Wet specimens, surreales skeletons and DNA in a vial: Berlin!

Just got back from a short trip to Berlin. Among the hidden gems of the city, I strongly recommend 2 stops:

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

more wet specimens

The wet collection in the museum. Best description, via uberlin: ‘Visiting the Wet Collections in the Museum für Naturkunde is a little like that scene in Alien: Resurrection when Ripley happens upon a room full of freakish alien experiments in jars.’. More photos and text: here.

  Source: http://www.uberlin.co.uk/the-wet-collections-natural-history-museum/

DNAHuman DNA. Part of a great display, Evolution in Action:

(serial displays are definitely the museum’s forte)

Surreales Museum für industrielle Objekte

designpanoptikum     designpanoptikum2

*more about it in a previous post: here.

And what better way to end this trip than getting the newly released Haeckel’s Embryos. Images, Evolution, and Fraud by Nick Hopwood (HPS Department, Cambridge University)? A book on some of the most well-known scientific images, that of Haeckel’s embryos, a research on grids and series, fraud and the enforcement of legitimate truth.

Source: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/H/bo18785800.html

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