Archive for: August, 2010


Aug 31 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

Grrl and I are in the offices of The Guardian. We're here because Grrl starts her new science blogging gig here - yup, she now has a blog at The Grauniad. She's been very good keeping quiet about this in public, but privately she's been incredibly excited, and also getting very stressed.

The blog is called Punctuated Equilibrium. Grrl intends to move her mystery birds over there, as well as some of her other writings, but she'll continue to write here, don't worry.

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The Noble Art of Verbal Abuse

Aug 28 2010 Published by under Humor, Sexuality, Streaming videos, Teaching

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Those of you who think Bob O'Hara is a cruel anti-religion Cyber-bully will be very impressed with this: he used your reader comments as a recommendation to design and teach a class at his university. This class, entitled "the Noble Art of Verbal Abuse," is already making a difference as you can see in this world exclusive video from the first day of his class:
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What kind of world do we want?

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This video is by the nonprofit group, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). It is a plea to the citizens of the rich countries of the world to rethink the many ways we exploit the world's resources before it's too late to stop our crash course with the mass extinction of millions of animal and plant species.

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The Perfect Storm?

Aug 25 2010 Published by under Nature, Streaming videos

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This video is stunning footage of a ship at sea, being tossed around by towering waves. Meanwhile, seabirds soar past, delighted at the gale-force winds that keep them aloft. I know you only get a quick glimpse of them, but can any of you identify the birds?

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BirdFair 2010: Watch the Artist's Mural Take Shape

Aug 25 2010 Published by under Art & Photography, Birding, Nature, Streaming videos

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Well, guess what I missed this year? That's right: I missed attending BirdFair 2010, which was held last weekend, one week before I am traveling to the UK. Saying I wish I had been able to attend is probably stating the obvious, so I'll just show you a few things that were missed by all of us who did not attend.

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So ... What Happened to my "Big News"?

Aug 24 2010 Published by under Your Inner Child

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I am sure that the two or three people out there who still read my blog are now scratching their collective heads, wondering what my "big news" is all about. After all, it is the 24th of August, which is the date when I was going to announce my "big news" -- a date that had been pushed back from 16 August, when I also was going to announce my "big news."

Actually, I am wondering the same thing, and I know what happened!
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Bananas Galore in the Pacific

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The world's most popular fruit is the banana, which originated in the very-much overlooked region of Polynesia. This interesting video explores the relationship between the peoples and cultures of New Guinea, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands and the world's most popular fruit, the banana.

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Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air

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We all have preconceived ideas about what hummingbirds' lives are like, but so much of their world is imperceptible to the human eye. Filmmaker Ann Prum describes the breakthrough science and latest technologies that allowed her and the crew to reveal incredible new insights about these aerial athletes.

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The Mystery of the Family That Walks on All Fours

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This fascinating video is a complete episode of the American science program, Nova. This episode is about a Turkish family where all the children -- who are adults -- walk on all fours. This episode, which started out as an exploration of the neurobiology and genetics behind this curious behavior turned into a touching human story about a family trying to deal with a devastating disability.
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Chemists Playing with Fluorine

Aug 23 2010 Published by under Employment, Streaming videos, Teaching

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I never realized that chemists can be like ornithologists: traveling the world to see a particular element. But in this video, we accompany a mad chemist as he visits a fluorine expert to finally show you this incredibly reactive element in action.

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