Archive for: April, 2009

One in a Million

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One in a Million.
"In the lower 80s" in the Park Avenue median (Upper East Side of Manhattan).
Image: GrrlScientist, 26 April 2009 [larger view].

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Experimental Heart: A Novel

Apr 30 2009 Published by under Book Review

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Reading science fiction books about scientific research inevitably inspire me to claw my eyes out from sheer frustration with the many shocking inaccuracies before I reach page 100 -- Michael Crichton's truly stupid books crammed with scientific faux pas scream immediately to mind. So I was skeptical about reading and possibly reviewing another such book. But this novel, which is part of the newly identified reality-based genre known as laboratory literature or "LabLit", pleasantly surprised me: I truly enjoyed Jennifer Rohn's engaging page-turner, Experimental Heart (Cold Spring Harbor Press: Cold Spring Harbor, NY; 2009).

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Mystery Bird: Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris

Apr 30 2009 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Ornithology, Teaching

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[Mystery birds] Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris, photographed in Paul Rushing Park, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 3 March 2009 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with tsn-pz camera eyepiece 1/200s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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TEDTalks: The Beautiful Mathematics of Coral (and Crochet)

Apr 30 2009 Published by under Education, Invertebrates, Streaming videos, Teaching

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This interesting video discusses evolution, mathematics, sea slugs, corals and crocheting as presented by science writer Margaret Wertheim [16:37]

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Seeking Submissions: Scientia Pro Publica

Apr 29 2009 Published by under Uncategorized


Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.

Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) blog carnival is seeking your recently published blog entries (within the previous 60 days) about science, nature and medicine for inclusion in its upcoming edition on Monday, 4 May 2009. To send submissions to Scientia Pro Publica, either use this automated submission form or use the cute little widget on the right. Be sure to include the URL or "permalink", the essay title and, to make life easier for the host, a 2-3 sentence summary.
Even though I started Scientia pro Publica, this biweekly blog carnival travels throughout the blogosphere. The host for the 4 May edition is Bob O'Hara, author of Deep Thoughts and Silliness. If you are interested in hosting this carnival on your blog, please contact me as soon as possible or notify the current host. Scientia pro Publica is published on the first and third Monday of each month, so feel free to choose a particular date, or I'll assign you the first available date.

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Harry Potter Visits Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

Apr 29 2009 Published by under Harry Potter, Streaming videos, Your Inner Child

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Image: Garrett Hubbard.

In what is probably the cleverest scheme to capture any remaining pocket change that Bernard Madoff has not swindled out of the average American, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is slated to open a Harry Potter exhibit on Thursday, 30 April. According to what I've read, Harry Potter: The Exhibition takes visitors from the Hogwarts Express train platform through the Gryffindor common room, classrooms, the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest and Hagrid's hut before depositing them into a real-life Diagon Alley, where they can spend any remaining galleons and knuts they might still possess on wands, jewelry and other potternalia.

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Violet in Manhattan

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Violet in the Park Avenue median, Manhattan.
"In the lower 80s" in the Park Avenue median (Upper East Side of Manhattan).
Image: GrrlScientist, 26 April 2009 [larger view].

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Mystery Bird: Blue Mountain Vireo, Vireo osburni

Apr 29 2009 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Ornithology, Teaching

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[Mystery birds] Blue Mountain Vireo, Vireo osburni, photographed at Portland Gap, Blue Mountains, Jamaica. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]
Image: Paul Jones, 18 March 2009 [larger view].
Canon 30-D, 300f4 lens, 1/250 at f4, 320 ISO.

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The Process of Antigen Shift in Influenza Viruses

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This video discusses the process of antigen shift in influenza viruses, such as the H1N1 "swine flu" that has recently been identified in Mexico and in quite a few other countries, including in NYC [1:18]

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Park Avenue Tulip

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Park Avenue Tulip.
"In the lower 80s" in the Park Avenue median (Upper East Side of Manhattan).
Image: GrrlScientist, 26 April 2009 [larger view].

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