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Secrets! The curious history of the Chamberlen forceps

It’s #MuseumWeek, where museums around the world take to Twitter in a behind-the-scenes look at collections! Today’s theme concerns secrets; join on here, on Twitter and on Instagram, to see what the buzz is about! 538 more words

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Recent Acquisition! Tea-cups, Princess Charlotte, and the History of Birth

Recent acquisition! This cup and saucer set c. 1818 commemorates the death of Princess Charlotte after giving birth. The heir to the throne of England labored for 50 hours without intervention before delivering a large, stillborn son in 1817. 690 more words

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Moral Women, Immoral Technologies: Negotiating Gender, Religion, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies

By Danielle Czarnecki

Pope Francis made headlines in February when he told an audience in St. Peter’s Square that, “The choice to not have children is selfish.” In a more recent homily, he… 740 more words


Event and Gallery Opening! From Ether to Epidural by Jacqueline Wolf

Anesthesia: it calls to mind surgeries, treatment of shock–the rendering of a patient unconscious and free (temporarily) from pain.  But anesthesia has played an enormous role in the shifting ideas surrounding labor and birth in America generally–and right here in Cleveland. 267 more words

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World’s oldest sperm discovered in Antarctica – 50 million years after its preservation

Scientists from Sweden have found a fossilised cocoon in Antarctica containing the world’s oldest sperm.

The discovery of the fossilised sperm found inside the walls of a 50 million-year-old worm cocoon has been branded “remarkable” by scientists.The findings, published by The Royal Society, say that the specimen is the oldest animal sperm ever found.Benjamin Bomfleur, a researcher at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, said that the discovery happened by accident. 145 more words


Living (and Breathing) Museum Research

When the museum receives donations from the community, sometimes little surprises find their way into unexpected collections. Frequently, we classify artifacts based on the donor’s description and our expectations. 674 more words

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