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Phineas Gage and the effect on personality of an iron bar through the head | Science | guardian.co.uk

CGI image of rod piercing Phineas Gage's skull...

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Phineas Gage and the effect on personality of an iron bar through the head | Science | guardian.co.uk.

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Gage is said to have travelled New England making public appearances with his tamping iron, to which he had become curiously attached. Click to enlarge

The photograph above, which was uncovered earlier this year, is one of only two known images of an otherwise unremarkable man named Phineas Gage who attained near-legendary status in the history ofneuroscience and psychology one fateful day in 1848 at the age of 25.

Gage earned his place in the neurological hall of fame in a most unusual – and extremely unfortunate – way. A railroad construction foreman in the US, he was in charge of a crew of men who were working on the construction of the Rutland and Burlington Railroad near Cavendish, Vermont. On 18 September, he and his crew were excavating rocks to make way for the railroad. Gage was preparing for an explosion, using the tamping iron he holds in the photograph to compact explosive charge in a borehole. As he was doing so, the iron produced a spark that ignited the powder, and the resulting blast propelled the tamping iron straight through his head.

November 8, 2010 Posted by | disaster, global, health, history, science | , , | 1 Comment

Captain Scott: The Journey South – Telegraph

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Captain Scott: The Journey South – Telegraph.Anton Omelchenko stands at the end of the Barne Glacier on Ross Island, 2nd December 1911.

November 7, 2010 Posted by | environmental, glacier, history, science | , , , | Leave a comment

Cancer caused by modern man as it was virtually non-existent in ancient world – Telegraph

 

 

Cancer caused by modern man as it was virtually non-existent in ancient world – Telegraph.

October 14, 2010 Posted by | archaeology, culture, death, environmental, global, health, medicine, natural, science, social | | Leave a comment

Newton, Moonlighting as an Alchemist – NYTimes.com

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Newton, Moonlighting as an Alchemist – NYTimes.com.

Sir Isaac Newton was a towering genius in the history of science, he knew he was a genius, and he didn’t like wasting his time. Born on Dec. 25, 1642, the great English physicist and mathematician rarely socialized or traveled far from home. He didn’t play sports or a musical instrument, gamble at whist or gambol on a horse. He dismissed poetry as “a kind of ingenious nonsense,” and the one time he attended an opera he fled at the third act. Newton was unmarried, had no known romantic liaisons and may well have died, at the age of 85, with his virginity intact. “I never knew him to take any recreation or pastime,” said his assistant, Humphrey Newton, “thinking all hours lost that were not spent on his studies.”

October 12, 2010 Posted by | science | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Water Found in Mars Megacanyon

Mars with polar ice caps visible.

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Melas Chasma, a huge canyon forming part of the 4000-kilometer Valles Marineris rift valley on Mars, plunges 9 kilometers below the surrounding plains in this image, which was taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the European Space Agency‘s Mars Express orbiter, making it one of the deepest depressions on Mars. 

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The image also shows evidence that water once flowed and lakes once stood on the Martian surface. White lines are channels cut by water and lighter-coloured regions indicate deposits of sulphate components. Rock formations display evidence of flow textures, indicating that they were once deposited by liquid water, water ice or mud.

Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)/Released by the German Aerospace Center

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October 11, 2010 Posted by | Aerospace, environmental, global, planets, science, space | , , | Leave a comment

The Apollo hoax theories – 1

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The Apollo hoax theories – 1. Click photo for additional photos and theories. Very interesting views.

October 11, 2010 Posted by | Aerospace, history, science, space | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dumb Things Americans Believe – Newsweek

Dumb Things Americans Believe – Newsweek.

October 3, 2010 Posted by | children, culture, Darwin, history, religion, science, social | | Leave a comment

Which supplements should YOU take? | Mail Online

Which supplements should YOU take? | Mail Online.

September 28, 2010 Posted by | health, science | | Leave a comment

Stephen Hawking: “Why Isnt the Milky Way Crawling With Mechanical or Biological Life?” Todays Most Popular

Stephen Hawking: “Why Isnt the Milky Way Crawling With Mechanical or Biological Life?” Todays Most Popular.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | planets, science | | Leave a comment

Deepak Chopra: Stephen Hawkings Grand Book — Where Is the Design?

Deepak Chopra: Stephen Hawkings Grand Book — Where Is the Design?.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | religion, science | Leave a comment