Discovering What’s Under Our Skin at Body Worlds: Pulse

Discovering What’s Under Our Skin at Body Worlds: Pulse

As a kid, we’re filled with a million questions. Some stem from observation: why’s the sky blue? While others are much more personal: how does my body know how to breathe, walk, etc.? As we get older these questions don’t exactly go away, we just quell the desire to articulate our curiosity. If you want to know more about what’s under the surface, check out Body Worlds: Pulse, the exhibition all about human anatomy, which is currently on display at Discovery Times Square. On a blistery November morning I journeyed to the surprisingly quiet Crossroads of the World to see the exhibit. The journey starts with a short animated video on the effects stress has on the body. From there, the adventure begins and curious minds can meander around dozens of displays of plastinates—human bodies that have been preserved using certain plastics. The many displays include plastinates arranged in poses to demonstrate the impact on joints, muscles, etc.; specific bones (think a knee joint next to a knee joint with arthritis and hip joint next to an artificial hip); dissected sections of the brain; the impact life choices have on our body (smoking, overeating, etc); an interactive display where you can take your blood pressure; and more. Although I still can’t answer why the sky is blue, I can check a few more of my childhood questions off the list thanks to Body Worlds: Pulse. For more, click here.          

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