Archive for: September, 2009

Antarctica: Many Thanks to All My Supporters and Well-Wishers

Sep 30 2009 Published by under Streaming videos


Emperor penguin pair in courtship ritual with chick, Aptenodytes forsteri.
Dawson-Lambton glacier, Weddell Sea, Antarctica (November)
Image: BBC [larger view]

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A Road Winding Through a Wood

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A road through the woods in Helsinki, Finland.
Image: GrrlScientist, 4 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

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Share Your Science, Nature and Medical Writing with the World

Sep 30 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) was just published recently at Lab Rat. This edition is entitled Scientia Pro Publica -- 12th edition.

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Mystery Bird: Seaside Sparrow, Ammodramus maritimus

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

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[Mystery bird] Seaside Sparrow, Ammodramus maritimus, photographed at Anahuac Wildlife Refuge, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 19 May 2009 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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The Ordeal Faced by Breeding Male Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

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This is a chance to see amazing images from deep inside the frozen inland areas of Antarctica. The BBC natural history masterpiece, Planet Earth, documents the gruelling and heroic winter life of male Emperor Penguins, Aptenodytes forsteri, that breed in almost impossibly cold temperatures. Narrated by the incomparable David Attenborough.

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Speak Out: Today is International Blasphemy Day!

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Blasphemy Day International is a campaign seeking to establish September 30th as a day to promote free speech and stand up in a show of solidarity for the freedom to challenge, criticize, and satirize religion without fear of violence or reprisal: murder, litigation and other forms of intimidation. It is the obligation of the world's nations to safeguard dissent and the dissenters, not to side with the brutal interests of those who demand "respect" for their beliefs (i.e., immunity to being criticized or mocked that is protected with the threat of violence).

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Bench in front of house on Seurasaari

Sep 29 2009 Published by under Helsinki, Finland, Image of the Day, My Pictures

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Bench in front of house on the way to Seurasaari (Helsinki, Finland).
Image: GrrlScientist, 4 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

This house is located on the Helsinki side on the way to Seurasaari.

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Antarctica: Others Think I'd do a Helluva Job, Too

Sep 29 2009 Published by under Uncategorized

Video created by The Sneer Review.
Since I have recently developed quite a history of visiting cold and snowy places, often during the winter (remember Morris, Minnesota in January? Or how about Helsinki, Finland in November, then again in February?), I wish to preserve that tradition. I am competing for the opportunity to go to Antarctica in February 2010 -- a dream adventure that I've always wanted to pursue (and almost did pursue when I was an undergraduate researching Fin Whales and Crabeater Seals at the University of Washington). To enter, all candidates must publish a picture of themselves and write an essay explaining why we think we are the best choice, and solicit votes from the public. Whomever receives the most votes wins the job. Of course, I think I am the best candidate to share this adventure with you, but I am not the only one who thinks this. Below the jump is a list of lots of other people in the blogosphere who are also supporting my bid to become the official blogger on this Antarctic expedition;

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Mystery Bird: Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix

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[Mystery bird] Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix, photographed on Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: GrrlScientist, 4 July 2009 [larger view]
Photographed with Canon SX100 IS.

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Roy G Biv

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Here is another song from They Might be Giants' new album, Here Comes Science!

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