Archive for: May, 2006

Sheep Dash!

May 31 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Lack of sleep can affect your reaction times. This is a cute online game that tests how alert you are and also reveals the impact of a cup of tea or coffee on your performance. What was your reaction time? Did it improve after a cup of coffee or tea?

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What's New in My Zoo

May 31 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

I am sorry for my relative silence, but I have been experiencing several troubles recently. First, and worst, a stranger on the sidewalk bumped into me and knocked my laptop out of my hands such that it fell to the pavement, where it dented one corner and compromised the structural integrity of the metal case. It still functions, but I have to get it repaired. Besides the fact that my laptop is only six months old, it is the most expensive object I've ever owned, so I am just sick about this. I am heavily dependent upon my laptop for nearly everything from writing, communication and job hunting to entertainment (watching DVDs), so if I have to give it up for a week or two for the necessary repairs, I have no idea what I will do. [no, I did not get this stranger's contact information so I could demand that he pay for repairs, so that expense is yet another thing for me to worry about, too].

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Seeing Red: The Lake Atop A Vanuatu Volcano

May 30 2006 Published by under Nature, South Pacific Islands

This is an interesting story from my favorite part of the world: why did this lake at the top of a once-dormant volcano suddenly turn red? Is this the result of a chemical reaction? (That's my guess).

Volcanologists were puzzled today about why a lake atop a rumbling volcano on the South Pacific island of Ambae has changed color from blue to bright red.
Mount Manaro, one of four volcanos currently active in the island nation of Vanuatu, has been showing signs of erupting for only the second time in 122 years.

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Bird Populations

May 30 2006 Published by under Birding, Ornithology

The Institute for Bird Populations announced that its journal, Bird Populations, will become entirely electronic beginning with its upcoming issue.
First published in 1993, Bird Populations fills a major gap in the scientific literature because no other technical publication is dedicated to the study of dynamic avian demography and biogeography from a global perspective. This annual publication carries peer-reviewed papers of original research, reports from major avian monitoring projects around the world, and review, synthesis and commentary articles.
Hattip: Thomas Gardali; PRBO Conservation Science.

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Birds in the News 60 (v2n11)

May 30 2006 Published by under Birds in the News


Black-throated green warbler, Dendroica virens.
Image appears here with the kind permission of the photographer, Pamela Wells.
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Blog Carnival Available

May 29 2006 Published by under Uncategorized


I have been working on Birds in the News for several hours already on this humid day, so I thought I was the only one writing a blog entry today. I was wrong. The Big Apple Blog Festival, issue 33, is now available for your reading pleasure. As the name suggests, this carnival is all about NYC, what it's like to live here, what people do to entertain themselves, where they go, and on and on. Oddly, especially in view of the fact that there are 9 million people living in NYC, and there are thousands of blog writers here, this carnival has become rather sporadic in its publication schedule for reasons that are not entirely clear to me. I thought there were thousands of stories to write about in NYC! So where did my NYC blog peeps disappear to? Nonetheless, there are some interesting entries listed there, including a few by me that might interest you.
If you live in NYC or have visited and have written something about NYC life, or if you have taken some photos of NYC that you'd like to share, please do submit them to the editor for the Big Apple Blog Festival.

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Mothership Question #4

May 29 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

The mothership recently began asking us a question each week and then linking to our answers each Wednesday in a blog carnival-like format from the staff blog, Stochastic. (more about the rules here). This week's question is;
Since they're funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies?

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Birds in the News, Postponed

May 29 2006 Published by under Birds in the News

Birds in the News has been postponed until tomorrow, when it will appear at the usual time.

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My Death as Envisioned by Edward Gorey

May 28 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Thanks to my blog sibling, Orac, I now know how I will die;


What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die?

You will be sucked dry by a leech. I'd stay away from swimming holes, and stick to good old cement. Even if it does hurt like hell when your toe scrapes the bottom.
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And I thought I was going to be run over by a speeding bus. ...
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Manhattan Sunset

May 28 2006 Published by under NYC life


Manhattan Sunset, 2001.
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Image: Neil deGrasse Tyson/AMNH.

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