Kevin James, streaming video Master Magician Kevin James performing at the Las Vegas “callbacks” on America’s Got Talent. I have no clue how he did that, do you? [1:20]

An Update From The Lone Star State

Well, it’s been fun so far! I’ve traveled 1500 miles so I can dig in the dirt here in Texas — it’s amazing what a NYCer will do to re-experience her country-living childhood, huh? The dirt here is very rich with clay and so, when it dries out and the sun shines on it, it…

Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar

tags: moth, Ecpantheria scribonia, giant leopard moth, Image of the Day During the process of splitting and transferring wood from the woodpile yesterday, we discovered a large (2.5″ long) hairy caterpillar. I have enclosed two pictures of it [the second is below the fold]; it is the larval stage of the Giant Leopard Moth, Ecpantheria…