Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for January, 2010

tags: evolutionary biology, convergent evolution, paleontology, taxonomy, zoology, basal birds, theropods, dinosaurs, ornithology, birds, Alvarezsauroidea, Haplocheirus sollers, Maniraptora, Archaeopteryx, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper A Newly Discovered Basal Alvarezsauroid Theropod from the Early Late Jurassic. Artwork: Portia Sloan [larger view] DOI: 10.1126/science.1182143 A long-standing scientific debate focuses on the origins of birds: did they evolve from…

tags: Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia, photographed at the Arthur Storey Park, Houston, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 28 December 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at…

Hitler Responds to the iPad

tags: Downfall, Hitler Responds to the iPad, technology, Apple, Hitler, satire, parody, humor, comedy, fucking hilarious, streaming video Hitler has been dreaming about the day that Apple’s tablet will be announced. That day has come and he is not pleased.

Child Worship

tags: Child Worship, childhood, social commentary, cultural observation, George Carlin, bible, humor, comedy, fucking hilarious, streaming video There are no losers in America anymore (how the fuck did I miss out on that valuable experience?)

Suomenlinnan Muuri, 2

tags: Suomenlinnan Muuri, Helsinki, Finland, nature, image of the day Suomenlinnan Muuri (Suomenlinna wall). Soumenlinna, Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 19 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

tags: birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz This video is beautiful, so beautiful that you don’t have to identify any of the birds captured on this video: you can just sit back and appreciate them. That said, I view IDing these birds as something fun to do, and a lot of my readers will agree.…

How To Report The News

tags: How To Report The News, journalism, television news, cultural observation, Charlie Brooker, satire, parody, humor, comedy, fucking hilarious, streaming video This video parody brilliantly dissects the average television news report. It is not only hilarious, but it’s unfortunately too true, and for this reason alone, should alert video news teams that their craft is…

Rights and Privileges

tags: Rights and Privileges, ethics, social commentary, cultural observation, George Carlin, bible, humor, comedy, fucking hilarious, streaming video Rights are cute ideas. Rights aren’t rights at all if someone can take them away. ‘God-given rights’ are due to the god excuse: if god really gave you rights, he would have given you the right to…

Suomenlinnan Muuri

tags: Suomenlinnan Muuri, Helsinki, Finland, nature, image of the day Suomenlinnan Muuri (Suomenlinna wall). Soumenlinna, Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 19 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

tags: evolutionary biology, fossils, feathers, plumage color, color, dinosaurs, theropods, Sinosauropteryx, Sinornithosaurus, birds, Confuciusornis, melanosomes, phaeomelanosomes, eumelanosomes, keratinocytes, SEM, scanning electron microscopy, 10.1038/nature08740, researchblogging.org, peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper Reconstruction of two Sinosauropteryx, sporting their orange and white striped tails. Artwork by Chuang Zhao and Lida Xing [larger view] DOI: 10.1038/nature08740 While looking at museum dioramas…