‘Can I Have Your Watch When You Are Dead?’


A single, disease-free body can spin off cash flows of $80,000 to $200,000 for the various non-profit and for-profit players involved in recovering tissues and using them to manufacture medical and dental products…

via Body wranglers at work: Inside the global trade in human corpses – Open Channel.

By 2110, Hayworth predicts, mind uploading—the transfer of a biological brain to a silicon-based operating system—will be as common as laser eye surgery is today.

via The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Perhaps the best case for the skulls being Mozarts is the fact that the skull shows that it took a hard hit about a year before its owner died.

via Mozarts Skull: University Mozarteum located in Salzburg, Austria | Atlas Obscura | Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations.



A Dumb Idea I Had

…no university should ever be as beholden to its football program as Penn State was. At other big-time sports schools, there are all kinds of daily hypocrisies that people avert their eyes from in the name of college football or men’s basketball. Sadly, we accept these hypocrisies as the price to be paid for the money college sports generates and the entertainment it provides. But at Penn State, football was of such overweening importance — and Paterno was such a godlike figure — that a sexual predator was allowed to roam free…

via Throw the Book at Penn State – NYTimes.com.

How about throwing the book at the N.C.A.A.?

Penn State Brandywine "Penn State Cares"

(Photo credit: Jim, the Photographer)

You might have heard (click through the link above) that the N.C.A.A. just dropped a raft of punishments on the athletic program of Caltech, an apparently august engineering university with decidedly less-than august sports teams. This is the opposite of what it is likely to do to Penn State, even though at Caltech the rules violations seem to pale next to lurid stories of a pervert’s being given free rein in the football team locker room.

Indeed, the N.C.A.A. seemed to do next to nothing after appalling breaches at Ohio State, the disturbingly repetitive career of John Calipari and the baldly corrupt recruiting of Cam Newton. Not that any of that matters.

But how about a punishment for the N.C.A.A.? How about a “death penalty” for the N.C.A.A.? Blot out that dumb blue N.C.A.A. logo. Stop wearing clothes that have it, or cover it with a small piece of black electrical tape. Don’t take pictures of it. Don’t stand next to it. Stop saying the abbreviation.