Synesthesia is a neurological trait that combines two or more senses. Synesthetes may taste the number 9 or attach a color to each day of the week. What color is your Friday?
From the TED-Ed Lesson What color is Tuesday? Exploring synesthesia - Richard E. Cytowic
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Horizontal Sections of the Adult Male
Top-to-Bottom: Mid-section of skull, section at maxilla [hard palate between sections], section below mandible
Eugène-Louis Doyen was a revolutionary (if flamboyant and controversy-loving) Parisian surgeon who lived between 1859 and 1919.
Long before the Visible Human Project created its 1,871 “slices” of Joseph Paul Jernigan at 1 mm intervals, and created over 65 gigs of anatomical data (and later created 40 gigs of data with a female cadaver), Doyen presented a new way of visualizing the cadaver: longitudinal and horizontal sections, showing exactly how the human anatomy goes together in each area, without the context of seeing the full organs or bones.
Though the full usefulness of these unorthodox sections wasn’t truly appreciated until the advent of tomography in the early 1970s, they were noted to be helpful to early radiologists, and especially to the burgeoning fields of criminal forensics and forensic archaeology.
Atlas d’anatomie topographique. Eugène-Louis Doyen. 1911.
I have a monkey who cleared SIV.
Unfortunately I don’t think the cure for HIV/AIDS lies in little Pantera.
A grand, sandstone-walled pit in Mesa Verde National Park has for decades been seen as an achievement of prehistoric hydrology, part of a system of cisterns and canals used by Ancestral Puebloans to harvest rainwater on the arid plateau as much as 1,100 years ago.
Cowboys who watered their horses at the pit in the 19th century called it Mummy Lake.
In 1917, government ethnologist Jesse Walker Fewkes cemented the more official interpretation of the site, deeming it a “prehistoric reservoir.”
But a new analysis of the feature finds that, while it may catch runoff from time to time, Mummy Lake wasn’t built for holding water. Read more.
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From the Field to the Museum - UAMN Research Assistant Sam Coffman and his colleagues discussed last summer’s ASRA archaeology module at the Alaska Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in Fairbanks this week. “We’ll be reporting on the students’ archaeological discoveries, along with their involvement at the site.”
This popular Alaska Summer Research Academy module lets high school-aged kids get their hands dirty digging for artifacts while learning the techniques and principles of archaeology. They also get a taste of local history.
Last year, students explored the prehistoric Simpson site, located along the Tanana River near the Rosie Creek subdivision outside Fairbanks. The site was discovered in the 1990s when the previous land owner turned up some chipped stone flakes while digging post holes for a woodshed.
The family called the university to report the discovery and reached a professor in the UAF anthropology department who did some tests and confirmed that it was an archaeological find. It was recorded by the state, which keeps a database of sites across Alaska.
The ASRA crew returned to the site in July 2013 to open up more ground, said UAMN Archaeology Collection Manager Scott Shirar. "We want to get a bigger artifact assemblage to give us a better idea of what’s going on out here. We’re also hoping to find some organic material and get some radio carbon dates for this site."
The students found maybe a hundred artifacts, including a bi-facially flaked knife (second photo from top, at left), which got everybody fired up to do some more digging.
The presentation was part of a session called “Community-based Archaeological Heritage Management: Exploring Pathways for Effective Collaboration.” The session examined the challenges and opportunities of delivering community cultural resource management and archaeology projects.
Sam’s my boy!
For nearly 40 years, University of Florida archaeologists have been excavating wooden barrel wells, rosary beads, pottery shards and iron nails dating back more than 400 years at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine.
On Tuesday, the park’s owners decided to donate those…