Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2009

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) — Sir Francis Bacon. Have you read an especially good essay about science, nature or medicine lately? If so, why not share it with the world by submitting the URL for this essay to a blog carnival designed to…

tags: Budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] Budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus, photographed in Boulia Shire, far west Queensland, Australia [I will identify these birds for you in 48 hours] Image: Ann Britton [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

tags: piano stairway, Sweden, behavior, social experiment, streaming video This video documents an interesting social experiment in Stockholm, Sweden, where students changed stairs into a piano, and compared before-and-after video of stairway use to escalator use. Brilliant!

tags: prank, Halloween, funny, streaming video This bratty brother scares the hell out of his sister so she will, no doubt, be plotting her revenge.

tags: pumpkin carving, Halloween, funny, streaming video What do you think: might this pumpkin carving design make Martha Stewart jealous?

tags: halloween prank, fake trick-or-treater, humor, funny, prank, scaring the neighbors, streaming video This is a funny video of a series of pranks committed on the videographers’ neighbors. Truly inpsired!

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) — Sir Francis Bacon. Have you read an especially good essay about science, nature or medicine lately? If so, why not share it with the world by submitting the URL for this essay to a blog carnival designed to…

tags: Bare-throated Tiger-heron, Tigrisoma mexicanum, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Bare-throated Tiger-heron, Tigrisoma mexicanum, photographed in Mexico. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dennis Paulson [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

tags: Phidippus putnami, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video This remarkable video is of (probably) a sub-adult female Phidippus putnami Jumping Spider ..

tags: environment, forest ecology, trees, forestry, carbon sequestration, global warming, climate change, Nature Conservancy, streaming video You know that trees store carbon, but what does that really mean? How much carbon does the tree outside your window store, and how does that compare to the carbon we emit when we travel or power our homes?