General medieval sciences, including astronomy, alchemy, metrology, geology, natural philosophy, and similar studies.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-09-02 16:33
A team of experts is investigating ancient lighting techniques to evaluate how artifacts would look in their original light. The result "is a warm, sumptuous glow, which the researchers describe as subtle and pleasant compared with the 'rough, almost unnatural' effect of modern lighting." (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-08-07 08:05
After two centuries, scientists believe that they have found the final resting place of Nicolaus Copernicus, the father of modern astronomy. They also believe he had blue eyes.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2009-07-21 22:05
An article published in the "Climate of the Past Discussions", a discussion group of the European Geosciences Union, concludes that "a period of sustained aridity that began from AD 880, followed by increased warming from AD 1100 that lasted beyond the arrival of the Spanish in AD 1532" was partially responsible for the success of the Inca civilization during that period.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-07-02 13:45
A "witch bottle," constructed according to known recipes from 16th and 17th century England, has been found buried upside-down in Greenwich, England. The bottle contains urine, nail clippings, hair and pins, and is believed to be an anti-witchcraft device.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-05-21 11:44
A new study by geneticists from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain shows that inbreeding may have weakened the male line and brought about the end of the Hapsburg dynasty. The last king, Charles II of Spain, died in 1700 without male heirs.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-05-06 14:11
Light analysis was used to determine the original colors of a huge tapestry commissioned by Henry VIII. The tapestry is now on display at Hampton Court until January 3, 2010 in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the king's accession to the throne.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-04 11:28
The World Digital Library, Unesco's project to "promote curiosity and understanding across cultures," has launched its website with 1,200 documents ranging from a" 1,000-year-old Japanese novel to the earliest known map to mention America by name."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-04-25 08:29
A new DNA study may prove a 10th century historical source which states that the western islands of Scotland were invaded by the Irish in the early 6th century. The new evidence shows "a significant Irish genetics component in Scots' ancestry." The study may also prove that the invasions occurred earlier than the 6th century.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-04-22 15:49
Was Leonardo da Vinci, "poet, musician, philosopher, engineer, architect, scientist, mathematician, anatomist, inventor, architect and botanist," the true Renaissance man, or was he just a "frustrating dilettante?" Curators of the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, France, da Vinci's last home, are betting on the former and hope for the success of their "world's first "intellectual and cultural theme park."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-03-28 15:33
A recent analysis of the handwriting of King Henry VIII shows that he was brought up in a household dominated by his mother and sister, and shows traits of being emotionally dependent on women.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-03-21 16:03
Charlemagne liked a challenge, and he believed that the youth of his empire should be challenged as well. For that reason he commissioned an English scholar named Alcuin to compile Problems to Sharpen the Young, a collection of puzzles and brainteasers.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-03-20 17:43
A batch of leather shoe soles dating from the 13th to 18th centuries was found in 2005 in a hollow tree trunk in an ancient trash dump in Lyon, France. The soles are well-preserved.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-03-13 17:36
Historians have long debated the cause of the collapse of the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia. Now, through the study of tree rings, they believe that the city was brought low by a massive drought.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-11 08:28
Thousands of medieval manuscripts have been digitized over the past few years, but according to researchers they are buried in hundreds of search engine hits on the Internet.
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.