In fact, it IS watching corn grow!
…The reason people think that Robin Red Breast is a sign of spring is that we believe that robins fly south for the winter and north for the summer, so when we see them, it must be getting near summer. The fact that many robins don’t migrate at all, but simply become reclusive for the winter, is not widely known….
The following blog post is now required reading for all my students. The comments, in particular.
Let’s see what’s wrong (or right) in this picture:
Why are we watching this video again? …
Continue reading Ghost Bird
Over 50 scientific societies representing hundreds of thousands of American scientists today publicly urged the Texas Board of Education to support accurate science education….
Continue reading Scientists to Texas Board of Education: Teach Evolution Right!
“All I can say is, ‘I’m sorry'”
Hat Tip Feministing
this video is comprised of pictures i took of the lunar eclipse on march 3rd 2007 from pendeli mountain in athens, greece. the music is ‘odysseus’ by niko (www.nikoonline.com).
As you know if you read my blog, Trivers Willard is an important theoretical construct which has been tested numerous times. TW works in some species, not in others, and overall, that should be predictable (accroding to TW).
It turns out that finches control the sex of their offspring, and do so in a way that TW would predict, apparently. There is a paper in Science that I’ll probably eventually get to writing up for you, and in the mean time, here’s a quick news report from Scientific American.
See if you can figure out how Trivers Willard is working here, and why the important theoretical aspect of this research is glossed in this news report.
…I am trying to rid the word dilettante of its negative connotations and use it to highlight my interest in scientific research of all kinds. My area of expertise is chemical engineering and food science, however this does not prevent my interest in any other research.
I like any and all science, so this is my playground where I can properly discuss other areas outside my expertise without getting a bad formal peer review!
We like dilettantes. So let’s see how The Science Dilettante develops!