Science History

St. William And The Greatest Zombie Lie Ever Told

Instead of dying out, Anti-Semitic myths have withstood the test of time. By Asa Simon Mittman, California State University, Chico ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 13 2014 - 11:03am

Relevance In Decline? Italian Natural History Museums On The Verge Of Collapse

Due to a loss of scientific relevance, which has led to scarcity of personnel and thus decreasing government funding, Italian natural history museums are on the verge of collapse.  A new paper in Zookeys proposes that the existing museums associate and co ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 24 2014 - 1:33pm

The Most Influential Scientist You Never Heard Of

Alexander von Humboldt. Self portrait By Richard Gunderman, Indiana University-Purdue University ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 10 2014 - 12:30pm

"Let Us Adore And Drink!" A Brief History Of Wine And Religion

The Greeks hailed Dionysus (also known as Bacchus) as their patron god of wine, said to provide ecstasy and spiritual vision to his devotees. Pictured is Caravaggio's 1595 masterpiece Bacchus. Wikimedia By Robert Fuller, Bradley University ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 25 2014 - 8:30am

Andreas Vesalius: 500th Birthday Of The Man Who Revolutionized Our Knowledge Of The Human Body

Drawn directly from the flesh Public Domain Review / Flickr, CC BY-SA By Richard Gunderman, Indiana University-Purdue University ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 31 2014 - 1:44pm

Charles Darwin And A Koch Brother Everyone In Science Academia Can Like

Everyone has heard of Louis Pasteur- most people know that pasteurization is a process of sterilizing food to make it safer. (1) And today is Darwin Day, when Charles Darwin is fêted for his work on evolution and natural selection. Fewer people have heard ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 13 2015 - 1:18am

How Cavendish Measured Gravity On A Table Top

Cavendish torsion balance and Cavendish Signature image via Wikimedia Commons. Composite image by Lalena Lancaster ...

Article - Inside Science - Feb 9 2015 - 9:59am

An NIH Director Once Funded A Rocket For A 10 Year Old

We sometimes have to wonder about the decision-making of government agencies. Senator Tom Coburn produced an annual list of waste and duplication that included science and it made sense to address those flaws, unless you actually favor National Science Fo ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 12 2018 - 10:53am

The Pagan Roots Of Easter

Teaching any sort of academic program with religious content can be a tricky undertaking. Religious passions, whether pro or con, can be volatile; religion is a matter about which people can become upset. My doctoral studies were in the relatively safe ar ...

Article - The Conversation - Apr 2 2015 - 7:30am

Gallipoli 100 Years Ago Was The Final Chapter Of 3000 Years Of Trojan Wars

There are few geographical areas that have seen as much military action as the Gallipoli region, the site of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landings in 1915.  The conflicts in the region include some of the most renowned wars from Greek ...

Article - The Conversation - Apr 6 2015 - 8:00am