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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: December 2009

Geodesic wonders

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 9 Dec 2009

Leaning edge technology in Italy and Britain

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 9 Dec 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.

Biometric identification: the eyes have it

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 9 Dec 2009

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.

De Quincey and attitudes to opium

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 3 Dec 2009

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.

Dangers of eating anchovies

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 3 Dec 2009

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.

A world free of smallpox for 30 years

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 3 Dec 2009

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.

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