HMS Endeavour

The Curious Voyage of HMS Endeavour

Captain James Cook had secret orders to to search for a predicted Southern Continent. He ended up claiming New Zealand and part of Australia for the U.K.
Geranium

Why Victorian Gardeners Loathed Magenta

For decades, British and American gardeners avoided magenta flowers. The color had associations with the unnatural and the poisonous.
Phantasmagoria

The Magic Lantern Shows that Influenced Modern Horror

Eighteenth and early nineteenth century audiences were delighted and horrified by these spectral apparitions conjured in dark rooms.
Solar Eclipse

An Eclipse is a Scientific Bonanza

On August 21, 2017, North America’s first total solar eclipse in a while will cross the center of the United States from East to West.
Mary Somerville

Mary Somerville, Queen of 19th Century Science

Mary Somerville, one of the first women scientists and science writers, came to be known after her death as the "queen of 19th century science." 
Mandarin orange

Ignoring the Cure for Scurvy

It may have altered the outcome of the Revolutionary War.
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Blood transfusion - 17th century (?)
"Anthropographia" (?) showing blood transfusion between man and sheep; ascribed to J. G. Riva (fl 1618) author of 'De triplici infusionis sanguinis experimento'
Iconographic Collections

First Blood Transfusion: A History

The world’s first experiments with blood transfusion occurred in the mid-1660s in England. The procedure, carried out between dogs, was gruesome.

Mary Anning and Other Forgotten Female Fossilists

The accomplishments of Mary Anning and other early female fossilists, geologists and natural historians