General medieval sciences, including astronomy, alchemy, metrology, geology, natural philosophy, and similar studies.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-12-14 19:41
Dorothy M. Beebee shares her research on the history and art of using mushrooms for fabric dyeing.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2006-11-24 20:09
Dr. David G. Stork, Chief Scientist of Ricoh Innovations, heads up a discussion of a theory by David Hockney that painters, as far back as 1420, used projection devices to enable them to trace images onto canvas.
Submitted by Sharikkamur on Tue, 2006-11-21 11:08
The November 15, 2006 issue of New Scientist magazine contains a story on the technology of the Damascus steel swords used by the Saracens during the Crusades. A new study shows that forged steel techology was very modern.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-11-02 09:20
Two chemists have discovered the reason why the lapis-lazuli-based blue pigment prized by medieval painters fades so drastically over time. Ultramarine, more precious than gold, was often used for portrayals of the robes of the Virgin Mary, and Michelangelo used it in the Sistine Chapel.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-10-29 09:15
The Journals of the Royal Society are now available to read online. The submissions date back to 1665 and include scientific works from Halley's description of his comet to the first paper published by Stephen Hawking.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-10-26 13:27
A new book explores the history of academic charisma, tracing the figure of the famous and glamorized professor to the beginnings of the great universities in the Middle Ages.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-10-15 08:41
A British website offers an historic view of the breeds of animals which shared their lives with Iron Age people. These included sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, horses and fowl. The article includes photos of these breeds' ancestors.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-10-14 09:38
New research by French scientists seems to suggest that the techniques used by Greeks and Romans to dye their hair had results in common with today's nanotechnology and were comparable to modern products.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-10-01 20:30
According to a recent study of the genetic makeup of Britain's population, nearly all residents are descended from the Celts. "If one thinks that the English are genetically different from the Scots, Irish and Welsh, that's entirely wrong," said Professor Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford University.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-09-07 18:50
A study of Irish bog burials shows that the well-preserved bodies were well-groomed at the time of their internment, with manicured fingernails and gelled hair.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-08-02 10:52
A team of scientists is using X-ray techniques to try to decipher the text hidden beneath a 13th century Christian prayerbook. They believe that underneath the prayers is a lost original work by the Greek mathematician Archimedes
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-06-27 22:10
Blair Hedges, a biology professor at Penn State, has discovered a new method to date printed materials. The "print clock" technique uses statistical formulas to analyze fades and page breaks.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-06-07 15:57
A "Falcon Cam" has been installed on the roof of Midwest Generation's power plant in Waukegan, Illinois to allow visitors to view the nest of a Peregrine falcon named Fran as she and her mate raise their brood.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-05-25 20:44
On May 25, 735, the Venerable Bede ended his peaceful, learned life in the Northumbrian monastery where he had lived over fifty years.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-05-24 20:25
An alembic found at a remote North Yorkshire monastery may be evidence that Cistercian monks were involved in the arcane quest to make gold from base metal.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-04-24 08:10
Retired ophthalmologist David Fleishman has created a website dealing with the history of spectacles: "Eyeglasses Through the Ages."
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-04-15 12:11
Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452. He became the prototype of the "Renaissance Man."
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-04-08 14:32
Today marks the anniversary of the death of Lorenzo de Medici, called "The Magnificent."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-04-01 19:06
On April 5-6, 2006, the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present a spring colloquium entitled Medieval Origins of Modern Science.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-03-25 18:52
Archaeologists excavating a crypt beneath a 14th century cathedral in Frombork, Poland, believe they may have found the skull of the revolutionary astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-03-23 19:41
On its website, Trivium Publishing offers suggestions for enjoying the medieval experience by using your sense of smell through an article entitled Smell of the Middle Ages by Jacquelyn Hodson.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-03-19 04:35
A new study suggests that the devastating Black Death may have done more than wipe out 1/3 of the population. It may have triggered Europe's "Little Ice Age" in the 14th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-03-14 16:41
In a lengthy article for Strange Horizons written in 2003, Michael Livingston attempts to debunk many myths about medieval medicine.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-03-05 17:50
The subject of Roman numberals seems to crop up every year: in January for football fans and in May for members of the SCA. This year the Olympic Games complicate an already mystifying system.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-02-05 10:26
A construction company, making way for a new shopping mall, has discovered a large, medieval cemetery near the English city of Leicester. The cemetery appears to have been in use from the 12th through 16th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-01-23 20:58
The Dibner Institute for the History of Science & Technology, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will once again offer its Lunchtime Colloquia featuring a series of lectures on historical scientific topics.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-01-22 13:40
A new study by Nature shows that men are more likely to seek revenge than women. Researchers used MRI brain scans to study subjects viewing wrongdoers given an electric shock and how the subjects' brains responded.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2005-12-26 16:28
The narwhal, known in folklore as the "unicorn whale" for its spiraling tusk, has been a mystery to scientists and traditional Inuit cultures alike, for no one could explain the purpose of the tusk. Now a researcher from Harvard says he has the answer.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-11-06 16:07
The skulls of two lions dating to the 13th and 15th centuries, discovered in the moat of the Tower of London, give credence to historic accounts of the Tower's fabled Menagerie, a popular tourist attraction in medieval times.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2005-10-31 07:30
Ph.D candidate in Materials Science and Engineering Dan Jeffery is using ancient technologies to understand how bloomery furnaces work. Bloomery furnaces were in common use "in Japan, Renaissance Europe, ancient Rome, Africa, and many other places to make iron and steel for armor, swords, locks, tools and hundreds of other household items."