Archive for: August, 2007

Go F*ck Yourself, Motherf*cker! Eat Sh*t!

Aug 31 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

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"Cathartic swearing," is analogous to the earsplitting shrieks of rats, cats, and monkeys, and is part of a primal, embedded rage circuit, and likely evolved to startle and unnerve an attacker, according to Steven Pinker. Pinker is a professor of psychology at Harvard University and the author of a book entitled The Stuff of Thought (2007) that will appear in your bookstores within a week or so.

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Shakespeare's Ghost Revealed

Aug 31 2007 Published by under Image of the Day

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Whose eyes were glowing beneath the Hostas? They belonged to a juvenile calico cat. Later on I caught another glimpse of this same kitty with its jet black sibling and mother. Over the past few years I have seen a total of four feral cats in the area of Central Park I most often visit. This was the first time I had evidence that they were breeding. They're cute, of course, but not the safest neighbors for birds to have in the park environment.
Second in a series of two.
Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [larger image].

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Spiders Spin Web the Size of Texas

Aug 31 2007 Published by under Biology, Brain & Behavior, Invertebrates, Zoology

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Lake Tawokoni State Park rangers (l-r) Mike McCord and Freddie Gowin continue to monitor a giant communal spider web at the park Tuesday, August 29, 2007. Officials at Lake Tawokoni State Park have been watching the growth of a giant communal spider web that has formed in the park over the past several weeks. The giant spider webs are rare for Texas.
Image: Tom Pennington. [Scary wallpaper size]

Have you heard about the spiders that spun a web that is the size of Texas? Well, actually, the web is only the size of two football fields, but nonetheless, the millions of busy spiders and their amazing outsized construction both reside in Texas.

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Are You A Feminist?

Aug 31 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

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You Are 93% Feminist

You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man).
You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It's a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.
Are You a Feminist?

I guess this result is not surprising, eh? I also assume that you are going to fit into the "feminist" category as well, since you are reading this blog.

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Pretty Boys Have All the Chicks

Aug 31 2007 Published by under Evolution, Journal Club, Ornithology, Zoology

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Male splendid fairy-wren, Malurus splendens.
Image: Pete Morris (Surfbirds.com). [screensaver size]

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Everyone is familiar with sexual dichromatism in birds; you know, the gorgeous, colorful male who is paired with the drab female or two. It has been observed in birds that, when males and females differ dramatically in appearance, the females are preferentially mating with a few "pretty boys"; those that have elaborate plumage colors or ornamentation. As a direct result of female breeding preferences, these "pretty boys" sire more offspring than those males with less colorful plumage, thus driving the evolution of sexual dichromatism in the population. This behavior concurrently drives evolution of a polygynous breeding system in the population. But what about those birds that are monogamous yet still show strong sexual dichromatism? How did they get to be that way?

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Lab 257: the Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory

Aug 30 2007 Published by under Book Review, Medicine & Health, Microbiology

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After the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK was shown to be the result this virus's escape from one of two nearby research labs, I thought it was timely to review a book that investigates this same occurrence in the United States. Lab 257: the Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory (NYC: William Morrow; 2004) by Michael Christopher Carroll, is the riveting story of an animal disease research lab located on an 840-acre island that is only two miles from Long Island, New York, and Olde Lyme, Connecticut, and a mere 85 miles from Manhattan. This book tells the frightening story about this government lab's spotted history and also reveals that Plum Island Animal Disease Research Laboratory, which is home to many of the deadliest germs known to man, is about as safe as the average high school biology lab.

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The Ghost of Shakespeare Garden

Aug 30 2007 Published by under Image of the Day

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Photographic proof of the existence of the "Ghost of Central Park's Shakespeare Garden" is available for the first time. It's existence was news to me. Having never heard a rumor that the place was haunted I was doubly shocked to have stumbled on the provocative and eerie scene at just the right moment. I assure you that the photo was not concocted in Adobe Photoshop or some other software. It's a genuine image. So what is the spectral figure lurking in the shadows?
The photographic solution follows tomorrow.
Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [larger image].

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Tangled Bank Blog Carnival Now Available

Aug 30 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

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The 87th edition of The Tangled Bank is now available for you to enjoy. This blog carnival is the original blog carnival that focuses on science, nature and medicine and it links to a variety of contributions that you will want to read.

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Carnival of Australia Now Available

Aug 29 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

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The August 29th edition of the Carnival of Australia is now available for you to enjoy. This blog carnival covers all aspects of Australian life, from environment to indigenous issues, from culture to technology. Be sure to go there and give them some support by reading their linked articles!

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And the Moon Became as Red as Blood ...

Aug 28 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

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Total eclipse of the Moon 16 September 1997.
Image: Lorenzo Lovato.

Tonight's forecast calls for a 100-percent chance of the moon becoming as blood, with an 80-percent chance of a scattered Apocalypse tomorrow.

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