I had a vivid dream last night that Bernie Su decided to film a sequel to the LBD in Thailand, with Lizzie fending off the charms of a very attractive doctor (who was black, with striking blue eyes and an English accent). The opening sequence required Lizzie to ride into a jungle camp on a glider following the course of a lazy brown river. This then turned out to be the reason behind the entire idea for the sequel: Bernie wanted to ride the glider with the camera and couldn’t find the time off to do it.

I woke disappointed that:
1) there is no LBD sequel,
2) Bernie is probably not getting a tropical holiday or glider ride soon, and
3) the fictional doctor/actor was a figment of my imagination.

Fun dream though.


IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!


And off to a great start! The first three eps of Frankenstein, MD are up and everyone should go check it out.

I have a feeling I’ll be writing more lengthy analyses as the show goes on but here’s my first reactions (with the caveat that I am in fact a female grad student in science):

1) The fact that Victoria’s mother was also a scientist who encountered sexism issues might seem heavy handed but this is a completely realistic thing. I literally know a family of plasma physicists where the one heart surgeon is the “black sheep” for not going into the family business.

2) Oh yes, she’s cocky. And flippant. And dangerously blasé about experimenting on her guinea pigs friends. And again, completely realistic. She might rub people the wrong way Emma Woodhouse-style, but that’s kind of par for the course in young scientists. Especially female scientists. The ones who last tend to have strong personalities and quirks - we aren’t all prickly, but we have to adapt. Nothing makes you weaker than a lack of self confidence; you’ll crumble under your own doubts before someone even tries to take you down.

3) So far, the supporting cast is very promising. Iggy is hilarious, Abraham appears to be a great representation of a mentor caught between a promising student and her inability to play by the rules, and Eli/Rory were adorable as patients.

4) I admire PBS’s clear attempts to build in actual science lessons. It also makes these videos more purposeful in-world. I don’t know anyone who actually makes video lab notebooks (like the initial proposal for the show was), but the idea of turning her research into a public outreach presentation online is very believable. Combined with the Charlotte-like “I’m totally not cutting this out even though you asked” style of editing, it’s very believable and genuine. Which brings me to…

5) The music is immersion breaking (ok, that’s not a science-y thing but it’s my one big dislike right now). It’s great, but it reminds you that this is not genuine (Victoria and/or Rob certainly wouldn’t choose to add that in when editing the footage since they’re going for a serious vibe).

Ditto on all points. The music was the only thing I didn’t like.

Here’s also hoping that some technical/medical terms (nephrotoxic, synthesis) get a smoother introduction. But I know the balance between key vocabulary and story is such a delicate one, and I think they got it right more often that not. Congrats to Anna Lore on getting those terms out if she doesn’t have a science background!

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Mission Statement


This blog will celebrate, contemplate and perhaps even correlate science-related content on FrankensteinMD, a web adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankstein by Pemberley Digitial & PBS Digital Studios.

As a science writer and fan of all things Pemberley Digital, my goal is to help show what the…

This is my new fan blog, all about the science behind/in Frankenstein MD! Planing to make this something special, limited only by how much time I can devote to it…

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As you watch the Frank and Jane videos on Emma Approved.



Hello Emma Approved fans,

This morning we dropped nine (yes NINE) videos covering the Frank and Jane relationship.

I’d love to know what you feel about this experience. Mainly, the binge watching. (Ask box, or reblog with comment).

Ever since the first days of Emma Approved we had…

I think the the thing for this was perfect and was well-executed. It would make sense because Emma is just finding out about their relationship, so naturally she would want to see the interaction between them by looking back at her footage. It’s like we are seeing what she overlooked/didn’t think was important footage.

I love how both Jane and Frank are both strong people win even stronger personalities. It is obvious to see what makes their relationship work via all the other videos (namely, the q&a) but I was curious to find out what made it not work out, as well as seeing Frank’s motives for flirting with Emma and convincing her to take the jams out of the Boxxes(?).

This was done brilliantly and brings such light to the entire situation. I can imagine Emma watching over this and just beating herself up. Poor girl. Well done. I am absolutely in love with the Frank and Jane videos.

And hopefully, the Jane-hate will cease. She was totally right. And Frank was, well, being a Dig Bick there in the end. Hope we get to see his abject begging for her to take him back. I love Frank, but JANE YOU BETTER MAKE HIM WORK.

100% ditto. Dropping the videos after makes total sense AND who doesn’t enjoy a good video binge?! It certainly helps the the 9 Jank episodes were brilliantly written and perfectly executed. Well played EA team, well played.

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Major applause to Ana Avila and Angelique Hanus, interns-turned-screenwriters, who pitched, wrote, organized and even helped direct this side series.

Even more impressive!

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"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."

- Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

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Two teams of scientists published studies on Sunday showing that blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, rejuvenating their muscles and brains. As ghoulish as the research may sound, experts said that it could lead to treatments for disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

'I am extremely excited, said Rudolph Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, who was not involved in the research. 'These findings could be a game changer.'



Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging - New York Times, May 4, 2014 (via vfrankmd)

Check out some thoughtful commentary on this research on the Radiolab podcast “Blood”, plus more blood-related science, art and history at http://www.radiolab.org/story/308403-blood/

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"I try to show the public that chemistry, biology, physics, astrophysics is life. It is not some separate subject that you have to be pulled into a corner to be taught about."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson (via vfrankmd)
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I try not to come out from behind the Pemberley Intern curtain (FANDOM SPACES Y’ALL) but this merits an exception.

We have writer/producer Tracy Bitterolf to thank for every gut-wrenching twist of this episode, Brent Bailey for knocking those iconic lines out of the park, and Joanna Sotomura for delivering, hands-down, the best crying performance I’ve ever seen on a web series.

Pretty much all of us were silently ugly-sobbing in front of the monitor while this scene was filmed, if it makes you feel any better. And we had to go through three takes of it.

Joanna got, like, eighteen hugs afterwards.

Got me right in the feels. Good thing I waited till I got home to watch…

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♥ Emma & Knightley || Love love love..♥

Joanna and Brent got a kick out of this. ;)

Absolutely perfect in every way.

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