Bunny Microscope Open Thread

2010 May 3
by Leigh Honeywell

This week’s open thread is hosted by this adorable scientist bunny from Cute Overload:

picture of a woman holding an angora rabbit which is looking into a microscope

Feel free to discuss animals doing science, fuzzy things, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

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9 Responses
  1. May 3, 2010

    The bunny looks like an intellectual.

    “Indeed, this is the cure to cancer…”
    “Indeed, carrots do have delicious molecules.”

  2. 8-bit Emma permalink
    May 3, 2010

    I am in love with that bunny!

    Here are two cute fuzzy stories.

    One of our cats will play the guitar with us. If we pluck the strings she will do the same after we stop and seems to enjoy the sound, even with metal distortion on the amp!

    She also enjoys laying down on the printer and pressing the copy button and watching the paper come out. We don’t mind since there’s nothing on the scanner part that is being copied and we just put the paper back in for her!

    • Melissa permalink
      May 4, 2010

      D’awww. Smart kitteh!

  3. Lee permalink
    May 7, 2010

    Hi, I didn’t know what else to do with this:

    Lessons From “Planet Mars” – Do Men Make Better Bloggers?
    from Blogging Pro by Jennifer Brown Banks

    • Leigh Honeywell permalink*
      May 7, 2010

      Well, of course our ladybrains make us suck at blogging!


      That said, thanks for posting this – you’re welcome to post links in either Open Threads or Linkspams.

  4. bbinkovitz permalink
    May 7, 2010

    Something even cuter than a little animal doing fake science? Little humans doing real technology!


    I don’t often get ovary-twinges when I see cute children, but these little girls customizing their toys with LEDs, sensors, and an Arduino board make me want to produce little nerds just so I can watch what they come up with.

    • Leigh Honeywell permalink*
      May 7, 2010

      Baww! That fills me with glee :D

  5. Kip permalink
    May 13, 2010

    Greetings ladies. I am very sorry for posting here, but I couldn’t find an email address or other place that seemed more appropriate. The about page suggested I venture here, and I apologize again if this is not the appropriate place. I’m an email chap, and blogs are still unknown to me.

    Anyways , I just wanted to let you know about a project under works that is relevant to the interests enumerated on the About page of science, technology, gaming, science fiction (=SF fandom?), and perhaps more. I’d like to get as many different demographics groups aware of the project, and I just realized today the valued perspective and contribution women in technology might bring to it.

    The project is called Avaneya and it aims to be a cerebral science fiction game for GNU. It is currently under heavy development.

    Project website:

    Kip Warner — Software Engineer
    OpenPGP encrypted/signed mail preferred

  6. MarinaS permalink
    May 14, 2010

    A lot of my Facebook friends are ravin about how adorable this little alphabet rhyme is, but I saw it more as an example of gendering geekdom and the geek subculture: except for the very first image, all the women in the pictures are wearing skimpy or suggestive clothing, and in the L picture it is specifically called out that the famous bikini is what makes cons awesome. Namechecking Princess Leia (as opposed to, say, Ripley or more to the point, Luke) is sexist to begin with, and then there’s the persistent fact that in thre feature length movies she seems to have worn exactly one costume that’s memorable.

    But what I found most eggregious is the O image: the overlaying of the brain on a man’s head (esp. when juxtaposed with the bikini) signals the fact that men are the rational, thinking sex; and the text “we like to use our brains” implicitly excludes women from the category “geek”.

    Anyway, thought you might find it interesting. Link:


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