Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2010

tags: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus, photographed in the photographer’s back yard in Houston, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, March 2010 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at…

Why Obama Is So Scary

tags: obama, racism, America, Why Obama Is So Scary, humor, funny, satire, fucking hilarious, social commentary, cultural observation, Edward Current, streaming video Another one of my boyfriends, Edward Current, uploaded this video today, even though he filmed it in August 2009. It’s another rip-snorter, but the last few seconds is the real capper .. those…

tags: freedom of speech, freedom of publishing, Philip Pullman, books, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, streaming video Philip Pullman responds to the jackasses and crybabies of the world with regards to their whiny complaints about the title of his new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. His answer succinctly…

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 only one week away and as usual, it is seeking submissions and hosts! Can you help by sending URLs for your own or…

Rote Tulpe mit Gelbem Auge

tags: Max-Planck Institut für Biophysik, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Rote Tulpe mit gelbem Auge, flowers, nature, environment, image of the day Rote Tulpe mit gelbem Auge. Max-Planck Institut für Biophysik, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: GrrlScientist, 25 March 2010 [larger view]

tags: Laysan Teal, Laysan Duck, Anas laysanensis, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Laysan Duck, also known as the Laysan Teal, Anas laysanensis, photographed on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Midway Island, Hawai’i. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joe Fuhrman, March 2010 [larger view]. NOTE: Unless you…

tags: evolution, evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, animal behavior, molecular ecology, parental care, mating systems, monogamy, sexual selection, frogs, poison dart frogs, Dendrobatidae, Ranitomeya, researchblogging.org,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper, journal club Peruvian mimic poison frog, Ranitomeya imitator. Image: Jason Brown [larger view] To know the breeding system is to know the genetic architecture of a species. To…

The Expanding Universe

tags: Alex Filippenko, Josh Frieman, FermiLab, astronomy, astrophysics, Science Bulletins, research, American Museum of Natural History, AMNH, New York City, space, nature, universe, The Expanding Universe, streaming video In 1998, astrophysicists discovered a baffling phenomenon: the Universe is expanding at an ever-faster rate. Either an enigmatic force called dark energy is to blame or a…

tags: marshmallow peeps, Astropeep, peeponaut, easter, space, humor, funny, silly, video, streaming video I posted this last year, but I think it is worth repeating .. this streaming video lacks music, but it shows you the adventures of a very special marshmallow peep, an astropeep (or a peeponaut, depending upon which name you prefer) who…

Scientia Pro Publica Needs YOU

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…