Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2010

tags: Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] newly hatched Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus, photographed at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Anahuac, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 1 June 2010 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at…

tags: Oil From BP Leak Threatens Life on a Nearby Seamount, animals, marine life, fishes, invertebrates, Salt Dome Seamount, oil drilling, oil spill, oil wells, petroleum, BP, British Petroleum, TransOcean, environment, streaming video In 2002, ocean explorer Gale Mead was the first person to see and film the profusion of life 200 feet down on…

tags: The Laryngeal Nerve of the Giraffe is Proof of Natural Selection, animals, giraffe, evolution, creationism, intelligent design, dissection, necropsy, autopsy, recurrent laryngeal nerve pathway, vagus nerve, cranial nerve X, evolutionary legacy, Richard Dawkins, streaming video This video, including comments by Richard Dawkins, documents a necropsy (an autopsy on an animal other than a human)…

Lift

tags: book review, Lift, animal training, peregrine falcon, falconry, hawking, memoir, creative nonfiction, Rebecca K. O’Connor It’s rare indeed when I read a bird book by a previously-published author whom I’ve never heard of before, but a few months ago, I was contacted by a published writer who was unknown to me, asking if I…

tags: Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa, photographed at Galveston Island East Beach, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 1 June 2010 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm…

tags: I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here!, internet chatrooms, online program, technology, public outreach, scientists, employment, what do scientists do?, Science and the Importance of Cheese, streaming video This video is a trailer for a movie proposal by protein crystallographer, Stephen Curry. If he is lucky, he will continue on to the June…

tags: Cala Boca Galvão, hoax, fraud, prank, humor, funny, satire, meme, World Cup football 2010, Brasil, Rede Globo, Galvão Bueno, Carlos Eduardo dos Santos Galvão Bueno, streaming video Anatomy of an elaborate hoax: If you know anything about birds, then you knew immediately that none of the parrots portrayed in these videos are known as…

Great News, everyone! Effective immediately until 30 July, all Royal Society Publishing‘s online journal content is available for free in celebration of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary — three and a half centuries of scientific publishing! Everything published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010 is now available to everyone with no restrictions, no…

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) – Sir Francis Bacon. The most recent issue of Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People); “Scientia Pro Publica 32: Biology Overload” was published by Philip at his blog, The Dichotomous Trekkie 2.0. This was Philip’s first ever blog…

Birdbooker Report 123

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, animal books, natural history books, ecology books Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them. ~ Arnold Lobel [1933-1987] author of many popular…