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  • 1 Sep 2022
    Bruce Clarke, Sébastien Dutreuil

    The Scientific Collaboration that Brought Gaia to the World

    With a two-page letter to the editor of the scientific journal Atmospheric Environment published in 1972, the English scientist and inventor James Lovelock (1919-2022) introduced Gaia into the professional literature.

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  • 11 Jul 2022
    Ronald A. Jenner

    Telling evolutionary stories

    In my book I trace the history of narrative phylogenetics—the science of evolutionary storytelling—from its pre-evolutionary roots to the present day. I outline the conceptual shifts involved in transforming a static view of nature into a dynamic view, where the branching evolutionary relationships between taxa are understood to be the products of the linear descent and divergence of evolving lineages. I discuss the enduring challenges of what I call lineage thinking, which involves weaving linear evolutionary narratives with branching evidence.

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  • 15 Feb 2021
    Simon Mitton

    Antoine Lavoisier: carbon cycle pioneer

    Hello and welcome to my blog on “deep carbon science” –– a fascinating research field in the geosciences. My history of deep carbon science gives lively accounts of 150 scientists who contributed to the development of this new field over a period of four centuries. I write history by telling stories about interesting people. Here’s […]

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  • 25 Jun 2020
    Kostas Kampourakis

    Understanding Evolution: Why do ostriches have wings, anyway?

    "Why do birds have wings?" "Why do eagles have wings?" "Why do penguins have wings?" "Why do ostriches have wings...?"

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  • 20 Aug 2019
    Agustí Nieto-Galan

    The Dark Side of Molecules: Politics and Chemistry in the 20th century

    When trying to choose the science and the scientists that shaped the 20th century, many think about nuclear energy and the near mythical names of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, or perhaps about the revolution caused by molecular biology and the almost magical DNA and its 1953 discovery by James Watson and […]

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  • 6 Dec 2018
    Lukas Engelmann

    Looking at AIDS History

    In the ‘International Atlas of AIDS’, the last AIDS atlas to be written and published in 2008, the editors decided to include a chapter on the ‘social repercussions’ of AIDS. Photographs of ACT UP, educational posters, visual art and poems concluded this compendium written for doctors and biomedical researchers. It’s a chapter that has always […]

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  • 1 Nov 2017
    Photograph of Marie Curie. From ACJC-Curie and Joliot-Curie fund, with permission.

    Marie Curie at 150: ‘Natural Radioactivity’

    November 7th 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867 – 1934), the only woman to ever be awarded two Nobel prizes. Here we reproduce Chapter 4 from Out of the Shadows: Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics, 2006 Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)’ by author Abraham Pais.

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