The Check Up

MD Magazine®, Volume 1 Issue 3, Volume 1, Issue 3

Cool stuff for docs.

Cool stuff for docs.

Watch This with the Lights On

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More Web Comic Creepiness

You have to read this web comic from right to left (both the text within individual panels, and when transitioning from panel to panel), which takes a little while to get used to, but stick with it until the end for. A gothic-style tale of mounting dread and tension, informed by nyctophobia, claustrophobia, and perhaps a bit of Jungian genetic memory.

The Hidden World of Ants

Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of


Amazing photographs of ants that depict “not only the peculiar beauty of these creatures, but the unique ways in which they build homes, forage for food, and co-exist within the fascinating microscopic world that lies hidden before us.” From the book Trillions, by Mark W. Moffett. (Photos from the website of the very cool magazine.)

Cool Stuff for Kids (and the Rest of Us, Too!)

Videos depicting the application of a 3-D projection mapping technique known as “light lining,” a stop-motion explanation of the water cycle, underwater footage from Jellyfish Lake, bright orange baby monkeys, and more! Like the creator of this site said, “There's just so much science, nature, music, arts, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven't seen. It's most likely not stuff that was made for them... But we don't underestimate kids around here…”

Fun with Soap Bubbles

The artist who shot this video “combined everyday soap bubbles with exotic ferrofluid liquid to create an eerie tale, using macro lenses and time lapse techniques.” The effect is created by “black ferrofluid and dye [racing] through bubble structures, drawn through by the invisible forces of capillary action and magnetism.”

Philodina roseola, Temora longicornis, and Daphnia magna! Oh My!

The Nikon International Small World Competition is an annual photo contest intended to “recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope.” Each year, researchers, photographers, and enthusiasts from around the world send in photomicrographs whose “structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.” This gallery of arresting images is titled “Lives within a Drop of Water.”

Turning to Today’s Forecast…

The Climate Wizard “enables technical and non-technical audiences alike to access leading climate change information and visualize the impacts anywhere on Earth.” Choose a state or country on the map and use a variety of user-determined inputs to “assess how climate has changed over time and to project what future changes are predicted to occur in a given area.”

Modern Art Generator

G. K. Chesterton once said that “Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” If you’re interested in using your iPad to create abstract art of your own, that somewhere begins at this website.

Top 20 Free iPhone Medical Apps

Check out this vast array of high-rated apps, now available for downloading.

Inside Extraordinary Humans

This short-but-sweet video summarizes more than 34 minutes of 3D-animated footage that originally aired on the National Geographic Channel. Produced by Ghost Productions, this fascinating video helps “tell the amazing stories of giants, dwarves, and even conjoined twins; how these conditions are spurned, how these individuals develop, and the subsequent effects on the human body. The diversity of human anatomy and physiology is truly amazing!”Click on “couch mode” for best viewing.

Doctors Lounge — Bloopers

Medical bloopers is a visitor-submitted page featuring a collection of brow-raising entries made into patients’ medical charts by weary and overworked doctors (we think…we hope!). The content on this site “has been lifted directly off of these reports ... All of the names have been omitted to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent!”

UpToDate Unveils New App

Now available on the iPhone as a native iOS app, UpToDate has been touted as the largest clinical community in the world dedicated to synthesizing knowledge for clinicians and patients.

Babies in Night Vision

Jeepers, creepers! Maybe nursing would be a better career choice than obstetrics. Sleep tight!

3-D Shapes

A little rusty on your geometry? Test your knowledge, if you dare, and learn your truth. By the way, your 7th grade math teacher is ready to re-enroll you. But you have to bring the chalk.

Physics Games

Believe it or not, this website has 90 games to choose from; some with the extra-added bonus of whacky background music. Get your physics on!

JigZone - Puzzle of the Day

You’re up against the clock with these daily online puzzles that also allow you to compete with other players. Who doesn’t want a fun challenge that also sharpens the mind?