Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for May, 2008

tags: Harry Potter film, Marcus Belby, Rob Knox, actor People lay flowers at the scene in Sidcup, Kent, where 18-year-old Rob Knox was stabbed to death in a fight early today. The teenager died around 1am in an attack outside the Metro Bar, four other men were also hurt in the fight. Image: Lewis Whyld/PA…

Sun Conure

tags: Sun Conure, Aratinga solstitialis, birds, Image of the Day Last in a series of psittacine images by this photographer (I do have more psittacine images in the queue, but all of them are for lories .. Loriinae). Sun Conure chick, Aratinga solstitialis. Image: John Del Rio. [larger view].

tags: West 86th street subway art, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC West 86th Street Subway tile mosaic art #12 as seen at NYC’s West 86th Street stop at Broadway for the uptown 1 train. (This piece was completed in 1989). This piece was also visited by a vandal. Artist: Nitza Tufino. Image:…

Budgerigar

tags: budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus, birds, parrots, Image of the Day Third in a series of psittacine images by this photographer. Budgerigar (Budgie), Melopsittacus undulatus. Image: John Del Rio [larger view].

tags: blog writing, navel gazing Why do people write blogs? I suppose the reasons underlying this activity are as varied as the writers themselves, but according to an article that was published yesterday, writing a blog might actually be good for your health. As a lifelong compulsive writer, it’s unexpected good news to me to…

Gone Fishing

tags: osprey, fish eagle, Pandion haliaetus, raptors, streaming video This streaming video, courtesy of National Geographic, shows a brief glimpse into the life of the osprey, or fish eagle, Pandion haliaetus. It’s amazing to see the size of the trout that these birds catch and carry to their nests. This video features some really interesting…

tags: West 86th street subway art, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC West 86th Street Subway tile mosaic art #11 as seen at NYC’s West 86th Street stop at Broadway for the uptown 1 train. (This piece was completed in 1989 and was mounted on 2 July 2006). Artist: Nitza Tufino. Image: GrrlScientist…

tags: Oology And Ralph’s Talking Eggs, conservation, ornithology, oology, Carrol L. Henderson, book review People’s methods for learning about the lives of birds have varied throughout the decades. Today, birders learn about their feathery subjects by using binoculars, telescopes, sound recording devices and cameras, while ornithologists and molecular biologists add further insight by analyzing avian…

Red-Vented Cockatoo

tags: Red-Vented Cockatoo, Cacatua haematuropygia, birds, Image of the Day Second in a series of psittacine images by this photographer. The Critically Endangered Red-Vented Cockatoo, Cacatua haematuropygia. Image: John Del Rio. [larger view].

Ten Optical Illusions

tags: osprey, fish eagle, Pandion haliaetus, raptors, streaming video This viral streaming video depicts 10 optical illusions in two minutes, and reveals how they are done. Despite the fact this is made by a company as a form of advertizing, I still think it is interesting to watch [2:16].