Google has mapped just about every traffic artery you could ever want to locate on Google Maps, but what if the thruway you're looking for isn't on any road atlas? To help you tell your axillary artery from your common carotid, Google has created a G-Maps-like search-able guide for the human body that lets you zoom, scroll, and search for every muscle, gland, nerve, bone, or organ in our common physiology.
As far as handy Web apps go, Body Browser is pretty neat; a sliding scroll bar allows you to peel away layers of the body, starting at the skin and moving down through the muscles and bone/organs to the cardiovascular and nervous systems. It allows you to zoom in tight (with nice resolution) to get the name of a specific bodily bit. Clicking on anything produces a handy label that identifies what you're looking at.
Then there's the search function of course, which allows you to locate any part of the body by just typing in the name. Like your usual Google search, the drop down is self-populating, so even if you're not quite up to speed on the spelling of "anterior cruciate ligament," the app will still help you find it. Perhaps best of all: no plug-ins. No Flash, no Java. The application runs right in any WebGL supported browser. It can still be a little cumbersome – if you're not zoomed to exactly the right level in some cases (navigating the brain is a good example) it won't always let you click on the right object – but overall it's a pretty smooth experience.
Of course, not every browser is WebGL-enabled, but Chrome 9 Beta and Firefox 4 beta are, and both are available for download. Body Browser hasn't landed in Google Labs just yet, but you can take it for a spin around your insides now through the Google Operating System blog. Barring that, you can get a somewhat rough tour via the video below.
Very nice thing. However, I have to say that I am literally embarrassed that one of your writers in a supposed science magazine calls this "physiology" instead of anatomy. I was hoping to find out about a browser for physiological processes in the body, not a simple anatomical map, as nice as that is. Does the author even KNOW the difference between anatomy and physiology? Holy Toledo!
You're right, Bilyous. It should be an anatomy browser, not physiology.
I imagine this would be so helpful for anatomy students without having to purchase an expensive textbook and thumbing through the pages to find something they need.
Not to be a perv, but the human body does not come standard with CLOTHES!!! It's not true anatomy or anything if you cant actually see the actual body itself, fail!!!!
As I think more about my previous comment, I realize that we learned about anatomy and the human body in middleschool and high school. Multiple videos, books, etc showing fully nude bodies the nature made them
why do americans have to be so damn prude!!!
I showed my roommate and he thought the rectum was a male dingus, until I zoomed out and he saw she was a girl, lol.
7 freaking captchas to get this shit posted, EXCESSIVE MUCH POPSCI??
Body Browser by Google is a detailed 3D model of the human body and anatomy of it.
Website about news and information of <a href="http://www.bodybrowser.net/" title="3D Body Browser">Google
@shutterpod: Would you rather have 7 giant blocks of spam between every human comment? The new Captchas aren't really that annoying, and they don't really take that much time. Quit your complaining.
Ya know what Onihikage, if anyone wants your opinion, they'll ask for it. And yea, 7 is excessive. Don't think for an instance that you have any right to tell anyone else how to behave. Too much of that in the world , don't you think? It was 14 this time, oh Joy!