On this day in 1869 in County Tyrone, Ireland, a baby girl by the name of Mary was born. Certainly, there’s nothing unusual in that. Very little is known of the formative years of young Mary Mallon, but at the age of 15 she became a part of the Irish diaspora headed for the United… Read More “Typhoid” Mary Mallon
I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts the other day (The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, check it out, it’s awesome) as they discussed some new papers about hominin skulls. The first was a paper from China, published in Science, in which two crania are described that have both modern human and neanderthal… Read More Newsflash: I’m A Neanderthal, And So Are You
In my last post I mentioned the serendipitous discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen and how many of us had heard the story. Well, it seems that many of us have not heard the story. So here it is. I was reminded of it as an example as I had recently seen the famous picture… Read More The First Ever X-Ray
A new paper has been published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience that attempts to explain the famously erratic and violent behaviour of King Henry VIII. Almost everyone must know that he had six wives, two of whom he had killed (divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived); and his violent outbursts of anger are also… Read More Henry VIII: Tyrant or Victim?
There are some people in the sphere of science that stand out as simply spectacular contributors. One such is Sir William Herschel. Not only was he a gifted composer, writing 24 symphonies, but he also discovered infra red light, the planet Uranus, and four moons (two each of Saturn and Uranus), he coined the term… Read More William Herschel, A Blue Sky Hero