Tuesday, 5 March, 2013
The tensile strength of human skin has recently been gauged, thanks to tests on cadavers:
The first detailed study of skin strength was carried out in the 1860s by Karl Langer, an Austrian anatomist working in Vienna. He mapped the natural lines of tension within skin by puncturing the skin on a cadaver with a circular tool and then measuring the shape of the resulting hole. The tension within the skin makes these holes elliptical in a direction parallel to the tension. Consequently, a simple measurement of the orientation of these ellipses allowed Langer to map out lines of force in the skin over the entire body. Today, these lines are known as Langer lines.
I would like to think that our skin is strong enough and serves its purpose… without subjecting it to extremes of force or treatment.
Wednesday, 16 November, 2011
Rather than feeling ultraviolet, or sun light, it would seem our skin is actually able to see it, after the discovery that skin cells contain the same photosensitive receptors used by our eyes to detect light.
Monday, 8 November, 2010
In an apparently rising trend – one that could possibly be best described as retro – US urban professionals are doing away with daily showers, washing their hair, and even dispensing with deodorants. Why? Adherents of the keeping-not-so-washed lifestyle believe their practices foster “good bacteria”, and may even benefit those with dry skin or afflicted with eczema.
Just as it’s been found that certain bacteria are good for your digestive tract, some researchers have identified “germs” that can benefit our skin and are better not showered away. According to Dr. Richard Gallo, chief of dermatology at University of California, San Diego, “good bacteria [educate] your own skin cells to make your own antibiotics” and help keep bad bacteria at bay. Gallo also thinks those who suffer from dry skin and eczema may want to cut back on showers.
(Thanks Coffee Girl)
Tuesday, 26 May, 2009
Swedish graphic designer Marc Strömberg will always have reading material readily available, he has tattooed one of the editions of a magazine he publishes onto his left leg.
It seemed like a really untraditional and extreme way to publish the magazine. I think that everyone should explore new mediums, all the time. We should experiment and have the guts to do something that stands out. It would have been boring to do just another magazine on paper. I originally wanted to do a pair of long underwear, with the articles printed on the material, so you could wear them, lie down on the couch and read the magazine off your own legs. It sprung from that idea, taken a little further.
Monday, 5 May, 2008
Your Google page: brought to you by Rolf Harris
I much preferred the Google logo of the day, but as long as it’s not some sort of rendition of Stairway To Heaven, or a royal portrait, then I’m in.
The 77-year-old Australian entertainer is among a number of artists to have allowed their work to be installed as a background – or “skin” – on Google’s personalised home page, iGoogle.