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Silent Witness, more added glam to the final exam. Silent Witness, more added glam to the final exam. BBC Pictures

As a pathologist, it’s my job to speak up for the dead

Pulling bullets out of homicide victims makes up part of my job as a forensic pathologist, but not the most interesting part. No, I love a head-scratcher. Dead for no clear reason is the real whodunit…
Age-related hearing loss starts a lot earlier than you might think, and is exploited in anti-vandalism measures. Age-related hearing loss starts a lot earlier than you might think, and is exploited in anti-vandalism measures. locomomo

Mosquito devices may be used to disperse Australian delinquents – but how do they work?

You may have read last week that, in a bid to curb graffiti, Sydney’s State Rail may trial Mosquito devices - technology that emits a high-pitched noise that’s audible only to people aged in their early…
Whacking your funny bone really hard will cause a mild nerve injury which may take minutes, hours or even days to come good. Whacking your funny bone really hard will cause a mild nerve injury which may take minutes, hours or even days to come good. Image from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is the funny bone?

Put a finger on the point of your elbow. Feel inwards from there about half and inch or slightly more until you find another bony outcrop. Got it? Good. Tap with your finger in the valley between those…
Understanding the mechanics of breast movement feeds into better design for sports bras. Understanding the mechanics of breast movement feeds into better design for sports bras. mikebaird

Bouncing breasts: the science of the sports bra

If you’re female and exercise, a certain amount of breast movement is inevitable. But bosom movement extends beyond bouncing up and down – it also involves moving side to side, which impacts on breast…
Autopsies and anatomical dissections are the only exceptions to the social prohibition against dismembering bodies. Autopsies and anatomical dissections are the only exceptions to the social prohibition against dismembering bodies. t magnum/Flickr

More than the sum of our parts: why dismemberment of the dead irks

Spiegel Online reported earlier this year that hundreds of human body parts had been found in a disused cellar of the University of Cologne’s Anatomy Institute. Apparently, irregularities of procedure…
Death can be the start of a whole new life. Death can be the start of a whole new life. Stacie Bee

You donate your body to science, you die … what happens next?

You’ve just died. Your family is distraught. Before passing on, you made arrangements to donate your body to your local university for the purpose of scientific training. Your family and friends respect…