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Biological Cinema

New York Times published an article about molecular animators, scientists who can visualize the microscopic segments of life in a professional way.

If there is a Steven Spielberg of molecular animation, it is probably Drew Berry, a cell biologist who works for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Berry’s work is revered for artistry and accuracy within the small community of molecular animators, and has also been shown in museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2008, his animations formed the backdrop for a night of music and science at the Guggenheim Museum called “Genes and Jazz.”

“Scientists have always done pictures to explain their ideas, but now we’re discovering the molecular world and able to express and show what it’s like down there,” Mr. Berry said. “Our understanding is just exploding.”

Museum in the Human Body

The Dutch Corpus Museum takes you into the human body and shows how our organs work. A fascinating idea and a great visualization. An excerpt from Amusing Planet:

The Corpus Museum takes you on a fantastic journey through a giant model of the human body during which you can see, feel and hear how the human body works and what roles healthy food, healthy life and plenty of exercise plays. The tour through the museum starts with an escalator ride into an open sore on your giant victim’s leg and ends among the pulsing neurons in his brain. Between those two points, you will watch cheese being digested in the intestines and explore the ventricles of the heart. Kids can bounce up and down on the rubber tongue (with burping noises in the background) while you take in various scents wafting through the giant nose. Perhaps the most unusual display is the hologram of sperm fertilizing an egg, viewed via 3D glasses.

Click here for more pictures.

How Much are My Organs Worth?

I mean I don’t plan to sell my organs on E-Bay, but as organ transplantation (lack of donors) and illegal organ trafficking are getting more and more serious, this infographics just came in time. It will give you some interesting answers like how much does a liver cost in South Korea or how many patients are waiting for transplants. Click on the image for the original version:

X-ray pin-up calendar

I guess Vanessa would love what the Eizo medical supply company came up with. Click here to see the 2010 calendar of X-ray pin-ups. I’m wondering how much radiation did the poor lady received.

Brain Research Center in Vegas: Design Win

Frank Gehry, a Canadian-American prize-winning architect just finished a project, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and wanted to create something unique. Well, he succeded. That is how design should be implemented into healthcare. The different forms have meaning regarding memory and other brain functions. It must be a pleasure working there.

While Gehry’s design incites varied reactions from observers, the one consistent response is a desire to come inside its walls and learn more. In this respect, the building is an unwavering marketing tool, driving awareness to the work conducted by those inside.”

For more photos and descriptions, click here.

DNA Art and Video Genome

Think organisms are the only ones with genomes? Researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology are sequencing the “video genome” to put an end to video piracy on the internet.

The technique works by detecting features that remain basically unchanged by typical color and resolution manipulations. Current methods rely on action recognition algorithms, which match video sequences by the movement they contain.

Abandoned Soviet Clinic

I’ve recently come across the photos of Andreas Swane. These photos were taken in a clinic (secret location) in Germany, taken over by the Soviets after World War II, and now it’s abandoned and decayed.

Source: Andreas Swane gave me permission to use this image.

(Hat tip: The Sterile Eye)

Life 2.0: Documentary about Second Life

I’ve been using the virtual environment of Second Life and Visuland for years now to organize conferences or just small meetings. I also published a whole e-guide focusing on this issue. But this documentary recently selected for Sundance Film Festival is something really unique. The director and creator is Jason Spingarn-Koff.

This feature-length documentary follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by the virtual world Second Life. They enter a new reality, whose inhabitants assume alternate personas in the form of avatars. The film is foremost an intimate, character-based drama about people who look to a virtual world in search of something they are missing in their real lives.

A young woman in Detroit becomes a star designer of virtual clothes and houses; an American and a Canadian fall in love online then struggle to build a real life together; a man creates the avatar of an 11-year-old girl who he believes is an expression of his subconscious.

The results are unexpected and often disturbing: reshaping relationships, identities, and ultimately the very notion of reality.

Porcelain Brain Tumor

I guess the Street Anatomy blog will like that. Porcelain brain tumor made by Christina Haase. It looks really realistic.

(Hat Tip: Idegenszövet)

Historical Medical Videos from Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust has a Youtube channel on which they feature videos from the 20th century including films about surgeries, medical issues and the everyday lives of doctors.

A new digital collection of moving images on 20th-century healthcare and medicine is now online. Over 450 titles – 100 hours of film and video – have been transferred and are freely available under Creative Commons licences.

Here are a few examples:

Cruel Kindness: a 1967 UK educational film about childhood obesity

Acute appendicitis from 1931:

Caesarean section from 1930:

(Hat tip: BoingBoing)

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