Category Archives: History

The scientific tourist #361 — Feejee Mermaid

Brought to you by the “Mythic Creatures” traveling exhibition (seen at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science), it’s an odd concoction called a Feejee Mermaid… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #360 — Palaeotherium

Now on display in Paris in the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy (sadly, in a stairwell), it’s an excellent fossil of a Palaeotherium Magnum… Continue reading

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Carnivalia — 5/27 – 6/02/2015

The past week’s (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for your reading enjoyment… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #359 — Ahuizotl

A ferocious mythical creature, and namesake of a notable Aztec warrior… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #358 — “Little Boy” atomic bomb arming plugs

Courtesy of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, here are two small bits of history you’ve likely never seen before — arming plugs for the “Little Boy” atomic bomb… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #357 — Pioneer 5

Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, it’s (a very good replica of) the Pioneer 5 spacecraft… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #356 — pseudoglyphs

It may be that when you look at this vessel, you’re thinking two things: 1) The decoration on it looks Mayan 2) You can’t read any of it If so, you’re right on both counts — it’s a Mayan vessel, but … Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #355 — Lulu-Belle

Courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C…. Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #354 — the Me 163 revisited

I talked a bit about the Me 163 some time back — but a recent trip to Washington D.C. left me with a bit of time for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, which meant I was able to get some shots of their copy of the “Komet”… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #353 — Hammurabi’s Code

Here, on display at the Louvre in Paris, is the Code of Hammurabi — a compilation of legal rulings dating back to about 1754 BC… Continue reading

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