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Dissecting the Living: Vivisection in Early Modern England

In 1664, Robert Hooke—a pioneering member of the Royal Society and lead scientific thinker of his day—decided to investigate the mechanisms involved in breathing. In his laboratory, he strapped a stray dog to his table. Then, taking his scalpel, he proceeded to slice the terrified animal’s chest off so he could peer inside the thoracic...
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Published This Day: 1st Paper to Recognize Fossils As Living Remains

Biology / Paleontology : Paleoblog (4 years ago)

From Today In Science History:In 1667, a classic paleontological paper by Nicolaus Steno was published by the Royal Society, London. His topic, Head of a shark dissected, represented the first such scientific paper to recognise that... Read Post

Royal Society puts 60 seminal scientific papers online

Odd : Boing Boing (5 years ago)

The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge (aka The Royal Society) is celebrating is 350th birthday next year. Spun out in part of the fantastically cool Invisible College, the Royal Society's members have ... Read Post

Jackson Laboratory researchers find new mechanism for neurodegeneration

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (yesterday)

A research team led by Jackson Laboratory Professor and Howard Hughes Investigator Susan Ackerman, Ph.D., have pinpointed a surprising mechanism behind neurodegeneration in mice, one that involves a defect in a key component of the ... Read Post


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