Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for February, 2010

tags: education, public outreach, SciCafe, science cafe, AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, streaming video Who: Director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell, Héctor Abruña What: free public presentation, “Energy Through Chemistry” When: Wednesday, 3 March at 700pm Where: Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, Enter at the 81st…

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: Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, 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…

tags: Professor Destroys Student’s Laptop In Class, University of Oklahoma, Professor Kieran Mullen, laptop, laptop brutality, teaching, education, university, comedy, humor, strange, behavior, streaming video In an effort to make a point — Laptops are distracting students — University of Oklahoma physics professor Kieran Mullen freezes a student’s laptop with liquid nitrogen then smashes it…

tags: Law & Order, Pups & Order, television, music, dogs, pets, comedy, humor, strange, behavior, streaming video I love Law & Order so much that this one TV show is enough to tempt me into purchasing a television (I’ve never owned nor possessed a TV, although I do watch TV in “my” NYC pub). But…

tags: Eared Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Eared Grebe, also known as the Black-necked Grebe or the Eared Diver, Podiceps nigricollis, 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…

tags: Old Spice commercial, manmercial, television, Superbowl, advertizing, technology, computer-generated imagery, CGI, wow, I’m on a Horse, Isaiah Mustafa, funny, humor, streaming video Daily, men ask themselves, What do women want? We want a gorgeous bare-chested man with a beautiful voice on a horse, that’s what! And this is exactly what Old Spice gave us…

tags: Disappointing Torture, cultural observation, political commentary, politics, torture, funny, satire, humor, streaming video Two agents (Jimmy Mulville and Phillip Pope) are preparing to interrogate a suspected secret agent (Tony Robinson). Unfortunately, the suspected secret agent is afraid of torture, which seems an ideal situation, right? Well, not really, not when you wish to test…

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: Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna, 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.