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Evidence of caveman chemistry

South Africa’s Blombos Cave has revealed early paint and adhesive production, according to a report published on Thursday in the journal Science and picked up by the New York Times.   Cavemen used stones to pound and grind earth containing a kind of iron oxide to a powder, known as ochre. This was then blended […]

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Ethylene Nelson is 93 years old

Ethylene Nelson, 93, a former US Navy nurse and White House employee, has been celebrated for her fortitude and long and varied life in this article in the Jamestown Post Journal of 7 March 2011, and spotted by our data team who have “ethylene” on google alert.   Long-time readers of the Blog were already […]

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Books: Wolf Hall – It’s all about the money

“Wolf Hall,” winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, is the book that everyone is reading on the beach this year, according to “I-Spy for Adults” in the Times.   I borrowed it and read it in the Devon garden of our house swap friends in between bouts of summer rain.   Set in the […]

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