General medieval sciences, including astronomy, alchemy, metrology, geology, natural philosophy, and similar studies.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-06-23 10:01
Anne-Marie Desaulty believes coins can tell a story. She and colleagues from the University of Lyon are using mass spectrometry to study isotopes of lead and copper found in coins of the 16th and 17th centuries in hopes of discovering the cause of the great Price Revolution.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2011-06-12 15:48
Researchers have added "climate change" to the list of possible reasons that the Vikings suddenly abandoned Greenland around 1400. Analysis of lake sediment cores has revealed that there was a sharp cooling trend from about 1100 onwards.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-05-19 08:20
Michael Woods of Mountain View, California, has a vision: School children learn science by constructing and using desktop trebuchets. To that end, he has created a trebuchet project open to public support. (video & photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-05-03 15:51
Medieval history professor Michael McCormick has spent a great deal of time investigating documentation of climate change in medieval records. Now he turns his attention to the late Roman Empire.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-05-02 19:15
"We can put an end to a centuries-old dispute and also understand Leonardo's relations to his models," said art historian Silvano Vinceti, who plans to exhume the body of Lisa Gherardini, believed to have been the model for da Vinci's famous painting.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-04-22 15:09
At a recent conference at Edinburgh University, modern experts examined period sources "to increase understanding of the kinds of [beauty] materials that may have been available in renaissance homes and how ideas of beauty have developed over time."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-04-12 11:10
The math treatise Liber Abaci by Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, aka Fibonacci, is going up for aution in New York. The book is a 15th century copy of a 13th century original.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2011-03-15 13:29
Since its discovery in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript has been the subject of debate among scholars and scientists who argued over the meaning of its 250,000 coded characters. Now experts from the University of Arizona have used carbon dating to determine the age of the document.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-02-24 15:37
Genghis Khan may have inadvertantly brought about climate change, believes Julia Pongratz, who, with her colleagues Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, have compared historical records with global carbon dioxide levels.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-02-20 08:33
A team of British researchers has recently concluded that Vikings are "alive and well and living in the North West of England." The results of their study have been published in a new book, Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-02-16 10:49
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have matched diaries kept by monks, dating to 1500, to look at weather patterns from the past 500 years. The scientists have found that historical records closely parallel modern computer simulations of European climate patterns.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-02-06 08:49
Ulf Buntgen, a paleoclimatologist at the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, believes political history can be read in the trees. He is the co-author of a study which links the "rise and fall of past civilisations and sudden shifts in Europe's climate."
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2011-02-01 10:58
Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine, has spent considerable time researching the fate of obsolete technology and tools, and has concluded that old tools never die -- that is, that every technology ever known to Mankind is still in modern use somewhere in the world.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-01-08 17:36
A battery of tests by a Frenc team of forensic scientists have identified the embalmed head of King Henry IV of France. The head disappeared during the French Revolution.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-01-07 16:31
On the website Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy, Chris Phillips has posted a Julian calender, used in England from the 11th - 16th centuries, and it is organized either by historical year or by regnal year.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-01-03 12:03
Two important Tudor tombs will benefit from technology developed for space science research in a new project led by experts from the University of Leicester.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-12-20 15:35
Laser imaging has been used to create 3D models of the cave system beneath Nottingham, England. The study includes views of the "Robin Hood" caves beneath the city's castle. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-12-19 08:27
According to new research, Viking explorers brought a Native American woman to Iceland in the 11th century, an act borne out by evidence of Native American genes in 80 modern Icelanders. Results of the study by Spain's Centre for Scientific Research will be published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-12-18 14:34
A new study suggests that the massive "bluestones" at Stonehenge may have been moved into place with the help of ball bearings.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-09-20 17:35
The copy of the Magna Carta in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. will have a new, protective case filled with argon. The document is currently housed in a case filled with helium.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-09-18 18:16
The dry summer of 2010 in Great Britain has been a help to archaeologists as it revealed hundreds of archaeological sites through "cropmarks," the landscape markings prodcued by crops growing over buried buildings.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-07-05 15:28
A new study by a team of scientists from the University of Miami finds that El Niño and La Niña may have caused cooling in the central Pacific, leading to drought in medieval Europe.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-07-03 07:42
Inspired by his plane's detour to avoid the Icelandic ash cloud, historian David Cannadine looks at ways that volcanoes have affected human life throughout history.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2010-06-15 21:03
In the 1660s, Robert Boyle, chemist and Royal Society founding fellow, wrote a list of 24 future predictions about science and technology. All but a few have come true, many in the past fifty years.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-05-21 13:00
Archaeologists from the University of Nottingham plan to use laser technology to survey a cave used as a dungeon under the city's Galleries of Justice. It is possible that the cave once housed Robin Hood.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-04-27 17:03
A team of scientists, who have studied tree rings and medieval wooden architectural materials to determine the climate of the late Middle Ages, report that wet summers were a contributing factor to the disaster of the Black Death in the 14th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-04-20 09:16
New geochemical research by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada shows that Norse settlers in 9th century Greenland and Iceland faced enormous challenges. The study followed temperature changes through analysis of mollusk shells.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-04-18 11:27
Vatican researcher Sabrina Sforza Galitzia believes that Leonardo da Vinci worked out a code predicting the world to end on November 1, 4006.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2010-04-08 06:41
A casual interest in the history of computing led Erwin Tomash, who started his career in computer engineering in the 1940s and became one of the pioneers of the information age, to compile an encyclopedic, illustrated catalog of primary source references dating back to the 12th century CE. The catalog is available online for free access.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-04-03 05:51
Long used to clean metal and stone, lasers may be the new tool of choice for cleaning famous works of art. The technique is the same used to remove tattoos.