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Curious About Curare

25 Mar 2021

Olivia Fraser Barsby is a biology and anthropology student at McGill University, specializing in conservation, ecology, evolution and behaviour. ...

Henry Ford - A Stained American Icon

17 Mar 2021

Henry Ford was rich and famous. It is not hard to understand why. After all, he converted the automobile from an expensive novelty into a vehicle affordable for the middle class and in the process...

St. Anthony’s Fire, the Salem Witch Trials and the Beatles

12 Mar 2021

Gaston of Valloire’s son was afflicted with a violent burning pain in his swollen limbs. There were no doctors the nobleman could to turn to in 1095, but a nearby church had acquired relics of St....

Lise Meitner: A Noble Scientist

4 Mar 2021

Olivia Fraser Barsby is a biology and anthropology student at McGill University, specializing in conservation, ecology, evolution and behaviour. 

The Tooth Fairy Science of Bite Mark Comparisons

4 Mar 2021

The idea of using teeth to identify someone has a long history. One of the earliest recorded cases (and perhaps the very first one) dates back to the first century. The wife of Roman Emperor...

A Tryst with Amethyst

23 Feb 2021

An attractive amethyst geode sits on my desk. Geodes are rocks with an internal cavity that is filled with crystals of a mineral. In the case of amethyst that mineral is quartz, tainted with iron...

A Feminine Touch

19 Feb 2021

Women have played a larger role in the history of science than is generally recognized. Although Marie Curie’s discovery of radium, Lise Meitner’s work on nuclear fission, Dorothy Hodgkin’s...

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