September 28, 2012 |
Masami Teraoka's third exhibition with Samuel Freeman begins with three large, touchingly melancholy portraits painted in the style of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Rendered in watercolor on unstretched canvas, each roughly 9 by 7 feet in size, the paintings were made in 1990 in response to the AIDS crisis. The association isn't immediately obvious but resonates hauntingly in the stricken expressions of Teraoka's stylized subjects - a mother and child, a father and child, and a surgeon, respectively.
September 13, 2012 |
Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is used to hearing his work described as science fiction. Way back in 1999, he and his team grew bladders in a lab and successfully implanted them in patients with spina bifida. Then in 2004, his team grew urethras for five young boys in Mexico City. Eight years later, the laboratory-grown tissue looks as natural as the boys' own. At the rate research like Atala's is progressing, scientists predict that replacement organs will be a reality within years, not decades.
August 28, 2012 |
A man who purchased the contents of a Florida storage locker made a grisly discovery when he found a batch of crudely preserved human organs inside, including hearts, brains and lungs. One heart was reportedly found in a 32-ounce drink cup filled with formaldehyde. Pensacola police are still trying to determine the source of the organs, locate survivors and figure out why the owner -- a former medical examiner -- had them. They're also trying to assess whether any laws were broken in the disposal of the human remains.
August 25, 2012 |
One of the main characters in "Robot & Frank" looks like a robot, walks like a robot and talks like a robot, but it isn't a robot. It's a suit created by makeup and special effects designer Tony Gardner and his company, Alterian Inc. The futuristic film stars Frank Langella as a retired jewel thief who makes a new friend who has more servos than scruples. Gardner's robot suit makes a convincing costar, thanks to the voice of actor Peter Sarsgaard and the movements of dancer Rachael Ma. Gardner developed his talent for creating believable illusions as a child growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland.
July 10, 2012 |
An international team of archaeologists have discovered that two mummies found on an island off the coast of Scotland are, like Dr. Frankenstein's monster, composed of body parts from several different humans. The mummified remains, as much as 3,500 years old, suggest that the first residents of the island of South Uist in the Hebrides had some previously unsuspected burial practices. The West Coast of South Uist was densely populated from around 2000 BC until the end of the Viking period around AD 1300.
May 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta made a personal appeal to American troops Friday to refrain from misconduct -- a pointed response to the recent publication of images of soldiers urinating on corpses and posing with body parts, behavior that has complicated the war in Afghanistan. In a speech at Fort Benning, Ga., Panetta was blunt in his assessment of the breakdown of discipline, saying these incidents “show a lack of judgment, a lack of professionalism, and a lack of leadership.” Panetta reminded troops that they are representing the American people and they must live up to strict military standards.
April 18, 2012
At 11 a.m. PDT, Los Angeles Times editor Davan Maharaj will take part in a live discussion of the L.A. Times story about U.S. troops posing with body parts from Afghan suicide bombers. The story , and the two photos that accompanied it, outline how a unit of the 82nd Airborne Division posed with remains when sent on two missions to attempt to get identification of the dead bombers. The Pentagon has denounced the behavior depicted in the photos and has launched a criminal investigation.
April 18, 2012 |
The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification. The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan's Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts. Then the mission turned macabre: The paratroopers posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held - and others squatted beside - the corpse's severed legs.
April 18, 2012 |
From the White House to the American Embassy in Kabul, American officials rushed to distance themselves from the actions of U.S. soldiers who posed for photographs next to corpses and body parts of Afghan insurgents. Two photos of incidents from a 2010 deployment were published Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times. In one, the hand of a corpse is propped on the shoulder of a paratrooper. In another, the disembodied legs of a suicide bomber are displayed by grinning soldiers and Afghan police.