Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for April, 2009

One in a Million

tags: NYC, Upper East Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day One in a Million. “In the lower 80s” in the Park Avenue median (Upper East Side of Manhattan). Image: GrrlScientist, 26 April 2009 [larger view].

Experimental Heart: A Novel

tags: Experimental Heart, cancer research thriller, Jennifer L. Rohn, book review Reading science fiction books about scientific research inevitably inspire me to claw my eyes out from sheer frustration with the many shocking inaccuracies before I reach page 100 — Michael Crichton’s truly stupid books crammed with scientific faux pas scream immediately to mind. So…

tags: Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris, photographed in Paul Rushing Park, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 3 March 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with tsn-pz camera eyepiece 1/200s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please name…

tags: TEDTalks, Margaret Wertheim, mathematics, evolution, sea slugs, coral reefs, streaming video This interesting video discusses evolution, mathematics, sea slugs, corals and crocheting as presented by science writer Margaret Wertheim [16:37]

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) — Sir Francis Bacon. Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) blog carnival is seeking your recently published blog entries (within the previous 60 days) about science, nature and medicine for inclusion in its upcoming edition on Monday, 4…

tags: Harry Potter, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, books, film, movies, streaming video Image: Garrett Hubbard. In what is probably the cleverest scheme to capture any remaining pocket change that Bernard Madoff has not swindled out of the average American, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is slated to open a Harry Potter…

Violet in Manhattan

tags: NYC, Upper East Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Violet in the Park Avenue median, Manhattan. “In the lower 80s” in the Park Avenue median (Upper East Side of Manhattan). Image: GrrlScientist, 26 April 2009 [larger view].

tags: Blue Mountain Vireo, Vireo osburni, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] Blue Mountain Vireo, Vireo osburni, photographed at Portland Gap, Blue Mountains, Jamaica. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Paul Jones, 18 March 2009 [larger view]. Canon 30-D, 300f4 lens, 1/250 at f4, 320 ISO. Please name at least…

tags: Antigen Shift, Influenza Viruses, molecular biology, virology, microbiology, streaming video This video discusses the process of antigen shift in influenza viruses, such as the H1N1 “swine flu” that has recently been identified in Mexico and in quite a few other countries, including in NYC [1:18]

Park Avenue Tulip

tags: NYC, Upper East Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Park Avenue Tulip. “In the lower 80s” in the Park Avenue median (Upper East Side of Manhattan). Image: GrrlScientist, 26 April 2009 [larger view].