Archive for: November, 2009

One Last Look at my Beloved Home: NYC

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Columbus Circle, NYC, USA.
Image: GrrlScientist, 17 November 2009 [larger view].

Delta Airlines sent me an email, telling me it is time to check in for my return flight to the USA, which departs tomorrow at 1140am from Frankfurt. What do you think; should I return?

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Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities

Nov 30 2009 Published by under Book Review, Education

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The second book review I've ever published in Nature Magazine appeared last week, roughly the same time I was on a trans-Atlantic flight from NYC to Frankfurt, Germany. Due to my lack of wireless and jet lag, I've neglected to mention this until now. This review discusses a book that I think is very important for everyone involved in higher education to read and think about: Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson. If you would like a free PDF of this review, either click here or, if that link does not allow you to access the review, leave a comment here and I'll email the PDF to you.

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Mystery Bird: Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina

Nov 30 2009 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina, photographed at Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County, Illinois. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Janice Sweet, 20 October 2009 [larger view].

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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New Species of Orchid is World's Smallest

Nov 30 2009 Published by under Biology, Evolution, Speciation

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A close-up of the world's smallest orchid, at just over 2mm from petal tip to petal tip.
Image: Lou Jost.

The world's smallest orchid was discovered recently in a mountainous nature reserve in Ecuador by American botanist Lou Jost. Dr. Jost, a former physicist, now works as a mathematical ecologist, plant biogeographer and conservation scientist, and is one of the world's most expert orchid hunters. In the previous decade, Dr. Jost discovered 60 new species of orchids and 10 other new plant species. He discovered this diminutive plant whilst examining another species of small orchid that he was cultivating.
"I found it among the roots of another plant that I had collected, another small orchid which I took back to grow in my greenhouse to get it to flower," Dr. Jost stated. "A few months later I saw that down among the roots was a tiny little plant that I realized was more interesting than the bigger orchid."

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FOX Brilliantly Demonstrates Fuzzy Math

Nov 30 2009 Published by under Humor, Politics, Streaming videos

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Take a close look at the pie chart shown on this FOX Newscast and tell me if you see anything wrong with it?

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Japanese Spa Prank

Nov 30 2009 Published by under Humor, Streaming videos, Your Inner Child

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I love Japan and the Japanese, but watching videos like this tend to make me paranoid. How about you?

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One Last Look at my Beloved Home: NYC

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Columbus Circle, NYC, USA.
Image: GrrlScientist, 17 November 2009 [larger view].

This is one in a series of images I took on one of my last days in NYC. This was the last day I carried my camera with me as I ran around, collecting paperwork for my impending emigration. The day was glorious, the weather, perfect.

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Birdbooker Report 93-94

Nov 29 2009 Published by under The Birdbooker Report

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"How does one distinguish a truly civilized nation from an aggregation of
barbarians? That is easy. A civilized country produces much good bird
literature."
--Edgar Kincaid


The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that currently are, or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle birding pals and book collector, Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, and is edited by me and published here for your information and enjoyment. Below the fold is this week's issue of The Birdbooker Report which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.

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Mystery Bird: Australian Pelican, Pelecanus conspicillatus

Nov 29 2009 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Australian Pelican, Pelecanus conspicillatus, photographed at Atherton, Queensland, Australia. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Steve Duncan, 26 August 2009 [larger view].
Nikon D200 w/ Nikkor 300mm f/4 & TC17E.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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One Last Look at my Beloved Home: NYC

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Columbus Circle, NYC, USA.
Image: GrrlScientist, 17 November 2009 [larger view].

This is one in a series of images I took on one of my last days in NYC. This was the last day I carried my camera with me as I ran around, collecting paperwork for my impending emigration. The day was glorious, the weather, perfect. It's rare days (in NYC) like this that made me wonder what I was doing to leave for a city I've never seen, and to live in a country I've never visited.

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