Category archives for Miscellaneous

The Glass Forest

This scanning electron micrograph of diatoms attached to an invertebrate host won first place in the photography category of the 2008 Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.  Other winners and honorable mentions can be seen in this slideshow.

An ode to trepanation

Later on today, I’ll be travelling to Bristol to meet Heather Perry and interview her about the self-trepanation she performed. If you have a question for Ms. Perry, submit it here. The first migraine-plagued caveman who countered his aching cranium with crudely pounded flint (and lived) surely shared his medical breakthrough. Headcutting is old as…

Anatomica brain necklace

This necklace comes from the Anatomica Collection by Paraphernalia, which features vintage illustrations and woodcuts printed on acrylic. I can think of two ladies who would adore these anatomical accessories. They’d probably know which illustrations were used to make them, too. (Via Dark Roasted Blend)

Help an impoverished student

That impoverished student would be me, and I feel like I’m begging, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m studying part-time for my M.Sc., and working three days a week to support my family and pay the mortgage, bills and my tuition fees. (Actually, my meagre income has been further reduced these past few…


(Photo from National Geographic) A young victim of Kenya’s post-election violence waits at a hospital in Nakuru to have an arrow removed from the back of his skull. The ethnic conflicts have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people, and the country now faces a humanitarian crisis, with about 310,000 people from the eastern…

Clothes for atheists

A Product of Evolution is an online store which “provide[s] intelligent designs for free thinking truth seekers.” The products, which include mens and women’s T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and mugs, are “inspired by…the natural beauty of evolution, science, truth and free inquiry.” On the right is one of the garments sold at the store. The cotton…

Animal experiments? No Sir

Professor Colin Blakemore (right), a neuroscientist at the University of Oxford who was formerly chief executive of the Medical Research Council (MRC), has been denied a knighthood “because of his outspoken support for animal research.” This is not the first time Blakemore has been overlooked in the annual honours list, and the fact that the…

The Undercover Brain Bag

This knitted woollen Brain Bag, designed by Jun Takashi for the Undercover label, is the ultimate accessory for the fashion-conscious female neuroscientist. [Via Boing Boing]

European reseasrchers, led by David Penny of the University of Manchester, have used a medical imaging technique called Very High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography to digitally dissect and reconstruct a 1mm-long 53 million-year-old spider that is preserved in a piece of amber. The pictures, and some links, are below.

Wildlife photograph of the year

(Image: Ben Osborne)  This photograph of an elephant at a watering hole, by Ben Osborne, has just been announced as the best overall photo in the 2007 Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. “I staked out this waterhole in Botswana’s Chobe National Park for three weeks,” Osborne says, “taking pictures from my vehicle of…