Science History

How Is The Date For Easter Calculated?

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar as it defines a number of theological doctrines. However, Easter has always been a movable feast which can take place on any date between 22 March and 25 April inclusive. The actual methods fo ...

Article - Richard Mankiewicz - Mar 23 2010 - 1:53pm

Visit Trinity This Easter

This must rank up there as the most bizarre holiday destination in the world. Trinity is the location of the first nuclear test by the Manhattan Project. The world's first plutonium bomb was detonated there on 16 July 1945- similar to the one dropped ...

Blog Post - Richard Mankiewicz - Mar 25 2010 - 10:12am

Like Freedom? Thank A Scientist- How Science Made America Possible

Science, outside some in the climate community (*), is anti-authoritarian.   There is no voting to create a consensus in science, no appeals to authority- science is vulnerable every single day of the year, to experiments, to revisions and to complete debu ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jun 29 2018 - 1:12pm

Darwin's Little-Known Psychology Study Aids Autism Research

In 1872 Charles Darwin completed what may be the first example of a prospective "single-blind" study of human perception of emotional expression. Through scrutiny of Darwin's previously unpublished handwritten notes on his experiments, neuro ...

Article - News Staff - May 4 2010 - 1:49pm

A History Of 'Firsts' In Warfare

In 1457 B.C. at Megiddo, n amed in the Bible Derekh Hayam (Hebrew: דרך הים), was fought the first battle remembered by military history. ...

Article - Camillo Di Cicco - Jan 29 2012 - 12:16pm

Graduation Time- Remembering Einstein's Dissertation

This month a long time friend graduated with a PhD in science after 7 years of rather difficult studies beyond his master's degree. It was a big relief to him ending a period of weekend laboratories and late night study sessions. He passed the oral ex ...

Article - Jerry Decker - May 18 2010 - 10:35pm

Arctic Heroes #1- Alfred Wegener

Arctic Heroes #1- Alfred Wegener The history of Arctic and Antarctic exploration and discovery is filled with the names of heroes.  Many of those names get repeated over and over in popular writings on polar exploration.  Other names tend to get forgotten ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - May 26 2010 - 12:44pm

Getting Steamed Up About Nostalgia

Getting Steamed Up About Nostalgia The term nostalgia describes a yearning for the past. As a child, I would travel to school on a steam train.  I have always loved the power and the beauty of the steam engine.  The steam trains are mostly gone now, excep ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Jun 2 2010 - 12:57pm

Cracked- The Plato Code, Says Historian

A science historian at The University of Manchester says he has cracked 'The Plato Code', secret messages purported to be hidden in the writings of history's most famous philosopher. Plato likely needs no introduction here but, in brief, he ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 28 2010 - 5:04pm

Search For Franklin- A Free Resource

Search For Franklin- A Free Resource Much of what was known about the Arctic before the 20th century came from the sheer guts and determination of men who didn't know how to quit. The quest for a North West Passage was promoted by commercial and mili ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - Jul 3 2010 - 9:12am