Partial facial reconstruction, possibly Homo neanderthalensis, from the biological anthropology offices.
From the Field Museum Collection
RMIT University anatomy teacher Dr Claudia Diaz is bringing her lessons to life with the help of body paint, artistic students and some very brave models.
"Over 18 hours, volunteer Zac O’Brien was transformed from Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) student into ‘Anatomical Man’."
The process step by step at http://goo.gl/u8g1oG
(Photograph: Simon Schluter)
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper would have been 107 today, and is being honored with a great Google Doodle. It’s quite literally impossible for us to imagine, as we sit here reading about her on the internet, but people used to use things like paper and pencils and chalk and slide rules to solve (and often not solve) complicated problems. Grace Hopper quite simply helped usher in the modern age, her impact, I think, is no less than the steam engine or the cotton gin.
Some awesome stuff she did: Grace Hopper developed first compiler, allowing computer calculations to move beyond simple arithmetic and into more complex problems. She also developed first standardized computer language, COBOL, which laid the groundwork for all the languages we use today.
One day she found a dead moth disrupting one of the electronic relays in the Mark 1 computer, and upon removing it (and fixing the computer), the term “debugging" was popularized (although the idea of computer "bugs" had been around before). Here’s her daily log from that day, with the offending moth taped to the page:
Beyond that, she was a charming scientific communicator, and she possessed a marvelous ability to make people, and mind you this was in a time when almost no one owned their own computer, truly appreciate both the importance and the complexity of computing technology.
She famously carried around a bundle of nanoseconds in her purse for illustrative purposes. Here she is charming the socks off of David Letterman, and giving him a nanosecond of his very own (don’t miss the picosecond joke, either) :
Skeleton of a duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), our favorite semi-aquatic venomous egg-laying endemic Australian mammal! There is no record of accession with this specimen, but it is thought to be Zoology Collection #1 (as seen in the “Chicago Adventure” series!).