bioephemera

Archives for March, 2011

The myriad miseries of graduate school are reserved to no one discipline, but there may be something to the contention that biology graduate programs are particularly bad. Here’s what Mike the Mad Biologist says, in response to Science Professor, and I think he’s quite right: The basic problem stems (so to speak) from too many…

Here’s Alexis Madrigal on why the slow loris’ newfound YouTube fame could be the worst possible thing for the little primates: Talk about a buzzkill: watching a video of a cute animal on the Internet may — in some small way — lead to it being ripped from its mother, abused, and sold on the…

The Zombie Autopsies

Shambling, slowly disintegrating zombies aren’t good for much – but maybe they’re helpful for teaching neurobiology? The Zombie Autopsies with Steven Schlozman, MD from GCP authors on Vimeo. It is all about braaaaiiiiiinnns, after all. . . . Read all about Zombie Autopsies here, or head to Amazon.

The Fragile Undead

The week of Zombiefest continues, with the photography of Danielle Tunstall, who calls them “life and death working together hand in hand.” “Fragile,” above, is available as a print. via Haute Macabre.

In addition to all the obvious reasons, tech blogger Jillian York recently noted that some web filters use comments, and links in comments, to categorize sites as pornography. This means even a blogger who diligently refrains from any, er, PhysioProfisms, can be classed as offensive and filtered based on comments alone. York explains how recently…

And I do mean Dreadful. In honor of Zombiefest, which is a totally random blogholiday I made up, and all my awesome readers, the first person to email me their US mailing address gets a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After. Wow – that took longer than I expected.

The 2011 Congress of Curious Peoples, featuring, among other guests, Anna Maerker, author of Model Experts: Wax Anatomies and Enlightenment in Florence and Vienna, 1775-1815; Mike Sappol, author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century America; Elizabeth Stephens, author of Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from…

Alternative Careers in Science

I have a copy of “Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower” (1998 edition) that I’ll mail to the first person who emails me their (US) address. Sorry, It’s taken!

I can think of a few answers, but the Name Inspector points out that naming food is one: apparently the Corn Refiners Association is trying to rename “high fructose corn syrup” “corn sugar.” it’s gotten an especially bad rap lately, partly because it has a name so long and scientific sounding that it has to…

Solar Flower

SOLAR from Ben Reubold on Vimeo. Passed along by reader Miles, this visualization by Ben Reubold appears to depict a solar device patterned after a flower silently unfolding in space. I have no idea what the back story is, but it’s very cool.