Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for December, 2007

My New Year’s Eve

An Allosaurus skeleton in the lobby of AMNH, New Year’s Eve, 2007. Image: GrrlScientist 2007. [Larger view]. As proof that my readers are the bestest of the best, I met one of my long-time readers and her daughter at the American Museum of Natural History today and spent the afternoon with them.

The Great Comet of 2007

tags: Comet McNaught, Great Comet of 2007, Astronomy, NewScientist, Image of the Day Comet McNaught. Also known as the Great Comet of 2007, McNaught is the brightest comet for over 40 years and the second brightest since 1935. Image: Noeleen Lowndes 2007 (NewScientist calendar 2008). [Much larger view]

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Gull with Reflection. California Gull, Larus californicus, with reflection — Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island Causeway, April 2005. Image: Dave Rintoul, KSU [really large view]

tags: New Year’s Resolutions, birding, field ornithology This article was just published in the Maryland Ornithological Society’s newsletter, the Maryland Yellowthroat. Perhaps you will find it of interest … or maybe even of some use!

Planet Earth, Our Mother

tags: Planet Earth trailer, BBC, streaming video How can you not love and want to protect this beautiful, awe-inspiring planet that we live on? [4:42]

tags: Harry Potter, JK Rowling, books Weak moments: JK Rowling may give in to temptation and write an eighth Harry Potter book. Image: DailyMail. Wow, the latest news is that JK Rowling might be convinced to write an eighth Harry Potter book, especially in response to her 14-year-old daughter, Jessica’s, urging.


tags: Stromatolites, fossils, earth science, NewScientist, Image of the Day Stromatolites. These intriguing fossils are a visual portal into the emergence of life and the eventual evolving of life forms from Cambrian to modern times. Image: Mark Boyle 2007 (NewScientist calendar 2008). [

tags: chinese new year, online quiz I am a DOG? And I am most compatible with a tiger or horse?

Outback Mosaic

tags: outback mosaic, Australia, NewScientist, Image of the Day Outback mosaic. Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent and has the most variable rainfall. Image: Carole Tilney 2007 (NewScientist calendar 2008). [Much larger view]

What’s Your Fortune?

tags: online fortune generator, fortune cookie, online game I found a fortune cookie fortune generator online for you all to play with. I got a weird fortune and I am curious as to what fortune you got.