Science History

When A New Technology Saved The French Wine Industry

Amy Harmon's  excellent, recent article in the New York Time s describes how the Florida orange juice industry may soon be wiped-out because of a new bacterial disease spread by an introduced insect.  It looks like there could be a technology-fix for ...

Article - Steve Savage - Aug 23 2013 - 9:21am

Galileo’s Own Wine Jug?

A few days ago, I was watching an episode of the Antiques Roadshow.  People were bringing their treasured objects for expert examination to the grounds of a stately house in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.  The items included an early pocket calculator by Sinclai ...

Blog Post - Robert H Olley - Aug 24 2013 - 10:04am

Laura Bassi: The First Female Professional Scientist That Few People Know Of

Technology may not seem like more of a woman's world than science, but in some ways it is- Ada Lovelace is revered by computer programmers and is well-known in popular culture, while Laura Bassi, the first women to forge a professional scientific car ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 2 2013 - 9:50am

That's Not The Brain Of Carl Friedrich Gauss

In 1855, a specimen of the brain of mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss was taken and preserved. But the over 150-year-old slice of his brain, which scientists had long been examining in the belief that it was Gauss's brain, turns out to not be his br ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 29 2013 - 1:45pm

Military Science: Ptolemy IV Versus Antiochus III- War Elephant Subspecies Claims Debunked

The Battle of Raphia occurred in 217 BC near modern Rafah during the Syrian Wars. It was documented by Polybius and the orders of battles listed tens of thousands of foot soldiers, thousands of cavalry and elephants on both sides, making it the only known ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 10 2014 - 12:32pm

Blazing Car Murder Of 1930- Science Is On The Case

A forensic team has tackled a famous case from 1930- the ‘Blazing Car Murder’, which sounds like it came right out of the plot of a Sherlock Holmes novel. On November 6th, 1930, a man was murdered in a car fire in in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire. Alfred ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 15 2014 - 1:50pm

Is Alchemy Back In Fashion?

Alchemy, which most people have at least heard of, along the lines of 'the quest to turn lead into gold', is getting rehabilitated. In one paper, anyway. Alchemy, like chemistry, had 'chem' at its core. Chem derives from Khem ('bla ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 31 2014 - 10:43am

The Mystery Of The Newly-Discovered Einstein Manuscript: Why Did He Come Back To Lambda?

We all know the story of Albert Einstein’s “ cosmological constant,” or lambda, which he invented, then retracted in shame ("Then away with the cosmological constant!"), and then in 1998, with the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the u ...

Article - Amir D. Aczel - Mar 4 2014 - 7:01pm

A Soldier's Letter Home From The 3rd Century AD Deciphered

In 2011, Rice Religious Studies graduate student Grant Adamson was doing a summer internship at Brigham Young University and tackled something that no one had been able to do in a hundred years- he deciphered 1,800-year-old letter from an Egyptian solider ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 19 2014 - 9:48am

If The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife Is A Forgery, It Isn't A Modern One

Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen L. King believes that an ancient Coptic fragment, the first-known explicit reference to a married Jesus Christ, is authentic, and supports the argument with an article in Harvard Theological Review. The fragment, ann ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 10 2014 - 5:10pm