General medieval sciences, including astronomy, alchemy, metrology, geology, natural philosophy, and similar studies.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-11 09:15
The results of the "largest study of ancient DNA from a single population ever undertaken" are in: Iceland was settled by men from Scandinavia and women from the coasts of Scotland and Ireland.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-02-09 17:43
A joint Italian and British project to test the DNA of the exhumed body of Renaissance scientist Galileo may lead to interesting findings, including the theory that vision problems affected the astronomer's work.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-02-01 18:44
For centuries experts believed that Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe died from a "twisted" bladder, but recent studies have shown a high concentration of mercury in the astronomer's hair, leading to the theory that Brahe was murdered. Now a "group of conservators, chemists and physicians" wants to open the grave and find out the truth: was Tycho Brahe murdered, and "who done it?"
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-01-28 10:53
Among its numerous topics of discussion, List Universe includes "Top 10 Myths About The Middle Ages," an illustrated, annotated selection of myths modern people often believe about the Middle Ages.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-01-23 17:44
It was a very bad day for 3rd century Roman soldiers who tried to defend a fortress by way of a cramped tunnel. Dead soldiers were doused with toxic substances and set on fire, causing the Romans to retreat.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-01-18 18:20
A team of Spanish researchers are using records of agricultural rites kept by the Cathedral of Toledo to reconstruct a pattern of droughts that plagued the country between 1506 and 1900.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-01-12 13:51
Puzzled by Roman numerals? Always in a dither about how to write the latest SCA year? Maybe Scienceblog's Good Math, Bad Math website can help. The site explains the Roman numeral system and how to do calculations with them.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-01-04 14:23
A new study by Stanford University researchers suggests that the reforestation of areas in the Americas following the collapse of pre-Columbian population centers may have triggered the Little Ice Age which occurred from 1500 to 1750.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-11-22 22:09
The recent tsunamis that have caused such devastation in the Indian Ocean may not have been the first. According to a new study which sampled sediments in Thailand and Sumatra, the area may have been hit by a massive tsunami between 600 and 700 years ago.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-11-19 11:38
A new report by researchers from the University of Minnesota and Lanzhou University in China in the journal Science has linked climate change, especially lack of rainfall, to the rise and fall of dynasties in China.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-16 16:14
William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts for the Walters Art Museum, reports that the Archimedes Palimpsest Project has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The project was established to rediscover lost passages from the 13th century Byzantine prayerbook containing at seven treatises by Archimedes.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-16 09:02
800 years after his death, scientists at the University of California San Diego's Center for Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) are using advanced visualization technologies to try to find the long-lost grave of the emperor Genghis Khan.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-11-15 19:42
A high-tech survey is underway with hopes of learning more about Suffolk, England's ancient shrine to St. Edmund. The geophysical survey will look for traces of the "outline of vanished workshops, storerooms and refectories - the evidence of an extinct way of life" in the abbey ruins in Bury St Edmunds.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-11-13 15:06
As part of its October 22, 2008 episode, the Mythbusters took on the challenge of proving the veracity of the medieval Korean hwacha, a weapon able to fire dozens of exploding arrows at a time. The results are chronicled on YouTube.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-09 09:12
The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA is hosting an exhibit celebrating "the remarkable achievements of fifteenth century artist-engineers - Filippo Brunelleschi, The Sienese Engineers, and Leonardo da Vinci" through January 4, 2009.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-10-27 18:15
Detective work comes in all forms, including those willing to intensely study ancient Jewish manuscripts looking for clues to the past. This work is chronicled in the recent novel People of the Book.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-10-18 19:05
An article in a Royal Society journal suggests that modern British mice may have "Viking" genetics - or at least may have traveled with the Scandinavian invaders on their journeys of conquest.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2008-10-09 17:07
The technology magazine "Wired" takes a rare look at the private library of Jay Walker, an entrepreneur whose eclectic historical interests have led him to create a library devoted to things that have "changed the way people think." The stunningly designed room contains books and artifacts from ancient to modern times, combining museum and library.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-10-09 10:21
Raul Cano, a scientist at the California Polytechnic State University, has brewed beer using the 45 million year old yeast from a Lebanese weevil trapped in amber.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-10-02 18:23
John Granger believes there is so much more to the Harry Potter universe than magic potions. He shares his thoughts through a series of books and lectures which, he hopes, "disclose the underlying symbolism hidden in the so-called 'children’s stories.'"
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-09-28 16:20
Experts believe that Michelangelo's famous statue of David is at risk of falling over due to cracks in the ankles caused by poor quality marble. Engineers fear the statue could crumble in event of an earthquake.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-09-16 08:55
The ASTRA (Ancient instruments Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) project has produced the sound of a Epigonion, a wooden string instrument similar to a modern-day harp. This is the first time that this ancient instrument has been heard by modern man.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-09-15 11:23
A stone clock or calendar dating to the early Middle Ages has been discovered near Mogila, Bulgaria. The stone features a semi-circle inscribed in Greek with a central axis.(photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-09-05 19:13
A genetic map of Europe constructed by Dr. Kayser, Dr. Oscar Lao and others from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, shows where 23 populations live in Europe and the genetic relationships between them. (graphics)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-08-30 13:13
A new study suggests that medieval stained glass windows covered with tiny gold particles helped to purify the air when sunlight shone through them.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-08-27 08:07
Gavin Menzies, who in 2002 theorized that the Chinese reached the America's 7 decades before Columbus, has a new theory: Leonardo da Vinci's drawings were based on scientific encyclopedias brought to Italy in 1430 by a Chinese fleet.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-08-19 08:57
The British Museum recently raised UK£350,000 to buy a rare 14th century astrolabe discovered in Kent, England in 2005. The Canterbury Astrolabe Quadrant is one of only eight such instruments in the world. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-22 14:38
Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick of North Carolina State University has an intense interest in the historic climate. A recent paper by the professor and University of Calgary researcher Dr. Richard Callaghan, hopes to prove that Magellan's 1519 circumnavigation of the globe was aided by weather favorable weather condition including El Niño.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-06-09 18:35
LiveScience reports that Jorgen Dissing of the University of Copenhagen claims to have recovered genetic material from 1000-year-old skeletons from the Danish island of Funen. The DNA samples were removed from the teeth of the ancient Vikings.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-05-08 10:51
Recent scientific studies have suggested that the Germanic invaders of England may have imposed an apartheid-like system on the native peoples, but an article by John Pattison of the University of South Australia in Adelaide disagrees. "The evidence is compatible with the idea of a much more integrated society," he says.