It's always interesting to me when researchers try to diagnose the ailments of famous historic figures based on reported symptoms. The Historical Clinicopathological Conference does just that every year. This year, the conference focused on Charles Darwin, narrowing down his then-mysterious collection of symptoms to probably being attributable to one of three ailments: cyclic vomiting syndrome, Chagas disease, or peptic ulcers. Of the three, I'm particularly fascinated by the idea of Darwin with Chagas, a parasitic infection that can cause heart failure over many years. If that were the case, it would mean the naturalist picked up the disorder that killed him while on the South American travels that eventually made him famous.
With their massive wingspans and high speed, albatrosses fly across the seas in search of food. That’s why marine ornithologist Henri Weimerskirch of the French National Center for Scientific Research calls the birds the “sentinels of the sea” and is using them to survey the ocean for illegal fishing boats. Apparently, the operators of these […]
French physicist Jean-Pierre Luminet hand-plotted this image of a black hole in 1978, said to be the the first based on data rather than artistic speculation. From Wikipedia: 1979 – He created the first “image” of a black hole with an accretion disk using nothing but an early computer, lots of math and India ink, […]
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