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  • Complacency, Convenience, Confidence: The History of Vaccine Hesitancy
    by Imogen Clarke on February 24, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Curator Imogen Clarke looks back at the history of vaccine hesitancy through items in the Science Museum Group Collection. The post Complacency, Convenience, Confidence: The History of Vaccine Hesitancy appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • James Watt, office equipment and high-street fashion
    by Guest authors on January 30, 2021 at 6:00 am

    On the anniversary of James Watt’s birth, volunteer Nick Gudde examines Watt’s impact on business and buttons. Recent research has added to our understanding of Watt’s life and work, find out more via our Open For All blog series. The post James Watt, office equipment and high-street fashion appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • For Science: A space of rest and reflection
    by Katy Barrett on January 16, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Curators Katy Barrett and Sarah Bond explore the connections between Jenny Holzer’s For Science and Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries for which it was commissioned. The post For Science: A space of rest and reflection appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Marguerite Perey and the element Francium
    by Guest authors on January 7, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Science Museum volunteer Dr. Robin Hiley explores the story of Marguerite Perey, the chemist who discovered the element Francium and was the first woman to be elected to the prestigious French Académie des Sciences. The post Marguerite Perey and the element Francium appeared first on Science Museum Blog.

  • Light-based quantum computer takes minutes to do a 2.5-billion-year task
    by Roger Highfield on January 4, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Roger Highfield, Science Director, discusses the latest milestone in quantum computing with Prof Chao-Yang Lu. The post Light-based quantum computer takes minutes to do a 2.5-billion-year task appeared first on Science Museum Blog.


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  • Sutton Hoo’s Story Goes Deeper Than The Dig
    by Martin Carver on February 24, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    The archaeologist in charge of the Sutton Hoo burial mounds recounts what has been discovered at the famous English site since the 1930s excavation portrayed in the movie The Dig. The post Sutton Hoo’s Story Goes Deeper Than <i>The Dig</i> appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • Stop Destroying African American Cemeteries
    by Alexandra Jones on February 23, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Highways, factories, and other development projects across the United States are threatening the sacred spaces of African American cemeteries. An archaeologist looks to new Congressional action to stop the destruction. The post Stop Destroying African American Cemeteries appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • Anarchism in Practice Is Often Radically Boring Democracy
    by David Flood on February 22, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Anarchists have been an easy scapegoat for violent events in recent months. But anarchism, as a political philosophy, is fundamentally about collective deliberation and responsibility. The post Anarchism in Practice Is Often Radically Boring Democracy appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • Why Write for SAPIENS?
    by Chip Colwell on February 18, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    SAPIENS magazine publishes on anthropological research, discoveries, and insights. If you’re an anthropologist, here’s why you might consider contributing your story. The post Why Write for SAPIENS? appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • The Phantom Forests That Built Mesa Verde
    by Stephen E. Nash on February 17, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    For years, archaeologists working in Mesa Verde National Park have been looking for evidence of where Ancestral Puebloans harvested the thousands of trees they used to build their elaborate cliff dwellings. The post The Phantom Forests That Built Mesa Verde appeared first on SAPIENS.

  • How Imperialism Gave Us 2020
    by Rick W.A. Smith on February 16, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    News headlines suggest that the problems of 2020 were unprecedented, but the collision of a pandemic and racial violence is nothing new under imperialism. The post How Imperialism Gave Us 2020 appeared first on SAPIENS.