Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for December, 2009

tags: Double-Crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Double-Crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus, photographed at Hermann Park, Houston, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 23 December 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/500s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.…

Forest of Ecstasy: Vanguard

tags: Forest of Ecstasy: Vanguard, illegal drugs, safrole oil, ecstacy, XTC, X, methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA, rainforest, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia, conservation, endangered species, documentary, streaming video Do you think that making and using illegal drugs are victimless crimes? Think again! Deep in a remote Cambodian rainforest, criminals are setting up illegal factories to produce safrole oil, the…

How It’s Made: Bread

tags: How It’s Made: Bread, baking, agriculture, chemistry, food science, technology, streaming video This interesting video shows how bread is made in large, mechanized factories: from mixing the ingredients to shipping it out for consumption.

Who: Richard Wiseman What: free public presentation, “Investigating the Impossible” Where: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (and Rivington St.) [map] When: 730pm, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 Cost: FREE and open to the public!

tags: education, public outreach, SciCafe, science cafe, AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, streaming video Who: Ichthyologist Melanie Stiassny What: free public presentation, “Mysteries of the Congo: Exploring the World’s Deepest River” When: 700pm, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 Where: Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, Enter at the 81st Street…

tags: California Gull, Larus californicus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] California Gull, Larus californicus, photographed on Antelope Island Causeway and State Park of the Great Salt Lake and Northern Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dave Rintoul, 13 May 2005…

Real Life Pacman

tags: Real Life Pacman, prank, humor, funny, streaming video This video is a funny prank — it looks like the perfect prank to play in a university library during Final Exams week.

The Nature of Cell Science

tags: The Nature of Cell Science, cell biology, microscopy, research, science, music, Venetian Snares, Szamár Madár, field work, Dirk Pacholsky, streaming video Cell biologist, Dirk Pacholsky, created this video. He writes; “Certainly it´s irony in the title, because these images never made it to publication status. Sitting over the microscope, whilst listening to music the…

tags: Black Kite, Milvus migrans, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Black Kite, Milvus migrans, photographed at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen [larger view]. Nikon D2X and Nikon 200-400 VR lens at 270 mm. ISO 160 f/6.3 1/800. Please name at…

tags: dogs, pets, hospitals, organ transplants, comedy, humor, funny, fucking hilarious, television, streaming video This video is the hilariously stupid dog scene from One Tree Hill, now with suitably awkward closing music.