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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Foreign Origin of Plagues

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

ACS tales

Nuggets from the American Chemical Society Conference. Read it, you’ll like it!

Posted by Anke on 08/26 at 02:41 PM

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stencil’s dream closer to reality?

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

Advertisement for A. Finley’s Atlases (ca. 1830)

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

Amateur Astronomers Unite and Star Gaze!

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

Should the History of Science refocus on “science”?

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

Summertime, ACS and ice cream

A post on the connections between chemistry and summer.

Posted by Anke on 08/12 at 11:53 AM

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Final thoughts from the ICHST: Rambling on about the Antikythera Mechanism

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

Picture the scene…

On lab coats and mad scientists.

Posted by Anke on 08/05 at 01:11 PM

Saturday, August 01, 2009

More thoughts from the ICHST: Good talks, PowerPoint, and Bad Questions

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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