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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: April 2009

Clashes over carbon in Cumbria

Posted by: Accola Wed, 8 Apr 2009

The humble pencil is an unlikely reason for armed guards, skirmishes, smuggling and an Act of Parliament. As early as 1500 an enormous deposit of graphite — the allotrope of carbon used as pencil “lead” — was discovered in the Lake District at Seathwaite Fell near Borrowdale.

When east met west on the Silk Road

Posted by: Accola Wed, 8 Apr 2009

[img_assist|nid=883118|title=The Silk Road (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=225|height=159]The Silk Road was a network of trade routes that for 2,000 years linked China with the West.

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 2 Apr 2009

Scientists have come up with a bona fide excuse for failing to notice your partner’s new hairdo. “Hair blindness” affects some people in the same way that others have trouble recognising faces.Brad Duchaine, a cognitive neuroscientist who works extensively with people affected by face blindness, or prosopagnosia, noticed that his subjects use hair to recognise people.

Health benefits of pets, not pills

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 2 Apr 2009

Today, 4 April (2009), is the first day of National Pet Month. Pharmacists with an interest in veterinary health might use this awareness month to promote their skills and services, while others could use it to promote the health benefits of keeping a pet.

When pharmacy and philately meet

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 2 Apr 2009

[img_assist|nid=882229|title=Stanley Gibbons (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=276]Taking up a hobby might be one suggestion for tackling the workplace pressures highlighted in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s current campaign, but a certain Herbert C. Raubenheimer thought of it first.

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