You Read My Mind

If scientists at the University of Cambridge are on the right path, your facial expressions will soon help a computer decide when to sell you a new product over the Internet. Your eye twitch or yawn might help detect boredom or tiredness as you sit behind the wheel of your car. Check out the article over at the BBC for the full story and if you happen to be passing through the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition next week, you could even help them train their computers by letting yourself be filmed.

Sounds like a YAWN of a good-time!

A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.


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