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Blooms, Efflorescence, and Other Dermatological Embellishments: Cystic Acne, Back Lauren Kalman, 2009 Metalsmith and mixed-media artist Lauren Kalman explores the nexus of body, adornment, and disease in her remarkable series “Blooms, Efflorescence, and Other Dermatological Embellishments”. Yes, those faux-diseases are actually piercing the skin – but only temporarily: they’re gold acupuncture wires modified into jewelry…

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…

Did you hear about the scio10 civility meltdown? More about that in a minute. As you may have heard, it got a bit. . . uncivil. I wasn’t there, so you, like me, will have to get your impression from this highly realistic renactment, created by an attendee who witnessed the confrontation between Nature’s Henry…

In Support of Diversity in Science

It wasn’t exactly a New Year’s resolution, but Scibling Abel Pharmboy announced a new mission for Terra Sigillata this year: Terra Sigillata will broaden its focus area to become an open platform for scientific and career development issues specific to underrepresented or underserved minority groups as described in the US by the National Institutes of…

I encourage everyone to read this thoughtful post by Janet, and contribute your thoughts. Often, questions about online civility are dismissed with the comment “get a thicker skin” – as if it simply doesn’t matter whether people address each other with respect online. I think it does matter. In the offline world, the “us/them” mentality…

I encountered this jaw-dropping story, by one Emily Miller for AskMen.com, as the top “health link” on FoxNews this afternoon: It seems like a reverse sexism started to take hold as the feminist movement came about and equality for women began gaining ground. Some women use their girl-power solidarity to come to a consensus on…

Birth control, the crochet way

OK: I’m female AND a biologist, and looking at this one freaks ME out! I’m all in favor of appreciating the beauty of female anatomy and miracle of childbirth and all, but this pasty, long-limbed newborn doll with a detatchable umbilical is nothing compared with its laboring parent, who, in this photo from its etsy…

One of the arguments I generally make about Web 2.0 is that, if you are an organization who happens to screw up, you should apologize and move on. Don’t try to cover your tracks or shut your critics up – you’ll just invite mockery and even more attention than you did before. Unfortunately, Ralph Lauren…

Schrodinger’s Rapist

An awesome post from Shapely Prose – written for all the good single guys out there. When you approach me in public, you are Schrödinger’s Rapist. You may or may not be a man who would commit rape. I won’t know for sure unless you start sexually assaulting me. I can’t see inside your head,…

Last week, 3QuarksDaily quoted Shane Austen with this list of “sexual assault prevention tips guaranteed to work”. It reads in part, 5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM! 6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone…