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WARNING: Not Safe for Work … or for Your Exam in Hematology
The Morphology of Human Blood Cells (1956)
Dorothy Sturm’s beautiful watercolors are difficult to distinguish from an actual microphotograph (except perhaps they are clearer and more detailed than a micrograph, and certainly superior to images from the 1950’s).
Sturm’s watercolor on paper illustrations, drawn directly from Wright-stained smears prepared by [microbiologists], depicted normal, pathological and infectious hematology with a clarity, detail and beauty that photomicrography of the 1950’s simply couldn’t approach. JAMA, in a review of the first edition, even called her work “of exceptional quality.”
 This table showing hematopoiesis (as it was understood in 1956) was the frontispiece of the first edition of Diggs’ The Morphology of Human Blood Cells. Here’s the key to this illustration.
 Cell types found in smears of peripheral blood from normal individuals
 Blood parasites
 Fat cells
 Megakarocytes and thrombocytes
SOURCE: Codex 99
"Princeton University psychologist Susan Fiske took brain scans of heterosexual men while they looked at sexualised images of women wearing bikinis. She found that the part of their brains that became activated was pre-motor - areas that usually light up when people anticipate using tools. The men were reacting to the images as if the women were objects they were going to act on. Particularly shocking was the discovery that the participants who scored highest on tests of hostile sexism were those most likely to deactivate the part of the brain that considers other people’s intentions (the medial prefrontal cortex) while looking at the pictures. These men were responding to images of the women as if they were non-human."
The Equality Illusion
BUT SEXISM ISN’T REAL Y’ALL WE’RE JUST MAKING IT UP. THIS ISN’T LITERAL OBJECTIFICATION. NAH. (via longdivisionnnn)
US government pushes pizza to help the cheese industry
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a report on the role of pizza in American diets. Researcher Donna Rhodes and colleagues in USDA’s agricultural research department found that an astonishing 13% of the US population consumed pizza on any given day, based on the most recent years of the ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. For this large population – more than one in eight Americans – who consumed pizza in a particular day, the researchers found: Pizza accounted for 25% of children’s and 29% of adults’ daily food energy intake. More than a quarter of all calorie intake was pizza. Pizza accounted for 33% of children’s and 39% of adults’ daily saturated fat intake. Compared with foods in general, pizza is much heavier in saturated fat. Pizza accounted for 33% of children’s and 38% of adults’ sodium intake. Compared with foods in general, pizza is much heavier in sodium. But in recent years, the USDA’s dairy checkoff programme has spent many millions of dollars increasing pizza consumption among US children and adults. A checkoff programme is a semi-governmental programme that helps producers market an agricultural product. Using the federal government’s taxation powers, the checkoff programme collects a mandatory assessment (equivalent to a tax) of 15 cents on every hundredweight of milk that producers sell for use as fluid milk or dairy products. The money is then used to support marketing and promotion activities that encourage dairy consumption. According to the most recent annual USDA report to congress, the total mandatory assessment in 2011 was US$104m for fluid milk and US$98m for other dairy products. (via US government pushes pizza to help the cheese industry)
OTTERS for VALENTINES DAY
Carnivore Shenanigans:* Otters Chasing a Butterfly
File under: semi-aquatic humor, riparian ethology,
Unknown whether or not any animals were endangered in the making of this film. Looks possible. The butterfly, by all accounts, survived.
* Shenanigans - from the Irish: sionnachuighim (“I play the fox”).
SOURCE: too many places to be able to figure out the original source
Simona Tibu was beaten within an inch of her life after a routine traffic stop. This Camrose dentist, says that the assault occurred after she was driving home from work, and was pulled over by an Alberta sheriff for speeding. She has now launched a formal plea to see charges filed against the officer.
Tibu represented herself in a Wetaskwin court hearing on January 30, presenting her case to a judge regarding the August 3 assault. What she revealed was disturbing.
She claims that the violence began before she had even exited the car. The officer violently hit the driver’s side window of the vehicle. She said that if he continued to hit her window so violently, she would not roll it down, as she felt she was in danger.
The officer became unhinged by her demands. “He became violent,” Tibu said.
She began recording the incident on her cell phone. That’s when he ordered her out of the vehicle, and began punching her in the groin, breasts and backside.
Tibu screamed, hoping someone would help her, but that just made the officer “even more aggressive.”
She says that is when he smashed her head onto the pavement, soaking her in blood.
Two weeks later, the sheriff filed charges against Tibu for assault and resisting arrest.
The judge in this case said that Tibu has reasonable grounds to file charges but, higher officials will have to “determine if the case moves forward,” or “if there will be charges, if they’ll be dismissed or stayed,” an Alberta Justice spokeswoman Michelle Davio, said.
Tibu is petitioning the court to allow the public and media to see the evidence from the dash camera footage, as well as hearing the 9-1-1 call, and witness testimonies. That hearing is scheduled to take place on April 9.
“I have big medical records, lots of pictures and three witnesses that came forward to help me, therefore I am confident I will get justice,” Tibu said.