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Alloy There!

Most of the people who attended “Dinner with the Bone Doctor” on Monday night made their reservations in advance. Two couples walked in to Echo Bistro & Wine Bar without knowing what was going on. One couple was there to … Continue reading

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Farm Report

A writer for Geekosystem likes the idea of donating his body to science. He seems to prefer the idea of decomposing at the Body Farm rather than being dissected at a medical school. The article was listed in my Google … Continue reading

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That Strange and Interesting Plant

A rare corpse flower bloomed at the United States Botanic Garden this week. During a ten or twelve hour window, it emits a smell similar to rotting flesh in order to attract insects that will pollinate the flower. In 1999, … Continue reading

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The National Fast Time

One of the benefits of a Starbucks account is that you get access to parts of paywalled websites like nytimes.com and wsj.com while you are in the store using Starbucks’ wifi connection. I chose to read a New York Times … Continue reading

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Law-Making Body

Mary Scott of WBIR reported on Monday’s meeting of the Jefferson County Commission. The commisioners approved plans to put a body farm on the land Art Bohanan donated to Carson-Newman University. The commission’s ruling included some reasonable regulations. There will be … Continue reading

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Rest in Pieces

Many of the bones in the William M. Bass Skeletal Collection are from people who chose to donate their bodies to science. There are also some skeletons from people who had no idea their remains would go there. In a … Continue reading

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Super Shaver

Bill Nye the Science Guy wore Superman’s colors and styled his hair with a curl on his forehead for a promotional video for Gillette. His video is one of four that offer theories on how Superman shaves off his beard. … Continue reading

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Vermilion Man

For the second time in a month, I found myself applying lipstick. This time I wasn’t going on stage. I was doing a science experiment. Dr. Al Hazari was the guest speaker at the April meeting of the FBI Knoxville Citizens … Continue reading

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Stock of Knowledge

Art Bohanan got some good news on Tuesday night. The Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals will allow Bohanan to proceed with his plans to donate a portion of his property to Carson-Newman University for forensic research. The small-scale body … Continue reading

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Farm Bureau

Nathan and Kathleen Robinson of Scrumps Cupcakes were surprised to learn that there is a photo of their store on BoneZones.com. In May, I asked the Robinsons to donate some Death by Chocolate cupcakes to the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy … Continue reading

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YIMBY

The acronym NIMBY means “not in my backyard.” Forensic expert Art Bohanan has the exact opposite view. He donated land behind his own home to Carson-Newman for their new Environmental Forensics Program. The land will be used to study how … Continue reading

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Camp Decomp

What’s the difference between a travel trailer and a camper trailer? I had to look it up. A camper trailer or tent trailer pops up whereas a travel trailer does not. A fifth-wheel attaches to the bed of a pickup … Continue reading

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The Work of Art

Carson-Newman College sent me an email yesterday that made my day. The subject line was “Carson-Newman to Announce Environmental Forensics Program.” They are planning to open their own body farm, specializing in the study of decomposition’s effect on the environment. … Continue reading

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Presidential Parts

Abraham Lincoln’s skull fragments drew me to the National Museum of Health and Medicine. James Garfield’s vertebrae were an unexpected bonus. Both presidents fell victim to assassins’ bullets. The bullet that killed Lincoln is on display, along with some small … Continue reading

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