Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for September, 2009

Why Does the Sun Really Shine?

tags: sun, music video, entertainment, Here Comes Science, They Might be Giants, streaming video Here is another song from They Might be Giants’ new album, Here Comes Science!

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) was just published recently at Lab Rat. This edition is entitled Scientia Pro Publica — 12th edition.

Oddly-shaped House on Seurasaari

tags: house, Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland, image of the day Oddly-shaped house on Seurasaari (Helsinki, Finland). Image: GrrlScientist, 4 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image) Can anyone tell me why this house is shaped the way it is? Does it have something to do with heavy snowfall or with how warm air moves inside a house?

tags: Willow Flycatcher, Empidonax traillii, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Willow Flycatcher, Empidonax traillii, photographed near Park City, Utah. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Terry Sohl, 29 July 2009 [larger view] Canon 50D, 400 5.6L lens. Please name at least one field mark that supports your…

Tracking the Blue Whale

tags: nature, mammals, Antarctica, blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, National Geographic, streaming video Researchers on a National Geographic expedition seek answer some mysteries surrounding Blue Whales, Balaenoptera musculus, and find tantalizing clues, but big questions remain unanswered.

tags: nature, birds, New Guinea, Black Sickle Bill Bird of Paradise, Epimachus fastuosus, Bruce Beehler, streaming video This streaming video is a clip from 60 Minutes where Bob Simon and Bruce Beehler, a scientist from Conservation International, head off into the New Guinea wilderness in search of the Black Sickle Bill Bird of Paradise, Epimachus…

tags: landscape, Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland, image of the day Looking out over the water from Seurasaari (Helsinki, Finland). Image: GrrlScientist, 4 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

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) was just published recently at Lab Rat. This edition is entitled Scientia Pro Publica — 12th edition.

Birdbooker Report 85

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: Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Nectarinia johnstoni, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Nectarinia johnstoni, photographed on Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, 27 August 2007 [larger view]. Nikon D2X, 70-200 VR Nikon lens, at 200 mm. ISO 200, f/5.6…