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Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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tags: The Hungry Scientist Handbook, DIY projects, kitchen science, Patrick Buckley, Lily Binns, book review When I was a kid, I enjoyed cooking and baking and I excelled at these activities since I regularly won all the blue ribbons in the pre-adult age divisions at the annual state fair. A little later, I expanded my…

tags: natural history museum, British Museum, Dry Storeroom No. 1, Richard Fortey, book review Everyone I have ever met has, at some point in our conversations, told me that they wished they could work in a natural history museum. I am one of the rare lucky people in the world because I have worked as…

tags: animal cognition, animal communication, animal behavior, birds, parrots, Alex and me, Irene Pepperberg, book review He was not ours, he was not mine. Thank you for sharing him with us. He brought us much joy. We loved him well. — Irene Pepperberg (p. 226), modified from Karen Blixen’s eulogy for Denys Finch-Hatton in Out…

tags: seafood, fisheries, aquaculture, fish farming, tuna, swordfish, salmon, shrimp, sushi, book review There’s plenty of fish in the sea, as the old addage goes — but are there, really? I experienced a rude awakening at the peak popularity of Orange Roughy, which I loved. I learned that Orange Roughy, Hoplostethus atlanticus, an extremely long-lived…

tags: po’ouli, Melamprosops phaeosoma, endangered species, endangered species act, conservation, extinction, birds, island species, Hawai’i, book review For scientists, naturalists and birders, islands are the most amazing places on earth because their evolutionary legacy has provided them with their own fascinating flora and fauna that are found nowhere else in the world. But because humans…

tags: book review, owls, woodpeckers, birds, photography, Paul Bannick, The Owl and the Woodpecker Most Americans have not seen all of the 41 species of owls and woodpeckers that share the North American continent with us, but not only has Paul Bannick seen them all, but he has photographed them all, too. And when I…

tags: birding, bird watching, bird field guide, birds, Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America, book review Several new field guides to the birds have been published in the last few months and The Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America (NYC: Collins; 2008) by Ted Floyd is one of them.…

tags: book review, economic insecurity, politics, social programs, insurance, poverty, employment, education, housing What ever happened to the American Dream? Well, if you are like me, you will admit that your pursuit of the American Dream is like chasing after a mythical horse that disappeared out the barn door literally decades ago. For example, even…

tags: Microcosm, microbiology, bacteria, E coli, evolution, Carl Zimmer, book review I lived through Seattle’s outbreak of the “killer E. coli strain O157:H7″ that charged into the world’s consciousness after it mercilessly destroyed the kidneys and other vital organs of hundreds of children and adults who consumed contaminated fast food. During this time, I worked…

tags: Return To Warden’s Grove, ornithology, birds, field research, biology dissertation, Christopher Norment, book review Throughout my life, certain people have had the audacity to lecture me about how a scientific education and a scientific life forever destroys a person’s ability to appreciate nature. I always tell them how science enhances my appreciation and ..…