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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

CULTURE—WE’RE ALL ANIMALS OF ONE SORT OR ANOTHER

A NEW BOOK reviewed in Science, April 10, 2020, proposes an expanded view of culture: Rather than Merriam-Webster‘s first definition, “the customary beliefs, social form, and material traits of a … Continue reading

April 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

ROYAL HISTORIES RECORDED IN THE ELEMENT LEAD PART 2

YESTERDAY, GRAPHS FROM Science, April 3, 2020, displayed trends of medieval English taxes on silver and lead with those of lead traces found in a Swiss ice core. Today in … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

ROYAL HISTORIES RECORDED IN THE ELEMENT LEAD PART 1

WHAT A PROVOCATIVE caption for a graph; “The fortunes of kings, written in ice.” The graph, shown later here, accompanied “Lead Pollution Traces the Rise and Fall of Medieval Kings,” … Continue reading

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

OLD STEAM ENGINES

EARLY ENGINES had their mechanicals exposed for all to admire. An excellent example of this is a beautiful steam engine offered at the Bonham & Butterfields 2010 Quail Lodge automobile … Continue reading

April 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

COUNTERING COVID-19—WORLDWIDE TACTICS

COUNTERING COVID-19 HAS become a worldwide challenge. In Science, March 20, 2020, Jon Cohen and Kai Kupferschmidt discussed responses in “Countries Test Tactics in ‘War’ Against COVID-19.” They quote World … Continue reading

April 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

COVID-19 AND THE SEASONS—PRELIMINARY SCIENTIFIC THOUGHTS

SCIENCE—NOT “FEELINGS” or hunches—should guide our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 20, 2020, Science, the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, published “Sick … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

ASSESSING OUR LADY

THE GOAL OF RESTORING Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral by 2024 has encouraged scientific analyses of this historical building. Science, March 13, 2020, devoted a major article to these endeavors. Here … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · 2 Comments