Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oystercatcher webcam

A friend reminded me of this webcam: Tjelden på taket, or the Oystercatcher webcam. It shows, for what I believe to be the fourth year in row, the nest of an Oystercatcher on the roof of the building for natural science at the University of Bergen. I can't remember when I saw this first, but according to their facebook page, the current birds have been there since 2008.

This is one of the really fun things on the Internet. Not big news or anything, but an opportunity to see how a bird acts while hatching. And the rebuilding that was to start this spring was delayed when Kjell and Kjellaug came back to their nest.

Happy bird-watching!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hard science and truth?

Oddly, we believe in science to the point that there's no need to argue for a phenomenon if it is presented within the frame of "hard science." The next time you feel like accepting hard science findings as undisputable facts, have a look at this Ph D comics movie, and face the fact that no, hard science doesn't really reveal much, and a lot of what it reveals we have no way to understand.

Hopefully, we can tack a "yet" onto that last sentence above, if the planet and/or the human race can outlast our lack of knowledge and understanding.