Category Archives: History

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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The scientific tourist #349 — Montezuma Pithouse

Some years ago, I told you about the (very inaccurately named) Montezuma’s Castle structure in Arizona. Today, you get to see a pithouse down the road from it… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #348 — Islendingur

On display at the Viking World museum near Iceland’s Keflavik Airport, it’s the Islendingur (“Icelander”) — a modern-day recreation of a Viking longship… Continue reading

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Carnivalia — 1/28 – 2/03/2015

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

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The scientific tourist #347 — Barringer’s rim

If you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood of Flagstaff, Arizona, I’d highly recommend a side-trip to see Barringer Crater… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #345 — Glen Canyon Dam

A feat of engineering, yet also a remarkably controversial piece of concrete, it’s the Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona… Continue reading

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