A visual study/exploration of the body in motion with a focus on yoga poses.
Think about this animation the next time you drop into downward dog.
In addition to star stuff, it appears we are also made of a fair amount of rubber stuff and stretchy stuff.
Can I make a “pulls at my heartstrings” joke?
What? Oh, I already did that in another post about science embroidery? Oh.
Wait, you mean I have a whole page full of science posts tagged “embroidery”?! I see.
A selection of scientific images from the Wellcome Collection’s recently released library of over 100,000 publicly available images.
I think I’m going to be spending a lot of time here. Check out Public Domain Review for more and find out how to get access to these images for your work, free.
I can’t stop laughing at the “Thames Water” AKA “Monster Soup”. It strikes me as a vintage version of this gorgeous microscopic look at a drop of seawater.
Roll Them Bones
These amazing posed skeleton portraits of Patrick Gries breathe life back into stacks of bones.
Through a combination of careful photography with digital editing, Gries was able to breathe action into 300 of the Paris Museum of Natural History’s skeleton specimens (the bones are his, I added the actual photos to show how freakin’ amazing they are).
All (vertebrate) creatures great and small, no matter their shape, no matter than evolutionary history … they all have bones.
Blood From Water
Behold Dorothy Sturm’s so-good-you’d-swear-they-were-real-photomicrographs watercolor illustrations of how different blood cells differentiate.
This classic work of science illustration was featured in the classic text The Morphology of Human Blood Cells by Lemuel Diggs, first published in 1956, and remaining a go-to text for pathologists for nearly half a century.
And here’s the tree of hematopoiesis decoded:
(via Codex 99)
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
Get your head around that.
Inflating a set of cat lungs
Lungs are by most accounts mundane. Everybody has them, few give it much thought. But sequestered within darkness of the chest cavity, enveloping the fluttering heart, there’s a incredible wonder to this oddly inflatable organ.
Dissection is a destructive process. Rudely excised from membranous mooring and nourishing vessels, the deflated lungs appear little more than bloodied meat; amorphous and exposed…….until a breath of air unfurls its secret glory.
Here, a set of cat lungs is inflated with a straw. Comprised of hundreds of millions of microscopic air sacks called aveoli, Mammalian lungs harbor air capacity that is difficult to believe unless seen. The color of the entire organ lightens into a soft pink, as each microscopic sac fills with air.
A debt of gratitude is owed to cyborgraptor for her assistance in creating these gifs, as well as the students that help me film this demo.
Public service announcement: You essentially have balloons inside your chest. There’s some really great anatomy GIFs and images on that blog, too.
The more I learn of how we we function, the more amazed that we do at all.