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Cadavers are not Meant to Last

But there are ways to keep cadavers useful

In Jamaica at the University of the West Indies, my laboratory in the Electron Microscopy Centre was very close to the Department of Anatomy – so close in fact that I frequently had to drop in there to pick up samples or to speak to my anatomy colleagues. On some occasions, I found the medical students very occupied with human corpses. —>—>

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The United Colours of Benham’s Disc

We see them, but do animals see united colours of Benham’s disc too?

I heard of a man who worked as a magician after World War II and in his performances used a disc with a strange pattern of black and white lines. However, when turned around and spun at high speed, the disc’s black and white pattern created the impression of faint reddish or orange, even greenish or yellowish colours in human observers. —>—>

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My Feral Friends

What can I possibly mean by feral friends?

When we lived in Jamaica we observed exciting things through the window of our house: humming birds, lizards, banana thieves sneaking into our garden from the nearby gully, fireflies, cattle egrets and … feral dogs! The word “feral” has nothing to do with ‘ferocious’ or ‘feline’ (= cat-like), but describes any domesticated animals that has reverted back to a wild or semi-wild state. —>—>