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  From the Annals of the Weird, or more precisely Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology, comes the story of a 21-year-old woman from rural India presenting a benign vulvar tumour resembling a “soft, pedunculated mass, with a wrinkled surface dangling from her left labia majus” about the size of a tennis ball. She had been abandoned by her husband,…

Cartoons based on protein structures

May K is a Russian artist living in Germany who draws cartoons based on the structure of proteins. Below is Bedouin Riding a Camel, which as it happens, is based on a protein found in a dromedary: You can see more examples at her website, Protein-Art.com

Little cakeshop of horrors

From London’s Pathology Museum at St Bart’s Hospital: the Eat Your Heart Out Pop-Up Cake Shop, where the foul fondants and fancies reflect various medical conditions and other disease detritus. Below: varicose vein cupcakes.  

Putting a Hex on Hitler, 1941

William Seabrook achieved fame in the early 20th century as a man willing to travel the world in search of adventure (and drink), eating with cannibals in West Africa and uncovering the Haitian zombie.  His fascination with the occult and witchcraft guided many of his travels, and he was guest of honour at a remote…

Why are doctors silent?

I thought this was a really interesting piece, and a very important one to anyone interested in public healthcare. The original source appears to be a Moscow paramedic writing under a pseudonym.  Apologies for the machine translation,  but you get the main points. — The secret side of medicine or why doctors are silent? In recent years,…

Shoes with human teeth

My Design Stories has the scoop on these handsome shoes: British studio fantich and young have re-interepreted the humble dinner shoe by replacing a regular rubber sole with hundreds of dentures. The ‘apex predator shoe’ transforms the elegant savile row oxford shoe, inlaying 1050 fake teeth and accompanies an entire suit made of human hair…

Wasps are evil.

So I’ve peeled my calendar off the wall where the persistent, driving rain has seeped into the brickwork and glued it into place, and what do you know, summer’s over! And thankfully, all that rain drove away the wasps. Do you realise  how fortunate you are?  Yeah, I’m talking about these little buzzing slivers of…

Unfollowing

So a couple of weeks ago I unfollowed every science-type person in my Twitter feed. Not because I don’t like them, in fact, many were friends and colleagues. But there’s something sickly in the online science community, and this was an experiment in ways I might build around that. I have mixed feelings about Twitter.…

So here’s a crude attempt at something that’s been on my mind for over a year now. I thought it’d be interesting to represent the elemental composition of different objects using a three-dimensional periodic table. So, for example, here’s the elemental composition of the human body: It’s not a great mockup, but it’s the best…

I was at the beach recently, staring out at the cargo ships waiting offshore, and beyond them to the distant horizon, and I thought, how far away is the horizon after all?  Luckily, Phil Plait has the answer to that on his website, it’s a simple question of trigonometry:     Taking the Earth to…