Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for December, 2007

Blue Poison Dart Frogs

tags: blue poison dart frogs, Dendrobates azureus, Dendrobatidae, NewScientist, Image of the Day Blue Poison Dart Frogs, Dendrobates azureus. Dendrobates azureus is a species of poison dart frog found in the Sipaliwini District in Suriname of South America. Image: Gail Shumway/Getty Images 2007 (NewScientist calendar 2008). [Much larger view]

The Aliens Have Arrived

tags: marine fish, benthic fish, new species, streaming video This is a wonderful streaming video that shows footage of a variety of new species of benthic sea life discovered by a new submersible with a camera — prepare to be amazed. Includes a nice soundtrack, too [4:52]

SheBlog Carnival Now Available

tags: I and the Bird, blog carnivals The latest edition of the SheBlog carnival is now available. It is interesting to note that this blog carnival will be the featured blog carnival next week on the blog carnival site (does this make sense?).

tags:, champion racehorses, thoroughbred, genetic correlation, heritability, Equus caballus, nature versus nurture Seattle Slew (1974-2002), the only undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown (1977). I have been thinking about a paper that was published last week, that analyzed the effects of “nature versus nurture” on the development of a champion racehorse. In short,…

I and the Bird Now Available

tags: I and the Bird, blog carnivals The 65th edition of the birding blog carnival, I and the Bird, is now available for you to enjoy. There’s lots of birding tips there, as well as some Christmas Bird Count news, too.

Amur (Siberian) Tiger

tags: Siberian tiger, Amur tiger, Panthera tigris altaica, NewScientist, Image of the Day Amur (Siberian) tiger, Panthera tigris altaica. Tigers are most commonly poached for their fur and body parts, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is estimated that in 1991 alone, one-third of the Siberian tiger population was killed to meet the…

Science in Slow Motion

tags: slow motion, streaming video Have you ever seen the details how a lighter lights up? How a face is deformed after a punch or slap? How a water balloon explodes? How a rocket is fired and how a gun is fired? How an apple, banana, golf ball, concrete slab and other things are shot…

Under the Weather

I am sorry that my writing has slowed, but I am sick right now with a nasty cough. I get this same cough every year at this time (is it bronchitis? or “walking” pneumonia? I have had pneumonia several times so far). This cough hangs on for many weeks, or even months, and makes me…

Kunjarra Ceremonial Grounds

tags: Kunjarra Ceremonial Grounds, environment, NewScientist, Image of the Day Kunjarra Ceremonial Grounds. This picture shows laminar flow amongst the clouds, as air currents of different density — generated from distant thunderstorm cells — collide over the granite boulders. Image: Barry Slade, 2007 (NewScientist calendar 2008). [Much larger view]

Peacock v pug: Who Will Win?

tags: peacock, Pavo cristatus, pug, streaming video This amusing streaming video shows what happens when a peacock and a pug meet — in the pug’s own backyard! [2:23]