September 15, 2011
Would you masturbate inside a brain scanner? What if somebody else joined you? The story of how we mapped the naughty bits in the brain is almost as enticing as what it all means – truth is stranger than friction.
With Aidan Horner and Jim Parkinson – read more on New Scientist’s Culture Lab write-up of the event.
Part of the Wellcome Trust’s gorgeously grimy Dirt season of events.
September 13, 2011
At a festival, it’s normal to let your personal hygiene standards slip. But as I stood in a tent with a maggot in my mouth, I wondered if I’d gone a step too far. And that was just the half of it. This past weekend at Bestival on the Isle of Wight, UK, I’ve also dined on dog food and beetles, used a toilet brush as a drink stirrer and scooped up piles of live maggots in my bare hands. No, I was not on drugs – I was taking part in a competition with a fellow festival-goer to see who could hold out the longest in the face of disgust.
Read the rest of New Scientist reporter Catherine De Lange’s delightfully disgusting post for the New Scientist’s Culture Lab about eating dog food, exploring the dirty bits of the mind, and playing with a chameleon.