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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: September 2011

Difficult mathematics

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 29 Sep 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.

Bottled water or tap?

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 29 Sep 2011

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.

Celebrated father of English neurology

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 29 Sep 2011

16th century polymath

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 22 Sep 2011

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.

Mopping up pollutants

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 22 Sep 2011

Medicinal properties of blackthorn

Posted by: Glow-worm PJThu, 22 Sep 2011

How squeezing fruit can give a boost to its antioxidant levels

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 15 Sep 2011

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.

Aftertaste of pine nuts

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 15 Sep 2011

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.

Bernard’s matter of doubt

Posted by: Hourglass PJThu, 15 Sep 2011

Zigging and zagging

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 8 Sep 2011

. . . [That’s enough of that. — Ed.].

Canine consternation

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 8 Sep 2011

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.

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 8 Sep 2011

Bovine altitude problem

Posted by: Footler PJFri, 2 Sep 2011

Fish bones versus lead

Posted by: Footler PJFri, 2 Sep 2011

Point mutation caused a freak side-show

Posted by: Footler PJFri, 2 Sep 2011

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