The world's first and only koala sperm bank

Forgive us if we seem a little dirty-minded today, what with the anatomically-correct baby doll and all, but we had to share this breakthrough in reproductive technology -- if only because the picture's so darn cute:

Australian scientists unveiled three test-tube koala cubs today as part of an artificial insemination programme to preserve the vulnerable mammal. They said the programme would lead to the creation of the world's first koala sperm bank, letting researchers screen out koala diseases.

Imagine the donor descriptions! "Cute, cuddly, large ears, slightly rotund in build. Enjoys eating eucalyptus leaves. Chlamydia-free."

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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