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  • Happy Birthday Henrietta Lacks
    by Harriet Jackson on August 1, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    1 August 2022 marks 102 years since Henrietta Lacks was born. Assistant Curator Harriet Jackson takes a closer look at her profound impact on modern medicine and reflects on the importance of informed consent and who benefits from scientific research. The post Happy Birthday Henrietta Lacks appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • The Science of Wormholes
    by Roger Highfield on July 27, 2022 at 7:00 am

    To mark the 25th anniversary of Stargate SG-1, Science Director Roger Highfield talks to physicist Alexey Milekhin and Stargate advisor, Mika McKinnon. The post The Science of Wormholes appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Create the Trophy Competition
    by Guest authors on July 22, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    Architect, artist & multi-disciplinary creative Rebeca Ramos reflects on the Create the Trophy competition for The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and how it is inspiring the next generation of creative innovators. The post Create the Trophy Competition appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Honouring Kadambini Ganguly
    by Guest authors on July 18, 2022 at 7:45 am

    18 July 2022 marks the 161st birthday of Kadambini Ganguly, one of India’s first two female university graduates and the first Indian woman to practice Western Medicine. In this blog, Assistant Curator Laura Büllesbach explores her remarkable life, the barriers she broke, and the doors she opened for others. The post Honouring Kadambini Ganguly appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Arthur Clarke Award Shortlist Announced
    by Guest authors on July 8, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Ahead of the opening of Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination, discover the brilliant science fiction books shortlist for the Arthur Clarke Award. The post Arthur Clarke Award Shortlist Announced appeared first on Science Museum Blog.


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  • What the Anthropology of Smell Reveals About Humanity
    by Sarah Ives on June 30, 2022 at 10:00 am

    As millions of people have lost their sense of smell to COVID-19, anthropologists are investigating the surprising significance of this underrated sense. The post What the Anthropology of Smell Reveals About Humanity appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • Looking Into the World of Frog Gigging
    by Saish Solankar on June 29, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Hunting rituals have long been a focus of anthropological analysis. An ethnographer explores how hunting frogs for meat using gigs, or multipronged spears, is a beloved family tradition in some parts of the U.S. (Content warning: The images and text include graphic descriptions of hunting and butchering animals.) The post Looking Into the World of Frog Gigging appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • Difficult Truths: Confronting Irish Industrial Schools
    by Fiona Murphy on June 28, 2022 at 10:00 am

    An anthropologist delves into the archives to uncover her family’s early 20th-century experiences with Catholic-run Irish industrial schools—institutions later revealed to be rife with child abuse. The post Difficult Truths: Confronting Irish Industrial Schools appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • What Ancient Stone “Swiss Army Knives” Mean
    by Amy Mosig Way on June 23, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    An archaeologist explains new evidence from stone tools that shows strong and wide social connections among our ancestors who lived 65,000 years ago in Southern Africa. The post What Ancient Stone “Swiss Army Knives” Mean appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • What Klingon and Other Constructed Languages Reveal
    by Bob Holmes on June 22, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Meet Christine Schreyer, a linguistic anthropologist who created the Kryptonian language for a Superman movie and researches the people who invent new tongues and seek to sustain ancient ones. The post What Klingon and Other Constructed Languages Reveal appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • Stop Projecting Nationalism Onto Stonehenge
    by Gordon Barclay and Kenny Brophy on June 20, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Two archaeologists respond to the portraits of Queen Elizabeth II beamed onto Stonehenge—the latest attempt to appropriate the monument for nationalist messages. The post Stop Projecting Nationalism Onto Stonehenge appeared first on SAPIENS.


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