Tobacco farming and swamps in early 20th century Albuquerque – jfleck at inkstain

For a brief moment, this was Albuquerque’s “Tobacco Farms”. Before that, a swamp. Albuquerque’s nod to its agricultural past, like much of the style we have adopted for ourselves, is in significant measure artifice. This is not to say that it is not in some vague sense rooted in a truth, an actual past. But … Read more

Unwrapping, Grinding Up, Eating – European History of Mummies Is Truly Disturbing

Why did people think cannibalism was good for their health? The answer offers a glimpse into the zaniest crannies of European history, at a time when Europeans were obsessed with Egyptian mummies. Driven first by the belief that ground-up and tinctured human remains could cure anything from bubonic plague to a headache, and then by … Read more

A century ago, Alexander Friedmann envisioned the universe’s expansion

For millennia, the universe did a pretty good job of keeping its secrets from science. Ancient Greeks thought the universe was a sphere of fixed stars surrounding smaller spheres carrying planets around the central Earth. Even Copernicus, who in the 16th century correctly replaced the Earth with the sun, viewed the universe as a single … Read more

Dean Knight on half a century teaching science at SVHS

An engaging role model for students While students have been drawn to his knowledge and wisdom, they have been equally captivated by his unique style and somewhat eccentric personality. “Dean is a great model for our students,” Hansen said. “He has his own individual style and interests, and is totally comfortable with himself. Also, he … Read more

Group to honor 19th Century Warsaw Geologist | Daily Gate City

Geology is the science of the earth, particularly concerned with rocks, the story they tell, and the products they yield. Hancock County, Illinois, had a famous geologist. Prof. Amos Henry Worthen, State Geologist of Illinois and Curator of the State Historical Library and Museum of Natural History, died in his home in Warsaw, Hancock County, … Read more

Physicists Developed a Superconductor Circuit Long Thought to Be Impossible

By exchanging a classical material for one with unique quantum properties, scientists have made a superconducting circuit that’s capable of feats long thought to be impossible. The discovery, made by researchers from Germany, the Netherlands, and the US, overturns a century of thought on the nature of superconducting circuits, and how their currents can be … Read more

Nomadic Invaders Raced Across Asia in Record Time, Study Reveals

When Rome fell, Europe churned. Cultures from far and wide – the Huns, the Goths, the Vandals – violently etched their names into history before being crushed by fresh waves of invaders. Among them were less infamous bloodlines with far more mysterious origins. Like, for instance, the formidable mounted warriors known as the Avars. The … Read more

Why Did Vikings Mysteriously Leave Greenland? We May Finally Know The Reason

For the better part of four centuries, Greenland’s southern coast defined the westernmost edge of Viking occupation. Seduced by visions of verdant hills and fertile ground, in the late 10th century waves of Norse migrants set sail in hopes of an easier life abroad. At its peak, the colony’s population numbered in the thousands, spread … Read more

Advocating an African science at the end of the century

Satellite imagery of Africa. Credit: Public Domain Historians note a shift from Eurocentric conceptualizations of science during the late nineteenth century. Spurred by a burgeoning print culture and widespread dissemination of news regarding scientific discoveries, “science” as a term began to be applied throughout various cultures as a means of describing rigorous systems of knowledge … Read more

What a century of rising seas can tell us about the next 30 years

In Boston, Galveston, and Charleston, high tides regularly bubble up into low-lying areas on sunny days. Floods like that, which would have been rare, or even impossible, three decades ago, happen multiple times a year. Some neighborhoods of Miami flood every few weeks in the spring. Those floods are often framed as a hint of … Read more