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All posts from: April 2012
Scientists are calling for greater control and research into herbal and plant-based remedies following studies showing that apparently beneficial herbal antioxidants may cause cancer or other illnesses in some people.
The first Monday in May has been designated “Misophonia Monday” by the organisation Misophonia UK. Misophonia (literally “dislike of sound”) is a condition characterised by heightened awareness and sensitivities to various sounds, irrespective of volume. It is also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome.
Flax (Linum usitatissimum) is an annual plant growing to 3ft tall. It has been cultivated by man for over 10,000 years for its fibres, which are woven into linen fabric. Dyed fibres recovered from a cave in Georgia have been dated at 30,000 years old.
LAST year I wrote about three species of Asian Gyps vulture that risk extinction because of their acute sensitivity to diclofenac, ingested from the carcasses of cattle treated with the drug (PJ, 22 October 2011, p515).
There has been a titanic amount of media coverage about the sinking of RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage 100 years ago, but I have seen no mention of recent research suggesting that freak atmospheric conditions may have played a part in the disastrous loss of more than 1,500 lives.
Superconductivity is the sudden complete loss of electrical resistivity in some metallic conductors when they are cooled below a critical temperature. The phenomenon was discovered over a century ago, but useful applications only began to emerge after 50 years, and even today scientists have a limited understanding of how it works.
On 10 April the Church of England commemorates a 14th century Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher who is considered a major figure of medieval thought. His name was William and he was born in about 1280 in the hamlet of Ockham, near Woking in Surrey. He is therefore described as William of Ockham.
In Jewish tradition, chicken soup has long been considered a valuable aid to recovery from the common cold and other mild viral infections. It is often referred to in jest as “Jewish penicillin”.
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