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If you picked up The Poisoner’s Handbook (amazon.com) looking for a fool-proof recipe, I hope you have read the book through and realized at the end that such a thing does not exist: you’ll get busted. If they could figure it all out back in 1930s, can you imagine how much easier they can figure…

Drunk History – Nikola Tesla (video)

I wonder how much more (and more accurate) detail this guy would get when sober. And how much less most other people would be able to say when sober….

Megalodon and other sharks at Darwin Day

Last night, braving horrible traffic on the way there, and snow on the way back, I made my way to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for the Darwin Day shark lecture co-organized by NESCent and the sneak preview of the Megalodon exhibit which officially opens today. I have to say that the trip was…

Darwin Day – Sharks!

This afternoon, I’ll be driving down to Raleigh to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for the special Darwin Day event organized in collaboration with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. The evening will start with the sneak-peak pre-opening of the Megalodon exhibit which opens to the public tomorrow. Megalodon was the largest shark ever discovered…

This week on PRI/BBC World Science: This month, the movie Creation opened in theaters across the United States. The film chronicles the life and work of Charles Darwin. The movie is directed by Jon Amiel. Paul Bettany stars as Darwin. Jennfer Connelly plays Darwin’s wife, Emma. Creation is based on a biography written by Charles…

Phlogiston

One of the nice benefits of hosting ScienceOnline conferences is that I sometimes get presents. The one that I find totally fascinating that I got this year is the 2009 issue of Phlogiston, the Journal of History of Science published once a year in Serbian language – print only (the journal does not even have…

Last couple of weeks months were awfully busy, on many fronts, not least finalizing the ScienceOnline2010 program, herding cats almost 100 moderators/presenters to do various stuff (e.g., respond to my e-mails) in a timely manner, and making sure that registration goes smoothly. This is also the time of year when activation energy for doing anything…

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts the final offering of its Charles Darwin Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 24 — the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s landmark publication of “The Origin of Species.” Join Museum paleontologist and science historian Paul Brinkman for a free presentation titled “Charles Darwin’s Beagle Voyage and the Origin of…

Celebrate Darwin’s 200th birthday

NESCent and SCONC: What: November SCONC-fest When: Thursday November 19th , 6-8pm Where: National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham Please join us to commemorate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of “The Origin of Species.” Learn about the wild world of Ice Age carnivores, brainy birds, and other creatures Darwin missed. Our tour…

Darwin Across the Disciplines

At Duke University John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute: Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 4:00 pm In collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Duke’s University Institutes, the FHI is pleased to present a 2-day symposium marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication…