Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2008

tags: Times Square, 42nd street, The Revelers, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC The Revelers (2007). Artist: Jane Dickson. Photographed in the passageway at 42nd Street/Times Square traveling east between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms. I watched…

tags: bird behavior, emotional lives of animals, ornithology, birds, avian, photoessay The bird calls out after realising that his (her?) mate is dead Image: Wilson Hsu, AbuNawaf.com [larger view]. There are many inexplicable and tragic events in nature, yet few are captured on film. Here is an interesting series of photographs depicting a pair of…

tags: DonorsChoose2008, education, public school education, fund raising, evolution education, nature education, bird education Already, dear readers, you are making a difference. For example, today, an impoverished classroom in American’s capital city learned that they will be able to learn how to identify wild birds in Washington DC because you donated enough for them to…

Carnivalia

Here’s the latest carnivalia that has been published in the blogosphere for you to read and enjoy; Carnival of the Vanities, the Samhain edition. Tangled Bank, issue #117. This is the “Carnival of the Vanities” for science and medical blog writers. I and the Bird, issue #87. This blog carnival is all about wild birds…

tags: politics, political sleeze, Elizabeth Dole, Kay Hagen, atheists, streaming video At one time, I respected — note the past tense of the word — Elizabeth Dole, but after seeing this astonishing ad that her campaign aired in NC against her political opponent, Kay Hagen, I am disgusted. At the end of the ad, there…

Palouse Pond

tags: Autumn in the Palouse, landscape, nature, photography, Image of the Day Autumn in the Palouse. [Eastern Washington State, USA] Image: Joe Fuhrman, 2008 [larger view].

tags: Western Screech-Owl, Megascops kennicottii, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz Peek-a-boo! [Mystery bird] Western Screech-Owl, Megascops kennicottii, photographed in Arizona. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Richard Ditch, 2005 [larger view]. Date Time Original: 2005:06:11 13:51:11 Exposure Time: 1/40 F-Number: 5.60 ISO: 500 Please name at least one field mark that…

Trilobite beetle of Laos

tags: netwing beetle, Trilobite beetle, Lycidae, beetles, insects, streaming video Just in time for Hallowe’en: This video shows a juvenile netwing beetle, sometimes known as the Trilobite beetle due to the plates on its back (scutes). Firefly larvae also have scutes. This individual was collected in the Puhipi mountains of Laos [2:02]

tags: Times Square, 42nd street, The Revelers, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC The Revelers (2007). Artist: Jane Dickson. Photographed in the passageway at 42nd Street/Times Square traveling east between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms. I watched…

Arid Country in the Palouse

tags: Arid country in the Palouse, landscape, nature, photography, Image of the Day Arid Country in the Palouse. Image: Joe Fuhrman, 2008 [larger view]. [The Palouse is a semi-arid “rain shadow” region in Eastern Washington State and portions of the Idaho panhandle, USA]