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Friday Funnies: Nature vs. Science vs. Open Access – Explained

Open Access has become a major topic of discussion in the West; as, too, related issues of publication.  Why in the ‘West?’ because access to digital technology as well as to many  journals is generally absent in developing countries. It … Continue reading

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Collecting Data without a Theory – Colonizers in India

Last weekend I came across the following in an introduction to a Nineteenth Century ‘Ethnographic Survey’ of India.  The fact that the author’s selection and organization of ‘the facts’ in itself constitutes an act of ‘theorizing ‘ is not recognized; his ‘social … Continue reading

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Recent Botanical Studies on Plant Materials from Ancient Egypt

 Several items have recently been published or republished on botanical topics relating to ancient Egypt.  I post them below together with links for ordering.  They are all quite good. The last 5 items are available on academia.edu and if you’re not a member … Continue reading

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Three Generations of Lunatic Cats: Galton’s Take on Feline Eugenics

Source: V. Stilwell-Banfield ..she had wild fits, tearing round and round the room, ‘swearing’ horribly, and fighting with teeth and claws anyone who tried to pick her up… Source: Francis Galton. Francis Galton, the Victorian founder of eugenics, thought that … Continue reading

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Banana Beer and other Fermented Foods in Africa

Fermentation is one of the most important technologies used in pre-industrial societies to transform agricultural and wild products into highly edible and nutritional products.  The fermentation process is associated with a variety of attributes, some of the most important being … Continue reading

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Natural Environment of Egypt & Dr. Mohammed Kassas

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Yesterday it came to my attention that Dr. M. Kassas passed away in March, aged 91.  One of the most extraordinary scientific luminaries in Egypt, his botanical work over many decades cut a broad and fertile swath in areas of … Continue reading

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