Science History

There Have Been 13 Nuclear Weapon Near-Misses Since 1962

Everyone has heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a stand-off over missiles off the shores of America. It's considered a highwater mark during a Cold War culture that was concerned about mutual assured destruction. Outside testing, nuclear weapons have ...

Article - News Staff - May 8 2014 - 8:28pm

William Astbury's Monkeynut Coat: The Forgotten Road To The Double-Helix

While James Watson and Francis Crick are rightfully celebrated for discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA, recognition of others has been inconsistent. Rosalind Franklin has practically been beatified, even though she never pieced together what s ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 17 2014 - 6:43pm

Medieval Bishop's Theory Resembles Modern Concept Of Multiple Universes

A 13th century bishop’s theory about the formation of the universe has intriguing parallels with the theory of multiple universes. This was uncovered by the the Ordered Universe project at Durham University, which has brought together researchers from hum ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 8 2015 - 9:56am

Was The 'Clash Of Civilizations' Wrong?

By Mark Beeson, Murdoch University Like him or loathe him, the late Samuel Huntington was one of the towering figures in political science and international relations. Even those who disagreed with his ideas were forced to engage with them. He helped shap ...

Article - The Conversation - Aug 18 2014 - 11:23am

Voices From The Old Bailey

Or abandon hope? Credit: chrisdorney By Tim Crook, Goldsmiths, University of London The Old Bailey’s Central Criminal Court is an Edwardian building that bears the inscription “Defend the children of the poor and Punish the wrongdoer.” An Italian visitor ...

Article - The Conversation - Sep 10 2014 - 10:30am

How Richard III Died: Nine Blows To The Head And Then He Was Dead

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Article - The Conversation - Sep 17 2014 - 7:30am

Mysterious 1808 Eruption- The Real Cause Of The Coldest Decade Of The Last 500 Years

The Tambora volcanic eruption in 1915 is famous for its impact on climate worldwide. As a result, the year 1816 was given memorable names such as 'Eighteen-Hundred-and-Froze-to-Death', the 'Year of the Beggar' and the 'Year Withou ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 18 2014 - 3:20pm

The Legacy of Science

Since the dawn of time, man has interacted with the environment. Observation without interaction is and always was a logical impossibility. Questions ensue; answers have not always been forthcoming, although they do emerge through incremental shifts and t ...

Blog Post - Tomasz Nowakowski - Sep 28 2014 - 7:14am

Hippocrates Didn't Write The Oath, So Why Is He The Father Of Medicine?

Not the one we have fixed in our imaginations. Peter Paul Rubens, 1638 By Helen King, The Open University Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine, enemy of superstition, pioneer of rationality and fount of eternal wisdom. Statues and drawings sho ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 3 2014 - 8:00am

How Photography (And Phrenology) Helped Make Abraham Lincoln President

Abraham Lincoln. Wikipedia By Joanna Cohen, Queen Mary University of London ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 3 2014 - 10:37am