Category Archives: History

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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The scientific tourist #352 — Pula Arena

Brought to you from the scenic town of Pula, Croatia — it’s an ancient Roman amphitheater, best known as the Pula Arena: But this is no mere antiquity.  The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side … Continue reading

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Carnivalia — 3/11 – 3/17/2015

The past week’s selection of (mostly) science-oriented blog carnivals… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #351 — MGM-1 Matador missile

On display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it’s a Matador cruise missile… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #350 — bog iron, and the tools to produce it

On display at the National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik — it’s bog iron, and some of the tools needed to produce it… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — fascinating engineering facts about the Titanic

Sure, the sinking of the Titanic gets all the press — but the engineering that went into her and her sister ships in the Olympic-class was impressive for their time, and still is today. Bill (“Engineer Guy”) Hammack explains all… Continue reading

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