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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.

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…

Deborah Blum: the Radium Girls

A really interesting post from Deborah Blum on the “radium girls” who painted wristwatches in the 1920s – to fatal effect: At the factory, the dial painters were taught to shape their brushes to a fine point with their lips, producing the sharp tip needed to paint the tiny numbers and lines of watch dials,…

NIDA acts out addiction

The federal government, including NIH, isn’t exactly seen as a hotbed of artsy drama types. (“Faceless gray mega-bureaucracy” might be a more typical descriptor.) So I was tickled to learn that the National Institute on Drug Abuse is framing a series of continuing medical education (CME) courses about addiction around dramatic readings of Eugene O’Neill’s…

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 placebo effect, of course! A video by Daniel Keogh (Twitterfeed) and Luke Harris. h/t Ed Yong.

PMS Quilt, 2008 hand embroidered and crocheted pantyliners Laurel Roth Yes, that is just what it says it is: a collection of pantyliners embroidered with profanity. One thing is clear about artist Laurel Roth: she is not afraid to make viewers uncomfortable. Her series “Hope Chest” is constructed of hygenic accessories embroidered with “off-kilter reflections…

I think DNA is amazing. I think biotech inspires great design. And if you’ve read this blog at all, you know I love sciart. But I just cannot understand the new infogenetics product from DNA 11 – the company behind that trendy gel electrophoresis wall art. While I’d normally just say “I don’t get it”…

Observatory is hosting another great event tonight: From Heumann Heilmittel, “Eine Reise durch den menschlichen K├Ârper” (1941) Body Voyaging: an illustrated lecture with Kristen Ann Ehrenberger Date: TONIGHT, Monday, January 17th Time: 8:00 PM Admission: $5 Presented by Morbid Anatomy We human beings have a seemingly insatiable desire to experience the bodies underneath our skins.…

The NYT has a great little article about Chevalier Jackson, a turn-of-the-century doctor who kept a collection of foreign objects removed from people’s throats. Dr. Jackson “preserved more than 2,000 objects that people had swallowed or inhaled: nails and bolts, miniature binoculars, a radiator key, a child’s perfect-attendance pin, a medallion that says “Carry me…