09 AM | 28 Jun

Discover the Human Body

Promoted as everything you ever wanted to know about the Human Body, this exhibition is now showing in Melbourne at the Showgrounds Exhibition Hall. Runs until July 9/07. Come to think of it I don’t think the bodies do much running!!

“It has already been a great success throughout Europe, Japan, Taiwan, USA, Korea and other countries. The demonstration allows audiences to learn about anatomy, physiology, and health by viewing real human body specimens that have been through a process called plastination. The exhibition will assist a better understanding of how the whole human body works.

The exhibition is appropriate for any age group for it teaches viewers on how the human bodies works and give a better understanding of long term diseases or cancers. The fascinating demonstration educates the public on the inner working of the human body.

Dr. Gunter Von Hagens invented a process called ‘Plastination’ used for exhibit in 1977. Fluid and fatty tissues are extracted  which is originally 70% of the human body and is replaced by certain plastics used by a special vacuum. The body is embalmed with formalin which is injected to the arteries to prevent decomposition. The plastinate is then cured with light/heat or certain gases and is maintained rigid, odorless and permanent.

The plastinates are structured to illustrate different features. The muscle system while sporting and other poses are modeled letting the audience relate the inner figure of the specimen to their own.”

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03 PM | 25 Jun

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Damn I got to hand it to news.com.au another story worth a re-run…also covered by Yahoo, Foxnews, AP and others. I just couldn’t resist this pic, which helped launch the opening of the new Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Odditorium in New York’s Time Square.

Check ‘em out. Also educational is wikipedia entry about Robert Ripley and his intentions behind the collection. The official site for Ripley’s Operations is in Orlando.

03 PM | 25 Jun

World of Awe

World of Awe, by media artist Yael Kanarek, is an online travelogue that chronicles a search for lost treasure in a parallel world called Sunset/Sunrise. The project imagines a post-gender and post-national protagonist. Born from an observation that language defines borders and territory on the Internet, Object of Desire examines these borders, as the chapter is written in three languages: English, Arabic and Hebrew. To raise the notion of physicality of the Internet, the fifteen scenes of the online project download from servers in four locations—in Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Izmir and New York.

URL: http://www.worldofawe.net

03 PM | 25 Jun

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE

Some of the world’s leading scientific institutions recently launched the Encyclopedia of Life, an unprecedented global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. For the first time in the history of the planet, scientists, students, and citizens will have multi-media access to all known living species, even those that have just been discovered.

http://www.eol.org