Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for January, 2010

tags: evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, biochemistry, biophysics, magnetoreception, photoreceptor, cryptochromes, geomagnetic fields, butterflies, Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, birds, migration, signal transduction, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper Every autumn, millions of monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, each weighing less than one gram (one US penny weighs 2.5 grams), migrate nearly 4000 kilometers (3000 miles) between their summer breeding…

Story of Stuff

tags: Story of Stuff, environment, pollution, climate change, global warming, recycling, social commentary, cultural observation, planned obsolescence, perceived obsolescence, fashion, advertizing, social psychology, streaming video From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story…

George Carlin Talks About Cats

tags: cats, pets, social commentary, cultural observation, George Carlin, humor, comedy, fucking hilarious, streaming video I am getting reacquainted with life with a cat (despite my allergies). So of course, I had to find out what George Carlin thinks about about living with domestic housecats.

Linnoitusta Suomenlinnassa

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

tags: birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird #1] Ring-necked Duck, Aythya collaris, photographed at the Hermann Park Conservancy, Houston, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 18 November 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please…

Dwarf Galaxy Dance

tags: astronomy, cosmology, black obelisks, Dwarf Galaxy Dance, formation of dwarf galaxies, cold dark matter model, NPG, peer-reviewed research, NATURE, 10.1038/nature08640, streaming video This beautiful animation shows how exploding stars are a key force in shaping dwarf galaxies. Fabio Governato and colleagues present computer simulations that appear to have solved a longstanding problem in cosmology…

We Like War

tags: We Like War, social commentary, cultural observation, George Carlin, humor, comedy, fucking hilarious, streaming video George Carlin, a comedic genius, makes a few priceless (and disturbing) observations about America’s fondness for war.

Overnight (well, overnight for my time zone), I received an email, beseeching me to submit a story or two to the carnival of evolution. I did that, but then decided to go one step further, to ask you to also submit a story of your own, or stories you’ve read, to this carnival — afterall,…

Oviaukko Suomenlinnassa, 2

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

Birdbooker Report 102

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, animal books, natural history books, ecology books “How does one distinguish a truly civilized nation from an aggregation of barbarians? That is easy. A civilized country produces much good bird literature.” –Edgar Kincaid The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior…