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All posts from: October 2011

Prediction is difficult

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 19 Oct 2011

I just?might have wasted my time writing this page because the world was due to end yesterday, according to doomsday forecaster Harold Camping, founder of the US-based Family Radio network. Mind you, Mr Camping has a poor record for end-of-the-world prophesies, since 21 October was his third effort this year alone, after a number of earlier failed forecasts dating back to 1988.

What’s in a name?

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 19 Oct 2011

Robert Blyth, a former editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal was due to celebrate his 90th birthday yesterday (21 October 2011). Addressing his birthday card reminded me that he lives in a street with an unusual name, being the only road in Britain called Mortons Fork.

Pharmacists hasten vulture extinction

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 19 Oct 2011

Origin of “the wave”

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 13 Oct 2011

The rippling effect produced by the sequential action of structures such as the cilia of ctenophores is called metachronal rhythm. A more familiar example might be the “Mexican wave” or “Ola” which came to the world’s attention during the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. However, in North America the origin of what they simply call “the wave” is the subject of controversy.

Sequestering carbon

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 13 Oct 2011

Malaria: a crazy idea that might work

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 13 Oct 2011

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded a $1m grant to José A.

Helping to conquer CVI

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 6 Oct 2011

The game of conkers, played with the hard, shiny, dark brown fruit of the horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum), dates back to the mid-19th century, and since 1965 the second Sunday in October has been the date for the World Conker Championships, held in Northamptonshire.

Mrs Beeton’s remedies

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 6 Oct 2011

Just two years after Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of species’, another of the world’s most influential works was published: Isabella Beeton’s ‘Book of household management’.

Antlers, arrows and ammonium salts

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 6 Oct 2011

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