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April 08, 2014

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3:01 AM | The House of the Wolf, by Basil Copper
I haven’t been reading much fiction as of late, thanks to work and a desire to catch up on a lot of science reading.  This past week, however, I jumped back into the fiction, picking up Basil Copper‘s 1983 novel The … Continue reading →
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12:33 AM | My appearance on WCNC television!
Today I appeared on NBC Charlotte on “Larry’s Look” to promote our upcoming UNC Charlotte Science and Tech Expo and show off some science demos!  You can check out the video at this link.  Don’t ask me what I thought of … Continue reading →

April 07, 2014

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4:57 PM | Hitler May Have Married a Jew, DNA Study Suggests
DNA analysis of hair taken from Eva Braun's brush suggests she had Jewish ancestry on her mother's side. Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | 19th Century Indian Women in U.S. Medical School Part II
“It is not more difficult to prove that Asiastic women have made good as Christian physicians. In India we point to Dr. Karmarkar and Dr. Joshi…”[1] Since my original posting on three Indian women who attended the Women’s Medical College … Continue reading →

April 06, 2014

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11:49 AM | Luca, Leonardo, Albrecht and the search for the third dimension.
Many of my more recent readers will not be aware that I lost a good Internet friend last year with the unexpected demise of the history of art blogger, Hasan Niyazi. If you want to know more about my relationship … Continue reading →

April 05, 2014

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9:55 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 5, 2014
The biggest physics news this week is the announcement of possible hints of dark matter in Fermi data, namely, a curious excess of gamma-ray light coming from the center of our galaxy.  Could this be... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 04, 2014

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10:08 AM | Actualités de la visualisation de données : 3 regards critiques
La carte qui attise la curiosité, le réseau illisible mais fascinant, les graphiques aux sources cachées par la simplicité visuelle,… autant d’éléments désormais récurrents dans les médias, communications politiques et scientifiques qu’il faut savoir décrypter. Si la nature des données est censée conditionner notre façon de les représenter, la marge de manoeuvre reste en effet […]
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5:10 AM | Medical photography, Dorothea Lange style
There are six illustrations in this paper. The first two show the layout of the sinuses. The other four are haunting. From M.H. Gill (1906), Diseases of the Maxillary Sinus, Yale Medical Journal XII(9):821-829: — — — — These people (three adult men with abscesses and “a female aged ten” with cancer) got sick and […]

April 03, 2014

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6:33 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: All About Dinosaurs - Part 2
Onwards with All About Dinosaurs, a book written by the awesome Roy Chapman Andrews, he of Gobi fossil-hunting fame, and illustrated by Thomas Voter. Now, you know you're reading a vintage dinosaur book when...Swamp-o-pods! Mind you, All About Dinosaurs must surely lose points for lacking a full-length depiction of brachiosaurs immersed up to the very tip-tops of their nasal crests in murky water. Instead, the animals are rather more convincingly depicted wading their way through a swamp, […]
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3:55 PM | You Got your Alchemy in my Art! You Got your Art in my Alchemy!
Plate IV in William Salmon’s Polygraphice (Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, CHF) By Elisabeth Berry Drago Art and alchemy, science and painting. They’re kind of a delicious combination. And not as bizarre as it sounds, I promise. For a modern reader, William Salmon’s Polygraphice might seem like a strange jumble, a hodgepodge of unrelated things shoved into one overstuffed Hot Pocket of a book. Published in 1685, the Polygraphice is at first glance an […]

April 02, 2014

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3:30 PM | Asbestos Lurking Beneath Byzantine Wall Paintings
Hundreds of years before asbestos became ubiquitous in the construction industry, Byzantine monks used the fibrous material in plaster coatings underlying their wall paintings.
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12:02 PM | Opening the evidence up to policymakers
A group of UK academics and researchers is planning to launch a UK Evidence Information Service (EIS) for politicians. It is now asking members of the public to volunteer to interview local elected politicians, providing feedback that will help shape the service. There is a gap between good research evidence and policymaking, and much discussion about […]
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7:00 AM | Ear-picks to Q-tips
Cotton-wool has long been a staple in households as well as in the aural surgeon’s tool kit. For ear ailments, cotton was used in all sorts of ways: soaked in olive oil and inserted into the ear, trimmed and soaked … Continue reading →

April 01, 2014

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11:00 PM | Byzantine Monastery and Mosaics Found in Israel
The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery with intact mosaics covering the floor have been revealed in archaeological excavations in southern Israel.
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8:46 PM | Maybe time’s arrow needs ergodicity as well as entropy
Explaining the arrow of time might require an equilibrium universe with hidden ergodic dynamics.
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4:10 PM | Maybe time’s arrow needs ergodicity as well as entropy
ContextCosmology by Tom Siegfried 4:46pm, April 1, 2014 If you take 10 cards, numbered 1 through 10, and arrange a system for swapping any two cards at random over and over again, every single possible numerical sequence of the cards will eventually appear. That’s ergodic. If you started with the cards in order (low entropy), the cards would become more and more disordered (that is, […]
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3:39 PM | DNA Supplements May Be Secret of Longer, Healthier Life
Tired? Forgetful? Feeling old before your time? Forgetful? Maybe it’s your DNA—or lack of it. DNA-based alternative medicine is one of the fastest growing health fields today. Combining the marketing strengths of science, health, and religion, it’s no wonder that researchers are stocking the shelves and lining their pockets with a variety of DNA supplements […]
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3:30 PM | Digging Up a Medieval Latrine: Photos
A series of barrels were apparently once used as toilets in Medieval Denmark.
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3:19 PM | Medieval Poop Found: Still Stinks
The well-preserved excrement reveals that these Medieval Danish ate lots of raspberries and used moss as toilet paper. Continue reading →
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12:29 PM | Tumblr Topic: Alchemy in Art
Follow the ChemHeritage Alchemy in Art board on Pinterest. Our April 2014 Tumblr Topic explores the colorful history of pigments, painters, and the conservators who save this legacy from the ravages of time and accidental chemistry. Participate in our webcast on April 16 and follow us here for more blog posts on the topic. We’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on this topic. Share the theme using this url: http://chemheritage.tumblr.com/tagged/april2014alchemyart
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1:41 AM | The Curse of “Asshole Ra”
Twitter is a great place to waste time, but it is also a great place to get inspired with really ridiculous ideas.  After I pointed out that a sequel to the movie Prometheus is in the works, PZ Myers of … Continue reading →
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1:10 AM | A 1711 treatise on venereal disease (Part V: Miscellany and Mercury)
With the end of the month of March, we end our series of posts on Dr. John Marten’s 1711 Treatise of the Venereal Disease. In previous volumes, we’ve gone through as many lengthy, out-of-context quoted passages as anyone can stand. See Part II: Human Anatomy (“These Ova, or Eggs are not only found in the […]

March 31, 2014

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9:30 PM | Crowds Flock to Basilica After Holy Grail Claim
An ancient goblet is the mythical chalice from which Christ sipped at the last supper, argue two historians. The goblet has been lying for nearly a millennium in a basilica in the northwestern Spanish city of Leon.
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6:23 PM | Upcoming Live Webcast: “Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation”
On April 16 the Chemical Heritage Foundation will present a live webcast exploring the colorful (and sometimes risk-filled) history of pigments and painters, and the conservationists who save paintings from the ravages of time and accidental chemistry. “Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation” will feature art conservator Mark F. Bockrath and art historian Elisabeth Berry Drago. Our guests will discuss (and show) the messy and occasionally […]
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3:23 PM | Brown Bag Lecture: “Dyeing for Change:  A Historical Perspective on Tress-Altering Chemicals” | Chemical Heritage Foundation
Brown Bag Lecture: “Dyeing for Change:  A Historical Perspective on Tress-Altering Chemicals” | Chemical Heritage Foundation: Looking forward to this Brown Bag talk at CHF featuring Rebecca Guenard (@atomic-o-licious on Tumblr) about our cultural relationship with hair dyes
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2:30 PM | 3,300-Year-Old Tomb with Pyramid Entrance Discovered in Egypt
A tomb newly excavated at an ancient cemetery in Egypt would have boasted a pyramid 23 feet high at its entrance.
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11:00 AM | Distraction in Google Newspaper Archives: Kondon’s Catarrhal Jelly
I love the fact while I go through newspaper archives dating from 1900-1930s, I find the most amazing things that makes me pause in my research and pursue the new find. Case in point: this weekend, I came across this … Continue reading →
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10:42 AM | Did Edmond tells Robert to, “sling his hooke!”?
The circumstances surrounding the genesis and publication of Newton’s magnum opus, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, and the priority dispute concerning the origins of the concept of universal gravity are amongst the best documented in the history of science. Two of … Continue reading →

March 29, 2014

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8:07 PM | A Concise History of Geological Maps: Beneath this Map, there is an Igneous Idea
In the 18th century the geological significance of volcanoes was (literally) a hot topic for naturalists – many considered volcanoes only as a local phenomenon, the visible fire feed by underground sulfur veins and the rocks found around them being the ashes of this combustion. Some naturalists considered volcanoes as natural valves of a large [...]
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8:07 PM | A Concise History of Geological Maps: Beneath this Map, there is an Igneous Idea
In the 18th century the geological significance of volcanoes was (literally) a hot topic for naturalists – many considered volcanoes only as a local phenomenon, the visible fire feed by... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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