Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: September 2011
The largest proof in mathematics, aka the Enormous Theorem, took more than 100 people over 33 years to complete. Michael Aschbacker, an innovator in the abstract field of group theory, finally filled the gaps in the proof’s 15,000 pages of calculations in 2004. He was awarded the Rolf Schock prize in mathematics for his work on the “diabolically difficult” proof.
We British consume more than two billion litres of bottled water every year, or 33 litres per person. This might sound a lot, but we drink almost three times as much beer as bottled water and five times as much tea.
Next Thursday, 29 September 2011, is the 500th anniversary of the birth of Michael Servetus in Villanueva de Sigena, Aragon. His father Antonio Serveto was a notary, and his mother was descended from Jewish converts to Christianity.
New evidence that a century-old food preservation technique can double the levels of certain antioxidants in fruit was reported at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society.
I occasionally use pine nuts in cooking, but I have become aware of a growing number of newspaper and internet reports suggesting that their consumption can lead to dysgeusia. People who experience this problem describe an unpleasant bitter taste which occurs on average about 24 hours after consuming the nuts and can last as long as 10 to 15 days.
. . . [That’s enough of that. — Ed.].
Near my suburban home is a large undulating area of rough grassland, ancient hedgerows and mixed woodland. I used to enjoy peaceful walks there, away from the noise of the traffic on the surrounding roads. But it is tranquil no longer.
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