Wayfaring’s grandma: when I was little we used to get these worms in our feet and they itched like crazy and they left a little trail on your foot! Have you ever heard of those? We called it ground itch. Is there a name for it? What is it?
Wayfaring: yeah, I’ve seen it several times. It’s…
GREAT NEWS! Researchers have developed a new reconstructive procedure that uses lab-grown cartilage instead of borrowed cartilage from ribs or ears to reconstruct noses, and have performed the first reconstructive nasal surgery using engineered tissue. The method is less invasive and can also be used to engineer cartilage for eyelids or ear reconstruction procedures.
Read more: http://bit.ly/P4s8A8 via Smithsonian Magazine
Image: Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel
Did you know melons are vegetables? My whole world has been rocked.
Okay, they’re kinda both. For legal purposes (like for taxation and stuff), they are sometimes considered vegetables….
Yeah, a strawberry is an accessory fruit, and so is an apple.
I met my wife at a Star Trek convention. She was study abroad from France and spoke little English, and I didn’t know a lick of French. So, for the first few months of our relationship, we communicated by speaking Klingon.
Finally! A black hole that you can visit and survive!
Want a trip through a black hole without having to experience that pesky death? You’re in luck. There’s a special kind of black hole that’s not just survivable, but might get you to another time, or another universe.
Black holes are, traditionally, the scariest things in the universe. Huge, mysterious, inescapable, they wander through the universe and eat everything that gets too close. “Too close” is defined by their event horizon. This is the point at which they go dark, because it requires so much energy to escape them that not even light can get away. Since not even a photon can cross the barrier, no event that happens inside the horizon can ever have an effect on people outside.
Unless, something very odd was going on in the center of the black hole. Most black holes spin - this is something that was discovered way back in the 1960s by physicist Roy Kerr. It wasn’t exactly a shock, because most of the material that collapses into a black hole was already spinning. Sometimes, however, the spin on Kerr black holes goes a little above and beyond. Ever spun a glass of water, or soda bottle, so that the liquid inside swirls? Sometimes, if you spin it enough, the liquid actually parts, leaving a clear center and a spinning ring of water around it. The same kind of thing can happen in Kerr black holes. Instead of a singularity at the center, there’s a ring. And you can go through the open portion of that ring without touching the gravitational crush.
What’s on the other side? A lot of people have wondered. Some people think that these kind of black holes might be our key to time travel. They might be wormholes that let us hop between different points of the universe. Or they might be portals to different universes entirely. First we’ll have to find a few, and then we’ll need a few volunteers to go through. Preferably ones that haven’t seen Event Horizon.
Top Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Second Image: Dana Berry/NASA
It is my love of sci-fi, not science, that forced me to reblog.
Did you know melons are vegetables? My whole world has been rocked.
Okay, they’re kinda both. For legal purposes (like for taxation and stuff), they are sometimes considered vegetables. Technically, a…
Technically (and botanically) speaking, a melon is also a type of berry. So are cucumbers, avocados and bananas!
Above is an Owl patient which recovered well from some head trauma suffered from being hit by a car.
Hello! First of all I just want to say how honored I feel to contribute to this amazing blog!
I have a hard time writing about myself, so if this is painful to read, I just want to apologize in advance. Due to potential professional implications I want to keep some anonymity so just call me H&H, a 25yr second year veterinary student in the United States.
The field you study and a description:
Veterinary medicine is essentially the same as human medicine; it is a four year program typically following a four year undergraduate degree. We are trained in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, disorders and injuries of both domestic and wild animals. Veterinarians are responsible for animal health and improving public health. Upon completion of this program I will graduate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
Prior to vet school, I was a research assistant in a parasitology lab. My research primarily focused on examining the helminth component communities of two sympatric opossums. My undergraduate degree was a B.S. of Zoology.
Setbacks and/or successes:
I wasn’t accepted to vet school the first year I applied. I applied as a junior in undergrad and did so as a “test”, sending my application to only two schools, which I was flatly rejected from. Regardless what I told myself when I submitted the applications the rejections provided an emotional blow, and frankly it was slightly embarrassing. The experience though did provide a few good outcomes. For one thing, I was able to stay in undergrad for one more year and I was able to complete my research and publish as first author. I was also able to gather great feedback from the two schools that rejected me on how to improve my application for the future, and I had one more year to ride and show my horse.
Needless to say, the next year I made the necessary corrections, and was accepted to vet school!
I enjoy the puzzles of medicine and can become bored easily so I have not really decided on a career path yet. I have a few ideas of where I potentially want to end up, but really there are so many cool things I could do with a veterinary degree it’s hard to decide. I do enjoy clinical medicine, so after school I will most likely pursue an internship in equine medicine. My “current” particular interest lies in the fields of internal medicine, sports medicine and exercise physiology. From there I have not decided if I will go the residency route or go into private practice. The cardiovascular system is fascinating to me, and recently has had quite a dramatic disease impact on the sport horses; so I wouldn’t mind being a clinical researcher in this area, but that path is probably many years down the road.
Advice for someone wanting to go into that field:
Don’t let anyone tell you what you are capable of doing. My whole life I was told that veterinary medicine was too difficult. From the age of a child all the way up to the year I was submitting my application I had people telling me I would never succeed in this field. If you’re passionate about something find a way to accomplish it.
On another note, veterinary medicine does have a fairly significant debt to salary ratio so I would urge anyone interested in this field to do their homework before hand. This field is broad and does offers many job opportunities from private practice, corporation, public health, to academia with a range of salaries, but this is definitely a career of passion.
As always, study hard and never doubt yourself.
DMT: also known as hoovesandheartbeats! And oh my god that owl.