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Archives for November, 2008

It might be a fluke

. . . or, brain worms could be on the rise! Mo at Neurophilosophy has a really freaky story/video about a parasitic worm that invaded a woman’s brain. This one is worth watching. . . and you can use it on your family if they’re refusing to wash their hands!

When Science Was Smoking Hot

Chesterfields ad, 1952 Today, November 20, is the American Cancer Society’s 33rd Great American Smokeout. Now, be honest: did you even know? The Smokeout doesn’t seem to get as much attention as it used to, perhaps because the link between cigarette smoke and cancer is no longer surprising or controversial. After decades of anti-tobacco campaigns…

Inexplicable

Apparently there is a Mexican eatery down this vaguely threatening corridor. But I think it resembles the kind of trap that an alien with an imperfect grasp of American culture might construct to entrap, tag, and radio-collar unsuspecting policy wonks.

According to Hill pub Roll Call, former Senator Tom Daschle will be the next HHS Secretary. No word on the NIH Director yet.

Next week, PBA galleries in San Francisco will be auctioning rare books, prints, and ephemera from the medical library of Gerald I. Sugarman, MD. Joanna at Morbid Anatomy has distilled some of the best medical illustrations from this collection into two posts here and here. Thanks, Joanna! This is wonderful stuff. I think Dr. Sugarman…

Vote for Brian @ Laelaps!

Scibling Brian Switek over at Laelaps is in the running for the $10,000 science blogging college scholarship, and he needs your help to win. I’m amazed again just typing this that Brian is a college student. He writes more eloquent, insightful essays than most graduate students! (And if you don’t read Laelaps, you should. .…

And another one sucks our blood. . .

The terrifying Siberian Vampire Moth I took my cat into the vet on Tuesday, and she immediately bit through my arm. Now I’m feverish and my glands are swollen, thank in part to our little furry friends and their bacteria-laden mouths. But it could have been worse; my cat could have been rabid. Or she…

These are Food Chain Friends. According to FAO Schwartz, “They’re friends. They eat each other. It’s a complicated relationship!” Uh. . . okay. You try to explain that to YOUR kids! Via Boing Boing Gadgets

Pickling a better squid

Wall of Fishes, Vanderbilt Museum from Curious Expeditions Nothing symbolizes the amateur naturalist’s aesthetic as well as a wall of preserved specimens in glass jars, like the jewellike Wall of Fishes in the Vanderbilt Museum (captured here by the wonderful Curious Expeditions, in a fascinating slideshow treasure gallery of the Vanderbilt). A similar glistening room…

This article originally appeared on the old bioephemera September 9, 2007. Syphilitic skull with three trephine holes and osteomyelitic lesions Hunterian museum One of my favorite London experiences was my visit to the Hunterian museum. If only I had more time there! I liked it so much, I returned on my last day, procrastinating my…