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Some things you probably didn’t want to see up close

A coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a maggot or the larva of a bluebottle fly (Protophormia sp.) with tiny teeth-like fangs extending from its mouth. The maggots of this fly are used medicinally to clean wounds. The maggots are sterilised and placed in the wound, where they feed on dead tissue and leave healthy tissue untouched. Their saliva contains anti- bacterial chemicals which maintain sterility in the area.

via SEM  pictures of insects and spiders – Telegraph.

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August 24, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Some things you probably didn’t want to see up close

If anyone qualifies as “sub-human” it’s Hitler

Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish and African roots, DNA tests have shown

Saliva samples taken from 39 relatives of the Nazi leader show he may have had biological links to the “subhuman” races that he tried to exterminate during the Holocaust.

via Hitler ‘had Jewish and African roots’, DNA tests show – Telegraph.

August 24, 2010 Posted by | Hitler | Comments Off on If anyone qualifies as “sub-human” it’s Hitler

Here’s looking at (or videoing) you, kid.

When Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence decided to have his badly damaged eye removed from its socket, he chose to replace it not with a prosthetic, but with a wireless camera. The decision, he says, was easy.”Every person I know who’s lost an eye immediately thinks, ‘I should think about getting a camera,’ ” he says. Although so far, Spence is the only person who has actually acted on the notion.

via Eye wired open

How many people does he know who have lost an eye, I wonder?

August 24, 2010 Posted by | medicine, Strange | | Comments Off on Here’s looking at (or videoing) you, kid.