Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2009

tags: Phidippus princeps, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video A nice little Phidippus princeps “chewing” on her (his?) feet, cleaning her eyes, and her fangs. Lots of fun palp movement, and a few glimpses of fang.

Food, Inc. (Official Trailer)

tags: Food, Inc., food industry, factory farming, health, documentary, film, movie trailer, Eric Schlosser, streaming video This is the official trailer for a 2008 documentary based on Eric Schlosser’s research (Fast Food Nation DVD or book). It identifies, describes and details the problems of the food industry, its effects upon our health and provides us…

tags: DonorsChoose, science education, teaching, fund-raising, poverty I am so lucky to be enjoying a flood of thousands of unique visitors right now, so much so that my blog will surpass the 4 million visits mark in an hour or less. To celebrate this incredible landmark, I ask you — all of you — to…

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) — Sir Francis Bacon. Would you like to share your excellent writing about science, nature or medicine with the world? Now you can! There is a blog carnival that celebrates the best writing in the blogosphere about these topics…

tags: Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, photographed at Smith Point, Texas. [I will identify these birds for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 30 September 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please…

Ant-Mimicking Jumping Spider

tags: ant mimic, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video Unfortunately, no species ID yet (can you ID this spider?), but the mimicry in both form and behavior is truly beautiful, astonishing, really.

tags: Project Kaisei, Oceanography, North Pacific Gyre, North Pacific Garbage Patch, plastic, pollution, environment, streaming video Underwater videographer, underwater photographer, and author, Annie Crawley joined Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Project Kaisei aboard the New Horizon on a 3 week long expedition to the North Pacific Gyre. They collected data to help find a solution…

Walking Invisible Dogs in NYC

tags: Invisible dogs, NYC Life, prank, humor, funny, fucking hilarious, WTF, streaming video As a NYCer, I can tell you that NYC is filled with weird people, but on some days, the populace is weirder than others. For example, more than 2,000 people walked “invisible dogs” down the streets of Brooklyn on a Sunday afternoon…

Hedwig the Owl Gives a Hoot!

tags: DonorsChoose, science education, teaching, fund-raising, poverty How many of you are Harry Potter fans, or know someone who is? How about all those millions of kids in the United States who are crazy about Harry Potter and his amazing owl, Hedwig? So don’t you think this makes owls a special bridge between kids and…

Helsinki Carriage Horses

tags: horses, carriage horses, Helsinki, Finland, travel Helsinki has carriage horses in its parks, just as NYC does. Image: GrrlScientist, 5 July 2009 [larger view]. I only photographed these horses, I didn’t go for a carriage ride, although I think a carriage ride would have been fun (even though it was raining frequently throughout this…