Archive for: October, 2008

42nd Street Times Square Passageway Subway Art 13

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The Revelers (2007).
Artist: Jane Dickson. Photographed in the passageway at 42nd Street/Times Square traveling east between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms.
I watched the workmen install these mosaics (I wish I had photographed the process to share with you) and photographed them all after the adhesive had dried.
Image: GrrlScientist 9 September 2008 [larger view].

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One of Life's Tiny Dramas Captured Forever on Film

Oct 31 2008 Published by under Brain & Behavior

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The bird calls out after realising that his (her?) mate is dead
Image: Wilson Hsu, AbuNawaf.com [larger view].

There are many inexplicable and tragic events in nature, yet few are captured on film. Here is an interesting series of photographs depicting a pair of swallows, Hirundo rustica (known as the Barn Swallow in the United States). In this series of images, we watch the story that unfolds after one of the birds was fatally injured, yet the bird's mate remains nearby, delivering food or water and keeping its dying companion company.

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DonorsChoose Challenge Teacher Speaks Out

Oct 31 2008 Published by under Education, Teaching

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Already, dear readers, you are making a difference. For example, today, an impoverished classroom in American's capital city learned that they will be able to learn how to identify wild birds in Washington DC because you donated enough for them to fulfill their funding request. Thank you!
Of course, I will be sharing all updates with you that they and all "our classrooms" send during the upcoming school year.

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Carnivalia

Oct 31 2008 Published by under Uncategorized

Here's the latest carnivalia that has been published in the blogosphere for you to read and enjoy;
Carnival of the Vanities, the Samhain edition.
Tangled Bank, issue #117. This is the "Carnival of the Vanities" for science and medical blog writers.
I and the Bird, issue #87. This blog carnival is all about wild birds and bird watching.
The Friday Ark #215. This blog carnival links to gorgeous images of animals, some of which are accompanied by a story, most of whicjh are not.
The Just Write blog carnival, 31 October edition. This blog carnival focuses on writing and the writing life.
Carnival of the Cities, 29 October edition. There's plenty here for you to enjoy viraciously and also as suggestions for your own travel adventures.

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I'm a 'Godless American' and Proud of it!

Oct 31 2008 Published by under Godlessness, Politics, Streaming videos

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At one time, I respected -- note the past tense of the word -- Elizabeth Dole, but after seeing this astonishing ad that her campaign aired in NC against her political opponent, Kay Hagen, I am disgusted. At the end of the ad, there is a picture of Hagen and a voice-over saying "there is no god" -- the implication being that Hagen, a christian, actually said this. Worse, even though Hagen is christian, her willingness to meet with atheists shows she is open-minded and thoughtful: since when is tolerance and open-mindedness a character flaw, especially in a politician, who is charged with representing all the people, not just those she personally likes and agrees with? [3:19].

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Palouse Pond

Oct 31 2008 Published by under Image of the Day, Nature

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Autumn in the Palouse.
[Eastern Washington State, USA]
Image: Joe Fuhrman, 2008 [larger view].

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Mystery Bird: Western Screech-Owl, Megascops kennicottii

Oct 31 2008 Published by under Birding, Mystery Birds

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Peek-a-boo! [Mystery bird] Western Screech-Owl, Megascops kennicottii, photographed in Arizona. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]
Image: Richard Ditch, 2005 [larger view].

Date Time Original: 2005:06:11 13:51:11
Exposure Time: 1/40
F-Number: 5.60
ISO: 500
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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Trilobite beetle of Laos

Oct 31 2008 Published by under Insects, Streaming videos

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Just in time for Hallowe'en: This video shows a juvenile netwing beetle, sometimes known as the Trilobite beetle due to the plates on its back (scutes). Firefly larvae also have scutes. This individual was collected in the Puhipi mountains of Laos [2:02]

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42nd Street Times Square Passageway Subway Art 12

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The Revelers (2007).
Artist: Jane Dickson. Photographed in the passageway at 42nd Street/Times Square traveling east between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms.
I watched the workmen install these mosaics (I wish I had photographed the process to share with you) and photographed them all after the adhesive had dried.
Image: GrrlScientist 9 September 2008 [larger view].

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Arid Country in the Palouse

Oct 30 2008 Published by under Environment, Image of the Day, Nature

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Arid Country in the Palouse.
Image: Joe Fuhrman, 2008 [larger view].

[The Palouse is a semi-arid "rain shadow" region in Eastern Washington State and portions of the Idaho panhandle, USA]

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