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All posts from: March 2010
Back in 1957, shepherds in the mountainous US state of Idaho discovered that when pregnant sheep ate lilies of the species Veratrum californicum (California corn lily or Californian false hellebore) they tended to give birth to lambs with a single eye in the centre of the forehead, a condition known, for obvious reasons, as cyclopia.
When I started out in pharmacy I was intrigued by the brand names bestowed on prescription products. In general the names appeared to be nondescript collections of syllables randomly plucked from the air.
The newest element in the periodic table, atomic number 112, has been granted a chemical symbol, more than 10 years after it was first discovered, according to a report in New Scientist.
Today, 20 March (2010), is the feast day of St Cuthbert, the bishop of Lindisfarne who was known as the Wonder Worker of Britain.
Readers of a certain age will remember Weebles, the self-righting plastic toys famous for their catchphrase: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!”
Teaching unions have recently called for a full audit of the dangers of asbestos in schools, following a survey in which none of the schools involved fully met its health and safety requirements in relation to asbestos management.
National Bed Month, running throughout March (2010), is a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of a comfortable bed in maintaining good sleeping patterns, essential for the body to obtain restful sleep and be able to perform efficiently during waking hours.
The broad bean or fava bean (Vicia faba) is a member of the vetch family and grows in temperate regions. Archaeological evidence suggests that it was one of the first foods cultivated by man.
Look deep into the eye of a chicken and you will find a masterpiece of biological design, according to a paper published in PLoS One, an online journal of the Public Library of Science. The organisation of light receptors in the retina of a chicken apparently exceeds that seen in most mammalian retinas.
With the approach of No Smoking Day on March 10 (2010) I had been thinking about how people wanting to stop smoking could value extra motivation when I spotted an account of recent US research testing the use of a mobile telephone community network to help people eat more healthily.
You will no doubt have heard about food rationing during the 1939–45 war. But did you know that the longest and most persistent food queues were often for fish, which was not actually rationed?
This month has long been linked with the madness of the March hare. Hares have been thought, incorrectly, to behave strangely and excitedly only during March.
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