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Dracula’s Pellagra and Lois Lane’s Lungs: Further Gleanings From the Medical Literature

by Christopher D. McManus Silver Spring, Maryland Laypeople, many of whom are laypersons, mistakenly think that medical researchers care only about real people and their diseases. Not so. Maladies of fictional characters are the focus of a large body of medical literature. Of course, one expects some analysis of the maladies of Lear, Don Quixote, Medea, [...]

Slime Mold "Remembers" with External Memory

Photo: Tanya Letty A slime mold, which is neither slime nor mold, has no brain. But that doesn’t mean it cannot remember things. You see, it has an "external" memory system: In their experiment, Mr [...]

A Town of Storybook Houses and How They Came to Be

In 1924, a man named Hugh Comstock took a little trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California to see his sister and her husband. The town was becoming well known as a haven for artists and other creative types, so it’s not surprising that he met a doll maker named Mayotta Browne during his stay there. Miss Browne [...]

Your Favorite Children’s Books as Minimalist Posters

I’m a sucker for minimalist design – I think it’s interesting to see how little you can use to convey a concept – so Christian Jackson’s interpretations of classic children’s literature really caught my eye. Even if you haven’t heard the tale of Hansel and Gretel (pictured), the message gets across: evil lurking at the [...]

7 Grimm’s Fairy Tales That Would Make Great Movies

  We are all familiar with the classics like Snow White and Hansel and Gretel but what are some of the original Grimm Fairy Tales that would make great (Non Disney) movies? My favorite from the title alone is “The Devil’s Smelly Brother.” Link