Forensic investigations of centuries-old skeletons in London, dissection of a rare deep-sea giant squid in Australia, one news-making employee in California and a medical student video make up this Friday Post #12 for Jul 18 2008.
” Over the last 30 years, [staff from] the Museum of London has excavated, examined and archived 17,000 human skeletons. Now, 26 of them are to go on display at the Wellcome Trust in London. They each have a story to tell about life in the capital hundreds of years ago “.
This week, BBC Science/Nature Page featured an lengthy article this week entitled, Tales from the Grave, describing an archaeology project undertaken by the Museum of London. Within the news article are three brief videos narrated by several of the scientists involved in the project. It’s fascinating medical detective work.
Forensic medicine on a very different scale (and continent): one of the largest rare deep-sea cephalopods ever seen was accidentally caught and killed in a net from a commercial fishing boat in Australia recently. The giant squid was dissected by scientists in front of a live audience in Melbourne this week. Read about that story here from the Melbourne Herald-Sun. Here is a press release about it, and a link to Museum Victoria (July 17 2008 )
You can view the entire filmed dissection (90 minutes in length) accompanied by narrative from several of the scientists involved, including squid expert Dr. Mark Norman, at this link: streaming video (Jul 17 2008 ).
Officials at the City of San Francisco had a bad week.
” Prosecutors say City employee Terry Childs, who works in the Department of Technology, tampered with the city’s new FiberWAN (Wide Area Network), where records such as officials’ e-mails, city payroll files, confidential law enforcement documents and jail inmates’ bookings are stored. Childs created a password that granted him exclusive access to the system, authorities said. He initially gave pass codes to police, but they didn’t work. When pressed, Childs refused to divulge the real code even when threatened with arrest, they said. He was taken into custody Sunday.”
Excerpt from an article dated July 15 2008, on http://sfgate.com
Finally… one Unnecessarily Angry Surgeon