Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Sexy smoky eyes prevented infections in Ancient Egypt

// April 11th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Poisons, Recent Research, Sex and Reproduction

Today I made a new video about how Kohl eye makeup may have prevented eye infections in Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egyptian Eyes Saved Lives from Captain Skellett on Vimeo.

The video was sparked by a recent letter published in Analytical Chemistry which you can read here (at least, see the abstract. You have to pay for the rest).

Did the Ancient Egyptians know about this property? The researchers seem to think so, some of the lead compounds found in kohl do not occur naturally, and must have been man made by early chemists. The Ancient Egyptians believed that kohl around the eyes would give people protection from the gods, and it was prescribed by physicians to prevent eye infections.

Still, nowadays you should check that any Kohl you’re going to use is lead free, because you could be at risk of lead poisoning. Besides, with hygiene and antibacterials, eye infections aren’t such a big problem.

Shout out to the physicisits in da house

// November 29th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // How Things Work, Just for Fun

Not for the first time I am posting a rap video. Rap is apparently the best genre of musical art for scientific communication, perhaps because it can handle an excess of long words.

This one is about the Large Hadron Collider, and it is catchy-as! Sadly I am not physics-minded, so I’m still a bit befuzzled about the whole thing.

Nothing like a good rap to wake you up in the morning. It’s definitely better than a kick in the head.

Magnetic Movie

// November 26th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Just for Fun, Science Art

I’ve been sitting on this story for a while, and then I forgot about it. Oops!

This movie is very VERY sexy! It won the Scientific Merit Award at the Imagine Science Film Festival for 2009, and the visuals are just stunning! Behold the awesome power of MAGNET!

Magnetic Movie from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

Why I am Anti Antibacterials

// November 15th, 2009 // 5 Comments » // How Things Work

Work just bought three lovely new bottles of antibacterial soap. Bummer. One of my very first posts was about how much antibacterial EVERYTHING there is nowadays, and how it will unleash a race of superbugs onto us all, causing the apocalypse.

I’ve settled down a little now, because I went to a talk with a microbiologist (at the RiAus – see my previous post) and asked him what he thought about antibacterials, and he said they were unlikely to cause multiresistant bacteria because it mostly happens in hospitals, where a lot of sick people on a lot of different drugs are crammed together and cross-infect each other (yummy). I still think antibacterials are only helping select the most resilient bacteria out there by giving them an advantage over the weaker bacteria, but he’s probably right about the multiresistant thing.

Anyway, antibacterials are bad for reasons other than creating resistant bacteria. Which I talk about in this video I made to raise awareness, and for funzies 🙂

Why I am Anti Antibacterials from Captain Skellett on Vimeo.

There were a couple of other things he said which I thought were fantastic. Like that biology is not an exact science. Physics can calculate how to get to the moon, and it will work everytime (excluding Apollo 11 of course) because the moon doesn’t dodge. Bacteria do. With antibacterials we’ve created an environment where evolution steps in and resistance can develop. It’s particularly bad because drug discovery takes about 10 years to take a drug from conception to sale, and bacteria evolve a lot faster than that.

Also, you know how you have e-coli naturally in your gut which help you digest food (I distinctly remember my microbiology teacher telling us that poop was just e-coli with a little bit of colour.) Did you ever wonder where they came from? When you’re born you are e-coli free, the womb is a very sterile environment, but somewhere along the line in the first few weeks you get a whole colony of e-coli. You don’t usually hear people discussing babies, mothers and feces, but that’s the gist of it…

How Viagra Works

// November 4th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Drugs, How Things Work, Just for Fun, Science Communication, Sex and Reproduction

Viagra, that little blue pill. How does it work? How was it discovered? What are the side effects? This video answers all your questions about the first ever oral treatment for erectile dysfunction, written, edited and starring yours truly.

How Viagra Works from Captain Skellett on Vimeo.

Erectile dysfunction can be embarrassing for pirates, but don’t let your confidence sink to Davy Jones. Pop a few Big Blue and you’ll soon be saying things like…
Got wood?
The mainsail is ALREADY raised. IN MY PANTS!
This dinghy is four sheets to the wind.
Walk the plank? Walk THIS plank!
If you think Big Blue is for you, please see the ship’s physician

This be me first step into vlog territory, hit me with ANY feedback you have so I can make the next one better. PLEASE COMMENT!






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