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Blood, Rats and Anticoagulants: The Story of Warfarin

The history of Warfarin is a surprisingly bloody one. Find out how this anticoagulant drug went from cow-killer to life-saver in this Nature Video animation. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on March 13, 2018...

March 16, 2018 — Nature Video

Labor Day: It's About Time

The first Monday in September is a U.S. federal holiday—Labor Day—a tribute to contributions made by American workers to the nation's growth and development (or at least those in a position to contribute without being exploited)...

September 4, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

Science in a Moon Shadow

The rare spectacle of a total solar eclipse has given scientists throughout history fleeting opportunities to delve into everything from the sun’s chemistry to Einsteinian relativity to Earth’s place in the solar system...

August 16, 2017 — Nature Video

Fighting Zeppelins with Airplanes, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: June 26, 1915After the First World War broke out, airships quickly became a scourge. German Zeppelins bombed Liège and Antwerp in Belgium and perhaps hastened the fall of those two cities even though there were few casualties (as we understand such things in our more dismal era)...

June 26, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Italy Is Bribed into War, 1915

Reported in Scientific American , This Week in World War I: June 19, 1915Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary on May 23, 1915. The great hope of the Allies was that an army of more than a million men would be thrown against the Austro-Hungarian troops guarding their southern flank at the northeast corner of Italy...

June 19, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff
Identity and Meaning in Derby Hats

Identity and Meaning in Derby Hats

Last Saturday over 170,000 people descended on Churchill Downs for the 141st Kentucky Derby. The Derby is the first of three races that comprise the American Triple Crown which awards a multi-million dollar purse...

May 8, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
Can Hunter-Gatherer Societies Teach Us About Cooperation?

Can Hunter-Gatherer Societies Teach Us About Cooperation?

We're big on teaching cooperative practices, even while we encourage competition. Humans are the only species to cooperate to the degree that we do, and this cooperation may have allowed for many other derived social traits related to group living to emerge, including generosity, sharing, teaching and learning, and shared intentionality...

April 30, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
Battle of Gallipoli: A Strategic View, 1915

Battle of Gallipoli: A Strategic View, 1915

Scientific American looked at the wider context of the battle for Gallipoli. This Week in World War I: April 24, 1915 April 25, 2015, marks the 100-year anniversary of an important battle in the First World War: it was a major defeat for the Allies (Britain, France and Russia) and a great victory for the [...]..

April 24, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Heavy Guns Blast Trenches, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: April 17, 1915. High technology blasted a way through fortified lines in the First World War.

April 17, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Darwin: the Movie

It’s true, Mr. and Ms. Hollywood Producer, Nash, Hawking, Turing were great and all, and their stories brought big bucks and a few Oscars rolling your way, but come on!

April 12, 2015 — Lawrence Rifkin

Rescuing the Drowning Submarine, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: April 10, 1915 The United States submarine F-4 was launched in January 1912, and foundered in March 1915 near Honolulu in 300 feet of water, with the loss of all 21 crew...

April 10, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Proud Battleships, Subtle Mines: Dardanelles, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: April 3, 1915 "The day when Constantinople will be covered by the guns of the enemy is not very far distant." That's the ebulliant sentence from the article in Scientific American two weeks before this one, just after the initial British and French attack near [...]..

April 3, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff
Then and Now: April Fools’ Day—How did we get here?

Then and Now: April Fools’ Day—How did we get here?

Where is here exactly? Here is a tired, eye-roll inducing pseudo-holiday that we endure with a grimace every year. Hopefully you have room for one more article about April Fools’ Day...

April 2, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa
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