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Hippocampus: Broad Overview Tamily Weissman, Jeff Lichtman, and Joshua Sanes, 2005 from Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century by Carl Schoonover The first time I created a transgenic neuron, it was in a worm, C. elegans — a tiny, transparent cousin of the earthworm. I injected DNA into…

This, this and this all came close, but in the end, it took a book: a yummy new neuroscience, history of science, beauty of science, wow-brains-are-beautiful book.

From Mechanical Brides of the Uncanny by Edward Bateman In “Mechanical Brides of the Uncanny,” artist Edward Bateman creates images that explore photography’s role as historical evidence. Presented as a collection of discovered carte de visites, this book documents a forgotten age of mechanical wonders. Carte de visites were an immensely popular form of photography…

Cornelia Hesse-Honegger’s beautiful book

I perversely love attending conferences where traditional journalists complain that bloggers are evil. 🙂 Yesterday I heard that line again (in jest, relax) at a great discussion about changing media practices and the legal implications of various forms of content reuse, sponsored by the Online Media Legal Network. But the focus was a little bit…

While I was on blogcation, I got an email from the watchdog group Stinky Journalism, complaining that prominent science author and professor Jared Diamond (Collapse, Guns, Germs and Steel) was in the hot seat again. (You may remember that Stinky Journalism broke the story about the lawsuit against Diamond arising from his New Yorker piece…

Last week, I braved a nasty sleety Cambridge evening to see Rebecca Skloot read from her excellent new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’m thrilled to tell you it’s finally being released on Amazon tomorrow, so if you haven’t already been to your local bookstore, go snag a copy (or enter to win…

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, National Geographic Explorer will be devoting an episode to “Vampire Forensics.” You can preview a brief clip below the fold, but I’ll warn you now: it’s not CSI. It’s more scientific (“unfortunately this evidence is inconclusive” LOL) and less sexy (inexplicably, Emily Proctor is nowhere to be seen). Overall, the feeling…

Modeling the flight of a bat (click to enlarge) Dave Willis et. al., Brown University and MIT Visual complexity is a paradox. On the one hand, complexity is a compelling feature known to capture a viewer’s attention and stimulate interest. . . . On the other hand, complexity only arouses curiosity up to a point.…

The famous apple-tree story, from a manuscript by one of Newton’s friends: “After dinner, the weather being warm, we went into the garden and drank tea, under the shade of some apple trees. [Newton] told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. It…