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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: July 2010

Worth its weight in (more than) gold

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 23 Jul 2010

An unusual fungus is becoming increasingly important to the economy of Tibet, accounting for for over 8 per cent of its gross domestic product in 2004.

World's weirdest manuscript

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 23 Jul 2010

Written in the 15th or 16th century, its 240 illustrated vellum pages are variously thought to have been a pharmacopoeia, a book of alchemy, an astrological guide or a hoax. The Voynich manuscript, whose author and language remain unknown, has been described as “the world’s most mysterious manuscript”.

"Eh ... what's up, doc?"

Posted by: Prospector PJFri, 23 Jul 2010

Arguably the world’s most famous rabbit was born 70 years ago this week. Bugs Bunny made his screen debut in the Academy Award-nominated, ‘A wild hare’ on 27 July 1940.

Driven to dangerous distraction

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 15 Jul 2010

Distractions form an increasing part of modern life, and pharmacists are used to dealing with interruptions competing for their attention while they work.

Pioneer of organic chemistry

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 15 Jul 2010

Henri Victor Regnault was born on 21 July 1810 in Aix-la-Chapelle. He was orphaned aged eight, and struggled against poverty, having to provide for himself and his sister. He eventually moved to Paris to work as a clerk in a large drapery firm.He studied in his spare time and when he was 20 qualified for the École Polytechnique, where he showed an aptitude for chemistry.

Anticancer properties of silver birch

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 15 Jul 2010

Silver birch (Betula pendula) is one of two birches native to the British Isles, the other being the downy birch (Betula pubescens), with which it often crosses.

How the equals sign was born

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 7 Jul 2010

Antioxidants and insulin sensitivity

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 7 Jul 2010

Antioxidants, found naturally in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, can reduce oxidative damage to cells and in some cases help repair cell damage.

How Tutankhamun might have died

Posted by: Hourglass PJWed, 7 Jul 2010

King Tutankhamun’s death, which occurred when he was about 19 years old, has fascinated Egyptologists for decades, particularly since the rediscovery of his remains and tomb in 1922.

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