The Antikythera Mechanism made out of Lego

Named after the place of discovery in 1901 in a Roman shipwreck, the Antikythera Mechanism is one of the most fascinating artifacts of the ancient world. Now a bunch of geeks and an engineer armed with a Lego set, have made a fully functionally replica, and a video about it.

The story of Der Freischütz

Set in a mountainous and thickly wooded Bohemian landscape in the 17th century, Der Freischütz tells the tale of Max, a young gamekeeper. Max is in love with Agathe, daughter of the head ranger to Prince Ottokar. To win her hand, an ancient custom requires Max to prove his skill as a marksman on the … Continue reading

The history of the magic bullet

On a particularly cool summer’s day in June 1907, Professor Paul Ehrlich , a brilliant German scientist and physician stood before his peers and delivered his third Harben lecture to the Royal Institute of Public Health, London. In it, he outlined his theory on magic bullets – a drug that could to pin point a bacteria or virus, destroy it, leaving everything else untouched.

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