Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 11:23 am
I guess things get swallowed all the time, but this tale (from a hospital case study in Devon, in Britain) tells us something extraordinary about felt-tip pens. (If you look at this woman's stomach, there's a pen in there near the top.)
It's called "An incidental ﬁnding of a gastric foreign body 25 years after ingestion," by Oliver Richard Waters, Tawﬁque Daneshmend, Tarek Shirazi, in BMJ Case Reports from 2011.
Here's the full report:
As the Summer Olympic Games get underway today in London, researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder have been looking back to the last games. The effort to clear the skies in Beijing was also a perfect experiment for climate scientists.
Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 11:46 am
This is one of those fun-to-think-about questions. A brain isn't much to look at, after all. It's about the size of your two fists put together, three pounds to hold, but oh my, what it can do.
With our brains, we can think backwards, imagine forwards, conjure, create things that don't exist, leap vast distances. For example, suppose I say to you, close your eyes and imagine this:
You don’t have to look too hard to find beer on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. But not all of it is at keggers. In the microbiology building, it’s a legitimate study subject.