Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: December 2009
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was reopened to the public this week eight years ago, following a decade of reconstruction and safety work that engineers declared would make it stable for at least another 300 years.
A retinal scan maps the unique pattern of capillaries on the retina with an error rate of only one in 10 million. This compares with fingerprint identification error rates as high as one in 500.
Next Tuesday, 8 December, marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Thomas De Quincey, author of ‘Confessions of an English opium eater’. Various events, including a one-day conference at the University of Salford, are being held to mark the occasion.
During a recent short break to Spain with a couple of friends, one of the culinary delights we enjoyed was anchovies prepared in the Cantabrian style. Wrapped around a green olive, we washed down the plump, pickled fillets with a glass of cardioprotective red wine, and congratulated ourselves on the choice of a healthy tapa.
On 9 December 1979, a group of eminent scientists announced that the smallpox virus had been eradicated in nature, a statement endorsed by the World Health Assembly the following year.