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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…

I guess it’s not surprising, my dopamine is rising And my glutamate receptors are all shot I’d surely be bemoaning all the extra serotonin But my judgement is impaired and my confidence is not Allosteric modulation No Long Term Potentiation Hastens my inebriation Give me a beer. . . Physiology professors, I trust you know…

The Letter Collector

 When I was about eleven years old, I loved to draw intricate ornamental initials with sea serpents twining all over them and castles sprouting out of them, etc. Sometimes my friends would have me draw ink letter “tattoos” on them, but really, the only way I could get satisfactory resolution on my letters was…

Call for irreverent mashups!

O designer-readers who like to work and play with Photoshop, this contest may be up your alley: Quirk Books, the outfit behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has joined with Bridgeman Art Library to invite submissions for its “Art of the Mash-Up” competition. Basically, they want you to prove you can do better than the…

Love and BraaaAAAAIINNSSS

A classic tale of love and sacrifice, illustrated by Sean Bieri: While Bieri’s artistry technically depicts a Christmas story, it also nicely captures the undying-even-while-decaying-putrefying-and-hemorrhaging-IQ-points nature of true love. What more could you want for Valentine’s Day? (And let’s face it, we’ve all had Valentine’s Days that would arguably have been improved by a Zombocalypse.)…

Inexplicable foot in a tree

I have no idea why there is a disembodied mannequin foot in a tree in Cambridge, MA, but so there is. Sort of gruesome, eh? Maybe io9 should do another post on severed limbs. Update: my friend John O reminds me that he did a post on severed hands two years ago. He beat us…

How to make a brain freeze cocktail

Caption for non-PhDs: aren’t these

“Nature is one tough umpire”

A new biology game called EteRNA “crowdsourc[es] the scientific method” by inviting players to design their own self-folding RNAs. The best designs are synthesized and tested in the lab to see how well the predicted structure plays out in the physical world – an innovation the game’s creators see as an improvement over other folding…

a postmodern salami cd

Unfortunately, the shift to digital music sales has largely eliminated the art of traditional album design – framing the music in cleverly designed sleeves and cases. The new Shidlas cd, “Saliami Postmodern,” is a meaty exception. Yum: Via Fubiz (the weirdest thing about the fubiz post is when they show the cd in a Discman.…

What if Ke$ha joined Science Cheerleader? Yes, it would be awesome/disturbing/disorienting. No, it hasn’t happened – yet. But this parody may induce a double-take: Now, NASA should clearly have just used THAT at their press conference. In case you’re not into the auto-tuney-teeny-bop scene, the video is a parody of Ke$ha’s “We r who we…