Skepchick Quickies 10.21


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. @w_nightshade: Homemade centrifuges are well known to make awesome winter holiday presents, you know. Who *doesn’t* want to be able to separate their own blood samples?

  2. The movie on clonal selection was amazing. I am boggled by the amount of work the body does just to survive and the number of systems that mindlessly work together for that purpose.

  3. That centrifuge reminds me of a news story back in March in which a neurosurgeon (Henry Marsh) pointed out that, in a pinch, a $45,000 medical drill can be replaced by a $45 Bosch cordless drill from the hardware store.

    I also remember something from last year about someone making microfluidic channel molds using Shrinky Dinks.

    And there’s all sorts of DIY plans for ECG and EEG using a computer’s microphone input.

    It’d be interesting to see a collection of MacGyvered medical tools all in one place.

  4. I got that thing with the Black Widow a while back, but it was found by a lady called Tania Robertson working at an electrical firm in Bloemfontein in South Africa. I kinda liked that story better, me being a homesick South African.

    Spiders are cool :)

  5. Gotta get the blocks for me…I mean my kids.

    Great vid on clonal selection. Gonna keep that bookmarked so I can show it the next time I teach an immunology section in a microbiology class. This seems to be a tough subject for most of my students to get a handle on.

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