Archive for: April, 2010

Mystery Bird: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus

Apr 30 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus, photographed in a Houston backyard in Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 21 April 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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Learning How to Count in German with SpeedyConKiwi

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German for Boneheads: lesson one. How to ask for six fish at the pet store without inadvertently ending up with 60 fish.

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Life in the Aphotic Zone

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This fascinating video captures a glimpse of the weird and wonderful animals that live in the aphotic zone. The aphotic zone (aphotic from Greek prefix ἀ- + φῶς "without light") is the portion of a lake or ocean where there is little or no sunlight. It is formally defined as the depths beyond which less than 1% of sunlight penetrates. Consequently, bioluminescence is essentially the only light found in this zone. Most food comes from dead organisms sinking to the bottom of the lake or ocean from overlying waters.

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Scientia Pro Publica -- Will Publish Monday!

Apr 30 2010 Published by under Uncategorized


Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux).

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power)
-- Sir Francis Bacon.
The next edition of Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) will publish this Monday and as usual, it is seeking submissions and hosts! Can you help by sending URLs for your own or others' well-written science, medicine, and nature blog essays to me or by volunteering to host this carnival on your blog?

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Dom Sankt Bartholomäus (detail), 3

Apr 30 2010 Published by under Frankfurt through My Eye, My Pictures, Politics

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Dom Sankt Bartholomäus (St Bartholomew's Cathedral), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Image: GrrlScientist, 14 April 2010 [larger view].

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Orange Blüte

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Image: GrrlScientist, 14 April 2010 [larger view]

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Mystery Bird: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis

Apr 29 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, photographed at Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston County, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 8 April 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/500s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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

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Out Sick

Apr 29 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

I am sick.

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Prometheus and Bob: Breakfast

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This hilarious video shows the space alien trying eat breakfast with Bob, who is more interested in grabbing an eagle egg from a tree-top nest. Unfortunately, the birds are not cooperating.

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EU Airspace Reboot (after Iceland Volcano Eruption)

Apr 29 2010 Published by under Streaming videos

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This video is a visualization of the northern European airspace returning to full air traffic use after being closed due to volcanic ash. Due to varying ash density across Europe, the first flights can be seen in some areas on the 18th and by the 20th everywhere is open. There are a few gaps (erm, France) and no coverage over the Atlantic, but the picture is still clear.

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