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OINK! The Circle of Blood

The year is 1626, the place, London, England. The dining room of William Harvey has been cleared of the evening’s meal, the plates, cups and cutlery safely outside the room. The table has been stocked with cutting instruments, small bowls, … Continue reading

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Early Blood Transfusion

The early years of the scientific revolution, humanity’s first poke at addressing the real world sans our traditional superstitious blinders, were not nearly so wholly embraced with the urgency we might today expect. Seventeenth century medicine was still informed exclusively … Continue reading

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GMOs: An Ancient Practice, Refined

Granny Smith apples. Chiquita bananas. Golden Retrievers. Mice that glow in the dark. Every last one of them are genetically modified organisms. While it’s true that most of them took multiple generations to become what they are, all of them … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Medium

The last fifteen years has seen an explosion of films related to the much-beleaguered medium known as comic books. While the medium itself has its roots in ancient history, most of us still think of them in terms of the … Continue reading

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A History of RADAR

It’s hard for us to imagine now, but pilots of the early twentieth century used to navigate the lands and seas entirely by sight. Night flying, or travelling through thick fog, was out of the question under normal circumstances, and … Continue reading

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To Be or Whatever

To be, or not to be, that is the question— Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To … Continue reading

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Zoonoses and Us

The explosion in human population over the last couple of centuries has meant, among other things, that we tend to associate more directly and more often with animals that had long been confined alone to forest areas, caves and other … Continue reading

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