Who created this anatomically accurate model of a severed pirate head?

London's Science Museum has this plaster model, supposedly depicting the head of an executed Chinese Yangstze river pirate, in its collection. But what was the purpose behind creating the model, which depicts the blood vessels, trachea, esophagus, and severed spine? The pictures below are rather gruesomely detailed. » 4/27/13 9:30am 4/27/13 9:30am

Are science museums failing grownups?

Do you feel like you're too old to enjoy a science museum? Do you wish science exhibits focused less on the basic science that kids are likely to study in the classroom, and more on technologies of tomorrow like synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, and nanomachines? Wouldn't it be nice to learn about science‚Ķ » 9/26/11 11:07am 9/26/11 11:07am