Posts Tagged ‘Charles Darwin’

Wherein Science Comedian Interviews Science Writer Carl Zimmer

I am guest host­ing Dr. Kiki’s Sci­ence Hour today while Dr. Kiki is on mater­nity leave.  My guest this week is sci­ence writer Carl Zim­mer, whom I met at the ScienceOnline2011 con­fer­ence in Jan­u­ary.  Hm.  In fact, that’s where I met last week’s guest, Greg Gbur, as well.  Good thing I went to that.

Carl is an amaz­ing writer.  I’m cur­rently read­ing his book Micro­cosm: E. coli and the New Sci­ence of Life.  It’s about life and evo­lu­tion, as seen through the lens of the most well-researched microor­gan­ism.

His lat­est book is Planet of Viruses which will be out in hard­cover from Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Press on May 1.

Carl also has a book about sci­ence tat­toos com­ing out later this year.  Here is a recent post about Sci­ence Ink: Tat­toos of the Sci­ence Obsessed.

His grow­ing col­lec­tion of sci­ence tat­toos resides at his Sci­ence Tat­too Empo­rium.

Visit his blog The Loom on Dis­cover Magazine’s web­site.

He’s also writ­ten on evo­lu­tion (Evo­lu­tion: Tri­umph of an Idea and the text­book The Tan­gled Bank: An Intro­duc­tion to Evo­lu­tion).  And I just received the brand new edi­tion of his ten-year-old book about par­a­sites:  Par­a­site Rex.

I also have his first book (which he says is his favorite):  At the Water’s Edge: Fish with Fin­gers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea

Here is a recent (Sept. 2010) arti­cle on con­scious­ness at the NYTimes.com.

A list of great sci­ence books for high school stu­dents.

Carl’s Slate arti­cle about the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the NASA study of arsenic-based life – “This Paper Should Not Have Been Pub­lished”

Fol­low me and Carl on Twit­ter:  @sciencecomedian and @carlzimmer.

My “Virus Walks Into A Bar” series of jokes on YouTube.

Dr. Richard Lenski’s Exper­i­men­tal Evo­lu­tion Lab at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity has an evo­lu­tion odome­ter on the front page, track­ing how many gen­er­a­tions of E.coli the lab has bred – over 50,000 gen­er­a­tions, so far!

Oh – and lis­ten for me on NPR’s Sci­ence Fri­day tomor­row.  The show streams live (and airs on your local pub­lic radio sta­tion, too, prob­a­bly) from 11am-1pm Pacific/2-4pm East­ern.  Lis­ten here.

Happy Birthday, Chuck and Abe!

Once again it’s time to cel­e­brate the births of Charles Dar­win and Abra­ham Lin­coln, who were both born Feb­ru­ary 12, 1809, mak­ing them 202 years old today.

Here’s the video I made for Time.com, in cel­e­bra­tion of their 200th birth­days.  Just like the new Sin­gu­lar­ity video – I wrote, Craig Duff pro­duced, and Jim Fields edited.

Link:
Lin­coln and Dar­win: Birth­days and Evo­lu­tion

Science Comedian – the Heat in Arizona

I had a fan­tas­tic time per­form­ing at the Sacra­mento Com­edy Spot this past Fri­day.  We had a packed house in an inti­mate room – and they were just the per­fect science-loving crowd.  Or, I should say, science-comedy-loving crowd.

The open­ing act was the hilar­i­ously geeky Nick Pet­ti­grew (link is to a pre­vi­ous set of his), and I did a whop­ping hour and forty min­utes, includ­ing some Q&A.  I’ll be putting more clips online soon.  Here’s the first.

My fever-dream inspired by the unbear­able heat of an Ari­zona sum­mer.  Some might fan­ta­size of bikinis and water sports; I can only imag­ine global dev­as­ta­tion, muta­tion, human extinc­tion…

Link:  Sci­ence Come­dian Brian Malow – 125 Degrees

Lincoln and Darwin Sitting in a Tree…

It’s that time again!  Happy Birth­day, Abra­ham Lin­coln and Charles Dar­win!  This year they would have turned 201 years old.

Last year was the big year – 200th birth­day and the 150th anniver­sary of the pub­li­ca­tion of “The Origin of Species.”  This video essay was my first project for Time Magazine’s web­site.  Pro­duced by Craig Duff and edited by Jim Fields:

Video:  Lin­coln and Dar­win: Birth­days and Evo­lu­tion

Stand Up for Evolution!

Con­tin­u­ing our cel­e­bra­tion of 2009 as The Year of Sci­ence, this is my sec­ond video for the COPUS Project.

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Science Comedian, Lincoln, and Darwin on Time.com

If you know me, you prob­a­bly know I’ve always had a thing about Abra­ham Lin­coln.  Noth­ing kinky.  It goes back as far as 2nd grade – at least that’s my old­est sur­viv­ing writ­ing about Abe.

Now, com­bine that with my obvi­ous respect for Charles Dar­win – who shares his birth­day with Lin­coln (Feb­ru­ary 12, 1809) – and you’ll know how excited I am to have tied it all together in a video piece cel­e­brat­ing their birth­days – and also the 150th anniver­sary of the pub­li­ca­tion of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.”

I wrote the piece and it was pro­duced by Craig Duff – and today it’s fea­tured on the front page of Time.com – as a “Must See” video about Lin­coln and Dar­win.

“Lin­coln and Dar­win – Birth­days and Evo­lu­tion”

Check it out, let me know what you think – and please feel free to for­ward it to EVERYONE!

* Update 2/23/09: Although it was only a “Must See” video for a short time, now it’s dis­played as one of the most pop­u­lar videos!