After 6 months, I returned home from terms 3 and 4.  During that time, I hadn’t written a single post for the following reasons: 

(1) Pathology 

(2) Microbiology

(3) Being in a long-distant relationship

(4) Breaking up from that long-distant relationship 

(5) Getting intoxicated with rum-punch and vodka sodas post-exams

(6) Pathology

So now where does that leave me?  I have a bit of down time between summer trips and started writing again.  In the meantime, scroll back for my favorite science posts from the first half of 2013.


we should have waited until Halloween to tell you that these things live in, on and all around you.


File this under “AAAAAGGGGHHH!!!’”

These creepy creatures may look like sci-fi monsters, but they’re actually tiny, everyday insects found in our homes, gardens and our own bodies.


Lights Out: Why does it get dark at night? The answer might be more complicated than you think.



100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Caught in Amber
by Gretchen Cuda Kroen
This one really was a fight for the ages. Researchers have discovered the only fossil known of a spider attack on prey caught in its web. The young male arachnid (top) was just about to pounce on a tiny parasitic wasp when the pair became smothered in tree resin in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar 97 million to 110 million years ago. The result was a fossilized piece of amber that captured the event—complete with spider silk—in remarkable detail. The amber, described in the current issue of Historical Biology, also ensnared an adult male spider in the same web. Few arachnid species today are known to share a web, suggesting this is the oldest fossil evidence of social behavior in spiders.

(via: Science NOW)           (image: George Poinar Jr., Oreg. St. Univ.)
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30 seconds of breathtaking awe at physics – watch a water droplet bounce in ultra-slow-motion. 

(via Open Culture)


Simulation of Schizophrenia


You guys want to see something terrifying? Behold the bizarre alien creature that is the human vocal cords.

This is a technique called laryngoscopy. Check out the link above for some background, if you can stomach it. If you’re especially brave, check out this Reddit thread with even more video examples of vibrating vocal folds in all their freaky glory.



Post spinal surgery incision on a scoliosis patient

Whoever stitched him up wasn’t really in the mood.
07.20.13 /10:23/ 4910

You are looking at gut bacteria. [by Martin Oeggerli]
07.20.13 /10:22/ 958
Canvas  by  andbamnan