Why I still love using my Sony Reader for ebooks

Sony Reader

With a slew of recent releases of gadgets that serve as ebook readers (Barnes and Noble Nook, iPad, and all the ones announced at the Consumer Electronics Show), I thought I would take some time to look back on the experience I’ve had with my Sony PRS-505 Reader and why I love it and e-ink technology. (Mine is dark blue, not like the one shown… Read More

Flourescent coral makes for really cool living scientific art

If I were ever to have a video as a desktop background, one of these would probably be it! (But I probably never would because it would use up too much electricity to keep it going.) Take a look: ‘Preener’ from MORPHOLOGIC on Vimeo. ‘Corynactis viridis’ from MORPHOLOGIC on Vimeo. These videos are from Morphologic, a science/art initiative based in Miami and led by a… Read More

What could the Apple iPad do for science?

Last night, on the eve of what might be the most exciting Apple announcement this year, I wondered what a Mac slate or tablet could mean for scientists, researchers, and people in the field. Now with the iPad announced and the details of it released, here are some of my thoughts. The increased mobility of a small device designed to be used with specialized apps… Read More

The genius of RSS feeds


When you train your dog to bring you the morning paper, that is a neat trick. When you train your computer to bring you news you want to read, that is an RSS feed. I never fully appreciated RSS feeds for what they can do until I started reading the book We the Media by Dan Gillmor. The underlying idea is that you don’t need… Read More

Quote I found in my journal

“The Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Suquamish Chief Seattle

What is the Study of Science and Religion?

Descent with imagination

Image credit: Flickr user Colin Purrington (This image created by Axis of Evo is not exactly what this entry is about, but it is an interesting use of a scientific technique to map out religions of the world.) I wasn’t so sure what to expect when I went to the first lecture of the Earth Institute Practicum yesterday. The speaker was Bob Pollack of the… Read More