This is a three-toed Bradypus species of sloth (but which one?)
as portrayed in tiles on the stairway of the NYC subway stop (A-B-C)
at 81st and Central Park West. (ISO, no zoom, no flash).
Image: GrrlScientist 2008. [wallpaper size].
The most recent edition of the Carnival of the Spineless is now available for you to enjoy. The host, who is a pal of mine, asked me for a contribition, so I had to dig through my previous blog entries to find something that might be appropriate. I do what I can to support as many blog carnivals as possible, so you may or may not enjoy my meagre contributions ... you be the judge. But otherwise, do go there and support this blog carnival with your numbers and your comments!
Yes, indeed, my friends, it is Friday once again, and as usual, my pal, The Modulator, has amassed a pile of links to ANIMAL IMAGES for you to enjoy in the 180th edition of the Friday Ark.
Did you know that this blog carnival began as a way to create a less contentious atomsphere on the internet, which had developed due to political sparring all week long, week after week? Anyway, in an effort to take a break from the fighting and to create a more congenial atmosphere, the political pundits began a campaign where they lowered their verbal armaments one day per week so they could engage each other in "Friday CatBlogging" and then it expanded to include other animals because, afterall, the political pundits didn't want to be speciists. So the rest, my peeps, is .. ah .. the Friday Ark.
Do you remember how I posted a streaming video Frozen in Time at Grand Central Station? Well, apparently, another volunteer improv squad has done the same thing in London. Inspired by improv everywhere and made a reality by 100's of volunteers. At exactly 3:30pm on a secret cue, almost everyone in Trafalgar Square froze. The few bewildered tourists didn't know what was happening. For 5 minutes the participants held their positions, and then magically everyone unfroze. [2:37]
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, serious mental illnesses affect approximately 44 million Americans. Serious mental illnesses include mood disorders; depression and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, correctly diagnosing mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, appears to be a sort of voodoo science that depends upon the skill of the mental health professional making the diagnosis and the patient's willingness to accurately describe their symptoms. But a research paper was just published that describes a blood test that was designed to identify bipolar disorder and thus, this test could provide an objective method for diagnosis.
The February issue of Writers Across the Blogosphere is now available for you to read. This is probably the largest blog carnival that I contribute to, and it's likely the largest blog carnival out there, too -- and it celebrates good writing! And since having a high quality blog is all about writing well, how can you miss this one?
Elephant toothpaste is a classic chemistry demonstration that will make anyone overflow with joy. When hydrogen peroxide decomposes, it gives off oxygen gas and water. Under ordinary circumstances, it breaks down very slowly, but potassium iodide can act as a catalyst -- making the reaction tremendously fast. If there is some liquid soap mixed in with the hydrogen peroxide, steamy foam will gush out of the container. [1:05]