Weekly Science Blog Roundup: Foot-In-Brain Disease Edition

By Nina Bai | December 19, 2008 5:16 pm

Yee-haw! It’s the blog roundup.

• Try wrapping your mind around this: Doctors find a tiny foot, thigh, and hand growing in a baby’s brain. Could be a teratoma or a shrunken identical twin.

• Someone skilled with a crochet hook should add a “foot-in-brain” to the The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art.

Taking technology to the grave: “It’s comforting to the family to think mom’s playing her iPod or dad’s still got the cell phone that was attached to his ear all the time,” says a funeral planner of the new burial trend.

• When the sun goes down, “sexsomnia” turns a gentle husband into Mr. Hyde.

• “The hair is believed to have been snipped from [George] Washington when he was briefly disinterred in 1837.” Now that hair, all four strands of it, has sold at auction for $17,000.

• Get up close and personal with a 495-kilogram cephalopod with soccer-ball-sized eyes and club-shaped tentacles with rotating hooks at the first ever Colossal Squid Exhibit.

 

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  • what causes psoriasis

    Athlete’s foot (also known as ringworm of the foot[1] and tinea pedis[1]) is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itch of affected areas. It is caused by fungi in the genus Trichophyton
    and is typically transmitted in moist areas where people walk barefoot,
    such as showers or bathhouses. Although the condition typically affects
    the feet, it can spread to other areas of the body, including the groin. Athlete’s foot can be treated by a number of pharmaceutical and other treatments.

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