Archive for: June, 2008

ScienceBlogs To Take Over The World

Jun 30 2008 Published by under Uncategorized

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I have been made privy to a special 1 July 2008 press release from Seed Media Group, the parent organization for ScienceBlogs, which hosts my blog. The news is good.

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West 34th/Penn Station Subway Art 3 [Detail 1]

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Circus of Garden Delights.
West 34th Street/Penn Station Subway tile mosaic art #3 [Detail #1]
as seen at NYC's West 34th Street stop at 8th for the A, C and E trains.
Artist: Eric Fischl, 2001.
Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].

According to the artist, this subway station artwork "depicts a commuter being drawn into the bizarre and surprising world of the circus, meeting animals, clowns, acrobats and fire-breathers on his way to work."

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Help ProFauna STOP Indonesian Parrot Smuggling!

Jun 30 2008 Published by under Conservation

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Indonesians protest the illegal wildlife trade.
Image: ProFauna Indonesia.

You know that I am passionate about the parrots of the south Pacific Ocean -- I devoted my life to researching them, in fact. So it is my responsibility to bring a very important and tragic issue to your attention. Indonesia, home to many of the birds that I love so much, is killing its endemic parrots through poaching and smuggling.

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Update: Housing

Jun 30 2008 Published by under NYC life

I called the landlord's office (again) last Friday to find out what this "rent increase" is about, and the people in the landlord's office had no ideas. As most of you know, I have been trying to find out about this "rent increase" for the past three months, by writing and calling my landlord, but he refuses to explain. Since I live in a rent stabilized apartment, all rent increases must be approved by the city before they are enacted, according to my sources.

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Portrait of a Blue Mountain Rainbow Lory

Jun 30 2008 Published by under Image of the Day

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Eighth in a series of lory images by this photographer.


Rainbow Lory, Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus. This subspecies of rainbow lory is also found in Australia, along the east coast.
Image: John Del Rio. [larger view].

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Eye on Carl (Zimmer, That Is)

Jun 30 2008 Published by under Uncategorized

My friend and colleague, Carl Zimmer, has some news that he is going to tell us about today at 5pm ET, so be sure to pop in to his blog at that time to see what's happening.

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Birds in the News 137

Jun 30 2008 Published by under Birds in the News

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula, with insect egg or pupa in its beak.
Image: Dave Rintoul, KSU [larger view].

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Ovulation

Jun 30 2008 Published by under Streaming videos

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Recently, human ovulation was captured on video for the first time ever. Two researchers, Stephan Gordts and Ivo Brosens of the Leuven Institute for Fertility & Embryology in Belgium, performed transvaginal laparoscopy, which involves making a small cut in the vaginal wall and observing the ovary with an endoscope. "This allows us direct access to and observation of the tubo-ovarian structures without manipulation using forceps," reports Gordts. Below the fold is part of their video. [0:55]

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West 34th/Penn Station Subway Art 3

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Circus of Garden Delights.
West 34th Street/Penn Station Subway tile mosaic art #3
as seen at NYC's West 34th Street stop at 8th for the A, C and E trains.
Artist: Eric Fischl, 2001.
Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].

According to the artist, this subway station artwork "depicts a commuter being drawn into the bizarre and surprising world of the circus, meeting animals, clowns, acrobats and fire-breathers on his way to work."

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Sign a Petition to Protect Boreal Birds

Jun 29 2008 Published by under Conservation

One of the world's largest intact forest ecosystems -- the breeding grounds for many of the world's warblers, ducks and other migratory birds -- is in big trouble. Oil and gas, timber, mining, and other industries are destroying vital habitat for birds and other wildlife in Canada's boreal forest. Canada's boreal forest spans more than 1.4 billion acres and provides vital breeding habitat for many of the world's birds -- including nearly 40% of North America's ducks, geese, and swans. Lynx, grizzlies and wolves also make their home in the boreal forest. And it is one of the world's largest "carbon reservoirs," trapping carbon that might otherwise contribute to global warming. Just 8% of the boreal forest is now protected from new mining, drilling and logging. Each year, more and more of this special place is being lost in the pursuit of profits. Speak out for migratory birds and other wildlife. Urge the Canadian government to protect this special place by signing their petition online right now.

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