Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen joins the LFHCfS (Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists)

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) has joined the Historical Honorary Members of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. Known as the “Father of Radiology”, he discovered and investigated X-Rays while experimenting with vacuum tubes in 1895.  He named them "X-Rays" because they were an unknown form of radiation and he refused to patent his discovery. […]

Three cases of discomforting hair in funny places

Further examples of the occasional medical drawbacks of facial hair and of haircuts: “Facial fuzz and funny findings — Facial hair causing otalgia and oropharyngeal pain,” Francis A. Papay [pictured here], Howard L. Levine, and William A. Schiavone, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, vol. 56, no. 3, 1989, pp. 273-276. The authors report: “Three patients […]

A wokfull of cockroaches – observing observers

The facial analysis system behind the recently featured ‘Laughing Mirror‘was developed by the Dutch firm VicarVision [* see note below] A description of their system, called ‘FaceReader ™ ‘ was published in Proceedings of Measuring Behavior, 2005 (Wageningen, 30 August – 2 September 2005) ‘The FaceReader: Online facial expression recognition‘ Since then the computer code has […]

Legend of Chrystallographers’ Beards

Inspired by the Ig Nobel Prize-winning study “Microbiological Laboratory Hazard of Bearded Men“, investigator Steve Dahms alerts us to a legend about chrystallographers’ beards. One account appears in the study: “Gerhard M.J. Schmidt, 1919-1971“, David Ginsberg, Israel Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 10,1972, pp. 59-72. [Schmidt is pictured here, at right.] The author writes: “Both as […]