Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for September, 2009

Facts about Atheists

tags: atheists, atheism, famous atheists, satire, zakiechan, streaming video This video is NOT an argument for atheism… It’s a defense of atheists from right-wing religious — christian, muslim, jewish and other fundamentalist — hate-mongers. This video received the award for “Excellence in Humanist Communications” from the Harvard University Humanist Chaplaincy.

tags: religion, Bible, humor, satire, Dara O’Briain, streaming video Comedian Dara O’Briain provides a few comedic insights on on God and the Bible. Video clip taken from Live at the Theatre Royal 2006.

Seurasaari Lesser Stitchwort

tags: flowers, Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland, image of the day A mystery flower Lesser Stitchwort, Stellaria graminea, photographed on Seurasaari (Helsinki, Finland). Image: GrrlScientist, 4 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

tags: Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Nectarinia jugularis, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Nectarinia jugularis, photographed at Mossman, Queensland, Australia. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Steve Duncan, 25 August 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200 w/ Nikkor 300mm f/4 1/640 sec, f/4 iso 400. Please name at least…

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.

tags: Times Square, NYC, New York City, billboards, NYCLife, culture, streaming video You’re being punked whenever you walk into NYC’s Times Square: for example, the massive LED billboards assaulting your eyeballs are much higher res closer to ground than they are up top. This, and other discoveries are revealed in this interesting video interview.

Seurasaari Beach

tags: nature, Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland, image of the day A view of the Seurasaari beach (Helsinki, Finland). Image: GrrlScientist, 4 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

tags: Earth Overshoot Day, environment, education [larger view] Today is Earth Overshoot Day. This is the day when humanity will begin placing more demands on the planet’s resources — from filtering CO2 to producing food, fiber and timber — than the planet can provide in this year. From this day forward until the end of…

tags: Ring-necked Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Ring-necked Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus, photographed in Lyman County, South Dakota. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Terry Sohl, 1 February 2005 [larger view] Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

tags: spider silk, Madagascar, tapestry, textile art, AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, streaming video A spectacular and extremely rare textile, woven from golden-colored silk thread produced by more than one million spiders in Madagascar is now on display at the American Museum of Natural History in the Grand Gallery.