OUCH. Medawar’s Demolition of Teilhard de Chardin’s Fifties guide, The Phenomenon of Man

P B Medawar in 1960 In his assessment revealed in 1961, now deservedly extra well-known than the guide* itself, Peter Medawar began as he meant to go on. After quoting 5 aphorisms he extracted, Medawar wrote: This little bouquet of aphorism, every one thought sufficiently essential by its writer to deserve a paragraph to itself, … Read more

Undertaking ParaZoo: there’s a critter inside my jellyfish!

ParaZoo (full title ‘Metazoan parasites of non-crustacean zooplankton’) is without doubt one of the most interaction-focused initiatives at the moment working on the Invertebrate Collections of our Museum. This challenge, funded by the Norwegian Biodiversity Data Centre (Artsdatabanken), goals at learning the totally different animals that stay collectively inside and on the floor of Norwegian … Read more

a color plate from 1962

Within the days when color printing was extraordinarily costly, the Avicultural Society had particular appeals for funds to help the looks in Avicultural Journal of the occasional color plate. A widely known chook artist was then commissioned. Though the entire run of the Society’s magazines might be discovered on-line, the plates hardly ever see the … Read more

Maintaining infants alive will decrease inhabitants development

We’ve simply printed a paper in PLOS ONE exhibiting excessive toddler mortality charges are contributing to an incessant rise of the worldwide human inhabitants, which helps arguments for better entry to contraception and household planning in low- and middle-income nations. In collaboration with Melinda Decide, Chitra Saraswati, Claire Perry, Jane Heyworth, and Peter Le Souëf … Read more

Francis Crick beneath hearth from an embryologist

This letter appeared in Nature in 1970: Diffusion in Embryogenesis SIR,—As an embryologist who began work throughout the heyday of “fields” and “gradients”, I suppose I should be grateful to Dr Francis Crick for permitting me a nostalgic look again at these long-discredited ideas which he has now resurrected—or ought to I say, canonized—with the … Read more