Microbiomes & Health
"We conducted a study during a flat track roller derby tournament, and found that teammates shared distinct skin microbial communities before and after playing against another team, but that opposing teams’ bacterial communities converged during the course of a roller derby bout.
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Glass anatomical models:
"Gary Farlow [...] and his team of 10 at Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing are able to transform the body’s vasculature—and nearly all of its other parts—into an ornate borosilicate glass sculpture, from the heart’s ventricles to the brain’s circle of Willis[...]Their anatomically correct models can be designed to simulate blood flow, teach placement of catheters and angioplasty devices, or simply test or demo new surgical gizmos. Individual arteries, veins, and capillaries are shaped and fused together, one at a time."
Wellcome Image Awards 2012
"Wellcome Images is the world's leading source of images of medicine and its history, from ancient civilisation and social history to contemporary healthcare, biomedical science and clinical medicine. More than 180 000 images ranging from manuscripts, rare books, archives and paintings to X-rays, clinical photography and scanning electron micrographs are available on the Wellcome Images website." (Previously
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The Flame Challenge:
The Center For Communicating Science asked scientists to answer the question, "What is a flame?," in a way that 11-year-olds would understand. Ben Ames won. In addition to his winning video
, you can see the runners-up.
Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution catalogs 230 tree-like branching diagrams, culled from 450 years of mankind’s visual curiosity about the living world and our quest to understand the complex ecosystem we share with other organisms, from bacteria to birds, microbes to mammals.
(More trees are visible at the Google Books site
Science, Skin & Ink
A slideshow of science tattoos from Carl Zimmer's new book Science Ink
at the New York Times. See more at Zimmer's tattoo emporium
. Carl Zimmer’s tattoo emporium previously
obsessively covers the use of human anatomy in medicine, art, and design."
Photographs of flocking birds by Richard Barnes.Boids.
A program by Craig Reynolds modeling emergent behavior. Swarm.
A platform and wiki for agent-based modelers.
The Public Library of Science has collected articles about global poverty
as part of the Council of Science Editors Global Theme Issue
on the subject. While many of the articles listed at the CSE site are not online, some journals, like the American Journal of Nursing
have their articles available.
Games and Simulations at the Noble Prize website.
See the right sidebar for a complete list of what's available.
Intelligent Design on trial! The ACLU of PA is blogging the current trial in Dover, PA
between the parents of students and the local school board which wants to teach students Intelligent Design. Over at The Panda's Thumb
, they're also keeping track
of the goings on. The main ACLU website has statements from most of the plaintiff's experts
in the case, including this long, well-supported pdf
from philsopher Barbara Forrest, whose testimony is being used to dismantle the canard that ID is not Creationism. Over at the Legal Affairs Debate Club
Beckwith and Laylock argued, last week, about whether teaching ID is legal. For background: this 2002 special report
from Natural History Magazine on Intelligent Design Creationism.
Faces of Science, a collection of portraits of scientists is on display
at the New York Academy of Sciences
through Oct. 14. (Click the 'View Gallery' link underneath the bookcover). Mariana Cook
, who took the portraits, has also had them displayed in The Guardian
, and at the BioAgenda Institute
(where they scroll by to the left of the screen). [Also be sure to check out the previous webgalleries
at the NYAS. The Art of Science Fiction
, and Hothouse Contemporary Floras
are both good examples of their cool shows, as is One of a Kind
can be used to find water, find caves
, find landmines
, heal yourself and others
, and clear your house of bad energy
. There are several studies
that purport to prove that dowsing works
(one ten year study found a 96% success rate among dowsers in arid regions
). There are online lessons
for how to dowse, from the Digital Dowsers Society
. The Journal of Christian Research thinks it might be a tool of the devil.
But the scientific evidence is at best equivocal
(as you might expect.) Scroll down on this page
for more experiment debunking. Also always check The Skeptics Dictionary.