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A few weeks ago, in New Brunswick, NJ.

A few weeks ago, in New Brunswick, NJ.

Somewhere over the Nevada desert, en route to Salt Lake City, last Wednesday.

Somewhere over the Nevada desert, en route to Salt Lake City, last Wednesday.

Moses and the Dragon; artist unknown, late 19th century, Iran (source)

Moses and the Dragon; artist unknown, late 19th century, Iran (source)

32° 37′ 0″ N, 44° 2′ 0″ E

The geographic coordinates of Karbala, Iraq

گلبدن

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. 

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.

“But in vain I set out to visit the city: forced to remain motionless and always the same, in order to be more easily remembered, Zora has languished, disintegrated, disappeared. The earth has forgotten her.” —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities *
Luigi Pesce, Mosque of Qom, Iran, c. 1840s-1860s *

Luigi Pesce, Mosque of Qom, Iran, c. 1840s-1860s *

Walid Siti, drawings from the series Precious Stones, 1997-2010 (source).

In 2008, Siti wrote: “Throughout world history and in many different societies, stone objects have served as focal points, their wealth of symbolic meaning drawing people together and reinforcing social codes. Over the last ten years I have worked on Precious Stones, a series of drawings on paper in which I have tried to explore stones from this perspective.

Prehistoric stones and natural rocks as well as carved stones in buildings have profound meanings that occasionally surpass original purpose. They become metaphors with political or spiritual associations, such as black stone of Mecca, the pyramids, various monuments and memorials, tombs, triumphal arches, and so on. The stone is universal in its symbolic role, which crosses cultures, time and place.

Precious Stones is an attempt to convey the relationships these sacred stones have with their surroundings. I place them in the centre of the drawing, where they radiate a circular motion around themselves, indicating energy and change, like the circumbulations performed around the Ka’aba or the movements of crowds in various places of veneration.” *

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