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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: August 2010

Solving a slimming diet mystery

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 20 Aug 2010

There is a popular idea that some people can eat almost anything and yet always remain slim while others among us only have to look at fattening foods to gain weight.This belief has been given some credence by recent research.

Crimson elixir from Florence

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 20 Aug 2010

A speciality of one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, in Florence, is a mixture of alkermes, cinchona bark and chocolate syrup — a fashionable medicinal drink in 17th century Italy.

Chemist who gave us soap and marge

Posted by: Hourglass PJFri, 20 Aug 2010

How instant communication began

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 4 Aug 2010

Do you remember when contacting someone in foreign parts involved booking calls with overseas operators then hoping for the best but fuming as the connection crackled and died?Did you send telegrams, compressing words and phrases to save a few pence, or write letters on lightweight airmail paper only to wait ages for a reply? And how new was the news when it arrived?

Despised worm or useful ally?

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 4 Aug 2010

While scientists have been looking to the marine environment to provide “clean” energy by harnessing wave power or tides, a possible new ally has emerged, literally, from the woodwork — the underwater woodwork.

Swallows and Amazons and asthma

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 4 Aug 2010

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