Tolle Skulptur von Mike Pelletier, der die Tomographie eines Kumpels in einem 3D-Programm wiederholt kopiert, skaliert und rotiert hat. Das Ergebnis hat er dann auf ‘nem 3D-Printer ausgegeben.
The model of the skull was generated from a friend’s dental tomography scan. The form of the object was created by creating an array of copies of the skull, where each successive copy of the skull is scaled, rotated, and moved. The skull starts at life size at the front and ends up rotated 180 degrees and two times larger than life at the back.
The Atlantics In Focus hat ‘ne schöne Bilderstrecke vom chinesischen Harley Davidson-Treffen und der Skullbiker oben kriegt den Preis für Awesomeness: Harley Davidson National Rally in China.
Bei Sothebys kann man grade ein goldenes, bewegliches Skelett in einem Sarg aus vergoldetem Silber ersteigern. Kostet nur run 200.000 Dollar.
The fully articulated human skeleton in a velvet-lined coffin chased around on each side with three panels showing the course of life, one end with attributes of the arts, the other with attributes of war, the removable cover with the journey in the footsteps of the Angel of Death, surrounded by the faces of infants alternately laughing and crying…
Toller Hochzeitskuchen von Annabel de Vetten mit 35 Skulls und einer vertrockneten Blume obendrauf.
It features solid chocolate skulls of 16 carrion crows, 12 domestic kittens, 3 Vervet monkeys, and 4 barn owls, all of which the artist sculpted by hand. Made from White Chocolate Mudcake, the cake took her over 100 hours to complete in total. There are two options of toppers: a chocolate conjoined kitten skull, or dried flowers from an actual wedding bouquet (ones shown here from her own).
Wenn ich mir demnächst mal wieder den Kopf zerbreche, gibt’s Ersatz-Skulls aus dem 3D-Drucker.
The new OPM device is a cranial maxillo-facial (CMF) plate for skull reconstruction which can be used to replace up to 75% of the skull. Their device is made from PEKK (polyetherketoneketone), which has many of the desirable properties of the commonly used PEEK implant material — but it also has twice the compressive strength, making it an ideal material to replace any bone that counts user protection among its primary functions.
Behold the 350 Million Year old Skull! Gab’s hier für 2000$ zu kaufen, die haben aber noch mehr Ammoniten-Skulls, falls sich jemand ein Kopffüssler-Menschen-Mashup zuhause ins Regal stellen will. (via Swen)
Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Facehugger made from Bones
Tolles Interview mit Paul Koudounaris über sizilianische Sex-Geister und Mumien mit großen Penissen. Yep. Über Koudounaris und dessen Buch „Empire of Death“ hatte ich hier schon ein paar mal gebloggt: The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Charnel Houses und The Midnight Archive Ep.6: The Empire of Death.
One of the more outlandish stories is about a guy who got to be called “pene grande,” which means “big dick.” He was a mummy famed in life for having a big penis. People would go down to the Palermo Catacombs and treat him as the patron saint of big cocks. Finally a newlywed woman came to see him because she was married to a guy who was not well-endowed. She took a cloth and rubbed it on the mummy’s dick, and then rubbed it on her husband’s dick. The next time she had sex with her husband, his penis seemed larger and fuller and she was about to orgasm except that at that moment she looked up and saw it was actually the ghost on top of her. Everyone thought she was crazy, but then it happened again the next time she had sex. They had to set up an exorcism for this ghost.
How does one expel a penis ghost?
They had a blacksmith make a tight-fitting sheath made of metal, and once the husband got erect the ghost came out and got caught in the codpiece. They threw holy water at him.
That expelled the ghost from the guy’s body. So forever he had a small penis, but he was free of the ghost. As for the ghost, he gained a great following among older ladies, and eventually so many were coming to see him that they had to lock the mummy in a back room, which is where he remains to this day.
Flickr-User Forgotten Boneyard hat einen Facehugger aus Tierknochen gebaut (und eine Audrey aus Little Shop of Horrors, den ich mir neulich mit dem Original-Ende angesehen habe – war der Knaller!) (via Obvious Winner)
Einer Dame in Beverly Hills sind nach einer kosmetischen Operation Knochen im Lid und in der Augenpartie gewachsen. Long Live the New Flesh. Und das GIF, das Jamie Zawinski dazu rausgesucht hat, ist für diese Meldung ultimativ und unschlagbar:
When cosmetic surgeon Allan Wu first heard the woman’s complaint, he wondered if she was imagining things or making it up. A resident of Los Angeles in her late sixties, she explained that she could not open her right eye without considerable pain and that every time she forced it open, she heard a strange click—a sharp sound, like a tiny castanet snapping shut. After examining her in person at The Morrow Institute in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Wu could see that something was wrong: Her eyelid drooped stubbornly, and the area around her eye was somewhat swollen. Six and a half hours of surgery later, he and his colleagues had dug out small chunks of bone from the woman’s eyelid and tissue surrounding her eye, which was scratched but largely intact. The clicks she heard were the bone fragments grinding against one another.
About three months earlier the woman had opted for a relatively new kind of cosmetic procedure at a different clinic in Beverly Hills—a face-lift that made use of her own adult stem cells. First, cosmetic surgeons had removed some the woman’s abdominal fat with liposuction and isolated the adult stem cells within—a family of cells that can make many copies of themselves in an immature state and can develop into several different kinds of mature tissue. In this case the doctors extracted mesenchymal stem cells—which can turn into bone, cartilage or fat, among other tissues—and injected those cells back into her face, especially around her eyes.
Schickes Timelapse-Video vom Museum für Naturkunde in London mit fleischfressenden Käfern, die einen toten Papagei (und ‘ne Eule und einen Fasan) verspeisen. Die Viecher konnten natürlich nicht wissen, dass der Papagei nicht tot ist. Jedenfalls: Das Museum hat hier noch ein weiteres Papageien-Video und eine Webcam, mit der man den fleischfressenden Käfern beim Futtern zuschauen kann, leider nur als Windows Media Crap, ich kann daher nicht sagen, ob die grade irgendwas auseinandernehmen. Fuck yeah Science und guten Appetit!
Scientists sometimes use strong chemicals to strip the flesh off skeletons they want to study. But these can eat into the bones and change their structure. So instead, we use a special beetle species, Dermestes haemarrhoidalis, that strips off the flesh but leaves the bones and collagen untouched.
The beetles don’t eat feathers, so usually specimens are skinned first, to speed up the process. Here, the feathers were left on, to show how the skull of the scarlet macaw, Ara macao, sits underneath its skin. The impressive size of the lower jaw reflects the massive strength of the parrot’s beak.
Frodo Mikkelsen macht Silberschädel mit Häusern als Hüten. Dem würde ich argumentativ beipflichten wollen. (via Neatorama)
In einem Schornstein hat man das Skelett einer Taube des britischen Geheimdienstes gefunden, komplett mit verschlüsselter Nachricht am Bein und die haben sie nun zu den Kryptographen in Bletchley Park geschickt (das ist die Institution, an der Alan Turing damals den Enigma-Code geknackt hat), wo sie nun entschlüsselt wird. Die Meldung kommt von der Daily Mail, ist aber trotzdem awesome.
Experts say the red capsule Mr Martin found is the type used by the Special Operations Executive. Their human agents undertook sabotage missions such as blowing up trains, bridges and factories in German-occupied territory. The message was written by a Sergeant W Stott and contains columns of groups of five letters. It is thought that its intended recipient, ‘X02’, is code for Bomber Command. […]
‘The message Mr Martin found must be highly top secret,’ Mr Hill said. ‘The aluminium ring found on the bird’s leg tells us it was born in 1940, and we know it’s an Allied Forces pigeon because of the red capsule it was carrying, but that’s all we know.’
Grandiose Totenkopf-Taschenuhr aus dem 18. Jahrhundert, bei sowas läuft mir das Wasser im Mund zusammen.
Watches and clocks with the memento mori motifs were not uncommon, dating from the mid 17th Century to the 1930s. This early Verge silver skull pivots at the top of the cranium, whereas others pivot from the jaw. There are others created that fold open at the top of the head with enamel and diamonds, but pieces like these are extremely rare and command a high price.