Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2010

tags: cultural observation, expat life, Life in Germany, Brot, bread Brot-Shop. Nordwestzentrum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: GrrlScientist, 20 March 2010 [larger view]

Bockenheimer Turm

tags: Bockenheimer Warte, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Bockenheimer Turm, Bockenheim Tower, travel, cities, buildings, image of the day Bockenheimer Turm. Bockenheim Tower in Bockenheimer Warte, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: GrrlScientist, 31 March 2010 [larger view]

tags: Purple Finch, Carpodacus purpureus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Purple Finch, Carpodacus purpureus, photographed at the Perry Nature Area near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Terry Sohl, 21 March 2010 [larger view]. You are encouraged to purchase photographs from this photographer.…

tags: education, public outreach, SciCafe, science cafe, AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, streaming video Who: Kristin Baldwin, Assistant Professor at Scripps Research’s Department of Cell Biology What: free public presentation, “The Future of Stem Cells” When: Wednesday, 7 April at 700pm Where: Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, Enter…

Space Junk

tags: NASA, space debris, Space Junk, space exploration, streaming video Humans and garbage .. after you watch these videos, you’ll ask yourself if humans can do anything — even go into space — without creating a huge trail of garbage? This space garbage is extremely dangerous, too. For example, 10-gram piece of debris can generate…

The Peeps

tags: marshmallow peeps, The Peeps, The Birds, easter, parody, humor, funny, silly, movies, streaming video This is a hilarious trailer for the spoof, “The Peeps”: a parody of Alfred Peepcock’s … erm, Hitchcock’s … “The Birds.” This film documents the biggest marshmallow threat to humanity since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) — Sir Francis Bacon. The next edition of Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) is less than two weeks away and as usual, it is seeking submissions and hosts! Can you help by sending URLs for your own…


tags: Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Sonnenuntergang, travel, nature, environment, photography Sonnenuntergang. Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: Bob O’Hara, 30 March 2010 [larger view]


tags: Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Mikroskop, travel, cities, sculpture, image of the day Mikroskop. Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: GrrlScientist, 24 March 2010 [larger view]

tags: evolution, evolutionary biology, UV light, flight, dinosaur, dromaeosaur, theropods, Microraptor gui, paleontology, fossils, birds,,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper, journal club Figure 1. The holotype of Microraptor gui, IVPP V 13352 under normal light. This shows the preserved feathers (white arrow) and the ‘halo’ around the specimen where they appear to be absent (black arrows).…