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Medicinal Alchemy, circa 1512

By | March 1, 2011

During the Middle Ages, alchemists developed sophisticated ways to tap the medicinal powers of the Earth’s bounty. Liber de Arte Distillandi, published in 1512, is a layman’s guide to the preparation of these natural medicines.

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Inside the mind of Fritz Kahn

By | February 1, 2011

For more than 40 years, German gynecologist and legendary science writer Fritz Kahn (1888-1968) captured the imagination of an international audience with hundreds of wildly inventive illustrations and more than a dozen popular science books. 

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Light Therapy, circa 1939

By | February 1, 2011

Around the turn of the 20th century—before sunscreens hit the market and the damaging effects of UV radiation were widely appreciated—physicians saw the sun mostly as a source of healing. 

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Alternative Agriculture

By | February 1, 2011

The debate over genetically engineered crops rages on, but other technologies offer new hope for sustainable farming.

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Death or Damage of Dopamine Neurons

By | February 1, 2011

The hallmark pathology of Parkinson’s disease is the damage and death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. 

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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By | February 1, 2011

The minority of Parkinson’s cases now known to have genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of all the rest, bringing researchers closer to a cause—and perhaps a cure.

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Book excerpt from Everyday Practice of Science

By | February 1, 2011

In Chapter 3, “Credibility: Validating Discovery Claims,” author Frederick Grinnell details the difficulty in making discoveries that buck current scientific paradigms.

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Capsule Reviews

By | February 1, 2011

Quirk, Darwin's Armada, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay, Elegance in Science

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Jaume and the Giant Genome

By | February 1, 2011

A newly minted PhD finds a 150-billion-base-pair-long DNA molecule in a plant.

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The Evolution of Credibility

By | February 1, 2011

The winding path that an interesting result takes to become a bona fide discovery is just one of the topics covered in this new book on the practice of science.

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