Archive for the ‘medical’ Category


Thursday, May 7th, 2009

You're sitting at your computer, writing your next awesome computer program. You think, "I want to run my new program. But the computer I have is too slow and too boring to run it on." You glance over at the petri dish in your biology lab. "What if ...

Maybe they are insurance reps

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

"I've had patients tell me, 'Doc, it's not very reassuring'." - John Kroner, surgeon, discussing the turkey vultures perching on the ledges and windowsills of Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. Quoted in the article "Vultures prey on surgery patients' peace of mind." []

WHAT did you call me???

Friday, August 10th, 2007

My eighteen months of frustrating COBRA insurance coverage is coming to an end, and I recently received a letter explaining the expiration of my coverage. Their choice of salutation is interesting: Did they just call me a penis?? Ah well. I've called them much worse things over these ...

Science is pretty

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I just saw an awesome video about computer simulations being used for scientific research and visualization. It is an incredible look at how computer simulations are helping us reveal even more of our amazing universe. Click the montage of screencaps to see the video. Or, here's a ...

Happy DNA Day!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Today is National DNA Day. In celebration, marvel at the wondrous complexities of molecular biology: I am boggled with wonder at the endless coils within coils within coils, and the molecular machine in the 2nd half of the clip. Life is amazing!

Don’t sneak up on me like that.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Interesting medical findings (Thanks, Chris).

The device that betrays your thoughts?

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Through the Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory blog, I learned of the Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize, a $30,000 award given to outstanding student inventors. The selection process for the prize is down to eight finalists, one of whom has created an amazing method to translate thoughts into speech: Michael Callahan – Graduate ...

Bring me her brains!

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Followup to the previous post - I made some more animations of Carolyn's MRI scans, and Clint expertly strung them together and set them to music! Watch the video above, or click this YouTube link

Journey into the soft machine

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Carolyn recently had an MRI done, and Clint posted the photos onto their Flickr account. The pictures are all stills from a "media viewer" that comes with a CD given to Carolyn after the procedure. After seeing some of the stills, I realized that they had a lot ...