Wednesday night miscellany

There are a number of things I have been meaning to blog about during the past week but for whatever reason they kept slipping my mind. Here's a brief collection of some neat stuff that I should have written about earlier;

Michael Barton, author of the Dispersal of Darwin, was interviewed for the the BBC's Pods and Blogs! I am certainly envious. You can listen in here.

A number of paleo-artists active in the blogohedron have started a new carnival, ART Evolved. The first edition will be posted at Prehistoric Insanity on March 1, and I certainly encourage you to check it out (if not submit something to it)!

Paleontologists at the Page Museum have just announced a new collection of fossils recovered from the La Brea tarpits, including an 80% complete mammoth nicknamed "Zed." It sounds like they took in quite a haul and you can read some of the details here.

Blake recently published an excerpt from his book Until Earthset. It starts with "When the movie was finished, Devi was still very high, and she began performing an interpretive dance about viruses."

Scicurious has a great post about why she is a scientist. It's a great read, and my only lament is that I can't carry on the meme since I'm not a scientist.

Science & the City recently conducted interviews with the first class of the AMNH's Richard Gilder Graduate School students. It's an interesting look at what the program is like. If I had the chance to go to graduate school it would definitely be a place I would apply!

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I liked the story of the Page Museum's La Brea fossil collection the best. I've always been fascinated by the tar pits, even having a snap-together model of them as a child (which incorrectly featured a European wooly Rhinoceros!)

By Raymond Minton (not verified) on 18 Feb 2009 #permalink

you are not a scientist? what defines a scientist, a degree or an inquisitive mind which conducts research?

In other Wednesday night miscellany, Ben did something EVIL on LOST. Shocked?

YOU ARE A SCIENTIST. You have scientific curiosity, you read and analyze previous studies on your topic of choice. Just because you are unable to uncover your own bones right now (or whatever) doesn't mean you're not a scientist. You totally are. Write it!