Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: May 2011
RMS Titanic, which sank in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history, was launched 100 years ago on 31 May 1911. She sank on 14 April the following year, after striking an iceberg on her maiden voyage, resulting in 1,517 deaths.
Anagrams are mainly the preserve of crossword fanatics and Countdown contestants these days, but they were so popular during Elizabethan times that the French court employed an Anagrammateur Royal to turn the names of dignitaries into flattering epithets.
Next Friday, 27 May 2011, marks the centenary of the birth of Hubert Humphrey, whose status as a famous pharmacist has already been briefly mentioned in this column by “Prospector”.
It is estimated that one third of the water on earth that is not saline exists as vapour. This vapour, in its various forms, is essential in some ecosystems as a source of available water, when groundwater is in short supply.
Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a flowering plant found in most parts of the world and usually thought of as a weed. Its common name refers to the fact that it is fed to poultry, and it provides an important food source for moorland game birds. It is a prolific, low growing annual weed, with white, star-shaped flowers, capable of producing up to six generations in a single year.
Raw food diets have often been in trend during the past century. Although fresh vegetables and fruit, much of which can be eaten raw, are key constituents of a healthy diet, how would we live if all of our food was raw?
Honey has a long tradition of use for wound healing. The presence of active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide, polyphenols and other aromatic compounds is thought to be responsible for its healing properties.
Studying the daily news, one can easily get the idea that dietary advice changes frequently. But this is not really so.
On 11 May 1811, twin boys were born to a Chinese couple living in Siam (now Thailand). The babies, named Chang and Eng, were conjoined twins, fused at the chest and with their livers joined although working independently.
On this page a while ago my colleague “Glow-worm” discussed research demonstrating that resting ruminants tend to align themselves along a geomagnetic north-south axis.
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