Operation Dumbo Drop Gone Terribly Wrong: How to clean a giant elephant skin

Check out the 1933 staff of the American Museum of Natural History pressing the wrinkles from their giant Elephant hide. The New York Museum has released a collection of stills showing the prepping, cleaning and mounting their giant Elephant exhibit. It's actually quite delightfully demented. » 12/05/12 8:40am 12/05/12 8:40am

This sutured skin cake might just be too gruesome to eat

Few things could put me off a slice of delicious cake, but the thought of cutting into this Frankenstein's monster of a confection might just do it. Cake designer Gillian Bell created this skin cake in honor of her new venture "Slice," which blends the mouth-watering with the macabre. I'm not sure which part is more… » 9/02/12 7:30am 9/02/12 7:30am

In the 1800s, binding a book with your own dead skin made a lovely gift

Skin-bound books may sound like weird artifacts that belong in Evil Dead movies or Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. But from the 1600s to 1800s, these suede-like tomes were less necromancy, more commemorative plate. And hell, converting yourself into a human moleskine upon kicking the bucket made for a heartfelt… » 1/31/12 12:30pm 1/31/12 12:30pm

Regular old ink-jet printers could soon be making replacement human skin

With the simplest of modifications, a normal ink-jet printer becomes a high-tech 3-D printer, able to build replacement skin for those desperately in need of grafts. The latest breakthrough saw a plastic "ear" being printed out over just a half-hour...and it's only a matter of time before we can do that with skin as… » 2/20/11 6:30pm 2/20/11 6:30pm