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A Daghestani prayer rug, dated 1302 AH/1885 AD, in Oriental Rugs: An Introduction by Gordon Redford Walker

A Daghestani prayer rug, dated 1302 AH/1885 AD, in Oriental Rugs: An Introduction by Gordon Redford Walker

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 *

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