I recently had a questionable interview experience in Portland, but seeing this view made the ordeal worthwhile.
Books on my “to read” list for 2014, via the University of California Press
A Daghestani prayer rug, dated 1302 AH/1885 AD, in Oriental Rugs: An Introduction by Gordon Redford Walker
Moses and the Dragon; artist unknown, late 19th century, Iran (source)
The geographic coordinates of Karbala, Iraq
Golbadan : Rose-body
These are BeWo cells — a cell line established from a choriocarcinoma, or cancer of the cells of the trophoblast. A researcher in my lab who works on the neonatal Fc receptor wanted to know whether certain cell lines expressed the receptor. Per the Western Blots that I’ve been doing with another lab member, BeWo cells do express the neonatal Fc receptor, as do several endothelial and monocytic cell lines.
The Iranians Issa and Abdullah Omidvar were apparently the first people to create a film of the Hajj, which they did while on pilgrimage in 1959.
The brothers hid their cameras beneath their ihram clothing in order to film the footage; they even attempted to pass off the clanking of the cameras as sounds made by their surgically installed “metallic intestines.”
The short documentary can be downloaded from the Omidvar brothers’ website.