Archive for the ‘Scientist’ Category

One is the loneliest number

At least according to the band Three Dog Night but in this case it’s a lonely Sitka Spruce tree on Campbell Island, 400 hundred miles south of New Zealand. For scientist, it’s a prime example of what humans have done to the environment.

The article is entitled “Does the World’s ‘Loneliest’ Tree Mark the Start of a New Epoch” by Noel Kirkpatrick over at the Mother Nature Network. So far, it looks like only time will tell and that is very unfortunate.



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I will be the first to admit that I’ve never done a lot of canoeing except for a few times on our lake at the family cabin. That said however, I must admit it’s something that I’ve always admired other people doing.

So when I saw this article on a short documentary (originally filmed as a commercial), I found myself again drawn. The article is entitled “This Canoe Documentary is Almost too Beautiful to Watch ” by Michael D’Estries over at the Mother Nature Network. Unfortunately my computer isn’t that great so I will have to watch the rest of it this weekend.



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Rogue (citizen) science

Call it what you will but, watching science go rogue (or citizen) has been fun to say the least. It started out with the Badlands National Park and has now spread to several government science groups creating their own twitter accounts to make sure their information is out there for the public.

Check out this article entitled “Government science goes rogue on Twitter” by David Morgan over at CBS News. Who knows what’s next?



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Mapping the ocean blue

Yes shark week is over and even though my kids, my mom and myself had a great discussion about it yesterday morning over breakfast, the place they call home is still the place we know the least about. If Google and some scientist have a say in it however, that’s about to change.

They have joined together to start mapping the coral reefs and other parts of the oceans. In large part to help us protect this world in which we know so little about. The article and video are entitled “Explore the World’s Coral Reefs with Google Street View” by Tanya Lewis at LiveScience.

Good night!


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The marching scientists

I have to say that when I read this article about the marching scientist, I was like “wow”. Fast forward to today however and it seems that fit right in. Anyway, the article is entitled “In Rocky Mountains, It’s Hooray For the Red, White, Blue and Green: Scientists in Fourth of July Parade Wear Foliage—Some With Nothing Else’ by Julia Harte over at the Wall Street Journal.

I must add though that I’m reading the book Letters to a Young Scientist (in my second attempt) by Edward O. Wilson and knowing what I’ve learned about the author, I’m not completely surprised by what was going on with this group. If your interested in learning more about the folks over at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, check out their website.

Good Stuff!


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Self-taught geologist

So  I really didn’t have much write when I first sat down so I went out the the living room and started reading, which that usually helps. Tonight was no exception as I came across an interesting book review in the Science section of the New York Times entitled “Science on His Own Terms” by Michael Pollak. It’s about a scientist that as the article states, is self-taught.

So shortly after I read the article, I requested the book. Stay tune!



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Darwin et al.

So here’s another topic that I’ve been meaning to write about for quite some time, Charles Darwin. The article I came across tonight is entitled “Why Climate Change has Darwin Down for the Count” by Chris Mooney over at the Grist.

While I haven’t really found one good book on him, I’ve learned a lot about both him and his counterpart, Alfred Russell Wallace in several of the books I’ve read lately including one of the two I’m reading right now entitled Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson.

When I get the chance, I will add it to my Green Reading page because they were really two amazing scientist.



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