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NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots Review

NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots Review

I found out about this special through Tangled Bank, the awesome production house that worked on Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, also on PBS. You can watch the program here. As skeptics, we know the importance of continuing to beat this dead horse of a subject. It’s one of the most important from a public health standpoint, and one of the most frustrating and infuriating on a personal l... »

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

If you haven’t seen any of Neil Shubin’s 3 part series, Your Inner Fish on PBS, start now! It can be streamed here. It’s in the same vein as the new Cosmos, but with a stronger emphasis on biology, anatomy, genetics, and paleontology. In Cosmos, you get NDT’s cool, calm, perhaps-slightly-baked, but always reverential delivery. In Your Inner Fish, you get Shubin’s R... »

Wellcome Library Images and Finding My Inner Fish

Wellcome Library Images and Finding My Inner Fish

MAL’s very own Beth brought this sweetass article about the Wellcome image collection to my attention recently. The Wellcome Museum in London made 100,000 high resolution medical and art images available under a Creative Commons license. This includes photos, illustrations, manuscripts, paintings, etchings, sculptures, and artifacts. »

Freakshow and Tell Posters

Freakshow and Tell Posters

A year or so ago, MAL’s Beth introduced our local skeptics group to Thom Britton and his show, Freakshow and Tell. That night during his show, he asked me to stand on his head while he was lying on a pile of broken glass. Not the absolute weirdest way I’ve ever spent a Friday night, but close. Thom is a mix of the Jim Rose Circus and Bill Nye. He performs a number of classic freakshow ... »

Book Review: Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul Offit

Book Review: Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul Offit

I read this book a month or so ago, but we’re having a Chicago Skeptics Book Club for it tonight, thus a fire was lit under me to write this. As someone whose favorite skepticism subject is medicine, I’ve read or consumed a number of similar books/blogs/podcasts (Trick or Treatment, Mark Crislip’s work, Science Based Medicine, and Neurologica). I’ve also read (nay, DEVOURED... »

FACE OFF: Skull-A-Day v. Street Anatomy Gallery Show at the IMSS

FACE OFF: Skull-A-Day v. Street Anatomy Gallery Show at the IMSS

I attended the opening to this ongoing show on May 31st (Skull Appreciation Day!). It runs at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago until August 25th. As I have mentioned in the past, this is a really cool location in its own right and has at least a painting and a statue devoted to skeptical hero Ignaz Semmelweis. Here he is telling med students to WASH THEIR DAMN HANDS after di... »

Lab Track: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Higgs Boson Blues

Lab Track: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Higgs Boson Blues

I got sorta giddy when I saw that Nick Cave had written a song about the Higgs Boson, and it’s about the delegitimizing of religion in the face of science to boot. But then it turns out to be more of a lament than anything (Who cares what the future brings?). While Cave has always been critical of religion in general, he is notoriously slippery and hard to pin down on the God question. He se... »

Grizzly Bear: Gun-Shy

Grizzly Bear: Gun-Shy

I recently stumbled over this new Kris Moyes-directed Grizzly Bear video, which is pretty visually interesting and basically like a series of animated gifs. Some of the gifs from the video are even downloadable, in case you want to embed the one of the guy’s melting iris as he puts in a contact into your new message board signature. I couldn’t help but notice that it was littered with ... »

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