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The Language of Science…



“The individual with a straw was asked to instruct the blindfolded individual to do a dance routine.”
Science of Dating: Topics of Conversation

“It can then use this information to change the rhythm of its hair.”
In Brachiopods’ Eyes, the Theory of Evolution

“The spermatophore executed a surprise attack, penetrating and embedding itself deep in the flesh”
Self-injecting Squid Sperm

“When the subjects… were sleeping deeply, the researchers played a variety of noises, from a jet engine to an ice machine”
Brain Waves Foretell Whether We’ll Sleep Soundly

More nifty non sequiturs at Out of Context Science


As we slip into our lab coats, we might recall that it was on this date in 1867 that Joseph Lister published the first of his series of articles in The Lancet on “The Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery.”  Lister, having noticed that carbolic acid (phenol) was used to deodorize sewage, had experimented with using it to spray surgical instruments, surgical incisions, and dressings.  The result, he reported, was a substantially reduced incidence of gangrene.

Joseph Lister

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