Build your own skeletonWith a bit of patience, a few split-pins and some very thorough folding, this brilliantly bony book mutates from a fine flat-packed fellow into your very own skeletal sidekick. Each page is conveniently perforated so that you can easily pop the bones out – no scissors or glue required (Hallelujah!).
Covered in anatomical labels in both English and Latin (for all you valde populo astutus out there), it’s an ideal teaching aid but best of all it’s the perfect jangly centrepiece for your Halloween party!
This video is a bit graphic, but it’s also pretty amazing.
Most of us “think that the brain is sort of the consistency of a rubber ball,” says neurobiologist Suzanne Stensaas of the University of Utah. That’s because the only experience we have is with fixed brains soaked in formaldehyde.
When alive and firing, the brain is actually really soft and compressible, like a sack of goo. “It’s much softer than most of the meat you see in a market,” Stensaas says.
In this video, the neurobiologist explores the anatomy of 1,400 gram brain just freshly removed from an autopsy. The video gave me a whole new understanding and appreciation for how remarkable — and vulnerable — this amazing organ is.
Wear your helmets!
Video from University of Utah Brain Institute/Youtube.com