Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2010

Fast Lane — The Slide

tags: Fast Lane — The Slide, subway, Rutsche U-Bahn, Berlin, fun, silly, your inner child, entertainment, volkswagen commercial, television, streaming video A long staircase. Next to it a slide. Which way would you go? This is an ad that was created in a subway station in Berlin. Makes me want to visit.

tags: evolution, biogeography, phylogeography, animals, Here Be Dragons, How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions Revolutionized Our Views of Life and Earth, Dennis McCarthy, book review I’m happy: another book review of mine was just published, this time, by Science magazine. This book, Here Be Dragons: How the Study of Animal and Plant Distributions…

tags: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, photographed at Monterey Bay, California. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 7 May 2010 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/750s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please…

tags: Meet Paul, Germany’s Prognosticating Octopus, soccer, football, World Cup 2010, fun, offbeat, weird Paul — an octopus at the Sea Life public aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany — has so far correctly predicted the outcome of each of Germany’s World Cup matches. On Tuesday, Paul contemplates Wednesday’s match between Germany and Ghana. [larger view]

tags: Education Innovation in the Slums, education, technology, poverty, slums, curriculum, philosophy, learning as a productive activity, Charles Leadbeater, TEDTalks, TED Talks, streaming video Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education — and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world’s poorest kids are finding transformative…

tags: Fußball, sports, soccer, futbol, World Cup Soccer, Germany, Serbia, Lego, silly, satire, humor, funny, television, streaming video This hilarious video satire is surprisingly well-done. It shows highlights of Germany’s loss to Serbia in the World Cup 2010, recreated in Lego. (I am pleased to report that Frankfurt has remained pleasantly quiet all night long…

tags: Western Scrub-jay, California Jay, Aphelocoma californica, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Western Scrub-jay, also known as the California Jay, Aphelocoma californica, photographed at Bodega Bay, California. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 23 December 2007 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ…

Great Microbiologists

tags: Great Microbiologists, Lego, brickfilm, animation, technology, scientists, history, microbiology, animalcule, streaming video This is yet another Lego animation. This time, instead of recreating highlights of the World Cup 2010 games, this one shows highlights for the history of the field of microbiology. It’s actually good enough to show as an intro to a microbiology…

tags: Fußball, sports, soccer, futbol, World Cup Soccer, France, Mexico, Lego, silly, satire, humor, funny, television, streaming video This hilarious video satire is surprisingly well-done. It shows highlights of Mexico’s shock 2-0 win over France in the world cup 2010, recreated in lego.

Remember how I told you that, until 30 July, all Royal Society Publishing’s online journal content is available for free in celebration of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary? I thought I’d mention some of the remarkable papers that you can get your hands on: papers by Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, Edward Jenner, Alexander Volta and…