Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for February, 2010

tags: humane society of the united states, HSUS, H$U$, Feld Entertainment, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, animal rights, animal welfare, lawsuit, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, RICO In the United States on New Year’s Eve, a judge dismissed a federal lawsuit filed by a consortium of animal rights groups including the Humane…

tags: Oriental Dwarf-Kingfisher, Ceyx erithaca, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Oriental Dwarf-Kingfisher, Ceyx erithaca, photographed “somewhere” in Indonesia. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: a herpetologist photographed this bird while visiting the islands of Indonesia [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that supports your…

How to Give an IT Geek a Stroke

tags: comedy, humor, funny, fucking hilarious, information technology, IT, Isilon, magician, Scott Tokar, streaming video The moral of this short video is this: never bring a magician on a tour through your facilities. Or, if you do, don’t curse on camera when this magician destroys something you’ve spent hours setting up.

tags: neuroscience, health, medicine, health care, blindness, poverty, India, Pawan Sinha, TEDTalks, streaming video Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain’s visual system develops. Dr Sinha and his team provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and then study how their brains learn to interpret visual data. The work offers insights…

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) – Sir Francis Bacon. Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) is almost here once more and it is still seeking submissions for Monday’s edition of this blog carnival! Can you help by sending URLs for well-written blog essays…

tags: Tilikum, Tillikum, Tilly, Orcinus orca, Killer Whale, SeaWorld, Sea World, Orlando, Florida, whales, animals, news, behavior, streaming video The latest word is that Tilikum will not be euthanized in retaliation for being associated with his third human death. Of course, if the SeaWorld officials did decide to euthanize him, this raises several problems, not…

tags: Tilikum, Tillikum, Tilly, Orcinus orca, Killer Whale, SeaWorld, Sea World, Orlando, Florida, whales, animals, news, behavior, streaming video Sea World officials say Dawn Brancheau was pulled into the tank by the adult male orca, Tilikum (also spelled “Tillikum”). Witnesses say she was in the tank and was dragged underwater by her ponytail by the…

tags: Black-crowned Night-heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, photographed in California. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Steve Duncan [larger view]. Nikon D200 w/ Nikkor 300mm f/4 & TC17E. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

tags: Postcarden, gift idea, plants, cute, streaming video Aw, now this is a very cute gift idea for those people you know who either have everything or who want nothing, as well as for your co-workers and others whom you may not know well, but whom you wish to honor in some way: give them…

tags: Tilikum, Tillikum, Tilly, Orcinus orca, Killer Whale, SeaWorld, Sea World, Orlando, Florida, whales, animals, news, behavior, streaming video Whale trainer, Dawn Brancheau, with male orca, Tilikum (also spelled as “Tillikum”), at SeaWorld Orlando. Yesterday afternoon, experienced whale trainer, 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau, was attacked and killed by 30-year-old male orca, Tilikum (also spelled as “Tillikum”),…