Laserfest!

Laserfest!

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Seriously, laserfest ! I'm digging this fantastic history of the laser , courtesy of the American Institute of Physics . You should to...
Science and Spills

Science and Spills

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While we anxiously await a closer telling of the geologists in Afghanistan tale, there are some fascinating moments of science in action to...
Bankrupted by Scientific Complexity?

Bankrupted by Scientific Complexity?

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I glanced over the scientific/medical dichotomy in my last post. Now I see that Atul Gawande has attacked it head on . Science has made medi...
"Rare books on their way to the Internet Archive scanning pod"

"Rare books on their way to the Internet Archive scanning pod"

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That's right: we live in a world with scanning pods . How magical. Those scanning pods are doing good work, too. The Center for the Hi...
Even the Canadians Claim Edison

Even the Canadians Claim Edison

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Thomas Edison may have only come in ninth on the Atlantic's list of the top 100 most influential Americans , but amongst Victorians ensh...
US Geologists Discover Soviet Documents, Lithium Exploitation Ensues.

US Geologists Discover Soviet Documents, Lithium Exploitation Ensues.

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The New York Times gives the barest outline to a truly momentous piece of archival work, albeit one done by historians of another sort tha...
Decentering National Narratives and Historicizing the Shuttle

Decentering National Narratives and Historicizing the Shuttle

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Our Scuttle the Shuttle series continues with a fortuitous offering from Asif Siddiqi, whose wide-ranging, thoughtful historiographic essay...
American Birds

American Birds

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The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati has posted a wonderful little exhibit full of illustrations from ornithological illustrators. It...
Drivers of American Space Policy

Drivers of American Space Policy

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We began our "Scuttle the Shuttle" series with the question: how can we use history to better understand the recent decision to en...
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