Archive for: May, 2010

SciCafe at AMNH in NYC: A Conversation with AMNH Astronomer, Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Who: A Conversation with AMNH Astronomer, Neil deGrasse Tyson
What: free public presentation, "Life, the Universe, and Everything"
When: Wednesday, 2 June at 700pm
Where: Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, Enter at the 81st Street (Rose Center) [directions and maps]
Cost: FREE, and there is a cash bar too! (must be 21+ with ID)

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My ScienceOnline London 2010 Suggestion

May 31 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

I was a (proud!) speaker at ScienceOnline London 2008 -- which would not have happened without my readers' kind and generous support! However, when I was in London, I was given a t-shirt as part of the goody bag that was, to put it politely, a tad small.

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Science Online London 2010: YES! I'll Be There!

May 31 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

You might not be aware of this, but there will be a Science Online London 2010! It is being scheduled as I write and will be held at the British Library on 3-4 September 2010, and YES! I will be there! (I am so excited!) As a blog reader, you are eagerly invited to suggestion session topics on the SciOnlineLondon wiki. Who knows? Maybe I'll be so lucky as to be asked to speak! (Yes, I would love that!)

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Australian Aboriginal Rock Art May Depict Giant Bird Extinct for 40,000 Years

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Australia's oldest painting?
A red ochre rock art depiction of two emu-like birds (Genyornis newtoni?)
with their necks outstretched.
Image: Ben Gunn [larger view]

An Australian Aboriginal rock art may depict a giant bird that is thought to have become extinct some 40,000 years ago, thereby making it the oldest rock painting on the island continent. The red ochre drawing was first discovered two years ago, but archaeologists were only able to confirm the finding two weeks ago, when they first visited the remote site on the Arnhem Land plateau in north Australia.

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Mystery Bird: Clapper Rail, Rallus longirostris

May 31 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Clapper Rail, Rallus longirostris, photographed at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 26 May 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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

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I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here!

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This video describes a new online program targeted to UK teenagers; "I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here!" This program's goals are to provide teens access to real scientists, to provide them the opportunity to get beyond stereotypes about scientists, to learn how science relates to real life and to provide the scientists with feedback on their communication style -- can they explain their work to teenagers? Hundreds of teens ask the scientists questions online about what they do, and they vote for the scientist they want to win ₤500. Added smugpoints: a Nature Network colleague of mine, Stephen Curry, who also was one of the hosts for Scientia Pro Publica, has volunteered!

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Besti Flokkurinn

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"We are the best" -- this satirical video is made by Iceland's Best party, endorsing comedian Jón Gnarr Kristinsson for Mayor of Reykjavik in 2010. Among his campaign promises? Iceland's very own polar bear, wow! (Nevermind that the last polar bear was a self-delivered visitor that was shot almost immediately after it stepped onto land)

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Scientia Pro Publica -- Will Publish Tomorrow!

May 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 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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Birdbooker Report 120

May 30 2010 Published by under The Birdbooker Report

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Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.

~ Arnold Lobel [1933-1987] author of many popular children's books.

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: Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

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

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[Mystery bird] Common Kestrel, also known as the Eurasian Kestrel or just as the Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, photographed in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Dan Logen, 19 January 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D300, 600 mm VR lens, with 1.4 x extender ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/800 sec.

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

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