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Curt Herzstark and a remarkable machine.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:30:30 +0000

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet soldiers. To mark this I thought I would discuss an object from UCL’s collections with a pretty remarkable story. This object not only saved the life of its inventor, but also allowed him to save the lives of others at […]


Specimen of the Week 172

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:30:46 +0000

It’s that time of year when the Christmas tree has been taken down, gifts have been put away, and all holiday food finally consumed. Folk head back to work, kids return to school and everyone gets on with the business of the new year. However, for the young (and young-at-heart) January is prime time for […]


Specimen of the Week: Week 171

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:00:13 +0000

This week’s Specimen of the Week is one of those animals that is easier to talk about in terms of what it isn’t rather than what it is. In a previous blog post I’ve written about the fun with naming and language that happens when common names meet scientific classifications and how we end up with eels […]