Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2009

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 436 – 377 – 170 – 145 – 138 out of 167 candidates registered. If you’ve already voted, then please encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to vote for the person whom you think would be best for this unique job: traveling to Antarctica for…

tags: book review, Sleeping Naked is Green, green living, environment, Vanessa Farquharson Carbon footprints, global warming, green living — are these phrases an inconvenient truth that keep you awake at night, wondering how you can live in a more environmentally friendly way? For many people, merely contemplating these things is enough to make them give…

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) is a blog carnival that celebrates the best science, nature and medical writing targeted specifically to the public that has been published in the blogosphere within the past…

Manhattan Hibiscus

tags: Hibiscus Tree, Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Garden, Horticulture, Botany, nature, image of the day Rose of Sharon, also known as the Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Photographed on Columbus Avenue, between West 81st and 82nd streets. Image: GrrlScientist, 24 June 2009 [larger view].

Birdbooker Report 72

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, animal books, natural history books, ecology books “How does one distinguish a truly civilized nation from an aggregation of barbarians? That is easy. A civilized country produces much good bird literature.” –Edgar Kincaid The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior…

tags: Mother Goose Stakes, horse racing, Rachel Alexandra, streaming video Rachel Alexandra (daughter of Medaglia d’Oro), running away with the 2009 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I; three-year-old fillies) under the guidance of Jockey Calvin Borel. Image: David J. Phillip [larger view]. I have been keeping my eye on the amazing filly, Rachel Alexandra, who wowed the…

tags: Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor, photographed in Swakopmund, Namibia, Africa [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dennis Paulson, April 2007 [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Bird Boogie

tags: World Science Festival, science, dancing parrot, Snowball, eleanora cockatoo, Cacatua sulphurea eleonora, humor, funny, streaming video Despite living in NYC, I was not at the World Science Festival last weekend, which totally bums me out, especially since Irene Pepperberg was there, speaking, and Snowball, a male Eleanora (medium sulfur-crested) cockatoo, Cacatua sulphurea eleonora, was…

tags: science, god, religion, creationism, humor, funny, satire, Edward Current, streaming video In this video, we learn that the know-it-alls who dreamed up the Big Bang and evolution don’t know what they’re talking about. Edward Current proves this with a few simple science experiments. (ps, sorry about the picture quality. I thought ‘white balance’ had…

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 375 – 305 – 159 – 136 – 135 out of 158 candidates registered. If you’ve already voted, then please encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to vote for the person whom you think would be best for this unique job: traveling to Antarctica for…