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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: January 2013

Sickening space travel

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 30 Jan 2013

Jake Garn is a US politician who served as a Republican senator from 1974 to 1993. However, he seems doomed to be remembered not for any political achievements but for an unwitting  contribution to the study of motion sickness in astronauts.

Kids’ diseases in adults

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 30 Jan 2013

With all my grandchildren now at school or nursery, the whole family has become exposed to childhood diseases, and my wife has managed to contract two infections that we do not recall having been around when our own children were still infants.

Manchester pharmacist-philanthropist

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 30 Jan 2013

Bodley and his library

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 23 Jan 2013

Sir Thomas Bodley, who died 400 years ago this week, was a diplomat and scholar, but probably his greatest achievement was refounding the library at Oxford, later named in his honour. Bodley introduced ideas and practices to the Bodleian that still benefit modern libraries.

US addiction epidemic

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 23 Jan 2013

Mystery of Jane Austen’s fatal illness

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 23 Jan 2013

Year 2038 bug problem

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 16 Jan 2013

Body clock and obesity

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 16 Jan 2013

In a study published recently in Nature Medicine, a team from the University of Pennsylvania showed that the deletion of a gene contained in fat cells, which influences the mammalian circadian clock, can cause mice to become obese without any change in calorific intake.

Henry Bessemer and his inventions

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 16 Jan 2013

Saturday 19 January 2013 is the 200th anniversary of the birth, in Charlton, Hertfordshire, of the inventor Henry Bessemer.

Zoology from A to Z

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 9 Jan 2013

My grandchildren enjoy snacking on a brand of cereal bar that displays a believe-it-or-not zoological fact on each wrapper. One of these reads: “Did you know? The last animal in the alphabet is the zyzzyva.”Not true! The last animal in the alphabet is the U (ewe) — others being the B (bee), I (ai, or three-toed sloth) and J (jay). And maybe N (’en)?

Gulled by an odd gull

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 9 Jan 2013

One technique used in the study of wild birds is ringing. Usually a small, numbered metal ring is placed round a bird’s leg, so that if it is later recaptured, or found dead, the ring may help provide information about migration, longevity and other aspects of its life.

Blue vinney — Dorset’s dodgy cheese

Posted by: Didapper PJWed, 9 Jan 2013

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