Lawmaker Asks If Women Can Swallow Camera... For Gynecological Exams

During a debate over abortion legislation Monday between Idaho lawmakers, Republican state representative Vito Barbieri asked whether it would be possible for a woman to swallow a small camera, so that doctors might perform a remote gynecological examination (presumably, à la capsule endoscopy). » 2/23/15 4:40pm 2/23/15 4:40pm

A Baleen Whale Skull Conducts Sound 'Like An Acoustic Antenna'

Researchers used computer models and high-powered simulations to confirm that whales' skulls have evolved to act "like an acoustic antenna," amplifying and transmitting low-frequency sounds (hypothesized to be important in long-range communication) toward the ears. » 2/01/15 8:22am 2/01/15 8:22am

Scientific Sushi Art Is The Best Sushi Art

Japanese chef Takayo "Tama-cha" Kiyota uses carefully arranged food to create cross-sectional sushi-roll art. Her subjects include everything from popular iconography to Japanese demons, but I'm particularly impressed by the rolls with some scientific flair. This single roll depicts different stages of embryological… » 1/15/15 3:30pm 1/15/15 3:30pm

Neuroscientists "Rediscover" A Completely New Brain Part

A major brain pathway first described in an 1881 neuroanatomy atlas — and then completely forgotten — has been rediscovered and confirmed by scientists using modern scanning techniques. » 11/18/14 12:30pm 11/18/14 12:30pm

Man Turned His Amputated Leg Into A Real-Life Leg Lamp

It didn't end up looking like the "major award" from A Christmas Story, but a Dutch man succeeded in turning his amputated leg into a floor lamp. But not before engaging in a battle with the hospital over what he could and couldn't do with his own disembodied body part. » 9/24/14 10:40am 9/24/14 10:40am

Sharks Don't Have Bones, But They Still Fossilize

So last night's Alien Sharks was actually pretty decent. If only the entire week had programming of that quality! But there's lots more online shark science to be had. Today's serving is all about shark skeletons! » 8/13/14 6:22pm 8/13/14 6:22pm

Mesmerizing Anatomical X-Ray GIFs

San Francisco based graphic designer Cameron Drake converted some X-ray footage into a series of GIFs for one of his recent projects. The resulting animations are really quite beautiful. » 8/09/14 5:00pm 8/09/14 5:00pm

How a Mysterious Body Part Called Fascia Is Challenging Medicine

Fascia is a web of fibrous tissue that permeates the body, but is it really the "Cinderella Tissue" that new age therapists, Rolfers, and yoga instructors suggest? The fascial system is still a medical mystery. But that could soon change, thanks to an unlikely alliance between researchers and alternative therapists. » 7/29/14 12:07pm 7/29/14 12:07pm

Morbid Cross-Sectional Cake Is a Delicious Anatomy Lesson

This anatomical confection from Conjurer's Kitchen reveals what one of their intricately crafted cakes looks like on the inside. » 7/11/14 7:20am 7/11/14 7:20am

And Now, A Lyre Made From A Human Skull

Currently in storage, but not on view, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: This terrifically ghastly 19th century musical instrument (technical classification: "Chordophone-Lyre-plucked") made from a human skull, antelope horns, skin, gut, and hair. » 6/28/14 1:00pm 6/28/14 1:00pm

Lose Yourself In The Gorgeous Anatomical Drawings of Hermann Dittrich

Anatomy may be a scientific field of study, but its practitioners include some of history's finest artists. Many of them you probably know– da Vinci, Michelangelo, other Italian Renaissance artists – but we'll bet you've never heard of Hermann Dittrich. » 4/30/14 1:56pm 4/30/14 1:56pm

Here Is What The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Look Like On The Inside

Artist Nychos has already dazzled us with his grand anatomical murals. Now he turns his paintbrush to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, stripping our heroes of their skin and shells and show us their mutant innards. » 4/23/14 10:00pm 4/23/14 10:00pm

The Science of Anatomy is Undergoing a Revival

Two decades ago, when I was starting my PhD studies at the University of California in Berkeley, there was talk about the death of anatomy as a research subject. That hasn’t happened. Instead the science of anatomy has undergone a renaissance, sparking renewed interest among researchers and the public alike. » 4/12/14 9:00am 4/12/14 9:00am

Retro Educational Posters Reimagine The Human Body As A Factory

This 1933 Chinese health education poster analogizes the human body to an industrial factory, one in a series of images designed to help viewers better understand their own physiology. » 4/11/14 10:00pm 4/11/14 10:00pm

How Do Red And Giant Pandas Coexist? The Secret Is In Their Skulls.

Red pandas and giant pandas have more in common than simply being equally adorable and included on the IUCN Red List. They both eat bamboo and live in the same habitats. How do they coexist without competing over the same resources? The secret might be hidden in their skulls. » 4/10/14 8:47pm 4/10/14 8:47pm

This Heart-Shaped Locket Is Anatomically Correct Even On The Inside

This pendant isn't just shaped like the human heart on the outside; when you open it up, the ventricals and blood vessels line up on the inside. The chain even runs through the superior vena cava and the left pulmonary vein. » 4/10/14 1:20pm 4/10/14 1:20pm

See The Most Detailed Images Ever Taken Of A Crocodile's Insides

Ever wanted to see inside the body of a crocodile in the highest of resolutions? Now you can, thanks to Ohio University Professor of Anatomy and Paleontology Larry Witmer. To understand dinosaur anatomy, he's turned to birds and crocodilians, their closest living relatives. » 4/05/14 11:01am 4/05/14 11:01am

Who knew an illustration of an abdominal cavity could be so beautiful?

From a much larger collection of anatomical literature and drawings at Heidelberg University comes this surprisingly beautiful illustration by Elisa Schorn. » 3/06/14 9:40am 3/06/14 9:40am

The Most Unfortunate Design Flaws in the Human Body

Sometimes evolution is stupid, and the human body is proof. Here are the most problematic physical and behavioral "scars of evolution" we humans have to deal with. » 2/07/14 10:28am 2/07/14 10:28am