War and drugs: together since forever

Alcohol-drenched medieval battlefields. Opium-laced imperialism. Modern-day narco-terrorism. There’s a lot of history between armed conflict and psychoactive substances. (6 Aug 2019, feed from Knowable Magazine) “War on drugs”: It’s a term that may elicit memories of the US government’s 20th-century campaign against the sale and use of illegal psychoactive substances. But that ongoing “war” is […]

August 12, 2019 - 9:28 am

Archaeology of the 99%

The vast majority of people in antiquity were too poor to leave many artifacts behind. But archaeologists have learned how to look beyond the temples and palaces. (23 Jul 2019, feed from Knowable Magazine) Until the past few decades, archaeology was all about the grand and the wealthy, focused on temples, palaces and spectacular artifacts […]

July 25, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Mucus: the body’s unsung hero

The slimy stuff has a surprisingly wide array of beneficial biological functions (27 June 2019, feed from Knowable Magazine)  We know it best as a stringy slime dripping from noses and as viscous, discolored goop hacked up by sickened airways. But it’s so much more than that. Coating the surfaces of guts, eyes, mouth, nasal […]

June 29, 2019 - 2:00 pm