Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2010

tags: Upland Plover, Bartram’s Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Upland Sandpiper, also known as the Upland Plover or as Bartram’s Sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda, photographed in Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Angelton, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 23 March 2010…

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: coins, mint, manufacturing, technology, factory, education, streaming video This is an interesting video showing how the €2 coin is made. This coin consists of two different metals that are squeezed together into one coin. Interestingly, it uses recycled copper — I wonder how many construction sites have lost their copper piping to thieves who…

Sanderlings Schiermonnikoog

tags: Sanderlings Schiermonnikoog, birds, birding, wildlife, humans, conservation, education, streaming video This is a sweet little video about the Sanderlings that nested on the Niederlande beach of Schiermonnikoog. However, in just a few short years, they are rarely seen there. Why? This video provides some hypotheses.

Armeen von Schokoladenhasen

tags: Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Armeen von Schokoladenhasen, easter, springtime, holidays, photography Armeen von Schokoladenhasen. Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: GrrlScientist, 24 March 2010 [larger view] Easter is coming, and vast armies of chocolate bunnies are massing in the grocery stores, waiting to invade your homes and waistlines.

Quaken Crocus

tags: Max-Planck Institut für Biophysik, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Quaken Crocus, flowers, nature, environment, image of the day Quaken Crocus. Max-Planck Institut für Biophysik, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: GrrlScientist, 24 March 2010 [larger view] This morning, at the Max-Planck Institute, I photographed some cheerful flowers; brilliant red petals, each with a lemon yellow base…

tags: Paddyfield Pipit, Anthus rufulus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Paddyfield Pipit, Anthus rufulus, photographed on the Yamuna River, New Delhi, India. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Adrian White, November [larger view]. Nikon D40x with 70-300AF. Please name at least one field mark that supports your…

Mathematical Nature?

tags: nature, numbers, geometry, mathematics, Fibonacci sequence, Golden Ratio, Angle Ratio, Delaunay Triangulation, Voronoi Tessellations, filmmaking, animation, Cristobal Vila, Nature by Numbers, streaming video In this beautiful video, “Nature by Numbers,” filmmaker Cristobal Vila presents a series of animations illustrating various mathematic principles, beginning with a breathtaking animation of the Fibonacci Sequence before moving on…

Resonant Chamber

tags: Resonant Chamber, music, music video, film, animation, technology, computer graphics, Animusic, streaming video This interesting animation is an argument for how a self-playing harp might work. The one thing that would improve its efficiency is to have a “plucker” that is dedicated to each string (as you see on the bass part of this…

Moosblüten

tags: Max-Planck Institut für Biophysik, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Moosblüten, flowers, nature, environment, image of the day Moosblüten. Max-Planck Institut für Biophysik, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Image: GrrlScientist, 24 March 2010 [larger view] I was walking around at the Max-Planck Institute today, enjoying the spring weather and saw these tiny moss flowers growing in the…