Monday, August 31, 2009
Reading Daniel McNeil’s recent essay in the NY Times prompted me to think about the seemingly inescapable drive to locate the origin of an epidemic in some foreign country. I also note that along with this desire by people suffering from any particular epidemic, historians seem to feel an equally strong impetus to trace the contours of a disease back to its origins.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/31 at 10:09 PM
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Nuggets from the American Chemical Society Conference. Read it, you’ll like it!
Posted by on 08/26 at 02:41 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Herbert Stencil’s dream of avoiding sleep just became a step closer to reality. According to researchers at UC San Francisco, they have identified the gene mutation responsible for regulating how much sleep a person needs.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/18 at 10:15 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Looking through some of the books on my shelves, I came across this piece of local ephemeral (local to Philadelphia) related to the history of science: an advertisement for A. Finley’s Map of the United States (Philadelphia: A. Finley, ca. 1830).
Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/15 at 12:32 PM
Friday, August 14, 2009
Star parties are events run by the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers group that let you learn a little about the heavens and about a scientific sub-culture right here in Philadelphia.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/14 at 11:37 AM
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Out-going HSS president Jane Maienschein used the July History of Science Newsletter to state her goal of refocusing the profession on its core: “science.” I offer some thoughts on why I am worried about such a refocusing.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/13 at 10:23 AM
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
A post on the connections between chemistry and summer.
Posted by on 08/12 at 11:53 AM
Thursday, August 06, 2009
This is a summary of Alexander Jones’s closing plenary lecture on the Antikythera Mechanism. Conference exhaustion and the need for coffee prevented me from staying around for the last two plenaries.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/06 at 04:19 AM
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
On lab coats and mad scientists.
Posted by on 08/05 at 01:11 PM
Saturday, August 01, 2009
How the ICHST is shaping up: we’re past the halfway point now. In addition to pointing out some interesting paper, I reflect on the nature of presentations (especially the use of PowerPoint) and the ideal (myth) of relevant questions.
Posted by Darin Hayton on 08/01 at 09:56 PM
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