Science History

Atomic Theory Of 400 BC

If you've been in science media for any length of time, there are two arguments you will hear invoked to support almost any questionable position; that Einstein did his best work while he was a patent clerk and that Galileo was oppressed by the Cathol ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Oct 22 2012 - 9:15pm

The Cult of Gene-centrism

  An advocate for gene-centrism recently wrote that the concept is a reductive mechanism for the understanding of evolution. The first part of that statement is correct; it is reductive, and is therefore lacking those qualities that are necessary for prop ...

Blog Post - Steve Davis - Nov 6 2012 - 2:10pm

Tycho Brahe: Mercury Didn't Kill Him

How did  Tycho Brahe die? It's been a mystery for over 400 years.  11 days after he took ill, he passed away on October 24th, 1601 and in that wake arose a host of speculations, myths, conspiracies and hypotheses. One persistent theory, that involved ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 15 2012 - 5:18pm

A Festive Greeting

A greeting card appropriate to Silchester, about 1500 years ago. The English is from a little bit later, more likely King Alfred’s time.  However, for the Britons still living there, although surrounded by Saxons, I have to use Modern Welsh, since only a f ...

Blog Post - Robert H Olley - Dec 24 2012 - 3:47pm

We Stand On The Rubble Of Giants

Can anyone ever truly take credit for a discovery? Every researcher stands 'on the shoulders of giants', as Sir Isaac Newton said. Scientists talk to each other and argue and hone their thoughts based on the criticisms and reactions they get. No ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 25 2013 - 12:49pm

The Privacy Risks Of DNA Sequencing

Using chromosomal data drawn from genetic databases, a group of researchers were able to identify the surname of one in every eight people from a sample of 911 American men. Sometimes other private information could be determined, including their geograph ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 7 2013 - 12:19pm

William Beaumont: The Father Of Gastric Physiology And His Odd Experiment

Army physician William Beaumont was stationed at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island in Michigan in the early 1820s, when it existed to protect the interests of the American Fur Company. The fort became the refuge for a wounded 19-year-old French-Canadian fu ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 24 2013 - 11:00am

Build A Perpetual Magnet Woo Generator

How To Build A Perpetual Magnet Woo Generator     "The general public sees perpetual motion inexactly. Probably they view each machine as a special case. The physicist or engineer, on the other hand, is very precise and classifies perpetual motion ma ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - May 5 2013 - 9:26am

Neil Armstrong's Heartbeat- EKG Up For Auction

Neil Armstrong's Heartbeat- EKG Up For Auction [edit] This article has been updated- please see: One Small Step- Two Small Strips (Or Maybe Three) RR Auction of Amherst New Hampshire has announced a 2013 Space and Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auct ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - May 14 2013 - 1:48pm

British Radar In WW2- By Sir Robert Watson-Watt

British Radar in WW2-  by Sir Robert Watson-Watt I am pleased to be able to publish here in my blog a historical document of some importance: a short history of radar by Sir Robert Watson-Watt.  The document- reproduced below these introductory comments- ...

Article - Patrick Lockerby - May 6 2013 - 10:30pm